Precollege Admissions

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MSM Precollege is a Saturday program for young musicians aged 5-18.

Information regarding applying to Precollege:

  • Submit an application by following the “Apply Now” link below.
  • Every student who wishes to enroll in the Precollege Division must perform an entrance audition before a panel of faculty.
  • The applicant must also take theory, ear training, and dictation placement tests, as well as placement auditions for ensembles. These tests are a mandatory component of the audition process.

Secondary Instrument

A student who wishes to study a secondary instrument at the Precollege Division must apply and audition on the secondary instrument. Students studying a secondary instrument are required to take juries and to maintain musical standards similar to those required of students studying a primary instrument.

Audition Date

Auditions for entrance in the fall of 2021 will be held in May/June 2021.

  • The current pandemic situation has impacted our world significantly, and Manhattan School of Music has made the decision to have this year’s Precollege auditions take place via recorded video audition.  Recorded video auditions will be due May 17, 2021.
  • Virtual classical callback auditions will be held on Saturday, June 5, 2021.
  • There are no jazz callback auditions.


  • April 15 – Preferred Deadline – $75 application fee
  • After April 15 – $125 application fee – applications are considered on a case-by-case basis

Please Note:

  • The Precollege Division is not for beginning students on any instrument.
  • All students attending the Precollege Division must study with a Precollege Division Faculty Member exclusively.