Advanced Performance Studies

Advanced Performance Studies

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 and full participation in the Bard Conservatory chamber music program. Orchestral instrumentalists are required to participation in the orchestral program. Solo pianists are required to take the collaborative piano practicum course. And collaborative pianists, in addition to the piano practicum course, are required to take collaborative piano seminar.  All APS students have 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 Fees & Expenses

For the 2018 - 2019 academic year tuition, fees and expenses are as follows:

Tuition: $37,626 per year
Health Insurance: $1,280*
Bard Health Services Fee: $470**
Dormitory Housing: $7,704***

*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 visit the Student Health Insurance page.
** This fee is mandatory for all Bard students.
***For more information about off-campus accommodations for graduate students please visit the off campus housing page.

For more information about health insurance for students at Bard please visit the Student Health Insurance page.

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.