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Elizabeth Aaron records

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Identifier: MA-01-05-01


Elizabeth Aaron taught ear-training in the Techniques of Music department of Mannes College of Music (later, Mannes School of Music at The New School) from 1957 to 2017. The collection consists of administrative files relating to Aaron’s committee roles, Mannes board of trustee minutes, notebooks, recordings, photographs, and materials pertaining to the attempted merger of Mannes and Manhattan School of Music in 1978.


  • 1939-2013



1.7 Cubic Feet (1 box and 3 folders)

4 1/4 inch Audio Cassette (4 audiocassettes)

3 DAT (3 DAT tapes)

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Scope and Contents

This collection consists of correspondence, minutes, and administrative files relating to Elizabeth Aaron’s roles as Mannes School of Music Community Services director, member of the College Division executive committee, and faculty advisor. Additional parts of the collection are Mannes board of trustees meeting minutes and correspondence from 1968 to 1977, teaching notebooks, and a collection of materials entitled “Revolution 78-79” relating to the attempted merger between Mannes and the Manhattan School of Music in 1978, resulting in the removal of Mannes’s board of trustees by the New York State Board of Regents. Photographs of Mannes commencement ceremonies and alumni, and recordings of the 2000 Mannes conference “Developing the Musical Ear” are also included.

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research use. Some files are restricted for a period of time in accordance with The New School Archives’ confidentiality policy, including student records, files with faculty and personnel information, and other sensitive university records. Please contact for more information.

Conditions Governing Use

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Biographical note

Elizabeth Aaron was a teacher and long-time member of the Techniques of Music faculty at the Mannes College of Music, and later the Mannes School of Music, from 1957 to 2017. She began teaching in the Extension Division while a bachelor’s degree student at Mannes, studying voice with Paul Althouse and Leslie Chabay and music theory with Felix Salzer, and serving two terms as president of the Mannes student government. After receiving her bachelor of science degree in 1958, she joined the Mannes College full-time faculty as a teacher of ear-training.

In 1979, Aaron established and became director of Mannes’s Community Services program, later known as Community Outreach. The program matched Mannes students with paid public performance opportunities at venues throughout New York City, as well as with teaching and accompanying positions at institutions such as Brandeis High School and the Boys Choir of Harlem Academy. Aaron received a Certificate of Recognition from New York City Mayor Ed Koch in 1989 for the work done by the Mannes Community Outreach program.

Aaron was appointed chairperson of Mannes’s ear-training program and co-chair of the Techniques of Music department in 1991 and was a member of the Mannes College Division Executive Committee from 1995 to 2007. She also established an ear-training curriculum for Mannes graduate students during the term of Mannes dean Joel Lester in the late-1990s.

In September of 2000, Aaron organized a conference at Mannes on the teaching of college-level ear-training, and in 2002, Aaron received The New School’s Distinguished Teaching Award. Aaron retired from the Mannes faculty in 2017.


Course Catalogs. “Mannes College of Music.” 1953-1990. College of Performing Arts Course Catalog Collection. The New School Archives Digital Collections, New York, New York.

“Elizabeth Aaron Honored by New School University.” Musings: News from Mannes College of Music 8, no. 1 (Fall 2002): 3.

“Mannes College Division Executive Committee.” 1995-2007, Elizabeth Aaron records, MA.01.05.01, box 1, folders 18-22, New School Archives and Special Collections, The New School, New York, New York.

“Mannes Community Outreach.” Circa mid 1990s-mid 2000s, Elizabeth Aaron records, MA.01.05.01, box 1, folder 8, New School Archives and Special Collections, The New School, New York, New York.

Mannes School of Music. 2017. “Celebrate Elizabeth Aaron on the Occasion of her Retirement.” Facebook, November 17, 2017.

“Techniques of Music Faculty Committee.” 1995-2006, Elizabeth Aaron records, MA.01.05.01, box 1, folder 36, New School Archives and Special Collections, The New School, New York, New York.


Arranged alphabetically by subject.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred from Harry Scherman Library of Mannes School of Music to the New School Archives, 2015.

Related Materials

The New School Archives holds the Mannes College of Music administrative records (MA.01.01.01) which includes adminsitrative correspondence, meeting minutes, reports and photographs; and the Miriam Kartch Mannes College of Music administrative files (MA.01.02.01) which includes faculty meeting minutes and correspondence, and materials related to the attempted merger of Mannes and Manhattan School of Music in 1979.

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