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Trinidad & Tobago: NYU Steel

The University is continuing to monitor the impact of COVID-19 on future travel. In the event that travel is not possible, Steinhardt Global Affairs will work with faculty on a case-by-case basis to explore alternatives. Please watch for further announcements regarding the application process for January, spring break, and summer 2022 global courses.

Through a combination of hands-on training and on-location trips to significant sites within the Trinidad and Tobago Island system, undergraduate and graduate students will be offered an unmatched educational introduction to the epicenter of steel pan culture. Students will experience this rich culture both from the viewpoint of steel pan performance, as well as establishing a rich understanding of the heritage and significance that this art form has on the West Indies and the world.

In addition, students will have the opportunity to participate in masterclasses with renowned steel pan artists, visit several Trinidadian pan yards to observe the world’s best steel drum ensembles preparing for Panorama, and present the Trinidad premiere performance of Gustav Holst’s The Planets, arranged for the ensemble by Dr. Mia Gormandy-Benjamin.

Joshua Quillen

Music Adjunct Faculty

Port of Spain, Trinidad

Program Dates:

January 11 - 21, 2022

Application Deadlines:
  • Priority Deadline: October 1, 2021
  • Regular Deadline: *November 1, 2021

*Admission continues thereafter on a space-available basis

Who Can Participate:
  • NYU graduate students
  • NYU undergraduate who have:
    • 96+ earned credits by course start date
    • related coursework
    • approval from the faculty director as well as their adviser
  • Non-NYU graduate students and professionals who are not enrolled at an academic institution

Prerequisite for non-percussion students: 
Participation/observation in at least 4 rehearsals of NYU in the fall semester prior to the trip as well as an interview with Kendall Williams and Josh Quillen

Related Areas of Study:
  • Music Business

  • Music Education

  • Music Therapy

  • Percussion Studies

  • Performing Arts Administration

This is not a complete list. We value diverse perspectives in our programs and encourage students from other majors and professions.


Students register for a total of 3 points and take the following course:

  • Graduate Course: MPAPS-UE 1131 (3 Credits)
  • Undergraduate Course: MPAPS-GE 2131 (3 Credits)

Important Note: All program applicants are encouraged to meet with their academic adviser to determine if and how this course may be applied towards their program requirements and degree completion.

Sample Syllabus Forthcoming.


Joshua Quillen, Music Adjunct Faculty Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions


Estimated Direct Cost Total - $6,926

NYU Steinhardt Graduate Study Tuition and Fees set for the 2021-2022 academic year.

Tuition, Housing, and Activity fees will be due based on Bursar's Payment Schedule for the January 2022 term.

PLEASE NOTE: Students are responsible for the purchase of transportation and airfare to/from the program location. All students participating in the program are required to live in NYU-provided housing.

Students will be notified when to book flights. We recommend comparing tickets on multiple sites to ensure the best fare. Past participants have used the following flight search engines: Kayak, Google Flights, and Student Universe for student rates.

Students are encouraged to budget for study abroad programs based on individual needs. You may use online Cost of Living tools on websites such as Numbeo, Expatistan, and Budget Your Trip to budget for your ideal study abroad experience.


Students stay in shared-occupancy hotel accommodations.

Group accommodation dates correspond with the program dates listed above

Flight, Travel, and Visa Information:

Flight: Students book their own travel to coincide with program dates.

Passport: All program participants are required to have a valid passport, which must be valid at least six months beyond the program end date.

Visa: No visa is required of holders of the passport from the U.S. and the British Commonwealth (e.g., Canada, the UK) to enter Trinidad for this program. To confirm visa requirements and application instructions, visit the Trinidad and Tobago Ministry of Foreign Affairs website. All other passport holders should check with their respective visa requirements.

Helpful links: U.S. Department of State, Center for Disease Control, Lonely Planet Guide

Weather: Because of Trinidad's southerly location, temperatures are equable year-round. Its average daily temperature is 27°C (80°F). Average humidity hovers around 75%. Visit BBC Weather to learn more about local weather conditions in Trinidad and Tobago.

Student Resources:

Visit the Steinhardt Study Abroad Resources website and get a head start on preparing for your study abroad program experience.


Visit the Office of Global Affairs Short-Term Graduate Courses Policies page.

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