The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music is located on the fifth and sixth floors of 55 West 13th Street. The school's 20,000-square-foot state-of-the-art facility was designed to help young artists realize their goal of becoming successful music professionals. The facility houses the Performance Space (seating 120), classrooms, offices, university computer labs, and the Student Activities Center. A recording studio is available for recording and engineering. Both studios are connected to the university's server and Internet sites, allowing for posted archival recordings and live streaming performance. Additional university performance facilities within a two-block radius of the Greenwich Village campus include a 170-seat performance auditorium and an excellent acoustically balanced concert hall with an audience capacity of 500.
Facililties and Equipment Office
The Facilities and Equipment Office (FEO) loans a variety of equipment owned by The New School to current Jazz and Contemporary Music students free of charge. Examples of what the FEO has to offer include a fully restored Hammond B3 Organ, Triton-76 keyboards, Moogs, Fender Rhodes, Brazilian Percussion, Bass and Guitar Amps, Yamaha custom drum kits, snare drums, Afro-Cuban instruments, acoustic basses, and much, much more.
There is some equipment and materials that are the student's responsibility to bring to their classes, rehearsals, and private practice time. The FEO does not supply
- Mic. stands
- Mic. cables
- Patch/instrument cables
- Cymbal felts
- Cymbal washers
- Hi-hat clutches
- Real books
- Blank CDs
Monday through Thursday: 7:30 a.m.-12:00 midnight
Friday: 7:30 a.m.-11:00 p.m.
Saturday: 9:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.
Sunday: 10:00 a.m.-12:00 midnight
FEO hours of operation
Monday through Thursday: 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Friday: 9:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m.
Saturday: 10:00 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
Sunday: 12:00 noon-11:30 p.m.
Mailboxes are provided for Jazz and Contemporary Music students on the 5th floor of the 55 West 13th Street building. This is where students can find any and all important intra-departmental communications. It is the student's responsibility to check their box regularly.
Limited locker space is available to all students on a first-come, first-served basis. Once assigned a locker, the student will be responsible for supplying their own personal lock.
While the atmosphere in the Jazz and Contemporary Music program is a warm and nourishing one, it is also not without some evidence of human frailty. Specifically, on rare occasions there have been thefts of music, instruments, or personal belongings left unattended in practice rooms. While leaving the room a student is practicing in for a brief minute is common practice in our community it is not without a small risk. Should you choose to leave your belongings unattended in a room, you also choose the risk of losing them.
The bulletin boards on the fifth and sixth floors of the 55 West 13th Street building are for announcements of a general nature. There are additional bulletin boards in the computer labs on the third and fourth floors of the same building.
Every semester Jazz and Contemporary Music students receive a Practice Time Sheet, which they fill out and turn into the FEO. The Practice Time Sheets are to be handed in on a scheduled date, after which the FEO constructs a practice schedule for the semester and gives each student a practice schedule. Each student receives 10 hours of scheduled practice time; more time is allotted on a first-come, first-served basis.
Practice rooms are equipped with what a student needs to grow and develop in their discipline. They are primarily works areas, each used by many different people. These rooms are neither private storage areas nor private living quarters! Please be thoughtful of fellow students and of the equipment (especially pianos) when using our practice rooms.
Keyboard and Instrument Maintenance
The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music is very grateful for its fine pianos, Fender Rhodes, and B3 Organs. We feel that everyone in our community should be responsible for the care and maintenance of these instruments.
As a Jazz and Contemporary Music student, you can help in both the tuning and maintenance of instruments by doing the following:
- Put ONLY music on the piano. No food or drink should be set on the pianos.
- Close practice room windows when leaving the room.
- Promptly report maintenance or repair needs: tuning service (e.g. broken strings, sluggish action, faulty pedal, etc.) and voicing (e.g. too strident or too weak of a tone).
- Do not take the pianos apart.
Pianos and keyboards are regularly tuned. Major maintenance, fine voicing, and regulation are done on a weekly basis.