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Bring your music to life in New York City. Prepare for your career in the music industry with our acclaimed faculty who are committed to supporting your professional goals and whose instruction has helped alumni develop into successful songwriters, performers, and engineers.

Watch a Q&A with the MM Songwriting Class of 2020.

BM, Music Theory and Composition: Contemporary Production and Songwriting

Study the craft of writing, producing, and recording songs, and the music industry, through intensive course work and collaboration with professional musicians.

Barry Eastmond, Phil Galdston, and students in the recording studio.

MM, Music Theory and Composition: Songwriting

Improve your compositional talents and have your work performed by talented musicians as you prepare to enter the competitive songwriting field.

Phil Galdston and Desmond Child

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Concert Composition

Develop and expand your musical creativity and songwriting skills in diverse styles for concert settings and visual media.

Screen Scoring

Learn to write music for today’s media industry through rigorous course work, collaborations with schools throughout NYU, and recording opportunities.

News

Songwriting Alum Connects with Billy Joel

AJ Smith released a song called "Billy Joel," and it got the Piano Man's attention.

Message from the MPAP Chair on Racism and Black Lives Matter

"It is time for us to take responsibility and to take concrete steps to make MPAP an academic performance community where diversity and inclusion are indispensable and at the core of our teaching, training, and learning."

Songwriting Student is a Johnny Mercer Foundation Songwriter

Nono Chen has been named as a participant in the 15th annual Johnny Mercer Foundation Songwriters Project.