2018-19 Guide to Music Schools
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Two trends emerged in the fifth annual Guide to Music Schools—
The first: Schools are now offering more and deeper areas of concentration. Students can now develop expertise in Performing Arts Health (University of North Texas) or Lied Interpretation for Pianists (Hanns Eisler School of Music Berlin) or earn a masters degree in Contemporary Chamber Music (Oberlin Conservatory).
The second: Injecting real-world relevance in the performing arts. Many schools have full-blown departments devoted to that end, such as Office of Entrepreneurship and Career Development at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University or the entrepreneurship grants and start-up funding for musical projects provided by the Curtis Institute.
What do the two trends mean? Schools are fully cognizant of the need to equip students to put their years of training to work as well as to develop expertise in the performing arts. Sounds like a winning combination.



Tempe, Arizona
Located in the culturally rich Southwest desert in one of the country's most vibrant, expanding urban centers, the ASU School of Music affords its students not only access to this diverse environment but also engagement in Phoenix's diverse, flourishing arts community.

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 an educational atmosphere unlike any other. Undergraduates may pursue dual degrees or double majors (music plus an outside field) or an ad hoc (self-designed) major.

Boston, Massachusetts
Boston Conservatory at Berklee is internationally recognized as an innovative leader among conservatory programs focused on elevating every aspect of the performing arts. The institution is committed to making all forms of performing arts a more visible and valued dimension of communities here and abroad.

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.

West Hartford, Connecticut
The Hartt School is a truly collaborative environment where faculty embrace that success takes on endless forms. They get to know each student and guide them toward the future meant just for them. Hartt students engage with the professional world in meaningful ways to enhance their education and professional network.

Bloomington, Indiana
The more than 1,600 students who study at the Jacobs School of Music benefit from the intensity and focus of a conservatory combined with the broad academic offerings of a major university. The breadth and number of performance opportunities are unparalleled in college music study.

New York, New York
Since 1905 Juilliard has educated the world's foremost musicians, then dancers and actors; its Lincoln Center campus is a launching ground for artistic achievement and its faculty world- renowned.

Cambridge, Massachusetts
Longy's innovative curriculum compels students to explore their artistry, take risks, hone their technique, and become global citizen-artists. Breaking down the traditional conservatory constraints, Longy prepares students to lead meaningful lives in music through project-based learning courses and performances alongside professional partners.

Boca Raton, Florida
Lynn offers world-class faculty and full-tuition scholarships to all enrolled conservatory students. Room and board scholarships also available.

New York, New York
Manhattan School of Music takes full advantage of New York's abundant learning and performance opportunities, preparing highly talented students for careers as passionate performers and composers and to be imaginative, effective leaders in the arts. Our students thrive in a supportive atmosphere that encourages excellence, values individuals, and welcomes innovation.

Cincinnati, Ohio
With roots that date back to 1867,CCM today offers nine degree types (BA, BM, BFA, MFA, MM, MA, AD, DMA, PhD) in nearly 120 possible majors.

Denton, Texas
The UNT College of Music is one of the nation's most respected comprehensive music schools. We offer fully accredited degrees, bachelor to doctoral, and are home to the world's first jazz degree program. We present over 1,100 events annually and our alumni work across the globe in award-winning careers.

Los Angeles, California
At the USC Thornton School of Music, we celebrate our location in Los Angeles, the nation's center for creativity and innovation. As the music profession changes, we offer a forward-thinking education that prepares students for careers at the highest levels as performers, composers, educators and industry leaders. Our three exceptional divisions offer cross-genre experiences unique among the country's top music schools.

Norman, Oklahoma
The most comprehensive college fine arts in the state. Teems with innovation and excellence with support from its supplemental graduate certificate in Arts Management and Entrepreneurship and national Arts Incubation Lab. Its recent alumni work at all levels of the market and have won Academy, Tony, Emmy, and Grammy Awards.

New Haven, Connecticut
The Yale School of Music is a graduate professional school for students of exceptional ability. In addition to receiving professional training in music, students are encouraged to participate in the rich intellectual life of Yale University and to develop and pursue interests in areas outside of their majors.

Academy of Vocal Arts
Boston University School of Music
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The Academy of the Vocal Arts is the only nationally accredited conservatory in the United States exclusively devoted to the training of young opera singers tuition-free. Artists from throughout the states and all over the world audition to study and perform in AVA's four-year program.

Boston, Massachusetts

Boston University is an international, comprehensive, private research university, committed to educating students to be reflective, resourceful individuals ready to live, adapt, and lead in an interconnected world. Boston University is committed to generating new knowledge to benefit society.

