Considered one of the foremost music conservatories in the world, the Manhattan School of Music (MSM) provides an undergraduate and graduate musical education in jazz and classical composition and performance. Located on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, the MSM was founded in 1917 by Janet D. Schenck and was formerly the home of the Julliard School as well. Originally, the MSM was known as the Neighborhood Music School.
Students living in student housing or university housing at MSM are admitted based on a live audition. The MSM provides a number of musical organizations for students. The school's MSM Symphony, the Philharmonia and Chamber Sinfonia comprise the resident orchestras. There are also several jazz ensembles such as the Jazz Philharmonia, Chamber Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Orchestra. The school also contains many venues specific to the various student musical organizations.
The MSM's location in Manhattan provides a student living and university living experience unlike most others. Students have access to New York's extensive musical and cultural landscape with plenty of opportunities to see professional jazz, classical and street performers. New York is home to many other conservatories and art schools, facilitating interaction and learning between young musicians. The city also houses major performance venues like Carnegie Hall and Madison Square Garden.
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