A growing rage of students have been posting misconduct allegations against the Manhattan School of Music on an Instagram microsite. The complaints appear to be increasing day by day. The site has more than 500 followers.
The school’s president James Gandre has issued this interim pacifying statement:
Dear Students and Alumni,
We have been made aware of an incident involving one of our faculty members, who was recently hired by a summer camp to teach a virtual master class. Her reaction to a question being asked during the session has raised concerns about cultural insensitivity of that professor and the professor’s work at Manhattan School of Music. In addition, we recently have heard from others in the MSM Community who have filed complaints unrelated to this incident (and unrelated to this faculty member) but that raise similar concerns.
Regarding the virtual master class referenced above, the faculty member in question yesterday posted an apology on Instagram for her handling of the incident. Although I believe this to be a positive step, all of us at MSM understand that there is much more to be done across our campus, in the performing arts world, and throughout society to address cultural and racial inequities….
…We understand that creating a safe place for members of the MSM Community to share their experiences and suggestions is a critical part of making MSM a more inclusive place with a clear sense of belonging. As such, we are creating an MSM Community portal called “You Have a Voice at MSM,” which will be for use by students, faculty, staff, and alumni. This portal, launching Monday, June 22, at noon (and linking from a red bar atop the MSM website’s homepage), will provide for each of you in our extended MSM family a place where you can offer anonymous-optional concerns, grievances, information, and suggestions to MSM regarding any and all issues surrounding the broadest issues encompassing diversity, equity, and inclusion. This information will assist us in our effort to take real, practical steps to improve our collective culture here at MSM.