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STEINHARDT SCHOOL, NEW YORK UNIVERSITY, NEW YORK Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions







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82 Washington Square East, New York, New York 10003, USA

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Undergraduate program


Bachelor of Arts in Music. Four years. Studies in composition, music history, world music, theory, music sound and technology, music education. Bachelor of Music. Four years. Concentrations in performance (classical, jazz, contemporary, music theatre), theory and composition, jazz studies, production and songwriting, music business, music technology, music education (with choral and instrumental conducting). Bachelor of Fine Arts. Four years. In performing arts administration.


Graduate programs


Master of Arts. In music business, performing arts administration, music education, music therapy. Master of Music. In performance (classical, jazz), theory and composition, jazz studies, collaborative piano, piano performance and pedagogy, vocal pedagogy, music theatre, music technology. Bachelor of Music/Master of Music in Music Technology. A five-year double degree. Doctor of Philosophy. In performance, composition, music history, ethnomusicology, music technology, music education, music therapy.


Other programs


Artist Diploma. In performance (classical, jazz). Certificate in Early Music. A graduate program. Advanced Certificate, Tonmeister Studies. Three years. Post-Master's Advanced Certificate in Music Education

Institution Notes:

This institution, now known as the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, was founded in 1890 and is the first school of pedagogy to be established at an American university. Earlier known as New York University School of Education, it was given its current name and status in 2007. Through its Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions the School offers a wide variety of programs in music at bachelor, master and doctoral levels, and is the performing and technological arm of music study at New York University. This contrasts with music programs at the University's more research-oriented College of Arts and Sciences where performance studies are not offered, but in collaboration between the two departments, the College's students may take lessons at the University's Steinhardt School and join its ensembles. The music therapy program at Master’s level works in collaboration with the Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Clinic and also offers training in the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music. There is a Center for Early Music that conducts research into performance practice for music before c1630. It hosts the Collegium Musicum performing group and also houses the Noah Greenberg Collection of Musical Instruments which may be used by members of the group. There are close links with the University's Medieval and Renaissance Center. The Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions offers a program at its Kodály Summer Institute. The Electronic Music Centre has state-of-the-art electronic studios and has access to the Washington Square Computer Music Studio and the media Lab. The Elmer Holmes Bobst Library houses the Avery Fisher Center for Music and Media, with extensive audio and multi-media video collections, as well as the Gustave Reese Collection of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts and the archives of the American Institute for Verdi Studies. The Affelder Collection of ethnic instruments is also available for performing groups in ethnomusicology programs - the collection includes a Balinese gamelan, a Chinese music ensemble, South Indian instruments, a Colombian marimba ensemble, Philippine kulintang, Jewish klezmer and the like. The music department has linked up with the non-profit organisation HARMONY which offers music lessons and programs to low-income students in New York public schools, primarily black and Hispanic, who may not normally be exposed to music education. The university students thus receive training in teaching small groups and the students receive lessons, books, instruments, supplies and tickets to cultural events at little or no cost. Member of the National Association of Schools of Music.

Last Updated:

November 2022