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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, two cutting-edge technology labs that provide digital resources for composition and research, and the Avery Fisher Center for Music and Media. Read more.


Please join us in congratulating:

  • Professor Brigid Cohen, who has been awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship (2014-15) & The Lewis Lockwood Prize from the American Musicological Society for her book Stefan Wolpe and the Avant-Garde Diaspora, awarded each year to one music scholar in the early stages of her career.
  • Professor Suzanne Cusick, who has been awarded a 2014 Fellowship from the American Council of Learned societies
  • Graduate Student Friedrich Kern, who has been awarded a 2014 NYU Global Research Initiative Fellowship (Tel Aviv)
  • Graduate Student Clara Latham, who has been selected as a 2014 Woodrow Wilson Women's Studies Fellow
  • Graduate Student Siv Lie, who has been awarded a 2015 NYU Global Research Initiative Fellowship (France)
  • Graduate Student Yu Nakai, who has been awarded a 2014-15 NYU Dean's Dissertation Fellowship
  • Graduate Student Anna Reidy, who has received the NYU Abu Dhabi Institute's Graduate Humanities Research Fellowship (Spring 2014) and a 2014-15 NYU Humanities Initiative Fellowship
  • Graduate Student Beth Snyder, who has been awarded a 2014-15 NYU Mellon Dissertation Fellowship in the Humanities
  • Graduate Student Anna Stoll-Knecht, who has received an 18-month postdoc beginning in Fall 2014 from the Swiss National Funds
  • Graduate Student Lauren Sweetman, who has been awarded a 2014-15 NYU Dean's Dissertation Fellowship

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