2019-20 GUIDE TO MUSIC SCHOOLS



Pacific Region International Summer Music Academy (PRISMA)
Pacific Region International Summer Music Academy (PRISMA)
MISSION
The Pacific Region International Summer Music Academy (PRISMA) Festival offers an in-depth orchestral training program that is designed to provide advanced students and young professionals with the essential tools to win a position in a professional orchestra. The program bridges the education students receive at a university/conservatory and the professional life of an orchestra musician. PRISMA is also very valuable for undergraduates, as it helps develop skills for future studies and builds confidence for student recitals and exams. There are numerous concerts and performance opportunities during the two-week PRISMA Festival each June, attended by enthusiastic and sophisticated audiences in Powell River, British Columbia, Canada.
WHAT DISTINGUISHES THIS SCHOOL
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.
LOCATION
c/o Reid Hunter
7061 Duncan Street, Suite D
Powell River, BC V8A 1W1
CANADA
ADMISSIONS
855-577-4762
Audition Requirements
FINANCIAL INFORMATION
CAREER / POST-GRADUATION ASSISTANCE
PRISMA offers audition training
KEY STATISTICS (college level and above)
80 music students
40 scholarships awarded
Music Faculty: 1 full time, 23 adjunct
AREAS OF STUDY
Brass • Organ • Strings and Harp
Other Areas of Study: Applied Music (Performance) • Audition Training • Orchestral Conducting

Peabody Conservatory
Johns Hopkins University
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Peck School of the Arts
Peck School of the Arts
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
MISSION
The UW-Milwaukee Peck School of the Arts mission:
  • To develop and maintain high quality undergraduate, graduate and continuing education programs appropriate to a major urban doctoral university.
  • To engage in sustained research and performance which will enhance and fulfill the University's role as an institution of academic and professional excellence.
  • To attract highly qualified students who demonstrate the potential for intellectual and artistic development, innovation, and leadership for their communities.
  • To further academic and professional opportunities at all levels for women, minority, part-time, and financially or educationally disadvantaged students.
  • To encourage others from institutions in the University of Wisconsin System and from other educational institutions and agencies to seek benefit from the University's research and educational resources such as libraries, special collections, archives, and academic programs.
WHAT DISTINGUISHES THIS SCHOOL
Music at UW-Milwaukee offers comprehensive undergraduate and graduate education, and is the largest professional degree granting music department in the UW System. Our renowned artist faculty and alumni perform with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Florentine Opera, Present Music, and more.
LOCATION
UWM Department of Music
P.O. Box 413
Milwaukee WI 53201
ADMISSIONS
414-229-4763
FINANCIAL INFORMATION
CAREER / POST-GRADUATION ASSISTANCE
UW-Milwaukee offers a comprehensive Career Planning and Resource Center.
KEY STATISTICS (college level and above)
300 music students
Music Faculty: 28 full time, 29 adjunct
AREAS OF STUDY
Brass • Composition • Conducting • Music Education • Music Technology (including production) • Musicology • Piano • Strings and Harp • Vocal Arts/Opera • Winds and Percussion
DEGREE PROGRAMS
ONLINE COURSES
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Pepperdine University
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Purchase College Conservatory of Music
Purchase College Conservatory of Music
State University of New York
MISSION
Purchase College, SUNY, offers a unique education that combines programs in the liberal arts with conservatory programs in the arts in ways that emphasize inquiry, mastery of skills, and creativity. Our graduates contribute to the arts, humanities, sciences, and society.
WHAT DISTINGUISHES THIS SCHOOL
The Purchase College Conservatory of Music offers a multidisciplinary approach to conservatory training; individualized attention and mentoring from world-class musicians; scholarships and financial aid; double majors and minors, including arts management; and a location just 40 minutes from New York City.
LOCATION
735 Anderson Hill Road
Purchase, NY 10577
ADMISSIONS
914-251-6700
Audition Requirements
FINANCIAL INFORMATION
CAREER / POST-GRADUATION ASSISTANCE
Our Career Development Center offers support in choosing the right major, marketing yourself, interviewing, and job and graduate-school prep. Services are also available for alumni.
