The School of Jazz at The New School immerses fearless artists in New York City’s music scene, providing access to legendary musicians as mentors in a demanding, intimate music program like no other.
A Music Education Relevant to Today’s World
If you are looking for a rigorous initiation into the life of a bold, adventurous artist, the dynamic and progressive education provided at the School of Jazz at The New School is where your journey should begin. Committed to excellence in undergraduate music education, the School of Jazz is distinguished by its artist-as-mentor approach to classroom teaching, focus on small-group performance, countless opportunities to perform, and proximity to all of the action in the global epicenter of the music industry, New York City.
Doors Open and Curtains Part in New York City
As part of The New School, a leading university in New York City, the School of Jazz 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 New School education extends far beyond the walls of the university. The School of Jazz is an influential and bold institution that takes full advantage of everything New York City has to offer: its culture, its history, its international community, and its unparalleled performance opportunities.
Students earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Jazz and Contemporary Music. Some opt to pursue our BA/BFA program, a five-year dual-degree track leading to a BA in Liberal Arts field and a BFA in Jazz Performance.
Be Mentored by Legends
The School of Jazz attracts top-ranked musicians, including Reggie Workman and Jane Ira Bloom, to our faculty. These artists are a core part of our progressive music experience. While other teachers might put you on a strict track, these legendary musicians become your mentors. They help you develop the confidence and knowledge to experiment, take risks, fail, take more risks, and find your own authentic style of self-expression.
Faculty, students, and affiliated artists appear weekly on stages and in clubs in and around New York City. Student performances, numbering more than 150 each year, include appearances at noted NYC music venues such as the Highline Ballroom and Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola.
Be at the Center of the Music Industry
The New School’s Greenwich Village locale is home to many of the city’s fabled jazz nightclubs, such as the Village Vanguard, Blue Note, Smalls, and Jazz Standard—and just a short subway ride away from Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. OUr faculty, students, and affiliated artists appear weekly on stages and in clubs in and around New York City. And, we regularly place interns at noted hotspots like Blue Note Records, Nonesuch Records, the Metropolitan Opera, the Jazz Gallery, Jazz @ Lincoln Center, Artistshare, and MTV, among many others.