ESM vs Manhattan vs Mannes
What are the pros and cons of Eastman, Mannes and Manhattan for an undergrad violinist? Is there a school better than the others and what would you recommend? Honest opinions please :)
I've known fine musicians who have attended all three. I think it really comes mostly down to your studio teacher and whether or not you want to live and study in NYC. There is also the question of finances: can you afford NYC if you don't get $$?
I agree with Scott. While not a music major, I was in the fine arts and chose a school with better facilities over the one that gave me scholarship $. I would also take a look at what kind of "work" the students of these schools produce and choose the one that you most aspire to (meaning: pick the school with the teachers that resonate with you). Visit all of the schools so you can gauge them for yourself.
The importance of the teacher-student relationship cannot be emphasized enough.
Hi Alison, I was accepted to the Mannes School of Music in 2015 and went for 1 year before injuring myself. I can tell you from my experience that Mannes is a great school. First of all, every class I took you have amazing personal attention. The class sizes were so small that it was basically having a private lesson. Being in the Greenwich Village is a big plus too. There are so many opportunities there. I had the opportunity to play on the Jimmy Kimmel Show when he was in Brooklyn, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and around the city. I think this is one of the biggest things to think about, what opportunities you'll have around you.
Thank you for everyone's reply!
You have until May 1st, right? Email each professor whose studio you got into and ask for a trial lesson. They'll be used to requests like this. You can also ask if they can put you into contact with one of their current students who can answer your questions about the school.
Yeah I agree with Irene, you've got time to check things out thoroughly. It'll be worth the expense. And by the way congratulations on your success so far. I hope it continues and that you can reach your full potential as a violinist and whatever else is at the horizon of your dreams.
Congratulations on your acceptances!
Thank you, that really helps!
I don't know anything about any of them as teachers but I knew Lucie Robert at Indiana when we were both students there. Holy smokes am I old.
Also worth finding out how much time these teachers spend at these campuses -- i.e., will you actually get weekly lessons with them, or will you mostly be taught by their assistant?
Hi Alison, I had one lesson with Lucie Robert when I was deciding between Manhattan and Mannes. She is very good! She has many great students. One of her students was in the Menuhin Competition when I was at Mannes.
I did my undergraduate studies at Eastman with Mikhail Kopelman, feel free to send me a private message if you have any questions. I also have many friends who studied with Oleh Krysa, Aaron Rosand, and Lucie Robert. They are all fantastic teachers at wonderful schools. You cannot go wrong with any of them.