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    • Develop your talent in a unique learning environment under the guidance of world-class faculty. New York City is the crossroads of American music, and the faculty who teach at Mannes are active participants in shaping the future of music. At Mannes, you will find a mentor who will not only work with you to develop the advanced technical skills necessary to compete in any setting but also help you chart your path as a 21st-century artist.

      Mannes is a unique place where you will receive intensive technical training on your instrument from a faculty of renowned revolutionary performers, who will also help you find your place in the landscape of contemporary music in New York City.

      Our guitar faculty includes a preeminent collection of musicians. Mannes graduates Frederic Hand and Michael Newman, both of whom are legends in their own right, co-lead the Classical Guitar department. They are joined each semester by guest artists from all over the world who lead students in master classes. Recent visitors include Oscar Ghiglia, Roland Dyens, Benjamin Verdure, Eliot Fisk, and Scott Tennant and William Kanengiser, members of the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet. These masters are currently joined by our resident artists, the Newman & Oltman Guitar Duo.

      With New York City as your classroom, you'll find ways to jump-start your career from the moment you set foot on campus. Play at landmark venues like Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall. Collaborate in cutting-edge performances as part of our many ensembles, including Mannes American Composers Ensemble, the College of Performing Arts Theater Orchestra, and the New School Studio Orchestra. Gain the skills needed to start your own label, manage your own publicity, and create your own groundbreaking work. Take part in a culture of performance with programs like Guitar Studio, which features a concert for student soloists at the end of every semester along with one presented by Guitar Ensemble.

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

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

  • Degrees

    Mannes School of Music offers an education that combines an artistic foundation 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

    Mannes students engage in unique performance experiences, collaborating with students across The New School and partner organizations like the International Contemporary Ensemble and the Martha Graham Dance Company. 

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    Take the Stage in New York City.

    Perform at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall, apprentice with members of the Orchestra of St. Luke's, join the Martha Graham Dance Company in riveting productions, and take the stage with The Mannes Opera. 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 artistry 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. Make new work with actors, writers, and directors. 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 are makers and doers. Performers are composers, composers are improvisers, musicians are changemakers. 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.

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