The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music

The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music

New York, NY
student ratio
total students
$37,950 | $37,950
in-state | out-of-state tuition
Not Reported
fall application deadline
Not Reported
acceptance rate
Not Reported
admission difficulty
Average test scores for all first-year students that were accepted and enrolled.
sat math
sat reading
sat writing
act composite


Jazz Artistry in Tune with Solid Liberal Arts Program

The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music (New School Jazz) has been training young musicians for more than two decades in one of the world's great capitals of jazz and contemporary music -- New York City. New School Jazz is part of The New School, a progressive urban university dedicated to preparing and inspiring its students to bring positive change to the world.

Located in lower Manhattan's Greenwich Village, The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music was founded in 1986 to establish a faculty of active, professional musicians teaching their art as part of a degree program. Taking on the artist-as-mentor approach to pedagogy students are able to learn from the working professionals of today.

Since then, the integration of the music and educational communities has helped develop a new breed of musician, one whose musical artistry is paired with a solid liberal arts academic foundation. Current enrollment at New School Jazz totals just under 300 students.

Degree Program with Dual-Degree Option

New School Jazz offers Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degrees in Jazz and Contemporary Music, with concentrations in vocal and instrumental performance.

Students may also enroll in a dual-degree track to earn both a bachelor's degree in liberal arts and a BFA in Jazz Performance.

A Collaborative Core Curriculum

The New School Jazz core curriculum includes courses in performance, analysis, composition, music history, music business, and liberal arts. Students may select or audition for a wide range of elective courses and narrow their focus as they advance toward graduation.

Learning takes place in three environments: in the classroom, with instruction in ensemble playing, instrumental music, music history, music theory, and related topics; in one-on-one private lessons with renowned musicians who live and work in New York City; and in master classes featuring top artists and industry leaders.

Students at New School Jazz are also encouraged to collaborate with students in other divisions of The New School and take classes in other divisions of the university, in addition to university-wide courses in arts and humanities.

Professional Experience and Networking Opportunities

Performance and professional experiences are integral to the core curriculum. The school provides activities that enable students to get to know the people and venues that define excellence in the performing arts.

To support students along the way, the school's special programs office helps students obtain professional industry internships and provides gig services.

Faculty, students, and affiliated artists appear weekly on stages and in clubs throughout the city and the greater metropolitan area. Students give more than 150 recitals and concert performances each year.

The Jazz Presents concert series features jazz faculty performing with alumni or current students at high-visibility venues, such as Jazz at Lincoln Center's Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, The Highline Ballroom, Le Poisson Rouge, Joe¿s Pub, Subculture, the New Museum, and on radio stations WBGO Jazz 88.3 FM, and WBAI 99.5 FM.

Facilities and Equipment Perform for Students

The New School Jazz's 20,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility was designed to help young artists realize their goal of becoming successful music professionals. Constructed to the highest standards with attention to acoustics, soundproofing, and aesthetics, it offers classroom, practice, and rehearsal space, all open 7 days a week.

All classrooms are equipped with Yamaha pianos, drum kits, amplifiers, vocal PA systems, and full component stereo systems. Specialized instrumental practice and teaching rooms, a listening library, and piano/MIDI labs are offered.

Performance and recording needs are served in an intimate and beautiful performance space seating 120, with full capacity for professional sound, lighting, audio and video recording. A second studio is available for supplemental recording and engineering.

Additional university performance facilities within a 2-block radius of the campus include a 170-seat performance auditorium and an excellent, acoustically balanced concert hall that seats 500.

Faculty and Master Classes

The New School Jazz core faculty features top-ranked New York professional musicians, including Reggie Workman, Jane Ira Bloom, George Cables, Andrew Cyrille, Vic Juris, Adam Holzman, Andy Milne, Jimmy Owens, and Doug Weiss. Students can choose from hundreds of private lesson instructors, all of whom are working musicians in New York City.

Notable artists who have conducted master classes or guest-lectured at the school include Joe Williams, Randy Brecker, Ray Brown, Dewey Redman, Dave Frishberg, Bill Cosby, Dizzy Gillespie, Etta James, Donald Byrd, and many others.

Over the years, the school's artist-as-mentor philosophy has produced enduring collaborations between faculty and students who have gone on to perform together and create new music.

The New School University Living Experience

The New School's enrollment totals more than 10,600 students from all 7 divisions of the university. Of these, about 1,700 reside in one of the on-campus residence halls or graduate student apartments.

All new undergraduate students, particularly first-time freshmen, are encouraged to live in a university residence hall during the first year.

Activities, Recreation, and Sports on Campus

The New School is home to more than 30 recognized organizations and clubs supporting a variety of student interests. In addition, all degree students of The New School are eligible for free weekly recreation classes, which may include meditation, salsa, yoga, Tai Chi, and karate.

