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Music Theory and Composition - Songwriting, M. M.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
University rank #28 (BCR) New York City, NY, United States
In the Music Theory and Composition - Songwriting program from New York University you'll take private lessons in composition, develop specific skills and sensibilities, and acquire a set of tools and techniques necessary to build a career in the constantly evolving music industry.

Overview

While the use of music in media has never been greater, the challenge of building a career in music has become increasingly multilayered. As you prepare for a career in songwriting, you will be exposed to central aspects of the art, craft, and commerce. 

In the Music Theory and Composition - Songwriting program from New York University, you'll take classes in songwriting history and criticism, song analysis, studio production techniques, the business structure of the music industry, and recording technology, and participate in the Songwriters Forum, a seminar geared toward developing the art and craft of writing popular songs. In this series of master classes, you'll write and develop your songs, receive feedback from professional songwriters, and collaborate with other lyricists and composers.

Performance Opportunities

You'll have the opportunity to have your work performed by NYU performance groups and ensembles and to collaborate with performers, dancers, and actors in NYU Steinhardt's Music Technology, Jazz Studies, and Instrumental and Vocal Performance programs, as well as with other New York City musicians and artists. 

You'll participate in our weekly Composers Forum, where you will meet and work with world-renowned composers and performers, prepare two student showcases per semester, and attend highlights in the New York City new music concert season.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Songwriters’ Forum
  • Songwriting History & Criticism: 14 Songs 
  • Private Composition (Songwriting)
  • Composers Forum
  • Seminar in Composition
  • Contemporary Scoring

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
    Part-time
    • Duration description

      Students have up to six years to complete the program.

  • Credits
    39 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    7

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:

    100

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  • Minimum required score:

    600

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General Requirements

  • Résumé/CV 
  • Statement of Purpose 
  • Letters of Recommendation 
  • Transcripts 
  • Proficiency in English 
  • Portfolio 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    21540 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 10770 USD per semester and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    21540 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 10770 USD per semester and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for New York City

  • 1819 - 3970 USD/month
    Living Costs

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