Fisher Center

Advanced Performance Studies

The Advanced Performance Studies Program is a nondegree-granting, four-semester program for exceptionally gifted performers who wish to continue their study of music through concentrated study with the world-class faculty of the Bard Conservatory. Applicants must have completed at least the bachelor of music or its equivalent and must demonstrate a high level of ability and potential through the admission process. Financial aid for tuition is available and is awarded based on both financial need and artistic merit. Additional graduate assistantships are also available to exceptional applicants in order to help defray living expenses.

Our Program

The curriculum for the Advanced Performance Studies program includes weekly private lessons, full participation in the Bard Conservatory orchestra and chamber music programs, and the opportunity to audit or enroll in most courses throughout the College.

ESL classes are available as an elective for international students who wish to improve their skills in English.

Program Requirements
  1. 36 hours of course credits (required and elective courses)
  2. Four semesters of residence
  3. Private instruction each semester
  4. Chamber music and orchestra each semester
  5. Two solo recitals

Sample Semester
  • CNSV 500 (studio instruction) 3 credits  
  • CNSV 511 (chamber music) 2 credits  
  • CNSV 562 (orchestra) 2 credits  
  • Elective by advisement 3 credits  
     Total = 10 credits

Program Fees & Expenses

Tuition: $32,300 per year
Health Insurance: $1,402*
Bard Health Services Fee: $452**

These are the amounts for the 2013/14 academic year.
*Health Insurance is mandatory for all students who do not have their own insurance policy; proof of insurance must be submitted to Student Health Services in order to waive this fee.
** This fee is mandatory for all Bard students
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Scholarships & Financial Aid

Generous financial aid is available to both domestic and international students accepted into the Advanced Performance Studies program. Financial aid is awarded on the basis of financial need and merit. ...MORE >
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