Mannes School of Music at The New School

Now in its second century as a dynamic center of musical learning, Mannes School of Music at the New School is a standard bearer for innovative artistry, dedicated to developing citizen artists who engage their communities and the world through music.

Doors open. Curtains part. Mannes students graduate prepared with the knowledge, understanding, and skills to thrive as artists in the 21st century.

A Different Kind of Conservatory

Mannes offers a curriculum as imaginative as it is rigorous, taught by world-class faculty and visiting artists. Beyond gaining mastery through private lessons, ensemble experiences, master classes, and a thorough grounding in theory, students benefit from Mannes’ leading-edge cross-disciplinary approach. Our students take courses in subjects like entrepreneurship and musical technologies, preparing them for the evolving classical music market. Mannes is located on The New School’s Greenwich Village campus and hosts performances there and at prestigious New York venues such as City Center, Lincoln Center, and Carnegie Hall. 

Degree Options

Mannes offers BM, MM, and Professional Studies Diploma Classical Music programs in:

  • Brass
  • Collaborative Piano
  • Composition
  • Guitar
  • Percussion
  • Piano & Harpsichord
  • Strings
  • Theory
  • Voice
  • Woodwinds

Undergraduate students can combine their BM degree with the MA in Arts Management and Entrepreneurship and graduate with both degrees in five years. The master’s program enables students to deepen their abilities as a performer while gaining knowledge of and skills in business, leadership, and entrepreneurship.

Within The New School’s College of Performing Arts, students can also pursue a Performer-Composer Master of Music (MM) degree, designed for musicians whose passion lies at the intersection of composition, performance.

Training for the New Century

Mannes School of Music combines the best of old world traditions in the development of musical intelligence, technique, and artistic voice with the cutting-edge advantage of being part of The New School. Our university offers students access to a wide range of classes, internships and performance opportunities at the intersection of design, liberal arts, the social sciences, and the performing arts – a perfect prescription for the training of musical citizens in the 21st century.

Faculty at the Top of Their Fields

At Mannes, many of the finest musicians and artists of the 21st-century come together to mentor and guide the next generation of great musicians. Mannes’ stellar faculty includes winners of awards like the Pulitzer Prize, GRAMMY Award, MacArthur Genius grant, Guggenheim Award, and Avery Fisher Prize. This collection of working musicians represents all areas of the world of music — concert artists, chamber musicians, freelancers, composers. They are members of leading organizations such as the New York Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, New York City Opera, Philadelphia Orchestra, and Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.

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