• Player at Steinway Hall

    Piano and Harpsichord

    • Develop your talent in a unique learning environment under the guidance of world-class faculty. New York City is at the crossroads of American music, and the faculty who teach at Mannes are active participants in the evolution of the future of music. At Mannes you will find a mentor who will not only help you develop the advanced technique on your instrument necessary to compete in any setting, but will also nurture your creative self in a way that will help you to chart your own path as a 21st-century artist.

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

      Our piano and harpsichord faculty includes a preeminent collection of musicians. With the robust Master Class series, weekly lessons, and piano classes, you'll study under the guidance of distinguished artists like Richard Goode, Simone Dinnerstein, Vladimir Feltsman, Blair McMillen, Ursula Oppens, and Pavlina Dokovska, department coordinator and founder of the annual Mannes Sounds Festival. Draw inspiration from the students who came before you, including Murray Perahia, world-class pianist Richard Goode, and Yekwon Sunwoo, recent graduate and winner of the 2018 Cliburn Competition.

      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 a 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, and take part in a culture of performance with programs like "Mannes Sounds," a year-long student music festival that engages pianists, chamber musicians, and singers in public concerts around New York City.

      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 performance skills. The broad range of performance opportunities prepares 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

    A cornerstone of the Mannes curriculum is the unique performance and making experiences that happen outside of the 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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    Orchestra and Dancers
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    Take the Stage in New York City.

    Find yourself performing at Lincoln Center or Carnegie Hall, apprenticing with members of the Orchestra of St. Luke's, joining the Martha Graham Dance Company in performances at NY City Center, or taking part in New York's avant garde opera scene through one of Mannes's cutting-edge productions. Experience first-hand 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 to create multi-disciplinary 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, and musicians are activists. At Mannes, you can develop your artistry through a curriculum that goes 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 push 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.