2019-20 GUIDE TO MUSIC SCHOOLS



Academy of Vocal Arts
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Arizona State University School of Music
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Bard College Conservatory of Music
Bard College Conservatory of Music
Bard College
MISSION
Music, like all art, engages the mind and the heart. It redefines boundaries and questions limits in order to make a meaningful statement about the human condition. The education of the mind is, therefore, as important as the education of the fingers. The greatest musicians not only have the technical mastery to communicate effectively, but also are deeply curious and equally adept at analytical and emotional modes of thought. The mission of The Bard College Conservatory of Music is to provide the best possible preparation for a person dedicated to a life immersed in the creation and performance of music. The innovative curriculum of The Bard College Conservatory of Music is guided by the principle that musicians should be broadly educated in the liberal arts and sciences in order to achieve their greatest potential.
WHAT DISTINGUISHES THIS SCHOOL
All Conservatory undergraduates pursue a five-year program leading to two degrees: the Bachelor of Music degree and the Bachelor of Arts degree in a field other than music.
LOCATION
30 Campus Road
Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504
ADMISSIONS
845-752-2409
Audition Requirements
FINANCIAL INFORMATION
CAREER / POST-GRADUATION ASSISTANCE
Our undergraduates tend to pursue graduate degrees from other major conservatories.
KEY STATISTICS (college level and above)
150 music students
Music Faculty: 10 full time, 55 adjunct
AREAS OF STUDY
Brass • Composition • Conducting • Piano • Strings and Harp • Vocal Arts/Opera • Winds and Percussion
DEGREE PROGRAMS
ADDITIONAL PROGRAMS (non-matriculating/prep)
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Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music
Northwestern University
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Blair School of Music
Vanderbilt University
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Conservatorio di Musica
Conservatorio di Musica "Arrigo Boito"
MISSION
Conservatorio di Musica Arrigo Boito in Parma, Institute of high culture, is a pivotal centre dedicated to providing the highest artistic training, education, specialization, research and production in music. It also defines, creates and continually updates its didactic offer to develop specialized, high-level professionals operating in the artistic-musical field. It is pro-active so that its productions may have widespread diffusion and accessibility on the territory, independently or in conjunction with other public or private entities having similar and compatible cultural purposes; through a constant monitoring of the forms and modalities of artistic and musical production, also on an international scale, it adapts its own formative offer so that it is in tune with society's requirements and with the evolution of highly specialized professional profiles which will be met with concrete opportunities upon entering the job market.
WHAT DISTINGUISHES THIS SCHOOL
High-level courses in classical, jazz, pop/rock and early music in a strategic production center in the north of Italy.
LOCATION
Via del Conservatorio 27/A
43121 Parma
ITALY
ADMISSIONS
+30 52 13 81 911
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FINANCIAL INFORMATION
CAREER / POST-GRADUATION ASSISTANCE
KEY STATISTICS (college level and above)
500 music students
Music Faculty: 120 full time, 30 adjunct
AREAS OF STUDY
Brass • Composition • Conducting • Early Music • Jazz Studies & Contemporary Media • Music Education • Organ • Piano • Strings and Harp • Vocal Arts/Opera • Winds and Percussion
Other Areas of Study: Pop/Rock • Accordion
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Boston University School of Music
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Boston Conservatory at Berklee
Boston Conservatory at Berklee
MISSION
The Conservatory's progressive spirit is evident in the variety of music-making opportunities and the quality of our world-class faculty, which challenges you to define the kind of musician you want to be. This approach, combined with our focused training, is critical to the development of both your technical skills and your artistic voice. You'll have the opportunity to work with musicians from a rich diversity of cultures and across a range of styles, while being immersed in an ever-evolving learning environment orchestrated entirely with your future in mind.
WHAT DISTINGUISHES THIS SCHOOL
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 the performing arts a more visible and valued dimension of communities here and abroad.
LOCATION
8 Fenway
Boston, MA 02215
ADMISSIONS
617-912-9153
Audition Requirements
FINANCIAL INFORMATION
CAREER / POST-GRADUATION ASSISTANCE
The Berklee Career Center provides expert guidance, cutting-edge resources, and professional development experiences to help our diverse body of students achieve their career goals.
