Nyu Internal Transfer Essay Example

All applicants must complete New York University’s Application for Undergraduate Admissions in addition to the Music Business supplemental application package,Please note that the Music Business Program only admits freshmen and transfers for the Fall term.

Application to the Steinhardt Music Business undergraduate program includes a required supplemental application package. No performance audition is required. All applicants must demonstrate music potential, as the degree is a bachelor of music in Music Business. It is not necessary to be a performer to be admitted to the Music Business program, but upon graduation, you will have gained significant music skills. Please do not send letters of recommendation or other supplementary materials.

Supplemental Package Deadlines

November 1, 2017: Early Decision I
January 1, 2018: Early Decision II, regular decision
March 1, 2018: internal NYU transfers (including change of major within Steinhardt)
April 1, 2018: external transfers 

Freshman Applicants

The Music Business supplemental application package consists of four components: a cover sheet, résumé, short video, and two essays, all of which you will upload to GetAcceptd; your cover sheet, résumé, and essays should be in PDF format.

Please make sure you submit New York University’s Application for Undergraduate Admissions in addition to this supplemental application.

Here are the requirements:

  1. Complete the cover sheet.
  2. Create a one-page résumé that shows your school, any work/internship/volunteer positions you’ve had, and any musical/extracurricular activities you are involved in.
  3. Record ONE short video with the components noted below. The video helps the Music Business faculty assess your ability to carry a tune and stay on pitch; the faculty do not use it to evaluate your vocal quality, and you do not have to worry about any special lighting or production qualities. It is not necessary to be a performer to be admitted to the Music Business program.
    Components for the video:
    • Sing a cappella (without accompaniment of any kind) a one-octave major scale, ascending and descending, in any key.
    • Sing a cappella (without accompaniment of any kind) one verse and one chorus of Judy Garland’s "Somewhere Over the Rainbow"
    • Sing a cappella (without accompaniment of any kind) a verse and a chorus of any existing song you’d like. The song must have a melody that you can sing, must already be recorded by another artist, and may not be spoken word.

    Please note: GetAcceptd only allows for a limited amount of content to be uploaded to it. Because of this, please make sure all components of are submitted in one singular video.

  4. Write two essays:
      • Essay topic 1 (350 words minimum, 400 words maximum)

        Below is a typical course list for your first year as a Music Business student at NYU. This first-year foundations curriculum will prepare you for success in the rest of your time at NYU. Please write about ways you foresee that these foundation courses will connect with each other and with the future music industry. In your answer, consider career areas that you are specifically interested in.

        Course Area

        Number of Courses

        Music Theory and Aural (Listening) Skills

        2

        Algebra and Calculus or Calculus I (Liberal Arts)

        1 or 2

        Keyboard Training

        2

        Business Structure of the Music Industry + Music Business

        2

        Writing the Essay (Liberal Arts)

        2

        Private music lesson or music technology class

        1

        Economics (Liberal Arts)

        1 or 2

      • Essay topic 2 (350 words minimum, 400 words maximum)

        According to the 2016 report from the Recorded Industry Association of America (RIAA), revenues from music streaming services totaled $3.9 billion, up 68% year over year, and accounted for more than 50% of total industry revenues for the first time, leading the industry to double digit overall revenue growth – the strongest industry growth since the late 1990s. This growth was driven by an increase in paid subscriptions to services like Spotify Premium, Apple Music, and TIDAL.

        Considering this data and the impact of sites like YouTube that deliver ad-supported music to consumers, what will the market for music be like in the year 2022? What do you think are the key areas of growth for the industry and why?

  5. Optional Video:As we know our applicants may be musically talented in other areas, we offer the chance for our students to further highlight their musical abilities by submitting one additional optional video to GetAcceptd. Please note this is an optional aspect of the application and is not a requirement to be considered for the program.
    Transfer Students

    The Music Business supplemental application package consists of three components: a cover letter, résumé, and short video, all of which you will upload to GetAcceptd; your cover sheet and résumé should be in PDF format.

