MAT Admissions Information

The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Program is defined by forms of active inquiry where learning and professional growth are fostered in an atmosphere promoting mutual support. Creating a collaborative educational community begins with the selection of a talented, energetic, and diverse cohort of students during the admissions process.


Application Deadline

Summer 2018 Applications will be open on September 15, 2017

Priority Deadline: December 1

General Deadline: January 5

Please email the Admissions Office with questions.

Application Requirements

  • Complete the Online Application (available Sept 15)
  • Submit a recorded audition (please see Audition Repertoire Requirements). We do not expect applicants to submit a studio-quality recording; we are listening for the quality of musicianship and performance, not the quality of the recording itself. Video is preferred. Do not mail scores, DVDs and/or CDs. 
  • Submit Required Supplemental Materials (see below).
  • All applicants must have received a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution with a major in music or music education. We will also consider applicants who have received a bachelor’s degree in another discipline with a concentration in music. Students must have completed core courses in music theory and music history prior to the MAT.

Required Supplemental Materials

  • Resume, personal statement, 2 letters of recommendation (submitted through the online application)
  • Transcripts/academic records (transcripts must be in English)
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores (non-native English speakers only)
  • FAFSA—Free Application for Federal Student Aid (Institution Code 021430)

Additional Materials for Enrollment

As a residency model, the MAT program places students in classrooms throughout their year of enrollment. The following clearances are required for participation in classrooms:

All correspondence not submitted online should be addressed to:

Longy School of Music of Bard College 
Master of Arts in Teaching Program 
c/o Heart of Los Angeles
2701 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 100
Los Angeles, CA 90057

Phone: 617-831-1761
E-mail: matla(at)

Instructions for International Students