• The School of Jazz at The New School, founded in 1986, is one of the most influential institutions of its kind. Together with the School of Drama and Mannes School of Music, we form the College of Performing Arts at The New School. The quality and uniqueness of the school lie in its artist-as-mentor approach to learning, its progressive curriculum, small ensemble-based performance, a stellar faculty composed of artist-practitioners, and our access to unique musical opportunities throughout New York City.

    Our program encouraged them to follow their most courageous instincts. That’s because we are a direct alternative to mainstream jazz education, where European classical music constitutes the curricular and cultural center of study. Here we situate European and other global streams within a jazz-oriented framework. We are a truly unique voice in an academic domain too often constrained by orthodoxy.

    Explore More, Be More

    Our university's immense resources can infuse your music curriculum with elements of design, literature, history, journalism and more. We encourage you to consider courses offered at Mannes School of Music, Parsons School of Design, and Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts. In addition, we have created a number of project-based interdisciplinary classes, such as an exploration of sound-image relationships in early-20th-century multimedia art, offered by Parsons and Jazz. The results of this university-wide interconnectivity can be seen in the success of our alumni in a range of genres and categories of creative work, both in and outside of music.

  • Office of the Dean

    Keller Coker, Dean

    Arin Canbolat, General Manager

    Jennifer Doerr, Executive Secretary


    Kevin Smith, Senior Associate Director of Admission

    Board of Governors

    James C. Freund, Vice Chair

    LaTanya Hall, Artistic Advisor

    Hank O'Neal

    Gerine Ongkeko

    Timothy L. Porter

    Mark A. Schulman