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Guide to the Mannes School of Music course catalogs, 1916-2006

Collection Overview

Repository

Performing Arts Collections

Collection Identifier

MM.05.01.01

Creator

Mannes College The New School for Music.

Title

Mannes School of Music course catalogs, 1916-2006

Extent

2.2 linear ft: 2 boxes

Language of Materials note

English

Summary

Consists of course catalogs with information about the policies, faculties and courses of Mannes School of Music. Collection includes a limited number of catalogs focused exclusively on the Extension Division, Preparatory Division, Summer School, and Jazz and Contemporary BFA Program, while most cover a broad range of courses.

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Historical Note

Mannes was established in 1916 by David and Clara (Damrosch) Mannes, two leaders in musical education. What began as a community music school was transformed into a college conservatory by their son—a gifted pianist who was also one of the inventors of Kodachrome film. Today, as part of The New School, Mannes continues to evolve to reflect the changing landscape of classical music in the twenty-first century.

David Mannes was the son of a Polish immigrant baker. Clara Damrosch was the daughter of the eminent conductor Leopold Damrosch, who immigrated to New York from Germany.

David collected and sold bottles and scraps of lead pipe to pay for violin lessons. He began playing violin professionally at age fourteen, performing everywhere from Coney Island skating rinks to bordellos in the Tenderloin district. Clara enjoyed a private school education; piano, theory, and harmony lessons in Europe; and the acquaintance of her father's international circle of musician friends. (Her family helped establish the New York Philharmonic and pitched the idea of building a concert hall to Andrew Carnegie.)

As a young adult, Clara taught piano. David established a career as a professional musician. They married and became a fixture on New York's music and social scene as an acclaimed piano-violin duo, also performing in England, Canada, and thirty states. David created a concert series at the Metropolitan Museum of Art that became a New York institution in his time and continues to this day.

David Mannes developed an appreciation for music education as he taught poor immigrant students and led a children's string orchestra at the Settlement School of Music in the slums of the Lower East Side. In Harlem, he founded one of the first music schools for black children in honor of John Thomas Douglas, who was one of his violin teachers and the son of a freed slave.

In 1916 David and Clara Mannes established the David Mannes Music School on East 70th Street. Among the first faculty hired was the noted Swiss-born composer and philosopher Ernest Bloch.

Teachers at Mannes in the 1930s and 1940s included the conductor George Szell, the composers Georges Enesco and Bohuslav Martinu, and Hans Weisse, a student of the highly influential German theorist Heinrich Schenker. Weisse's pioneering work at Mannes helped make Mannes the American home of Schenkerian theory.

In 1940, Leopold Mannes, son of David and Clara, left the Kodak research laboratories to become first the director and then the president of Mannes College. In 1953, President Mannes and the school's director, Felix Salzer, obtained a charter from the State of New York. Mannes became a degree-granting college with the mission of preparing talented young musicians to become professional performers and teachers. The name of the institution was changed to the Mannes College of Music.

Salzer organized Mannes' signature curriculum, the Techniques of Music program, which was further developed under the long-term leadership of the noted theorist Carl Schacter, Salzer's student and eventual colleague. During these years, Mannes saw many of its students rise to fame, including Burt Bacharach, Julius Rudel, Eugene Istomin, and George Rochberg. In the 1960s, Richard Goode, Murray Perahia, and Frederica von Stade all graduated from Mannes in the same class. In later years, Semyon Bychkov, Michel Camilo, JoAnn Falletta, Tim Page, Shulamit Ran, Lara St. John, and numerous other alumni went on to achieve prominence.

In 1984, under President Charles Kaufman, Mannes moved to a larger home on West 85th Street. In 1989, Mannes became a division of The New School for Social Research (now called The New School), a progressive university associated with such musical pioneers as Aaron Copland, Henry Cowell, and John Cage. Mannes' name was changed to Mannes College The New School for Music in 2005.

The violinist and theorist Joel Lester, dean of Mannes from 1996 to 2011, began transforming Mannes into a modern conservatory, expanding the faculty and the opera program. Today, under the leadership of Dean Richard Kessler, Mannes is transforming its curriculum to advance the creative role of music in society and develop citizen artists who engage with the world around them through established and emerging forms of practice.

