Longy School of Music of Bard College

At Longy, we’re committed to preparing our students to meet a changing musical landscape head-on, giving them the skills to perform, the ambition to teach, and the ability to reach audiences beyond those traditionally associated with classical music.



Georges Longy, the eminent principal oboist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, founded the Longy School in Boston to provide comprehensive training in musicianship and performance in the Paris Conservatoire model. The curriculum emphasized individual attention to each student, as well as solfège and theory as the basis of sound musical understanding.


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.

Master's Programmes

Arts, Design & Architecture (2)
Education & Training (1)


Housing services

Longy is a non-residential campus and does not offer on-campus housing or dormitories, however, the Office of Admission and Student Services is here to help incoming students connect with prospective roommates and apartments. 

Library services

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.

Medical services

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. 

Student Life

Campus life

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.

Cambridge, Maryland, United States