About the Department

Welcome to the Steinhardt School's Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions at New York University. NYU Steinhardt offers the highest level of professional training in the performing arts within the world’s cultural center, New York City. This is matched by the superb academic resources of a world-class university. Undergraduates receive intensive and systematic training in their specialization with acclaimed faculty along with a broad liberal arts education. Graduate students receive specialized academic training; lessons, performances, and master classes aimed at advancing their artistic goals; and advanced research opportunities in new and sophisticated facilities.

Academic Programs

NYU Steinhardt’s Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions was established in 1925. In 1968, the Department merged with the New York College of Music. Since that time, Steinhardt Music and Performing Arts Professions has functioned as NYU's "school" of music and developed into a major research and practice center in music technology, music business, music composition, film scoring, music performance practices, performing arts therapies, and the performing arts-in-education (music, dance, and drama). Today, 1,600 students majoring in these renowned music and performing arts programs are guided by 400 faculty. Our degree programs—baccalaureate through doctorate—are marked by an integration of performance, research, technology, and practice. Further, the programs are integrated with one another in ways that bring performance majors and composers together with choreographers, directors, actors, dancers, educators, librettists, and filmmakers in collaborative projects often reviewed by the New York media. Faculty sit on leading journal editorial boards, perform in the most prestigious concert venues in the world, and publish some of the most significant performing arts research on the scene today. Housed in new and growing facilities including advanced studios in music technology and rehearsal, practice, and concert spaces for our orchestra and performance programs, our Department and the Steinhardt School offer an unparalleled environment for artistic, professional, and scholarly challenge and growth.

Successful Careers

Our Department provides conservatory-level training in a leading research university located in the heart of New York City. We provide in-depth, specialized training in each of our programs, while providing links between them that lead to new insights, discoveries, and opportunities. We encourage students to take courses and to interact with faculty across traditional programmatic and Steinhardt School lines. In addition to these multiple university synergies, our campus is surrounded by and blends into the world’s capital and center of the performing arts, New York City. This location enables us to draw upon the greatest artists in the world and allows our students to build networks and take advantage of abundant professional opportunities. We broaden music students' education with the option to study abroad at the NYU campus in Prague, which offers a full music curriculum.

Alumni have moved on to major performing careers and have secured coveted professional positions in the music industry as well as faculty and administrative positions in colleges, conservatories, and universities throughout the world. Prominent graduates include jazz great Wayne Shorter, music theatre composer Cy Coleman, lyricist Betty Comden, film composer Elmer Bernstein, conductor and composer Tania Leon, music technologist Enoch Light, and Oscar and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and film writer John Patrick Shanley.


Steinhardt Music and Performing Arts faculty come from rich and varied backgrounds in performance, research, therapy, and business. Our faculty are acclaimed and active scholars, performers, directors, and music business entrepreneurs and executives, and their extensive professional connections create abundant networking possibilities for our students. Further, these faculty open up opportunities for our students to complete internships with leading music industry companies in New York City, the world's heartbeat of the performing arts professions. In addition, at any given time, our current students have roles on Broadway and most Broadway musicals cast NYU alumni. Our Jazz Big Band is the only college jazz band to be regularly invited to perform in and "sell out" at the legendary Greenwich Village Blue Note as well as midtown's Birdland, and many of our other student ensembles perform at esteemed jazz venues such as the Village Vanguard.

Thus, at graduation, our students have already trained with the major active artists in the industry who will be selecting casts for Broadway shows, instrumentalists for major orchestras, ensembles and jazz bands, recording engineers, producers, and young executives for record companies, and so on. Every one of our academic programs balance the very best training and study with guidance for professional success after graduation.

Learning Outcomes

Upon conclusion of the program, students will be able to:

  1. Integrate music history, music theory, aural comprehension, and keyboard skills into their specialized field of study.
  2. Use effective written and oral communication skills to analyze, synthesize and disseminate information.
  3. Demonstrate readiness to enter the field as a professional as defined by their specific program.