All new students start the 2015-2016 academic year by checking into Manhattan School of Music on August 26, 2015. The check in process is conducted between the hours of 8 AM and 1 PM. During this time students will receive up to date orientation information, MSM school ID cards and have the opportunity to complete any outstanding paperwork and ask any questions they might have.

Orientation is made up of three distinct areas of focus:  orientation activities, placement exams and auditions. Orientation activities are designed to assist new students with the transition to studying at MSM and living in New York City.  There are many opportunities to meet new friends, become acclimated with the school, and learn about all that the city has to offer. Below you will find information pertaining to the orientation activities planned by the Office of Student Engagement, as well as information from various departments.  This page will supply you with much-needed information for beginning your studies at MSM.

The first item to check out is the official 2015 Orientation calendar of events.  The calendar, in conjunction with the annotated schedule, will gave you a detailed view of what orientation is all about. 

Orientation Calendar
Annotated Schedule - Contains detailed descriptions of meetings and events

Events requiring advanced sign up and/or ticket purchase are listed on the sign up form below.  Please complete the form and send your payment as soon as possible. Please note: the deadline to register for ticketed orientation events is Sunday, August 9, 2015

Event Sign-up Form
Credit Card Form - for payment of selected orientation events

In addition to the Orientation calendar, please review the documents below.  Many administrative offices have compiled documents to help prepare you for beginning your studies in September. Pay special attention to the items with an asterisk (*), as these documents must be completed and submitted in advance of your arrival. Newly added or updated documents are indicated with a (+) sign. We will be updating this page throughout the summer – please be sure to check in regularly for new information.

General information for ALL students

Welcome Letter and  Move-in Schedule
Academic Calendar
Campus Store Information
Center for Musical Entrepreneurship
Chamber Music
Columbia Gym Information
Concert Office
FERPA Letter (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act)
Jazz Arts – General information
Jazz Placement Audition Tips
Local Restaurant Guide
(*)Locker Sign-Out Form
MSM Directory
MTA – A guide to public transportation in NYC
Orientation Frequently Asked Questions
Outreach Opportunities
Saying Goodbye
Student Discounts Around NYC
Student Podcast – Apply to be a part of Beyond the Practice Room!
Student Website
MSM Choirs - Chamber Choir & Symphonic Choir
Where Can I Purchase...?

Information for Andersen Hall Residents

(*)Collegiate Storage & Rental – Micro-fridge rental information
Suggested Items Flyer

Information on traveling to MSM

Travel Packet – Includes directions to MSM and local hotel information & discounts
Parking Garage Information

Please join our Orientation 2015 Facebook group to begin connecting with staff and other new students! 
Orientation 2015 on Facebook

If you have questions or concerns, please feel free to contact the Orientation staff at orientation@msmnyc.edu or 212 749 2802  x7673.

We look forward to meeting you all in August!

Office of Student Life

917 493 4525