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Manhattan School of Music's pre-conservatory training program for talented musicians aged 5 to 18, held on Saturdays during the school year.

MSM’s Precollege program gives talented students professional instruction and multiple performing opportunities in a supportive environment, as well as collaborative time spent with like-minded peers, many of whom become life-long friends and colleagues.

Students take part in either our Classical Program or our Jazz Program.

Instruction each Saturday throughout the school year includes a weekly private lesson and classes such as theory, ear training, composition, orchestra, chorus, and conducting. Students also take part in numerous performances held in our various recital halls.

Many graduates go on to attend world-class conservatories, Ivy League universities, and other prestigious institutions.

Precollege Virtual Events

We invite you to learn more about MSM Precollege during one of our Virtual Info Sessions. In these online events, you will hear from our Precollege Staff and have opportunity to ask questions.

Registration is now open! Visit the Precollege Virtual Events page to sign up.

Precollege Mission Statement

The mission of the Precollege is to enrich students’ lives and to nurture the next generation of professional musicians, arts and civic leaders, as well as future audience members and patrons of the arts. The established music curriculum supports those students wishing to enter a college music conservatory training program and also those pursuing higher education degrees in other areas. The goal of the Precollege is not only to provide comprehensive and rigorous music instruction; it is also to promote an atmosphere of warmth and support, one that encourages all students to achieve their greatest potential.

Success Stories

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  • Jun 29, 2023 Precollege
    MSM Precollege student Lauren A. Marchand wins Best Actress at the Jimmy Awards
  • Apr 27, 2023 Precollege
    MSM Precollege student Maggie Miao is a featured performer at a concert with the New York Chamber Players Orchestra
  • Apr 26, 2023 Precollege
    MSM Precollege student Madison Lee wins first prize with the 2023 Bravura Young Artists Concerto Competition

The MSM Precollege program encourages all students to achieve their potential, whether they wish to enter a music conservatory or pursue another higher education degree.

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