Master of Music - Historical PerformanceLongy School of Music of Bard College
Master of Music - Historical Performance
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Master of Music - Historical Performance
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.
Historical Performance Major
Historically informed performance plays a central role in Longy’s artistic and academic life. The curriculum focuses on both repertoire and research in its approach to music composed before 1800, featuring some of the most unique and in-depth course offerings in early music in the United States.
- 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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Women Filling the Gap
Explore the works of women composers between the Baroque and Classical periods. Examine and perform their works within a broader social and cultural context, discuss the forces that shaped the traditional canon of “Western Art Music,” and consider why their music has been historically excluded.
Delve into the works of C.P.E. Bach, whose music grappled with issues of morality through small-scale, dense musical forms that incorporate dramatic surprise and eventfulness in a limited space.
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 your technical and musical insight. Early music faculty members include renowned performers and musicologists, all of whom maintain active roles in the field.
Masterclasses and Seminars
Through workshops, masterclasses, discussions, and presentations, weekly seminars allow early music students to explore a wide range of technical, historical, theoretical, and aesthetic issues.
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.
Topics courses allow students to research specialized areas of study focusing on the intersection of performance and scholarship. Recent offerings have included Baroque Ornamentation, Rhetoric of Baroque Performance, as well as Culture and Convention of Mozart’s Operas.
Classes include the study of original sources and theoretical materials, culminating in a public performance. Recent courses include:
- 12th-Century Vocal Repertories of Germany and France
- Early opera project: A Orontea by Cesti
- English Theatre Songs
- J.S. Bach for Viols
- Medieval Masters of Italian Trecento
- Music from Odhecaton
- The Intimate French Baroque
Figured Bass Practicum
Students learn continuo playing while developing flexibility within collaboration and exploring a wide spectrum of repertoire.
Historical Dance for Musicians
Exploring both Renaissance and Baroque Styles, students learn dances including the sarabande, galliard, and menuet to better comprehend similarly titled pieces of the period. Students also play and sing for dancers, paying particular attention to tempo, articulation, character, and form.
Historical Performance Emphasis
Available to Brass, Strings, and Woodwinds students, this emphasis enables you to further hone your musical expertise by exploring a historical performance component.
Scholarships & funding
Several scholarship options are available. Please check the institute website for more information.
The following delivery options are available:
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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