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Music and Performing Arts Professions

The Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions (MPAP) offers a supportive environment in which to explore interdisciplinary endeavors in Performance and Composition, Music Business and Arts Administration, Music Technology, Creative Arts Therapies, and Arts in Education. Together, students and faculty engage in professional, scholarly, and artistic practices that capture international attention and serve as models for progress.

Academic Programs


Pursue your passions and build your skills while studying with our renowned artist faculty in a supportive and challenging environment offering innovative coursework and unparalleled performance opportunities.

Music Business and Arts Administration

Build on your background in the creative arts by studying with top industry leaders who offer dedicated mentorship. Develop into an arts innovator who is ready to lead -- graduate with future-focused skills and strong career opportunities.

Arts Education and Therapy

Combine your love of music, drama, and dance with a career that is life-changing in the lives of students and clients. Create transformative educational opportunities and make a difference through opportunities that are culturally responsible, creative, and effective.

Music Composition and Technology

Be on the forefront of today’s creative technologies and learn from leading recording industry professionals.  Master your knowledge across a variety of media and collaborate with your peers on projects that build your skills and portfolio.

Spring 2024 Cohort at a Glance

Students (1,514)

  • Undergraduate Students 52%
  • Graduate Students 48%
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“My specialization has been in sound design and immersive audio. I'm currently developing my thesis which focuses on 3D game audio and player's perception." - Tricia P., Music Technology (MM`24)

Domestic & International

  • Domestic 73%
  • International 27%
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"I strive to express emotions, messages, concepts, and quality of life by exploring different genres and styles of music. This allows me to use heavy textures in my compositions." - Brandon M., Concert Composition (MM`24)

"Choosing Steinhardt was one of the best decisions I've ever made." - Nicole Zuraitis (BM`17), 2024 Grammy-winner for Best Jazz Vocal Album
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"We create a network with fellow students, and our faculty are always bringing in guests that can help us open doors into the industry." - Jordan L., Performing Arts Administration (MA`25)

Race & Ethnicity

  • Asian 11%
  • Black 6%
  • Hispanic 13%
  • International 27%
  • Two or More Races 5%
  • White 36%
  • N/A 2%
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"My mentors and professors have challenged me towards a profound understanding of my craft. They've helped me set myself up for future professional projects and to pursue my own creative path." - Juan V., Piano Studies (MM`25)

Undergraduate Areas of Study

  • Performance 18%
  • Music Business and Arts Administration 25%
  • Arts Education and Therapy 24%
  • Music Composition and Technology 33%
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"My interest lies in A&R, focusing on artist discovery and development. This program allows me to pursue creative projects while learning to navigate the complexities of the music industry." - Myles S., Music Business (BM`26)

Graduate Areas of Study

  • Performance 32%
  • Music Business and Arts Administration 28%
  • Arts Education and Therapy 7%
  • Music Composition and Technology 33%
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“I feel like our classes cover pretty much every single thing I need to know to be a working professional in New York.” - Giovanna G., Vocal Performance (MM`24)

News and Events

Chelsea Melnick Receives 2023-2024 Presser Foundation Award

The Presser Foundation established this award to celebrate students, selected by music faculty, who have achieved a high level of musical and academic excellence, demonstrated leadership, and contributed to an inclusive community.

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Music Business Students Dominate Association Scholarship Awards

The Music Business Association Scholarship Foundation awards twelve $5,000 scholarships annually. This year, 5 of the twelve awards went to students in the NYU Steinhardt Program in Music Business.

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2024 Dorothy Height Distinguished Alumni Award Honoree: Rachel Griffin-Accurso (MA ’16)

Get to know the educator, media personality known as “Ms. Rachel,” and Dorothy Height Distinguished Alumni Award winner.

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Žibuoklė Martinaitytė awarded a 2024 Goddard Lieberson Fellowship

We congratulate Music Composition Artist Faculty Žibuoklė Martinaitytė for receiving a 2024 Goddard Lieberson Fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters for her powerful and inventive compositions.

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Measuring the Effects of Murals in Hospitals

The Jameel Arts & Health Lab is leading a global study to understand whether murals in healthcare settings have a measurable effect on well-being.

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Ralph S. Peer Lecture Series Features Director of the U.S. Copyright Office

The Ralph S. Peer Lecture on April 1, 2024, featured Shira Perlmutter, Register of Copyrights and director of the U.S. Copyright Office, in conversation with David Israelite.

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Two Steinhardt Faculty Awarded 2024 Guggenheim Fellowships

A composer and a visual artist are among the 188 individuals from 84 academic institutions who have been awarded the prestigious fellowships.

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NYU's Wayne Shorter Jazz Ensemble performs in WBGO Studios

WBGO continues to celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month by showcasing the talents of the next generation of jazz musicians. Recently, students from NYU's Steinhardt's Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions, along with the longtime Director of Jazz Studies at NYU, Dave Pietro, came to visit and record a performance at WBGO Studios.

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Soprano Harolyn Blackwell Shares her Love for the Stage and Teaching

World famous soprano Harolyn Blackwell has performed with everyone from Aretha Franklin to Luciano Pavarotti. She's sung for four presidents and one pope. For the last seven years she has also been a voice teacher at NYU Steinhardt. She spoke a bit about her career and the four P's.

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Cincinnati Symphony Invites Julia Wolfe to be Inaugural Festival Director

The Cincinnati Symphony has invited Julia Wolfe to be the inaugural Festival Director of the 2024 May Festival. Concerts will feature the world premiere of Wolfe's All that breathes.

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Vocal Performance Students Score Top Honors at NATS Auditions

We congratulate the NYU Vocal Performance students who competed in the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) Eastern Region Student Auditions held in Philadelphia March 15-17, 2024. All NYU students made it to the semifinal round with a large number of students earning top honors in their divisions during the finals.

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