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Music and Performing Arts Professions

Dave Schroeder

Welcome from the Chair

In the Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions (MPAP) you will have the opportunity to develop your artistic talents in a world-class conservatory within a top research institution offering access to an immense array of academic and supportive services. Offering bachelor’s, master’s, advanced certificate, artist diploma, and doctoral degrees, our department has accelerated the careers of musicians, clinicians, educators, studio engineers, and arts administrators worldwide.

The mission of MPAP is to educate and nurture the next generation of artists and arts professionals, imbuing discipline, creativity, collaboration, and ingenuity into everything we do. We aim to elevate the value of the arts through our rigorous curriculum, extensive performance opportunities, numerous ensembles, and connections to real-world arts experiences in New York City. We celebrate the richness and diversity of our student and faculty community and embrace various backgrounds, styles, and methods in approaching music, dance, arts therapies, and business.

As an MPAP student, you will deepen your talent within our community of artists, being nurtured and challenged to reach your fullest potential while using the extensive network and resources of the greater NYU community. Our department is committed to the principles of equity, belonging, and community and we strive to make all students feel welcome.

NYU's main campus is ensconced in beautiful, cultural, and historic Greenwich Village in Manhattan. With NYU's extraordinary global presence, you will also have the chance to take courses at one of our many study away sites.

Our facilities include state-of-the-art music technology studios, a 298-seat traditional proscenium-style theatre, an 88-seat theatre, a black box theatre, and recently remodeled practice rooms.

You will learn from our department's world-renowned faculty who will train, guide, and support your artistic and professional pursuits, offering mentorship, placements, and connections. Many of our distinguished professors continue to have careers outside of academia while others dedicate their time to research and teaching.

Founded in 1925, our department is the de facto music school of the University. Our department offers an unparalleled environment for artistic, professional, and scholarly challenges and growth. We encourage you to explore our website to learn more about our programs, and we invite you to visit us to experience the dynamism of our department in person!

David Schroeder's signature Dr. David Schroeder
Chair, NYU Steinhardt MPAP

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In Solidarity with Our Asian Community

In solidarity and in mourning with the Asian community and in repudiation of anti-Asian aggression and violence.

Preparing You for a Successful Career

Our faculty are acclaimed and active scholars, performers, directors, and music business entrepreneurs and executives, and their extensive professional connections create abundant networking possibilities for our students. Further, these faculty open up opportunities for our students to complete internships with leading music industry companies in New York City, the world's heartbeat of the performing arts professions.

At graduation, our students have already trained with the major active artists in the industry who will be selecting casts for Broadway shows, instrumentalists for major orchestras, ensembles and jazz bands, recording engineers, producers, and young executives for record companies, and so on. Every one of our academic programs balance the very best training and study with guidance for professional success after graduation.

Alumni have moved on to major performing careers and have secured coveted professional positions in the music industry as well as faculty and administrative positions in colleges, conservatories, and universities throughout the world.

Learning Outcomes

Upon conclusion of the program, students will be able to:

  1. Integrate music history, music theory, aural comprehension, and keyboard skills into their specialized field of study.
  2. Use effective written and oral communication skills to analyze, synthesize and disseminate information.
  3. Demonstrate readiness to enter the field as a professional as defined by their specific program.

A History of Excellence

NYU Steinhardt’s Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions was established in 1925. In 1968, the Department merged with the New York College of Music. Since that time, Steinhardt Music and Performing Arts Professions has functioned as NYU's "school" of music and developed into a major research and practice center in music technology, music business, music composition, film scoring, music performance practices, performing arts therapies, and the performing arts-in-education (music, dance, and drama). Today, 1,600 students majoring in these renowned music and performing arts programs are guided by 400 faculty. Our degree programs—baccalaureate through doctorate—are marked by an integration of performance, research, technology, and practice. Further, the programs are integrated with one another in ways that bring performance majors and composers together with choreographers, directors, actors, dancers, educators, librettists, and filmmakers in collaborative projects often reviewed by the New York media. Faculty sit on leading journal editorial boards, perform in the most prestigious concert venues in the world, and publish some of the most significant performing arts research on the scene today. Housed in new and growing facilities including advanced studios in music technology and rehearsal, practice, and concert spaces for our orchestra and performance programs, our Department and the Steinhardt School offer an unparalleled environment for artistic, professional, and scholarly challenge and growth

Legendary Alumni

Cy Coleman, multiple Tony and Grammy Award-winning composer of Sweet Charity, On the Twentieth Century, Barnum, and City of Angels as well as super-hit singles such as "Witchcraft" and Betty Comden, multiple Tony and Grammy Award-winning lyricist of On the Town (written with Leonard Bernstein), Bells are Ringing, Applause and On the Twentieth Century (written with fellow alum Cy Coleman), and the Academy Award-winning film, Singing in the Rain are esteemed alumni.  Film composer and Oscar winner Elmer Bernstein (who scored more than one hundred films including Ten Commandments, The Man with the Golden Arm, To Kill a Mockingbird, Walk on the Wild Side, The Great Escape), as well as Oscar-winning film writer (Moonstruck), Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and director (DoubtJohn Patrick Shanley, have brought NYU's Steinhardt School's reputation to Broadway and Hollywood for over fifty years.

Jazz great Wayne Shorter and music technologist and composer Enoch Light are also alumni.

Our alumni have moved on to celebrated careers as entertainment industry executives, record producers, entrepreneurs, performers, composers, educators, and arts therapists. Our graduates are professors and administrators in colleges and universities throughout the world. Thousands of NYU Steinhardt Music and Performing Arts alumni in all facets of the arts professions provide unique networking possibilities for each new generation of graduates.