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Music Education

NYU’s Music Education program is an imaginative place that prepares the next generation of music educators, thinkers, scholars, teaching artists, and change agents through progressive and foundational practices and research. Our fully accredited degrees offer students opportunities to study and perform with academics, musicians, and artist-teachers in New York City and surrounding areas. Courses expand the traditional master-apprentice model by including space for students to question, probe, and reimagine the potential of the musical experience for all students. 

Bachelor of Music
Music Education

Prepare for a career as a music educator in PK–12 schools and get a liberal arts education, all while performing and studying in New York City and abroad.

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Bachelor of Arts / Master of Arts
Music / Music Education
Dual Degree, Initial Certification

Provides students an opportunity to earn a dual degree (a Bachelor of Arts in Composition or Performance and a Master of Arts in Music Education) in five years.

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Master of Arts
Teaching Music
Grades Pre-K–12, Initial Certification

Study applied music, theory, and pedagogy and complete student teaching in New York schools as you prepare for a career as an innovative Pre-K–12 music educator.

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Master of Arts
Music Education

Pursue a career as an innovative music educator working in schools, community music settings in this non-certification program.

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Advanced Certificate
Professional Studies in Music
Post-Master’s Study

Our post-master’s certificate offers advanced classes in music education, performance, and more to further develop your career or prepare you for doctoral study.

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Doctor of Philosophy
Music Education: For College and University Faculty

Gain a thorough grounding in the significant issues and developing paradigms in music education as you prepare for a career in higher education.

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Bobby Sanabria Featured in New Music Video for “New York State of Mind”

Music Education professor Bobby Sanabria is featured in a new music video of Billy Joel’s “New York State of Mind.”

NYU Steinhardt Professor Creates New Lab Researching Sustainable Entrepreneurship within the Classical Music Field

A grant from the National Endowment for the Arts will establish a new research lab focused on entrepreneurship and innovation in classical music training programs.

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Helping Young People Follow Their Dreams: An Interview with Music Educator Melissa Morris (MA '00)

Melissa Morris (MA '00), award-winning music educator in the New York City public schools, discusses what music can teach us about diversity and what the pandemic has taught her about teaching.

All-University Jazz Orchestra Premieres New Composition

The orchestra remotely performed the premiere of a jazz mambo.

Alum Akini Gill Publishes Book

Akini A. Gill has published his first book, "From Behind the Bridge to the Impossible Dream."