The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music is committed to excellence in undergraduate music education. The school is distinguished by its artist-as-mentor approach to classroom teaching; its progressive, innovative curriculum and focus on small-group performance; its superb faculty, a community of legendary musicians; its exceptionally talented students; and its location in New York City, the jazz capital of the world.
Located in Greenwich Village in the heart of New York City, The New School is the only comprehensive university housing a world-famous design school, a premier liberal arts college, a renowned performing arts college, a legendary social research school, and many more schools and programs designed for students of every age and stage of life.
Imagine a university where scholars, artists and designers find the support they need to challenge convention and fearlessly create positive change in the world. Imagine a community where walls between disciplines are dissolved, so journalists collaborate with designers, architects with social researchers, media specialists with activists, poets with musicians. Imagine an intellectual and creative haven that never has and never will settle for status quo. The New School is just such a university community, attracting students from all over the world to its home in the heart of Greenwich Village. Founded in 1919 by those who imagined a school that would rethink the purpose of higher education, today The New School offers more than 10,000 students areas of study across more than 135 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. No matter what area of study students pursue, they discover a unique form of creative problem solving that will forever change the way they investigate and create - relentlessly questioning convention, collaborating across disciplines and taking risks. For undergraduates, The New School offers programs in art and design, liberal arts and the performing arts at: Parsons School of Design, Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts, and the College of Performing Arts, which includes Mannes School of Music, the School of Jazz and the School of Drama.
BFA in Jazz and Contemporary Music
The School of Jazz was founded on the principle that working artists should play a role in jazz education. One of the most influential institutions of its kind, Jazz offers a progressive curriculum, small ensemble-based performance, a stellar faculty composed of artist-practitioners, and access to unique musical opportunities throughout New York City. The faculty is comprised of legendary musicians, mentoring students to develop the confidence and knowledge to experiment, take risks, and find their own authentic style of self-expression. New York also provides the benefit of the best live music venues in the world. On most nights, at least one jazz student is performing somewhere in the city. Jazz offers the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Jazz and Contemporary Music, with concentrations in Composition; Instrumentals; Liberal Studies; and Voice. Students can earn a joint B.A./B.F.A. degree with Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts.
The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music core faculty features top-ranked New York professional musicians, including Junior Mance, Reggie Workman, Jane Ira Bloom, and Dr. Chico Hamilton. Our school's artist-as-mentor philosophy has produced enduring collaborations between faculty and students throughout the years. These duos--such as Peter Bernstein and Jim Hall, Roy Hargrove and Jimmy Heath, Rachel Z and Maeve Royce, and Brad Mehldau and Fred Hersch--have gone on to perform together and create new music.
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