Music Education

Founded in 1916, Mannes College The New School for Music trains and nurtures classical musicians of all ages.


The college attracts superb students from around the world. Comparatively small in size, the college maintains an intimate atmosphere, fostering close and constructive relationships between students and its eminent faculty and administrators.

Founder David Mannes believed that music education should be open to all who have a desire to learn. Mannes remains committed to this mission through its Extension Division and Preparatory Division, which serve a diverse population of students—from children and adult beginners to young virtuosi and working professionals.

Student Enrollment

  • College Division: 314 students (undergraduate and graduate degrees; professional studies diplomas) 
  • Preparatory Division: 431 students (ages 4 to 18)
  • Extension Division: 193 students (beginner to professional adults)


150 West 85th Street between Amsterdam and Columbus Avenues on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, New York City.

The New School

In 1989, Mannes College of Music became a part of The New School.


Degrees and Diplomas

The College Division grants the following degrees and diplomas:

The Extension Division grants the Mannes Extension Diploma.


The Mannes faculty include artists, scholars, and educators of international stature, including active professionals from all areas of the music world—concert artists, chamber musicians, successful freelancers, established composers, and members of such leading organizations as the New York Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, New York City Opera, Philadelphia Orchestra, and Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. The Techniques of Music and humanities faculties include highly regarded scholars, musicologists, and educators.

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