Mannes College The New School for Music

Mannes College The New School For Music
Established 1916[1]
Type Private
President David E. Van Zandt
Students 1,135[1]
Location New York City, New York, United States
40°47′11″N 73°58′27″W / 40.786407°N 73.974123°W / 40.786407; -73.974123Coordinates: 40°47′11″N 73°58′27″W / 40.786407°N 73.974123°W / 40.786407; -73.974123
Campus Urban
Colors New School Yellow, Orange, and Red                  

Mannes College The New School for Music (play /ˈmænɨs/) is The New School university's music conservatory. While the university's main campus is located in Greenwich Village, New York City, Mannes maintains its main academic building on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.



Mannes College The New School for Music.

Originally called The David Mannes Music School, it was founded in 1916 by David Mannes, concertmaster of the New York Symphony Orchestra and Clara Damrosch, sister of Walter Damrosch, then conductor of that orchestra. Originally housed on East 70th Street (later occupied by the Dalcroze School), the campus was created out of three brownstones on East 74th St, in Manhattan's Upper East Side. After 1938, the school was known as the Mannes Music School (possibly in conjunction with the retirement of David and Clara Mannes from active teaching). In 1953 Mannes began offering degrees and changed its name to the Mannes College of Music. It later merged with the Chatham Square Music School. In 1984 the school moved to its current home on West 85th Street. In 1989 Mannes joined The New School, comprising eight schools (including Parsons School of Design, Eugene Lang College, and the New School for Drama). In 2005 Mannes changed its name to Mannes College the New School for Music.

Techniques of Music

The Techniques of Music program is the foundation for academic musical study at Mannes, encompassing the range of elementary to advanced music theory and aural skills classes.

Though music theory was taught at Mannes from its inception, a major turning point occurred in 1931 with the hiring of Hans Weisse, one of the leading students of Heinrich Schenker.[2] Over the following nine years, Weisse promoted not just the study of Schenkerian Analysis but began to incorporate it into the musical life of the school, including performance and composition. Because of his association with the school, Schenker's publication Five Graphic Music Analyses (Fünf Urlinie-Tafeln) was published jointly by his regular publisher, Universal-Edition and the David Mannes School in 1932.[3]

In 1940, Weisse died unexpectedly and was replaced by Felix Salzer. Salzer, also a student of Schenker, built upon Weisse's foundation by reorganizing the theory program into the Techniques of Music department. The philosophy behind this move was and is to integrate musicianship, theory, and performance - which was based on Schenker's concept of the role of theory in music.[4] Salzer's leading student, Carl Schachter, as well as his students, continued and strengthened the department.

Notable faculty

For a complete list of notable New School faculty, see List of The New School people.

Notable alumni

For a complete list of notable New School alumni, see List of The New School people.


  1. ^ a b
  2. ^ Historical information is derived from annual Mannes catalogs.
  3. ^ As indicated on the cover of the publication's first edition.
  4. ^ See David Carson Berry, "Hans Weisse and the Dawn of American Schenkerism," Journal of Musicology 20, no. 1 (Winter 2003): 104-156.

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