BM in Music Theory and Composition: Concentration in Screen Scoring

Professional Music Composition and Screen Music training at a Liberal Arts University

In this bachelor of music program, you'll complete rigorous academic studies in both music and liberal arts, working closely with our faculty of internationally recognized composers. You'll be actively involved in the performance of your works – in concerts and readings by NYU performance groups in residence, school performing ensembles, and chamber groups specially hired for specific composition concerts – and collaborate with performers, dancers, and actors at NYU and throughout New York City.

In the Screen Scoring concentration, you will also receive intensive training in the technology, techniques, and contemporary trends of music for media. You'll have the opportunity to record with different ensembles, from hybrid sessions with virtuosic soloists to scoring for string and symphonic orchestras. You'll also participate in our weekly FRIDAY@1:00 series, where you will meet and share your work with renowned composers, songwriters, publishers, and industry executives.

Additionally, you'll collaborate with student filmmakers from the Tisch School of the Arts’ Maurice Kanbar Film Institute, School of Visual Arts, and Columbia University. Overall, 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 the Toronto International Film Festival.

Your Screen Scoring concentration courses will replace 18 elective points for the BM in Music Theory and Composition.

We also have a Composition concentration in Contemporary Production and Songwriting.

What You'll Learn
  • Compose music for varied scenarios and become a professional composer
  • Orchestration, arranging, and music production
  • Master current music technology such as software, sample libraries, synthesizers, and audio processors to produce music that is ready for the media industry
  • Contemporary scoring and orchestration techniques for screen music
  • Core training in music theory training
  • You will be able to choose from a wide range of electives in Music Composition and Songwriting, Music Technology, Music Business, and any other discipline offered at NYU

See the curriculum and requirements for this degree.

How You'll Learn

A Full Liberal Arts Education with Specialized Music Training
To complete this bachelor's degree, you'll take 128 points, or credits, of classes: 40 in liberal arts, a minimum of 68 in music, and 20 elective credits. You will complete a range of liberal arts core courses, music core courses, and screen scoring specific courses, working closely with renowned composition faculty.

Mentorship and Individualized Educations
Every semester, you will work individually with a composer from our faculty in the private lessons. You will also work closely with your advisor to achieve your personal and professional goals. In addition, our dedicated faculty and staff will work with you in the opportunities that we offer such as collaborations and recording sessions.

Apply What you Learn in Real World Scenarios
In our recording sessions, you will become the composer, music editor, or the producer in an environment that reproduces the intensity of the professional world. In our multiple networking events with the film students, animators, video game designers, or documentary makers, you will have to pitch your music, practice networking, and score projects that often are released to the public in festivals, or as a finished product.

Performance and Networking Opportunities
As a student in our program, you will have multiple opportunities to have your works performed in concerts, residencies, and readings by NYU performance groups, such as the NYUO1 orchestra or NYU Percussion Ensemble. You'll collaborate with many talented artists that are also attending NYU, or just living in NYC. In our series of workshops called Fridays@1, and in the Composer’s Forum, you will interact with top composers and industry professionals. They will often critique your work and provide advice in how to be successful in the industry.

Study Abroad
You'll have the unique opportunities to study music abroad at NYU Prague or NYU Paris, receiving specialized music training in music composition, music history and theory, music performance, and other related topics of study.

Dual Degree Option: BM Music Composition/MA Music Education

We also offer a dual degree that allows you to earn a bachelor of music in composition or performance and a master of arts in music education in only five years. You can take courses towards your graduate degree during your junior and senior years, then complete the MA in one additional year of study, becoming eligible for New York State initial certification as a teacher of music, grades K-12. See more information about this dual degree and how to apply.

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