10 Best Music Schools In The World


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One of the main things you ought to do as an understudy still in secondary school is choose which foundations you will even endeavor to get into in the coming months and years. Contingent upon what you need to examine, there could be in a real sense many choices, and every one of them will profess to be the ideal fit for you. 

As somebody who needs to consider music, you are both fortunate and restricted with regards to universities, contingent upon how idealistic you need to be. There are numerous schools with music programs however just a small bunch have grown very much gained notorieties as superb instructive pioneers and those are the ones you need to go for.

In case you're simply starting your quest for where you may go to college for music, think about these ten schools and colleges over all others, as they are generally perceived to be the most best in your chosen studies. When it comes to finding the best college that feels like it's your best fit, search not only these top ten, but beyond to what other programs are out there offered by other colleges.


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The Juilliard School

Location: New York City, NY

Famous Alumni: John Williams, Barry Manilow, Yo-Yo Ma, Pat Benatar, Nina Siamone, Richard Rodgers, Jennifer Rush, Michael Kamen, Eric Whitacre, Jordan Rudess, Sarah Chang, and Ned Rorem.

According to Wikipedia, "The Juilliard School is a private performing arts conservatory in New York City. Established in 1905, the school trains about 850 undergraduate and graduate students in dance, drama, and music. It is widely regarded as one of the world's leading drama, music and dance schools, with some of the most prestigious arts programs."

The Julliard School is known to offer college programs within music, dance, and drama. As Wikipedia states, "The Dance Division was established in 1951 by William Schuman with Martha Hill as its director. It offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts or a Diploma. 

The Drama Division was established in 1968 by the actor John Houseman and Michel Saint-Denis. Its acting programs offer a Bachelor of Fine Arts, a Diploma and, beginning in Fall 2012, a Master of Fine Arts.[23] Until 2006, when James Houghton became director of the Drama Division, there was a "cut system" that would remove up to one-third of the second-year class. The Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwrights Program, begun in 1993, offers one-year, tuition-free, graduate fellowships; selected students may be offered a second-year extension and receive an Artist Diploma. The Andrew W. Mellon Artist Diploma Program for Theatre Directors was a two-year graduate fellowship that began in 1995 (expanded to three years in 1997) this was discontinued from autumn 2006.

The Music Division is the largest of the school's divisions. Available degrees are Bachelor of Music or Diploma, Master of Music or Graduate Diploma, Artist Diploma and Doctor of Musical Arts. Academic majors are brass, collaborative piano, composition, guitar, harp, historical performance, jazz studies, orchestral conducting, organ, percussion, piano, strings, voice, and woodwinds. The collaborative piano, historical performance, and orchestral conducting programs are solely at the graduate level; the opera studies and music performance subprograms only offer Artist Diplomas. The Juilliard Vocal Arts department now incorporates the former Juilliard Opera Center."



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Berklee College of Music

Location: Boston, MA

Famous Alumni: John Mayer, Steven Tyler, Quincy Jones, Melissa Etheridge, Tony Bennett, Psy, Meghan Trainor, Trey Parker, Neil Peart, and Natalie Maines. 

According to Wikipedia, "Berklee College of Music is a private music college in Boston, Massachusetts. It is the largest independent college of contemporary music in the world. Known for the study of jazz and modern American music, it also offers college-level courses in a wide range of contemporary and historic styles, including rock, hip hop, reggae, salsa, heavy metal and bluegrass. Berklee alumni have won 297 Grammy Awards, more than any other college, and 99 Latin Grammy Awards. Other notable accolades for its alumni include 34 Emmy Awards, 7 Tony Awards, 8 Academy Awards and 3 Saturn Awards."

Berklee College of Music offers both certificate and degree programs. Many programs range in Music Composition, Orchestral, Film, Game, Performance, Songwriting, Music Business, and specific instrumentation. Berklee College of Music has been expanding their music programs base for Online that allows you to focus in other areas such as Live Sound Production, Arranging, Film Scoring, Music Marketing, Lyric Writing, and many others. 



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Yale School of Music

Location: New Haven, CT

Famous Alumni: Marco Edward Jonathan Beltrami, Jahja Ling, Richard Leslie Stoltzman, Jian Wang, Martin Leung, Michael Daugherty, and Matt Brubeck.

According to Wikipedia, "The Yale School of Music is one of the 12 professional schools at Yale University. It offers three graduate degrees: Master of Music (MM), Master of Musical Arts (MMA), and Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA), as well as a joint Bachelor of Arts—Master of Music program in conjunction with Yale College, a Certificate in Performance, and an Artist Diploma."

