Bloomingdale’s signature program, the Music Access Project, is a three-year pre-college training program featuring high-quality instruction and personal mentoring. Since 1992, MAP has offered an intensive, yet nurturing musical environment, fostering professional and personal development, while providing guidance for students aspiring to gain entry into a university or conservatory. MAP is unique among music training programs in that it is targeted specifically to talented high school students who are unable to gain entry into similar programs due to high tuition costs and limited financial aid. Bloomingdale’s MAP program targets the youth of NYC who posses the talent to compete on an elite musical level, but lack the resources and training necessary to channel their talent into something meaningful and lasting. BSM offers the majority of MAP students a full scholarship, worth roughly $6,000 per year. Each year, between 20 and 25 students are enrolled in the program. Since the program’s inception, over 200 students have graduated the program and 99% have gained entry to a conservatory, college, or university.
In over 25 years of the MAP program, 200 students have graduated from the program and virtually all have gone on to college. Among the colleges attended by previous MAP graduates are 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 New York at Purchase, University of Chicago, Wheaton College, and Yale 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.
All students who complete the application and fall within the age requirement will be invited to audition.
Applicants will be scheduled for an audition at Bloomingdale School of Music.
Finalists will be selected, and an interview with a parent or guardian will be scheduled.
MAP is free of charge to families that demonstrate financial need. Significant scholarships are also available to students who qualify by audition and interview.