What is music access project (map)?

MAP is a three year, pre-college scholarship program with a mission to prepare talented and deserving students, regardless of financial background, for acceptance into conservatory, college or university. MAP serves a select group of 15 to 20 students annually in a musically intensive after school program, with both jazz and classical curricula. Students receive a weekly 60-minute private lesson, weekly chamber music coachings, and theory class. MAP currently offers need-based scholarships up to 100% coverage.


Weekly 60-minute private lessons

weekly music theory classes

weekly chamber music coaching

Extensive Performances

Program Mentorship


We accept applications from students across all schools in New York City. Our current students join us from LaGuardia, Celia Cruz, Frank Sinatra, Hunter College, Bronx Science, Special Music School and Basis Independent high schools.

who is eligible?

Ideal candidates should have at least three years of experience on an orchestral/band instrument, guitar, or piano; they should be entering grades 9-12 and demonstrate achievement on their instrument; they should be seeking a more intensive music education program that could prepare them for professional studies.



In addition to our talented faculty and teaching artists, MAP has partnered with the Interlochen School, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and the Van Lier Foundation, to provide additional scholarships and performance opportunities. MAP provides regular workshops, masterclasses and performance opportunities at the Bloomingdale School of Music and in the extended community.



MAP is a boutique program that brings together personalized support and excellence to meet the specific needs of the students. The annual curriculum is curated based on the enrollment. All MAP students are mentored by the MAP Director, who is dedicated to the mission of the program.


Since its inception 30 years ago, over 200 students have graduated from the program and 99% have gained entry to conservatory, college, or university.

MAP Alumni have an active Facebook page and gather formally every two years for a reunion at Bloomingdale and informally throughout their lives, building on the relationships and friends they have made during their time at BSM.


Aaron Copland School of Music

Cornell University

Crane School of Music

Eastman School of Music

Indiana University

Ithaca College

Manhattan School of Music

Georgetown University

Mannes College

University of Michigan

New York University

Oberlin Conservatory

Princeton University

University of Rochester

Rutgers University

Skidmore College

State University of NY Purchase

University of Chicago

Wheaton College

Yale University

What you need to know

The 2023-2024 MAP program is slated to be an in-person program with lessons and classes taking place at the school building. Interested candidates should fill out an online application form and submit it electronically with their tax form and a video by May 15th. If you are selected to continue the process, a virtual interview with you and a parent or guardian is also required.

Successful candidates will have identifiable talent, will have demonstrated achievement in their instrument, and will show a clear commitment to serious music study. 


  • Have at least three years of experience on instrument
  • In 8th-11th grade at the time of their audition
  • Demonstrate achievement on their primary instrument
  • Seeking a more intensive music education program to propel them toward college training

application deadline

May 31, 2023 

Virtual Interview

Late June

Annual Tuition

MAP is free of charge to families that demonstrate financial need. Significant scholarships are also available to students who qualify by audition and interview.



Questions and Information

Judy Woo
Music Access Project Director 
(212) 663-6021

*Photography by David Katzenstein

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