KEY STATISTICS (college level and above)
434 music students
Music Faculty: 82 full time, 137 adjunct
AREAS OF STUDY
Brass • Composition • Conducting • Music Education • Piano • Strings and Harp • Vocal Arts/Opera • Winds and Percussion
Other Areas of Study: Marimba • Contemporary Classical Music • Musical Theater • Vocal Pedagogy
DEGREE PROGRAMS
ADDITIONAL PROGRAMS (non-matriculating/prep)
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Sarah and Ernest Butler School of Music
Sarah and Ernest Butler School of Music
The University of Texas at Austin
MISSION
Through professional education of the highest caliber, the Butler School of Music of The University of Texas at Austin prepares students for productive careers as performers, teachers, composers, and scholars and for satisfying lives as informed and responsible members of a democratic society. In accordance with the university's mission, the school also seeks to extend the boundaries of knowledge and human experience through research and the creation of new music.
While preserving the best of traditional education in music, the School seeks to prepare students for the changing realities of the modern world through engagement with diverse musical traditions, community outreach, and new technologies that can be used creatively to further the art of music. The School promotes the interdependence of performance and scholarship, innovative relationships between music and other disciplines within and outside the arts, and a wider appreciation throughout society of music and its significance.
WHAT DISTINGUISHES THIS SCHOOL
Located in one of our nation's most musical cities, the Butler School of Music at The University of Texas at Austin offers comprehensive undergraduate and graduate programs designed to prepare artists, thinkers, makers, and teachers ready and able to make profound contributions to the future of music.
LOCATION
2406 Robert Dedman Drive
Stop E3100
Austin, TX 78712-1555
ADMISSIONS
512-471-7764
Audition Requirements
FINANCIAL INFORMATION
CAREER / POST-GRADUATION ASSISTANCE
Fine Arts Career Services, a division of the Office of the Dean of the College of Fine Arts, helps fine arts majors explore career options, plan for careers, and develop strategies for seeking jobs upon graduation. Career advising and planning services are also available from the university's Center for Strategic Advising & Career Counseling.
KEY STATISTICS (college level and above)
610 music students
Music Faculty: 85 full time, 10 adjunct
AREAS OF STUDY
Brass • Composition • Conducting • Early Music • Jazz Studies & Contemporary Media • Music Education • Musicology • Organ • Piano • Strings and Harp • Vocal Arts/Opera • Winds and Percussion
Other Areas of Study: Chamber Music • Ethnomusicology • Literature and Pedagogy • Music Theory • Opera Coaching • Opera Directing
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Carnegie Mellon University School of Music
Carnegie Mellon University School of Music
Carnegie Mellon University
MISSION
The School of Music educates outstanding, intellectually gifted musicians through excellence in performance, creativity, scholarship and pedagogy. We inspire imagination and creativity in music and in the construction of musical knowledge in all its diverse forms. Through an understanding of both tradition and innovation, we enrich the community within and beyond Carnegie Mellon.
WHAT DISTINGUISHES THIS SCHOOL
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.
LOCATION
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
ADMISSIONS
412-268-4118
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CAREER / POST-GRADUATION ASSISTANCE
Our distinguished alumni populate the ranks of the world's most prestigious orchestras, opera companies, and faculties including: the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, The Metropolitan Opera, Harvard University, Prague Philharmonia, Oberlin College & Conservatory, Boston Pops, BBC Orchestras, Lyric Opera of Chicago, and many more.
KEY STATISTICS (college level and above)
450 music students
Music Faculty: 35 full time, 51 adjunct
AREAS OF STUDY
Brass • Composition • Conducting • Music Education • Music Technology (including production) • Piano • Strings and Harp • Vocal Arts/Opera • Winds and Percussion
Other Areas of Study: Interdisciplinary degrees (BXA) • Music Entrepeneurship • Orchestral Studies
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Cleveland Institute of Music
Cleveland Institute of Music
MISSION
The mission of the Cleveland Institute of Music is empower the world's most talented classical music students to fulfill their dreams and potential.
