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Manhattan School of Music Reviews

Updated June 27, 2017
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  1. "Good School and Staff"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Jazz Band Director In the Summer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Jazz Band Director In the Summer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Manhattan School of Music (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The staff is cool, the students are super talented, the atmosphere is thriving and the facilities are nice. The work load is the right amount and its in a cool place in Manhattan, close to Harlem and The Heights.

    Cons

    Some times some of the faculty can be a little insufferable. The air conditioning sometimes didn't work during the summer.

    Advice to Management

    Continue doing what you are doing. I have no complaints, its a very cool environment.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Revenue-driven institution"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Manhattan School of Music full-time

    Pros

    MSM is located in a beautiful historically-rich part of Manhattan. They offer good medical and dental insurance plans.

    Cons

    MSM's only concern is the amount of income they are receiving from tuition. Little consideration is put into matriculating students who have an aptitude to succeed at MSM and instead importance is placed on how many dollar signs that student represents. As a result, employees (particularly administrative staff) are not treated very well. Countless overtime hours are expected to be put in with zero compensation or comp time; ergonomic issues are not taking into consideration or treated with seriousness; there is a lack of student and employee privacy amongst the administrative offices (which is a legal issues in itself); and MSM is more focused on improving the facade that dictates how they are perceived by the rest of the world, rather than improving the institution internally.

  3. "Opera Theater Scheduler / Assistant Stage Manager"

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    Former Employee - Opera Theater Scheduler/Assistant Stage Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Opera Theater Scheduler/Assistant Stage Manager in New York, NY

    I worked at Manhattan School of Music (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Artistic Excellence is priority in the work

    Cons

    Unrealistic Goals for work assignments


  4. "Decent place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Manhattan School of Music full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    2 weeks off for holiday time that is not counted towards vacation days. 8 Summer Fridays with the full day off. Student body is very talented and warm people. location is beautiful next to Columbia and Sakura park.

    Cons

    Suffers from 'thats the way weve always done it' kind of mentality and enough heirarchy to not get things radically changed. Health care plan used to be fantastic, now has a $1,500 deductible


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Great Conservatory"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Manhattan School of Music full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    NYC is the best. The faculty, staff, and students are great. Energy, activity, time on/off - all great. I would work there again, for the right salary.

    Cons

    Pay was low. Typically faculty are well-compensated, but staff are not. It is difficult to live in NYC for what they pay full-time staff. Facilities leave a little to be desired.

    Advice to Management

    Hey know this already - get more space. It's hard to do in NYC. And remember that without the staff, the faculty cannot do their great work.


  6. "Graphic Designer and Project Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great to be surrounded by music all the time. Some interesting people there.

    Cons

    Not much to say here.


  7. "Administrative Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Manhattan School of Music part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great position to hold while studying there. Understanding the business side and what it takes to run a conservatory is asset you can have for life. Great Faculty.

    Cons

    I did not have to deal with this directly and the issue may have changed by now, but many employees have complained about health care.

    Advice to Management

    Small conservatory. Upper management positions rarely become vacant, so the overall environment is one of a family.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Good experience as a doctoral teaching fellow"

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    Former Employee - Doctoral Teaching Fellow; Tutoring Program Coordinator in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Doctoral Teaching Fellow; Tutoring Program Coordinator in New York, NY
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I had the opportunity to teach aural skills and music theory classes for three years as a Doctor of Musical Arts teaching fellow in the theory department. Supervisor is very organized, students are generally talented and enthusiastic. I taught freshmen, sophomores, and grad students at various levels. Great teaching experience!

    Cons

    MSM's bureaucracy and operations can be rather wonky and outdated; i.e., lots of filling out lengthy forms for things that really should be done online. Pay is not great at this school, especially in light of the cost of living in NYC. Difficult to reserve or find practice rooms.

    Advice to Management

    Provide a more generous financial package for your doctoral students so that they do not have to take out extra loans or work side jobs to afford school. See above regarding the need for an effective online intrastructure for registering for classes, submitting grades, etc.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Not great"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    great interaction with faculty and students

    Cons

    Terrible interaction with staff and management