The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music

The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music
The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music
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Established 1986
Type Private
President David E. Van Zandt
Provost Benjamin Lee
Executive Director Martin Mueller
Academic staff 67[1]
Admin. staff 13[2]
Students 287 (fall 2007)[3]
Location Greenwich Village, New York City
Campus Urban
Colors New School Yellow, Orange, and Red                  

The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music is the second conservatory of The New School university. It is located on 13th Street in New York City's Greenwich Village neighborhood.



The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music was founded by David Levy, a former dean of Parsons The New School for Design, and saxophonist Arnie Lawrence in 1986 as the Jazz & Contemporary Music Program.[4] The school holds the philosophy that artists should be mentors, thus many teachers are working professionals.


The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music offers Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degrees in Jazz and Contemporary Music with concentrations in vocal and instrumental performance.[5]

The core curriculum includes courses in performance, analysis, composition, music history, and liberal arts. In addition, you can select or audition for a wide range of elective courses and narrow your focus as you advance toward graduation.

Required courses

Core Curriculum - Instrumental Instruction - Jazz Improvisation Ensemble - Ear Training I & II - Theory/Harmony I & II - Piano Proficiency I - Rhythmic Analysis I - Theory and Performance I - Theory and Performance II - Instrumental Sight-Reading - Arranging Fundamentals - Hand Percussion for Drummers (drummers only)

Vocal - Basic Arranging for Vocalists - Vocal Rhythm Section I (Fundamental) - Vocal Rhythm Section II (Intermediate) - Vocal Rhythm Section III (Advanced) - Vocal Musicianship I & II - Vocal Improvisation I & II - Sight-Singing I - Sight-Singing II - Vocal Blues

Music History - History of Jazz I & II - Classical Music History - 20th-Century Innovators—Debussy to Cage - Contemporary Jazz and Its Exponents - Introduction to World Music History

Music Business - Internship in the Music Industry - Marketing Yourself - Music Pedagogy - Music Industry Seminars - Survey of the Music Business - Stage Presence

Elective courses

Individual Composer and Bandleader Ensembles - Ornette Coleman Ensemble - Thelonious Monk Ensemble - Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers Ensemble - Wayne Shorter Ensemble - John Coltrane Ensemble - Charles Mingus Ensemble - Charlie Parker Ensemble - Chick Corea Ensemble - Electric Miles Ensemble - Herbie Hancock Ensemble - Sonny Rollins Ensemble - Sun Ra Arkestra

Stylistic Ensembles - Jazz Orchestra - Live Drum ’n’ Bass Ensemble - The Art of the Rhythm Section - Blues Ensemble - Futuristic Concepts of Music - Gospel Choir - Music of the Fringe - Standards: The American Song Tradition - Standards: The Art of the Ballad - Super Trios Ensemble - Advanced Rhythmic Concepts Ensemble - M-BASE Ensemble - Sound in Time - Rhythm Section for Vocal Accompaniment - Rhythm and Blues Revue Ensemble - Vocal Jazz Ensemble

World music ensembles - Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra - Brazilian Jazz Ensemble - Brazilian Percussion Workshop - Choral Musicianship - Cross Cultural Improvisation - Middle East Ensemble

Composition - Linear Composition for Improvisers - Special Topics - Introduction to Film Scoring - Arranging/Orchestration I & II - Advanced Composition/Arranging I & II - Species Counterpoint - Composers’ Forum

Technology - Audio Engineering Internship - Introduction to Finale - MIDI Systems - Basics of Web Design and Programming - ProTools

Theory and analysis - The Music of Bill Evans - Advanced Ear Training - Advanced Reharmonization I - Advanced Reharmonization II - Garzone’s Triadic Chromatic Approach - Bebop Harmony - Score Reading and Analysis - Vocal Master Class


All faculty comprise of working musicians in New York City.

  • List of Core Faculty at The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music
  • For a complete list of notable New School faculty, see List of The New School people.


The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music is located on the fifth and sixth floors of 55 West 13th Street. The school's 20,000-square-foot (1,900 m2) state-of-the-art facility was designed to help young artists realize their goal of becoming successful music professionals. The facility offers administrative, classroom, practice, and rehearsal space, all constructed to the highest standards with attention to acoustics, soundproofing, and aesthetics. All classrooms are equipped with Yamaha grand pianos, drum kits, amplifiers, vocal PA systems, and full component stereo systems. Specialized instrumental practice and teaching rooms, 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, and recording. A second studio is available for additional recording and engineering. Both studios are connected to the university's server and Internet sites, allowing for posted archival recordings and live streaming performance. Additional university performance facilities within a two-block radius of the Greenwich Village campus include a 170-seat performance auditorium and an excellent acoustically balanced concert hall with an audience capacity of 500.

Our main building, located at 55 West 13th Street, houses the Performance Space, classrooms, offices, university computer labs, and the Student Activities Center. It is a place for students to meet and socialize as well as study. The building offers lockers for storing equipment, mailboxes for correspondence and class information, and bulletin boards on which notices for gigs and concerts, equipment sales, and other information are posted.

Private lessons

Your proficiency on your instrument is evaluated at the start of school. Students who do not place out of proficiency requirements are assigned ten lessons with an instructor deemed appropriate to their needs. Students who place out of proficiency requirements are assigned nine lessons per semester with one or two instructors chosen in consultation with an advisor.


  • List of Alumni of The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music
  • For a complete list of notable New School alumni and faculty, see List of The New School people.

Beacons in Jazz awards

Beginning in 1986, The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music has annually recognized jazz musicians and others who have "significantly contributed to the evolution of American music culture" with the Beacons in Jazz award. Recipients have included: Ruth Brown, Hank Jones, Cab Calloway, Benny Carter, Aretha Franklin, Ahmet Ertegun, Dizzy Gillespie, Chico Hamilton, Percy Heath, Milt Hinton, Johnnie Johnson, Jackie McLean, James Moody, Max Roach, Wayne Shorter, Clark Terry, Joe Williams, George and Joyce Wein, and Phil Woods.[6]

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