Student Affairs

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Get involved on campus, build community, have fun, help out, and make new friends!

With over 900 students from nearly 50 countries, our students enjoy a diverse campus with a sense of community in the heart of the vibrant culture of New York City.

The Student Affairs Team helps organize a wide variety of social, service, and educational activities for you to get involved in.

Events include:

  • A welcome social
  • Orientation cruise around the island of Manhattan
  • Friends & Family Weekend
  • Health and wellness fair
  • International student events
  • Neighborhood and NYC outings
  • Community service opportunities

Find out about all the ways you can get involved and about our active student organizations —  a fun way to meet people who share your  interests, and a great way to build leadership skills.

Want to stay fit? Find out about using the Columbia University gym nearby and available for a special student fee on our Health & Wellness page, where you’ll also find out everything you need to know about health care at MSM.

Andersen Hall, our residence hall attached to the main building, is vibrant place to study and live, with a strong sense of community. Undergraduate and graduate students from all over the world live on campus, where there are social activities, study groups, recreation, clubs, and student organizations.

In this section you’ll also find information about Orientation Week when you arrive at MSM, Friends & Family Weekend, and about Commencement, when you’re about to depart on your next life’s adventure!

Finally, please explore the Student Handbook that will answer any or all questions you may have about life at MSM.

At Manhattan School of Music, you’re part of a dynamic atmosphere where you’ll thrive both musically and personally.

Letter from Dean Monica Coen Christensen, EdD

As Dean of Students I work hard to ensure that students have the support they need to develop fun and supportive friendships, create an ethos of cooperation and kindness, promote a healthy and vibrant student experience and make sure students find help when they run into difficulty. 

I am proud to play a small part in the nurturing of young musicians as they find their place in the community of artists and enter the “creative class.” 

At Manhattan School of Music the entire Student Affairs team is accessible to our student body.

I advise all students to take the time to know the staff in Student Engagement, Residence Life, the Campus Health Nurse Office and the Counseling Office and see what they have to offer. 

Feel free to stop by my office if you need something or just to say, “Hello.” If the door is closed the staff in Student Engagement can make you an appointment to see me, or you can always email me!

Monica Coen Christensen, EdD 
Dean of Students

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