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  • Grades 1–4

    Private Instruction: 1/2 hour, 3/4 hour, or 1 hour (1/2 hour lessons are only available up to Grade 3)
    Techniques of Music: 1-hour class

    Workshops and Recitals

    Ensembles: String Orchestra, Concert Orchestra, or Junior Chorus

    Students grades 1-4 enter the Junior Program, designed to give the young musician a comprehensive grounding in music fundamentals as well as introducing more advanced topics. Techniques of Music courses include written theory and ear training and introduce works from the literature.

    Elementary Techniques of Music

    Students learn basic music material through movement, singing, and listening. Coordination, rhythmic awareness, and basic reading are emphasized during the first two years, and fundamentals of music theory and form are stressed in years three and four. Guided listening acquaints children with appropriate selections of significant literature and develops their listening skills.

    Intermediate Techniques of Music

    Students continue the work begun in the elementary courses, including more advanced sight-reading and melodic dictation. Harmony and species counterpoint are introduced. Listening is expanded to include longer selections. The emotional and expressive qualities of a work are discussed in addition to theoretical concepts. Intermediate courses include intensive reviews of previously learned materials in order to establish a firm foundation for musical growth.

  • New Student Application Process

    Interested students should complete the Mannes Prep Online Application and pay the nonrefundable application fee of $75. New students are admitted to Mannes Prep after an interview process, submission of a placement video, and completion of an online music theory placement test. Our fall 2021 Open House Weekend dates, as well as all placement video requirements, are listed below; The application deadline for our Fall 2021 Open House Weekend has been extended to May 1, 2021. 

    Open House Weekend

    Fall 2021 Interviews

    • Saturday, May 22 — Strings, Guitar, Piano, and Program for the Very Young
    • Sunday, May 23 — Voice, Winds, Brass, Percussion, and Composition

    Placement Video Information

    Length

    • Placement videos should be a maximum of ten minutes.
    • Shorter videos are welcome.
    • Please excerpt your pieces if they are longer than ten minutes — choose sections that best represent your playing to assist us in your placement.
    • Internal cuts within pieces are recommended.

    Content

    • Applicants will receive a Placement Video Submission form after submitting their application.
    • Beginners with no prior experience on any instrument are not required to submit a placement video.
    • Instrumentalists should prepare a placement video containing two contrasting pieces and a major or minor scale of their choosing. Accompanists are neither required nor provided.
    • Vocalists should prepare a placement video containing a vocalise of their choosing and two contrasting songs, one of which should be in English. Accompanists are neither required nor provided.
    • Composers should submit two scores of pieces they have written recently. Recordings are welcome but not required.
    • Percussionists should prepare a placement video containing repertoire excerpts for any instruments you play including repertoire for snare drum, mallet instruments, and timpani. Beginners and younger students should demonstrate what they can play on any of the above instruments.
      • Jazz drummers and drum set students should prepare a placement video that includes different styles and tempos, such as swing, jazz ballad (brushes), bossa nova and funk, in addition to preparing a rudimental snare solo of theirchoice. Beginners and younger students should demonstrate what they can play on any of these instruments.
      • All applicants take a music theory placement test to determine which theory class is best for them.
      • For young students who have not previously studied music, the interview process is a chance for the faculty and students to get to know one another and determine the right fit.
      • Cost-of-attendance information is available on the Mannes Prep Tuition & Fees Sheet.
      • Financial aid is available. Click here to submit your 2021-2022 Financial Aid application, due May 1.

      Continuing Students Renewal Process

      Returning students must renew by May 1 to ensure a place for the following year. Renewal instructions are emailed to families by the Prep office, and the process music must be completed and the nonrefundable tuition deposit paid by May 1. Course schedules are emailed to continuing students shortly before the start of classes.

      For more information about the admission or renewal process, please email us at mannesprep@newschool.edu.

    • 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
      performingarts@newschool.edu
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    Undergraduates

    To apply to any of our undergraduate programs (except the Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students and Parsons Associate of Applied Science programs) complete and submit the Common App online.

    Undergraduate Adult Learners

    To apply to any of our Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students and Parsons Associate of Applied Science programs, complete and submit the New School Online Application.

    Graduates

    To apply to any of our Master's, Doctoral, Professional Studies Diploma, and Graduate Certificate programs, complete and submit the New School Online Application.

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