Master of Music in Songwriting

Master of Music in Songwriting

The Songwriting concentration is a degree in music composition. You'll learn how to enter the competitive songwriting field with the necessary compositional tools, historical context, and business acumen. Drawing from the breadth of options within the Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions, you'll take private lessons in composition, develop specific skills and sensibilities, and acquire a set of tools and techniques necessary to build a career in the constantly evolving music industry.

What You'll Learn
  • An essential array of compositional tools, addressing melody, harmony, structure, rhyme scheme, scan, rhythmic concepts, and more
  • Cultural context and history via song analysis, research, and master classes
  • Integral elements of technology, audio production, promotion, and marketing
  • Arranging techniques
  • Electives in music technology and composing for film and multimedia

See the curriculum and requirements for this degree. 

How You'll Learn

Coursework to Guide You Into the Competitive World of Songwriting
While the use of music (primarily songs) in media has never been greater, the challenge of building a career in music has become increasingly daunting. To prepare you for a career in songwriting, you will be exposed to central aspects of the art, craft, and commerce. You'll take classes in songwriting history and criticism, song analysis, studio production techniques, the business structure of the music industry, and recording technology and participate in the Songwriters Forum, a seminar geared toward developing the art and craft of writing popular songs. In this series of master classes, you'll write and develop your songs, receive feedback from professional songwriters, and collaborate with other lyricists and composers. 

Performance and Networking Opportunities
As a student in our program, you'll have the opportunity to have your work performed by NYU performance groups and ensembles and to collaborate with performers, dancers, and actors in NYU Steinhardt's Music Technology, Jazz Studies, and Instrumental and Vocal Performance programs, as well as with other New York City musicians and artists. You'll participate in our weekly Composers Forum, where you will meet and work with world-renowned composers and performers, prepare two student showcases per semester, and attend highlights in the New York City new music concert season.

Degree Details
Contact Us

Phil Galdston
Director, Songwriting
Clinical Associate Professor of Songwriting
Faculty Songwriter-in-Residence