As Yale School of Music states, "The School fosters a vibrant musical environment where graduate-level performers and composers realize their highest artistic potential with an internationally distinguished faculty. In preparing students for roles as cultural leaders, the School engages with the University’s intellectual and technological resources and collaborates with artistic centers throughout the world."





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New England Conservatory of Music

Location: Boston, MA

Famous Alumni: Vic Firth, Neal E. Boyd, Eleanor Steber, Aoife O’Donovan, Marilyn Crispell, 

According to Wikipedia, "The New England Conservatory of Music (NEC) is a private music school in Boston, Massachusetts. It is the oldest independent music conservatory in the United States and among the most prestigious in the world. The conservatory is located on Huntington Avenue of the Arts near Boston Symphony Hall and is home to 750 students pursuing undergraduate and graduate studies, along with 1400 more in its Preparatory School as well as the School of Continuing Education. NEC offers bachelor's degrees with majors in classical performance, contemporary improvisation, composition, jazz, musicology, and music theory. The conservatory offers additional graduate degrees in accompaniment, conducting, and vocal pedagogy. Also offered are five-year joint double-degree programs with Harvard University and Tufts University. The New England Conservatory's faculty and alumni, which comprise nearly fifty percent of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, include 6 members of l'Order des Arts et des Lettres, 14 Rome Prize recipients, 51 Guggenheim Fellows, and prizewinners at nearly every major respected music forum in the world. As of January 2020, 11 MacArthur Fellows have been affiliated as faculty or alumni."

As the New England Conservatory of Music states, their core values are "We believe that the study of music builds human capacity, elevates the soul, and prepares our students for lives that enhance the public good. We believe our students must have a supportive and collegial learning environment that maximizes the individual attention they receive from their teachers, and allows them to explore and develop their unique artistic personalities.

We believe in the critical importance of mutual support among faculty that encourages the highest standards of excellence and accommodates innovation, individual teaching philosophies, and a broad range of disciplines.We believe that we have a responsibility to reinforce and expand the position of music in society by educating the next generation of music leaders, incubating new work, and sharing our sublime art with the widest possible audience."


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University of Southern California Thornton School of Music

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Famous Alumni: Michael Tilson Thomas, Marco Edward Jonathan Beltrami, Herb Alpert, Zane Carney, James Newton Howard, James Horner, Roger Neill, and Christopher Lennertz.

According to Wikipedia, "The University of Southern California Thornton School of Music was founded in 1884 and dedicated in 1999. Founded only four years after the University of Southern California itself, the Thornton School is the oldest continually operating arts institution in Southern California. The School is located in the heart of the USC University Park Campus, south of downtown Los Angeles.

The school gets its name in honor of a $25 million gift by Flora L. Thornton in 1999. At the time, this was the largest donation to a school of music in the United States. In 2006, she donated an additional $5 million to support the facility needs of the school. USC Thornton offers Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctorate degrees in over 20 disciplines across the school's three divisions–Classical Performance and Composition, Contemporary Music, and Research and Scholarly Studies. Many disciplines also offer graduate certificates.

USC Thornton is noted for quality programs such as orchestral studies, opera, jazz, early music, composition, Film Scoring and Music Industry. Rolling Stone magazine named the music school as one of the top-five in the country. A diverse school of music, Thornton is one of the few highly regarded music schools in the United States to offer a degree program in early music. Students of baroque, renaissance and medieval music (vocal or instrumental) may enroll in a specialized degree program in early music."

USC Thornton states, "Blending the rigors of a traditional conservatory-style education with the benefits of studying at a leading research university, the Thornton School offers students a thorough music education in a real-world context. Located at the center of Los Angeles, the school is the collegiate partner of choice for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Opera, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, the GRAMMY Foundation and The Recording Academy, to name a few.

In addition to their work with these ensembles, Thornton students are a constant presence in local classrooms, reaching out to the next generation of musicians through music education and appreciation courses. With its faculty, students, events and work, the Thornton School is one of the most important cultural resources in Los Angeles."



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Curtis Institute of Music

Location: Philadelphia, PA

Famous Alumni: Leonard Bernstein, David Brooks, Samuel Osmond Barber II, George Szell, Lang Lang, Lukas Foss, and Alan Gilbert.

