MSM Strategic Plan 2019-2024

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The goals for Manhattan School of Music for 2019-2024, supporting our mission and vision as a leading independent music conservatory on the world stage.


Manhattan School of Music is deeply committed to excellence in education, performance, and creative activity; to the humanity of the School’s environment; to preparing all our students to find their success; and to the cultural enrichment of the larger community. A premier international conservatory, MSM inspires and empowers highly talented individuals to realize their potential. We take full advantage of New York’s abundant learning and performance opportunities, preparing our students to be accomplished and passionate performers, composers, and teachers, and imaginative, effective contributors to the arts and society.

MSM Symphony Orchestra in Neidorff-Karpati Hall

Four Strategic Goals:

Goal 1: Ensure artistic and academic excellence.

  • Create time and space for academic and artistic curiosity.
  • Develop and recruit faculty to support our students.
  • Design and strengthen pathways to enhance students’ training and experiences.

Saxophone Ensemble in Greenfield Hall

Goal 2: Optimize our human, financial, and physical resources to improve student experience.

  • Optimize MSM’s resources to enhance efficiency and increase the academic and performance opportunities available to students.
  • Develop and invest in our faculty and staff to improve the quality of the education and services MSM offers.
  • Ensure that our costs by function are aligned to the opportunities and responsibilities of our students, faculty, and staff.

Master class with pianist Richard Goode, Fall 2019

Goal 3:  Enhance our long-term fiscal well-being

  • Grow earned revenue from partnerships, strategic alliances, and other opportunities, including degree and non-degree offerings.
  • Strengthen connections to alumni, parents, artists, audiences, and the many other friends and benefactors of the institution.
  • Source and execute initiatives that reduce and mitigate costs.

Commencement at The Riverside Church, May 2019

Goal 4:  Increase our visibility and recognition

  • Leverage the communications potential of the wider MSM Community, including alumni, current students, faculty, and staff.
  • Ensure a powerful integrated vision for MSM communications across all media.
  • Expand off-site performance and presentation opportunities.

MSM Jazz Orchestra performing with Joe Lovano at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola at Lincoln Center

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