Master of Music - Piano and Collaborative PianoLongy School of Music of Bard College
Master of Music - Piano and Collaborative Piano
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Master of Music - Piano and Collaborative Piano
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.
Piano and Collaborative Piano
With a roster of active performers on the faculty, students advance their mastery as soloists and chamber musicians with private studio instruction at its core. A weekly piano seminar expands approaches to practicing, interpretation, and programming. Students focus on technique and performance practice but also how to create compelling and innovative programs that engage a variety of audiences.
- 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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Counts and Recounts: Music and Politics
Curate a concert of music—to be performed on the eve of Election Day— that communicates a political message. Each week, the class will briefly cover an historical topic, delve into current issues in the classical music world, and analyze works for listening, study, and reflection.
Contemporary Piano Performance Practice
Learn and practice extended performance techniques, which are often called for in piano music of the 20th and 21st century, but are often unfamiliar to college-aged students. Begin with “inside the piano” techniques such as stopped notes, pizzicato notes, harmonics, and sustained pitches with a violin bow, then explore prepared piano techniques and contemporary notation devices.
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 presentation, frequent seminars offer insight regarding interpretation, repertoire, analysis, and performance practice. Recent guests have included Irma Vallecillo, Andreas Klein, Nelita True, and Anne Koscielny. 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.
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 will 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.
All piano majors engage in assigned accompanying to hone their collaborative skills with singers and instrumentalists. Some graduate pianists also have additional accompanying assistantships where they can further refine their abilities. Additional coursework explores the standard repertoire of instrumental and vocal literature.
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.
The following delivery methods 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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