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Master of Music - Brass & Woodwinds

Longy School of Music of Bard College
Program overview
2 years
Full time
Master'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

Master of Music - Brass & Woodwinds

You’re ready to take a deep dive academically and artistically in this two-year Master of Music program. Longy’s innovative Catalyst Curriculum pairs musical excellence with a focus on the skills you’ll need to become a professional musician: the ability to design experiences, produce projects, and engage audiences with exceptional musical encounters. Dedicated career coaching will help guide your studies and prepare you for what comes after graduation.

Brass & Woodwinds Major

Guided by Longy’s experienced faculty mentors, Brass and Woodwinds students build upon technical training to diversify and expand their skillsets to navigate the professional world. Students participate in solo, chamber, and orchestral performances, from classical staples to custom-commissioned contemporary music. By engaging in courses that feed into Longy’s broader mission of social justice and music equity, graduates emerge as well-rounded musicians who are capable of changing the face of classical music–and changing the world.

Admission requirements

  • 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

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 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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Program content

Create Your Own Gigs!

In this course, students will be led systematically through the process of creating a concert from beginning to end. How do you write a bio? What’s a press release? Who do you send it to?

Ensemble Uncaged

Ensemble Uncaged, Longy’s premier contemporary music ensemble, will perform a wide variety of 20th- and 21st-century works by a diverse array of living and (recently) dead composers.

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 mock auditions, frequent seminars offer insight into interpretation, orchestral and ensemble 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 explore the standard orchestral repertoire, focusing on technique and style. 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 methods are available:

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

Tuition fees

The annual tuition fee for this program is $45,900

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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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