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Manhattan School of Music - Costs, Admissions Data and Other Information


Manhattan School of Music

Manhattan School of Music

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Manhattan School of Music Description:

The Manhattan School of Music is a music conservatory in the Upper West Side of New York City. The campus, which is located at the heart of the academic area of Manhattan’s Upper West Side, has a rich architectural history, and Broadway theaters, three city parks, and several colleges and universities are all within walking distance of campus. Academically, the conservatory offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in voice, instrumental performance, jazz and composition, as well as master’s degrees in accompanying, orchestral performance and contemporary performance and a doctorate in accompanying. Faculty members at the Manhattan School of Music come from prestigious backgrounds in the industry; many are current members of such institutions as the New York Philharmonic and the Metropolitan Opera. Campus life is active, and more than 700 musical performances take place every year, including student performances, concerts and faculty recitals.

Admissions Data (2012):

Enrollment (2012):

  • Total Enrollment: 933 (391 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 46% Male / 54% Female
  • 99% Full-time

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Costs (2012 - 13):

  • Tuition and Fees: $35,140
  • Books: $1,000 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $13,550
  • Other Expenses: $4,600
  • Total Cost: $54,290

Manhattan School of Music Financial Aid (2011 - 12):

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 63%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 56%
    • Loans: 30%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $17,132
    • Loans: $6,150

Most Popular Majors:

Composition, Instrumental Performance, Jazz, Voice

Graduation and Retention Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 86%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 73%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 79%

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

Manhattan School of Music Mission Statement:

mission statement from http://www.msmnyc.edu/About-MSM/Mission

"Manhattan School of Music prepares highly talented students for careers as passionate performers and composers, and as imaginative, effective leaders in the arts. Our international student body thrives in a supportive atmosphere that encourages excellence, values individuals and welcomes innovation. MSM’s artist faculty inspires the performance, creation and knowledge of great music, while exchange programs, distance learning and entrepreneurial opportunities expand the School’s reach. Offering hundreds of concert presentations and community events each year, Manhattan School of Music is a vigorous contributor to the cultural fabric of New York City and an important player on the world stage."

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