Post-Genre Music: Performance and Creation

  • Overview

    Post-Genre Music prepares 21st-century musicians to perform in range of settings and to be actively involved in the creation of meaningful new work. In a world where musicians can no longer stay confined to a single genre, performers need to be able to survive and thrive in a wide variety of styles of music and, increasingly, in music that combines many different styles into one. Designed to complement intensive instrumental or vocal study, Post-Genre Music focuses on the here and now, drawing on the vast New York City musical landscape to do so. In addition to learning how to perform in multiple contexts, students gain arranging and composition skills and practical experience in technology and entrepreneurship, acquiring the tools necessary to turn ideas into action.

    By the successful completion of the minor, students will be able to:

    • Perform in multiple mixed ensemble settings, spanning a range of styles, sizes, and instrumentation.
    • Apply knowledge of basic improvisation skills in a variety of settings.
    • Demonstrate awareness of the history and context of multiple genres of music including, but not limited to, indie rock, hip hop, rock opera, folk music, world music.
    • Incorporate the use of music software for recording, sampling, and composition.
    • Create basic instrumental or vocal arrangements and compositions, and parts for multiple settings.
    • Use entrepreneurial skills to facilitate one's own creative pursuits.

    The minor in Post-Genre music requires successful completion of 18 credits across four subject areas, as outlined in the chart below. This minor is open to all students at Mannes and The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, and to students in other New School colleges by audition.

    Course availability may vary from semester to semester. Students seeking to pursue alternative coursework to fulfill the minor should consult with their advisors.


    Area Course Options Requirements
    Intro to Post-Genre Music Survey of Post-Genre Music: Creation and Performance (XHMS 1200) Introductory course prior to applying for and declaring minor (2 credits)
    Musical Context Courses The Stone Workshops (CAPR 4976)
    History of Rock Opera (XMHS 1500)
    Folk Process: American Folk Music (XMHS 1250)
    Performing in Music Theater (XVCO 1204)
    World Music (XMHS 1275)
    Introduction to Hip Hop (XMHS 1504)
    (6 credits)
    Entrepreneurship The Entrepreneurial Musician (CAPR 5051)
    or other New School business or management classes
    (2 credits)
    Arranging/Composition Arranging (XCMP 2015)
    Songwriting (XCMP 2013)
    Beginning Composition (XCMP 1004)
    Film Scoring (XCMP 2021)
    (2 credits)
    Music Technology 21st Century Notation (XCMP 1015)
    Introduction to SuperCollider (XTEK1200)
    Go Digital (CAPR 5096)
    Creative Uses of Sound (XCMP 2500)
    (4 credits)
    Improvisation Improvisation Ensemble (CAPR 5056)
    or other applicable improvisation elective
    (1 credit)
    Final Performance Project/Capstone/ Independent Study Minor Capstone/Independent Study (XPER 4000) Final performance project, designed by the student with an advisor, to demonstrate performance practices and context learned throughout the course of study (1 credit)