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Music and Performing Arts Professions

The Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions offers a supportive environment in which to explore disciplined and interdisciplinary endeavors in Music Performance, Composition, Music Business, Arts Administration, Music Technology, Music Therapy, Drama Therapy, and the Arts in Education (Educational Theatre, Music, and Dance).

Undergraduates receive intensive training in their areas of specialization in the context of a rich liberal arts education. Graduate students work with acclaimed faculty and mentors, pursuing advanced research in sophisticated facilities. Together, students and faculty engage in professional, scholarly, and artistic practices that capture international attention and serve as models for progress.

Instrumental Performance

Brass Studies

Develop your potential as a brass performer and gain real-world experience by working and performing with celebrated musicians.

Woodwind Studies

Build on your existing woodwind skills through private lessons, seminars, master classes, and numerous performance opportunities all over New York City.

String Studies

Study string performance in New York City through flexible classes, performance opportunities, and top artist-faculty.

Percussion Studies

Study percussion performance in New York City. We help you pursue your passion with advanced performance training and related academic study.

Jazz Studies

Pursue your passion for the constantly evolving jazz landscape with advanced performance training and related academic study.

Piano Studies

Hone your skills as a pianist through lessons with a renowned Artist Faculty, innovative coursework, dedicated mentorship, and unparalleled performance opportunities.

Music Composition

Concert Composition

Develop and expand your musical creativity and songwriting skills in diverse styles for concert settings and visual media.

Screen Scoring

Learn to write music for today’s media industry through rigorous course work, collaborations with schools throughout NYU, and recording opportunities.


NYU Steinhardt Songwriting will help you become the best songwriter you can be, in the genres, styles, and approaches you define.

Business, Technology, and Administration

Music Business

Study with industry leaders and learn the necessary skills to thrive in a fast-paced industry.

Music Technology

Develop your expertise in an academic program that emphasizes creative experimentation and the integration of musical and technical skills.

Performing Arts Administration

Performing Arts Administration at NYU Steinhardt builds on your background in dance, theatre, music, opera, or film to help you become a leader in the field.


Music Education

Prepare to become a music educator in school, international, studio, and community settings as you develop your artistic and instructional skills in NYC.

Educational Theatre

Build on your performing skills and learn to create transformative theatre arts programs in schools, cultural institutions, and community settings.

Dance Education

Prepare for a career as a dance educator and teaching artist in schools, studios, and community settings in New York City, the dance capital of the world.

Creative Arts Therapies

Music Therapy

Music Therapy at NYU Steinhardt helps you combine your love of music and your commitment to helping others for a rewarding professional career.

Drama Therapy

Translate your theatre skills and love for improvisation into culturally responsible, creative, and effective care in hospitals, shelters, schools, and more.

Vocal Performance

Vocal Performance

Gain both a sustainable vocal technique and a foundation in dramatic interpretation, preparing you for a full range of professional career opportunities.

News and Events

Dido & Aeneas - An English Opera in Three Acts

Dido & Aeneas offers a stunning combination of music drama inseparably entwined with exquisite choral writing and evocative physical movement.

NYU Pop/Rock Ensemble

The 2022 Downbeat award winning NYU Pop/Rock Ensemble will perform at Provincetown Playhouse.

Village Voices: the Contemporary and Jazz Vocal Ensemble

Presenting music from modern day singer/songwriters to classic swing chestnuts, Village Voices will take you on a ride both traditional and soulful.

Miller Publishes: How Streaming Has Impacted the Value of Music

The transition over the last decade from purchases of CDs, vinyl albums and downloads to subscription and advertising supported streaming has had an enormous economic impact on the music industry.

Dance Education Celebrates its 90th Anniversary

This year marks the 90th anniversary of Dance Education. To celebrate, the Program is holding the 2022 Distinguished Faculty Dance Concert on November 18 and 19.

Bringing the Voices of the Incarcerated into the Limelight

NYU Steinhardt alum creates a groundbreaking prison arts performance with help from the Educational Theatre program's Verbatim Performance Lab and students.

Sam Hollander Visits NYU Songwriting

Sam Hollander, one of the most successful and influential songwriters of the past 20 years, visited NYU for an episode of WORDS & MUSIC, an interview series curated and hosted by Director of Songwriting, Phil Galdston, and NYU Songwriting majors.

Screen Scoring Alumni Win Student Academy Award Winning Documentaries

NYU Steinhardt Screen Scoring congratulates Aurélie Webb (MM 2020), Elizabeth Phillipson-Weiner (MM 2021), and Cal Freundlich (MM 2022) who respectively scored the three Student Academy Award winning documentaries of 2022!

Moniz Presents at The Voice Foundation’s 51st Annual Symposium

Presentation included assessing the impact of Vocal Pedagogy outreach activities on geographically, culturally, and economically disadvantaged communities.

Verbatim Performance Lab Supports Prison Arts Initiative Theatre Project

In June 2020 the NYU Steinhardt Verbatim Performance Lab (VPL) entered a collaboration with the University of Denver Prison Arts Initiative (DU PAI) at the invitation of Education Theatre alumna Ashley Hamilton.

Utilizing Music as a Vehicle for Social Dialogue

Influential composer and director of NYU Steinhardt’s Music Composition programs, Julia Wolfe, completes Carnegie Hall residency.

Collegium: Piano Music of Neglected Italian Composers

Alessandro Vena performs a recital including works by Muzio Clementi, Ottorino Respighi, and Davide Zannoni.


Music and Performing Arts Professions

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