Health & Wellness

Your mental and physical well being is important to us. Please use the tabs below to address health concerns during your time at Longy. Please contact the Admission & Student Services Office regarding any concerns not addressed on this website.


Student Health Insurance

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. Qualifying part-time students enrolled at half time or less may elect to enroll in the school's health insurance program for a slightly higher cost. Contact Admissions at admissions(at) for information regarding health insurance costs for part-time students or for single semester (fall-only or spring-only) costs. 

Benefits & Plan Information

Find a Doctor

Find a Pharmacy

Waiver Process

Only domestic students may waive Longy's student health insurance plan. International students are required to enroll in Longy's student health insurance plan. The waiver form is available starting in early June for Fall enrollment and early December for Spring enrollment. The deadline for completing the online waiver form is August 1 for the fall semester and January 1 for the spring semester.

If you are a domestic student and your current coverage is comparable to the Student Health Insurance Plan:

  1. Go to the Gallagher Student website.
  2. On the left toolbar, click ‘Student Waive/Enroll’.
  3. Log in (if you haven’t already).
  4. Click the ‘I want to Enroll/Waive’ button.
  5. Follow the instructions to complete the form.
  6. Print or write down your reference number. Receipt of this number only confirms submission, not acceptance, of your form.
Print an ID Card

Health insurance cards can be viewed and printed online. You must print an ID card before you see a doctor in order to provide proof of coverage. If you need a health insurance verification letter, please contact the Admission and Student Services Office.

To print your ID card:

  1. Go to the Gallagher Student website.
  2. On the left toolbar, click ‘Account Home’.
  3. Log in (if you haven’t already).
  4. You will be redirected to the ‘Account Home’ page, then click on ‘Generate ID Card’ under ‘Coverage History’.
Enroll Dependents

Students may enroll spouses and children in the Longy student health insurance plan. 

To enroll dependents:

  1. Go to the Gallagher Student website.
  2. On the left toolbar, click ‘Dependent Enroll’.
  3. Log in (if you haven’t already).
  4. Follow the instructions to complete the form and submit payment.
  5. Print or save a copy of the confirmation page.

Mental Health

If you are feeling stressed, overwhelmed, or need to talk to someone about mental or emotional distress, consider sessions with a therapist or counselor. There are several local professionals listed below that are covered by Longy's student health plan. 

If you think you may be suffering from a serious mental affliction, please see your Primary Care Physician right away. 

Local Mental Health Professionals


Donna Torney


Kumiko Ide


Judy Hu


Masha Feldman


Sarah J. Smith

George Soto

Niteo Program

NITEO is a Center for Psych Rehab initiative designed to support college students in the Boston area during a mental health-related medical leave of absence.


Physical Health

Finding a Doctor

There are a variety of doctors available to Longy Students in the neighborhood surrounding a campus. A few examples of each are listed below. More providers can be located by logging in to your healthcare website and searching their database.

Please Note: 

  • You should select a doctor within your insurance network for the best converge. You may incur additional charges if you select a care provider outside of your network.
  • Most specialists require a referral from a primary care provider. Please contact your doctor’s office for further information.
  • Most in-office appointments require a co-payment. Details should be listed on your insurance card.
General Physician - Primary Care Physician (PCP)
Women’s Health – Obstetrics and Gynaecology (OB/GYN)
Injury Prevention
  • Take a Mind/Body Class: Alexander Technique, Body Mapping, Yoga for Musicians
  • Discuss it with your teacher as soon as you notice signs of pain or discomfort.
  • Exercise.
  • Take practice breaks.
Upper Respiratory – Ear, Nose, Throat (ENT)

Prevention Information

The best way to avoid health problems is to take preventative measures. The following links offer advice for preventing the common cold, the flu, STDs, headaches, and injury.

Cold and Flu Prevention
  • Make sure to get a flu shot every year. Flu shots are available at your local doctor's office or at a local pharmacy, such as CVS. 
  • Wash your hands often. 
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you sneeze, cough, or blow your nose. 
  • Stay home if you are sick. Make sure to contact professors, teachers and ensemble coaches in advance if you will be absent.

More Tips for Cold & Flu Prevention

Stress Prevention

A high level of stress can cause headaches, high blood pressure and emotional distress. The following tips may help you lower stress levels.

  • Exercise
  • Try relaxation techniques, such as meditation, yoga, or deep breathing. Consider taking Yoga for Musicians or Performance Techniques as one of your elective courses. 
  • Get enough sleep. Most people need between 7-8 hours of sleep each night. 

More Tips on Stress & Headache Prevention

Gym Membership Options  


Gold's Gym

Location: Somerville
Cost: $39.99/month
Notes:Month to month contract

Harter Strength and Conditioning

Location: Brookline
Cost: Ranges from $25/class to $240/month
Notes:Can pay for individual classes, or monthly memberships

VIM Fitness

Location: Central Square
Cost: $99 for one month, $75 monthly contract, $700 yearly contract

Cambridge Athletic Club 

Location: Kendall Square
Cost: $74 per month, no contract
Notes: One time enrollment fee of $99 includes 2 sessions with a personal trainer and a 20 minute consultation

BodyScapes Fitness 

Location: Kendall Square
Cost: $105 for one month, $91/month for 3 month contract, $86/month for 6 month contract, $81/month for year contract 
Notes:Includes 2 free personal training sessions and access to group classes

Healthworks Fitness Center 

Location: Porter Square ,Back Bay, Coolidge Corner
Cost: Contact specific gym for rates
Notes: Gym for women 


Location: Allston, Porter Square
Cost: $24.95/month, no contract

YMCA Boston 

Location: Boston, Dorchester, East Boston, Brighton, Roxbury, Waltham
Cost: Contact specific gym for rates

Cambridge YMCA

Location: Cambridge
Cost: Ranges $35/month to $55/month
Notes:Annual and monthly contracts

Immunization Requirements

Longy School of Music of Bard College is mandated by Massachusetts law to request that all students present evidence that they are immunized against Hepatitis B, Measles/Mumps/Rubella (MMR), Diphtheria/Pertussis/Tetanus (Tdap), and Varicella.

Note: Some international students may not be able to obtain their Tdap vaccination in their home country. These students may obtain their Tdap vaccination here in the United States after arrival. Vaccination doses must be started before the end of the Drop/Add period.

In addition, students who were born and/or lived in countries with a high rate of tuberculosis need a Mantoux Tuberculin test. More information, including the list of countries, can be found on our History of Immunization Form

 Massachusetts State Vaccination Guidelines can be found here.

 To find a clinic for vaccinations in the U.S. near you, visit HealthMap Vaccine Finder