About MSM

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Manhattan School of Music is dedicated to the personal, artistic, and intellectual development of aspiring musicians, from Precollege through postgraduate studies.

Founded as a community music school by Janet Daniels Schenck in 1918, today MSM is recognized for its more than 960 superbly talented undergraduate and graduate students who come from more than 50 countries and nearly all 50 states; a world-renowned artist-teacher faculty; and innovative curricula.

Our College Programs

MSM offers classical, jazz and musical theatre training, granting the following degrees:

Programs for Students Aged 5-18

True to MSM’s origins as a music school for children, the Precollege program continues to offer superior music instruction to young musicians between the ages of five and 18. MSM Summer gives talented musicians aged 5-15 a change to study at MSM during the summer.

Special Programs

The School also serves some 2,000 New York City schoolchildren through its MSM Outreach Program, and another 2,000 students through its critically acclaimed Distance Learning Program.