In partnership with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Longy School of Music of Bard College's innovative 12-month Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program prepares musicians to become agents of change.

Located on the campus of the Los Angeles Philharmonic's premier El Sistema-inspired site, Youth Orchestra Los Angeles (YOLA) at Heart of Los Angeles (HOLA), this community-based teaching residency provides MAT candidates an integrated graduate music program with hands-on learning experiences at both YOLA and in urban public schools throughout Southern California.

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.

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.  

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Writing and Thinking: MAT students gather for a weeklong intensive introductory course modeled after Bard’s signature Writing and Thinking workshop. Here they examine core beliefs and assumptions about music and education and begin to build the sense of community integral to the MAT.

Core Courses: MAT students are required to take four graduate-level courses in music and four graduate-level courses in education. These courses are thematically designed to answer essential questions about teaching and learning and are framed by practice-based research.

Teaching Laboratory: MAT students, joined by resident faculty and outside guests, convene for weekly sessions that examine the practical applications of concepts and ideas they encounter in their core courses.

Teaching Practicum: As teaching interns, MAT students design and teach classes, assess student understanding, and modify practices to adapt to students’ needs. MAT students teach in school classrooms, community music centers, and El Sistema-inspired nucleos.

Private Lessons: Students enrolled in the MAT take private lessons on their major instrument, voice, composition, or conducting with members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and other Los Angeles-based professional musicians.

Research Projects: MAT students work closely with faculty mentors to prepare two final research projects: a performance-based?presentation, as well as a scholarly inquiry focused on teaching and learning in the classroom.

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