Leadership Opportunities

The Office of Student Life provides numerous opportunities for students to develop leadership skills as they pursue their musical dream. Student leaders at Manhattan School of Music work closely with the office to enhance the wonderful community at Manhattan School of Music. Students learn how to run meetings, listen attentively, and communicate assertively. They participate in constructive dialogue about policies and issues and contribute suggestions to make their experience at Manhattan School of Music a great one. They also learn how to coordinate events and socials for the student body to enjoy. Students involved in leadership positions participate in one service project a semester.

Student Council (SC)

The Student Council is an organized group of Manhattan School of Music students who serve as a governing body that works with the Office of Student Life to maintain and enhance the quality of life for students attending the School. The mission of the Council is to enrich and support student life at Manhattan School of Music and to be an advocate for students. The Council sponsors many diverse and exciting events during the semester and provides an opportunity for students to develop leadership and event planning skills.  The Council coordinates communication from other student groups and governing bodies and ultimately represents the collective voice of the student body. The Council is often invited to serve on School committees. All full-time Manhattan School of Music students in good standing are welcome to join. The Office of Student Life, Room 112, can provide you with more information.

Residence Community Council (RCC)

The Resident Community Council is an organized group of Manhattan School of Music students who live in the G. Chris and SungEun Andersen Residence Hall, and serves as a governing body that works with the Office of Student Life to maintain a positive quality of life for students who live on campus. The RCC plans events, suggests policy improvements, and represents the points of view and positions of resident students at meetings of the Student Council and other School committees. The RCC offers various leadership opportunities to Manhattan School of Music students living in the halls.

Resident Assistant (RA)

The resident assistants (RAs) are students who report to the residence life director and director of student life. They work to ensure the smooth transition of residents and orientation in the residence hall, the School, and New York City. The RAs promote an environment that is welcoming, respectful, and conducive to learning. They coordinate many educational, service, and social events so that students get to know one another and form valuable, enduring friendships. The resident assistants enforce School policies, help in emergencies, and refer students in need to appropriate resources.

Orientation Leader (OL)

The orientation leaders (OLs) are students who report to the orientation coordinator and director of student life. The OLs coordinate events during orientation week and family and friends weekend. They provide assistance to new students and help to welcome them to Manhattan School of Music, helping students and parents navigate the start of their experience here.

Student Organizations

There are several student organizations that work with the Office of Student Life to provide opportunities for community development among Manhattan School of Music students. Each student organization is organized by students with common interests. The students register their group with the Office of Student Life at the start of each academic year. Groups are open to full-time Manhattan School of Music students in good standing. Students are invited to initiate and register new student organizations in the office of student life.