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Reviews 30 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I would choose my school over again and again! It is great because it is a music conservatory for talented students. The faculty are amazing and geniuses. The classes are intriguing and provoking. This school pushes you to be your best.

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3 College Junior

Local Area: You can definitely have some fun since Columbia is down the street. There are plenty of bars if youre into that sort of scene but if you like wild nights and clubbing I would say you would have to either travel into the midtown area or downtown. Train or taxi but definitely train if you would like to save some money.

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2 College Junior

Campus Housing: The dorms at Manhattan School Of Music are expensive but very convenient in a way that the dorms are connected to the school so you can roll out of bed and make it to class within minutes. They are pricey, not too spacious but I hear are better than other music schools which is definitely a plus. We also have plenty of practice rooms which is great. Second floor is designated just for practicing and is open 24 hours. The dorms are not too clean but thats because of some of our residents. I would say staying at the dorms is just a convenience.

2 College Junior

Parking: Too many cars, usually very hard to find parking and when you do its for the upcoming day fo street cleaning. Better to opt out for taxis or public transportation.

2 College Junior

Party Scene: This is a music school, music kids do not have very much of a nighltife. Sometimes people gather to a local bar such as El Porton for a couple of drinks but thats about it. We don't have frat parties, just simple gatherings. Unfortunately

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2 College Junior

Campus Food: The food is overpriced and is not good at all. Best to order in or go grocery shopping to have something at the dorms.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Super pricey but the food is not that great. The cheaper restaurants/diners have mediocre food. Our area is around 122 so that ranges to restaurants around Amsterdam and Broadway from 116-125 subway stations. Restaurants towards 125 st are not as pricey with so so food while the restaurants further up towards columbia are expensive.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: It is easy to get ANYWHERE you want in New York City. With so many tourists, students and even residents, there is nothing impossible to get anywhere. For the cost, subway and trains are the most affordable transportation in New York. If you want a faster ride, take a taxi although it will cost much more/

4 College Freshman

Majors: I am currently pursing bachelor's degree as piano major. The school is great actually. Only problem is elevators that keep breaking down. Although there is no campus, there is plenty to do to keep yourself busy especially practicing. Building up a good repertoire to play with orchestras, ensembles, or even solo is the main priority of becoming a successful musician. I do find the academics challenging but I look forward to learn new things everyday. I would recommend this school to any serious musicians because the professors are very knowledgeable about their subjects and the time you spend here is very precious, including meeting other musicians there just like you. Also, it's in New York City, where classical and jazz music attracts tourists all over the world. There is so much to do whether it's school or exploring in the city!

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3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Quality: Even though I love my school, facility of the school is not so great. It is old and there are not many practice rooms. Most hate about school is elevator. It is so small and breaks often.
Since my school is only for music, there is hardly campus activities in the schoool. Most students hang out with their friends met through class or orchestra.
But library is well organized.

5 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: I live in 10mins away from my school now. I have an excellent location with inexpensive rent. Subway is 3mins away from my place and all the market is so close. It is very hard to find good place with inexpensive place in Mahattan. But I was very lucky that I found this place. I subletted for 2years which I found in my school bulletin board. After subletting, I got to know of building manager. So I rent one of the room and I am very happy.

4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: I graduated Manhattan School of Music. This school has high quality of professors. Most professors are very passionate to students and lots to learn from them not only the knowlege but also the musicianship. Also, I like most about is playing in many orchestras. Every semester, I auditioned and I played in 2or 3 concerts. Every concert needs 30hours of rehearsing times but it is very fun and very productive. Although tuition is extremely expensive, I am proud of myself that I graduated this school.

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5 College Freshman

Local Area: Manhattan School of Music is located near Colombia University. The area is very safe, especially as you walk downtown.

2 College Freshman

Campus Quality: The main building is very old and has outdated facilities.

1 College Freshman

Scholarships: Manhattan School of Music does not have enough scholarships to give around. Few students get good scholarships and many get no scholarship.

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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: We have security guards, but they are not alert and capable.

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3 College Senior

Campus Quality: Several renovations have taken place around MSM over the last decade but the overall main building is need of a MAJOR overhaul. It's outdated and lacks aesthetic appeal found at other peer institutions.

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5 College Senior

Academics: Tier 1 Conservatory – MSM offers a rigorous and world-class education that is comprehensive and innovative. The curriculum is relevant and up-to-date with today's professional industry standards.

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5 College Freshman

Majors: Everyone has to enter with a declared Major because you have to audition to be accepted into your Major.

5 College Freshman

Transportation: Its NEW YORK CITY – Everything is available its New York. Between the trains, the buses and the taxis you should never be at a complete loss in NYC. If all else fails you can always walk.

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1 College Freshman

Technology: Lack of Power – MSM is a small music school when it comes to computers its lacking. The only place with public computer is the library. The MSM library is open Monday through Sunday and they have about 10 computers. The MSM wireless system is terrible I would probably bring my own hotspot or an ethernet cord for high speed internet. However, MSM is a great school that makes you feel like you belong.

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4 College Sophomore

Administration: Pretty Carefree Yet There Are Limits – The conservatory already expects its students to be serious about their major. Therefore, there are more unspoken rules than anything. Kids only get in trouble for being too loud, having alcohol or drugs in the dorms, or causing a disruption or danger in the school.

5 College Sophomore

Transportation: You Walk Everywhere! The school is so tiny, you can walk from the dorm to the main building in minutes. No need to worry about transportation at the school. New York is a whole other story.

2 College Senior

Scholarships: Very Little Support – Given that MSM is a private institution and regarding its comparatively small campus size (around 1,200 students in total) as well as how much the school depends on grants and donations, the administration/financial aid finds it difficult to support all the students that are in need of financial aid. Tips for getting financial aid include working very hard at your instrument/career choice at an early age so that one might be eligible for merit scholarship.

4 College Senior

Weather: Indoors Campus – The campus at MSM is almost exclusively indoors, which is very much so climate controlled. As such, be it rain or snow storm or heat wave, the weather in MSM is consistently mild.


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