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2014-15 Guide to Music Schools
MA's 2015-16 Guide to Music Schools
The editors have selected top schools from the 1,223 educational institutions in our database of music schools. To add to our existing information, we asked each of our picks for additional details, such as: audition requirements, post-graduate assistance programs, number of full time and adjunct faculty and number of scholarships awarded.
We've also included a special feature story, Remote Music Lessons in Real Time and Almost Real Time. Online learning has gained considerable acceptance in mainstream colleges; the challenges of teaching performance art are quite different. However, a number of universities have truly embraced in the technology.



Berklee Online
Boston, Massachusetts
Berklee Online was the first non-profit music institution to offer regionally accredited bachelor's degrees online. The online school has been the recipient of University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA) awards from 2005-2015, including the Strategic Innovation in Online Education award in 2015.

Biola University Conservatory of Music
La Mirada, California
Students at Biola learn firsthand the rigors of musical composition and history, as well as the challenge of enhancing personal performance. They develop a sound Christian worldview taught by today's top thinkers and musicians while studying in the heart of Southern California - one of the world's leading music centers.

Eastman School of Music
Rochester, New York
Eastman is dedicated to the highest levels of artistry and scholarship and to the broad education of young musicians within the context of a university. Our students enjoy a challenging but nurturing environment that focuses on artistic excellence while encouraging the pursuit of individual paths and interests.

Lynn University Conservatory of Music
Boca Raton, Florida
Lynn offers world-class faculty and full-tuition scholarships to all enrolled conservatory students.

Manhattan School of 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.

Moores School of Music
Houston, Texas
Our faculty come from the finest professional music organizations in the world. Our students come from the world over to study in fields which include music performance, music education and musicology We produce over 300 concerts and events annually on-campus in our three beautiful performance spaces-including world-renowned Moores Opera House.

Oberlin Conservatory of Music
Oberlin, Ohio
Oberlin Conservatory, the country's oldest continuously operating school of music, is now celebrating its 150th Anniversary. This National Medal of Arts winner is renowned for its focus on undergraduate pre-professional education, and for shared programming on a seamless campus with Oberlin College

University of North Texas, College of Music
Denton, Texas
The distinguishing attributes of University of North Texas College of Music are the interactions of excellence, comprehensiveness, diversity, and professional development.

USC Thornton School of Music
Los Angeles, California
For more than 125 years, the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music has prepared students to excel as performers, composers, industry leaders and educators on stages and in studios around the world. By blending the rigors of a traditional conservatory-style education with the benefits of a leading research university, USC Thornton offers a curriculum designed to prepare students for successful careers in the 21st century.

Yale School of Music
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'sextraordinary intellectual and technological resources while collaborating with artistic centers throughout the world.

