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  • Composition


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    • Develop your talent in a unique learning environment under the guidance of world-class faculty. At Mannes you will find a mentor who will not only help you develop the techniques needed by composers but will also help you discover your own original voice through the creation of new music and chart your own path as a 21st-century artist. Start your career in New York City, where you'll be influenced by many of today's great composers and make lasting connections with up-and-coming performers who will champion the music of tomorrow.

      Mannes is a unique place, one where you will find the flexibility and freedom to direct your development as a composer, mentored by renowned and revolutionary performers who will also help you find your place in the landscape of contemporary music found in New York City.

      Hone your skills alongside some of the most preeminent and accomplished composers working today, including David T. Little, Missy Mazzoli, Huang Ruo, Paul Moravec, and Lowell Liebermann. This wide range of active teaching voices fosters a healthy environment in which you can develop, experiment, and flourish.

      With New York City as your classroom, you'll find ways to jump-start your career from the moment you set foot on campus. As a composition student, you'll write five major compositions, including one for orchestra. Spend your time in weekly private lessons, a composers' forum that meets eight times a semester, and competitions to have your work read by the Mannes Orchestra and Mannes American Composers Ensemble, as well as opportunities to have Mannes chamber ensembles perform your works in frequent composition department concerts.

      While studying alongside star faculty, learn to engage with the world through music. In our Bachelor of Music program, combine rigorous conservatory training with a range of complementary studies. Mannes's entrepreneurship courses give you the tools to make your own opportunities as an artist. With liberal arts electives at Lang and design electives at Parsons, learn how to make an impact through your art in new ways on a rapidly changing world.

      As a graduate student in our Master of Music program, you'll take part in an elite two-year program focused on advancing all aspects of your musical study and compositional skills. The broad range of opportunities available at Mannes will prepare you for any career you can imagine as a professional artist.


  • Degrees

    Mannes School of Music offers an academic experience that pairs artistic foundations with a rich variety of entrepreneurial and experiential opportunities. Learn more about our degree programs.

  • Our award-winning faculty bring their experience as performers, musicologists, creators, and educators into the classroom-challenging and guiding students to become better artists.

  • Performance & Learning Opportunities

    Central to the Mannes curriculum are the unique creative and performance experiences that happen outside of traditional conservatory training. At Mannes, you can collaborate with students from a variety of disciplines in the arts and beyond and work with industry-leading partners throughout New York City to hone your skills as a 21st-century artist.

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    Take the Stage in New York City.

    Take advantage of opportunities to perform at Lincoln Center or Carnegie Hall, apprentice with members of the Orchestra of St. Luke's, join the Martha Graham Dance Company in performances at NY City Center, or take part in New York's avant-garde opera scene through one of Mannes' cutting-edge productions. Experience firsthand what it's like to be a working musician in one of the most vibrant music scenes in the world.

    Experiment. Collaborate. Perform.

    Don't just learn how to play your instrument; learn how to perform. Develop your talent alongside peers from the College of Performing Arts, Parsons, and across The New School by creating multidisciplinary projects with theater directors, designers, and media students. Record an album with jazz students. Improvise on your instrument along with actors. You'll never run out of opportunities to grow and showcase your talent in new and original ways.

    Chart Your Own Course.

    Today's artists do more than one thing. Performers are composers, composers are improvisers, musicians are activists. At Mannes, you can develop your artistry through a curriculum that goes far beyond that of the traditional conservatory. In courses like The Stone Workshops, Improv Artists Lab, and The Digital Revolution, you'll have the opportunity to play alongside boundary-breaking artists and award-winning faculty members. Take courses that will challenge you to make music in new and inspired ways.

  • Take The Next Step

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Undergraduate Adult Learners

To apply to any of our Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students and Parsons Associate of Applied Science programs, complete and submit the New School Online Application.


To apply to any of our Master's, Doctoral, Professional Studies Diploma, and Graduate Certificate programs, complete and submit the New School Online Application.