PhD in Music Performance and Composition: Composers

PhD in Music Performance and Composition: Composers

Conduct Research in Music and Music Composition 

This doctoral program prepares you to conduct research in music and music composition. Working closely with our faculty of internationally recognized composers, you will create a highly personalized program of study tailored to your specific interests and goals. You'll develop and complete a dissertation and present a final recital of your compositions. 

A concentration is also available for performers.

What You'll Learn
  • Aesthetic foundations of the arts
  • Research in music and music education
  • Qualitative field research
  • Aesthetics of music
  • Psychology of music, music criticism, music theory, orchestration

See the curriculum and requirements for this degree. 

How You'll Learn

A Flexible PhD Program Tailored to Your Areas of Interest
This doctoral degree requires a minimum of 49 points, or credits. The program of study is distributed among courses in the foundations, cognate areas, advised research (this includes preparation for a recital), specialization, guided electives in private composition study and advanced computer music composition, a departmental content seminar in composition, and dissertation research and preparation. You will be able to personalize your program around your individual interests.

Performance Opportunities for Your Own Work
As a student in this program, you'll be actively involved in the scheduling and performance of your own works, in concerts and readings by NYU performance groups in residence, school performing ensembles, as well as chamber groups specially hired for specific composition concerts. You will have countless opportunities to collaborate with performers, dancers, actors, and multimedia applications. Within our department, there are very active collaborations with the Music Technology, Jazz Studies, and Instrumental and Vocal Performance programs. In addition, we have a very active collaboration with musicians and other artists from New York City.

Composers Forum
Through our department's weekly Composers Forum, you'll have the opportunity to meet and work with world-renowned composers and performers and attend highlights in the New York City new music concert season.

Degree Details


Contact Us

Tae Hong Park
Program Director