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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.

Application Timeline

Application Timeline

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

Application Fee

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.

Evaluation Criteria
When reviewing video auditions, MAP faculty will evaluate applicants on the following:

  • Tone / sound quality
  • Pitch (intonation)
  • Technique
  • 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, you must submit a video that includes scales and two contrasting solos or etudes of your choice at or above the level of Suzuki Book 3. (Sample Repertoire: J.S. Bach Prelude in G Major (from Cello Suite No. 1); R. Vaughan Williams Fantasia on Greensleeves; Vivaldi Concerto in D Minor, movements 1 or 3; Telemann Concerto in G Major.) 

Please perform the requirements in the order listed below as one “take”; do not stop recording between each requirement.

Introduce each requirement before you play it, i.e. “My first solo is the Telemann Concerto in G Major” [play solo]. 

Audition Repertoire

1. State your name, your age, and how long you’ve been playing your instrument.

2. Play 2-4 minutes of first selected piece.  

3. Play 1-3 minutes of contrasting selected piece. 

4. Play 3 octave* major scale of your choice at moderately fast tempo.  

5. Play 3 octave* melodic minor scale of your choice at speed of your choice.  

*If you do not have 3 octaves, please play scales the way you have prepared them with your private instructor or teacher.


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.