MM in Brass Studies

MM in Brass Studies

Advanced Performance Training and Rigorous Academic Study 

Combining performance training with related academic study, this master of music program with a focus on brass studies prepares you for a career as professional musician. You'll study closely with our renowned faculty and participate in numerous performance opportunities in the heart of New York City. 

What You'll Learn
  • The necessary knowledge and skills to achieve a high level of musical excellence that enables you to pursue a career as a professional musician
  • How to analyze the performance practices, both historical and contemporary, for repertoire from the 18th, 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries, informing the performance of that repertoire
  • Entrepreneurial skills essential to the real and varied world of the music profession, including concert programming, grant writing, promotional/audience development, website design, and press releases.
  • Practical working knowledge of technology commonly used in the music business

See the curriculum and requirements for this degree.

In addition to the MM program, we also offer a post-master's artist diploma in Classical Instrumental Performance.

How You'll Learn

Core and Elective Courses
The 36-point (or credit) program of study consists of two core courses in music research and music history/literature; six courses in music performance, including weekly private study with our faculty; and three elective courses, allowing you to tailor your curriculum toward your specific interests and musical goals. 

Solo Master's Recital
You will present a solo master's recital, usually in your final (third or fourth) semester. The recital experience includes a manageable research project that examines a piece or set of pieces on the recital program from the standpoint of music history, music theory/analysis, and/or performance practices.

Performance Opportunities
As a graduate student in our program, you'll have myriad performance opportunities. Several chamber music concerts each year offer chances for you to perform in the NYU Brass Choir, brass quintets, quartets, trios and other mixed ensembles taught by our leading ensemble faculty. The NYU Symphony and Philharmonia present concerts of standard orchestral repertoire and new music, including concertos performed by student concerto competition winners. Additional orchestral experiences are available through our fully staged opera, music theatre productions, recording studio dates, and film scoring projects produced by leading Broadway and major opera company music directors. 

Where Your Degree Can Take You 
  • Music industry leader and performer
  • College or university professor, researcher, or administrator
Degree Details
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Wayne du Maine
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