Make Your Music Matter

Longy is a conservatory whose mission is to prepare musicians to make a difference in the world. This social imperative is at the core of the school’s curriculum, encouraging students to become the musicians the world needs them to be.

The school is committed to preparing its students to meet a changing musical landscape head-on, giving them the skills to perform, the ambition to teach, and the desire to expand access and opportunity within classical music. Every student is encouraged to live by Longy’s bold mission and actively serve the community around them. By weaving artistry and service together as an integral part of the curriculum, Longy is shaping a new future for classical music.

Master the Art of Teaching

You don’t need to choose between your music and changing the world

Teach next year (and receive a graduate degree) with these one-year programs

Be inspired by the El Sistema model to become the musician the world needs you to be

Degree programs available
Master of Music in Music Education (MM/ME)
Online Master of Music in Music Education (MM/ME)

The Master of Arts in Teaching in Music (MAT) program will not be accepting applications for a ’21-’22 class

Leaders in Youth Music Education

Longy offers year-round and summer programming inspired by the Venezuelan social movement, El Sistema, which addresses issues of social justice through accessible musical training.

Longy Side-by-Side
This year-round program pairs children ages 6-18 from community music programs and El Sistema-inspired music education sites across Massachusetts with Longy conservatory students for rehearsals and extraordinary performances. Through this innovative program, Longy is enriching the lives of children, preparing conservatory students to build meaningful lives in music, and addressing a pressing need for high-quality music education for young musicians who may not otherwise have access.

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Summer Academy
Designed for students from El Sistema-inspired and community-based programs across the Greater Boston area and beyond, this program will foster friendships, enhance musical artistry, develop creative music-making skills, and promote leadership. We host Boston’s finest young musicians for two weeks of music immersion and inspiration.

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A National Collaborative Evaluation of El Sistema-inspired Music Education
Researchers from Longy and arts research firm WolfBrown collaborated on the first-ever U.S. multi-site, multi-program study on the effects of El Sistema, made possible by funding from The Buck Family Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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Music as a Healing Art

For many of us, music is a calling. Our art can relieve suffering, bring comfort, and give respite. As a musician, you can use your talents to make a difference in the world by helping those in need.

Our class, Music as a Healing Art, explores the human response to music and its therapeutic capabilities. Longy also prepares musicians for the art and science of therapeutic live music—for individuals in hospital, hospice, and other healthcare settings.

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