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.

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

Program Fees & Expenses

For the 2016 - 2017 academic year tuition, fees and expenses are as follows:

Tuition: $35,638 per year
Health Insurance: $1,280*
Bard Health Services Fee: $470**
Dormitory Housing: $7,480***

*This is mandatory for those students who do not already have health insurance. Those students who have an independent insurance plan may submit a waiver. For more information on this process please click here.
** This fee is mandatory for all Bard students.
***For more information about accommodations on and off-campus for graduate students please click here.

For more information about health insurance for students at Bard please click here.

A more detailed information pack will be supplied to incoming students. Please contact health services at 845-748-7077 or via email at with any questions.

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. Additional graduate assistantships are also available to exceptional applicants in order to help defray living expenses.
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