MM in String Studies

MM in String Studies

This master of music program with a focus on string studies combines advanced solo, chamber, and orchestral repertoire performance training and related academic study with performance opportunities throughout New York City. You'll work closely with our renowned faculty in weekly private lessons and participate in repertoire classes that focus on solo performance and pedagogy. 
What You'll Learn
  • The knowledge and skills necessary to achieve a high level of musical excellence that enables you to pursue a career as a professional musician
  • How to analyze the performance practices, both historical and contemporary, for repertoire from the 18th, 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries, informing the performance of that repertoire
  • Entrepreneurial skills essential to the real and varied world of the music profession, including concert programming, grant writing, promotional/audience development, website design, and press releases
  • Practical working knowledge of technology commonly used in the music business

See the curriculum and requirements for this degree.

In addition to the MM program, we also offer a post-master's artist diploma in Classical Instrumental Performance.

How You'll Learn

Core and Elective Courses
The 36-point (or credit) program of study consists of two core courses in music research and music history/literature; six courses in music performance, including various private instruction, ensemble, chamber music, workshop, repertoire, and string classes; and three elective courses in subjects such as music theory, performing arts administration, music business, music technology, and other related areas of interest. 

Solo Master's Recital
You will present a solo master's recital, usually in your last (third or fourth) semester. As part of your recital experience, you'll complete a research project that examines a piece or set of pieces on your recital program from the standpoint of music history, music theory/analysis, and/or performance practices.

Performance Opportunities Throughout NYU and New York City
Live performance is a vital part of your education, and you'll have numerous opportunities to play, both within and beyond the NYU community. Our students regularly perform at venues in Greenwich Village and throughout New York City. While we offer the highest level of solo repertoire study, we also emphasize intensive training in chamber and orchestral repertoire. Our students form ensembles at the start of each semester, taught by renowned performance faculty, and often choose to remain together throughout their years at NYU and after graduation. Extraordinary performances with the NYU orchestras, as well as orchestras that perform for our musical theatre, opera, and dance productions, provide additional experiences that prepare students for careers in every aspect of string performance. 

Where Your Degree Can Take You
  • Music industry leader and performer
  • College or university professor, researcher, or administrator
Degree Details
Contact Us

Stephanie Baer
Program Director