According to Wikipedia, "The Curtis Institute of Music is a private conservatory in Philadelphia that offers courses of study leading to a performance diploma, Bachelor of Music, Master of Music in Opera, or Professional Studies Certificate in Opera. It is among the most selective institutes of higher education in the world with an admissions rate between 4 and 5 percent."

The Curtis Institute of Music mentions that their mission is to educate and trains young musicians to engage in a local and global community through the highest level of artistry. Knowing more about the Institute, Curtis says, "With a small student body of about 175, Curtis ensures that each young musician receives an education of unparalleled quality, distinguished by a “learn by doing” philosophy and personalized attention from a faculty that includes a high proportion of actively performing musicians. A tuition-free policy ensures that talent and artistic promise are the only considerations for admission.

Curtis students hone their craft through more than 200 orchestra, opera, and solo and chamber music offerings each year and programs that bring arts access and education to the community. This real-world training allows these extraordinary young musicians to join the front rank of performers, composers, conductors, and musical leaders, making a profound impact on music onstage and in their communities."


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The Royal Academy of Music

Location: London, UK

Famous Alumni: Elton John, Dame Evelyn Elizabeth Ann Glennie, Annie Lennox, Arthur Fiedler, Dee Palmer, Edward George Power Biggs, and Simon Denis Rattle.

According to Wikipedia, "The Royal Academy of Music in London, England, is the oldest conservatoire in the UK, founded in 1822 by John Fane and Nicolas-Charles Bochsa. It received its Royal Charter in 1830 from King George IV with the support of the first Duke of Wellington. Famous Academy alumni include Sir Simon Rattle, Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Sir Elton John and Annie Lennox.

The Academy provides undergraduate and postgraduate training across instrumental performance, composition, jazz, musical theatre and opera, and recruits musicians from around the world, with a student community representing more than 50 nationalities. It is committed to lifelong learning, from Junior Academy, which trains musicians up to the age of 18, through Open Academy community music projects, to performances and educational events for all ages.

The Academy’s museum is home to one of the world’s most significant collections of musical instruments and artefacts, including stringed instruments by Stradivari, Guarneri, and members of the Amati family; manuscripts by Purcell, Handel and Vaughan Williams; and a collection of performing materials that belonged to leading performers. It is a constituent college of the University of London and a registered charity under English law."

The Royal Academy of Music mentions, "From pre-school to post-doc, our students come here from more than 60 countries. We challenge them to find their own voice, take risks and push boundaries. Simon Rattle, Felicity Lott, Elton John and Harrison Birtwistle all learnt their craft here. We are excited to discover who’s next.

Every student benefits from a stimulating curriculum and an ambitious range of concerts and events. Legendary artists come here not just to perform, but to become mentors, friends and musical partners. A world of music comes to us – and we send music back out into the world. As we enter our third century, our aim is to shape the future of music by discovering and supporting talent wherever it exists."


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Royal College of Music

Location: London, UK

Famous Alumni: Andrew Lloyd Webber, James Bernard, Benjamin Britten, James Horner, Thomas Allen, Vanessa-Mae, Andrew Davis, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Malcolm Arnold, Peter Pears, Rick Wakeman, and Lang Lang.

According to Wikipedia, "The Royal College of Music is a conservatoire established by royal charter in 1882, located in South Kensington, London, UK. It offers training from the undergraduate to the doctoral level in all aspects of Western Music including performance, composition, conducting, music theory and history. The RCM also undertakes research, with particular strengths in performance practice and performance science. The college is one of the four conservatories of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music and a member of Conservatoires UK. Its buildings are directly opposite the Royal Albert Hall on Prince Consort Road, next to Imperial College and among the museums and cultural centres of Albertopolis."

RCM in London mentions, "With 840 students from more than 55 countries studying at undergraduate, masters or doctoral level, the RCM is a vibrant community of talented and open-minded musicians. RCM professors are musicians with worldwide reputations, accustomed to working with the most talented students of each generation to unlock their artistic potential.

Regular visitors include the likes of Lang Lang, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa and Bernard Haitink. The RCM’s many performing groups – including five orchestras, two jazz bands and the RCM International Opera School – are celebrated for the vitality and excellence of their performances, and are regularly invited to perform at significant venues both in the UK and overseas.

The RCM’s buildings, facilities and location are the envy of the world. The RCM is situated in South Kensington, the home of science, arts and inspiration, directly opposite the Royal Albert Hall . Our iconic building, our concert hall, Britten Theatre, studios, library and RCM Collections all provide inspiration for RCM students."



