Master of Music - StringsLongy School of Music of Bard College
Master of Music - Strings
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Master of Music - Strings
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.
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.
- 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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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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