While Mannes continues to grow in reputation and quality, it is still pursuing David and Clara's goal of providing comprehensive music education to people "whose sincere love of music alone prompts them to take up study." Mannes' thriving Preparatory and Extension divisions provide lifelong education in music for people of all ages.

Source: http://www.newschool.edu/mannes/history/

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Scope and Content of Collection

The collection consists of course catalogs with information about the policies, faculties and courses of Mannes School of Music.

It is organized into five series:

Series I. General consists of published course catalogs with information about a variety of programs at Mannes, including Preparatory and Extension Divisions, as well as courses for undergraduate credit.

Series II. Preparatory Division consists of catalogs exclusively geared toward the program of the Preparatory Division.

Series III. Extension Division consists of course catalogs geared toward adult students and would be considered an adult education/continuing education program by contemporary definitions. For many years, it was the third of Mannes' divisions, the other two being Mannes Classical and Mannes Preparatory Division.

Series IV. Summer School consists of catalogs issued for courses held between spring and fall semesters. According to the earliest catalog in the collection (1977), the Mannes Summer School served both the Preparatory Division and the Extension Division. At some point in the 1990s, the Summer School came under the direct supervision of the Mannes Extension Division.

Series V. Jazz and Contemporary BFA Program consists of only two catalogs. It is unclear if these were the only printed catalogs ever issued for the program.

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Organization and Arrangement

  1. General, 1916-2006
  2. Extension Division, 1974-1999
  3. Summer School, 1977-2001
  4. Jazz and Contemporary BFA Program, 1996-1997
  5. Preparatory Division, 1953-1984

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Performing Arts Collections - January 14, 2014

Revision Description

 Revised to reflect additional series added to collection. June 9, 2016

Access Restrictions

Originals unavailable for General series. For catalogs available in digital form, researchers must consult the digitized versions, which are publicly accessible online. Researchers wishing to consult the originals should write to archivist@newschool.edu, stating the reason for the request.

Remaining three series are open for research use. Please contact archivist@newschool.edu for appointment.

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Use Restrictions

To publish images of material from this collection, permission must be obtained in writing from the New School Archives and Special Collections. Please contact: archivist@newschool.edu.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The staff of the New School Archives and Special Collections assembled this collection from multiple office transfers.

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Keywords for Searching Related Subjects

Genre(s)

  • Catalogs.

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Other Finding Aids note

For selected item-level description and images from the Mannes School of Music course catalogs, see The New School Archives Digital Collections at http://digitalarchives.library.newschool.edu/index.php/Detail/collections/MM050101.

