• Apply

  • 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 (fall and spring terms). However, a limited number of auditions for mid-year entry are arranged in early January. Students with prior experience who are interested in enrolling mid-year should apply online by January 2, 2019. Please note that we are unable to admit beginner students mid-year, as the Prep curriculum is year-long.

    Students wishing to audition for regular fall 2019 entry should apply by April 15, 2019.

    Audition Dates

    Spring 2019 Mid-Year Auditions
    •  The Prep administrative team will be in touch with families who have completed the Mannes Prep Online Application in the first week of the new year to schedule an audition. The exact audition date has not yet been selected, but will be on a weekday afternoon or evening during the second or third week of January, as the Mannes Prep spring semester begins on Saturday, January 19, 2019.

    Fall 2019 Auditions

    • Saturday, May 18 — Strings, Guitar, Piano, and Program for the Very Young
    • Sunday, May 19 — Voice, Winds, Brass, Percussion, and Composition

    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 they are welcome to bring their own if they 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 students to get to know one another and determine the right fit, so no prepared performance is required. 

    Cost-of-attendance information is available on the Mannes Prep Tuition & Fees Sheet.

    Financial aid is available, and completed 2018-2019 Mannes Prep Financial Aid Applications should be submitted with supporting documentation by the regular application deadline. The 2019-2020 Mannes Prep Financial Aid Application will be available in early February.

    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 mannesprep@newschool.edu.

  • Take The Next Step

Submit your application


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Undergraduate Adult Learners

To apply to any of our Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students and Parsons Associate of Applied Science programs, complete and submit the New School Online Application.


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