Music Performance (DMA)

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Program Description

This DMA program in Music Performance prepares musicians to pursue careers in performance, scholarship, and teaching. The DMA is the preferred terminal degree for those who are dedicated to a lifelong career in music.

The program is for individuals who have completed a master’s degree in music performance and is designed to be completed in three years (full-time enrollment) to five years (part-time enrollment) of study.


Admission to graduate programs in the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development requires the following minimum components:

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

See NYU Steinhardt's Graduate Admissions website for additional information on school-wide admission. Some programs may require additional components for admissions.

See How to Apply for admission requirements and instructions specific to this program.