The New School for
Jazz and Contemporary Music

At The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, you are trained in the technical, conceptual, and historical aspects of jazz and contemporary music. Learning takes place in three environments.

  • The classroom: Instruction in ensemble playing, instrumental music, music history, music theory, and related topics
  • Tutorial instrumental study: One-on-one sessions with renowned musicians who live and work in New York City
  • Master classes: Lectures, performances, and workshops featuring top artists and industry leaders. Recent guests have included Barry Harris, Pat Metheny, Roy Hargrove, Christian McBride, Stefon Harris, Bob Hurwitz, and Arturo O'Farril.

The core curriculum includes courses in performance, analysis, composition, music history, and liberal arts. In addition, you can select or audition for a wide range of elective courses and narrow your focus as you advance toward graduation.

You are also encouraged to collaborate with students in other divisions of The New School. You can take classes in other divisions of the university, including Mannes College The New School for Music, Parsons The New School for Design, and Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts, as well as university-wide courses in arts and humanities. Many interdisciplinary courses are offered throughout the university. For example, a class offered jointly by Parsons and Jazz explores sound-image relationships in early 20th-century multimedia art. A special option is the BA/BFA program, a five-year dual-degree track leading to a BA in Liberal Arts and a BFA in Jazz Performance.

Integral to the core curriculum of New School Jazz are performance and professional experiences. We provide activities through which you get to know the people and venues that define excellence in the performing arts. Faculty, students, and affiliated artists appear weekly on stages and in clubs throughout the city and the greater metropolitan area. Student Performances, numbering more than 150 recitals and concerts each year, include performances at highly reputable NYC jazz clubs such as Joe's Pub and Fat Cat Jazz. The Jazz Presents concert series features Jazz faculty performing with alumni or current students. New School Jazz musicians have appeared at a number of high-visibility venues, including Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, and students have performed live at radio stations WBGO and WBAI. Also, every spring 7 selected groups of student musicians have the rare opportunity of representing the New School at the Bern International Jazz Festival in Bern, Switzerland. At New School Jazz, you have access to our outreach office which provides professional industry internships and gig services. All of this takes place in New York City, an unparalleled cultural, artistic, and intellectual environment that offers outstanding opportunities for your creative and professional development.

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