BM in Music Performance with a Focus on String Studies

BM in Music Performance with a Focus on String Studies

Professional Performance Training and a Liberal Arts Education

Gain intensive conservatory training in solo, chamber, and orchestral repertoire while completing a full liberal arts education. In this bachelor of music program, you'll work closely with our faculty to maximize your potential as a musician and prepare for a fulfilling career as a working artist. A multitude of opportunities for performance and collaboration await you, from our three orchestras and numerous chamber ensembles to early, new, and electronic music groups. In addition, our Greenwich Village location gives you access to all of the advantages that come from being centered in the heart of the world’s cultural capital. Whatever the career path you envision, we will provide you with the expertise and opportunities necessary to realize your dreams.

What You'll Learn
  • Professional skills such as solo, chamber music, and orchestral performance, and extended techniques
  • Conceptual skills through analytical, theoretical, and historical studies
  • Insights into varying approaches to interpretation and technique in frequent master classes with the world’s leading soloists and teachers

See the curriculum and requirements, including a suggested course sequence for this degree. 

Demanding Conservatory Training Paired with a Rich Liberal Arts Education

As a student in our program, you'll take 128 points, or credits, of classes: 88 in music and 40 in liberal arts. Our class sizes are small; you will have personal attention and guidance from your teachers. You will complete a range of liberal arts core courses, including introductory study of the humanities, social sciences, and scientific inquiry; complete core music classes, including four semesters each in music history, music theory, aural comprehension, and keyboard harmony and improvisation; and present full-length recitals in your junior and senior years. You'll also have the opportunity to take elective classes in music business, music technology, jazz studies, and music education, positioning you to be a leader and an entrepreneur in the ever-evolving world of music.

Performance Opportunities at NYU and Throughout 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 NYUO¹, NYUO², and Broadway orchestras, provide additional experiences that prepare students for careers in every aspect of string performance. 

Minor in Business of Entertainment, Media, and Technology

The popular BEMT minor allows students to take electives that focus on the business aspects of the media and entertainment world. You will have the opportunity to pursue this cross-school minor that allows you to take courses at Stern, Tisch, and Steinhardt. Learn more about the minor and its requirements.

Dual Degree Option: BM Music Performance/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.

Degree Details


Bachelor of Music in Instrumental Performance


Full-time or part-time



Start Date:

Fall or Spring semester

Application Deadline:

Fall Early Decision 1: November 1
Fall Regular Decision and Early Decision 2: January 1
Fall Internal Transfer Applications: March 1
Fall Transfer Applications: April 1
Spring: October 1

Contact Us

Stephanie Baer
Program Director