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    Performer-Composer (MM)

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    College of Performing Arts
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    72 Fifth Avenue
    New York, NY 10011
    212.229.5150 or 800.292.3040
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  • The Performer-Composer Master of Music (MM) degree at The New School’s College of Performing Arts is designed for musicians whose passion lies at the intersection of composition, performance, and improvisation. Learn to defy the confines of traditional genres and improvise in your own unique language. Experiment with new technologies and new platforms. This degree gives you the tools to develop your artistic voice, collaborate with like-minded artists, and lead the way into the future of music.

    • Degree Master of Music
    • Credits 40
    • Format Full-time, on campus
    • Duration 17 months (including summer term)
    • Start Term Fall, Spring

    Program Highlights

    • Personalized Learning

      Tailor your projects and ensembles to your individual interests and choose from a vast network of artist-mentors.

    • Perform, Compose, Improvise

      Develop the skills and knowledge you need to thrive in the 21st-century musical landscape.

    • Study in New York City

      Benefit from the unlimited opportunities NYC offers to perform across the city and engage with renowned faculty.

    • Cross-Disciplinary Opportunities

      Join a performing arts college committed to artistic learning and experimentation that blends academic disciplines.

    Create and Experiment

    The Performer-Composer MM enables you to engage in radical experimentation, pursue genre-defying forms of artistic collaboration, and develop original modes of expression that reflect the past, present, and future of musical artistry. The curriculum draws inspiration from diverse ideas and musical styles, including contemporary classical music, jazz, rock, electronic music, avant-garde music, minimalism, and improvised music. During your studies, you perform in self-organized ensembles under the guidance of a faculty mentor and have the freedom to choose private instructors from a list of hundreds of New York–based musicians.

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    Experiential Learning

    The program is designed for musicians who have already developed fundamental skills in performance, composition, improvisation, and music technology and seek to take their artistry to the next level. Every semester includes a “Stone Lab,” a course which draws on the relationship between the college and The Stone. In addition, you have direct access to leading contemporary music ensembles, including JACK Quartet, the Mannes quartet-in-residence, and innovative learning opportunities with The New School’s Philip Glass Institute, Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, and Creative Music Studio.

    Cross-College Collaboration

    At the College of Performing Arts, you study alongside fellow students and faculty from the School of Jazz and Contemporary Music and Mannes School of Music and enjoy close connections to the School of Drama. This learning environment generates exciting opportunities for collaboration and cross-genre creative pollination. The program is also structured around developing the artist proficiencies defined by the college (such as artistic excellence, collaborative practice, entrepreneurship, and technology), ensuring that you gain skills that prepare you to succeed in the cultural economy of today and tomorrow.

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