Manhattan School of Music

Overview

At a Glance

School type

Private, not-for-profit, 4-year or above

Faculty

317 Faculty Members | 3:01 student faculty ratio

Religious affliation

Not applicable

Mission Statement

Manhattan School of Music's Mission Statement Manhattan School of Music is deeply committed to excellence in education, performance, and creative activity; to the humanity of the School's environment; to preparing all our students to find their success; and to the cultural enrichment of the larger community. A premier international conservatory, MSM inspires and empowers highly talented individuals to realize their potential. We take full advantage of New York's abundant learning and performance opportunities, preparing our students to be accomplished and passionate performers, composers and teachers, and imaginative, effective contributors to the arts and society.

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cost & financial aid

Annual tuition & fees

Undergraduate

In state

$49,270

Out of state

$49,270
Graduate

In state

$49,270

Out of state

$49,270

Financial Aid: Undergraduates

Received financial aid
88%
Did not receive aid
12%
Type of aid % of students recieving aid Average amount
Federal grants 16.0% $8,201
State/local grants 5.0% $2,833
Institutional grants 81.0% $26,087
Loans 43.0% $9,020

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Academics

Most Popular Undergraduate majors

  • Musical Theatre
  • Keyboard Instruments
  • Voice and Opera
  • Stringed Instruments
  • Brass Instruments
Full List of Majors

Undergraduate Majors X

  • VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS
    • Musical Theatre
      • A program that focuses on the principles and techniques for integrating theatre, music, and dance into a unified production. Includes instruction in acting, dance, voice, technical theater, musical genres, piano, and history of musical theater. See other colleges that offer this major
    • Music Theory and Composition
      • A program that focuses on the study of the principles of sound manipulation as applied to the creation of music, and the techniques of creating and arranging music. Includes instruction in aural theory, melody, counterpoint, complex harmony, modulation, chromatics, improvisation, progressions, musical writing, instrumentation, orchestration, electronic and computer applications, studies of specific musical styles, and development of original creative ability. See other colleges that offer this major
    • Conducting
      • A program that prepares individuals to master the art of leading bands, choirs, orchestras and other ensembles in performance, and related music leadership. Includes instruction in score analysis and arranging, rehearsal and performance leadership, music coaching, arrangement and performance planning, ensemble operations management, and applications to specific school or professional ensembles. See other colleges that offer this major
    • Keyboard Instruments
      • A program that prepares individuals to master the piano, organ, or related keyboard instruments and performing art as solo, ensemble, and/or accompanist performers. Includes instruction in piano and keyboard pedagogy, ensemble playing, accompanying, service playing, repertoire, keyboard and pedal skills, recital, and personal style development. Examples: [Piano], [Organ], [Harpsichord] See other colleges that offer this major
    • Voice and Opera
      • A program that prepares individuals to master the human voice and performing art as solo and/or ensemble performers in concert, choir, opera, or other forms of singing. Includes instruction in voice pedagogy, diction, vocal physiology and exercise, expressive movement, repertoire, recital, and personal style development. See other colleges that offer this major
    • Jazz/Jazz Studies
      • A program that prepares individuals to study and master the performance and composition of Jazz. Includes instruction in the history of Jazz and related musical styles such as the Blues, Jazz composition and theory, improvisation, Jazz instrument and ensemble performance, and related topics. See other colleges that offer this major
    • Stringed Instruments
      • A program that prepares individual to master a stringed instrument and performing arts as solo, ensemble and/or accompanist performers. Includes instruction in playing and personal style development. Examples: [Violin], [Viola], [Double Bass], [Guitar], [Banjo], [Harp] See other colleges that offer this major
    • Brass Instruments
      • A program that prepares individuals to master a brass instrument and performing art as solo, ensemble, and/or accompanist performers. Includes instruction in playing and personal style development. Examples: [Trumpet], [Horn], [Trombone], [Euphonium/Baritone], [Tuba] See other colleges that offer this major
    • Woodwind Instruments
      • A program that prepares individuals to master a woodwind instrument and performing art as solo, ensemble, and/or accompanist performers. Includes instruction in playing and personal style development. Examples: [Flute], [Oboe], [Clarinet], [Bassoon], [Saxophone] See other colleges that offer this major
    • Percussion Instruments
      • A program that prepares individuals to master percussion instruments and performing art for a variety of musical settings, including orchestral, solo, chamber, commercial, or nontraditional. Includes instruction in playing and personal style development. Examples: [Bass Drum], [Snare Drum], [Timpani], [Vibraphone] See other colleges that offer this major