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Collection Inventory

Series I. General 1916-2006 

Box Folder
1916-1917 
1916-1917  
1 1
1917-1918 
1917-1918  
1 2
1918-1919 
1918-1919  
1 3
1919-1920 
1919-1920  
1 4
1920-1921 
1920-1921  
1 5
1921-1922 
1921-1922  
1 6
1922-1923 
1922-1923  
1 7
1923-1924 
1923-1924  
1 8
1924-1925 
1924-1925  
1 9
1925-1926 
1925-1926  
1 10
1926-1927 
1926-1927  
1927-1928 
1927-1928  
1 11
1928-1929 
1928-1929  
1929-1930 
1929-1930  
1 12
1930-1931 
1930-1931  
1 13
1931-1932 
1931-1932  
1 14
1932-1933 
1932-1933  
1 15
1933-1934 
1933-1934  
1 16
1934-1935 
1934-1935  
1 17
1935-1936 
1935-1936  
1 18
1936-1937 
1936-1937  
1 19
1937-1938 
1937-1938  
1 20
1938-1939 
1938-1939  
1 21
1939-1940 
1939-1940  
1 22
1940-1941 
1940-1941  
1 23
1941-1942 
1941-1942  
1 24
1942-1943 
1942-1943  
1 25
1943-1944 
1943-1944  
1 26
1944-1945 
1944-1945  
1 27
1945-1946 
1945-1946  
1 28
1946-1947 
1946-1947  
1 29
1947-1948 
1947-1948  
1 30
1948-1949 
1948-1949  
1 31
1949-1950 
1949-1950  
1 32
1950-1951 
1950-1951  
1 33
1951-1952 
1951-1952  
1952-1953 
1952-1953  
1 34
1953-1954 
1953-1954  
1 35
1954-1955 
1954-1955  
1955-1956 
1955-1956  
1 36
1956-1957 
1956-1957  
1 37
1957-1958 
1957-1958  
1 38
1958-1959 
1958-1959  
1 39
1959-1960 
1959-1960  
1 40
1960-1961 
1960-1961  
1 41
1961-1962 
1961-1962  
1 42
1962-1963 
1962-1963  
1 43
1963-1964 
1963-1964  
1 44
1964-1965 
1964-1965  
1 45
1965-1966 
1965-1966  
1 46
1966-1967 
1966-1967  
1 47
1967-1968 
1967-1968  
1 48
1968-1969 
1968-1969  
1 49
1969-1971 
1969-1971  
1 50
1971-1972 
1971-1972  
1 51
1972-1974 
1972-1974  
1 52
1974-1975 
1974-1975  
1 53
1975-1976 
1975-1976  
1 54
1976-1977 
1976-1977  
1 55
1977-1978 
1977-1978  
1 56
1978-1979 
1978-1979  
1 57
1979-1980 
1979-1980  
1 58
1980-1981 
1980-1981  
1 59
1981-1982 
1981-1982  
2 1
1982-1983 
1982-1983  
2 2
1983-1984 
1983-1984  
2 3
1984-1985 
1984-1985  
2 4
1985-1986 
1985-1986  
2 5
1986-1987 
1986-1987  
2 6
1987-1988 
1987-1988  
2 7
1988-1989 
1988-1989  
2 8
1989-1990 
1989-1990  
2 9
1990-1991 
1990-1991  
1991-1992 
1991-1992  
2 10
1992-1994 
1992-1994  
2 11
1994-1995 
1994-1995  
2 12
1996-1997 
1996-1997  
1998-2000 
1998-2000  
2000-2002 
2000-2002  
2002-2003 
2002-2003  
2003-2004 
2003-2004  
2 13
2006-2007 
2 14

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Series II. Preparatory Division 1953-1984 

Box Folder
1953-1954 
2 15
1954-1955 
2 16
1956-1957 
2 17
1957-1958 
2 18
1958-1959 
2 19
1959-1960 
2 20
1960-1961 
2 21
1961-1962 
2 22
1962-1963 
2 23
1963-1964 
1963-1964  
1964-1965 
1964-1965  
1965-1966 
1965-1966  
2 24
1966-1967 
1966-1967  
2 25
1968-1969 
1968-1969  
2 26
1969-1971 
2 27
1971-1973 
2 28
1973-1975 
2 29
1979-1981 
2 30
1981-1982 
2 31
1982-1983 
2 32
1983-1984 
2 33
1984-1985 
2 34

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Series III. Extension Division 1974-1999 

Box Folder
1974-1975 
2 35
1975-1976 
2 36
1976 Spring 
2 37
1976-1977 
2 38
1977-1978 
2 39
1978-1979 
2 40
1979-1980 
2 41
1980-1981 
2 42
1981-1982 
2 43
1982-1983 
2 44
1983-1984 
2 45
1984-1985 
2 46
1985-1986 
2 47
1986-1987 
2 48
1988-1989 
2 49
1989-1990 
2 50
1990-1991 
2 51
1991-1992 
2 52
1992-1993, spring schedual of classes 
2 53
1994-1995 
2 54
1995-1996 
2 55
1996-1997 
2 56
1997-1998 
2 57
1998-1999 
2 58
1999-2000 
2 59

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Series IV. Summer School 1977-2001 

Box Folder
1977 
2 60
1978 
2 61
1979 
2 62
1980 
2 63
1981 
2 64
1982 
2 65
1983 
2 66
1984 
2 67
1985 
2 68
1986 
2 69
1987 
2 70
1988 
2 71
1990 
2 72
1991 
2 73
1993 
2 74
1994 
2 75
1996 
2 76
1999 
2 77
2000 
2 78
2001 
2 79

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Series V. Jazz and Contemporary BFA Program 1996-1997 

Box Folder
1996 Oct 
2 80
1997 Oct 
2 81

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Collection Guide Last Updated: 11/14/2016

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