Longy School of Music of Bard College
Founded in 1915 by renowned oboist Georges Longy, the historic Longy School of Music joined the Bard network in 2012 and is now the Longy School of Music of Bard College. Located in Harvard Square in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Longy is a conservatory whose mission is to prepare musicians to make a difference in the world. This social imperative is at the core of the school’s curriculum, encouraging students to become the musicians the world needs them to be. Longy is internationally recognized for its efforts to meet a changing musical landscape head-on, giving its graduates the opportunity to perform professionally, teach in a variety of settings, and expand access and opportunity within classical music.
An innovative curriculum compels students to explore their artistry and to take risks to build their skills, guided by a world-class faculty that encourages them to push their artistic presentation beyond the proscenium model. Longy promotes profound musical understanding and technical mastery, inspires growth of imagination, and fosters an attitude of inquiry about the musician’s role in the world. Longy offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in areas such as chamber music, collaborative piano, composition, historical performance, jazz and contemporary music, opera, vocal performance, organ, piano, strings, woodwinds, and brass. Longy also has artist diploma and Dalcroze certificate and license programs.
Longy’s groundbreaking 12-month Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Program prepares musicians to become agents of change. This community-based teaching residency provides an integrated graduate music program with hands-on learning experiences at both the Heart of Los Angeles (HOLA) and in urban public schools throughout Southern California. The MAT Program was created for musicians who wish to respond to today’s educational needs and who aspire to participate in the growing El Sistema movement in the United States. El Sistema is a program that originated in Venezuela and seeks to change the lives of children and communities through music. The MAT program offers a unique course of graduate study in performance, music pedagogy, and social justice taught by esteemed faculty, including Los Angeles Philharmonic musicians as well as leading scholars in music and education. Program graduates are awarded California single-subject credentialing (K–12) in music.