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Concert Composition

Advance your music writing skills as you work with filmmakers, video game and virtual reality creators, choreographers, and writers and directors of theatre and music theatre productions. You will collaborate with a wide range of music performance students and work with students and faculty from our Music Technology program in our state-of-the-art recording and production facilities.

Bachelor of Music
Music Theory and Composition: Concert Music

Study music theory, keyboard skills, orchestration, music technology and more, and work closely with our faculty of internationally recognized composers.


Master of Music
Music Theory and Composition: Concert Music

Become actively involved in the performance of your work, collaborating with musicians and artists at NYU and throughout New York City.


Doctor of Philosophy
Music Performance and Composition: Composers

Create a highly personalized program exploring the aesthetic foundations and psychology of music and the arts, and perform qualitative research.

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