Barnard College at Columbia Cross-Registration Program

Manhattan School of Music (MSM) and Barnard College of Columbia University established a special cross-registration program in 1982. This program allows students enrolled at Barnard College to take private lessons at MSM in certain areas of study with our faculty members and also allows all qualified MSM undergraduate students to have access to a greater variety of humanities courses taught at Barnard College.

Please read below to find out more about the program as an MSM student or a Barnard Student.


If you are a current MSM junior or senior undergraduate student who is interested in taking courses at Barnard College, please contact the Office of the Registrar at MSM for details, restrictions, qualifications, and forms.


If you are a Barnard student or applicant who is interested in taking lessons at MSM, please read below to find out if you are eligible for the program and the application process. The cross-registration program only includes private lessons. The cross-registration program does not include any of MSM’s regular degree or diploma programs. Please contact Barnard College for information about ensemble and performance opportunities at Barnard.

Requirements for the Cross-Registration Program

The cross-registration program is available for Barnard students who successfully audition at MSM with advanced training on classical instruments, classical piano, classical composition, or jazz instruments. Please note: This program is not available for accompanying, contemporary performance, organ, jazz composition, jazz voice, or classical voice lessons.


In order to be considered for the cross-registration program, all Barnard applicants must submit the MSM online application. If you are a Barnard applicant, you must complete the MSM application in addition to your Barnard application. 

The online application is due January 11, 2016 for early and regular decision Barnard applicants and current Barnard students.

The online application is due May 1, 2016 for transfer students to Barnard. Classical composition is not available for this deadline.


There is no prescreening requirement for cross-registration program applicants.


All applicants to the cross-registration program (except classical composition) must upload their recorded audition repertoire directly to their online application. Classical composers will audition in-person at MSM. Please find the required audition repertoire listed on the Audition Information page.


Applicants will be notified of their final admissions status for the cross-registration program approximately four to six weeks after MSM’s audition week. Your admission result will be emailed to you by the Office of Admissions. No admissions results are given over the phone. Please note: your acceptance to MSM is contingent upon your acceptance to Barnard College.