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We will help you become a leader in today’s global jazz scene while you immerse yourself in jazz culture in the heart of Greenwich Village. Our world-renowned faculty have the mastery to develop your potential as a performer, and provide the real-world knowledge that will help you succeed beyond graduation.

Bachelor of Music
Jazz Studies

Specialize in jazz composition or performance, perform with ensembles and in New York City's leading venues, and study one-on-one with world-renowned jazz artists.

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Master of Music
Jazz Studies

Perform weekly at landmark venues, study one-on-one with our internationally acclaimed faculty, and build a professional career in the modern jazz industry.

Application Extended: Still Accepting Applications


Artist Diploma
Jazz Instrumental Performance

For advanced students and young professionals seeking to enhance their performance careers, this artist diploma immerses you in the Greenwich Village jazz community.

Application Extended: Still Accepting Applications

NYU Steinhardt Jazz Studies students with Professor David Pietro

Doctor of Musical Arts
Music Performance

Prepare for a lifelong career in music as a collegiate educator or top level performer in the new Steinhardt DMA program, beginning Fall 2024.

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Doctor of Philosophy
Music Performance and Composition: Performers

Conduct cutting-edge research, perform on stage at NYU and throughout New York City, and study with world-renowned artists.

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Doctor of Philosophy
Music Performance and Composition: Composers

Create a highly personalized program as you refine your compositional voice to write large-scale works and embark on significant research for in-depth study and writing.

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Jazz Studies Records at WBGO

Students from NYU's Steinhardt's Jazz Studies and Program Director Dave Pietro, visited and recorded a performance of "Devil's Island" by Wayne Shorter at WBGO Studios. In addition to Pietro on soprano saxophone, the NYU Wayne Shorter Ensemble Spring 2024 semester lineup consists of the following students: 
Jenna Love - alto saxophone, Bala Cynwyd, Eli Heinen - trombone, Rafael Chamone - guitar, Arnie Sainz - piano & keyboard, Ryoma Takenaga - electric & acoustic bass and Anton Kot - drums.

NYU Jazz Interview Series

Hear in-depth discussions with jazz greats in the Jazz Interview series, hosted by Music Professor Dr. David Schroeder.

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News and Events

NYU's Wayne Shorter Jazz Ensemble performs in WBGO Studios

WBGO continues to celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month by showcasing the talents of the next generation of jazz musicians. Recently, students from NYU's Steinhardt's Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions, along with the longtime Director of Jazz Studies at NYU, Dave Pietro, came to visit and record a performance at WBGO Studios.

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Composition About Climate Change Given New Life

NYU Steinhardt Jazz composer, arranger and pianist Rich Shemaria talks about his work One World Suite, a piece he spent the last six months arranging for symphony orchestra. Along with the Jazz faculty band Combo Nuvo, he plans to take One World Suite on the road this summer and perform in Vienna.

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Jazz Cast Series: Nicolas Prost and Sebastien Paindestre

In his latest podcast, Dr. Dave Schroeder, Music Professor of Jazz Studies and host of the NYU Jazz Series, interviewed classical saxophonist Nicolas Prost and pianist Sebastien Paindestre.

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Percussion Performance to Commemorate Black History Month

NYU Steinhardt’s Percussion Ensemble will perform Tim Adams’ "8:46” to commemorate Black History Month. The program will also feature the world premiere of Lenny White’s "The Magnificent Seven" and a rare arrangement of Duke Ellington’s "Malletoba Spank."

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NYU Jazz Cast Series Features: Author Michael Wolff

The latest interview in The NYU Jazz Cast Series, produced by Dr. Dave Schroeder Music Professor of Jazz Studies, features author and jazz pianist Michael Wolff.

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"On That Note" by Jazz Pianist Michael Wolff is a Memoir Filled with Music, Pain, and Laughter

Michael Wolff, adjunct professor of Jazz Studies, is an award-winning jazz pianist, composer, and bandleader. Recently, he added another notch to his creative belt with the release of his memoir, On That Note.

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The Artistry and Education of Gui Duvignau, Bassist, Jazz Studies Program

Gui Duvignau, musician and jazz studies major and is draws inspiration from his travels, and from performing rock, Brazilian and ‘world’ music, and studying contemporary music. 

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