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Professional Studies Diploma

  • Each student's curriculum is designed in consultation with the director of Academic Advisement and developed to enhance professional performance or compositional skills. All courses taken for diploma credit must be graduate-level Mannes courses.  Although all Mannes and some New School courses are available to professional studies students, only graduate credits earned at Mannes may be applied toward the diploma.

    Our two-year full-time program (12 credits per semester for four semesters) includes advanced private study in your concentration, post-baccalaureate or post-master’s level, and concentrated coursework designed individually for you.

    Fields of Study

    The professional studies diploma is offered in the following fields of study:

    • Orchestral Instruments
    • Piano and Collaborative Piano
    • Harpsichord
    • Orchestral Conducting
    • Voice
    • Classical Guitar
    • Composition
    • Theory

    The New School in New York City

    While our new home within Greenwich Village puts us front and center in the world of downtown experimental music, our students enjoy opportunities throughout the entire city. You will be able to take advantage of great performances, art organizations, sound and recording studios and more.  We help you find and secure valuable internship and performing opportunities.

    Career opportunities include

    Performance, Conducting, Composition, Musical Production, Teaching, Arts Administration

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