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Bachelor of Music - Strings

Longy School of Music of Bard College
Program overview
4 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
Start dates
Cambridge (Massachusetts, USA)
Spring 2021

Cambridge (Massachusetts, USA)
Fall 2021

Cambridge (Massachusetts, USA)
Spring 2021

Cambridge (Massachusetts, USA)
Fall 2021

Program description

Bachelor of Music - Strings

Earn your Bachelor of Music degree at Emerson College in Boston through a joint program with Longy. You’ll complete Longy’s Undergraduate Diploma requirements, benefitting from the conservatory faculty, performance opportunities, and artistic and social change programs while fulfilling your liberal arts credits at Emerson. You’ll be able to take advantage of the resources of both institutions—including the alumni network and career services—setting you up for success after graduation.

Strings Major

Our Strings Department faculty are active performers and dedicated teachers, encompassing a wide range of styles and repertoire, from early music to new compositions. We emphasize individual attention from faculty mentors, ensemble playing, small classes, cross-departmental collaboration, and frequent performance opportunities, to create a uniquely inspiring learning environment.

Admission requirements

  • U.S. high school diploma or equivalent

  • Academic and performance record demonstrating the capacity to excel in full-time studies

  • Applicants in performance must present an audition

  • Applicants in composition must submit a portfolio of completed compositions demonstrating advanced compositional skills in a variety of media

English Proficiency

All applicants for whom English is not a first or primary language must submit results from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or Duolingo English Test.

Recommended minimum scores for the dual-enrollment Bachelor of Music (BM) program through Emerson College:

  • TOEFL: 80
  • IELTS: 6.5
  • Duolingo: 105

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the institute website.

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Program content

Chamber Music with a Point of View

Approach musical works using interdisciplinary entry points, such as poetry, improvisation, literature, dance, and visual art.

Taking on the C String!

A fun, exploratory, and engaging class in which violin students have the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the viola.

Studio Lessons

Collaboration with a faculty mentor is the cornerstone of conservatory education at Longy. Together you will explore your unique artistic and professional goals while expanding technical and musical insight.

Master Classes and Seminars

Through workshops, master classes, discussions, and presentations, weekly seminars offer insight regarding interpretation, repertoire, and performance practice. Through a special partnership with Celebrity Series of Boston, emerging artists in its Debut Series present exclusive workshops and master classes with Longy students throughout the year.

Chamber Music

Georges Longy’s belief in the power of collaboration inspires the central role of chamber music in our conservatory. You will work closely with faculty coaches every semester and explore ensemble playing through coursework, informal readings, and community outreach.


We believe that teaching should be a form of heightened, enlivened communication. Rather than focusing solely on acquiring pedagogical skills, we seek to draw out your latent expertise and help you communicate authentically. Students are placed in partnering schools and youth music organizations for a teaching practicum.

Orchestral Repertoire

Courses examine standard orchestral repertoire, focusing on elements of technique and style including bowing, intonation, and rhythm. Particular emphasis is placed on orchestral audition preparation.

Longy Conservatory Orchestra

The Longy Conservatory Orchestra presents six concerts and one opera per season, exploring a wide range of repertoire encompassing baroque and contemporary music in addition to the classical and romantic canon.

Teaching Artist Program

Required of all students, this two-semester program includes active learning experiences, discussions, foundational readings, and interactive presentations. It culminates in student-designed and student-led musical projects in various community venues throughout the Greater Boston area.

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the institute website for more information.

Program delivery

The following delivery options are available:

  • Online
  • Hybrid-Online
  • Hybrid-In-Person
  • In-Person

Tuition fees

The annual tuition fee for this program:

Year 1 – Full-time at Longy ($45,900)
Year 2 – Full-time at Longy ($45,900)
Year 3 – Full-time at Longy ($45,900), Part-Time at Emerson ($1,570/credit)
Year 4 – Full-Time at Emerson ($50,240), Part-time at Longy

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Longy School of Music of Bard College

At Longy, we prepare students to become exceptional musicians who can engage new audiences; teach anyone, anywhere; and use artistry to change lives in communities around the world. Join us and become the musician the world needs you to be....

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Longy School of Music of Bard College

27 Garden Street
02138 Cambridge Massachusetts
United States of America

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