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David Schroeder

Department Chair, Music Associate Professor of Jazz Studies

Music and Performing Arts Professions


David Schroeder, B.M.E. University of Northern Iowa, M.M. New England Conservatory, D.A., New York University. As the Director of Jazz Studies, Dr. Schroeder is continually developing an interactive environment between students, artist/faculty and the jazz community thriving in and around New York City. Schroeder's vision for jazz education combines theory and practice, taking advantage of NYU's proximity and interaction with legendary jazz clubs and other music industry opportunities located within New York City and around the world. As the Director for Steinhardt Music’s dedicated Study Away sights at NYU Paris and NYU Prague, his students gain confidence in pursuing international careers in music.

Aside from his scholarly interests in jazz history, jazz theory, arranging, composition and performance practices, Schroeder is the creator and host of the NYU Jazz Interview Series, a video series produced for historical research and archival purposes. This series available for viewing on the NYU Steinhardt Jazz YouTube Channel. Schroeder has developed internship opportunities for his students to begin building significant music industry connections while still in school. His students have interned with Verve Music Group, Blue Note Records, EMI, Half Note Records, Saturday Night Live and Jazz at Lincoln Center, to name a few.

Schroeder is also the artistic director for Combo Nuvo, the NYU Jazz Faculty in Residence Ensemble featuring jazz artist/faculty Lenny Pickett, Billy Drewes, Rich Shemaria, Brad Shepik, Mike Richmond and John Hadfield. The group appears regularly at landmark New York City jazz venues including the Blue Note Jazz Club and Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola, and has been featured with the Costa Rica National Symphony, The United Arab Emirates and the Morin Khuur Ensemble; the National Symphony of Mongolia.


Jazz Studies

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