• New Student Application Process

    Interested students should complete the Mannes Prep Online Application and pay the nonrefundable application fee of $75 by the January 1, 2016, deadline.

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

    Most students enter in the fall semester and enroll for the full academic year. However, we do accept a limited number of students for the spring semester, based upon program availability.

    Please be aware that because the Techniques of Music courses and most electives are yearlong courses, course scheduling for students who enter in the spring semester is far less flexible than for those who enter in the fall. Also, because of the nature of the curriculum, we regret that we are unable to accept beginners during the spring semester. Beginning students should plan on applying in the spring for fall admission.

    Audition Dates

    • We anticipate that our spring auditions will be held in the third week of January. Final audition date(s) will be emailed to families who have submitted the full application in the first week of January.

    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. Please note that beginners are admitted only during the fall semester.

    Continuing Students Renewal Process

    Returning students must renew by May 1 to ensure a place for the following year. Renewal instructions are emailed to families by the Prep office, and the process music must be completed, and the nonrefundable tuition deposit paid, 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.