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The NYU Contemporary Music ensemble featuring strings, woodwinds, brass, and percussion perform live music synchronized with a film projected on a large screen

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.


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.


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 more. Prepare for your scoring career with intensive course work, our renowned composition faculty, multiple opportunities for collaboration and recording, and access to a vast network of peers, industry practitioners, and accomplished alumni in New York City.


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.


Un-silent Film

Unsilent Film features compositions by students, which are set to film with live performances by students from MPAP. This performance features live re-scores of silent films and other media by NYU composers and instrumentalists.

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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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