Graduate Diploma in
Graduate Performance Diploma in Music
Longy School of Music of Bard College
USD 38,500 / per year *
Earliest start date
* 2021-2022 estimated tuition
Graduate Performance Diploma (GPD) or Graduate Diploma in Composition (GD)
This two-year program was created so you can focus intensively on training, performance, and professional opportunities. The GPD/GD program usually comes after the completion of a Master of Music degree. Compared to the Master of Music, it requires fewer academic courses and is focused on your skills and interests. If you want to dig in deeper before launching your career, this program is perfect for you.
- Chamber Music
- Collaborative Piano
- Historical Performance
- Jazz & Contemporary Music
- Vocal Studies
Duration: 2 years
Longy's Graduate Performance Diploma in Music Curriculum for 2021-2022 Academic Year (29 credits)
Catalyst Curriculum Courses - 4 credits
- Musician's Portfolio - 1 credit
- Teaching Artistry - 1 credit
- Entrepreneurship OR Project-Based Class - 1 credit
- Engagement Course (choose one from the list below) - 1 credit
- Advanced Teaching Artistry
- Music as a Healing Art
- Sistema Side-by-Side Lab
- Music and Civic Engagement
Artistic Development - 25 credits
- Studio Lessons/Seminar/Individual Chamber Coaching - 12 credits
- Open Credits -13 credits
- 1st Year and Final Recital
- Custom Commission
- Artist Statement Workshops
- Career Coaching
Scholarships and Funding
Sources of Financial Aid
At Longy. we understand that an education is a significant financial investment. We do our 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, teaching assistantships, graduate fellowships, federal aid, and private loans. For more information please visit Longy's page on Scholarship and Financial Aid.
At Longy, we prepare students to become exceptional musicians who can engage new audiences; teach anyone, anywhere; and use artistry to change lives in communities around the world.
This is what makes an ideal student at Longy:
- Transform lives through the power of music
- Have joy making and sharing music with others
- Growth as a teaching artist
- Willingness to be honest and use self-assessment
- Respect for individuals
- Become apart of a diverse and supportive community
- Use creativity of thought and innovation
- Allow freedom to explore new things in music
- Become an advocate for the arts
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.
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