The Advanced Performance Studies (APS) Program is a non-degree-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.
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 participate 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.