ESL+Music (Certificate)

  • Your Pathway to Music Studies in the United States

    The ESL + Music Certificate is designed for international students who wish to pursue music study at a conservatory or university in the United States, but need to improve their English language skills or TOEFL score before applying to an undergraduate or graduate degree program. Students study music with members of the Mannes faculty while improving their English language skills in order to qualify for degree programs. ESL + Music is also an opportunity to adjust to university life in the United States before beginning an academic program.

    Program Features

    ESL + Music is an inclusive program that combines

    • Private music lessons with Mannes College faculty members
    • Intensive English language study—speaking and listening, grammar, reading, and academic writing through The New School for Public Engagement
    • Reinforcement of English language studies in a Techniques of Music course and performance seminars
    • Flexible duration (one to four academic terms, that is approximately three months to two years) depending on a student’s level of proficiency in English
    • F1 student visa eligibility based on full-time student status

    Students receive a certificate stating the number of hours of study completed in English as a second language after each semester of study. Permanent academic records are kept, and students can obtain a transcript of their courses.

    ESL + Music students are eligible to live in university housing and have access to many of the other services and academic resources of The New School, including health services, an email account, practice rooms, library and computing services, tutoring, and free admission to Mannes College concerts, recitals, and other university events.

    The ESL + Music program can fulfill the English language requirement for admission to Mannes as an alternative to the TOEFL and other acceptable standardized tests of English (see Mannes Admission website for more information).

    Tuition and Fees


    Tuition: $6,915 per semester with biweekly private lessons; $7,950 per semester with weekly private lessons

    University Services Fee: $80 per semester

    Health Services Fee: $325 (students who are not covered by their own medical insurance must also pay The New School’s Student Health Insurance premium each semester)

    Fees other than tuition are payable at registration.

    Housing application forms and fees are separate. If you are admitted to the program, you will be given information about applying for student housing.

    Scholarships are available. Please contact the NEXT office for more information.