Master of Arts in Teaching
Longy was the first conservatory to offer a one-year accredited degree embedded in El Sistema teaching programs that are changing the lives of children in underserved communities through intensive music instruction. This Los Angeles-based program is open to inspired artists from all musical backgrounds—classical, pop, world, folk, jazz, instrumental, vocal, conducting, and more. The MAT offers a unique and powerful graduate study in performance, pedagogy, and social justice. Students have access to MAT faculty, including prominent Los Angeles musicians and leading scholars in music and education. MAT graduates will gain their initial teaching licensure in California and benefit from teaching in the public-school system.
- Bachelor’s degree, post-secondary conservatory diploma, or demonstrated equivalent credential required
- Academic and performance record demonstrating the capacity to excel in full-time studies
- Applicants in performance must present an audition
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 admission to the Undergraduate Diploma (UD), Master of Music (MM), Graduate Performance Diploma (GPD), Graduate Diploma in Composition (GD), and Artist Diploma (AD):
- TOEFL: 63
- IELTS: 5.5
- Duolingo: 90
For more information about admission requirements, please visit the institute website.
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Writing and Thinking
MAT students gather for a weeklong intensive introductory course modeled after Bard’s signature Writing and Thinking workshop. Here they examine core beliefs and assumptions about music and education and begin to build the sense of community integral to the MAT.
MAT students are required to take four graduate-level courses in music and four graduate-level courses in education. These courses are thematically designed to answer essential questions about teaching and learning and are framed by practice-based research.
MAT students, joined by resident faculty and outside guests, convene for weekly sessions that examine the practical applications of concepts and ideas they encounter in their core courses.
As teaching interns, MAT students design and teach classes, assess student understanding, and modify practices to adapt to students’ needs. MAT students teach in school classrooms, community music centers, and El Sistema-inspired nucleos.
Students enrolled in the MAT take private lessons on their major instrument, voice, composition, or conducting with members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and other Los Angeles-based professional musicians.
MAT students work closely with faculty mentors to prepare two final research projects: a performance based presentation, as well as a scholarly inquiry focused on teaching and learning in the classroom.
Scholarships & funding
Candidates for Longy’s teacher preparation programs will be considered for two fully funded fellowships, one for the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) in Los Angeles and another for the Master of Music in Music Education(MM/ME) in Boston. Recipients will receive full tuition remission to these one-year, El Sistema-inspired degree programs leading to teaching licensure. The award will be given to a qualified candidate in each program who demonstrates a passion for working in underserved communities and the potential for leadership in the field through their application materials.
The annual tuition fee for this program is $45,900
About this institute
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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