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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.

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Bachelor of Music
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.

Master of Music
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.

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News and Events

From the Grammys to the Emmys: A Talk with David “Swagg R’Celious” Harris

David “Swagg R’Celious” Harris discusses his Emmy win for his work with H.E.R. on We The People (produced by Barack and Michelle Obama) on Netflix.

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Steinhardt Artist-In-Residence Taj Mahal Leads Talks and Performance

Award-winning songwriter, singer, film composer, and multi-instrumentalist Taj Mahal continued his role as the NYU Steinhardt 2022-23 Americana Artist-in-Residence with a three-day visit to NYU Steinhardt for a series of master classes and musical exploration.

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Warren Zanes Pens Book Series with Garth Brooks

Warren Zanes, adjunct faculty in Songwriting, announced the release of Garth Brooks latest volume in his Anthology series, Volume 2: The Next Five Years, which follows Volume I: The First Five Years and Volume Three: Live (yes, these were produced out of sequence).

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Grammy Nominated Barry Eastmond Talks About Working With Diana Ross and Songwriting

Songwriting Adjunct Faculty member Barry Eastmond discusses his Grammy nomination, what it feels like to have Diana Ross sing one of this songs, and his love of songwriting, production and teaching.

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Sam Hollander Visits NYU Songwriting

Sam Hollander, one of the most successful and influential songwriters of the past 20 years, visited NYU for an episode of WORDS & MUSIC, an interview series curated and hosted by Director of Songwriting, Phil Galdston, and NYU Songwriting majors.

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Award-Winning Performer Allison Russell Visits Songwriting Students

Award-winning songwriter/performer Allison Russell visited NYU Songwriting, speaking with students during a class of Songwriters Forum.

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NYU Steinhardt and Americana Music Association Foundation Form New Partnership

NYU Steinhardt and Americana Music Association Foundation Partner to Raise Awareness and Understanding of American Roots Music through Education Initiatives

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