How are students selected for the program?
Students are selected on the basis of an application, an audition, and parent and student interviews. The most important factors are the results of the student's audition and his or her commitment to serious musical study.
Can a student apply for MAP if they have never played an instrument?
No. MAP offers courses for students who play at an intermediate to advanced level only. Applicants must have played their instrument for at least two years in order to apply.*
*Students auditioning on violin, cello, piano, or guitar must have played for at least three years.
Do students have to attend an N.Y.C. public school or live in N.Y.C. to apply to MAP?
No. Any student who resides in the tristate area (NY, NJ, CT) who has played their instrument for at least two years may apply to MAP. Applicants may attend any type of school, including public, private, charter, independent, or home schools.
Is there an age limit?
Yes. Students must be 8 to 14 years old (entering third through ninth grade in fall 2014) at the time of their audition. Auditions for the 2014-2015 academic year will take place on May 10, 2014.
Can students audition on any instrument?
Generally, yes. MAP offers instruction in most instruments of the band and orchestra, as well as piano and guitar. If you do not see your child's instrument listed on the Application for Admission, please contact the Office of Educational Outreach before applying. MAP does not offer instruction in voice.
Can students audition on more than one instrument?
A student can audition on up to two instruments, as long as the student has played each instrument for at least two years (three years for vioiln, cello, piano, or guitar). Students will be scheduled for a separate audition on each instrument and should prepare the appropriate audition requirements.
Do you have to own an instrument to be in MAP?
No. If students do not have access to an instrument, they may borrow an instrument (except piano) through MAP for the duration of their enrollment in the program.
How much does MAP cost?
Annual tuition per pupil is as follows:
- Level 1: $1,500
- Level 2: $2,500
- Level 3: $3,500
- Level 4: $4,500
Is financial aid available?
Yes, financial aid is available to families who apply for assitance. Following auditions, the Application for Financial Aid will be provided to families who are invited to an interview. In order to be considered for financial aid, the applicant must submit an Application for Financial Aid and copies of all required financial documents (tax form 1040 and all W-2's, or proof of public assistance). NOTE: For statistical purposes, all families invited to an interview will be required to submit financial information, regardless of consideration for financial aid.
When are MAP auditions and what should students play?
Auditions for the 2014-2015 school year will take place at The Juilliard School on Saturday, May 10, 2014.
Click here to view the 2014-2015 MAP Audition Requirements.
When are classes held?
MAP takes place every Saturday of the academic year (September through May), except on some major holidays/school breaks. Depending on their level and class schedule, MAP students attend classes for four to six hours between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
Once a student enrolls in MAP, is there a limit to how long he or she can participate in the program?
Yes. MAP students are placed in one of four levels when accepted to the program. Depending on the student's initial placement and subsequent growth and progress at each level, he or she may continue through Level 4. For example, a student admitted into Level 1 may expect to be in the program for approximately four years, while a student admitted into Level 3 may expect to attend MAP for approximately two years.
However, readmission to the program and advancement to the next level is not automatic. At the end of each year, all students must reapply and perform a jury before a panel of MAP faculty (similar to an audition). Readmission and advancement to the next level is contingent upon the student's committment to his or her studies, progress the previous year, and teacher's recommendation. Readmission is never guaranteed, and a student may be placed into the same level for more than one year. For more information on readmission to MAP, please review MAP's Academic Policies.
Are MAP performances open to the public?
Some MAP performances are open to the public. For a list of recital, concert, and interactive performance dates, please contact the Office of Educational Outreach by sending an email to [email protected]. Admission to all MAP performances is free.
What is the CLIMB program?
Combining Literacy Instruction with Musical Beginnings (CLIMB) provides two-hour classes at Juilliard each Saturday for siblings of MAP students. CLIMB students are grouped by age into three groups: 4-5, 6-7, and 8-10. Teachers stress phonics and reading comprehension, and provide a fun introduction to classical music and the arts using music vocabulary and hands-on activities. Families whose students are admitted into MAP may enroll siblings in CLIMB at the start of each semester. This program is offered to MAP families free-of-charge.