Which program is better for Jazz performance? NEC or MSM? Pros and cons of either school?
Manhattan School of Music.
MSM has approx. 100 jazz art students, mixture of undergrad and grad (45/55). One of top jazz programs. More faculty. Many ensembles to play in. More practice rooms. The area is student-friendly in NYC. 2-year dorm requirement. Lots of opportunities in NYC and NYC is opening up fully very soon. I would think that if jazz students got accepted to MSM, those 18-year-olds are ready for NYC, not only musically but mentally as well. MSM scholarships don’t sound great usually except a few of full-tuition scholarships to very top students. There are many jazz students who got accepted to MSM but chose another program due to financial reasons.