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    Admission Contact
    College of Performing Arts
    Office of Admission
    55 West 13th Street
    New York, NY 10011
    212.229.5150 or 800.292.3040
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  • Develop your talent in a unique learning environment under the guidance of world-class faculty. New York City is a center 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 necessary to compete in any setting but also nurture your creative self so that you can chart your own path as a 21st-century artist.

    Mannes is a unique place 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 in New York City. Our Strings faculty is a preeminent group of musicians. Perform side by side with Mannes' quartet-in-residence, the JACK Quartet, recently hailed by the New York Times as the "nation's most important quartet." Study under veteran double bass teacher Orin O'Brien, the first female member of the New York Philharmonic, or David Grossman, double bass in the New York Philharmonic. 

    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 on cutting-edge performances in one of our many ensembles, including Mannes American Composers Ensemble, the College of Performing Arts Theater Orchestra, and the New School Studio Orchestra. Train to win a position in the best orchestras in the world as you gain the skills needed to start your own label, manage your own publicity, and create your own.

    Learn to engage with the world through music while studying alongside star faculty. Combine rigorous conservatory training with a range of complementary studies in our Bachelor of Music program. Mannes' entrepreneurship courses give you the tools you need to make your own opportunities as an artist. Take liberal arts electives at Lang and design electives at Parsons and learn how to use your art in new ways to make an impact 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 we offer prepares you for any career as a professional artist you can imagine.

  • Embracing Identity and Pushing a Genre Forward

    Jesus Rodolfo, PDPL Instrumental Performance ’14, MM Instrumental Performance ‘12 (Mannes School of Music), came to the College of Performing Arts at The New School from his native Spain looking to upend the world of classical music.

  • 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.

  • 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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To apply to any of our undergraduate programs (except the Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students and Parsons Associate of Applied Science programs) complete and submit the Common App online.

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.