KEY STATISTICS (college level and above)
380 music students
100 scholarships awarded
Music Faculty: 25 full time, 50 adjunct
AREAS OF STUDY
Arts Leadership • Brass • Composition • Jazz Studies & Contemporary Media • Music Technology (including production) • Piano • Strings and Harp • Vocal Arts/Opera • Winds and Percussion
Other Areas of Study: Guitar
DEGREE PROGRAMS
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Royal College of Music
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San Francisco Conservatory of Music
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School of Jazz and Contemporary Music
School of Jazz and Contemporary Music
The New School
MISSION
The New School prepares students to understand, contribute to, and succeed in a rapidly changing society, thus making the world a better and more just place. We will ensure that our students develop both the skills that a sound education provides and the competencies essential for success and leadership in the emerging creative economy. We will also lead in generating practical and theoretical knowledge that enables people to better understand our world and improve conditions for local and global communities.
WHAT DISTINGUISHES THIS SCHOOL
We offer a dynamic mix of legendary musicians as mentors, a superb and renowned faculty, an audaciously progressive curriculum, countless opportunities to perform, and proximity to all of the action in the global epicenter of the music industry, New York City.
LOCATION
55 West 13th Street
New York, NY 10011
ADMISSIONS
212-229-5150
Audition Requirements
FINANCIAL INFORMATION
CAREER / POST-GRADUATION ASSISTANCE
Our integrated academic and career advising model aims to help students explore new disciplines and areas of study, create their own specialized degree pathways, and discover passions that will shape their future endeavors. Advisors have extensive knowledge of campus resources and will show you how to navigate university systems and procedures. They also act as a liaison between you and other university staff.
Instead of visiting a separate office for career advice, our innovative model enables undergraduate students to have an ongoing, holistic conversation with a professional academic and career advisor to support them as they design their own unique degree pathways and prepare to effect change in the world after graduation. Also explore our services for alumni.
KEY STATISTICS (college level and above)
300 music students
Music Faculty: 4 full time, 70 adjunct
AREAS OF STUDY
Jazz Studies & Contemporary Media
DEGREE PROGRAMS
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Shanghai Orchestra Academy (SOA)
Shanghai Orchestra Academy (SOA)
Shanghai Conservatory of Music
MISSION
To provide advanced, post-graduate orchestral training to young musicians at the highest level of technique and musicianship.
WHAT DISTINGUISHES THIS SCHOOL
The Shanghai Orchestra Academy (SOA) is the result of a partnership among the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, and Shanghai Conservatory of Music. The SOA provides rigorous training at the Master's degree level for talented instrumentalists.
LOCATION
1380 Middle Fuxing Road,
Shanghai
CHINA
ADMISSIONS
+86 21-54667821
Audition Requirements
FINANCIAL INFORMATION
CAREER / POST-GRADUATION ASSISTANCE
An integral part of the SOA curriculum is practical training with professional orchestras. Students gain first-hand experience learning from and playing with New York Philharmonic musicians and performing with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra. Other international partners have offered practical training opportunities to SOA students, among them the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra, and the Sydney, Singapore and Guangzhou symphony orchestras and the Hong Kong,Taiwan, China, and Hangzhou philharmonics.
KEY STATISTICS (college level and above)
40 music students
Music Faculty: 22 full time, 40 adjunct
AREAS OF STUDY
Brass • Strings and Harp • Winds and Percussion
DEGREE PROGRAMS
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Shenandoah Conservatory
Shenandoah Conservatory
Shenandoah University
MISSION
As a community uniquely committed to rigor, nurture and innovation, Shenandoah Conservatory inspires artistic and scholarly excellence, preparing talented students for successful careers in the arts.
WHAT DISTINGUISHES THIS SCHOOL
Shenandoah Conservatory offers rigorous professional training in music, theatre 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.
