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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 offering dedicated mentorship, developing the arts innovators of the future: graduates with strong career opportunities who are ready to lead.

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.

News and Events

Open House: Tisch & Steinhardt Performing Arts

Join us for site-specific performance works by Tisch and Steinhardt students and faculty, and view the new instructional spaces for NYU's renowned performing arts programs – including theatres, studios, rehearsal rooms, and more!...

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Katie Birenboim Features Cameron Terry on Call Time With Katie Birenboim

Katie Birenboim interviews fellow PAA graduate student Cameron Terry about the process he went through to start his own dance company, Shades Dance Theater. They talk about what it takes to be a founder and a leader.

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Performing Arts Administration Panel Discusses Steps for Internship Success

Student interns and hiring managers engaged with Performing Arts Administration students to share insight into how to maximize steps for securing an internship.

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Five Faculty Receive Steinhardt’s Teaching Excellence Award

The Award honors outstanding teaching effectiveness both in and out of the classroom.

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Francis Washington discusses the importance of culturally affirming practices in Music Therapy  

Francis Washington (MA ’23) discusses his approach to Music Therapy. He shares how his own experiences and personal identity shape his work and what he plans to do post graduation.

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Jameel Arts & Health Lab to Measure the Impact of the Arts on Health

With emphasis on equity, the Lab aims to radically improve global health through arts-related research and advocacy to drive policy implementation across 193 UN member states.

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Music Business Alumnus Xavier Jernigan is the Voice of Spotify's DJ Feature

Spotify launched a new way to curate and listen to music – and it has an NYU Steinhardt voice. Xavier Jernigan (MA '04), Director and Head of Cultural Partnerships at Spotify, is also the voice of the recently launched DJ feature.

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Robert Honstein Awarded Prestigious Andrew Imbrie Award

The American Academy of Arts and Letters has awarded composer Robert Honstein (Program Director of Concert Composition) the prestigious Andrew Imbrie Award for his compositions. The award recognizes mid-career composers of great merit.

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Trumpeter Sophie Manoloff Takes Charge of Her Career

Sophie Manoloff is a Brass Studies alumna (BM ’21) and a professional trumpet player. In the short time since graduating, she has toured with Broadway’s Fiddler on the Roof, appeared in a Harry Styles' video, and performed with her "hero" by chance.

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Susan Dodes Talks About Today's Music Business

Visiting Assistant Professor Susan Dodes is a seasoned music executive in the entertainment business. She shares insight into her career, NYU's Program in Music Business, and the exciting opportunities available within the music industry.

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Nancy Rico-Mineros Takes Music Technology by Storm

Nancy Rico-Mineros, third year Music Technology student, discusses her role with NYU’s radio station, serving on the panel of a non-profit founded by Alicia Keys, and more.

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Grad Student Monet Takeda Shares Her Journey to Performing Arts Administration

Graduate student Monet Takeda never saw herself in Performing Arts Administration until she realized all the potential and exciting opportunities awaiting her.

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Concert Composition Alumna Nyokabi Kariuki Releases EP Inspired by Childhood in Kenya

Nyokabi Kariuki  is a graduate of Concert Composition and a Kenyan composer and sound artist. Learn about her new EP, her experience performing in various settings, and her time at NYU Steinhardt.

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Music and Performing Arts Professions

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