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Reviews 22 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I love my school but I believe the school has so many divisions and it's so huge that it can be intimidating to push myself out of my comfort zone. I focus mostly on school and how to better my craft but I can have much more experience in what I want to do if I pushed myself and met the right kind of people. The school is really expensive and I believe a lot of the expenses are spent on the aesthetic of the school and not the ethic.

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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Diverse and international community of musicians.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Doesn't exist but isn't really required for a music conservatory experience.

4 College Sophomore

Local Area: For a student studying Jazz NYC is the place to be.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: It's a school for Jazz so you can't expect much but there are definitely options available for those who are interested.

3 College Sophomore

Administration: No particular unpleasant examples or situations come to mind.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Haven't had much experience with them or reason to.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Great experiences so far and can't wait to go back.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Academics: Great curriculum, workload isn't too tough as long as you keep good habits and don't try to cram.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: Good knowledgeable professors who know what the material they're teaching and how to teach it.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Lots of good food to eat in the area but you have to be willing to fork out some money.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Not the most social dorms or reasonable costs but you probably won't spend too much time in them anyway.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Be persistent and keep asking and chances are you'll receive something.

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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: you can have any type of food in walking distance

4 College Junior

Campus Quality: From a musically perspective, this is one of the best facilities in the country

4 College Junior

Campus Quality: The ability to meet and play with musicians from all over the country in one localize place

4 College Junior

Local Area: from my experience in NYC, this is the place to be

3 College Junior

Athletics: small school, no athletic department to speak of

5 College Freshman

Majors: The New School Is Exciting – I just started here, at The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, but I feel like I belong. I'm in a community of musicians that work hard and are creative, and I'm surrounded by a larger community of artists, intellectuals and survivors. I say survivors because in New York, you sometimes have to fight to survive the cold, the fast-paced environment, and the expensive living costs. But despite that, New Yorkers survive because they are striving to accomplish their dreams in a place where those dreams are attainable.
The New School for Jazz is unique in that it offers private instrument lessons and provides access to a plethora of teachers throughout New York. If you pass proficiency, you can CHOOSE your teacher from that plethora (it's in list form) and even request to add a teacher of your choice to the list! The cost of the lessons is included in the tuition, so you're not having to pay whatever famous teacher the $200 or so they normally charge per lesson!
The workload at New School is a lot, mostly because as a musician, you have to practice!! But it's a fun workload, for the most part. Depending on where your strengths lie, certain classes will take more time than others. For me, music theory is the most difficult, so I spend a lot of my time working on homework for that class. For others, it's performance, or something else.
The teachers, counselors and administration are caring people, across the board. They will take extra time to work with you or talk to you about a problem if you need it!
The students who do well are the confident go-getter types. It's best to take on that stereotypical New York attitude if you want to do well at New School. Audition for EVERYTHING. Otherwise, you'll be passing up opportunities for success!

5 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Weather: Combat the Cold – It is hard to get used to the weather in the East Coast, period. But if you're excited to be in New York and at The New School, you get over it! Make sure you have warm, comfortable clothing and LOTS of layers. A big, warm jacket is a must. The longer, the better. If you just stay positive through the winter and grow some tough skin, you'll be fine! It's such an amazing experience to be in New York that it is totally worth it.

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4 College Freshman

Party Scene: New York is alive at night, as everyone knows. The parties, the music, the fun - they go on all day and all night. New School, because it's full of artists of all kinds, has parties all the time. It's easy to find them... just make friends and you'll be set. Clubbing is expensive, so if you can afford it, go ahead! But The New School is a very pricy school and so is living in New York, so most students stick to parties. Parties here are a mix of classes and ages, but freshmen seem to go a bit more crazy than upperclassmen. It is very easy to get too into the partying scene and forget about your studies and waste money, so be careful!

5 College Freshman

Local Area: The New School - in the Heart of Manhattan – Because The New School is in the heart of Manhattan, New York, students have an overwhelming amount of options for fun, outside-of-school activities. Each branch of The New School is artistic, and New York is booming with art galleries, film showings, fashion shows, poetry readings, dance performances, and more. And of course, the music scene in New York is unrivaled. Students at The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music are lucky because we have so much inspiration all around us. There are multiple music shows going on every night, on practically every street in Manhattan. These provide prime opportunities to learn from listening to and watching professional musicians. However, they can also be opportunities to over spend. The shopping is also a dangerous distraction, but there are plenty of thrift shops that have great selections for those who like to shop! New York is full of all types of people, and locals are very welcoming students and others who are new to the city. If you even look like you're lost, someone will usually come up to you and help you find your bearings. Overall, while Manhattan is a scary city at first because it is so fast-paced, a determined student will get used to it and have the time of their life!!

3 people found this useful Report
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