• New Student Application Process

    Interested students should complete the Mannes Prep Online Application and pay the nonrefundable application fee of $75. 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 with prior experience mid-year for the spring semester. The application deadline for spring 2017 is December 15, 2016. The application deadline for fall 2017 is April 15, 2017.

    Audition Dates

    • Mid-year auditions
      • Thursday, January 12, 2017
    • Fall 2017 auditions 
      • Strings, Guitar, Piano, and Program for the Very Young: Saturday, May 20, 2017
      • Voice, Winds, Brass, Percussion, and Composition: Sunday, May 21, 2017

    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.

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