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2014-15 Guide to Music Schools
Musical America Picks:
The World's Top 50 (or so) Music Schools
For this year's Guide to Music Schools, the editors selected 54 distinguished music schools and conservatories from around the world (we just couldn't settle on only 50) from the 1,278 listed in the Musical America database of music schools.
And since music educators are now acutely aware that students need more than music training to make it in the real world, we took a look at at Universal Music U @ Frost, set to open in 2015. While courses in business, marketing and even public speaking are offered at many music schools, this program is the first to bring the ongoing business into the classroom. (See Of Shrinking Pools and Puddles of Opportunity.)


Colburn School Conservatory of Music
Los Angeles, California
The Colburn School's mission is to provide the highest quality performing arts education at all levels of development in an optimal learning environment. The school strives to serve the community by presenting its students, faculty and guest artists in more than 300 concerts each year, many of which are free.

The Juilliard School
New York, New York
The mission of The Juilliard School is to provide the highest caliber of artistic education for gifted musicians, dancers, and actors from around the world, so that they may achieve their fullest potential as artists, leaders, and global citizens.

Longy School of Music
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Longy School of Music of Bard College prepares musicians to make a difference in the world. Longy is committed to preparing students to meet a changing musical landscape head-on, giving them the skills to perform, the ambition to teach, and the ability to reach audiences beyond those traditionally associated with classical music.

Oberlin Conservatory of Music
Oberlin, Ohio
The only conservatory awarded the National Medal of Arts, Oberlin is renowned as a music school of the highest caliber, devoted to undergraduate education, and inventor of the double degree program.

Park University
Parkville, Missouri
The International Center for Music at Park University trains and educates the next generation of accomplished musicians for careers in music at the highest level, in a focused and creative atmosphere with an international faculty of renowned excellence.

ASU School of Music
Bienen School of Music
Tempe, Arizona
The ASU School of Music is one of the top music schools in the nation, ranked 8th among public institutions in the most recent survey of music programs conducted by U.S. News & World Report.
Evanston, Illinois
With its proximity to the cultural hub of Chicago, conservatory level musical training and engaging academic environment, the Bienen School of Music provides students a unique educational atmosphere.
Sarah and Ernest Butler School of Music
Carnegie Mellon School of Music
Austin, Texas
Housed in one of the country’s major universities, the Butler School provides our students with opportunities unavailable to students in many smaller institutions.
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
The School of Music combines the strengths of a conservatory with those of a global research university. Students are a part of a diverse fine arts community on campus and in the city of Pittsburgh.
Frost School of Music
The Hartt School
Coral Gables, Florida
The Frost School of Music is a dynamic place where exceptional students and faculty come together to transform the world of music. Brilliant performance, creativity and scholarship are at our core.
West Hartford, Connecticut
The Hartt School provides many unique opportunities for collaboration, often across disciplines.
Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler
Jacobs School of Music
Berlin, Germany
We promote talent in its holistic development—from the attainment of finest technical precision to being ready for the stage. As part of the music metropolis Berlin, we impart upon our students the capacity to inspire a discerning audience.
Bloomington, Indiana
The mission of the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music is to provide distinguished instruction and outstanding opportunities for performance, composition, research, and teacher training for music majors and non-music majors.
Manhattan School of Music
Mannes College the New School for Music
New York, New York
MSM offers 450+ performances a year and shares its upper Manhattan neighborhood with Columbia University. MSM’s faculty is made up of members of New York City’s leading performing institutions.
New York, New York
Mannes College The New School for Music is dedicated to advancing music in all aspects of a rapidly changing society. Mannes seeks to develop citizen artists who engage through music, in traditional, new, and emergent forms of practice.
New England Consevatory
The New School For Jazz and Contemporary Music
Boston, Massachusetts
New England Conservatory educates and trains musicians from around the world, drawing on the talent and deep reservoir of experience of our distinguished faculty. We are dedicated to inculcating the highest standards of excellence and nurturing individual artistic sensibility and creative growth.
New York, New York
The program is distinguished by our artist-as-mentor approach to classroom teaching; our progressive, innovative curriculum and focus on small-group performance; our superb faculty, a community of legendary musicians; our exceptionally talented students, who come from all over the world; and our location in New York City, the jazz capital of the world.
Peabody Conservatory
San Francisco Conservatory of Music
Baltimore, Maryland
Peabody Conservatory faculty fosters an ethos of encouragement in its commitment to training top musicians. We think each student has his or her own unique musical gift to develop.
San Francisco, California
Our goal is to transform Conservatory education by inventing a unique curricular model that conjoins the study of music at the highest level to the development of critical thinking skills.
The Shepherd School of Music
University of Wisconsin — Madison School of Music
Houston, Texas
A dedicated faculty of artist-teachers, extraordinary performance opportunities, beautiful facilities and an unparalleled education at one of America’s premiere universities.
Madison, Wisconsin
The University of Wisconsin-Madison is world-renowned as one of the top 10 public universities in the country, and the intimate School of Music is ranked in the top 10% of comprehensive music programs.
USC Thornton School of Music
Yale School of Music
Los Angeles, California
By blending the rigors of a traditional conservatory-style education with the benefits of attending a leading research university, USC Thornton provides real-world experience and offers students every advantage of studying, performing, and networking in one of the world’s most vibrant music centers.
New Haven, Connecticut
The Yale School of Music educates and inspires students with exceptional artistic and academic talent for service to the profession and to society. To prepare students for roles as cultural leaders, the School engages fully with the University’s extraordinary intellectual and technological resources while collaborating with artistic centers throughout the world.

Berklee College of Music
Boston, MA
Boston University School of Music
Boston, MA
Central Conservatory of Music
Cleveland Institute of Music
Cleveland, OH
Conservatorio di Musica “Giuseppe Verdi”
Conservatorium van Amsterdam
Curtis Institute of Music
Philadelphia, PA
Eastman School of Music
Rochester, NY
École Normale de Musique de Paris
Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya
Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía
Florida State University College of Music
Tallahassee, FL
Gnesin Academy of Music
Guildhall School of Music & Drama
Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt Weimar
Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln
Hochschule für Musik und Theater “Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy” Leipzig
Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory
Ohio State University School of Music
Columbus, OH
Royal College of Music
St. Petersburg State Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory
St. Petersburg
Shanghai Conservatory of Music
Sibelius Academy
Tchaikovsky National Ukrainian Academy of Music
Universität Mozarteum Salzburg
Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien
University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music
Cincinnati, OH
University of Edinburgh
University of Illinois School of Music
Urbana, IL
University of Manchester
University of Michigan, School of Music,Theatre & Dance
Ann Arbor, MI
University of North Texas, College of Music
Denton, TX