At a Glance

Longy School of Music of Bard College is a degree-granting institution with a Conservatory located in Cambridge, Massachusetts and a Master of Arts in Teaching campus in Los Angeles, California.


Programs: Longy confers the Master of Music degree, the Master of Arts in Teaching degree, Undergraduate Diploma, Graduate Performance Diploma, Artist Diploma, and the Dalcroze Certificate and License. Undergraduate Diploma students can jointly enroll at Emerson College in Boston and pursue the Longy Undergraduate Diploma and Emerson Bachelor of Music degree simultaneously.

Enrollment: In the fall of 2015, the Conservatory enrolled 217 students from 31 states and 27 countries, including 51 undergraduates and 166 graduate students.

Average Class Size: 11.6

Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 2.2:1

Placement: Recent Longy graduates have gone directly into the ranks of major performing organizations, including the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, New World Symphony, Orchestre Philharmonique de Liège, Orquestra del Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia (Valencia, Spain), Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo, and the Zurich Opera House Orchestra. Others have gained entrance to such institutions as Boston Conservatory, Boston University, Eastman School of Music, Hartt School, Indiana University, Kent State University, Manhattan School of Music, Michigan State University, Peabody Institute at Johns Hopkins University, New England Conservatory, University of Cincinnati, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, University of North Carolina-Greensboro, University of Southern California, and other schools for graduate or further graduate study.  Still others have joined touring companies, been admitted to apprenticeship programs, worked as freelance performers, embarked on teaching careers, and contributed to the growth of community outreach programs.

Library: The library's physical collections include some 5,400 books, 17,000 scores, and over 10,000 audio and audio-visual recordings (including LP records, CDs, DVDs and videocassettes). Longy's library provides access to online resources such as streamed audio (Naxos Music Library, DRAM), full-text music journal articles and a host of other online databases


119 faculty members are actively teaching at Longy in 2015-2016. Of these, 14 are considered full-time based on their teaching load.