Our Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions offers the highest level of professional training in the performing arts within the world's cultural center -- New York City. This is matched by the superb academic resources of a world-class university.

1,500 students majoring in renowned music and music professions programs are guided by 300 faculty. Our undergraduates receive intensive and systematic training in their specialization along with a broad liberal arts education. Graduate students develop their art through individual lessons and specialized classes. Students at all levels have access to extraordinary research resources and facilities, including the James L. Dolan Music Recording Studio.

Degree Programs

  • Instrumental Performance (Classical or Jazz) | BM, Dual BM/MA, MM, Artist Diploma, PhD
  • Piano Performance | BM, Dual BM/MA, MM, PhD
  • Piano Pedagogy | Advanced Certificate
  • Vocal Performance (Classical Voice/Opera or Music Theatre) | BM, Dual BM/MA, MM, PhD
  • Vocal Pedagogy | Advanced Certificate
  • Music Theory and Composition (Traditional, Jazz, Songwriting, Film Scoring, or Electronic) | BM, Dual BM/MA, MM, PhD
  • Music Business | BM, MA
  • Music Technology | BM, MM, PhD
  • Music Education | BM, MA, Advanced Certificate, PhD
  • Music Therapy | MA
  • Performing Arts Administration | MA

Also: scholarships and fellowships available; summer programs and study abroad opportunities.

The city is our stage and our classroom. Our world-class faculty's strong professional connections allow students to take advantage of internships and performance opportunities with prestigious music companies, performing arts institutions, and educational organizations throughout New York City.


Prominent graduates of our programs include jazz great Wayne Shorter, music theatre composer Cy Coleman, lyricist Betty Comden, film composer Elmer Bernstein, conductor and composer Tania Leon, and music technologist Enoch Light.

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