    If you are an external transfer, please make sure you submit New York University’s Application for Undergraduate Admissions in addition to this supplemental application.

    Here are the requirements:

      1. Write a one-page cover letter, addressed to the Music Business Program Admissions Committee, that includes:
        • Your name and the name of the college or university you are attending
        • Your academic major
        • The number of university semesters you have completed
        • The reason you want to leave your current institution and enroll in the NYU Music Business program
      2. Create a one-page résumé that shows your school, any work/internship/volunteer positions you’ve had, and any musical/extracurricular activities you are involved in.
      3. Record ONE short video with the components noted below. The video helps the Music Business faculty assess your ability to carry a tune and stay on pitch; the faculty do not use it to evaluate your vocal quality, and you do not have to worry about any special lighting or production qualities. It is not necessary to be a performer to be admitted to the Music Business program.
        Components for Video:
        • Sing a cappella (without accompaniment of any kind) a one-octave major scale, ascending and descending, in any key.
        • Sing a cappella (without accompaniment of any kind) one verse and one chorus of Judy Garland’s "Somewhere Over the Rainbow"
        • Sing a cappella (without accompaniment of any kind) a verse and a chorus of any existing song you’d like. The song must have a melody that you can sing, must already be recorded by another artist, and may not be spoken word.

        Please note: GetAcceptd only allows for a limited amount of content to be uploaded to it. Because of this, please make sure all components of are submitted in one singular video.

      4. Optional Video:  As we know our applicants may be musically talented in other areas, we offer the chance for our students to further highlight their musical abilities by submitting one additional optional video to GetAcceptd. Please note this is an optional aspect of the application and is not a requirement to be considered for the program.
      5. Additional steps:
        • Transfers to NYU from another academic institution: Please use this application. 
        • Transfers to NYU Steinhardt from another NYU school: Pease follow these guidelines.
        • Transfers to Music Business from another NYU Steinhardt department: Please complete the supplemental application package and submit by March 1 a cover letter, resume, and Steinhardt Change of Major form with the student information section filled out to:
          Shanieka Brooks
          Music Business Program Academic Adviser
          35 West 4th Street, 11th Floor
          New York, NY 10012
        • Transfers to Music Business from another Music and Performing Arts Professions program: Please submit a cover letter, resume, and Steinhardt Change of Major form with the student information section filled out by October 31(for Spring matriculation) or by March 1 (for Fall matriculation) to:

          Shanieka Brooks

          Music Business Program Academic Adviser

          35 West 4th Street, 11th Floor

          New York, NY 10012

Here’s an example of a common prompt:
”A personal statement of 1,000 words or less from the nominee describing his or her background, interests, plans for graduate study and career aspirations. The statement should include a discussion of some experiences and ideas that have shaped those interests, plans and aspirations.”

As Mary Tolar has noted, “If you are applying for nationally competitive scholarships, for graduate school, or for a number of post-graduate service or employment opportunities, you have seen the vaguely phrased request; in one form or another, it comes down to “tell us something about yourself… You are asked to share your “academic and other interests. A clearer charge might be: compose an essay that reveals who you are, what you care about, and what you intend to do in this life. Tell this story in a compelling manner, and do so in less than a thousand words. What’s so hard about that? Simply make sense of your life. (right.) But what does that mean?”

The personal statement is more like a genre than a rubric; there are set of constraints, but no formulas. This means that we need to triangulate our understanding of what it will be with more than one piece of advice rather than a single definition.

For that reason, I recommend you begin by printing out Mary Tolar’s advice. Highlight the phrases that strike you as helpful. Chances are, these are the phrases that surprise you or confirm what was a hunch. Noticing what stands out will help reveal assumptions you may not have even known you had. (This is a stage in the process that should not be overlooked in your rush to master the personal statement. The more you notice what you are learning, the easier the process will become.) 

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