Hands-On Integration of Musical and Technical Skills
Prepare for a successful career or doctoral study in fields such as audio engineering, production and post-production, sound editing for film and multimedia, audio mastering, signal processing, acoustics, music informatics, and game audio. You will study with industry leaders, have the opportunity to work at major recording studios and media companies in the capital of the music industry, and develop expertise within an academic setting that encourages learning by creative experimentation.
What You'll Learn
- Integrate musical and technical skills.
- Attain a solid foundation in all areas of music technology and specialized expertise in a focus area of music technology.
- Experiment with new relationships between experimental and traditional approaches to music by collaborating with NYU Performance and Composition programs.
- Develop expertise by learning through creative experimentation.
- Demonstrate competence in public oral presentation of their artistic and scholarly work.
Core and Elective Courses
The 40-45-point program of study includes core classes in advanced musical acoustics, advanced computer music composition, digital signal theory, digital audio processing, and cognate elective classes. You are also required to take a music class that involves performance, such as an ensemble course, and to complete and defend a master's thesis.
Areas of Focus
You can choose to focus your studies on areas such as Recording and Production, Game Audio, Acoustics and Signal Processing, Music Perception and Cognition, Electronic and Computer Music, or Scoring for Film and Multimedia.
Hands-On Learning Opportunities
You'll have the opportunity to intern at major New York City recording studios, media companies, and performance venues such as Sony Music, Radio City Music Hall, Birdland, and the Metropolitan Opera. Internships have often led to permanent employment opportunities.
As a master's student, you have the opportunity to enhance your degree and earn an Advanced Certificate in Tonmeister Studies.
Program Benefits for International Students
If you’re an international student, you may be able to work in the United States after graduation for an extended period of time. Most students studying on F-1 visas will be eligible for 12 months of Optional Practical Training (OPT) off-campus work authorization. F-1 students in our program may also be eligible for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics) OPT extension, allowing you to extend your time in the United States to pursue degree-related work experience for a total of 36 months or 3 years.
About the School
NYU Steinhardt's one-of-a-kind integration of education, health, the arts, and media studies puts us at the heart of a movement: education for social change.