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Manhattan School of Music

"It's not easy to get into Manhattan School of Music. Students who are good enough to be accepted into this music school on the Upper West Side of Manhattan (near Columbia University) can take advantage of what the New York Times acclaims as one of "New York's strongest training in contemporary music and jazz." MSM is also recognized as "one of the premier opera training schools in the world."

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"It's not easy to get into Manhattan School of Music. Students who are good enough to be accepted into this music school on the Upper West Side of Manhattan (near Columbia University) can take advantage of what the New York Times acclaims as one of "New York's strongest training in contemporary music and jazz." MSM is also recognized as "one of the premier opera training schools in the world."

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Here at Manhattan School of Music, we are proud to have contributed to the vibrant culture of New York City for almost a century. We were born as a community music school and have grown into an internationally recognized conservatory in one of the world's greatest cities.

Manhattan School of Music is for visionaries - students, faculty, guest artists, and audiences. Our young artists at MSM are trained by some of the world's best-known musicians who are committed to realizing their talent and human development. Our dynamic faculty of teaching artists hails from New York's most renowned ensembles: the New York Philharmonic, the Metropolitan Opera, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and the orchestras of the New York City Opera and New York City Ballet.

The New York Times has heralded MSM performances as "vibrant," "infectious," "fresh," "nervy," "lively," "scrappy," and "engaging." Our students have the chance to take the stage in more than 600 public performances a year, some of them offsite at venues like Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. We also offer valuable service opportunities through community engagement and arts-in-education programs.

Our new Center for Music Entrepreneurship gives young artists the fundamental tools for a life in music today. This program, combined with our outstanding faculty, location, and tradition of excellence, makes MSM a more exceptional place than ever from which to launch a career. Our alumni are successful in every aspect of musical life--performing, composing, teaching, producing, and recording--and many are among the most distinguished artists on stages around the world.

I encourage you to take in a symphony, opera, evening of jazz, or any of our musical offerings, and discover - or rediscover - Manhattan School of Music for yourself. I promise you exhilarating performances by our outstanding students, faculty, and illustrious visiting artists.

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Student Body

Total Undergraduates 377
Gender 42% Male / 58% Female
Geography 24% In State / 76% Out of State / 32% International
Socio-Economic Diversity 14% of students received Pell Grants, which are provided by the U.S. government to students from middle and lower income families. It gives you an idea of a school’s socio-economic diversity.
Ethnic Diversity
Percentage
White 38%
Multi-racial 3%
International 32%
Hispanic/Latino 7%
Ethnicity Unknown 6%
Black or African American 3%
Asian 10%

Housing

Campus housing is available for undergraduates. Housing deposit : $500.00. Housing deposit due : Jun 15. Housing deposit is not refunded if student does not enroll.. Freshman allowed to have car. No pets.

60% of students live on-campus.

85% of freshman live on-campus.

  • Coed Dorms
  • Housing Offered

Activities

  • Government or Political Activity
  • International Student Organization
  • Student Newspaper
  • Choral Groups
  • Concert Band
  • Jazz Band
  • Musical Theater
  • Music Ensembles
  • Opera
  • Symphony Orchestra

Student Services

  • Academic Support Services: reduced course load remedial instruction tutoring
  • Computer Services: computer center, libraries dorms wired for high speed internet connections dorms wired for access to campus-wide network wireless network available
  • Counseling Services: career counseling employment services for undergraduates financial aid counseling health services alcohol/substance abuse counseling personal counseling
  • Facilities: 850-seat concert hall, recital halls, state-of-the art-performance spaces, distance learning center, electronic music studios, recording studio, performance library
  • Special Needs Services: partial services for students with learning disabilities services and/or facilities for visually impaired wheelchair accessibility
  • Specialty Programs (ROTC, Accelerated Programs, Professional Development, etc.): cross-registration english as a second language (esl) independent study internships visiting/exchange student program
  • Transfer In Services
  • Transfer Out Services

Academics

Academics

Popular Majors

Music Performance (96%), Music Theory and Composition (3%)

Majors Offered

Bachelor's

A program that generally prepares individuals to master musical instruments and performing art as solo and/or ensemble performers. Includes instruction on one or more specific instruments from various instrumental groupings.

