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About This Program

Give your child a warm and supportive environment in which to grow as a musician and make friends for life. Mannes Prep welcomes students ages 4–18 at all levels of proficiency and individually tailors each student’s curriculum. A personal continuing interest in the musical growth of each student is central to the spirit of Mannes Prep. Under the direction of award-winning faculty, young students at all levels and of all backgrounds flourish in performance ensembles, through individual instruction, and in music theory courses. Programs available include one for the very young (ages 4–6), the junior program (grades 1–4), the pre-senior program (grades 5–8), and the senior program (grades 9–12).

Mannes Prep welcomes students ages 4-18 (pre-K through high school) at all levels, from absolute beginners through advanced students aspiring to professional careers. Each student's curriculum is individually tailored to include age- and level-appropriate class and ensemble assignments. Under the direction of a faculty dedicated to creating a feeling of community, students learn to encourage one another to reach their full potential.

Our course of study, designed as a full school year (fall and spring terms), is built on three key elements:

  • Private lessons with our distinguished faculty

  • Theory and ear training classes in Mannes’ state-of-the-art facilities

  • Performance opportunities in our orchestras, choruses, and many smaller chamber ensembles

Students also have the opportunity to pursue exciting electives including chamber music, composition, film scoring, electronic music, conducting, music history, world music, jazz ensemble, and more.


Program for the Very Young
Ages 4–6
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Junior Program
Grades 1–4
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Pre-Senior Program
Grades 5–8
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Senior Program
Grades 9–12
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Program Details

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 passing a faculty audition and a music theory placement test. 

Application deadline for fall 2020 auditions is May 1, 2020. Apply online here.

Audition Dates: Fall 2020 Auditions

Saturday, May 16 — Strings, Guitar, Piano, and Program for the Very Young

Sunday, May 17 — Voice, Winds, Brass, Percussion, and Composition

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 they are welcome to bring their own if they 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 students to get to know one another and determine the right fit, so no prepared performance is required. 

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

Financial aid is available, and completed 2019-2020 Mannes Prep Financial Aid Applications should be submitted with supporting documentation by the regular application deadline. 

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

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