FAQs

Questions About Applications and Application Fees
Questions About Auditions and Audition Requirements
Questions About a Meal Plan
Questions About Our Residence Hall
Questions About Faculty Contact
Questions About Special Programs/Enrollment
Questions About Test Scores
Questions About Tuition and Cost of Attendance


Questions About Applications and Application Fees

Q: When is my application due?
A: The online application and prescreening deadline for Fall 2015 is December 1, 2014. Transcripts, Recommendation Letters and TOEFL scores are due by January 15, 2015.
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Q: Does Manhattan School of Music accept applications submitted after the deadline?
A: Late applications must be approved by the Office of Admissions and there will be a $25.00 U.S. late fee.
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Q: How much is the application fee?
A: The application fee is $125.00 U.S. ($50.00 for college alumni and current MSM college and Precollege students). There is no application fee for exchange students.
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Q: How do I pay the application fee?
A: The application fee is paid using your VISA, Mastercard, American Express, or Discover card as part of the online application for admission. Money orders, checks, and cash are not accepted.
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Q: Can I apply to more than one major/division (e.g., Classical Voice and Classical Piano or Classical Voice and Jazz Voice)?

You may apply to more than one major/division; the fee for each application is $125.00 U.S. Should you be accepted into both, you would need to select one in which to enroll.
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Questions About Auditions and Audition Requirements

Q: Where and when are Manhattan School of Music auditions held?
A: Auditions are held on campus in New York from February 27-March 6, 2015.
Visit the Audition Procedures page for more information.
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Q: Can I submit a recorded audition?
A: Though a live audition is always in the best interest of the applicant, the following applicants are eligible for recorded auditions:

·        Applicants residing outside of the continental United States

·        Applicants to the Conducting program

·        Applicants who play Cello, Tuba, Harp, or Double Bass,

·        Those applying for the Barnard/MSM Cross-Registration Program (except composers).

A recorded audition does not replace prescreening. If your major requires prescreening, you must submit prescreening videos in order to be considered for an audition.

Exceptions: The following majors must audition live. We cannot accept recorded auditions for applicants who are applying for Orchestral Performance, Composition, Accompanying, and all DoctoralPrograms. 

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Q: If I plan to submit a recorded audition, am I still required to submit a prescreening recording?
A: Yes. A recorded audition does not replace prescreening. If your major requires prescreening, you must submit prescreening videos in order to be considered for an audition.
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Q: Do I have to take any entrance exams when I audition?
A: Doctoral Program, Classical Composition, and Jazz Composition applicants are required to take entrance exams during auditions. All graduate (MM, PS, DMA) voice applicants will be required to complete a short diction assessment either before or after the audition. Jazz applicants for BM or MM must take a short theory test prior to their scheduled audition. Other placement and qualifying exams are given in the fall, prior to registration.
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Q: Where can I find out what I need to play at my audition?
A: Applicants can locate repertoire requirements by visiting the academic department page. Once there, applicants can click their department and navigate to the requirements of their intended major.
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Questions About a Meal Plan

Q: Does Manhattan School of Music have a meal plan?
A: Manhattan School of Music offers two meal plans, one for Andersen Hall residents and one for commuters. Residents for the 2014-2015 academic year can choose among 3 levels of Declining Meal Plans: Bronze ($1,250 per semester; $2,500 for the year), Silver ($1,750 per semester; $3,500 for the year), or Gold ($2,500 per semester; $5,000 for the year).  Commuters (all non-resident students) are required to purchase a $130 Declining Meal Plan each semester ($260 per academic year). Meal Plan funds are activated using a valid MSM ID card. This charge will be included on each tuition bill. Unspent dollars can be carried over from the Fall to the Spring, but any money left over in the Spring must be used up or else it is forfeited. Unused Meal Plan dollars are not credited back to the student. It is possible to add more funds to the Meal Plan account in increments of $50.
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Questions About Our Residence Hall

Q: Does Manhattan School of Music have a residence hall?
A: Yes. Andersen Residence Hall opened in the fall of 2001. The 19-story hall is adjacent to the academic building and contains student residential rooms, practice rooms, Wi-Fi, mailboxes, a lounge and outdoor patio, laundry, vending and an exercise room. It can house up to 380 students. The hall is staffed with a full-time professional residence life director and student resident assistants are located on every floor. Security coverage at the residence hall operates twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.

