Thank you for your interest in Mannes Prep at The New School!
*Applications are currently being accepted for the Fall 2023 semester. Priority Deadline is April 15.*
5/18: Applications are still being accepted on all instruments, for all programs.

At Mannes Prep, young musicians flourish together in a welcoming musical environment.

Our nurturing educators create a personalized learning path of one-on-one lessons, large-ensemble performance, music theory and ear training classes, and electives that take emerging talent to the next level. Inspired by the power of music to spark personal and creative growth, the Mannes community dedicates itself to helping students develop a lifelong love of music. Mannes Prep draws on the benefits of its celebrated home—Mannes School of Music—with its hundred-year history of cultivating talent, innovation, and creative community.

Please complete the following form to submit your application. We look forward to learning more about you!
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Application Process
♪  Students ages 4-18 who wish to apply to Mannes Prep must complete and submit this online application form. The application will incur a non-refundable $75 fee. After submitting the online application and paying your application fee, the Mannes Prep team will follow up with your interview date and time. The interview will be conducted with Mannes Prep faculty and staff via Zoom to get to know the applicant, talk about program offerings, and answer any questions you may have. Interviews will start the week of May 1st. 
♪  Students are admitted after completing their faculty interview and submitting a placement video. Your placement video submission is used for faculty to have a better understanding of where you are in your musical development, and for teacher placement, and will have no bearing on your admission to Mannes Prep. If you are new to your instrument, you will be exempt from submitting a placement video. If you're applying as a composer, you will be required to submit two recent scores from your past compositions. Composers are welcome but not required to submit any recordings you may have of your compositions.

♪  Shortly after your interview, you will be invited to participate in our virtual theory and ear training placement testing. Our virtual testing is housed in Canvas and will consist of a written test and a brief ear training video. Please note that these placement tests have no bearing on admission to the program but are crucial to ensuring your success in your classwork. Our placement tests are cumulative, so the more experience you have with theory and ear training, the longer it will take. Please complete both the written portion and ear training video. If a placement test is not submitted, you will automatically be placed in introductory level theory and ear training classes for your respective program.
Students applying for our Program for the Very Young (Pre-Kindergarten & Kindergarten) and Junior Program applicants in 1st grade are exempt from theory placement testing and will not receive an emailed invitation.

♪  Current Mannes Prep students should not use this application to re-register. If you are a current student, a form for registration will be sent out in March, due May 1. 

♪  This application is due by April 15, 2023 for Fall 2023 enrollment. After April 15th applications will be accepted on a rolling basis based on instrument need.
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