Fast Facts

Degrees, Diplomas, and Certificates Offered

Bachelor of Music (BM)

Voice, Instrumental Performance, Musical Theatre, Jazz, and Composition

Master of Music (MM)

Voice, Instrumental Performance, Jazz, Composition, Accompanying, Orchestral Performance, and Contemporary Performance

Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)

Voice, Instrumental Performance, Jazz, Composition, and Accompanying

Professional Studies Certificate

A one-year certificate program for students with a Master’s degree who wish to pursue instrumental or vocal study on an advanced level for competitions, auditions, or career-entry positions

Artist Diploma

A one-year course of study for students whose performance level meets the highest international standards


Manhattan School of Music’s faculty is made up of members of New York City’s leading performing institutions--the New York Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra--as well as acclaimed soloists, chamber musicians, and jazz artists.

Campus and Facilities

Manhattan School of Music, on Broadway and 122nd Street, shares its upper Manhattan neighborhood with Columbia University, Barnard College, Columbia Teachers College, Bank Street College, the International House, Union and Jewish theological seminaries, and the Cathedral of St. John the Divine.

22 classrooms
132 practice rooms
8 performance spaces
400-bed residence hall

Performance Opportunities

700 performances per year, including fully-staged operas, orchestral concerts, student and faculty recitals, master classes, jazz concerts on-site and at Jazz at Lincoln Center

Student Body

Approximate, Fall 2016

Students on campus

474 undergraduate students
463 non-doctoral graduate students
27 doctoral students
542 female; 422 male

54 doctoral students off campus in the dissertation phase

38 States
53 Countries

College Tuition and Fees

Tuition and Fees

Precollege Division

A highly competitive and professional Saturday music program dedicated to the musical and personal growth of talented young musicians ages 5-18. The Precollege enrolls approximately 450 students from around the tri-state area and beyond, under the guidance of some 140 Artist Teachers. Typical program of study includes a 60-minute private lesson, classes in theory and ear training, performance classes including large and small ensembles, and various elective classes. Students can participate in four orchestras, three choirs, and numerous chamber ensembles and jazz ensembles.

Precollege Division at MSM

Special Programs

Manhattan School of Music's special programs offer a number of unique learning opportunities beyond our general academic curriculum.

Special Programs at MSM

Artists in Residence

American String Quartet

Peter Winograd, violin
Laurie Carney, violin
Daniel Avshalomov, viola
Wolfram Koessel, cello


Tara Helen O'Connor, flute
Randall Ellis, oboe
Alan R. Kay, clarinet
Frank Morelli, bassoon
David Jolley, horn

Performance Ensembles

MSM has a range of Orchestral, Jazz, Contemporary, Wind, and Vocal Performance student ensembles

List of Ensembles

Notable Alumni

Manhattan School of Music’s alumni are active in every aspect of contemporary musical life. Many are among the most distinguished artists performing in concert halls, opera houses, and on jazz stages throughout the world today.

List of Notable Alumni

Consumer Information

List of Consumer Information