Chapman University College of Performing Arts
The Crane School of Music
Orange, California
Chapman University's personalized education gives each student a unique opportunity to become an original thinker who rises to the world's challenges. We're here to make something, to create anything imaginable: films, performing arts, business models, lines of code - to bring them to life and deliver them to the world.
Potsdam, New York

Crane is an undergraduate-focused music school with attentive full-time faculty. We are part of SUNY Potsdam, an arts-centric school where about 1,000 students (of 4,000 total) major in the arts. At Crane, students can choose from a wide variety of programs and majors.

Guildhall School of Music & Drama
Mason Gross School of the Arts
London, United Kingdom

Guildhall School is one of the world's leading conservatoires, highly regarded in the profession for intensive, dedicated training taught by renowned international teaching staff and through partnerships with the Barbican, London Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Opera House, and the Academy of Ancient Music.

New Brunswick, New Jersey

Mason Gross School of the Arts allows you to gain high level conservatory training while enjoying the traditional college experience that a public university provides. Our students also benefit from New York City and Philadelphia.

Pacific Region International Summer Music Academy (PRISMA)
Peabody Conservatory
Powell River, British Columbia, Canada

PRISMA prides itself on its focus not only on the technical aspects of music education but on the care it takes to ensure a positive experience-one that brings people together through a shared love of music. It has an exceptionally supportive environment for learning and performing together.

Baltimore, Maryland

At the Peabody Conservatory, we are a community of artists - cultivating excellence, embracing new ideas, and committed to the future of music in our world.

Pepperdine University
San Francisco Conservatory of Music
Malibu, California

Pepperdine University has emerged as one of the nation's leading private universities. Located in beautiful Malibu, California, the Music Department offers high-quality instruction and an exceptional, personal learning experience for each individual. This nurturing environment allows our students to refine their talents for successful lives as musicians.

San Francisco, California

With a faculty that includes nearly 30 members of the San Francisco Symphony, as well as collaborative partnerships with the Bay Area's major performing arts institutions and tech and entertainment companies, SFCM provides its students with an unparalleled opportunity to study in the heart of San Francisco's performing arts district.

Shenandoah Conservatory
The Shepherd School of Music
Winchester, Virginia

Shenandoah Conservatory offers rigorous professional training in Music, Theater, and Dance, with extensive performance opportunities, collaborative and interdisciplinary experiences, and close mentoring relationships with exceptionally accomplished faculty. Engagements with internationally acclaimed guest artists representing the highest levels of creative, pedagogical, and scholarly excellence are frequent, and international performance opportunities abound.

Houston, Texas

The Shepherd School of Music provides a dedicated faculty of artist-teachers, extraordinary performance opportunities, beautiful facilities, and an unparalleled education at one of America's premiere universities.

University of Colorado Boulder
University of Michigan
School of Music, Theatre & Dance
Boulder, Colorado

Founded in 1920, the College of Music offers a wide range of programs uniquely combining advanced musical training with professionally oriented experiences and the rich resources of a leading research university. Active as award-winning professional performers, composers, and scholars, faculty members are committed to helping students develop their talents.

Ann Arbor, Michigan

The School's unique relationship as a part of the U-M, ranked as one the top universities in the U.S., provides students with a vast array of options and opportunities All of our degrees require some academic coursework most of which can be selected from any area of the University.

Additional Schools
Bard College Conservatory of Music
Annandale-on-Hudson, New York
Sarah and Ernest Butler School of Music
Austin, Texas
Carnegie Mellon School of Music
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Cleveland Institute of Music
Cleveland, Ohio
Colburn School
Los Angeles, California
Aaron Copland School of Music
Queens, New York
Curtis Institute of Music
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
DePauw University
Greencastle, Indiana
Hanns Eisler School of Music Berlin
Berlin, Germany
Florida State University College of Music
Tallahassee, Florida
Frost School of Music
Coral Gable,Florida
The Glenn Gould School
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
New England Conservatory
Boston, Massachusetts
School of Jazz and Contemporary Music
New York, New York
New World Symphony, America's Orchestral Academy
Miami Beach, Florida
Oberlin Conservatory of Music
Oberlin, Ohio
The Ohio State University School of Music
Colubmia, Ohio
Purchase College Conservatory of Music
Purchase, New York
Royal College of Music
London, United Kingdom
Shanghai Orchestra Academy (SOA)
Shanghai, China
UC Berkeley Department of Music
Berkeley, California
UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music
Los Angeles, California
University of Illinois School of Music
Urbana, Illinois
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Department of Music & Dance
Amerhert, Massachusetts
University of North Carolina School of the Arts
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
University of Wisconsin-Madison Mead Witter School of Music
Madison, Wisconsin
Westminster Choir College
Princeton, New Jersey