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Since its establishment in 1923, the Department of Music at New York University has held a central position in American music scholarship and creativity. NYU faculty member Gustave Reese was one of the founding members of The American Musicological Society in 1934, and by mid-century the department had attracted a world-renowned group of scholars and musicians, from the pioneering musicologist Curt Sachs to composers of both concert and popular music such as Marion Bauer and Percy Grainger. Building on this legacy, the Department established its ethnomusicology sub-field in 1978, and a composition and theory sub-field in 1992. It has since grown into one of the country’s most exciting, intellectually vibrant centers for the interdisciplinary study of music and sound. The NYU Department of Music offers studies in historical musicology, ethnomusicology, and composition and theory at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. With its leading research faculty, the Department grants degrees of Bachelor of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy. The Department also sponsors a colloquium series, musical ensembles, graduate and undergraduate concerts, the Washington Square Contemporary Music Society concert series, and a range of interdisciplinary symposia/conferences. Our facilities include early and world music instrument collections, the Avery Fisher Center for Music and Media, and the Waverly Labs for Music and Computing, which provide faculty and students with equipment, lab and workshops spaces for research and creation in music and sound art. Read more.


Please join us in congratulating:

  • Professor Suzanne Cusick, who the American Musicological Society named as an Honorary Member, "for the range and an impact of (her) scholarship" at its annual conference (November 6-9) 
  • Professor Emeritus Edward Roesner, who the American Musicological Society named as an Honorary Member, "for the range and an impact of (his) scholarship" at its annual conference 
  • Professor Michael Beckerman, who received an Honorary Doctorate from Palacký University on November 12, 2014, for "developing musicology essential contribution to the research and promotion of Czech musical culture."
  • Graduate student Jie Wang, who received a 2015 Opera Grant for Female Composers from The National Opera Center of America for her work, To Kill That Bird
  • Graduate Students Adam Mirza, Anna Reidy, and Maria Stankova, who all received GSAS Dean's Dissertation Awards for the 2015-16 Academic Year

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