• New Student Application Process

    We are currently accepting applications for the 2018-2019 school year. 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 passing a faculty audition and a music theory placement test. The application deadline for fall 2018 has been extended to May 1, 2018.

    Audition Dates

      Fall 2018 Auditions

      • Saturday, May 19, 2018 - Strings, Guitar, Piano, and Program for the Very Young
      • Sunday, May 20, 2018 - Voice, Winds, Brass, Percussion, and Composition
      • The Mannes Prep office will reach out to families who have completed the full online application and paid the application fee in early May with a specific audition time and further details.

      Audition Information

      • String, Guitar, Woodwind, Brass, and Piano students with prior experience should prepare two contrasting pieces and a major and minor scale of their choice. Accompanists are neither required nor provided for instrumentalists, although you are welcome to bring your own if you wish.
      • Vocalists should prepare two contrasting songs, one of which should be in English. An accompanist will be provided.
      • Composers should bring two scores of pieces they have written. Recordings are welcome but not required.
      • All auditionees 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 audition is a chance for the faculty and student to get to know each other and determine the right fit, so no prepared performance is required.

      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