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Screen Scoring

Bachelor of Music
Music Theory and Composition: Screen Scoring

Specialized training in music composition, screen scoring, and technology in a liberal arts university through mentoring and individualized attention.

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Master of Music
Music Theory and Composition: Screen Scoring

Become an efficient, versatile composer for the screen through intensive technical training, private lessons, recording sessions, and networking.

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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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About Screen Scoring at NYU Steinhardt

Create music for film, TV, video games, virtual reality, and prepare for your scoring career with intensive coursework , Screen Scoring at NYU Steinhardt offers students to r a renowned composition faculty, opportunities for collaboration and recording, unparalleled facilities, and access to a vast network of peers, industry practitioners, and accomplished alumni.


Our students work with filmmakers in a variety of different contexts forging many successful and long-lasting relationships.

Recording and Performance

Students participate in recording sessions that serve as our laboratory for current scoring practices.


Our Friday@1 series presents conversations with some of the most renowned composers, songwriters, publishers, and industry executives in New York City and beyond.

Screen Scoring Summer Workshops

Hone your skills in scoring for TV, film, advertising, or videogames at one of our summer workshops.

Meet Our Screen Scoring Class!

Get to know our current undergraduate and graduate students. Learn about their experiences as part of the NYU Screen Scoring program, from personal profiles to scores they’ve composed.

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Ariel Marx (MM `17) Receives EMMY Nomination for “A Small Light”

“Marx, whose miniseries A Small Light was among the most acclaimed shows of the year”, adds: “There is more support and encouragement for women to helm these bigger projects. That’s an indication that studios, creatives and executives are more willing to give women these big jobs.” - Variety

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Marcelo Zarvos Scores “The Equalizer 3”

"The Equalizer 3" premiered on September 1st 2023, and has continued to dominate the box office since its release. The film starring Denzel Washington, was scored by adjunct faculty member Marcelo Zarvos who was assisted by alumni Greg Polzak (MM `11), Simon Li (MM `22), and Jackie Andresen (BM `23).

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Sadoff, Ferrara and Geluso Serve Expert Testimony in Sam Smith Case

Three Steinhardt faculty served as forensic musicologists on behalf of pop icon Sam Smith and his 2019 hit “Dancing With a Stranger.” The “Motion for Summary Judgement” against Jordan Vincent and his 2015 song of the same name.

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Herdís Stefánsdóttir Stands Out at the World Soundtrack Awards

Screen Scoring alumna Herdís Stefánsdóttir (MM `16) has been nominated for the 2023 Discovery of the Year Award at the World Soundtrack Awards! The Discovery of the Year Award winner is voted by the Advisory and Executive board of the World Soundtrack Awards, and showcases up-and-coming talent in the world of film music.

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John Kaefer Scores New Netflix Game Series “Netflix Stories: Love is Blind”

Screen Scoring adjunct faculty member John Kaefer recently worked with streaming giant Netflix and interactive game designer Formosa on the upcoming interactive game series, Netflix Stories. Kaefer scored Netflix Stories: Love is Blind, based on the popular series, Love is Blind (which begins its fifth season on September 22nd 2023).

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Hirsch, Anglin and Phillipson-Weiner in the Running for Prestigious Award

Two NYU Screen Scoring alumni Gabriella Hirsh (MM `23) and Madison Anglin (MM `23) were selected for the prestigious opportunity. Previous guests of the workshop include award winning film and concert composer Michael Abels (Nope, Us, Get Out), and many more.

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Scoring Alumna Tanis Chalopin Scores New Inspector Gadget Game

Screen Scoring Alum Tanis Chalopin (MM `16) has scored the next installment in the Inspector Gadget franchise, the upcoming video game Inspector Gadget: MAD Time Party! As the daughter of Inspector Gadget's creator, Jean Chalopin, she carries the franchise forward and adds her unique musical voice.

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Screen Scoring Alum Score 2023 Student Academy Award Winning Documentaries

NYU Screen Scoring congratulates Jude Shih (MM `23) and Mengxue Tan (MM `23) who collaborated on one of the Student Academy Award winning documentaries of 2023. Shih and Tan scored "Duet" directed by NYU Journalism alum Lyuwei Chen.

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Academy Award-Winning Documentaries Scored by NYU Steinhardt Screen Scoring Alumni

Screen Scoring congratulates Aurélie Webb, Elizabeth Phillipson-Weiner, and Cal Freundlich, who scored all three Student Academy Award-winning documentaries of 2022.

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Hunter Hanson Wins John Lennon Songwriting Contest in Electronic Category

Hunter Hanson, NYU screen scoring alum and adjunct professor, recently won the 2021 Session ll Grand Prize in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest (Electronic Category) for his first solo release “Breezeblow”.

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Three NYU Screen Scoring Alumni Team Up to Assist Blockbuster Composer Junkie XL

On October 3rd, 2021 NYU Screen Scoring adjunct instructor, Hunter Hanson interviewed alumni Ching-Shan Chang (MM ‘19), Peter Kohrman (MM ‘20), and Dallin Burns (MM ‘20) who assist Holkenborg at his studio in Los Angeles on his scores, including some of his recent projects including: Justice League and Army of the Dead and the upcoming Sonic the Hedgehog 2.

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Screen Scoring Students Participate in NYU Lab Cast

Ten students composed music for podcasts through Ignite Change: Impactful Storytelling Through Audio – a new NYU podcasting fellowship.

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Jacob Yoffee (MM '11) Scores ABC's "The Wonder Years"

Screen Scoring alum Jacob Yoffee will be the composer for the ABC reboot of the popular 1980s series.

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Alum Lands Job at Pixar

Jennifer Rowekamp, a recent graduate of the Screen Scoring master’s program, became Pixar’s newest Associate Music Editor.

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In need of music for your next project? Screen Scoring students can help! We are eager to collaborate with creatives in film, TV, video games, documentaries, podcasts, advertising, and more. Review the musical portfolios of our current students and contact us at [EMAIL ADDRESS] with a description of the project you're looking to score.


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Current Screen Scoring students are eager to work with creatives to score film, TV, video games, documentaries, podcasts, advertising, and more. If you're in need of music for your next project, contact us at [EMAIL ADDRESS].