FAQs

Questions About Applications and Application Fees
Questions About Auditions and Audition Requirements
Questions About a Meal Plan
Questions About Our Residence Hall
Questions About Faculty Contact
Questions About Special Programs/Enrollment
Questions About Test Scores
Questions About Tuition and Cost of Attendance

Questions About Applications and Application Fees

Q: When is my application due?
A: The online application and prescreening deadline is December 1. This includes prescreening (if applicable), a scanned and uploaded copy of transcripts, and the names and emails of your recommenders. Your recommenders have until January 15th to upload or mail their letters. If you choose to mail in your transcripts rather than upload them, then your mailed transcripts are also due by January 15th. 
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Q: Does Manhattan School of Music accept applications submitted after the deadline?
A: Late applications must be approved by the Office of Admissions and there will be a $25.00 U.S. late fee.
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Q: How much is the application fee?
A: The application fee is $125.00 USD ($50.00 for current MSM college and Precollege students). There is no application fee for exchange students.  
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Q: How do I pay the application fee?
A: The application fee is paid using your VISA, Mastercard, American Express, or Discover card as part of the online application for admission. Money orders, checks, and cash are not accepted. 
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Q: Can I defer my enrollment to the following year? What will happen with my teacher assignment and my scholarship?
A: If you wish to defer your enrollment for one year, you may do so. Please read the "Terms of Deferment" below to find out what happens to your admission offer should you choose to defer.

Terms of deferment:

  • • You may defer for one year.
  • • You will be considered for scholarship funding NEXT year once the following year's auditions are complete.
  • • You will forfeit any scholarship that you have been awarded.
  • • You will maintain your teacher assignment based on their continued availability. 
  • • Your confirmation fee will be due by the confirmation deadlines for the following year.


Q: Can I apply to more than one major/division (e.g., Classical Voice and Classical Piano or Classical Voice and Jazz Voice)?
A: You may apply to more than one major/division; the fee for each application is $125.00 U.S. Should you be accepted into both, you would need to select one in which to enroll. Because of the way the online application works, you will need to use unique email addresses for each separate application. Your account from application to audition result will be tied to the specific email you used for each specific instrument. 
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Questions About Auditions and Audition Requirements

Q: Where and when are Manhattan School of Music auditions held?
A: Audition week at MSM for Fall 2017 will take place from Friday, February 24th to Friday, March 3rd (excluding Saturday). More specific audition dates for each instrument will be listed as soon as information is available, usually in late November/early December. Auditions are held on campus in one of our many halls. Musical Theatre applicants will have the option in auditioning on campus or at one of the regional auditions earlier in the year. 
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Q: Can I submit a recorded audition?
A: Please visit the Audition Information page to find out if you are eligible for a recorded audition.
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Q: Do I have to take any entrance exams when I audition?
A: All Doctoral Program, Classical Composition, and Jazz Composition applicants are required to take entrance exams during auditions. All graduate voice applicants will be required to complete a short diction assessment either before or after the audition. Jazz applicants for BM or MM must take a short theory test prior to their scheduled audition. Other placement and qualifying exams are given in the fall, prior to registration.
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Q: Where can I find out what I need to play at my audition?
A: Applicants can locate repertoire requirements by visiting the Audition Information page
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Questions About a Meal Plan

Q: Does Manhattan School of Music have a meal plan?
A: Manhattan School of Music offers two meal plans, one for Andersen Hall residents and one for commuters. Residents for the 2014-2015 academic year can choose among 3 levels of Declining Meal Plans: Bronze ($1,250 per semester; $2,500 for the year), Silver ($1,750 per semester; $3,500 for the year), or Gold ($2,500 per semester; $5,000 for the year).  Commuters (all non-resident students) are required to purchase a $130 Declining Meal Plan each semester ($260 per academic year). Meal Plan funds are activated using a valid MSM ID card. This charge will be included on each tuition bill. Unspent dollars can be carried over from the Fall to the Spring, but any money left over in the Spring must be used up or else it is forfeited. Unused Meal Plan dollars are not credited back to the student. It is possible to add more funds to the Meal Plan account in increments of $50.
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Questions About Our Residence Hall

Q: Does Manhattan School of Music have a residence hall?
A: Yes. Andersen Residence Hall opened in the fall of 2001. The 19-story hall is adjacent to the academic building and contains student residential rooms, practice rooms, Wi-Fi, mailboxes, a lounge and outdoor patio, laundry, vending and an exercise room. It can house up to 450 students. The hall is staffed with a full-time professional residence life director and student resident assistants are located on every floor. Security coverage at the residence hall operates twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.

