Precollege Admissions & Financial Aid

Admission

Every student who wishes to enroll in the Precollege Division must perform an entrance audition before a panel of faculty. The applicant must also take theory and ear training placement tests, and placement auditions for orchestra and/or chorus. These placement exams have no bearing on whether or not an applicant is accepted. However, they are a mandatory component of the audition process. Results of the entrance audition will be available on the Precollege Admissions portal within three weeks of the audition. Please note: The Precollege Division is not for beginning students on any instrument.

Special Notice: All students attending the Precollege Division must study with a Precollege Division Faculty Member exclusively.

Applying

Application

The online Application for Admission form must be completed in its entirety and submitted with the PayPal application fee.

The online application form will be available on the Precollege Admissions Portal after December 1, 2014.

Financial Aid

The Financial Aid Form is not mandatory but is required if you want to be considered for any financial assistance or scholarship. Financial aid is primarily need-based. Your tax return from the previous year must accompany your Financial Aid Form. Please note: Financial Aid is not available for new incoming students who are in their senior year of high school.

Download the Financial Aid Form

Audition

The objective is to demonstrate the applicant’s level of proficiency, both musically and technically. Memorization is required for all students, with the exception of woodwinds and brass. The decision of the adjudicating judges is final. Applicants will be asked to perform the following:

  • Piano and Strings: three contrasting pieces, and two major and two minor scales and arpeggios of their choice. Piano students may be required to sight-read.
  • Woodwind, Brass and Percussion: two contrasting pieces, and two major and two minor scales and arpeggios of their choice.
  • Voice: three contrasting songs, one of which must be in English.
  • Jazz: Jazz applicants should prepare the jazz audition requirements.

Prescreening materials are required from the following Precollege applicants
by April 1, 2015:

  • Jazz Guitar
  • Jazz Piano
  • Jazz Drums
  • Jazz Woodwind Instruments

More information regarding prescreening requirements can be found by registering through the Precollege Admissions Portal.  

Please note: The Precollege Division is not for beginning students on any instrument.

Secondary Instrument

A student who wishes to study a secondary instrument at the Precollege Division must audition, along with the students auditioning on their primary instruments, for the Precollege faculty at the time of entrance exams. Students studying a secondary instrument are required to take juries and to maintain musical standards similar to those required of students studying a primary instrument.

Audition Date

Auditions for entrance in the fall of 2015 will be held on Saturday, May 30, 2015. Classical call back auditions will be held on Saturday, June 6, 2015. There are no jazz call backs. Accompanists will be provided for voice and violin auditions only. All other students may bring an accompanist, but it is not required.

Deadline

Applications for auditions are due by March 1 of each year. Late applications are accepted with an additional $50 late fee at the discretion of the Precollege Administration.

Call-back audition

Call-back auditions may include the following:

Senior Select Chorus

Students auditioning for Senior Select Chorus will be asked to sing in a group choral setting at the time of their audition, which will entail some sight-reading. In addition, the student should bring a prepared vocal piece which may be heard at the discretion of the choral directors in attendance. Placement in a chorus is determined by ability and age.

Orchestra

Orchestra auditions are held separately from primary instrument auditions. Assignments to orchestras are made by the Precollege Administration in consultation with conductors, and are based on audition and availability of positions in the orchestra. The placement decision is final. 

Vocal Ensembles (Opera Workshop and Musical Theater)

Students auditioning for Vocal Ensemble will be asked to sing two contrasting pieces at the time of their auditions.  The objective is to demonstrate the applicant's level of proficiency, both musically and technically, in singing standard repertoire.

International Students

International students should audition in person. If you are unable to audition in person, please contact Administrative and Academic Coordinator, Tiffany Bizup, at tbizup@msmnyc.edu.

To be eligible for a student visa, applicants must have a sponsor/guardian residing in the United States who in addition to assuring financial support must also make the necessary arrangements for enrollment in an academic school for general education. It is the academic school that issues the necessary documents for the student visa. To facilitate the processing, the Precollege Division must be provided with the name and address of the sponsor/guardian prior to registration.

Prospective students who are not citizens or residents of the United States must submit the following:

  • The completed online application form and application fee
  • Name, address, and telephone number of relative/sponsor in the the States
  • Name, address, and telephone number of guardian with whom applicant intends to live
  • Name, address, and telephone number of academic school (elementary, middle school, or high school) the applicant plans to attend in the United States
  • Upon receipt of the items listed above, the Precollege Division will send notification of acceptance or rejection to the applicant.

Foreign applicants are required to submit an I-20 Form to the United States consulate in their country in order to receive a student visa. Only full-time schools (those that meet Monday through Friday) can issue the I-20 Form. The Manhattan School of Music Precollege Division offers music subjects exclusively and meets on Saturdays only. Therefore, it cannot issue the I-20 Form.