How to Apply

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Apply here to MSM's College programs; Precollege Saturday program (ages 5-18); or MSM Summer (ages 8-17).


Applications for academic year 2019-2020 at Manhattan School of Music are now available. They must be submitted by December 1, 2018. Please scroll down for more information about the application process.


Apply now for our Saturday program for students ages 5-18 for academic year 2018-2019. For more information about how to apply to Precollege and to learn more about the program, visit our Precollege pages on this site.

MSM Summer:

Apply now to our summer music program for students ages 8-17 for summer 2018. Deadline for application submissions: January 10, 2018. For more information visit our MSM Summer pages on this site.

Steps to follow for your College Application

When you click the Apply Now button, you’ll be asked to start an application for either Precollege or College. For College programs:

  1. Fill out your online application (including academic history and recommenders’ information)
  2. Submit prescreening videos (if required for your instrument) to qualify for an in-person audition
  3. Finalize and pay the application fee

Once you have submitted your application, you will be able to view an Application Checklist on your Status Portal, where you can submit the additional required materials (including Artistic Résumé, Personal Photo, Repertoire Studied, and Essay).

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.

What you’ll need to submit when you apply to our College programs:


College Admissions:

Important Dates:

December 1 Deadline for application and prescreening videos (if applicable)
February 1 Deadline to submit all supplemental materials
February 15 Deadline to submit financial aid materials
February 15 Deadline to submit recorded auditions
March 1–March 8 Auditions at MSM
April 1 Admissions decisions made available
April 15 GRADUATE deadline for accepted students to respond to admissions offer
May 1 UNDERGRADUATE deadline for accepted students to respond to admissions offer


“As a New York institution for almost 100 years, Manhattan School of Music plays an important role in one of the great musical cities of the world.”

President of Manhattan School of Music