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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.

News and Events

Vocal Performance Alum Nicole Zuraitis Wins Grammy Best Jazz Vocal Album

Vocal Performance Alum Nicole Zuraitis Wins 2024 Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Album: How Love Begins.

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Clinical Musicianship for Good

For students in NYU Steinhardt’s Music Therapy program, music is more than just an artistic pastime, but a powerful tool in the service of human wellbeing.

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NYU Steinhardt Participates in Carnegie Hall’s City-Wide Festival on the Artistry of Germany's Weimar Republic

NYU Steinhardt will present free music, theater, and dance events as part of the “Fall of the Weimar Republic: Dancing on the Precipice” festival focused on pre-World War II Germany.

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Accessible Music and Creative Code

For Music Technology alum Willie Payne (PhD ’23), music and code go hand in hand. While at NYU Steinhardt, Payne partnered with The Filomen M. D’Agostino Greenberg Music School to help people pursue their study of music while addressing the challenges posed by vision loss.

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Louis Stevens (MM `23) Wins Los Angeles Pete Carpenter Fellowship

NYU Scoring Alum Louis Stevens (MM `23) was chosen as this year’s Los Angeles Pete Carpenter fellow, one of only two composers selected for the prestigious program. Stevens will begin his experience within the residency working with film composer Tony Morales and Fil Eisler.

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Linda Shelton Joins NYC's First-Ever Live Performance Industry Council

The council will develop strategies to drive inclusive growth in the sector, support New York City's creative economy, and ensure the industry recovers beyond pre-COVID-19 pandemic levels.

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Howie Singer and Bill Rosenblatt Pen New Book - Key Changes

Key Changes tells a new story about the history of the music business and the ten technological advances that disrupted it over the last century. Each of the technological innovations covered in this book not only disrupted the music business, but also fundamentally altered the industry’s character. And while the technologies themselves have evolved in unique and varied ways over the decades, the changes within the business follow a clear pattern.

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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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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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NYU Concert Composition students practicing in the Paulson Center

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