Visit our Residence Life page
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Q: Are Manhattan School of Music students required to live in the residence hall?
A: First- and second-year undergraduate students are required to live on campus, with freshmen sharing double rooms and sophomores having the option of living in a single room, as space allows. Upper-class students and graduate students may also apply for housing in the residence hall.
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Q: Does the residence hall have different floor designations?
A: Floor designations may be as follows:

Graduate students only
Undergraduate students only
Students over age 21 only
Female only

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Q: Does Manhattan School of Music provide assistance to upperclassmen/graduate students in locating housing?
A: The Office of Student Engagement provides information regarding alternative housing options.
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Q: How much does it cost to live in the residence hall?
A: The 2014-2015 academic year rates, per person, are as follows:

Economic Double: $8,425
Double: $$9,500
Economical Single: $11,500
Regular Single: $12,675

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Questions About Faculty Contact

Q: How do I choose a faculty member with whom to study?
A: Applicants complete the Teacher Preference Form as part of their online application, naming up to five preferred choices for a major teacher. Many applicants make this decision through a combination of advice from current teachers, knowledge of faculty reputation, and/or having an opportunity to take a sample lesson. Applicants may choose to leave this decision to the judgment of the dean of academics/dean of faculty who make every attempt to pair each student with an appropriate faculty.
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Q: Is it possible to arrange a sample lesson with a faculty member?
A: Many of our faculty members have their contact information available on the Faculty Page. If you cannot find the faculty's contact information listed, you may email the Office of Admissions to obtain the faculty member's email address. You will be able to contact the faculty directly to schedule your sample lesson. The Office of Admissions does not facilitate or have any information regarding faculty members' availability or schedule and does not set up sample lessons for prospective applicants.

Consultations or sample lessons are not required for application and audition at MSM. They do not bias faculty committees in deciding whether any individual student is admitted. Scheduling and fees, if any, are arranged privately between the faculty member and the applicant. MSM recommends a fee of no more than $100 for an initial consultation.
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Questions About Special Programs/Enrollment

Q: Do you have part-time/evening/continuing education programs?
A: We do not have any part-time or evening programs; we only offer full-time degree programs for our fully enrolled students.
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Q: Do you have degree programs in audio recording, electronic music, or musical theatre?
A: We do not have degree programs in audio recording or electronic music, but we have a brand new Musical Theatre Program that began in 2016! To learn more, please visit our page here
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Q: Can you tell me more about the dual-degree program with Teachers College, Columbia University?
A: Manhattan School of Music and Teachers College Columbia University offer a dual degree at the master's level. This accelerated program – designed to be completed in three years – gives the student a Master of Music from Manhattan School of Music and a Master of Arts in Education with New York State K-12 Music Teacher Certification from Teachers College, Columbia University. Read more about this program.
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Q: Do you have spring or midyear enrollment?
A: No. Enrollment at Manhattan School of Music, in any given academic year, is for entrance in the fall semester only.
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Q: Do you offer double majors?
A: No. Due to the intensive academic load required of each individual major, MSM does not offer the option of a double major. However, students may elect to take part-time lessons in a secondary discipline (note that the cost of these lessons is not included in the regular tuition fee).
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Questions About Test Scores

Q: Does Manhattan School of Music require SAT, ACT, or GRE scores?
A: SAT, ACT, or GRE scores are not required. Applicants to the undergraduate degree program who are home-schooled are required to provide MSM with comprehensive transcripts and a high school diploma (or its equivalent; e.g. GED, TASC, HiSET).
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Q: Do international students need to submit a TOEFL score??
A: MSM no longer requires the TOEFL. All applicants whose first language is not English will take an in-house English Assessment which will be given during our audition week. The English Assessment will cover listening, reading, and writing, as well a brief one-on-one interview with a member of our ESL faculty. The result of your English Assessment will help us determine your English level and potentially inform admissibility. 
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Questions About Tuition and Cost of Attendance

Q: What are the tuition/attendance costs at Manhattan School of Music?
A: Tuition at Manhattan School of Music for the 2016 - 2017 academic year is $44,100 while fees are $600. Medical insurance is required for students who do not have proof of existing coverage. To learn more about tuition and fees, please visit our page here
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