Continuing Education

Music Extension

Whether you are a beginner interested in gaining new skills, a lover of music looking for a creative outlet, or a seasoned musician seeking to advance your career, the Extension Division at Mannes College The New School for Music offers you a wide variety of opportunities in music. 

Mannes Extension courses and ensembles are open to students, community members, and learners of all musical backgrounds and levels of experience. You can take continuing education courses on a noncredit basis or for general or transfer credit (to be applied to a future degree or certificate program). New School continuing education students have access to the Scherman Music Library and to many free concerts and events held on campus.

Continuing education courses and ensembles meet in the late afternoon and evening at the Mannes Building, 150 West 85th Street. Most courses meet for one hour each week for a 15-week fall or spring term (please note that several courses meet for two hours per week). See the course catalog for a complete listing of class schedules and meeting locations. Classes are taught by renowned Mannes faculty members at the top of their fields. Learn more about Mannes faculty.

Registration for Fall 2014

Continuing education registration for the fall 2014 term begins July 21. View all of the Mannes fall offerings.

Visit the University Continuing Education website to see the entire university course offerings and to register for courses.

Mannes Community Orchestra

Open to all community members, faculty, staff, and students at Mannes and other divisions of The New School, our vibrant Community Orchestra has openings for orchestral instruments for the 2014-2015 season. If interested, email your name and instrument to

The Community Orchestra rehearses Wednesdays from 7:30 to 10:00 p.m. in the concert hall on the second floor at 150 West 85th Street. Rehearsals for the 2014-2015 season will begin September 10, 2014.

Chamber Music Performance Opportunities

Are you a musician looking for a small ensemble experience? The Mannes Extension Chamber Music program features coaching with our renowned faculty, performance opportunities, and a repertoire spanning a wide range of periods and genres. The next group placement auditions will be held in August 2014.

Email your contact information to to find out more.

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