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Manhattan School of Music was an extremely negative experience. In fact I have convinced several college-bound students to study elsewhere. The guitar department consisted of guitarists who - while technically proficient - had no interest in teaching. As soon as a class was done you weren't allowed to ask them questions, and they spent very little time engaging with other students. My teachers would give us some sheet music to learn and then just stay on the computer or go to the teachers lounge for 30 minutes. After four years of inferior teaching, I improved very little. It took study with a truly competent teacher to undo the bad teaching and begin singing again. Now I play guitar as a session musicians professionally and have no positive memories of MSM. When you are young it is fairly easy to snow you with claims of prestige. If you are a guitarist be very wary. Working in the industry I have come across grad's from the Musician's Institute in California and Berklee College of Music in Boston. Grad's have praised these schools to no end and if I could go back I wish I would've chosen one of them. Another thing, I graduated in 2004 and NO ONE in my class plays music professionally as of 2010 apart from me. Prior to what they promised me, MSM do not help you AT ALL once you graduate...which is ridiculous for a music school. STAY AWAY.
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