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  • Dean_Richard_Kessler

    It is undeniable: our world today is changing rapidly. Whether the changes are in music, politics, the economy, technology, or other areas, Mannes College The New School for Music aspires to embrace these changing times, combining the best of old world traditions in the development of musical intelligence, technique, and artistic voice with the cutting-edge advantage of being part of The New School, an urban university. It is a perfect prescription for the training of musical citizens in the 21st century.

    Historically, the Mannes formula for quality education has capitalized on its world-class faculty, location in the heart of the global arts capital, small class size, and living tradition of rigor and depth that develops strong technique and great artistry. The Mannes ethos forms the basis of a vibrant community, whether you are a degree or diploma student in the College or Extension divisions, or a young person studying in Mannes Prep.

    In this second decade of the 21st century, when demands on artists are greater than ever, Mannes provides a gateway to a wide range of exciting learning and knowledge building through our sister New School colleges, including one of the world’s great design schools, Parsons The New School for Design; the liberal arts at Eugene Lang College; public policy, business, and much more in The New School for Public Engagement; and cross-disciplinary learning at The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music and The New School for Drama.

    Mannes recognizes that in today’s world success is measured in many ways. Many of our students go on to the stage of the Metropolitan Opera or positions with great orchestras and chamber ensembles. Others create organizations that bring music to inner-city schoolchildren or establish rewarding careers as arts administrators. Still others go on to careers outside of music, becoming doctors or business leaders, and the discipline and knowledge acquired at Mannes serve them well.

    Mannes is committed to providing an education that's relevant to our rapidly changing world. Come back and visit our website to learn more about the Mannes advantage, as we roll out cutting-edge programs that provide students with the tools they need for today’s marketplace.

    Richard Kessler, Dean

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