Special Programs

Manhattan School of Music's special programs offer a number of unique learning opportunities beyond our general academic curriculum. These programs enable you to enrich your musical training experience and develop new perspectives on the performing arts.

Conducting Seminar With Kurt Masur

A weeklong program of intensive direct instruction for young conductors selected by Kurt Masur, the Conducting Seminar gives student conductors the opportunity to conduct the Manhattan School of Music Symphony Orchestra in a master-class format, with post-rehearsal discussion and critique from Maestro Masur. The seminar culminates with a public concert.
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Outreach / Engagement

Manhattan School of Music continually seeks funding for these important outreach initiatives, from sponsoring a summer camper to underwriting a year of instrumental lessons in a New York City public school.
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Barnard/MSM Cross-Registration Program

The Barnard/MSM Cross-Registration Program allows students enrolled at Barnard College to audition for private lessons in certain areas of study with members of the MSM faculty. It also allows undergraduate students enrolled at MSM to enroll in academic classes at Barnard during their junior and senior years.
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Robert Mann String Quartet Institute

Six of North America’s most promising young string quartets, personally chosen by Mr. Mann, will take part in a series of master classes to be taught by Robert Mann.
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MSM Sunday

Manhattan School of Music now offers private lessons, geared to each student’s individual level. No audition required.
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Jazz Institute at Manhattan School of Music

A total of 15 students will be selected from a pool of newly admitted Jazz Arts Bachelor of Music and Master of Music students to become Fellows of the Jazz Institute.
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