The Music Advancement Program is a Saturday instrument instruction program for students from backgrounds under-represented in American performing arts. For the past 25 years, MAP has served as an essential bridge to higher levels of artistic and personal development for hundreds of young students. Learn more about MAP's unique mission and history.
Students are admitted to the program based on an application and entrance audition. Eligible students must be between the ages of 8 and 17, reside in the tristate area (NY, NJ, CT), and have played their instrument for at least two years. Families should not let cost stand in the way of applying; visit the Tuition & Financial Aid page for more information.
MAP offers instruction in the following instruments: bassoon, cello, clarinet, double bass, flute, French horn, oboe, percussion, trombone, trumpet, tuba, viola, or violin. A specialized course of study is also offered for instrumentalists who show a strong interest in and aptitude for composing music. Secondary instruction on piano is available to all students.
Lessons and classes take place at Juilliard on Saturdays during the school year, September through May, between 8:30am and 4pm (including lunch). The comprehensive curriculum includes private lessons, participation in small and large ensembles and chamber music groups, music theory and ear training, and various electives.
The MAP faculty includes Juilliard alumni, current Juilliard student teaching fellows, and other accomplished professionals who make a special effort to develop one-on-one relationships with their students. This unique bond provides students with encouragement and support to develop the discipline and skills needed to continue their training at a more advanced level. Visits by various guest artists and ensembles further inspire MAP students in their musical endeavors through interactive, free-of-charge performances presented at Juilliard.
MAP students showcase their progress each year in solo recitals and ensemble concerts presented in Juilliard's state-of-the-art concert halls and theaters. Many of these performances offer MAP students the chance to perform alongside Juilliard college students who serve as mentors. All MAP performances are presented free-of-charge.
Summer Study Partnerships
MAP partners with various summer music camps to offer MAP students exclusive scholarships, tuition discounts, or special consideration for admission to their programs. Past partners have included Interlochen Summer Arts Camp, Kinhaven Music School, The Walden School Young Musicians Program, Usdan Summer Camp for the Arts, New England Music Camp, the Performing Arts Institute at Wyoming Seminary, Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music, and French Woods Festival of the Performing Arts.
A Community of Support
In addition to offering a comprehensive curriculum, performance opportunities, and summer study partnerships, MAP supports students and their families by providing educational workshops on a range of topics, a literacy program for young siblings of MAP students, and opportunities to attend professional concerts at discounted rates or free-of-charge. Parents are also encouraged to participate in MAP's active Family Association which facilitates fundraisers and special events that build community among MAP families, faculty, and staff.
MAP alumni have gone on to study in community music schools, pre-college programs, conservatories, and universities. Many have chosen music education as their passion, while others have become professional musicians in various musical styles. All alumni have been equipped with quality musical experiences that empower them to become advocates for the arts.
The Music Advancement Program is administered by Juilliard's Office of Community Engagement.
The Music Advancement Program is generously supported through an endowed gift in memory of Carl K. Heyman.