Prescreening & Audition Procedures

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Information for prospective piano students applying to Manhattan School of Music.

Piano Prescreening Requirements

Piano applicants are required to submit a video recording for prescreening purposes for consideration for an invitation to a live audition in New York City. The recording must include all of the repertoire as listed below. Prescreening recordings must be uploaded directly to your application. It is not required that the format be a professional or studio recording, but the sound quality should be as good as possible. All recordings must be unedited and all works must be performed from memory.

Piano Audition Requirements

Bachelor’s and Master’s auditions are approximately 10 minutes in length, Professional Studies auditions are approximately 15 minutes, and Doctoral and Artist Diploma auditions are approximately 20 minutes in length. Each applicant chooses their first work and the faculty will choose additional works from the audition repertoire list provided by the applicant.

Applicants must perform all works from memory. Applicants may choose to include selections from their prescreening submissions in the audition.




Visit our General Audition Information page to learn about:

  • Audition dates
  • Accompanists
  • Recorded auditions
  • Admissions results