Master of Music in Music Theory and Composition: Screen Scoring

Get Intensive Professional Training in Music and Screen Composition

Prepare for a career in composing for the screen while developing your skills in music production, music editing, orchestrating, mixing, and engineering. In this master’s program, you will receive intensive professional training that combines practice, theory, and industry immersion with opportunities to work closely with renowned renowned composers, music editors, orchestrators, publishers, and other industry professionals.

What You'll Learn:
  • Compose for movies, TV, video games, and multimedia through private lessons and seminars
  • Master the use of industry-standard software, sample libraries, synthesizers, and audio processors
  • Collaborate with NYC filmmakers, video game makers, documentary makers, and others
  • Hone your skills in composition, orchestration, music editing, production, mixing, engineering, and music editing
  • Become a well-rounded scholar in music research, history, theory, and criticism
  • Explore electives in computer music, conducting, music technology and production, songwriting, music theory and cognition, music business, and game audio.

See the curriculum and requirements for this degree.

How You'll Learn

Core Courses, Specialized Training, and Guided Electives
As a student in this graduate program, you will complete 39 points, or credits, of course work. The curriculum includes core courses in research, music theory, and music history and literature; composition seminars; classes in film music; composer’s forum; and private composition studies.

Recording and Performance Opportunities
You will have the opportunity to build your screen scoring portfolio by recording with different ensembles, from hybrid sessions with virtuosic soloists to string and symphonic orchestras featuring first-call New York City musicians.

You will also have multiple opportunities to have your concert works performed in concerts, residencies, and readings by NYU performance groups, such as the NYU Orchestra and NYU Percussion Ensemble.

Work with Industry Professionals
In addition to providing a well-rounded and professional education, NYU Steinhardt's Screen Scoring program presents a broad variety of workshops, conferences, and professional opportunities for composers and scholars. You'll participate in our weekly Composers Forum and FRIDAY@1:00 series, where you will meet and share your work with composers, songwriters, publishers, and industry executives.

Build a Professional Portfolio

You’ll have opportunities to collaborate with student filmmakers from the Tisch School of the Arts’ Maurice Kanbar Film Institute, School of Visual Arts, and Columbia University. Over the years, our students have scored over a thousand films in collaboration with Tisch, many of which have premiered at the world’s most prestigious film festivals such as Sundance, Cannes, Tribeca, and Toronto International Film Festival.

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