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Graduation Requirements

  • Students are responsible for knowing and completing the course requirements for their particular majors and concentrations, as set forth in the Mannes Catalog of the student's year of entrance.

    Students meet with an academic advisor each semester. The director of Academic Advisement will evaluate appropriate transfer credits from other accredited institutions of higher learning.

    Undergraduate Requirements

    All candidates for the bachelor of science degree, bachelor of music degree, or undergraduate diploma must be in residence for a minimum of two academic years.

    The following regulations apply to all performance majors:

    • Junior-year major examinations will determine whether the student may graduate the following year.
    • Senior-year final examinations consist of a performance of 30 minutes duration before a jury of college faculty members from the student's major field (or a closely related one) and senior members of the administration. These examinations are held in April of each year.
    • A graduation recital, which will not be graded, may be given at any time during the senior year.
    • Juries will attend the graduation recitals of conducting concentrators, who of necessity perform specially arranged programs, and of students giving their graduation recitals during the fifth year owing to special circumstances.

    The following regulations apply to composition concentrators:

    Composition concentrators are required to submit five completed compositions in fair copy to a jury consisting of members of the composition faculty and the associate dean. These works should utilize various performance media and must include an orchestral composition. Guidelines for the other required pieces are developed by the Composition Department in cooperation with the administration.

    Graduate Requirements

    Master of Music

    Candidates for the master of music degree in performance are required to present a graduation recital, to complete two professional outside performances, and to perform a graduation jury consisting of a full recital program of suitably demanding works.

    Orchestral conducting concentrators are required to conduct a substantial work with a student orchestra. Final examinations for graduating master of music candidates consist of a performance of 30 minutes duration before a jury of college faculty members from the student's major field (or a closely related one) and senior members of the administration. These examinations are held in April of each year.

    Professional Studies Diploma

    Candidates for the Professional Studies Diploma must perform before a jury in each year of residency.

    Guidelines for graduation recital requirements are developed by each department in coordination with the associate dean.

    Awards

    The college recognizes excellence in achievement among its graduating students by making the following awards at Commencement:

    Joseph Fidelman Piano Prize, Lotte Pulvermacher-Egers Humanities Award, Richard F. Gold Career Grant, George and Elizabeth Gregory Award, Felix Salzer Techniques of Music Award, Michael Sisca Memorial Opera Award, Newton Swift Piano Award, Bohuslav Martinu Composition Award, Marian Marcus Wahl Memorial Award, Academic Excellence Award, Mannes College The New School for Music Dean's Award, and James E. Hughes, Sr., Memorial Performance Award.

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