Director of Music and Social Change Programs

Longy School of Music of Bard College

Reports To: Dean of the Conservatory; dotted line to the President
Supervises: Program Manager for Educational Initiatives, Lead Program Supervisor, FacultyThe Opportunity
The Director of Music and Social Change Programs takes charge of programs that live out the spirit of the school’s mission to prepare musicians to make a difference in the world. This is an extraordinary opportunity for an individual with a demonstrated passion for innovation and social justice in the context of education. The Director of Music and Social Change Programs will develop, grow, and teach programs that will change the trajectory of Longy’s curriculum and aid in recruitment. This person will have a leadership role in shaping Longy’s signature programs, as identified in its strategic plan, with the goal of transforming the student experience at Longy into one that prepares students to use their artistry to drive positive change in their communities. Themes among these programs include civic engagement, inclusion, diversity and equity.The Director of Music and Social Change Programs will oversee the programs described below, inspiring faculty and program directors, creating innovative student experiences with a focus on experimentation, evaluation and growth:

  • Master of Music in Music Education. Longy launches its first graduate teacher training program at its home campus in 2020; a program that joins its Master of Arts in Teaching program in Los Angeles, focusing on teaching in El Sistema and social justice.
  • Sistema Side by Side. An orchestra comprised of Longy students and young musicians from Massachusetts-based El Sistema-inspired programs, Sistema Side by Side is centered on mentorship and musical excellence. The program includes 3-4 concerts throughout the academic year, including the annual gala, as well as a two-week summer academy in August.
  • Music as a Healing Art. Longy has partnered with the Music for Healing and Transition Program to offer an academic year class as well as a summer program leading to certification as Music Practitioner. This training prepares musicians at all levels to use their artistry for healing within a variety of settings (hospitals, assisted living facilities, hospice care, transitional housing, etc.).
  • Teaching Artist Program. Longy was among the first music conservatories to require its students to study and practice teaching artistry, placing its students in community organizations and public schools around the city. Through the teaching artist program, Longy students learn how to interact with new audiences and create meaningful musical experiences in a variety of settings.
  • Music and Civic Engagement. Preparing students to make an impact in the community is a prominent feature of Longy’s Catalyst Curriculum. In this class, students learn how human-centered design can help them identify social needs through music.
  • Musician’s Portfolio. At the heart of being an artist in society is self-awareness and identity and determining what you have and wish to say to the world. While technology has made human interaction instant and quick, it also presents the potential for social and professional connections to be easily dismissed. The power of the individual, and his or her voice, remains irreplaceable and strong. This class will enable students to develop and sound their individual voice; they will create a resume, biography, website, and artistic project, along with other important supportive collateral (photos, video and audio samples). In addition, they will be trained in public presentation, and interview techniques.
  • The Director of Music and Social Change Programs will have direct oversight and responsibility for the following areas for program development, and may lead instruction as appropriate:
  • Co-Curricular Professional Opportunities. Longy provides a range of ways for students to explore professional pathways as musicians through teaching assistantships in the Cambridge public schools, department-based assistantships on campus, an internship program, entrepreneurial intensives, and partnerships with professional music-based organizations.
  • Professional Development. Curate and lead professional development sessions for teachers and musicians that help them explore and develop their skills in a changing environment. These sessions may be offered via distance learning and/or on-campus.


The Director will also be charged with identifying and cultivating partnerships with national and international institutions, including Mt. Auburn Hospital, Cambridge Public Schools, Heart of Los Angeles, and the El Sistema network. An entrepreneurial, creative thinker, the Director should have a start-up mentality and a knack for compelling, persuasive writing. This person is curious and confident, ready to listen and inquire.


  • Set and execute the vision for the MM/ME program in close collaboration with the President and the Dean
  • Oversee and develop curriculum and related assessments, ensuring the highest levels of quality; adjust and adapt curriculum to ensure successful outcomes
  • Connect and integrate the MM/ME program and its students into the life of the Conservatory, including Sistema Side by Side, Longy Conservatory Orchestra, and other education and performance programs
  • Lead and supervise the team of Sistema Side by Side staff and faculty in bringing to fruition the annual Sistema Side by Side season.
  • Direct and, as needed, teach the Teaching Artist Program, Musician’s Portfolio and Music & Civic Engagement.
  • Oversee the Teaching Assistants and Graduate Fellows Program.
  • Supervise and evaluate faculty and mentors; partner with faculty to develop meaningful project-based learning experiences as a curricular consultant.
  • Take responsibility for turning raw ideas into curricular models that will transform student thinking and engage new audiences.
  • Oversee the start-up of new programs and take ownership of their continued success.
  • Assist in identifying funding sources for new endeavors.
  • Should be facile in writing both for accreditation and marketing/fundraising.
  • Work closely with the Office of Institutional Advancement in preparing grant proposals and representing the programs at specific Longy fundraising events.
  • Create and manage budgets as necessary for the program and related activities.
  • Assist in development of presentations to the board and other audiences.
  • Teach at least two classes in the MM/ME or other program per semester.
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • Qualified candidates will possess an outstanding record as a musician and educator.
  • Advanced degree (MM, MAT, MME or equivalent) in Music and/or Music Education, with a minimum of three years of teaching experience in a collegiate, university, or conservatory setting
  • Track record of managerial experience and proven leadership
  • Significant experience working and teaching in El Sistema-inspired programs.
  • Track record of developing curriculum and designing music projects with measurable outcomes.
  • Strong teaching and facilitation skills, including a thorough understanding of music education principles and a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • Proven ability to build and leverage relationships with diverse audiences and partners.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with exceptional attention to details.
  • Demonstrated ability to plan strategically, prioritize time, and manage implementation of plans in fast-moving, changeable environments.
  • Ability to work evening and weekend hours, as needed, as Longy hosts numerous performances.


Longy offers a competitive salary plus an Open Time Off Policy (OPTO) which includes a generous Family Medical Leave policy of 12 paid weeks. Longy also offers enrollment in Longy’s defined contribution retirement plan, group health, vision and dental plans, life and long‐term disability insurance, flexible spending account, and qualified transportation programs.

Longy School of Music of Bard College trains musicians to make a difference in their world with a social imperative that is at the core of the School’s curriculum. Breaking down the traditional conservatory constraints, Longy prepares its students to lead meaningful lives in music through project-based learning courses and performances alongside professional partners. Internationally recognized for its efforts to meet a changing musical landscape head-on, Longy gives its graduates the opportunity to perform professionally, teach in a variety of settings, and expand access within classical music.

Longy’s innovative curriculum compels students to explore their artistry, take risks, hone their technique, and become the musician the world needs them to be. Spearheaded by world-class faculty, Longy promotes profound musical understanding and technical mastery and inspires growth of imagination, fostering an attitude of inquiry about the musician’s role in the world.

Longy School of Music of Bard College is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, gender or gender identity, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, marital or veteran status, or age. Longy values the diversity of its community.

You can apply to this job and others using your online resume. Click the link below to submit your online resume and email your application to this employer.

Upload your CV/resume or any other relevant file. Max. file size: 32 MB.

Get Our E-Newsletter - Weekly email news from International Arts Manager
Will be used in accordance with our Privacy Policy