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Music Programs at Bard

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The richness and breadth of musical opportunities on campus make Bard College distinct from other liberal arts colleges.
There are multiple ways to study music at Bard. Students can earn a degree in four years through the undergraduate Music Program or two degrees in five years from The Bard College Conservatory of Music, which also offers graduate programs. One doesn’t have to major in music, however, to be actively involved in music at Bard.

Bard College Music Program

Apply directly to Bard for this program.
Undergraduate program leading to a B.A. No audition or portfolio is required. The Bard Music Program allows students to explore their talents for vocal and instrumental performance as well as composition through the the following tracks:
  • Classical Performance
  • Composition
  • Voice
  • Jazz
  • Electronic
  • Experimental
  • Ethnomusicology
  • Music History
  • Music Theory

Bard College Conservatory of Music

Apply to Conservatory programs.

Five-year program leading to two degrees: a B.M. in music performance or composition and a B.A. in a field other than music. Applicants must submit a Conservatory Application in addition to the Common Application for the following undergraduate programs:
  • Classical Performance
  • Composition