Frequently Asked Questions


How are students selected for the program?
Students are selected on the basis of an application, audition, and interview. 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, or piano 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 at the time of their audition (entering third through ninth grade in the fall of the academic year for which they are applying).

What instruments/concentrations does MAP offer?
MAP offers concentrations in most instruments of the band and orchestra, as well as composition. If you do not see your child's instrument listed on the Application for Admission, please contact the Office of Community Engagement at map@juilliard.edu before applying. MAP does not offer a concentration in voice.

Can students apply for more than one concentration?
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 violin, cello, or piano). In addition to those two instruments, a student may also apply for a concentration in composition (all composition applicants must play an instrument and have some experience composing music). Students will be scheduled for a separate audition for 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. For further information on tuition, financial aid, and fees, please visit the Tuition & Financial Aid page.

  • 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 assistance. 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 following academic year generally take place on the second Saturday of May. For upcoming audition date(s), click here.

Click here to view the 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 4:00 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 and concert dates, please contact the Office of Community Engagement by sending an email to map@juilliard.edu. 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, ages 4-10, of MAP students. 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.


Related Links

Visit the Outreach Programs section of the site for details about Juilliard's other community-oriented programs

For information on other programs for children and teenagers at Juilliard, see the Pre-College Division section

Related Links

Visit the Outreach Programs section of the site for details about Juilliard's other community-oriented programs

For information on other programs for children and teenagers at Juilliard, see the Pre-College Division section