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2015_Longy_Bard_Grad-22Bard College and the Longy School of Music of Bard College held a joint celebration for the 2015 Masters of Arts in Teaching graduates. The Longy program is offered in partnership with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, preparing musicians to become agents of change. The program is located on HOLA’s campus and provides the MAT candidates with an integrated graduate music program with hands-on learning experiences at both the LA Phil’s Youth Orchestra Los Angeles (YOLA) program and in urban public schools throughout Southern California. The Bard MAT program provides on-site instruction and mentoring for graduate students working with adolescent learners in HOLA’s after-school programs. The graduation ceremony was held at the Walt Disney Concert Hall and this year, a total of 24 students completed the year-long Masters Degree programs.

Tony Brown, HOLA’s Executive Director, gave the keynote address and several members of the YOLA at HOLA program performed during the ceremony. In his address, Tony congratulated the graduates who are entering “the most noble profession, that of being a teacher.” He encouraged them to do their educational work through connection and collaboration with others and gave the following three pieces of advice:

1. Don’t plan on preventing your students from failing.
2. Do your best to create and find a place for every child to grow into their own.
3. So long as you don’t give up on a student, you can count on some pleasant surprises.

He concluded, “[A]s MAT graduates, rest assured, you have what it takes to make your life even better, while also bettering the lives of those students who will need you the most.” Congratulations to the graduates!


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