Admissions

At Longy, students become part of a community of musicians who root for each other

The personal attention in Longy's conservatory programs starts with the admission process. We want to get to know you—in person, via email, over the phone, and through your application. Please reach out to us with any questions about our programs, curriculum, and admission cycle.   

Below is an overview of Longy's seven programs of study available to both undergraduate and graduate students.

Artist Diploma

The Artist Diploma is Longy's highest performance credential and is awarded to exceptionally gifted performers who show outstanding promise for a professional career in music.

The Artist Diploma program is designed with flexibility in mind so that its candidates can focus their energy exclusively on performance and performance-related study. Lessons with the primary studio instructor, or in the case of an Artist Diploma ensemble, the primary coach, are the mainstay of the curriculum. The only school-wide requirement for Artist Diploma candidates is the Teaching Artist Program, which involves one semester of individualized study, designed in consultation with the Director of Teacher Education and the Dean of the Conservatory. Elective credits are also made available so that each candidate can pursue areas of personal interest, within the performance area or in allied areas of theory and composition, mind/body studies, Dalcroze Eurhythmics, or Jazz and Contemporary Music.

In addition to aspiring solo and orchestral musicians, the program is open to established chamber ensembles. At the time of application, Artist Diploma candidates must possess clarity and maturity of artistic expression and a deep commitment to pursuing a performance career, along with a record of previous professional-level performance experience.

Major Areas: Brass, Chamber Music, Collaborative Piano, Historical Performance, Organ, Piano, Strings, Vocal Performance, and Woodwinds and Brass.

Level: Advanced Graduate (conservatory diploma, bachelor's degree, or equivalent credential required).

Normal Program Length and Credits: 2 years, 20-22 credits required for graduation.

ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS:

  • Bachelor's degree, post-secondary conservatory diploma, or demonstrated equivalent
  • Applicants must demonstrate extensive performance experience at a professional level and the intent and ability to pursue a performance career
Master of Arts in Teaching

Longy offers the first, one-year accredited degree program in the world inspired by El Sistema, the Venezuelan program that is changing the lives of children in underserved communities through intensive music instruction.

The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program was developed with the LA Phil to establish a hands-on approach to learning. Now in partnership with the Heart of Los Angeles (HOLA) and Street Symphony, you will “learn by doing” by working in the surrounding underserved neighborhoods of the Rampart District of Los Angeles. Within weeks you will gain new skills by teaching in urban public schools throughout Southern California and El Sistema-inspired programs such as YOLA and Opus, while empowering communities experiencing homelessness like Skid Row.

The MAT in Music offers a unique and powerful graduate study in performancemusic pedagogy, and social justice, as well as access to MAT faculty, including Los Angeles Philharmonic musicians and leading scholars in music and education. We are looking for inspired artists from all musical backgrounds-classical, pop, world, folk, jazz, instrumental, vocal, conducting and more. 

 

With an intimate class size of 12-15, Longy offers a personal learning environment that encourages innovation and allows for more individualized attention. MAT graduates are awarded a California single-subject K-12 teaching credential in music.

Level: Graduate (conservatory diploma or bachelor’s degree required).

Normal Program Length and Credits: 1 year, 63 credits required for graduation.

Information on how to apply can be found here.  

Please contact us at admissions(at)longy.edu with any questions.

 

Master of Music

Students in the two-year Master of Music program develop broad musical expertise while pursuing an intensive curriculum in their major area of study. Master’s candidates take part in the Teaching Artist Program. Distribution requirements allow students to choose from a range of courses in improvisation, music history, music theory, and mind/body studies. Master's candidates must also demonstrate proficiency in music theory, music history, and piano skills, passing proficiency examinations or review courses in each of these areas before graduation. With the exception of the Composition, Dalcroze, and Opera departments, the first year of study concludes with a recital, at which students must demonstrate satisfactory progress in the major instrument; the second year culminates in a final degree recital.

Major Areas: Brass, Collaborative Piano, Composition, Historical Performance, Jazz and Contemporary Music, Opera, Organ, Piano, Strings, Vocal Performance, and Woodwinds.

Level: Graduate (conservatory diploma, bachelor's degree, or equivalent credential required).

Normal Program Length and Credits: 2 years, 36-38 credits required for graduation.

Graduate Performance Diploma

This traditional conservatory program allows graduate-level pianists, singers, and instrumentalists to focus intensively on performance. Each of four semesters includes individual instruction and appropriate ensemble opportunities. The single school-wide requirement for Graduate Performance Diploma candidates is the Teaching Artist Program. For students in all departments except Opera, the first year concludes with a recital, at which students must demonstrate satisfactory progress in the major instrument; the second year culminates in a final diploma recital.

Major Areas: Brass, Chamber Music, Collaborative Piano, Historical Performance, Jazz and Contemporary Music, Opera, Organ, Piano, Strings, Vocal Performance, and Woodwinds.

Level: Graduate (conservatory diploma, bachelor's degree, or equivalent credential required).

Normal Program Length and Credits: 2 years, 29 credits required for graduation.

ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

  • Bachelor's degree, post-secondary conservatory diploma, or demonstrated equivalent
  • Academic and performance record demonstrating the capacity to excel in full-time studies
  • Applicants in performance must present an audition
  • Applicants in composition must submit a portfolio of completed compositions demonstrating advanced compositional skills in a variety of media

 

Undergraduate Diploma

The Undergraduate Diploma is a four-year course of musical study, providing thorough, rigorous, and comprehensive training for talented performers and composers. Undergraduates often work alongside graduate students in ensembles and performance and repertory courses.

