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High School Admissions

The NYC DOE high school application will open the week of January 18, 2021. The deadline for applications is Tuesday, February 23, 2021.

Arts high schools, including Special Music School, will move to a common virtual audition system that will allow students to submit their audition materials online.

Students interested in applying to Special Music School High School are asked to fill out the Info and Interest Form HERE.

All students interested in applying to a NYC DOE high school must have a MySchools account to do so. If you do not currently have a MySchools account, you can create yours HERE.

Please contact admissions at if you have any questions.

2021-22 SMS High School Info & Interest Form

SMS High School’s music program  is rooted in the classical tradition, its performance and its composition. Students wishing to audition may sign up to audition in the 3 Concentrations that organize the students:

  • Vocal Concentration – for singers
  • Composition Concentration – for those interested in composing
  • Instrumental Concentration – for those that play an instrument. SMS teaches students in the instrumental program on the following instruments: piano, violin, viola, cello, double bass, guitar, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, saxophones trumpet, French horn, trombone, euphonium/baritone, tuba and percussion.

Audition Requirements

We ask all students to prepare 1 or 2 pieces that best reflect their current playing ability. Some suggested repertoire includes:

Students should submit instrumental and vocal auditions via the DOE Audition Tool for the 2021-22 admissions. Students will have access to the Audition Tool on the DOE website after they apply. Application form.