Since 1920, the Longy School of Music in Cambridge has been open to the local community through its music classes, private lessons, and ensemble work. Caught in a campus space crunch, the conservatory decided to phase out this programming, which currently serves about 700 children and 200 adults. It may serve the narrowest interests of the school, but feels short-sighted nonetheless.
Participants and alumni of the music preparatory classes, as they’re known, have been vocal about what a loss doing away with the part-time program will be for the Cambridge-area community. Parents and teachers have picketed the campus, the Cambridge City Council has debated the matter, and a petition calling for Longy to change its mind and reinstate the courses has garnered more than 1,500 signatures.