WHAT DISTINGUISHES THIS SCHOOL
CIM is an independent conservatory known for superior orchestral, chamber music, composition, piano, and voice programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Its world-renowned faculty—many of whom are members of The Cleveland Orchestra—are eminent performers and pedagogues who cultivate life-long mentoring relationships with their students.
LOCATION
11021 East Boulevard
Cleveland, OH 44106
ADMISSIONS
216-795-3107
Audition Requirements
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CAREER / POST-GRADUATION ASSISTANCE
CIM's education focuses on high-level performance artistry coupled with the practical and essential skills necessary for a seamless transition into a professional career. For much of its nearly 100-year history, CIM's individual faculty members have engaged in career-focused coaching of students and alumni.
The CIM Center for Innovative Musicianship (CIM²) cements these tremendous career resources by building an educational framework, including the coursework and experiential learning necessary for successful career development. An experienced career advisor provides expert guidance and resources for students beginning in their first year.
KEY STATISTICS (college level and above)
375 music students
Music Faculty: 29 full time, 75 adjunct
AREAS OF STUDY
Brass • Composition • Conducting • Organ • Piano • Strings and Harp • Vocal Arts/Opera • Winds and Percussion
Other Areas of Study: Classical Guitar • Music Theory (as an undergraduate double major only) • Suzuki Pedagogy (master's program only)
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Colburn School
Colburn School
MISSION
The Colburn School's mission is to provide the highest quality performing arts education at all levels of development in an optimal learning environment.
Internationally recognized as a leader in the field of performing arts education, the Colburn School is guided by the philosophy that all who desire to study music and dance should have access to top-level training. Therefore, the School focuses on removing financial barriers to education and creating equal opportunity through robust scholarship, financial aid, and community engagement programs.
WHAT DISTINGUISHES THIS SCHOOL
All receive full-tuition scholarships, room and board. 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. Career development and wellness programs support all areas of student well-being.
LOCATION
200 South Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA, 90012
ADMISSIONS
213-621-4534
Audition Requirements
FINANCIAL INFORMATION
CAREER / POST-GRADUATION ASSISTANCE
The Colburn School offers a range of resources to help students and alumni plan and build their professional careers. All Conservatory students take two essential classes: the Teaching Musician, which equips them with pedagogy training; and the Working Musician, which offers a number of short courses designed to help them manage their careers as musicians.
The newly formed Center for Innovation and Community Impact offers individual advising and planning to conservatory students, which allows them to tailor their experience to their own needs and goals. Career development staff work with students one-on-one and find opportunities for them to further explore their interests. In addition, the center teaches students engagement skills, including creating programs to develop new audiences and become arts leaders.
KEY STATISTICS (college level and above)
125 music students
Music Faculty: 15 full time, 26 adjunct
AREAS OF STUDY
Brass • Conducting • Piano • Strings and Harp • Winds and Percussion
DEGREE PROGRAMS
ADDITIONAL PROGRAMS (non-matriculating/prep)
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The Crane School of Music
SUNY Potsdam
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Curtis Institute of Music
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DePaul University School of Music
DePaul University
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DePauw University
DePauw University
MISSION
The DePauw University School of Music provides an excellent musical and intellectual foundation that prepares undergraduate musicians to be adaptive leaders, equipped to actively engage their communities and pursue a breadth of career paths. We believe artists should embrace diversity, foster inclusivity, and raise cultural awareness, and this shapes our community and curriculum. In partnership with DePauw's College of Liberal Arts, we encourage students to integrate creative and practical musical skills with critical thinking and intellectual inquiry, empowering our graduates for a lifetime of learning.
WHAT DISTINGUISHES THIS SCHOOL
The 21st-Century Musician Initiative; one of the first schools of music, est. 1884; conservatory-style training paired with liberal arts; flexible degree programs; Green Guest Artists Series; undergraduate only.
