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K-8 Admissions

How to Apply

See SMS's 2018-19 DOE School Quality Snapshot for grades K-8

Application Process for the 2021-22 School Year

Due to the circumstances caused by the pandemic, the admission process is currently paused while we assess whether or not it is possible to assess and admit new Kindergarten students for Fall 2021. More information will be available here later this year. 

Admissions for third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth grade will also be determined by our ability to offer auditions in the Spring of 2021. If you are interested in receiving updates about admissions to these grades, please fill out our inquiry form.

For further questions regarding auditions for 3rd to 8th grade, please email admissions@specialmusicschool.org.

Assessment and Audition Information

Grades K-2
Researchers, expert practitioners in early childhood education, and master musicians have worked to develop a reliable and valid measure of musical aptitude for use by Special Music School. This assessment includes hands-on, interactive musical tasks that focus on the child’s perception and performance. This assessment attempts to avoid cultural bias and is not dependent on prior music training. Through direct, systematic observation, data will be collected that will help us to evaluate your child’s musical potential, and his or her ability and desire to participate in an intensive musical program.

For Grades 3-8
The audition will include prepared pieces, scales, and may include sight reading and a brief ear training test. Students who do exceptionally well on the audition may be invited to interview for the school. Students in grades 4 through 8 will take a diagnostic theory placement exam, which will have no bearing on deciding admissions decisions.

Audition Requirements
Sample Repertoire List