The Social Imperative

Make Your Music Matter

Longy is a conservatory whose mission is to prepare musicians to make a difference in the world. This social imperative is at the core of the school’s curriculum, encouraging students to become the musicians the world needs them to be.

The school is committed to preparing its students to meet a changing musical landscape head-on, giving them the skills to perform, the ambition to teach, and the desire to expand access and opportunity within classical music. Every student is encouraged to live by Longy’s bold mission and actively serve the community around them. By weaving artistry and service together as an integral part of the curriculum, Longy is shaping a new future for classical music.

Leaders in the International El Sistema Movement

Inspired by the Venezuelan social movement, El Sistema, which addresses issues of social justice through accessible musical training, Longy offers year-round and summer programming.

Sistema Side-by-Side
This year-long initiative pairs children ages 6-18 from El Sistema-inspired music education sites across Massachusetts with Longy conservatory students for rehearsals and extraordinary performances. Through this innovative program, Longy is enriching the lives of children, preparing conservatory students to build meaningful lives in music, and addressing a pressing need for high-quality music education for young musicians who may not otherwise have access.

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El Sistema Summer Academy
Designed for students from El Sistema-inspired and community-based programs across the Greater Boston area and beyond, this program will foster friendships, enhance musical artistry, develop creative music-making skills, and promote leadership. We host Boston’s finest young musicians for two weeks of music immersion and inspiration.

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A National Collaborative Evaluation of El Sistema-inspired Music Education
Researchers from Longy and arts research firm WolfBrown collaborated on the first-ever U.S. multi-site, multi-program study on the effects of El Sistema, made possible by funding from The Buck Family Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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The Ensemble and the World Ensemble
The Ensemble newsletters are the only publications dedicated to the extraordinary community of El Sistema-inspired program leaders, educators, students, and parents around the world—380+ programs in 65+ countries, with nearly a million participating young musicians. The Ensemble and the World Ensemble are the field’s primary forum for news exchange, research and innovation reporting, sharing of resources and opportunities, calls-to-action, and thoughtful editorial and practitioner perspectives.

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Master of Arts in Teaching

Located in Los Angeles, Longy’s groundbreaking 12-month Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Program prepares musicians to become agents of change. This community-based teaching residency provides an integrated graduate music program with hands-on learning experiences at the Heart of Los Angeles (HOLA) and with Street Symphony, and in urban public schools throughout Southern California. The MAT program offers a unique course of graduate study in performance, music pedagogy, and social justice taught by esteemed faculty, including distinguished L.A. musicians as well as leading scholars in music and education. Program graduates are awarded California single-subject credentialing (K–12) in music with reciprocity throughout the U.S.

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Music as a Healing Art

For many of us, music is a calling. Our art can relieve suffering, bring comfort, and give respite. As a musician, you can use your talents to make a difference in the world by helping those in need.

Our class, Music as a Healing Art, explores the human response to music and its therapeutic capabilities. Longy’s Certified Music Practitioner® program, in conjunction with Music for Healing and Transition Program, Inc.™ (MHTP), prepares musicians for the art and science of therapeutic live music—for individuals in hospital, hospice, and other healthcare settings.

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