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Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University

Location: Bloomington, IN

Famous Alumni: David Baker, Joshua Bell, Leonard Slatkin, Carl Broemel, Angela Brown, Chris Botti, Paul Katz, Booker T. Jones, Jack Everly, and Hu Nai-yuan.

According to Wikipedia, "The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington, Indiana, is a music conservatory established in 1921. Until 2005, it was known as the Indiana University School of Music. It has more than 1,500 students, approximately half of whom are undergraduates, with the second largest enrollment of all music schools accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music."

Indiana University mentions, "For nearly a century, we have been known for our excellence in performance, artistry, and collaboration—but most of all, for our belief in the inherent value of a creative life. We have helped launch the careers of countless performers, scholars, and music educators who have become leaders around the globe. Our more than 1,500 students come from all 50 states and as many as 55 countries. Each one benefits from the intensity and focus of a world-class conservatory combined with the broad academic offerings of a major university."

Indiana University also says how they have state of the art facilities for campus life. As they explain, "The seven buildings that make up the Jacobs School of Music feature more than 180 practice rooms, choral and instrumental rehearsal rooms, numerous cutting-edge recording studios and electronic labs, and more than 100 offices and studios.

We also have a number of performance venues. Our grandest is the Musical Arts Center, home to IU Jacobs School of Music Opera and Ballet Theater, which features technical capabilities that are among the best in the nation. In addition, the William and Gayle Cook Music Library, recognized as one of the largest academic music libraries in the United States, houses more than 700,000 catalogued items."


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Mannes School of Music

Location: New York City, NY

Famous Alumni: Burt Bacharach, JoAnn Falletta, Julius Rudel, Yonghoon Lee, Michel Camilo, Eugene Istomin, Ivan Yanakov, David Nadien, Lawrence Leighton Smith, and Robert Bass.

According to Wikipedia, "Originally called The David Mannes Music School, it was founded in 1916 by David Mannes, concertmaster of the New York Symphony Orchestra, and his wife Clara Damrosch, sister of Walter Damrosch, then conductor of that orchestra and Frank Damrosch. The Damrosch and Mannes families were perhaps the most important music families in America at that time, with David Mannes emerging as one of the first American born violin recitalists to achieve significant status. 


David Mannes was the director of the Third Street Music School Settlement as well as founder of Colored Music Settlement School, all prior to founding the Mannes School.[citation needed] The School was originally housed on East 70th Street (later occupied by the Dalcroze School), a larger campus was created out of three brownstones on East 74th Street, in Manhattan's Upper East Side. After 1938, the school was known as the Mannes Music School, in recognition of the broader course of study that expanded the school well beyond that of a community music school, including the three-year Artist Diploma."

Mannes talks about their history life saying, "Through its undergraduate, graduate and preparatory programs, Mannes offers a curriculum as imaginative as it is rigorous, taught by world class faculty and visiting artists. Beyond the mastery gained through private lessons, ensemble participation, master classes, and a thorough grounding in theory imparted by the renowned Techniques of Music department, students benefit from Mannes’s leading-edge, cross-disciplinary approach. As part of The New School’s College of Performing Arts, together with the School of Jazz and Contemporary Music and the School of Drama, Mannes affords students unique opportunities for collaborative work. Projects can often extend beyond the College’s walls to include New School partners such as Parsons School of Design, as well as prominent arts organizations across the country.

Mannes makes its home on The New School’s Greenwich Village campus in a state-of-the-art facility at the newly renovated Arnhold Hall. Shared by the Jazz and Drama schools, the building hums with creative practice and exploration, culminating in performances across campus as well as at prestigious New York venues such as City Center, Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall. Mannes proudly maintains a long-standing tradition of providing access to free and affordable performances for the public, including John Zorn’s groundbreaking experimental music venue, The Stone, which in 2018 relocated to the Glassbox Theater in Arnhold Hall.

Mannes’s distinguished alumni include the 20th century songwriting legend Burt Bacharach; the great pianists Richard Goode, Murray Perahia, and Bill Evans; acclaimed conductors Semyon Bychkov, Myung-Whun Chung, JoAnn Falletta, and Julius Rudel; music theorist and educator Carl Schachter; path-breaking jazz fusion guitarist Larry Coryell; beloved mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade as well as the newest opera stars of today, Yonghoon Lee, Danielle de Niese, and Nadine Sierra; and Pulitzer Prize-winning arts journalist Tim Page."