Co-ed intramural programs are also offered during the academic year and include basketball, volleyball, and indoor soccer.

Tuition, Financial Aid, and Scholarships

The New School Jazz offers an extended tuition payment plan, which allows families to pay for tuition, fees, and campus housing over the course of the semester.

Financial aid is awarded on the basis of financial need and talent. Students may receive a merit scholarship award, determined at the initial audition as part of the acceptance package. All students are encouraged to file the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) to determine eligibility for aid.

Location Harmonious with the City

The New School Jazz is located in New York City, at the center of the music industry. Its Greenwich Village locale is home to many of the city's fabled jazz nightclubs, such as the Village Vanguard, Blue Note, and Smalls.

The campus is just a short subway ride from world-famous performance venues such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and the theaters of Broadway, making for an unparalleled cultural, artistic, and intellectual environment that offers outstanding opportunities for creative and professional development.

Location & Contact

55 West 13th Street, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10011

Ms.Ashley Leach

Jazz Admission Counselor

Phone: 212-229-5155 ext. 4575
Fax: 212-229-8936

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Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered
  • Visual and performing arts
    • Jazz/Jazz Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.


  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied
    • Accepted
    • Acceptance Rate
    • Enrolled243
    • Female Applicants
    • Females Accepted
    • Female Acceptance Rate
    • Male Applicants
    • Males Accepted
    • Male Acceptance Rate
  • Applying
    • Application Fee
    • Required for All Essay or personal statement
      Transcript of high school record
      Letter(s) of recommendation
      online application, $50 fee, official secondary school transcript, pre-screening recording with $25 submission fee (if applicable), audition
    • Required for Some
    • Average high school GPA for first-year freshman2.77
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
  • Test Scores Accepted
    • Test Average School Accepted 25th Percentile* 75th Percentile*
    • * 25th and 75th percentile is the score that 25/75 percent of students score at or below.

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
    • In-state tuition *$37,950
    • Out-of-state tuition *$37,950
    • In-district tuitionN/A
    • * Tuition costs are based on a full academic year typically extending from September to June.
  • Fees
    • Full-time student fees$276
    • Room and board *$17,300
    • Room only *Not Reported
    • * Room and board charges vary according to board plan selected (i.e., 12-meal plan, 19-meal plan, etc.) and student level (freshman, sophomore, etc.)
  • Other Payment Considerations
    • Guaranteed tuition plan offeredNo
    • Tuition pre-payment planNo
    • Tuition payment plans offeredInstallments
    • Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuitionEmployees or children of employees

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Undergraduate Students243
    • Male Student Percentage82%
    • Female Student Percentage18%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic/Latino9.5%
    • Black or African American9.92%
    • White or Caucasian40.08%
    • American Indian or Alaska Native%
    • Asian4.55%
    • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific IslanderNot Reported
    • Two or more races3.72%
    • Unknown.83%
  • Other Student Statistics
    • International Breakout31.4% representing 29 other countries
    • Out-of-state Students79% out-of-state student

Campus Life

  • Housing
    • College-owned housing available Yes
    • Housing Requirements Not Reported
    • Housing options Coed housing , Special housing for disabled
    • Percentage of undergraduate students who live in college-owned housing 19%
  • Student Activities
    • Student-run campus newspaper Yes
    • Drama / theater group Yes
    • Student-run radio station Yes
    • Student-run television station No
    • Marching band No
    • Choral groups Yes
  • Student Services
    • Legal services No
    • Health clinic Yes
    • Personal / psychological counseling Yes
    • Women's center No
  • Student Organizations
    • Greek fraternities No
    • Greek sororities No
    • Local fraternities No
    • Local sororities No
    • Other organizations No
    • Most popular organizations Musical Theatre Organization, New Light Opera, Dream:In NY, Theatre Collective, BriCollab Art Initiative
  • Campus Security and Safety
    • 24-hour emergency telephone / alarm services Yes
    • 24-hour patrols by trained officers Not Reported
    • Students patrols Not Reported
    • Late-night transport / escort services Not Reported
    • Electronically-operated dormitory entrances Yes
    • Other 24-hour desk attendants in residence halls


  • Men's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Basketball Yes No No
    • Cross-country running Yes No No
    • Soccer Yes Yes No
    • Volleyball No Yes No
  • Women's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Basketball Yes No No
    • Cross-country running Yes No No
    • Soccer Yes Yes No
    • Volleyball No Yes No


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty87
    • Full-time Percentage6%
    • Part-time Percentage94%
    • Female Percentage18%
    • Male Percentage82%
    • Student:Faculty Ratio1:1 or 42 students to 32 faculty





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