Mission & Vision

Our Mission

Longy School of Music of Bard College prepares musicians to make a difference in the world.

Because the world needs music now more than ever, Longy has reimagined conservatory education. We are leading the seismic shift, by centering music as social change, expanding the world’s understanding of what a life in music can mean. We prepare you to engage new audiences, teach anyone, anywhere — and make a difference with your music.

Longy is a degree-granting conservatory in Cambridge, MA. We offer a full spectrum of performance, composition, and teaching programs, including a Master of Music in Music Education.

We’ve turned graduate education on its head with our innovative Catalyst Curriculum, which pairs musical excellence with the skills needed to become a professional musician in a rapidly changing musical landscape. At Longy, you will discover many paths to make a meaningful life in music. Join us and become the musician the world needs you to be.

We value:

  • The transformational power of music
  • The joy of making and sharing music with others
  • The art of teaching
  • Honest, ongoing assessment
  • Respect for the individual
  • A diverse and supportive community
  • Dynamic interaction with the larger world
  • Creative thought and innovation
  • The freedom to explore
  • Advocacy for our art