About this Program
The Music Advancement Program (MAP) offers a comprehensive curriculum of music instruction to intermediate and advanced level students ages 8-17. Classes take place 8:30am-5:00pm on Saturdays, September through May.
The Music Advancement Program selects students based on a competitive application, audition, and interview process. The online application for the upcoming academic year is made available in January and must be completed by the posted deadline in April. Auditions are held at The Juilliard School in May. Accepted students begin their studies in September. MAP does not accept students mid-year.
Admitted students may participate in MAP for up to four years or through their senior year of high school, whichever occurs first. The Music Advancement Program accepts approximately 20 new students each year for a total of 70 enrolled students.
Admission policies and audition requirements are subject to change by program administration at any time. Please check this website for the most up-to-date information before submitting your application and preparing for your audition.
Applicants must be 8-17 years old at the time of the audition, have at least two years experience playing their instrument, and reside within the tristate area (NY, NJ, CT). They must have reached an intermediate to advanced level on their instrument, exhibit a high level of musical potential and motivation, and demonstrate strong parental support.
The Juilliard School has an ongoing commitment to the principles and practices of inclusiveness and strongly encourages applications from students of diverse backgrounds.
Criteria for Acceptance
The Music Advancement Program selects students based on a competitive application, audition, and interview process. The most important factors are the results of the student's audition and his or her commitment to serious musical study.
For applications submitted in the spring:
|Online application available||January 2021|
|Application deadline||April 1, 2021 (extended to May 1 for bassoon, bass trombone, clarinet, double bass, horn, oboe, percussion, trombone, tuba, viola)|
|Deadline to upload recorded video audition||May 15, 2021|
|Callback interviews via Zoom||Late May / June 2021 (TBC)|
For applications submitted after July 1 (bassoon, flute, horn, percussion, and tuba only):
NOTE: Applicants who applied in spring 2021 and received an admissions decision in June are not eligible to submit another application until spring 2022.
|Online application available||July 1, 2021|
|Application deadline, including recorded video audition||July 14, 2021|
|Callback interviews via Zoom||Late July 2021|
Application Fee & Waivers
There is no application fee for MAP.
Your Application Materials
Your Online Application
The application for the Music Advancement Program (MAP) 2021-2022 academic year will be available in January 2021. For questions, please email [email protected]
Important: Each applicant must create a separate application account. DO NOT create applications for multiple individuals, such as siblings, under the same account. It is most helpful if each sibling's account is created using a separate email address.
TIP: When creating an account for a second or third applicant, it is recommended that you open a "Private" or "Incognito" window in your browser. This will prevent the browser from automatically logging you into the account you've already created. For help setting your browser to Private or Incognito mode, click here.
Scholarship & Financial Aid Forms
Following auditions, the Application for Financial Aid will be provided to families who are invited to a callback audition and interview. The financial aid application and all required financial documents (tax form 1040 and proof of public assistance, if applicable) must be submitted by the date of the applicant’s callback.
Auditioning for Juilliard
Video Audition Requirements
Auditions for MAP 2021-22 will take place remotely. Applicants who pass the prescreening round (flute, violin, and composition), as well as applicants for all other majors, will be required to upload a recorded video audition on the status page of their application by the appropriate deadline.
- Please submit one video file containing all audition repertoire requirements in the order they are listed, played one after the other in one “take”; do not stop recording between requirements.
- Introduce each requirement before you play it, i.e. “G major scale” [play scale].
- Applicants are not permitted to use an accompanist for video auditions.
- Though not required, applicants may perform their audition from memory if desired.
- The file name of the audition video should include the applicant's first and last names.
- Complete your upload well in advance of the appropriate deadline, as upload times vary depending on file size and internet signal strength.
- Insufficient or incomplete video auditions may affect consideration for admission.
- Professionally-produced videos are not required. A smartphone, tablet, or similar device can make an acceptable video. For tips on creating a video that best reflects you and your playing, check out MAP's Video Audition Guide.
- Recordings must be genuinely performed by you.
- All videos must be submitted unedited; do not add any effects such as “reverb”.
- Review your recording before uploading to ensure that it is of good quality and represents your best work to date.
Please note that audition materials become the property of The Juilliard School and will not be returned. We encourage you to keep copies for your records.
When reviewing video auditions, MAP faculty will evaluate applicants on the following:
- Tone / sound quality
- Pitch (intonation)
- Rhythmic accuracy
- Phrasing and expression
Questions & Help
- Don't have a smartphone or other recording device? Consider asking a teacher, friend, family member, or your school if they have one you can borrow.
- If you do not currently have access to an instrument or a recording device, or have any other questions or concerns regarding the MAP audition process, please email the MAP office at [email protected].
Video Audition Type
You are required to upload your files in a Video format. Acceptable file types include:
- .avi, .flv, .m1v, .m2v, .m4v, .mkv, .mov, .mpeg, .mpg, .mp4, .webm, .wmv
Please note that some .mov files use a codec which is not supported by the application. To avoid uploading difficulties, we recommend that .mov files be converted to another accepted format (.avi, .flv, .m1v, .m2v, .m4v, .mkv, .mov, .mpeg, .mpg, .mp4, .webm, .wmv).
Video Audition Repertoire
For your recorded video audition, please perform the requirements below as one “take” in the order they are listed; do not stop recording between each requirement.
Introduce each requirement before you play it, i.e. “C major scale” [play scale].
1. Scales: Play the following scales in quarter notes, one octave, quarter note = 88 bpm:
- C major
- A major
- Eb major
2. Solo Pieces: Play two contrasting pieces of your choice. For example, choose something that demonstrates your articulation and something that demonstrates your lyrical playing. Pieces should be no more than 3 minutes long (they may be shorter). For pieces longer than 3 minutes, please play an excerpt that is no more than 3 minutes long.
3. Sight-Reading: You will receive a short piece of sight-reading via email one week before the submission date. Please perform this in your video.
4. Tell Us About Yourself: After recording your scales, solo pieces, and sight-reading, tell us about your favorite music and who your favorite trumpet player is.
Callbacks for MAP 2021-22 will take place via Zoom. Once recorded video auditions have been reviewed by the MAP faculty, applicants who pass the audition round will receive further instructions about scheduling their callbacks, which will include interviews with both the applicant and their parent(s). An interview does not guarantee admittance to the program.
Decisions & Enrolling
All applicants will be notified of their admission status by the end of June (mid-August for summer applicants on select instruments).
Please note that all communication related to the admissions process is conducted through the online application account, including the decision letter. It is vital for applicants to save their username and password information.