5 Reasons to Choose Longy School of Music

Published December 10th, 2019


The world needs music now more than ever. Longy School of Music prepares you to become an exceptional musician who can engage new audiences, teach anyone, anywhere, and use artistry to change lives in communities around the world. You will have networking opportunities with an extensive community of musicians and music organizations. If that's not enough to convince you, here are 5 reasons to choose Longy School of Music.

1) Their Innovative Catalyst Curriculum

Longy trains musicians to be catalysts—artists who know how to create change and make things happen. That’s why they've turned graduate education on its head with a different kind of curriculum, customized for you. With faculty as your facilitators, you’ll take the lead in your own education: exploring, experimenting, and following your passion. You’ll learn how to create your own opportunities for work and, ultimately, you’ll discover who you want to become as a musician.

The Catalyst Curriculum is the principal requirement for students pursuing a Master of Music; it is the only requirement for the Graduate Diploma and Graduate Performance Diploma.

That means:

  • no juries
  • no busy work
  • design, produce, engage
  • one-on-one career coaching

2) Real-World Experience

As a Longy student, you will learn from guest artists in masterclasses and performances.

  • In recent years, Longy students have worked with:
    • Castle of our Skins
    • Radius Ensemble
    • Boston Opera Collaborative
    • Boston Camerata
    • Boston Early Music Festival
    • Emmanuel Music
    • Street Symphony

3) Commitment to Social Justice

Join the conservatory that combines music artistry with service to the community as an integral part of the curriculum.

Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

Longy offers the first El Sistema-inspired degree program in the country, founded 7 years ago in partnership with the L.A. Phil. This one-year program is embedded in minority-majority neighborhoods, with a campus at the Heart of Los Angeles (HOLA). Build your network on the west coast and teach next year in California.

Master of Music in Music Education (MM/ME)

The MM/ME builds on the success of the MAT program in Los Angeles. MM/ME candidates will gain immediate experience, working with underserved youth in Greater Boston-area public schools and numerous El Sistema-inspired sites across the state. This new one-year degree program is hosted at Longy’s Boston campus, with access to the full resources and opportunities of the conservatory. Teach next year in Massachusetts.

Sistema Side-by-Side

This year-long initiative pairs children ages 6–18 from 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.

El Sistema 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.

4) Learn and Perform in a Supportive Environment

Longy is a place where “collaborative” and “ensemble” not only describe the performances, but the way we live and learn together. As you engage audiences and grow as a musician, your mentors and classmates will share your every success.

The Career Coaching Program will help you craft a meaningful and productive life in music. Using one-on-one coaching, small group sessions, and panel discussions, this program will help you clarify your goals, preferences and values in order to create a graduate school experience that prepares you to be a musician who makes a difference in the world.

  • Study with Master Teachers and Boston’s best artists
  • Join a community of musicians who root for each other
  • Vibrant City Location with extensive networking opportunities

5) Generous Financial Aid Packages

Longy understands that an education is a significant financial investment. They do their best to work with each student to make this investment possible. The following sources of aid can help students find the means to finance their education:

Merit Scholarships

Longy offers competitive scholarships based on merit and institutional need. All applicants are considered for institutional aid after completing the  standard application procedures. 97% of Longy students receive merit scholarships.

Teaching Assistantships

Teaching Assistants receive up to a $10,000 yearly deduction from tuition and work 10 hours per week within the public-school system and/or El Sistema nucleos that participate in Longy’s Sistema Side-by-Side Orchestra. Teaching is an essential skill for every musician, and Teaching Assistantships enable students to gain valuable, hands-on classroom and pedagogical experience. Though primarily music mentors, Teaching Assistants also have the opportunity to lead sectionals, help plan lessons, and work collaboratively with expert instructors. Applicants to Longy wishing to be considered for an assistantship can note their interest in the online application.

Graduate Fellowships Available

Graduate Fellowship opportunities offer real-world experience, enabling students to broaden their horizons while reducing tuition fees by up to $8,000 annually. By working in academic or administrative departments, Graduate Fellowships provide meaningful professional experience; skills which serve well in the changing professional music world. Graduate fellows work in their assigned position for 10 hours per week. Applicants to Longy wishing to be considered for a Fellowship can note their interest in the online application.

Deadline: January 5, 2020

Apply now, or submit a FREE interest form!



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