Instrumental Performance (BM)

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Program Description

The Bachelor of Music degree programs in Instrumental Performance provides students with the opportunity for intensive study with internationally acclaimed performers and teachers. Private instruction is combined with studies in music theory and history, chamber music, and performance practices.


Students can specialize in the following areas:

Myriad performance opportunities are available to students. While the department offers the highest level of solo repertoire study and performance opportunities, it also emphasizes intensive training in chamber, new music, and orchestral repertoire. Students perform in symphony and repertory orchestras, fully staged music theatre and opera productions, string and wind chamber groups, percussion ensembles, contemporary music ensembles, and jazz ensembles. Student ensembles are formed at the start of each semester, taught by renowned performance faculty, and often choose to remain together throughout their years at NYU and after graduation. NYU Orchestra performances provide experiences for NYU student musicians not only in standard orchestral repertoire, but also in musical theater, opera, and beyond. In addition, almost every week, master classes with renowned faculty and visiting artists provide opportunities for performance, interaction, and learning. Students may also take music business courses that enable them to obtain internships in the music industry, a music technology sequence, an introduction to music therapy, and other options.


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Audition requirements vary by area of specialization: