• New Student Application Process

    Download and complete the Mannes Prep Application (PDF).

    New students are admitted to Mannes Prep after passing a faculty audition and a music theory placement test. 

    There is a nonrefundable application fee of $75. Most students enter in the fall semester and enroll for the full academic year (fall and spring semesters). 

    Applications received after the April 15 deadline will be accepted, to the extent possible. However, audition slots are filling up quickly, so we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible. Applications are processed in the order in which they are received.

    Audition Dates

    • We anticipate that our final round of auditions will be held in early September. Final audition date(s) will be emailed to families who have submitted the full application in late August.

    Audition Information

    • String, Guitar, Woodwind, Brass, and Piano students with prior experience should prepare two contrasting pieces and a major and minor scale of their choice. Accompanists are neither required nor provided for instrumentalists, although you are welcome to bring your own if you wish.
    • Vocalists should prepare two contrasting songs, one of which should be in English. An accompanist will be provided.
    • Composers should bring two scores of pieces they have written. Recordings are welcome but not required.
    • All auditionees take a music theory placement test to determine which theory class is best for them.
    • For young students who have not previously studied music, the audition is a chance for the faculty and student to get to know each other and determine the right fit, so no prepared performance is required.

    Continuing Students Renewal Process

    Returning students must renew by May 1 to ensure a place for the following year. The Renewal Form is automatically issued by the Prep office and must be returned with the nonrefundable tuition deposit by May 1. Course schedules are emailed to continuing students shortly before the start of classes.

    For more information about the admission or renewal process, please email us at or call 212.580.0210 x4841.