NYU Film Scoring Workshop

NYU Film Scoring Workshop

Headlined by luminary composers Mark Snow (The X-FilesBlue Bloods), Michael Levine (SirenStar Wars: Detours), and NYU Film Scoring faculty, and featuring different guests year to year like Tamar-Kali Brown (Come Sunday, Mudbound), music editors Suzana Peric (The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Silence of the Lambs) and Todd Kasow (True Grit, Wonderstruck), or Sean Callery (24, Homeland), the NYU Film Scoring Workshop will highlight:

  • Creative process and composition
  • Logic Pro X + sample library bootcamp
  • Virtual and traditional orchestration
  • Music editing, preparation and engineering
  • Recording & mixing sessions
  • Sample library creation

As a participant, you will record and mix your music with the top industry professionals of New York City. Throughout the workshop, your work will be critiqued by Mark Snow, Michael Levine, and NYU’s acclaimed Screen Scoring faculty. You will also have the opportunity to record and create your very own sample libraries, guided by NYU faculty and engineers.

Participants can choose to follow one of the two tracks of the NYU Film Scoring Workshop. Each offers the modern media composer a window into different kinds of industry recording scenarios they might encounter in their careers.

TRACK ONE: Orchestral Ensemble

As a participant, you will record your music in one session with an orchestral ensemble. You are encouraged to incorporate the rich traditions of classic Hollywood large-ensemble film scoring with more contemporary hybrid techniques by exploring the use of both acoustic and electronics elements. Previous workshops have included players from the NY Philharmonic and The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, and have been recorded by such top-flight engineers as Paul Geluso and mixed by grammy winning mixer, Lawrence Manchester.

2019 NYU Film Scoring Orchestral Ensemble Track Schedule

TRACK TWO: Soloists & Chamber Ensemble

As a participant, you will have multiple days of one-on-one recording time to workshop your music with several virtuosic instrumental soloists where you can experiment with extended techniques, improvisations, and unusual instruments to create unique worlds of sound. You are encouraged to explore the wide possibilities of combining electronics and sample libraries with the singular contributions of our eclectic soloists. In the past, we have worked with soloists like David Weiss on woodwinds (The Rookie, Noah, Lion King), John Benthal on plucked instruments (Idina Menzel, Nanny Diaries, Lion King), and Paul Woodiel on strings (Fargo, The Nanny Diaries).

2019 NYU Film Scoring Soloists & Chamber Ensemble Track Schedule

For more information please see our NYU Film Scoring Workshop FAQ's

Past Faculty

  • Mark Snow
    (The X-Files, Blue Bloods)
  • Michael Levine
    (Siren, Star Wars: Detours)
  • Suzana Peric
    (The Lord of the Rings, The Silence of the Lambs)
  • Todd Kasow
    (True Grit, Wonderstruck)
  • Philip Rothman
    (Music Copyist)

Minimum age allowed in NYU on-campus housing for a MPAP Summer Program is 15 years old.

  • Housing is not required, students may commute and will not be charged for housing/meal plan. Residential students will be housed in Weinstein Hall.
  • Summer housing application instructions are provided to admitted students only.
Meal Plan
  • Students staying in housing are required to have a meal plan (automatically assigned to student accounts when assigned a room in a residence hall).
  • 10 meals and 30 Dining Dollars per week (if desired, admitted students can increase meal plan)

Move In Date: 
Move Out Date: 

  • Move In for programs will take place on the Sunday before the start of the program. Move Out will be on the Saturday after the last day of the program. Students must check out by 11am.

Costs and Fees
 US StudentsInternational Students
Application Fee (paid at the end of Acceptd application) $55 $55
Tuition (Participant) $1,650 $1,650
Tuition (Auditor) $545 $545
Housing and Meal Plan (if on-campus) $874 $874
Health Insurance Not Applicable $355 Comprehensive Plan

Applicants can participate in multiple workshops as part of our Scoring Intensive and receive the following discounts:
Attend Two Workshops: 5% discount
Attend Three Workshops: 10% discount

Accepted students will confirm their attendance once they have paid the enrollment deposit (detailed instructions provided in acceptance email). Residential students will have successfully registered for housing once they have paid the housing deposit and completed the housing application (sent via email after student confirms their attendance).

$150 Enrollment deposit:
  • Accepted applicants will make an enrollment deposit of $150 in order to confirm their attendance to their NYU MPAP Summer Program. Payment instructions are provided within the initial acceptance email.
$500 Housing deposit:
  • If staying in on-campus housing, students are required to pay a $500 deposit to reserve a space in housing.
  • The housing deposit is a portion of the housing charges, and is NOT a separate or added fee.
  • The housing deposit is applied to any housing charges on your bill. Any excess balance remaining will be applied to tuition fees or refunded to the student.

