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  • Post-Genre Music: Performance and Creation (Minor)

  • Overview

    The Post-Genre Music: Performance and Creation minor is offered through the College of Performing Arts.

    Post-Genre Music prepares 21st-century musicians to perform in range of settings and to be actively involved in the creation of meaningful new work. In a world where musicians can no longer stay confined to a single genre, performers need to be able to survive and thrive in a wide variety of styles of music and, increasingly, in music that combines many different styles into one. Designed to complement intensive instrumental or vocal study, Post-Genre Music focuses on the here and now, drawing on the vast New York City musical landscape to do so. In addition to learning how to perform in multiple contexts, students gain arranging and composition skills and practical experience in technology and entrepreneurship, acquiring the tools necessary to turn ideas into action.

    The minor in Post-Genre Music requires successful completion of 18 credits across four subject areas, as outlined in the chart below.

    Course availability may vary from semester to semester. Students seeking to pursue alternative coursework to fulfill the minor should consult with their advisors.

    Subject AreaSample CoursesCredits
    Intro to Post-Genre MusicCBMH 2000 Survey of Post-Genre Music: Creation and Performance2
    Musical Context CoursesCOPA 4200 - COPA 4201 The Stone Workshops
    CBMH 1105 - CBMH 2106 History of Music
    EntrepreneurshipCOPA 2000 - COPA 2001 The Entrepreneurial Musician
    Or other New School business or management classes
    Arranging/CompositionComposition for Nonmajors (CCMP 2000) Fundamentals of Orchestration (CCMP 2150) Tonal Composition (CCMP 3005, CCMP 3006) or other composition elective2
    Music TechnologyIntroduction to SuperCollider (CCMP 4010)4
    ImprovisationImprovisation Ensemble (CAPR 5200) or other applicable improvisation elective1
    Final Performance Project/Capstone/ Independent StudyXPER 4000 Minor Capstone/Independent Study 1

    Learning Outcomes

    By the successful completion of the minor, students will be able to:

    • Perform in multiple mixed ensemble settings, spanning a range of styles, sizes, and instrumentation
    • Apply knowledge of basic improvisation skills in a variety of settings
    • Demonstrate awareness of the history and context of multiple genres of music including indie rock, hip-hop, rock opera, folk music, and world music
    • Incorporate the use of music software for recording, sampling, and composition
    • Create basic instrumental or vocal arrangements and compositions and parts for multiple settings
    • Use entrepreneurial skills to facilitate their own creative pursuits


    This minor is open to all students at Mannes School of Music and the School of Jazz and to students in other New School colleges by audition.

  • Take the Next Step

    Contact your Student Success advisor to discuss how a minor will fit with your degree requirements.

    Declare or change a minor on in the Academics tab. Note that some minors require an application.

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