Admission

At Longy, students become part of a community of musicians who root for each other

The personal attention in Longy's conservatory programs starts with the admission process. We want to get to know you—in person, via email, over the phone, and through your application. Please reach out to us with any questions about our programs, curriculum, and admission cycle.   

Longy offers six programs of study available to both undergraduate and graduate students.

The Spring and Fall 2017 application is open!

Priority Deadlines:

November 1 (EXTENDED TO NOVEMBER 15)
Cambridge, Spring 

December 1 priority deadline (EXTENDED TO JANUARY 5)
Cambridge, Fall  
MAT, Summer 

Click here for application instructions.

Artist Diploma

The Artist Diploma is Longy’s highest performance credential and is awarded to exceptionally gifted performers who show outstanding promise for a professional career in music. The Artist Diploma program is designed with flexibility in mind so that its candidates can focus their energies exclusively on performance and performance-related study. Lessons with the primary studio instructor, or in the case of an Artist Diploma ensemble, the primary coach, are the mainstay of the curriculum. The only school-wide requirement for Artist Diploma candidates is the Teaching Artist Program, which involves one semester of individualized study, designed in consultation with the Director of Teacher Education and the Dean of the Conservatory. Elective credits are also made available so that each candidate can pursue areas of personal interest, within the performance area or in allied areas of theory and composition, mind/body studies, Dalcroze Eurhythmics, or Modern American Music.

In addition to aspiring solo and orchestral musicians, the program is open to established chamber ensembles. At the time of application, Artist Diploma candidates must possess clarity and maturity of artistic expression and a deep commitment to pursuing a performance career, along with a record of previous professional-level performance experience.

Major Areas: Chamber Music, Collaborative Piano, Early Music, Organ, Piano, Strings, Voice, and Woodwinds and Brass.

Level: Advanced Graduate (conservatory diploma, bachelor’s degree, or equivalent credential required).

Normal Program Length and Credits: 2 years, 20-22 credits required for graduation.

  • Applicants must demonstrate extensive performance experience at a professional level and the intent and ability to pursue a performance career

Special Procedures for Artist Diploma Applicants 

Master of Arts in Teaching

With the belief that effective music teachers must themselves be active performers, the intensive 12-month MAT curriculum integrates advanced studies in musical performance and education with the daily demands of the classroom. Designed for musicians with a desire to respond to today’s educational needs, and who aspire to participate in the growing El Sistema movement in the United States, the program leverages Bard’s experience in developing renowned academic and socially based teacher training programs with Longy’s role as a leader in progressive and rigorous training for performing and teaching musicians. Housed on the grounds of the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s premier El Sistema-inspired teaching site YOLA at Heart of Los Angeles (HOLA), the program offers candidates access to MAT faculty including Los Angeles Philharmonic musicians and leading scholars in music and education.

MAT graduates are awarded California single-subject K-12 teacher credentialing in music. The average MAT class size is 12-15 students.

Level: Graduate (bachelor’s degree required).

Normal Program Length and Credits: 1 year, 63 credits required for graduation.

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Master of Music

Students in the two-year Master of Music program develop broad musical expertise while pursuing an intensive curriculum in their major area of study. School-wide requirements, taken by all Master’s candidates, include the Teaching Artist Program and Research and Materials. Distribution requirements allow students to choose from a range of courses in improvisation, music history, music theory, and mind/body studies. Master’s candidates must also demonstrate proficiency in music theory, music history, and piano skills, passing proficiency examinations or review courses in each of these areas before graduation. With the exception of the Composition, Dalcroze, and Opera departments, the first year of study concludes with a promotional jury or recital, at which students must demonstrate satisfactory progress in the major instrument; the second year culminates in a final degree recital.

Major Areas: Collaborative Piano, Composition, Early Music, Modern American Music, Opera, Organ, Piano, Strings, Voice, and Woodwinds and Brass.

Level: Graduate (conservatory diploma, bachelor’s degree, or equivalent credential required).

Normal Program Length and Credits: 2 years, 36-38 credits required for graduation.

Graduate Performance Diploma

This traditional conservatory program allows graduate-level pianists, singers, and instrumentalists to focus intensively on performance. Each of four semesters includes individual instruction and appropriate ensemble opportunities. The single school-wide requirement for Graduate Performance Diploma candidates is the Teaching Artist Program. For students in all departments except Opera, the first year concludes with a promotional jury or recital, at which students must demonstrate satisfactory progress in the major instrument; the second year culminates in a final diploma recital.

Major Areas: Chamber Music, Collaborative Piano, Early Music, Modern American Music, Opera, Organ, Piano, Strings, Voice, and Woodwinds and Brass.

Level: Graduate (conservatory diploma, bachelor’s degree, or equivalent credential required).

Normal Program Length and Credits: 2 years, 29 credits required for graduation.

Undergraduate Diploma

The Undergraduate Diploma is a four-year course of musical study, providing thorough, rigorous, and comprehensive training for talented performers and composers. Undergraduates often work alongside graduate students in ensembles and performance and repertory courses.

School-wide requirements for the Undergraduate Diploma include Fundamentals of Musicianship (12 credits, taken over 6 semesters), Harmony (8 credits, taken over 4 semesters), Music History, including 20th- and 21st-century History and Analysis (8 credits, taken over 4 semesters), Form and Analysis (4 credits, taken over 2 semesters), Counterpoint (2 credits, 1 semester), Introduction to Eurhythmics (2 credits, taken over 2 semesters), and Improvisation (1 credit, 1 semester, to be selected from the list of improvisation distribution requirements). In addition, all Undergraduate Diploma candidates must participate in the Teaching Artist Program (2 credits, taken over 2 semesters), during their third or fourth years of study, and pass a proficiency examination in piano.

For students in performance departments, a promotional jury demonstrating satisfactory progress in the major instrument must be passed at the end of the first, second, and third years of study. The fourth year culminates in a Diploma recital for performance majors, and a public performance of a medium-scale work for composers.

Major Areas: Composition, Organ, Piano, Strings, Voice, Woodwinds, and Brass.

Level: Undergraduate (U.S. high school diploma required). International applicants must get their credential certified as equivalent by an independent third-party.

Normal Program Length and Credits: 4 years, 95 credits required for graduation (97 in the Woodwinds and Brass Department).

Bachelor of Music

Through an arrangement with Emerson College, students enrolled in Longy’s Undergraduate Diploma program may simultaneously pursue the Bachelor of Music Degree at Emerson College in Boston. Interested students must independently apply and be accepted to both institutions and will incur additional, part-time tuition charges at Emerson. In addition to completing all requirements for the Undergraduate Diploma at Longy, students must successfully complete Emerson’s general education curriculum, which includes coursework in oral and written communication skills, the arts and humanities, history, social and behavioral sciences, mathematics and science, and foreign language. Completion of the program may require that students extend their residency beyond four years or take classes during one or two summer sessions. Interested students should contact the Admissions Office at Longy.

  • "Longy has had a huge impact on my career as it provided me with knowledge and the ability to discover what I really am, and what really suits me in music. I am very proud and honored I hold a MM from this school."
    Christina Guibas, MM piano ‘13
  • "The Longy community is not only full of great musicians, but great people. Everyone looks out for each other. Also, it’s not just on the Longy campus, we play gigs with each other. It’s more than just being in academics together. This community has made my experience amazing so far. I look forward to being here everyday, playing music and learning with friends."
    Dylan Jack, MM Modern American Music, percussion '16
  • "I’m amazed by the level of individual attention I’ve received at Longy. The focus is not on competition, but personal growth, and I really feel that from the faculty."
    Brian Gonzalez, MM Opera ‘13