Arizona State University School of Music
Berklee College 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.
Boston, Massachusetts
Berklee was founded on the revolutionary principle that the best way to prepare students for careers in music is through the study and practice of contemporary music.
Bienen School of Music
Carnegie Mellon School of Music
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.
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.
The Colburn School
Curtis Institute of Music
Los Angeles, California
Career development and wellness programs support all areas of student well-being. The Colburn Orchestra emulates a professional orchestra experience with distinguished guest conductors and Music Director Yehuda Gilad. Students perform alongside faculty and guest artists as part of the Colburn Chamber Music Society. All receive full-tuition scholarships, room and board.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Curtis provides full-tuition scholarships to all of its students, ensuring that admissions are based on artistic promise alone. Enrollment is limited to the number of musicians needed for a symphony orchestra, opera department, and select programs in piano, guitar, composition, conducting, organ, and harpsichord.
Frost School of Music
The Glenn Gould School of The Royal Conservatory of Music
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.
Toronta, Ontario, Canada
Committed to mentoring, The Royal Conservatory's Glenn Gould School keeps classes small and encourages supportive relationships with teachers. Additionally, it offers ample private lesson time, plentiful performance opportunities, and extensive master class programs. All classes and events take place in unparalleled facilities, including the internationally-acclaimed Koerner Hall.
The Hartt School
Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler
West Hartford, Connecticut
Hartt students have the opportunity to collaborate, often across disciplines. They work with guest artists, professional partnerships in training, complete internships, and have opportunities to perform around the world and alongside our esteemed faculty. With over 400 performances annually, Hartt is the largest producer of the performing arts in Connecticut.
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, and in direct cooperation with its cultural institutions, we impart upon our students the capacity to inspire a discerning audience.
Jacobs School of Music
The Juilliard School
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.
New York, New York
Since 1905 Juilliard educated the world's foremost musicians, then dancers & actors; it's Lincoln Center campus a launching ground for artistic achievement, with an equally world-renowned faculty.
Longy School of Music of Bard College
Mannes School of Music
Cambridge, Massachusetts
We see musicians as agents of change. We will enable you to decide for yourself what a meaningful life in music looks like, giving you the tools to make it a reality.
New York, New York
Mannes College The New School for Music is dedicated to advancing the creative role of music in all aspects of a rapidly changing society. Mannes seeks to develop citizen artists who engage with the world around them in and through music, in traditional, new, and emergent forms of practice
Meadows School of the Arts
New England Conservatory
Dallas, Texas
The Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University (Dallas, Texas) offers conservatory-level music training with a high profile liberal arts education on a beautiful residential campus. Bachelor, Master, and Performer/Artist Diploma degrees are offered. Resources include the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and Dallas Opera. Scholarships are available.
Boston, Massachusetts
NEC is a premier conservatory that values exploration and collaboration. Students are mentored by a devoted faculty of esteemed artist-teachers and scholars. Alumni fill orchestra chairs, concert halls, jazz clubs, recording studios, and arts management positions worldwide.
The Ohio State University School of Music
Park University
Columbus, Ohio
Home of the Artist/Teacher; Musicology and Ethnomusicology; Music Education; Music Cognition; Singing Health and Pedagogy; Exceptional Ensembles and Conductors; Graduate Degree Programs; Best Damn Band in the Land; Community Outreach; Research One Institution
Parkville, Missouri
Stanislav Ioudenitch, 2001 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition winner, is artistic director; Behzod Abduraimov, 2009 London International Piano Competition winner, is artist-in-residence.
Peabody Conservatory
Purchase College Conservatory of Music
Baltimore, Maryland
Peabody Conservatory faculty foster an ethos of encouragement in their commitment to train top musicians. We think each student has his or her own unique musical gift to develop.
Purchase, New York
Our proximity to New York City makes it possible to study with the most respected names in music and benefit from their real-world experience as performers, composers, and producers. With limited enrollment, you'll receive a great deal of personal attention and opportunities to perform right from the start.
Royal College of Music
San Francisco Conservatory of Music
London, United Kingdom
Situated in the cultural heart of one of the world's great musical cities, London's Royal College of Music has trained some of the most significant musical figures in history. RCM professors are world class musicians, who enable students to unlock their artistic potential in an unparalleled environment for inspiration.
San Francisco, California
The San Francisco Conservatory of Music educates exceptionally talented musicians from around the world to become artists of the highest caliber, as well as musical citizens prepared for the challenges of the twenty-first century.
Sarah and Ernest Butler School of Music
School of Jazz
Austin, Texas
Housed in one of the country's major universities, the Butler School provides students with opportunities unavailable to students in many smaller institutions.
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.
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.
Westminster Choir College
Princeton, New Jersey
Westminster is renowned for its outstanding choral and vocal studies program that includes eight ensembles performing a broad range of repertoire, two staged opera productions, and many other performance opportunities from orchestral performances in major concert halls to intimate recitals on and off-campus.

Amsterdam School of Music (Conservatorium van Amsterdam)
Boston University School of Music
Boston, Massachusetts
Central Conservatory of Music
Cleveland Institute of Music
Cleveland, Ohio
Conservatorio di Musica "Giuseppe Verdi" di Milano
École Normale de Musique de Paris/Alfred Cortot
Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya
Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía
Florida State University, College of Music
Tallahassee, Florida
Gnesin Academy of Music
Guildhall School of Music & Drama
Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt Weimar/The University of Music Franz Liszt Weimar
Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln
Hochschule für Musik & Theater "Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy" Leipzig
mdw - Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien (University of Music & Performing Arts Vienna)
Moscow State Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Conservatory
St. Petersburg State Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory
St. Petersburg
Schulich School of Music of McGill University
Montreal, Quebec
Shanghai Conservatory of Music
Sibelius Academy
Ukrainian National Tchaikovsky Academy of Music
University of Arizona, School of Music
Tucson, Arizona
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, California
University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music
Cincinnati, Ohio
University of Edinburgh
University of Illinois School of Music
Urbana, Illinois
University of Manchester
University of Michigan, School of Music, Theatre & Dance
Ann Arbor, Michigan
University of North Carolina School of the Arts, School of Music
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Universität Mozarteum Salzburg (Univ. Mozarteum Salzburg)