MSM Summer

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MSM’s summer program for young musicians age 8-17, to develop their talents, build friendships, and have fun!

About MSM Summer

MSM Summer provides instruction and performance experience in instrumental music, voice, and composition for students ages 8-17 in a dynamic conservatory setting.  Students develop their musical skills and join a vibrant community of young musicians.

MSM Summer is a single focus music day program. Housing accommodations are not provided.

MSM Summer 2020 dates & rates:

Programs run Monday-Friday from 9am-4pm.


  • Musical Theater: July 6 – July 31; $3,700
  • Instrumental, Composition, & Jazz Voice: July 13 – July 31; $2,850
  • New for 2020!  Optional after-hours (4pm-5:30): July 13 – July 31;  $175 per week

All auditions are by video submission only.

MSM Summer 2020 Audition Requirements

MSM Summer 2020 applications are now available!

Click HERE to apply!

Financial aid materials are available upon receipt of your completed application.


What Participants Will Experience

Classical instrumentalists participate in various large and small ensembles, including orchestra, sectionals, studio classes, small ensembles, and an array of chamber groups.

Classical pianists participate in a diverse assortment of classes, including piano repertoire class, studio class, 4-hand piano, and a variety of chamber groups. An emphasis is placed on sight-reading, as well as opportunities to perform with other students.

Jazz instrumentalists and jazz vocalists participate in various large and small ensembles including jazz band, Latin jazz band, R&B ensemble, and various combos. All jazz students take classes in jazz theory, jazz history, and improvisation.

The musical theater curriculum includes acting, vocal coaching, and audition techniques. Singers develop their vocal skills and dramatic interpretation, as well as gain valuable performance experience, as they rehearse and prepare for the summer’s culminating musical theater productions. Performances are fully staged with sets and costumes.

Composition majors participate in small group forums where they explore various topics in contemporary composition. Students will compose a new work that will be performed and recorded during the program, offering them a genuine experience as a composer.

All students have a private lesson each week with a MSM Summer faculty member and take a daily music theory and/or ear training class. Performance opportunities take place throughout the summer in Manhattan School of Music’s state-of-the-art performance venues.

After-hours (New for 2020! We are pleased to offer optional after-hours supervision from 4pm-5:30pm for the weeks of July 13, July 20, and July 27. Students can use Manhattan School of Music’s facility to practice or spend time with friends in quiet activities. Students will be supervised at all times by a MSM Summer staff member. Snack will be provided.

Support for MSM Summer is provided by The ASCAP Foundation’s Irving Caesar Fund, National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, New York City Council – Councilman Mark Levine, Ken and Mari Share, the Hemingway Foundation, and other generous donors.


Some images of recent students and events at MSM Summer!