The Longy Difference

Social Imperative

Join the conservatory that combines music artistry with service to the community as an integral part of the curriculum. At Longy, you will discover many paths to make a life in music and make your music matter.

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Catalyst Curriculum

An innovative Catalyst Curriculum compels graduate students to explore their artistry and to take risks to build their skills, guided by a world-class faculty that encourages them to push their artistic presentation beyond the proscenium model. Longy promotes profound musical understanding and technical mastery, inspires growth of imagination, and fosters an attitude of inquiry about the musician’s role in the world. Longy offers undergraduate diplomas and graduate degrees and diplomas in areas such as brass, chamber music, collaborative piano, composition, historical performance, jazz and contemporary music, organ, piano, strings, vocal studies, and woodwinds. It also offers artist diplomas—its highest performance credential—and certificate and license programs.

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Culture of Collaboration

Study in a musical home—literally, a historic mansion—where “everybody knows your name.” A place where “collaborative” and “ensemble” describe not only our performances, but the way we live and learn together.

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Real-World Experience

From your first days at Longy you become a Boston musician, performing professionally with faculty on concert stages around the city. You will have networking opportunities with an extensive community of musicians and music organizations.

Develop the skills you need to be a successful musician in an ever-evolving landscape. Explore the many paths a musical life can take. Get hands‐on, real‐world experience that prepares you for the do‐it‐yourself career that artists must navigate. 

Vibrant City Location

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.

Forbes named Boston the second most creative U.S. city.