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Contemporary Music, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #561 (QS) New York City, NY, United States
The Contemporary Music program of The New School investigates the cultural significance of music composition, performance, and listening practices in today's world.
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The Contemporary Music program of The New School emphasizes innovative musical thinking and music-making in The New School's tradition of progressive education and experimentation in the arts. Explore the global diversity of contemporary music, examining topics including popular music, music history, theory, and criticism, and the evolving technologies used in composing, producing, performing, and listening.

The Contemporary Music curriculum covers a range of traditional approaches to music studies and creative practices and also explores emerging and innovative approaches to the understanding and making of music. This area of study enables you to combine theory with practice, connecting intellectual approaches to hands-on creative work.

Career Paths

Our program is designed to develop well-rounded and engaged citizens who are thoughtful, articulate, and creative. Contemporary Music majors at Lang go on to pursue advanced studies in the fields of musicology, anthropology, history, and media studies and continue on to careers in music production and distribution, arts writing and criticism, administration, and education.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Fundamentals of Western 
  • Music In Jewish Life
  • DJ Skills & styles
  • Music for Political Action
  • DJ Skills Practice Session
  • Genre, Sound & Society

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


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General Requirements

  • All applicants are required to apply online using the Common Application
  • Additional Supporting Documents
  • Application Fees
  • Official Transcripts
  • Essay
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • SAT, SAT Subject Tests, and ACT test scores
  • TOEFL, IELTS, PTE, and Duolingo test scores

Tuition Fee

  • International

    48760 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 24380 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    48760 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 24380 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for New York City

  • 1819 - 3970 USD/month
    Living Costs

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