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  • 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. The application deadline is extended until all spots are filled for each instrument. Please review these tips for selecting a teacher at Mannes Prep. If you have any questions, please contact mannesprep@newschool.edu.

    Spring 2024 Applications

    Mannes Prep will be holding end-of-semester large ensemble concerts on Saturday, December 16. Prospective spring students are encouraged to attend a concert and stay for an info session.

    Sign up here.

    10:30–11:30 a.m. String, Concert, and Chamber Orchestra Concert
    2:00–3:00 p.m. Junior, Intermediate, and Senior Chorus Concert
    5:30–7:00 p.m. Jazz Ensemble and Philharmonic Orchestra Concert

    Info sessions at 12:00 noon and 3:30p.m. 

    Cost-of-attendance information is available on the Mannes Prep Tuition and Fees Sheet.

    Need-based financial aid is available. 

    View the Mannes Prep AY23-24 Academic Calendar.

      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

      • Beginners with no 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 basic snare solo of their choice. 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.

      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.

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

    • Contact Mannes Prep

      55 West 13th Street
      New York, NY 10011
      646.909.3855
      MannesPrep@newschool.edu

      Caroline Sonett-Assor, Director of Mannes Prep: csonett@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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