Since its founding in 1915 by renowned oboist Georges Longy, Longy School of Music of Bard College has pioneered groundbreaking, rigorous music education programs through specialized training and immersive community engagement experiences with a mission to prepare musicians to make a difference in the world.
Longy School of Music of Bard College trains musicians to use their artistry to make a difference in the world, providing skills and experience to making a life in music and to making music matter.
For centuries, conservatories have focused on training students to be elite performers, preparing for concert careers and orchestral positions. At Longy, we provide elite training and so much more.
While studying with some of the best musicians in the country, Longy students develop the skills needed to be a professional musician in a rapidly changing musical landscape.
Its faculty promotes profound musical understanding and technical mastery, encourages growth of imagination, and fosters an attitude of inquiry about the role of music and the musician in the larger world.
Longy makes every effort to assist students with their search to find employment as working musicians. Students can also create networking opportunities through working in and around the Boston community.
The Office of Admission and Student Services provides numerous resources to connect students with prospective employers; all Boston-based opportunities are updated on the Off Campus Employment Message Board on a regular basis.
The following pages offer resources for students. While Longy is a non-residential campus, our students are very involved in campus life and the Student Services Office is always available to help!
Longy is a non-residential campus and does not offer on-campus housing or dormitories, however, the Office of Admission and Student Services help incoming students connect with prospective roommates and apartments.
The library's physical collections include some 5,400 books, 17,000 scores, and over 10,000 audio and audio-visual recordings (including LP records, CDs, DVDs and videocassettes). Longy's library provides access to online resources such as streamed audio (Naxos Music Library, DRAM), full-text music journal articles and a host of other online databases
Longy offers student accident and sickness health insurance coverage through Gallagher Student Health & Special Risk, a Massachusetts-based specialist in student health insurance. Students enrolled or planning to enroll at three-quarter or full time are automatically enrolled in the school's plan and are billed for this coverage with their tuition statement each year.
Located in vibrant Harvard Square and less than three miles from downtown Boston, Longy’s campus provides students with access to a wealth of musical and cultural riches throughout New England. From the Boston Symphony Orchestra to the Museum of Fine Arts to the famous Kendall Square, Cambridge's center of world-shaking innovation, Boston/Cambridge isn’t merely a backdrop—it’s your campus and an integral part of the Longy experience.
The Longy Student Association is a group of elected representatives from the student body who advance student ideas and concerns, host events and activities, and bring the student community closer together. All students are encouraged to provide feedback to the LSA.
Bard College is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.
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