Please note: Application Fee, Enrollment Deposit and Housing Deposit are not refundable.

Paying the remaining balance

After paying the deposit(s), students are responsible for paying the remaining balance prior to the start of the program. While the remaining tuition may be posted immediately after deposits are made, the remaining housing bills are not sent until 2 weeks prior to the start of the program. Payment by credit card is not accepted by the Bursar's office to pay remaining balances, please contact the Bursars Office directly for questions about payment.

All fees, tuition and housing costs are charged to the students eSuites (online student billing system and personal account) via the NYU Bursars Office. Read instructions on accessing the eSuites account.

For information, see the Summer Finances page.

All communications and admission decisions are provided via email (email account used when application was created).

Many program directors make admission decisions on a rolling basis once a completed application is received. However, applicants can expect to receive a final admissions decision email no later than two weeks after the final application deadline date.

Students interested in financial aid should complete and submit the Scholarship Application that is sent to you once you complete the application process.

Current NYU Students please see page here for information on how to apply!


 Check List | Mandatory Health Insurance | Have Questions?

 As an international student, it is in your best interest to apply early! This will allow enough time between being admitted to a program and the start of the program to complete all international applicant steps via the NYU Office of Global Services and obtain the required F1 Student Visa from your countries consulate or embassy.

As such, International students must complete the 2-step 2018 MPAP Summer Programs Application in full by the Priority Application Deadline that correlates with your program of interest or by the Final Application Deadline if your program does not require a Priority Application Deadline.

Note: International student application requirements vary for programs occurring abroad (i.e. programs not on Washington Square Campus)

International Applicant Information

Proof of English Proficiency (Required to Complete Application Step-1)

International students must provide English language proficiency. 

English Language Testing Requirements:

If English is not your native language, you may be asked to show your proficiency by taking one of the following tests (results must be from the last two years):

  • TOEFL iBT (Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-Based Test)
  • IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
  • PTE Academic (Pearsons Test of English Academic)
  • CAE or CPE (Cambridge English: Advanced of Proficiency)
Who is exempt from English language proficiency testing?

Exemption will be given in the following circumstances:

  • If your native language is English;
  • If you are an applicant from the following country: Australia, Canada, Great Britain, Ireland, New Zealand, or Singapore;
  • If you have been studying in a school or college/university where the sole language of instruction is English for at least 3 full years at the time of your application; or
  • If your education has been completed entirely in schools/colleges/universities where the language of instruction is English.

*If you are UNABLE to submit your proof of English language using one of the formats listed above, you must email MPAP.Summer@nyu.edu detailing your reason why and be sure to include the name of the program you are applying for.  We will contact you to discuss alternative options.*

I-20/DS-2019 and Visa Information

NYU requires students enrolling in courses (this includes summer students) to be at a ststus that would allow study such as a F-1 or J-1 visa. The NYU Office of Global Services (OGS) can assist you in obtaining an I-20 or DS-2019 to process your F-1 or J-1 visa. Once you have completed a program application, you will receive instructions for submitting the I-20/DS-2019 documentation. Contact OGS with specific visa related questions at newinternationalstudents@nyu.edu. You must be enrolled as a full-time student. All MPAP Programs are full-time and zero credit courses. 

* International students are NOT permitted to study on a B-1 (tourist) visa

Please Note: International students currently studying in the US (at NYU or at another academic institution) who currently are in a F-1 or J-1 visa status are not required to submit additional visa documentation in order to enroll in summer courses at NYU. Unless they need to transfer their SEVIS record to NYU.  Please contact OGS directly if this is the case.

International Student Check-In

Upon arrival in the United States, all international students must attend an International Student Check-In with the NYU Office of Global Services (OGS) in order to be in compliance. Prior to the start of your program, you will receive information from OGS about your scheduled check-in date and time.  

Mandatory Health Insurance

  • At NYU, Student Health Insurance is required for F-1 and J-1 students.
  • International students are automatically enrolled in a Summer Term health insurance policy at a flat rate (comprehensive plan), but students have the option to downgrade to the basic policy if eligible.
    • To downgrade your Health Insurance plan, you must  contact the NYU Student Health Center to see if you are eligible. For more information, visit the Student Health Center website.

Have Questions?

If you are in need of further assistance please contact the NYU Office of Global Services (OGS) with specific visa related questions at newinternationalstudents@nyu.edu, and be sure to include that you are applying to one of the "Steinhardt MPAP Summer Programs" and your full name. You can also contact MPAP Summer Programs at mpap.summer@nyu.edu or 212 998 5438.

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