Application, Dates, & Deadlines

In order to be admitted to Manhattan School of Music (MSM), applicants must submit an online application and audition in-person for MSM faculty. Selected programs require prescreening materials before an invitation will be extended for an in-person audition.Please note: The conservatory is not for beginning students on any instrument.Manhattan School of Music admits students of any race, color, nationality, or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the School. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, national or ethnic origin, marital status, citizenship or veteran status, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and other school-administered programs.

Application Checklist

In the list below you'll find information about all the steps involved in applying to MSM. Clicking on a link takes you to the specific information section on this page. Questions? Please email us at online application will include the following materials:

The following materials are uploaded to the Status Page within your application after payment of the application fee:

Online Application

The online application for Fall 2018 is now available! Click here to apply.

If you are a current or former MSM student, please click here for details about your application process.

[Back to Top]

Prescreening Videos

To find out if your instrument is prescreened and to see the requirements for your instrument, please click here. Singers and instrumentalists will need to upload videos; composers will need to convert their audio files to video files and submit them along with PDFs of the accompanying scores. Prescreening is uploaded directly to your application.

Current MSM students and Precollege students who are applying directly to another MSM program are exempt from submitting prescreening videos.(Please note: This excludes MSM students applying OP Flute or DMA Piano, and it excludes Precollege students applying to Classical Voice. You will still have to submit prescreening as applicants to these majors.)

[Back to Top]


We ask that you upload unofficial transcripts to the online application for the initial phase of the admission process. You may also mail a copy of your transcripts to our office. Official transcripts are only required after admission decisions are issued. If you are offered admission, you will be required to provide sealed official and final transcripts with proof of degree or diploma that lists your degree and date of graduation. International students and students who have studied abroad must provide an official translation of all non-English documents. 

Bachelor of Music:

Please submit transcripts from your current high school as well as any other high schools you have attended. We do not require the SAT/ACT. AP/IB scores are also not required, but if you have them, we’ll be happy to add them to your file. If you are a homeschooled student or a transfer student, please click here to learn about our transcript requirements.

Master of Music, Professional Studies Certificate, Doctor of Musical Arts:

Please list all high schools and colleges that you have attended; however, you only need to submit transcripts from your current college as well as any other colleges you have attended. We do not require the GRE or any other tests for graduate or post-graduate studies.

[Back to Top]


We ask that all applicants have a minimum GPA of a 3.0 or its equivalent. 

[Back to Top]


In our online application, please provide us with your résumé/CV to your intended area of study. Your résumé should include: academic study (institutions, date and degrees awarded), applied/private study (e.g. subjects, with whom, dates, where), performance experience, awards, distinctions, festivals, and summer programs.

[Back to Top]


While your audition and music credentials give us an understanding of you as a musician, we'd like to get to know you a little more outside of your musical life. You should have fun with your answer, be creative, and show us the real you! Please find this year's essay prompt below. The essay should be about 500 words and it will be a requirement on your application checklist once you have submitted your online application. Please do not mail us a copy of your essay.

      Essay Prompt: If you could be any fictional character (from a novel, movie, comic book, TV show), who would you be and why?  

[Back to Top]

Recommendation Letters

All applicants are required to submit letters of recommendation. Recommendation letters must be received by February 1st. You will be asked to supply your recommender’s name and email address while you are filling out your online application. Once you submit your application, your recommender will receive an email asking him or her to write a letter on your behalf that will load directly to your application. Your recommender may also mail us their recommendation. 

Bachelor of Music:          

                One letter from the current teacher of your primary instrument

                One letter from your guidance counselor or an academic teacher

Master of Music, Professional Studies Certificate, Artist Diploma:

                One letter from the current teacher of your primary instrument

                One letter from another musical reference

Doctor of Musical Arts:

Three letters from recommenders of your choosing

[Back to Top]

ZeeMee Profile (Optional)

Introducing ZeeMee: In an effort to get-to-know our applicants, Manhattan School of Music has partnered with ZeeMee, a free service that helps students bring their application to life. As part of a holistic review, we are committed to learning about the person behind the application. If you join the ZeeMee community of likeminded applicants, we invite you to copy and paste your Zeemee link into your Manhattan School of Music application. You can learn more and sign up at Please note, submitting a ZeeMee profile is completely optional and evaluation of your admissions application is not dependent upon a membership with Zeemee.

[Back to Top]

Application Fee

When you are ready to submit your application, you will be asked to pay a $125 non-refundable application fee. Current MSM students and Precollege students pay a reduced fee of $50. Late applicants must be approved by the Admissions Office and there will be an additional $25 late fee.

[Back to Top]

Dates and Deadlines

December 1, 2017

Deadline for Application
Deadline for Prescreening Videos (if applicable)

February 1, 2018

Deadline for all​​ supplemental materials: essay, artistic resume,
repertoire studied, letters of recommendation, academic
writing sample (for DMA applicants only).
All of the above are uploaded to the Applicant Status Page.

February 15, 2018

Deadline to submit recorded auditions
Find out about eligibility
Deadline for Financial Aid documents

Feb. 23–March 2, 2018

Audition Week at MSM

April 1, 2018

Admissions decisions will be available

April 15, 2018 – Graduate

Deadline for accepted students to respond to admissions offer

May 1, 2018 – Undergraduate

Deadline for accepted students to respond to admissions offer

Final Deadline for Application Final Deadline for prescreening recordings