• New Student Application Process

    Interested students should complete the Mannes Prep Online Application and pay the nonrefundable application fee of $50 for applications received by March 15 and $75 for applications received after March 15. 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. Applications received after April 15 will be accepted to the extent possible.

    Audition Dates

    • Saturday, May 21 - Strings, Guitar, Piano, and Program for the Very Young
    • Sunday, May 22 - Voice, Winds, Brass, Percussion, and Composition
    • Wednesday, September 7 - Late Auditions for Viola, Bass, Clarinet, Oboe, Bassoon, Trumpet, Horn, Tuba & Composition ONLY

    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.