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.
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.
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. Students who play the following instruments are especially encouraged to apply: bassoon, oboe, flute, clarinet, French horn, tuba, trumpet, trombone, percussion, viola, double bass, as well as students interested in MAP's specialization in composition.
*Students auditioning on violin or cello must have at least three years experience.
NOTE: For the 2017-2018 academic year, MAP will not be accepting applications from piano students, except those applying for a specialization in composition.
The Application for Admission for 2017-2018 must be completed by Saturday, April 1, 2017. There is no application fee.
Auditions for the 2017-2018 school year will take place at The Juilliard School on Saturday, May 13, 2017. All applicants should reserve this entire day for their MAP audition and prepare the audition requirements for their specific instrument. Individual audition times will be sent to applicants in early May.
At the audition, applicants will perform before members of the MAP faculty and may be asked to sight-read. Applicants will also complete a written music theory assessment which is used to determine their placement in music theory class if they are accepted into the program. With the exception of composition applicants, who must demonstrate a certain proficiency in music theory, the results of the music theory assessment are not considered when making admissions decisions.
Applicants must bring their instrument to the audition. If you do not have access to an instrument for the audition, you must contact the MAP office at least one week prior to the audition and special accommodations may be made. However, the office cannot guarantee that an instrument will be available to you for the audition.
Callback Auditions & Interviews
Following auditions, select applicants will be invited to meet with program administrators in late May or early June for callback auditions and parent and child interviews. An interview does not guarantee admittance to the program.
Notification of Admission Status
All applicants will be notified of their admission status by the end of July.