Most Popular Graduate programs

  • Voice and Opera
  • Stringed Instruments
  • Keyboard Instruments
  • Jazz/Jazz Studies
  • Brass Instruments
Full List of Programs

Graduate ProgramsX

  • VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS
    • Music Theory and Composition
      • A program that focuses on the study of the principles of sound manipulation as applied to the creation of music, and the techniques of creating and arranging music. Includes instruction in aural theory, melody, counterpoint, complex harmony, modulation, chromatics, improvisation, progressions, musical writing, instrumentation, orchestration, electronic and computer applications, studies of specific musical styles, and development of original creative ability. See other colleges that offer this major
    • Conducting
      • A program that prepares individuals to master the art of leading bands, choirs, orchestras and other ensembles in performance, and related music leadership. Includes instruction in score analysis and arranging, rehearsal and performance leadership, music coaching, arrangement and performance planning, ensemble operations management, and applications to specific school or professional ensembles. See other colleges that offer this major
    • Keyboard Instruments
      • A program that prepares individuals to master the piano, organ, or related keyboard instruments and performing art as solo, ensemble, and/or accompanist performers. Includes instruction in piano and keyboard pedagogy, ensemble playing, accompanying, service playing, repertoire, keyboard and pedal skills, recital, and personal style development. Examples: [Piano], [Organ], [Harpsichord] See other colleges that offer this major
    • Voice and Opera
      • A program that prepares individuals to master the human voice and performing art as solo and/or ensemble performers in concert, choir, opera, or other forms of singing. Includes instruction in voice pedagogy, diction, vocal physiology and exercise, expressive movement, repertoire, recital, and personal style development. See other colleges that offer this major
    • Jazz/Jazz Studies
      • A program that prepares individuals to study and master the performance and composition of Jazz. Includes instruction in the history of Jazz and related musical styles such as the Blues, Jazz composition and theory, improvisation, Jazz instrument and ensemble performance, and related topics. See other colleges that offer this major
    • Stringed Instruments
      • A program that prepares individual to master a stringed instrument and performing arts as solo, ensemble and/or accompanist performers. Includes instruction in playing and personal style development. Examples: [Violin], [Viola], [Double Bass], [Guitar], [Banjo], [Harp] See other colleges that offer this major
    • Brass Instruments
      • A program that prepares individuals to master a brass instrument and performing art as solo, ensemble, and/or accompanist performers. Includes instruction in playing and personal style development. Examples: [Trumpet], [Horn], [Trombone], [Euphonium/Baritone], [Tuba] See other colleges that offer this major
    • Woodwind Instruments
      • A program that prepares individuals to master a woodwind instrument and performing art as solo, ensemble, and/or accompanist performers. Includes instruction in playing and personal style development. Examples: [Flute], [Oboe], [Clarinet], [Bassoon], [Saxophone] See other colleges that offer this major
    • Percussion Instruments
      • A program that prepares individuals to master percussion instruments and performing art for a variety of musical settings, including orchestral, solo, chamber, commercial, or nontraditional. Includes instruction in playing and personal style development. Examples: [Bass Drum], [Snare Drum], [Timpani], [Vibraphone] See other colleges that offer this major

Types of Degrees Offered

  • Certificate
  • Associate's degree
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Master's degree
  • Doctoral degree
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Admissions

Undergraduate acceptance rate

Acceptance rate
41.56%
  • Apply 1,268
  • Accepted 527
  • Attend 123

Application Fee

Undergraduate
$125
Graduate
$125

Undergraduate application requirements

  • High school transcript

    Required
  • High school GPA

    Required
  • Recommendation letter

    Required
  • Admissions test
    (SAT or ACT)

    Not applicable
  • TOEFL
    (international students)

    Recommended
  • Completion of college
    prep program

    Not applicable
  • Demonstration of
    competencies

    Required
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Student Life

Student Demographics

Female Students
52%
Male Students
48%

Student Ethnicities
  1. Two Or More Ethnicities51.75%
  2. Caucasian32.59%
  3. Asian6.5%
  4. Black6.07%
  5. Hispanic/Latino1.92%
  6. Not Specified1.17%

Student body breakdown

Total students enrolled

1,049

Undergraduate students

525

Graduate students

524

Attendance breakdown

Full time
100%
Part time
0%

Student services

  • Meal plan
  • Counseling services
  • Remedial services
  • Work-study
  • Placement services
  • Study abroad
  • Weekend/evening classes
  • On-campus day care for student's children
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