School-wide requirements for the Undergraduate Diploma include Fundamentals of Musicianship (12 credits, taken over 6 semesters), Harmony (8 credits, taken over 4 semesters), Music History, including 20th- and 21st-century History and Analysis (8 credits, taken over 4 semesters), Form and Analysis (4 credits, taken over 2 semesters), Counterpoint (2 credits, 1 semester), Introduction to Eurhythmics (2 credits, taken over 2 semesters), and Improvisation (1 credit, 1 semester, to be selected from the list of improvisation distribution requirements). In addition, all Undergraduate Diploma candidates must participate in the Teaching Artist Program (1 credits, 1 semester), during their third or fourth years of study, and pass a proficiency examination in piano.

For students in performance departments, a promotional jury demonstrating satisfactory progress in the major instrument must be passed at the end of the first, second, and third years of study. The fourth year culminates in a Diploma recital for performance majors, and a public performance of a medium-scale work for composers.

Major Areas: Brass, Composition, Organ, Piano, Strings, Vocal Performance, Woodwinds.

Level: Undergraduate (high school diploma or equivalent credential required).

Normal Program Length and Credits: 4 years, 95 credits required for graduation (97 in the Woodwinds and Brass Department).

ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. high school diploma or equivalent
  • Academic and performance record demonstrating the capacity to excel in full-time studies
  • Applicants in performance must present an audition
  • Applicants in composition must submit a portfolio of completed compositions demonstrating advanced compositional skills in a variety of media
Bachelor of Music

Through an arrangement with Emerson College, students enrolled in Longy’s Undergraduate Diploma program may simultaneously pursue the Bachelor of Music degree at Emerson College in Boston. In addition to completing all requirements for the Undergraduate Diploma at Longy, students complete Emerson’s general education curriculum. Students who enroll in the program will be able to utilize resources (e.g. library, alumni network, career services) provided by both institutions.

Duration: Two or more summers.

Tuition: Part-time tuition charges through Emerson College on a per-credit basis.

 

Emerson Tuition & Fees

Credit Requirements: 36-56 credits of Liberal Arts Curriculum at Emerson College, depending on waivers and Longy courses that satisfy requirements. A minimum of 32 credits must be taken at Emerson College. 96 Credits must be completed at Longy.

 

The following General Education requirements must be completed:

  • Introduction to Writing
  • Research Writing
  • Fundamentals of Speech Communication
  • Quantitative (May be waived by 550 SAT or 4 years of high school math)
  • Aesthetic Perspective (may be satisfied at Longy by Music History)
  • Ethics and Values Perspective
  • Historical Perspective
  • Interdisciplinary Perspective
  • Literary Perspective
  • Scientific Perspective
  • Social and Psychological Perspective
  • World Language (may be waived by 3 years of high school language)
  • U.S. Diversity (may be satisfied simultaneously with another course)
  • Global Diversity (may be satisfied simultaneously with another course)

 

Application Deadline: March 15

Application Requirements:

Interested students must apply and be accepted to Longy first, and then independently apply to Emerson during their first semester.

Students complete Emerson’s Common Application for Transfer Students and choose Summer Term as their start date.

The following materials are required in addition to the Common Application:

  • High school transcript or GED: An official, final high school transcript or GED indicating your date of graduation is required. If the Longy School of Music has an official copy of your high school transcript, we will accept a copy sent directly from the Registrar’s office.
  • College/University transcripts: An official transcript is required from each college or university you have attended. For your current institution, make sure the transcript indicates courses in progress. Successful candidates typically have maintained a 3.0 grade point average in previous college coursework. However, we will consider any special circumstance you list in your application.
  • Academic report: An evaluation or recommendation is required from someone who has taught you in a college subject.
  • Mid-Term Report:Includes estimated grades from your current semester.
  • SAT or ACT results: Test scores can be sent to Emerson from the College Board (SAT code: 3367, ACT code: 1820). If the SAT or ACT scores are listed on your official high school transcript, Emerson will accept those as official. If the Longy School of Music has an official copy of your high school transcript, Emerson will accept the SAT/ACT scores on high school transcripts sent directly to the Registrar’s office. Test scores are not required if student:
  • Has earned an associate’s degree
  • Has junior status or above
  • Graduated high school 3 years or more ago

English Proficiency: 80 or higher on TOEFL ibt, or equivalent.

Detailed application instructions can be found here.

Contact:

For Application Questions:

Lisa L. Yaeger, Associate Director/ Transfer Coordinator

Lisa_Yaeger(at)emerson.edu    617-824-8600

 

For Academic Questions:

Anne M. Doyle, Executive Director of Academic Administration

Anne_Doyle(at)emerson.edu    617-824-8220

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  • "Longy has had a huge impact on my career as it provided me with knowledge and the ability to discover what I really am, and what really suits me in music. I am very proud and honored I hold a MM from this school."
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  • "The Longy community is not only full of great musicians, but great people. Everyone looks out for each other. Also, it’s not just on the Longy campus, we play gigs with each other. It’s more than just being in academics together. This community has made my experience amazing so far. I look forward to being here everyday, playing music and learning with friends."
    Dylan Jack, MM Modern American Music, percussion '16
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