Visit our Residence Life page
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Q: Are Manhattan School of Music students required to live in the residence hall?
A: First- and second-year undergraduate students are required to live on campus, with freshmen sharing double rooms and sophomores having the option of living in a single room, as space allows. Upper-class students and graduate students may also apply for housing in the residence hall.
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Q: Does the residence hall have different floor designations?
A: Floor designations may be as follows:

Graduate students only
Undergraduate students only
Students over age 21 only
Female only

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Q: Does Manhattan School of Music provide assistance to upperclassmen/graduate students in locating housing?
A:The Office of Student Life provides information regarding alternative housing options.
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Q: How much does it cost to live in the residence hall?
A:The 2014-2015 academic year rates, per person, are as follows:

Economic Double: $8,425
Double: $$9,500
Economical Single: $11,500
Regular Single: $12,675

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Questions About Faculty Contact

Q: How do I choose a faculty member with whom to study?
A: Applicants complete the Teacher Preference Form as part of their online application, naming up to five preferred choices for a major teacher. Many students make this decision through a combination of advice from current teachers, knowledge of faculty reputation, and/or having an opportunity to take a lesson. Applicants may choose to leave this decision to the judgment of the dean of academics/dean of faculty who make every attempt to pair each student with an appropriate faculty member.
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Q: I would like to arrange a sample lesson with a faculty member. Can I do this?
A: Contact information is available on the Faculty Page. If you cannot find the faculty's contact information here, you may email the Office of Admissions to obtain the faculty member's email address. The Office of Admissions does not, however, have any information regarding faculty members' availability or schedule and is not able to set up sample lessons for prospective applicants.

Consultations or sample lessons are not required for application and audition at MSM. They do not bias faculty committees in deciding whether any individual student is admitted. Scheduling and fees, if any, are arranged privately between the faculty member and the applicant. MSM recommends a fee of no more than $100 for an initial consultation.
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Questions About Special Programs/Enrollment

Q: Do you have part-time/evening/continuing education programs?
A: Manhattan School of Music offers primarily full-time programs . Typically, classes are held during the normal business hours of Monday through Friday. Manhattan School of Music offers MSM Sunday, a program for adults and children wishing to take weekly lessons.
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Q: Do you have degree programs in audio recording, electronic music, or musical theater?
A: No. Degree programs are not available in these areas. Manhattan School of Music offers degrees in performance (instrumental and vocal, in classical, jazz and contemporary music), composition (classical and jazz), and vocal and instrumental accompanying.
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Q: I have heard about a the dual-degree program with Teachers College Columbia University. What is it?
A: Manhattan School of Music and Teachers College Columbia University offer a dual degree at the master's level. This accelerated program – designed to be completed in three years – gives the student a Master of Music from Manhattan School of Music and a Master of Arts in Education with New York State K-12 Music Teacher Certification from Teachers College, Columbia University. Read more about this program.
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Q: Do you have spring or midyear enrollment?
A: No. Enrollment at Manhattan School of Music, in any given academic year, is for entrance in the fall semester only.
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Q: Do you offer double majors?
A: No. Due to the intensive academic load required of each individual major, MSM does not offer the option of a double major. However, students may elect to take part-time lessons in a secondary discipline (note that the cost of these lessons is not included in the regular tuition fee).
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Questions About Test Scores

Q: Does Manhattan School of Music require SAT, ACT, or GRE scores?
A: Manhattan School of Music recommends undergraduate applicants to submit SAT/ACT scores, but they are not required. GRE scores are not required for graduate applicants. Applicants to the undergraduate degree program who are home-schooled are required to provide MSM with comprehensive transcripts and a high school diploma (or its equivalent; e.g. GED, TASC, HiSET).
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Q: Who is required to submit a TOEFL score?
A: All applicants whose first language is not English must submit a TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score from a test taken at least after April 1, 2013. The Office of Admissions MUST receive your official TOEFL results no later than January 15, 2015. An applicant's nationality or citizenship has no bearing on whether she or he is required to provide MSM with TOEFL scores.

Visit the International Students page
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Q: My first language is not English, and I am currently enrolled in a U.S. (or another English speaking) institution. May I be exempt from the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) requirement?
A: Applicants who have completed a full-time, 4-year degree program at an English-speaking college/university within one year of application may apply for a TOEFL Exemption within the online application. The submission of a TOEFL Exemption request does not guarantee exemption from the TOEFL requirement.

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Q: Will I be denied admission to Manhattan School of Music if my TOEFL score falls below the recommended/required minimum levels?
A: The minimum TOEFL score for Bachelor of Music, Master of Music, Professional Studies, and Artist Diploma is 79 iBT; for Doctor of Musical Arts, the minimum score is 100 iBT. There will also be an English Assessment administered during auditions. Results of the English Assessment are considered along with the applicant's TOEFL results. Applicants who meet a high level in all other standards of admission but who have a low TOEFL/Assessment score may be admitted with an additional Summer English Study (SES) requirement. An applicant may also be denied based on a low TOEFL/Assessment score.

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Questions About Tuition and Cost of Attendance

Q: What are the tuition/attendance costs at Manhattan School of Music?
A: Tuition at Manhattan School of Music for the 2014 - 2015 academic year is $37,250, while fees are $500. In addition, there are other direct and indirect costs, bringing the average student yearly budgets this year to between $46,680 and $57,350 for tuition, fees, room, board, music, personal/miscellaneous expenses, and transportation. Medical insurance is required for students who do not have proof of existing coverage.

Get details abut the cost of attendance
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