• Count Me In Frequently Asked Questions

    What is Count Me In?

    Carnegie Hall's Count Me In is a free audition-prep program for middle school students without music training in their schools. Students from schools in all boroughs come to sessions in the Resnick Education Wing at Carnegie Hall, where they study singing with some of the best teachers in New York City.

    Who will participate?

    Count Me In will work with eighth-grade students who plan on auditioning for performing arts high schools. Students can come from existing partner middle schools or as individuals from all neighborhoods of New York City. Students should have the support of their parents and be enrolled at a NYC public middle school.

    Who will lead the workshops?

    Workshops will be led by a high-energy, engaging professional vocal teacher who can demand excellence in an inspiring manner and who is familiar with the developmental needs of middle-school-aged students.

    Where will these workshops take place?

    Workshops will take place in the Resnick Education Wing at Carnegie Hall. Metrocards will be provided by Carnegie Hall for any students who need them.

    What are the costs associated with Count Me In?

    Count Me In is FREE. Carnegie Hall will cover the costs of music and assist with transportation for students.

    When will these workshops take place?

    Fall workshops will take place twice a week after-school over an intensive five-week period in September and October. All classes meet from 4 PM to 5:30 PM. For specific dates, please see the Section Schedules here.

    How can my school participate in Count Me In?

    Count Me In is designed to serve eighth graders who do not have audition-prep programs available at their schools. For the fall of 2016, we will be offering this program in Carnegie Hall’s Resnick Education Wing during after-school hours. If you are interested in participating, please email us at secondaryschoolprograms@carnegiehall.org.

    How successful are you in getting students placed at performing arts high schools?

    In each of its first two years, Count Me In helped to connect 68% of auditioning students to arts-focused high schools. We have had students accepted at Brooklyn High School of the Arts, Celia Cruz Bronx High School of Music, Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, Fordham High School for the Arts, Forest Hills High School, Frank Sinatra School of the Arts, Professional Performing Arts High School, the Special Music School, and more.

    Does my child need to attend the scheduled sections, or can we choose which days we want?

    Since each class is taught by a different instructor, students may only attend the section for which they are scheduled. For example if a student is accepted into the Monday/Wednesday section, they cannot attend any classes on Tuesday/Thursday.

    Does my child need to attend all of the classes?

    Due to the short and intensive nature of the program, we strongly recommend that students attend all classes in their section. Students may not attend another class outside of their own as a makeup class. We do understand that emergencies may happen, but we ask that this be communicated to Carnegie Hall staff should the need arise.

    I am a teacher from a middle school applying for multiple students OR I am a parent who has multiple children that wish to apply. Can I fill out one application?

    Every student must have their own separate application filled out online.

    How do I apply and what information will I need?

    All applications will be received through an online form available in mid-May. Parents or guardians should be prepared to have the following information in order to complete the application:

    • School Name, Address, and Phone Number
    • Guidance Counselor Name, Email, and Phone Number
    • List of schools for which student plans to audition

    I am having trouble creating an account to apply, or I cannot remember if I have a Carnegie Hall account.

    In order to apply for Count Me In, a parent, legal guardian, or teacher must create an account with Carnegie Hall to register the student. If you are not sure if you have a Carnegie Hall account, click here to be taken to the registration page, where you will enter your email address. After clicking “Continue,” you will either be prompted to enter your password for an existing account or you will be asked to register for a new one.

    If you need further assistance, please contact secondaryschoolporgrams@carnegiehall.org.