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The Peabody Conservatory’s new low-residency master’s degree programs, launching in the Summer of 2022, offer the artistic excellence and academic rigor of a Peabody education in a more focused and flexible format for today’s students. Combining a full academic year of distance learning with two compressed in-person summer sessions, the low-residency programs are built for technology-literate 21st-century artists who want to pursue master’s-level training in composition, computer music, or guitar at an accelerated pace that minimizes the time away from their busy creative lives. These programs allow you to complete your Master of Music in just 13 months of study, cutting both the time and the total cost of the degree.

As a leader among conservatories in online course development, Peabody faculty and staff have both the expertise and the experience to ensure the highest quality of instruction is delivered through every module of this hybrid learning environment. You’ll be learning alongside a cohort of highly-motivated, career-focused individuals in a program that is set up to support your success. And you’ll have access to Peabody’s world-class faculty, outstanding academic and artistic resources, library and tech support, career services, and alumni network.

The first cohort of students in Peabody’s low-residency master’s degree programs can expect a robust schedule of classes, lessons, workshops, and seminars following this general timeline:

  • Arrive in June of 2022 for four weeks on campus. While studying on campus, you have the opportunity to network with your peers across disciplines, meet with faculty and mentors, and spend time with invited guest artists and experts.
  • Lessons continue remotely through the summer to allow for a gradual transition to online instruction.
  • Fall 2022 and Spring 2023 semesters will be fully online. Learn from anywhere, with full online access to Peabody faculty and resources, while honoring your commitments to family, careers, or other obligations that rule out full-residency programs.
  • Return in June 2023 for a second 4-week session on campus.
  • Graduate with a Master of Music for the same total cost as a single year in the traditional program.

The application deadline for the low-residency programs is December 1, with interviews following in early December. Audition and TOEFL requirements are the same as those for the traditional residential program; please visit the low-residency departmental program pages for Composition, Computer Music, or Guitar for details.


Composition & Computer Music Virtual Info Session
On September 27 at 7:00 pm EDT, join representatives from Admissions and Academic Affairs as well as members of the faculty to have your questions about the Low-Residency Master of Music in Computer Music and Composition answered.

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Guitar Virtual Info Session
On October 21 at 7:00 pm EDT, join representatives from Admissions and Academic Affairs as well as members of the faculty to have your questions about the Low-Residency Master of Music in Guitar answered.

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