Welcome to the Precollege

The Precollege Division of Manhattan School of Music is a full-day Saturday music program for students between the ages of 5 and 18. Students are admitted by audition only. There are currently about 475 students enrolled in the Precollege Division, and approximately 140 faculty members.

In addition to a complete classical music curriculum, there is a jazz curriculum of the Precollege Division, in which classical students can take classes in jazz by audition only. Visit our Precollege Jazz Program for more information

Each student receives a weekly private lesson and augments their studies with classes such as theory and ear training, orchestra, chorus, composition, conducting, and chamber music groups. There are chamber music and concerto competitions every year, with winners performing in a public concert. Performances are scheduled throughout the year in our various recital halls as well as in the main auditorium.

MSM Precollege Philharmonic Orchestra rehearsing Elgar’s Enigma Variations (Variations on an Original Theme), conducted by Jonathan Strasser, for their debut at the legendary Carnegie Hall on Tuesday April 12, 2016.

MSM Precollege Jazz on the Manhattan School of Music's YouTube Channel


General inquiries

917-493-4999 (phone & fax)

Meet the Team

Kelly Sawatsky

Dean of the Precollege

Tiffany Bizup

Administrative Director

Amanda Diaz

Performance Coordinator

Priscilla Kim

Administrative Assistant