Auditions & Open Houses

K-8 open houseS

Thu, Jan 11, 5 pm
In-Person Open House (no RSVP needed)
Martin Luther King, Jr. Educational Complex
122 Amsterdam Ave. btw W. 65th & 66th Streets
Space is limited, and attendance will be capped at 100 people. Please limit your attendance to one parent per family. Please arrive 15 minutes early and bring photo ID.

High School Tours

  • These tours are intended for students applying for the 2024-25 academic year. Please do not sign up if your student is currently in 7th grade or younger.
  • Please only sign up your student for the tour. That slot will include one parent/guardian guest. Do not sign up for more than one slot per family.

Thu, Dec 14, 10-11 am
SIGN UP HERE for small group tours.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Educational Complex
122 Amsterdam Ave. btw W. 65th & 66th Streets
Please arrive 15 minutes early and bring photo ID.
Students may bring only one parent or guardian as tours are limited to 8 people per session.

Learn more about eligibility and the high school entrance process at NYC Department of Education's High School information page.

Special Music School High School Concentrations
The 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 three concentrations:

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

Audition Requirements
We ask all students to prepare one or two pieces that best reflect their current playing ability. 

For those students interested in the Music Composition concentration, please submit a PDF of your written musical score (either handwritten or printed from music notation software) as well as a midi or live recording of your piece, if possible. Please email the score and, if it is available, your recording, to Andrew Copper, Special Music School High School Dean of Music:

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