Programs

Jazz Arts

Jazz Arts at Manhattan School of Music, led by acclaimed vibraphonist Stefon Harris, is one of the world's leading programs for jazz music.

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Our comprehensive program prepares skilled performers, composers, arrangers, and jazz educators for successful careers in jazz music.

Degrees Offered

  • Bachelor of Music (BM)
  • Master of Music (MM)
  • Jazz Arts Advancement Program (DMA)

Program Details

As one of the first conservatories in the U.S. to acknowledge the prime importance of jazz as an art form, Manhattan School of Music’s programs of study for jazz arts majors are designed to develop skilled performers, composers, arrangers, and jazz educators in preparation for careers in jazz music.

Systematic and rigorous conservatory training, combined with a myriad of performance and networking opportunities in New York City, make this program one of the richest of its kind for young jazz musicians.

Watch Stefon Harris and the MSM Jazz Orchestra perform at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola at Jazz at Lincoln Center

Student Ensembles

Every concert season, guest soloists are featured in concert with our large ensembles, providing enriched performance experiences for students. Recent guest soloists include Paquito D’Rivera, NEA Jazz Masters Candido and Dave Liebman, Randy Brecker, Jon Faddis, Joe Lovano, Bob Mintzer, and vocalists Jane Monheit, Roberta Gambarini, and Judi Silvano.

  • Studio Orchestra
  • Jazz Orchestra
  • Composer’s Big Band
  • LatinX Jazz Orchestra

All students in the Jazz Arts degree programs are required to fulfill their ensemble requirement as outlined in their course sequence plans and as assigned by the associate dean of the Jazz Arts Program.

SLIDESHOW: MSM Jazz Arts instrumentalists and vocalists

Audition & Prescreening Information

Procedures By Instrument Type

Handbook for Current Students

Jazz Arts Department Handbook — includes information for current students on a variety of issues including ensemble and audition requirements, juries, recitals, grading systems, etc.

Plan of Study & Course Descriptions

Plan of Study: Jazz Arts
MSM Course Catalog

Jazz Arts Calendar

2019-2020 Program Calendar

MSM Master Classes with Guest Artists

In addition to studies with our expert faculty, students are provided opportunities to observe, play for, and receive feedback from world-renowned guest artists!

SLIDESHOW: Photos from a Master Class with Grammy-winning jazz trumpeter and composer, Terence Blanchard

Success Stories

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  • Apr 3, 2020 Conducting, Voice
    Faculty
    Kent Tritle receives prestigious Chorus America Award
  • Apr 2, 2020 Voice
    Alumni
    Six MSM students and alumni named Merola Young Artists
  • Apr 1, 2020 Brass
    Alumni
    Watch Anthony Mazzocchi’s TED Talk at TEDxMaplewood

Jazz Arts Program Administration

Stefon Harris
Associate Dean
sharris@msmnyc.edu

Michele Wright
Associate Director
917-493-4517
mwright@msmnyc.edu

JAN 2018 | Watch our teaser for the MSM Jazz Philharmonic Orchestra playing music from Clifford Brown with Strings and the Max Roach-Clifford Brown Quintet


 

Questions?

917-493-4436 | admissions@msmnyc.edu