LOCATION
600 South Locust Street
Greencastle, IN 46135
ADMISSIONS
765-658-4118
Audition Requirements
  • Brass and Woodwinds: At least two contrasting works from the standard repertoire, including movements of sonatas, concerti and other solo pieces. You will be asked to sight-read and demonstrate proficiency in both scales and arpeggios.
  • Strings: At least two contrasting works chosen from the following three choices: (1) a movement from a J.S. Bach solo sonata or partita, or other Baroque work; (2) a movement from a 19th-20th century sonata or concerto; (3) or a work of the student's choice. You will be asked to sight-read and demonstrate proficiency in both scales and arpeggios.
  • Harp: Two contrasting pieces from the standard repertoire, plus one orchestral excerpt.
  • Organ: At least two selections: (1) prelude and fugue by J.S. Bach or a work by another Baroque composer; and (2) a 19th-20th century composition.
  • Piano: Three selections (all performed from memory), one for each of the following categories: (1) a prelude and fugue from the Well-Tempered Klavier by J.S. Bach; (2) a movement from a sonata by Haydn, Mozart or Beethoven; and (3) a Romantic, Impressionist or Contemporary work of choice.
(1) Select One Solo Literature or Etudes from each of the following categories:
-Snare drum: solo snare drum or etudes from Peters, Cirone, Delecluse that demonstrating buzz rolls, flams, and different articulation strokes; and optional on rudiments
-Marimba, xylophone or vibraphone (demonstrating two and four-mallet technique)
Timpani (demonstrating tuning ability); and optional: drum set or multiple percussion.
(2) Sight-reading on snare drum and marimba
(3) Two Octave Major Scales with Arpeggio from memory.
Vocalists: By December 1, all vocalists are required to submit an unedited pre-screen video recording of two of the three pieces below to your student portal. You may sign up for an audition date, but do not finalize any travel plans until you are informed that you have passed the pre-screen audition. In the live audition, vocalists will be required to sight-read, match pitch, and perform the following three pieces: (1) an art song in Italian; (2) an art song in French or German; and (3) a classical or musical theatre piece for performance.

FINANCIAL INFORMATION
CAREER / POST-GRADUATION ASSISTANCE
The Hubbard Center for Student Engagement assists all students in post-graduate employment or study. Experiential learning that could include internships, international study, and additional performance opportunities is required.
KEY STATISTICS (college level and above)
138 music students
Music Faculty: 20 full time, 29 adjunct
AREAS OF STUDY
Brass • Jazz Studies & Contemporary Media • Music Education • Piano • Strings and Harp • Vocal Arts/Opera • Winds and Percussion
DEGREE PROGRAMS
-Bachelor of Music (B.M.)
-Bachelor of Music Education (B.M.E.)
-Bachelor of Musical Arts (B.M.A.)
-Five-Year Bachelor of Music/Bachelor of Arts Double Degree
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Eastman School of Music
University of Rochester
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Hanns Eisler School of Music Berlin
Hanns Eisler School of Music Berlin
MISSION
Hanns Eisler School of Music Berlin was founded in 1950 and is located in the heart of Berlin at the Schloßplatz and the Gendarmenmarkt. The school boasts a symphony orchestra, a school choir, the ECHO Ensemble and numerous chamber music ensembles. Courses are coordinated under four areas of discipline, ranging from voice and direction to strings, woodwind and brass and musicology and composition. The educational profile is complemented by cooperation with institutes shared with Berlin University of the Arts such as the Jazz Institute Berlin, the Institute for New Music Klangzeitort and the Kurt Singer Institute for Music Physiology and Musicians' Health. Hanns Eisler School of Music Berlin presents close to 300 public events annually, including concerts, opera projects, presentations and masterclasses. Alongside the highly decorated staff and the practical approach of the training, the encouragement for students that emanates out of the cooperation with Berlin cultural institutions is a key attribute. These intensive cooperative relations include partnerships with Konzerthaus Berlin, the Berliner Philharmoniker Foundation, Deutsche Oper and Komische Oper. Internationally renowned artists, among them Nicolas Altstaedt, Li Biao, Kolja Blacher, Claudio Bohórquez, Eberhard Feltz, Kirill Gerstein, Hanspeter Kyburz, Marie-Luise Neunecker, Thomas Quasthoff, Christine Schäfer, Antje Weithaas and Tabea Zimmermann offer students practice-oriented teaching. Masterclasses and workshops refine the direct work with artistic personalities — in this context, students have already benefited from working with Midori, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Daniel Barenboim, Zubin Mehta, Kent Nagano, Seiji Ozawa, Thomas Quasthoff, Sir Simon Rattle and Christian Thielemann.
