The core of ESL + Music is a structured set of intensive English language (ESL) courses in grammar, reading, writing, and listening and speaking taken in conjunction with private music lessons with Mannes faculty members and other special music courses and workshops.
The program takes from one to four semesters to complete, depending on the student’s English language proficiency at the time of entry and subsequent progress. Students are tested in English when they apply and are placed in courses (see below) at an appropriate level: Level 3 (Low Intermediate), Level 4 (Intermediate), Level 5 (High Intermediate), Level 6 (Advanced). Students who test at Levels 3 and 4 take four ESL skills courses per semester until they reach Level 5 or 6. At Level 5 or 6, they take a music course (see below Fundamentals of Music or Recital Project) instead of the ESL Speaking and Listening course.
Study in Music
Private Lessons (All language levels; 14 or 7 lesson option)
After students are enrolled in the certificate program, they can sign up for weekly or bi-weekly private instrumental or vocal lessons with members of the world-renowned Mannes College faculty.
Performance Workshop (All language levels)
Bi-weekly on Fridays; time varies
Certificate students perform in a master class format coached by a Mannes faculty member. They practice English by discussing in class the music they are playing together.
Fundamentals of Music (Language level 5)
Weekly on Fridays, time varies
Students who test at Level 5 in English study music theory, ear training, and dictation in this class. Speaking, reading, and writing exercises support English language skills while building a practical vocabulary useful to musicians.
Recital Project (Language level 6)
Fridays, time varies
Students who test at Level 6 in English can take this course, which blends music history, research, and rehearsal in preparation for a short solo recital accompanied by a spoken introduction. Each student researches a piece of repertoire, prepares it for performance, and writes program notes with an American audience in mind.
Music courses meet at Mannes College The New School for Music, 150 West 85th Street
Twelve Weeks of English Language Classes
Grammar of English
Monday and Wednesday, 10:00 a.m.–12:40 p.m.
The structures and rules of English are presented and practiced in lively classes emphasize communication in daily life and include reading and discussion of popular topics, videos, songs, presentations, games, and writing exercises.
Tuesday and Thursday, 10:00 a.m.–12:40 p.m.
Learning to write is like learning to play a musical instrument—you have to practice, practice, practice. These courses take students through the process of writing pieces for college courses—from organizing an idea to drafting and revising simple paragraphs and full-length essays. Based on their level of English proficiency, students practice sentence structure and writing techniques so they can express themselves clearly in formal, academic English.
Reading and Discussion
Tuesday and Thursday, 2:00–3:50 p.m.
Students are assigned to read a variety of texts, which they are expected to talk and write about in detail in class and homework assignments and in quizzes. Constant practice enables them to read faster with greater comprehension and talk about different subjects with confidence and enjoyment.
Listening/Speaking (Levels 3 and 4; students at level 5 and 6 take music courses)
Monday and Wednesday, 2:00–3:50 p.m.
In these classes, students practice speaking and listening in a variety of informal and formal situations. They learn idioms and phrasal verbs, practice difficult sounds and pronunciation patterns, and develop confident presentation skills. Listening practice involves movies and Internet videos.
ESL courses meet at The New School’s main campus downtown in Greenwich Village. Check course schedule for more details.