The Fall Reopening 2020 at MSM

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Welcome MSM students! Here are the details about our Fall 2020 Semester.

To the MSM Community,

This webpage contains important information about the reopening of Manhattan School of Music for the 2020 Fall Semester. This process has been led by an internal MSM Restart Task Force working with MSM faculty and staff and gathering input from local and state agencies, as well as our music conservatory counterparts in the U.S. and beyond.

We have developed a blended instructional model that gives students flexibility and choice for completing the Fall semester. Our first consideration in developing these plans is to the health and safety of the MSM Community, and the plans are informed by local, state, and federal guidelines that will also allow us to create engaging experiences for our wonderful students.

Please read the recently finalized “MSM Reopening Guide” (link below), which outlines everything you need to know about our blended restart and all related procedures, protocols, and safety measures. For regularly updated information on COVID-19 testing results for those of us on campus, please see the “Tracking COVID-19 on Campus” drop-down menu below.

The blended plan’s flexible schedule accommodates students who will need to stagger their arrival in NYC based on a variety of factors; whatever schedule track you have chosen, we look forward to welcoming you home to MSM very soon!

Warm regards,

James Gandre, President
Joyce Griggs, Executive Vice President and Provost

Fall 2020 Plan

The 2020 Fall Semester at MSM begins on September 9 and ends on December 18 for a total of 14 weeks of instruction, plus finals week.

All students will complete their academic courses through remote learning. Students must select one of four performance-based “tracks,” which include one fully remote learning option and three in-person options. You may select your track based on your expected timing of arrival in New York City.

The graphic below shares the schedule for the entire semester and details each of the four track options.

Please note:
These plans are based on current guidelines and are subject to change should orders from local, state, or federal agencies mandate MSM to do so. MSM may also elect to alter these plans to align with best practices as recommended by industry resources.

Important Information for Students in Track B:

Specific Details for Fall 2020


Or email us at studentengagement@msmnyc.edu

We will continue to share updates with you via email, social media, and our MSM website. We are looking forward to your arrival at MSM!

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