Hard to fathom school would do away with musical education of youth

The elimination of the preparatory and community programs at the Longy School of Music, as announced this month by e-mail to faculty and students, was so preposterous that I wondered whether Longy president Karen Zorn’s e-mail account had been hacked (“Longy school to disband nondegree programs,” Metro, March 7). The Longy name has been inextricably linked with the musical education of young people since Roman Totenberg started his preparatory program in the 1970s.

To imagine that Longy, with a building made possible in part by the creators of Curious George, would bar its doors to children is unfathomable. Since my children started classes at Longy six years ago, there have been bizarre teacher firings and departmental reorganizations, but the sincerity of the mission seemed to persist. It now becomes clear that the leadership charged with keeping this community treasure failed, even then, to understand that it was in the synergy of the preparatory and community programs with its conservatory that Longy’s “stature as a world-class institution of higher learning” was to be found.


I urge the school’s board of governors to reconsider this decision. The loss of this jewel in the field of music education would be a tragedy.




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