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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.

    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.

    Summer 2021 Semester (Online)

    The summer term runs from June 7 to August 13. 

    Instructors will provide:

    • Individualized feedback on your speaking, listening, reading, writing and grammar
    • Video conferences in one-on-one or small group sessions 
    • Regular communication throughout the course when you need help or have a question
    GrammarMonday 9:00-11:30 a.m. EST
    WritingTuesday9:00-11:30 a.m. EST
    Listening and Speaking Wednesday9:00-11:30 a.m. EST
    ReadingThursday9:00-11:30 a.m. EST

    Fall 2021 Semester

    Fall 2021 will include in-person sessions on Friday; students can study in New York City or in their home country. Fall ESL+ Certificate programs will start on Monday, September 13, and end on Tuesday, December 7, 2021.

    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
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