Job Opportunities:

Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in drama, music, and the arts including fine and applied art, such as painting and sculpture, or design and crafts. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Music Directors and Composers
Conduct, direct, plan, and lead instrumental or vocal performances by musical groups, such as orchestras, bands, choirs, and glee clubs. Includes arrangers, composers, choral directors, and orchestrators.
Musicians and Singers
Play one or more musical instruments or sing. May perform on stage, for on-air broadcasting, or for sound or video recording.

A program that focuses on the study of the principles of sound manipulation as applied to the creation of music, and the techniques of creating and arranging music. Includes instruction in aural theory, melody, counterpoint, complex harmony, modulation, chromatics, improvisation, progressions, musical writing, instrumentation, orchestration, electronic and computer applications, studies of specific musical styles, and development of original creative ability.

Job Opportunities:

Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in drama, music, and the arts including fine and applied art, such as painting and sculpture, or design and crafts. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Music Directors and Composers
Conduct, direct, plan, and lead instrumental or vocal performances by musical groups, such as orchestras, bands, choirs, and glee clubs. Includes arrangers, composers, choral directors, and orchestrators.

Administration & Faculty

President Robert Sirota
President James Gandre
Accredited by Middle States Commission on Higher Education
Full-time Faculty 73
Student : Faculty Ratio 18 : 1
Faculty Gender (% Male : Female) 64 : 35
Percentage of Faculty Members
Non-Tenure Track Faculty 100

Admissions

Admissions

Selectivity

Acceptance Rate: 34.3% accepted of 953 applications

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Character Personal Qualities, Talent Ability, Rigor Of Secondary School Record, Recommendations, Level Of Applicants Interest, Application Essay

Important: Academic GPA, Extracurricular Activities

Also Considered: Alumni Relation, Work Experience, Volunteer Work, Standardized Test Scores, Racial Ethnic Status

High School Curriculum (years of study):
Required Recommended
History 0 4
English 0 4
Math 0 3
Science 0 3
Social Studies 0 4
Foreign Language 0 4

Deadlines

December

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Regular Decision

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Finance

Finance

Average Net Tuition

The average student pays $33,697 for tuition, fees, and other expenses, after grants and scholarships.

Household Income Real Cost
$0-$30K $35,595
$30K-$48K $48,903

Sticker Price

Total stated tuition is $36,000, in-state and on-campus, before financial aid.

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $36,000 Same as On-Campus
Fees $500 Same as On-Campus
Housing $13,750 $13,750
Books $1,000 $1,000
Total (before financial aid) $51,250 $51,250

Students Receiving Aid

56% of students receive some form of financial aid.

Undergrads Receiving Aid Average Aid Amount
Federal Loans 32% $6,033
Federal Scholarships/Grants 14% $6,342
Institutional Grants 43% $22,473
Other Federal Grants 14% $1,392
Other Loans 2% $51,395
Pell Grants 14% $4,950
State and Local Scholarships/Grants 14% $5,959
Student Loans 32% $9,840

Financial Aid Websites

Learn more about financial aid at http://www.msmnyc.edu/admissions/scholarships-financial-aid.

Estimate the net price for you at http://www.msmnyc.edu/portals/0/documents/offices/financial%20aid/npcalc.html.

Alumni and Outcomes

Alumni and Outcomes

Graduation Rates

64% of students graduated on time.

72% of students graduated in six years.

90% of full time students continued studying at this school after freshman year.

Rankings

Shanghai Jiao Tong University

#151-200 Academic Ranking of World Universities
#18.4 Academic Ranking of World Universities Per Capita Academic Performance
#20.5 Academic Ranking of World Universities Quality of Faculty - Highly Cited Researchers in 21 Broad Subject Categories
#24.4 Academic Ranking of World Universities Research Output - Papers Published in Nature and Science
#35 Academic Ranking of World Universities Research Output - Papers indexed in Science Citation Index-expanded and Social Science Citation Index

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