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  • Prepare for Your Mannes Degree with ESL + Music

    The ESL + Music program is designed to help students develop their English language skills before beginning a degree or diploma program at Mannes. Students study music with members of the Mannes faculty while improving their English language skills in order to qualify for degree programs. Visit the Center for English Language Studies website for more information about its programs and resources. 

    Program Features

    • Private music lessons with a Mannes faculty member
    • Intensive English language study — speaking and listening, grammar, reading, and academic writing
    • F1 student visa eligibility based on full-time student status

    The ESL + Music program fulfills the English language proficiency requirement for beginning study at Mannes. Most students take one or two semesters of ESL + Music before beginning their degree. 

    ESL + Music students are eligible to live in university housing and have access to other services and academic resources at The New School, including health services, an email account, practice rooms, library and computing services, tutoring, and free admission to Mannes concerts and recitals and other university events.

    Fall 2022 Semester
    In fall 2022, the format of the ESL+ program will be fully in person. Classes will take place on the New School campus Monday through Thursday. Fall ESL+ certificate programs will start on Monday, September 12, and end on Tuesday, December 18.

      GrammarMonday and Wednesday9:00 a.m.-11:40 a.m. EST
      WritingTuesday and Thursday9:00 a.m.-11:40 a.m. EST
      Listening and SpeakingMonday and Wednesday1:50-3:40 p.m. EST
      ReadingTuesday and Thursday1:50-3:40 p.m. EST

      Tuition Deposit

      Submit your tuition deposit as soon as possible at to confirm your intention to enroll.

      Students are encouraged to confirm attendance as soon as possible so that they can begin the F1 visa/I-20 application process.

      Fees and tuition are due before the start of ESL + Music lessons.

      Housing application forms and fees are separate. Qualified students will be given information about applying for student housing.

    • Contact Us

      Admission Contact
      College of Performing Arts
      Office of Admission
      55 West 13th Street
      New York, NY 10011
      212.229.5150 or 800.292.3040
      [email protected]
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