LOCATION
1460 University Drive
Winchester, VA 22601
ADMISSIONS
540-665-4581
Audition Requirements
FINANCIAL INFORMATION
CAREER / POST-GRADUATION ASSISTANCE
Shenandoah Conservatory is home to a Career Services Office that provides a comprehensive range of services and resources to support career exploration and professional growth of SU students. Career Services works with students in all aspects of the career development process, from choosing a major to career changes. Career development is a lifelong process influenced by all aspects of life, with the end result being high quality of life and personal satisfaction. Services offered include career exploration, experiential learning through internships, volunteer, summer and part-time opportunities, as well as résumé building, interview skills workshops, graduate school search assistance, and job search assistance. Visit the Career Services website.
KEY STATISTICS (college level and above)
612 music students
Music Faculty: 58 full time, 50 adjunct
AREAS OF STUDY
Arts Leadership • Brass • Composition • Conducting • Jazz Studies & Contemporary Media • Music Education • Music Technology (including production) • Organ • Piano • Strings and Harp • Vocal Arts/Opera • Winds and Percussion
Other Areas of Study: Church Music • Collaborative Piano • Dance • Music Therapy • Performing Arts Leadership & Management • Theatre/Musical Theatre • Vocal Pedagogy/Classical • Vocal Pedagogy/Contemporary Commercial Music
DEGREE PROGRAMS
ADDITIONAL PROGRAMS (non-matriculating/prep)
BROCHURE / CATALOGUE
ONLINE COURSES
SOCIAL LINKS
        

The Shepherd School of Music
Rice University
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Teachers College, Columbia University
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The Tianjin Juilliard School
The Juilliard School
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UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music
UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music
MISSION
At the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, there are no musical boundaries. Rigorous classical training intersects with open-minded exploration of the contemporary musical landscape. Performances from musical traditions spanning the globe are complemented by critical analysis and scholarship that place the music in historical and cultural contexts. A faculty of internationally-renowned performers and leading scholars combines expertise and experience with accessibility and a commitment to students. The School of Music is integrated into UCLA, the top public university in the country, and is situated in Los Angeles, a global cultural hub, providing students with unparalleled artistic, academic, and social opportunities.
WHAT DISTINGUISHES THIS SCHOOL
The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music offers performance, scholarship, and innovation, all in one place. Combining departments of Ethnomusicology, Global Jazz Studies, Music, and Musicology, we provide academic opportunities that balance cutting-edge scholarship with performance mastery. Students are encouraged to explore music in all its contemporary and historical diversity.
LOCATION
445 Charles East Young Drive East
2520 Schoenberg Music Building
Los Angeles, CA 90095
ADMISSIONS
310-825-6457
Audition Requirements
FINANCIAL INFORMATION
CAREER / POST-GRADUATION ASSISTANCE
The UCLA Career Center is one of the largest and most comprehensive career centers in the nation. It offers a wide range of services that help students develop clarity about professional interests; provides students with the knowledge, skills, resources, and experience necessary to pursue professional goals with confidence and self-assurance; and facilitates connections among students and employers, alumni, and graduate school representatives. The Career Center, in collaboration with the School of Music faculty and staff, meets the unique needs of our students by providing programs and counseling services specific to careers in the arts.
KEY STATISTICS (college level and above)
446 music students
Music Faculty: 45 full time, 97 adjunct
AREAS OF STUDY
Brass • Composition • Conducting • Jazz Studies & Contemporary Media • Music Education • Musicology • Organ • Piano • Strings and Harp • Vocal Arts/Opera • Winds and Percussion
SOCIAL LINKS
        

University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM)
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University of Colorado Boulder
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University of Florida
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University of Massachusetts Amherst Department of Music & Dance
University of Massachusetts Amherst Department of Music & Dance
MISSION
The Department of Music and Dance provides a comprehensive education through a combination of established and innovative pedagogical approaches. The faculty works cooperatively, focusing on students and inspiring them to realize their full artistic potential while equipping them with skills to succeed in today's world. The Department is also committed to distinguishing itself regionally, nationally, and internationally through the creative activity and scholarship of its faculty. Serving as a cultural ambassador for music and dance, the Department maintains visibility through broad course offerings, public appearances, and outreach activities within the University and the community at large.
