How to Audition for BM in Music Theory and Composition

How to Audition for BM in Music Theory and Composition

All prospective and transfer students must apply for admission to NYU Steinhardt before scheduling an audition. Please note that transfer students are only accepted for the Fall semester. Apply for undergraduate study.

Submit Your Portfolio

Portfolio must be submitted online via GetAcceptd by the appropriate deadline noted below. All materials must clearly indicate the applicant's name and NYU ID Number (if applicable), the program applied to, and the contents of the file.

The undergraduate Composition portfolio for applicants interested in the Contemporary Production and Songwriting concentration must contain:

  • Recordings of and lyrics and lead sheets to three songs to which you have significantly contributed. Collaborations must be accompanied by a detailed explanation of your contribution to each song. (Lyrics in a language other than English must be accompanied by a literal translation.)
  • One score of either an original composition or an existing composition by another author(s). Scores should utilize instruments other than those used in recordings of submitted songs. For example, if the recordings of an applicant’s songs utilize drums, bass, keyboard, and guitar, appropriate instrumentation for a submitted score would be for one of the following: jazz ensemble and soloist(s), woodwind/wind quintet, string quartet, brass quintet, multi-part vocal ensemble, etc.
  • A statement of your songwriting goals
  • Your CV

Please note: The quality of the recording and the performance are unimportant. 

Schedule Your Audition

Use our online audition scheduling system once you’ve submitted your application and portfolio.

If you cannot make the audition and would like to submit a video audition, please upload a video no later than the portfolio submission date for your application type. The video audition should be uploaded to GetAcceptd along with your other portfolio materials, according to the timeline below.

Audition Dates

Please note the portfolio deadline for each audition date.

Portfolio deadline for each audition date
Audition DatePortfolio DeadlineApplicants Eligible for Date
November 3, 2018 November 1, 2018 Early Decision
November 3, 2018 January 1, 2019 Early Decision II (Freshmen)
February 16, 2019 January 1, 2019 Regular Decision (Freshmen)
February 16, 2019 April 1, 2019 Internal/External Fall and Summer transfer

Note for prospective transfer students: Though NYU's deadline for Fall transfer admission is April 1, we suggest that you submit your Common Application at least one month in advance to allow sufficient time to schedule an audition on one of the dates above.

Audition Details and Requirements

  • Perform two pieces in contrasting styles on an instrument of your choice. One of these pieces may be a composition of your own, but at least one (and, if you prefer, both) of them must be a work by a composer other than yourself.
  • Accompanists are not required or provided.
  • Live auditions will include a short interview about your history as a composer, and may include a discussion of works in your portfolio and testing of music theory fundamentals.
  • If you cannot make the audition, please upload a video audition according to the guidelines no later than the portfolio submission date for your application type.