All Bard College Conservatory of Music undergraduates pursue a five-year program leading to two degrees: the Bachelor of Music degree and the Bachelor of Arts degree with a concentration in a field other than music. The innovative curriculum of the Bard College Conservatory of Music is guided by the principle that musicians should be broadly educated in the liberal arts and sciences in order to achieve their greatest musical and academic potential.
Because all conservatory students pursue the double-degree, there exists a supportive community that equally serves the musical and academic goals of young musicians and provides the high level of training essential to success.
Drawing on the professional music world of New York City for its studio instructors, the Bard College Conservatory of Music double-degree program is for those young musicians who wish to combine music training at the highest level with the broadening experience of a strong liberal arts academic program.
Students interested in applying are required to submit two separate applications: one for the conservatory and the Common Application for the college. Conservatory applicants must submit both applications and be accepted to both the conservatory and college in order to attend the conservatory.
The conservatory is aware of the increasing financial burden of going to college— and particularly that of enrolling in a five-year double-degree program. With a combination of generous merit and need based financial aid awards, the conservatory does its best to make it financially feasible for all accepted students to attend. In addition there are special merit scholarships for those students studying double bass, oboe, bassoon, and brass instruments.
Bard Conservatory also offers graduate programs in vocal performance, orchestral and choral conducting, instrumental performance, and a collaborative piano fellowship program. Bard College is also home to the pre-professional training orchestra, The Orchestra Now.