Barnard College at Columbia Cross-Registration Program

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

Current Manhattan School of Music Students Wishing to Take Classes

Current Manhattan School of Music undergraduate students (Juniors and Seniors only) who are interested in taking courses at Barnard should contact the Office of the Registrar at Manhattan School of Music for details, restrictions, qualifications, and forms.
Office of the Registrar

Barnard Students and Applicants Wishing to Apply for Lessons

Manhattan School of Music provides the selected Barnard participants with advanced training on the conservatory level in the classical division (all orchestral instruments, piano, and composition) as well as in jazz (instrumental performance only).

Please note: This program is not available for accompanying, classical contemporary, organ, jazz composition, jazz voice or classical voice lessons. All lessons are with current members of the Manhattan School of Music faculty, which include members of New York's premiere performing ensembles and established solo and recording artists.

Submission of an application to the Manhattan School of Music/Barnard program does not include any of Manhattan School of Music's regular degree and diploma programs. Please note the Cross-Registration Program includes private lessons only; please contact Barnard College for information about ensemble and performance opportunities at Barnard.


There is no prescreening requirement for applicants to the MSM/Barnard Cross-Registration Program.

2014 Application and Deadlines

The online application for the Barnard/Manhattan School of Music Cross-Registration Program is available at On the online application, please indicate Barnard/MSM Cross-Registration Program as the program of study. The application fee for cross-registration applicants is $50.

January 10, 2014 — Online application and recorded video audition deadline
For early-decision applicants to Barnard, regular-decision applicants to Barnard, current Barnard students. Classical composers must use this deadline.

May 1, 2014
— Online application and recorded video audition deadline
For transfer students to Barnard. Classical composition is not available for this deadline.

Online application

Audition & Required Repertoire

All applicants to the Barnard/MSM program (except classical composition) must upload their recorded audition repertoire online through MSM's MusicCAS portal, After registering with MusicCAS, applicants may upload their required audition repertoire. Classical composers will audition in-person at Manhattan School of Music (see the In-Person Audition section below).

Required Repertoire for All Applicants
Applicants must prepare the undergraduate repertoire listed on MSM's Undergraduate page. Once there, click an instrument. Please note that Manhattan School of Music has both a classical and a jazz division. Each division has its own separate audition repertoire requirements.

MUSICCAS Media Requirements

Unlimited Portfolio Size
Maximum file size: 1 GB
Audio Format Requirements: mp3, mp4, wav,ogg, vorbix, m4a
Video Format Requirements: 3GP/3GP2, ASF(Windows Media), AVI, DNxHD (SMPTE VC-3), DV video, Flash Video, Matroska, MOV(Quicktime),  MP4 Video/Audio, Ogg, RealMedia, VOB (Video Object), WAV, WebM
Video Only Portfolios: $14.99

Classical Composers and Jazz DMA applicants must upload their scores as PDFs.


Contact MUSICCAS to address any technical difficulties regarding media submissions.
408 982 5534
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In-Person Audition (Classical Composition Only)

Live auditions are held at Manhattan School of Music in New York City and will be scheduled for classical composition applicants only. Individual live audition times and dates will be established by MSM. All applicants will receive emailed notification of the exact date and time of their audition approximately two weeks before the scheduled audition. Auditions for classical composition will be a two-day process, comprised of a theory exam, a take-home assignment, and an interview with the faculty. The audition week will be March 2-7, 2014.


Applicants will be notified of their final admissions status for the cross-registration program approximately four to six weeks after the audition period. Please note that this information will be emailed to applicants by the Manhattan School of Music Office of Admissions. No admissions results are given out over the phone.