Precollege is Manhattan School of Music's Saturday program for talented students aged 5-18.
– 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.
The Scholarship Application is not mandatory, but is required if you would like to be considered for any financial assistance. Scholarship is need-based and merit-driven. Scholarship is not available for new incoming students who are in their senior year of high school. The Scholarship Application is available to applicants on the status page of the submitted online application.
The objective is to demonstrate the applicant’s level of proficiency, both musically and technically. Memorization is required for all students, with the exception of woodwinds and brass. Accompanists will be provided for voice and violin auditions only. All other students may bring an accompanist, but it is not required. The decision of the adjudicating judges is final. Applicants will be asked to perform the following:
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.
Auditions for entrance in the fall of 2018 will be held on Saturday, May 19, 2018. Classical callback auditions will be held on Saturday, June 2, 2018.
The objective is to demonstrate the applicant’s level of proficiency, both musically and technically. Memorization is required for all students. The decision of the adjudicating judges is final. Applicants will be asked to perform the following:
Prepared selection: Charlie Parker’s “Billie’s Bounce” — medium tempo with standard or alternate chord changes. Include at least three choruses of improvisation. Accompanists will be provided. Download music in a printable PDF format:
Billie’s Bounce in C
Billie’s Bounce in Bb
Billie’s Bounce in Eb
Improvisation: Play a jazz classic or standard song in any jazz style. You must include at least three choruses of improvisation. The selection is your choice, and composers to consider are Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Chick Corea, Pat Metheny, Herbie Hancock, George Gershwin, Tito Puente, Wayne Shorter, etc. Accompanists will be provided.
Scales: Concert B-flat and F major. Play scales to highest possible range up and down. Tempo: quarter-note=60 and quarter-note=120. Play one scale staccato and one scale legato.
Billie’s Bounce in C (Treble Clef)
Billie’s Bounce in C (Bass Clef)
BASS ONLY: WALK at least two choruses of “Billie’s Bounce” as well as improvise.
Chords: Demonstrate all basic chords: major, minor, etc.
Improvisation: Play a jazz classic or standard song in any jazz style. You must include at least three choruses of improvisation. Accompanists will be provided.
Comping (GUITAR): Demonstrate comping: Rhythm guitar style and standard regular comping.
Play jazz time: slow, medium, fast on two choruses of 12-bar blues form. Accompanists will be provided.
Demonstrate time in: waltz, rock, Latin, ballad, and brushes. Play on song forms (2 choruses) or vamps (at least 2 minutes each style).
SOLO (improvisation): different styles: jazz, rock, waltz, Latin, and in all tempos.
Play the “Billie’s Bounce” blues choruses: 2 choruses of time, 2 choruses of trading 4s, 2 choruses of solo, repeat chorus of time. Accompanists will be provided. Download music in a printable PDF format:
Billie’s Bounce in C
Demonstrate on Latin instruments, if possible, including bongos and conga.
Prescreening materials are required from the following Precollege applicants by April 1:
More information regarding prescreening requirements can be found by registering on the admissions portal.
Auditions for entrance in the fall of 2018 will be held on Saturday, May 19, 2018. There are no jazz callback auditions.
Chamber Music (for pianists only)
Chamber Music auditions are for assessing sight reading ability.
Senior Select Chorus
Students auditioning for Senior Select Chorus will be asked to sing in a group choral setting at the time of their audition, which will entail some sight-reading. In addition, the student should bring a prepared vocal piece which may be heard at the discretion of the choral directors in attendance. Placement in a chorus is determined by ability and age.
Orchestra auditions are held separately from primary instrument auditions. Assignments to orchestras are made by the Precollege Administration in consultation with conductors, and are based on audition and availability of positions in the orchestra. The placement decision is final.
Vocal Ensembles (Opera Workshop and Musical Theatre)
Students auditioning for a vocal ensemble will be asked to sing two contrasting pieces at the time of their auditions. The objective is to demonstrate the applicant’s level of proficiency, both musically and technically, in singing standard repertoire. Students will be placed by audition. A placement is not guaranteed.
International students should audition in person. If you are unable to audition in person, please contact the Administrative Director, Tiffany Bizup, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To be eligible for a student visa, applicants must have a sponsor/guardian residing in the United States, who in addition to assuring financial support, must also make the necessary arrangements for enrollment in an academic school for general education. It is the academic school that issues the necessary documents for the student visa. To facilitate the processing, the Precollege Division must be provided with the name and address of the sponsor/guardian prior to registration.
Prospective students who are not citizens or residents of the United States must submit the following:
Foreign applicants are required to submit an I-20 Form to the United States consulate in their country in order to receive a student visa. Only full-time schools (those that meet Monday through Friday) can issue the I-20 Form. The Manhattan School of Music Precollege Division offers music subjects exclusively and meets on Saturdays only. Therefore, it cannot issue the I-20 Form.
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