All Conservatory undergraduates pursue a five-year program leading to two degrees: the bachelor of music degree and the bachelor of arts degree in a field other than music. The innovative curriculum of The Bard College Conservatory of Music is guided by the principle that musicians should be broadly educated in the liberal arts and sciences in order to achieve their greatest potential.
Why I Chose Bard
BM French Horn Performance; BA Physics
"What initially attracted me to Bard was the Dual Degree Program as well as the incredible faculty, both in the horn studio and in the Physics Program. It was really important to me that I be able to grow as a musician as well as academically during my time here. Due to the relatively small size of Bard I am able to get the individual support and guidance from my professors both in the Conservatory and in the College, which really has allowed me to maximize my education here."
BM Trombone Performance; BA German Studies
"I wouldn't be an artist if I didn't go to Bard. Bard gives you a lot of skills, many which you might not necessarily recognize at the time. But, the knowledge, skills, and challenge of the program, these all allow you to be able to step out of your comfort zone and really push yourself. I am very thankful for my education and to Bard for broadening my perspective."
Civic Engagement at the Conservatory
The Musical Mentorship Initiative (MMI) was founded in 2020 by Bard Conservatory student Aleksandar Vitanov '25 (BM Trumpet Performance/BA International Studies) and is now coled by Blanche Darr '25 (BM Violin Performance/BA Anthropology), and Lexi Lanni '26 (BM Vocal Performance/BA Computer Science). Run through the Trustee Leader Scholar (TLS) Program at Bard College, MMI pairs Bard Conservatory student mentors with local mentees for free private music lessons. MMI's mission is to make music education more accessible. MMI is designed to support local communities while simultaneously allowing college students to develop mentorship skills.