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Student Handbook 2018-2019

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Message From the Dean of Students

Welcome to the 2018-19 academic year at Manhattan School of Music!

This Student Handbook outlines what Manhattan School of Music has in place to support and enhance the student experience, as well as the policies and procedures  we ask students to adhere to– the “do’s and don’ts” that you must live by in order to remain in good standing in the community.  Please take a careful look at all the information that is offered to you in this Handbook.

At MSM we are committed to creating a warm and welcoming environment.  The Dean of Students Office is a place to bring your questions and concerns.  I do my very best to find answers and support for all who turn to me.   The staff I work with in Student Affairs shares my commitment, as we outline in our mission statement:

Student Affairs at Manhattan School of Music

Student Affairs at Manhattan School of Music takes to heart the commitment to the “humanity of the School’s environment” embedded in the Manhattan School of Music Mission Statement. The staff in Student Affairs believes that through participation in the programs and settings we manage, our students will be able to actively participate in the exploration of an individual vision of life as a musician in society and the construction of that vision.  We hope we can help students to ask, “What is my individual definition of success?” as a musician and as a human being, and “How do my interactions with others define me?”  We value:

  • The Development of Interpersonal Connections among students, because a sense of belonging is essential to learning, growth and living a full life.
  • Health and Wellbeing, so that our students will learn to be mindful and purposeful in the care of oneself in adulthood
  • The Exploration of a Unique Self and an Individual, Personal Embodiment of a Musician in Society
  • A Strong and Inclusive Community in which students individually and collectively take ownership of the environment at the School

It is our goal to Graduate Engaged Citizens who, each in following their own individual path, become the next generation of contributing adults in the arts and in the world at large

Have a great year!!

Monica Coen Christensen, Ed.D.
Dean of Students

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