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  • Percussion Triangle

    Percussion

    • Develop your talent in a unique learning environment under the guidance of world-class faculty. New York City is at the crossroads of American music, and the faculty who teach at Mannes are active participants in the evolution of the future of music. At Mannes you will find a mentor who will not only help you develop the advanced technique on your instrument necessary to compete in any setting, but will also nurture your creative self in a way that will help you to chart your own path as a 21st-century artist.

      The percussion faculty at Mannes includes a preeminent collection of musicians who are active on the New York music scene. Study under artists like Orchestra of St. Luke’s timpanist Maya Gunji or new music champion Joseph Tompkins, who has performed with New York Philharmonic, the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, and other major ensembles. Or take courses with Glen Velez, multiple GRAMMY Award winner and founding father of the modern frame drum movement. Our faculty also includes New York City Ballet’s principal percussionist, Jim Baker, rising star Ian Rosenbaum, and Metropolitan Opera Orchestra percussionist Michael Werner.

      With New York City as your classroom, you'll find ways to jump-start your career from the moment you set foot on campus. Play at landmark venues like Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall. Collaborate in cutting-edge performances as a part of our many ensembles, including Mannes American Composers Ensemble, the College of Performing Arts Theater Orchestra, and the Mannes Percussion Ensemble, led by James Baker. Train to win a position in the best orchestras in the world as you gain the skills needed to start your own ensemble, produce your own album, manage your own career, and create your own groundbreaking work.

      While studying alongside star faculty, learn to engage with the world through music. In our Bachelor of Music program, combine rigorous conservatory training with a range of complementary studies. Mannes' entrepreneurship courses give you the tools you need to create your own opportunities as an artist. With liberal arts electives at Lang and design electives at Parsons, you learn how to make an impact on a rapidly changing world in new ways through your art.

      As a graduate student in our Master of Music program, you'll take part in an elite two-year program focused on developing all aspects of your artistry as you prepare to start your career as a professional musician.



  • Degrees

    Mannes School of Music offers an academic experience that pairs artistic foundations with a rich variety of entrepreneurial and experiential opportunities. Learn more about our degree programs.

  • Our award-winning faculty bring their experience as performers, musicologists, creators, and educators into the classroom-challenging and guiding students to become better artists.

  • Performance & Learning Opportunities

    Mannes students engage in unique performance experiences, collaborating with students across The New School and partner organizations like the International Contemporary Ensemble and the Martha Graham Dance Company. 

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    Orchestra and Dancers
    New Music Mannes

    Take the Stage in New York City.

    Perform at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall, apprentice with members of the Orchestra of St. Luke's, join the Martha Graham Dance Company in riveting productions, and take the stage with The Mannes Opera. Experience firsthand what it's like to be a working musician in one of the most vibrant music scenes in the world.

    Experiment. Collaborate. Perform.

    Don't just learn how to play your instrument; learn how to perform. Develop your artistry alongside peers from the College of Performing Arts, Parsons, and across The New School by creating multidisciplinary projects with theater directors, designers, and media students. Record an album with jazz students. Make new work with actors, writers, and directors. You'll never run out of opportunities to grow and showcase your talent in new and original ways.

    Chart Your Own Course.

    Today's artists are makers and doers. Performers are composers, composers are improvisers, musicians are changemakers. At Mannes, you can develop your artistry through a curriculum that goes far beyond that of the traditional conservatory. In courses like The Stone Workshops, Improv Artists Lab, and The Digital Revolution, you'll have the opportunity to play alongside boundary-breaking artists and award-winning faculty members. Take courses that will challenge you to make music in new and inspired ways.

  • Take The Next Step

Submit your application

Undergraduates

To apply to any of our undergraduate programs (except the Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students and Parsons Associate of Applied Science programs) complete and submit the Common App online.

Undergraduate Adult Learners

To apply to any of our Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students and Parsons Associate of Applied Science programs, complete and submit the New School Online Application.

Graduates

To apply to any of our Master's, Doctoral, Professional Studies Diploma, and Graduate Certificate programs, complete and submit the New School Online Application.

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