Precollege Jazz Program

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Manhattan School of Music is one of the few institutions in the United States offering jazz programs at the intermediate, secondary, undergraduate, and doctoral levels.

The Precollege Jazz Arts program enrolls students aged 12-18 by audition.

The program includes private lessons, ensembles, combos, big band, and studies in improvisation, ear training, theory, composition/arranging, and jazz history/styles/analysis.

The program gives talented vocalists and instrumentalists the opportunity to grow as young jazz artists. Students in this program have won numerous national honors including Downbeat, ASCAP, Mingus, and Monk Awards.

The basic tuition package for the jazz programs includes:

  • Private 60-minute lesson each Precollege Saturday
  • Theory Class
  • Ear Training Class or History/Styles/Analysis Class
  • Jazz Ensemble (as assigned)
  • Opportunities to take part in recitals, concerts, and juries
  • Access to MSM’s comprehensive Peter Jay Sharp library

MSM Precollege Jazz Combo on the Manhattan School of Music's YouTube Channel


917-493-4999 (phone & fax)

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