The markedly international student community makes the school a place of international encounters. Two thirds of the students come from outside of Germany, one third from outside of Europe. Graduates and alumni of the school include names such as Jochen Kowalski, Roman Trekel, Olga Peretyatko, Anna Prohaska (voice); Georg Katzer, Siegfried Matthus, Friedrich Schenker (composition); Vladimir Jurowski, Lahav Shani, Ernst Stoy, Sebastian Weigle, Kahchun Wong, Feng Yu (conducting); Peter Konwitschny, Tatjana Gürbaca, Vera Nemirowa (directing); Martin Helmchen (piano); Isabelle Faust (violin); Antoine Tamestit (viola); Nicolas Altstaedt, Claudio Bohórquez, Sol Gabetta, Danjulo Ishizaka, Johannes Moser (cello).
WHAT DISTINGUISHES THIS SCHOOL
Musical excellence is our duty. Exceptional musical personalities are the foundation of our educational quality and musical practice. We promote talent in its holistic development—from the attainment of finest technical precision to being ready for the stage.
LOCATION
Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler Berlin
Charlottenstr. 55
D-10117 Berlin
GERMANY
ADMISSIONS
+49 (0)30 688305-830
Audition Requirements
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CAREER / POST-GRADUATION ASSISTANCE
KEY STATISTICS (college level and above)
500 music students
Music Faculty: 90 full time, 249 adjunct
AREAS OF STUDY
Brass • Composition • Conducting • Piano • Strings and Harp • Vocal Arts/Opera • Winds and Percussion
Other Areas of Study: Chamber Music • Correpetition • Electroacoustic Music • Historical and Contemporary Compositional Technique • Lied Interpretation for Pianists • Production Dramaturgy for Music Theatre • Music Theatre Direction
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College of Music
College of Music
Florida State University
MISSION
The College of Music offers a comprehensive program of instruction for all students who expect to become professionals in the field of music. For general University students, it offers a wide spectrum of opportunities for disciplined personal growth and creative achievement. In addition, it produces and sponsors musical events that enhance the cultural life of the campus, the community, and the surrounding region.
WHAT DISTINGUISHES THIS SCHOOL
FSU is home to one of the largest and most diverse music programs in the country offering 25 degree programs at the undergraduate level alone. Our students participate in nearly 50 ensembles and perform in more than 500 concerts each year. Our graduates are highly successful beyond the classroom.
LOCATION
122 North Copeland Street
Tallahassee, FL 32306
ADMISSIONS
850-644-6102
Audition Requirements
FINANCIAL INFORMATION
CAREER / POST-GRADUATION ASSISTANCE
Career preparation is an ongoing process at the College of Music. Faculty mentors take an active role in placing and connecting their students to career opportunities, and a Career Liaison from the FSU Career Center works directly with students in the College of Music. The Allen Music Library regularly sponsors workshops on resume writing, and career development is a major focus of Music Entrepreneurship classes. Additionally, "Applying to Graduate School" workshops are offered each fall.
KEY STATISTICS (college level and above)
1050 music students
Music Faculty: 94 full time, 5 adjunct
AREAS OF STUDY
Arts Leadership • Brass • Composition • Conducting • Jazz Studies & Contemporary Media • Music Education • Music Technology (including production) • Musicology • Organ • Piano • Strings and Harp • Vocal Arts/Opera • Winds and Percussion
Other Areas of Study: Arts Administration • Commercial Music • Choral Conducting • Ethnomusicology • Historical Musicology • Music Therapy • Opera Production • Piano Pedagogy • Piano Technology • Sacred Music • Wind Conducting
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