WHAT DISTINGUISHES THIS SCHOOL
UMass Amherst offers conservatory quality education in a university setting. Intensive yet supportive, the music program has a variety of concentrations as well as nationally and internationally renowned faculty dedicated to educating students. A top research university, UMass also enables other majors to be involved musically.
LOCATION
273 Fine Arts Center East
University of Massachusetts
Amherst, MA 01003
ADMISSIONS
413-545-6048
Audition Requirements
Incoming freshman majors must submit the Common App and be cleared for university admission before signing up for an audition. Early Action is recommended. Prospective music minors, transfer students, and graduate students must fill out an Audition Request Form at the Music & Dance website to sign up for an audition.
FINANCIAL INFORMATION
CAREER / POST-GRADUATION ASSISTANCE
Humanities & Fine Arts Career Planning Rep: Caroline Gould, 413-545-6257
KEY STATISTICS (college level and above)
333 music students
Music Faculty: 42 full time, 3 adjunct
AREAS OF STUDY
Brass • Composition • Conducting • Jazz Studies & Contemporary Media • Music Education • Piano • Strings and Harp • Vocal Arts/Opera • Winds and Percussion
Other Areas of Study: Music Theory • Music History
DEGREE PROGRAMS
ONLINE COURSES
SOCIAL LINKS
  

University of Massachusetts Lowell Department of Music
University of Massachusetts Lowell Department of Music
MISSION
The Music Department is an innovative, contemporary institution dedicated to providing tomorrow's musicians with a superior education and viable career training within the changing musical landscape of the 21st century.
WHAT DISTINGUISHES THIS SCHOOL
We offer Bachelor of Music majors in Sound Recording Technology, Music Business, Music Education, and Music Performance. We are now offering a new major: Composition for New Media.
LOCATION
Durgin Hall
35 Wilder Street
Lowell, MA 01854
ADMISSIONS
978-934-3931
Audition Requirements
FINANCIAL INFORMATION
CAREER / POST-GRADUATION ASSISTANCE
Internships in Music Business and Sound Recording Technology help provide job experience and placement.
KEY STATISTICS (college level and above)
400 music students
Music Faculty: 16 full time, 45 adjunct
AREAS OF STUDY
Composition • Music Education • Music Technology (including production)
Other Areas of Study: Composition for New Media • Music Performance
DEGREE PROGRAMS
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School of Music, Theatre & Dance
School of Music, Theatre & Dance
University of Michigan
MISSION
Founded in 1880, the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance is one of the finest performing arts schools in the United States. Encompassing programs in dance, music, musical theatre, and theatre, we are consistently ranked among the top performing arts schools in the country when compared with performance-oriented conservatories or with prestigious academic departments of music.
WHAT DISTINGUISHES THIS SCHOOL
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.
LOCATION
1100 Baits Drive, 2290 Moore
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
ADMISSIONS
734-764-0593
Audition Requirements
FINANCIAL INFORMATION
CAREER / POST-GRADUATION ASSISTANCE
The School of Music, Theatre & Dance EXCEL Program provides entrepreneurship training and career services for all U-M students engaged in the performing arts. Our goal is to enable all our students to forge a viable career in the performing arts by exploring, developing, and leveraging their talents, training, skills, and ambitions. Excellence in Entrepreneurship, Career Empowerment & Leadership (EXCEL) catalyzes success for U-M SMTD students and alumni through courses, co-curricular workshops, ongoing mentoring, and $100,000 in student project and venture funding.
KEY STATISTICS (college level and above)
1100 music students
Music Faculty: 148 full time, 75 adjunct
AREAS OF STUDY
Arts Leadership • Brass • Composition • Conducting • Early Music • Jazz Studies & Contemporary Media • Music Education • Music Technology (including production) • Musicology • Organ • Piano • Strings and Harp
Other Areas of Study: Dance • Musical Theatre • Theatre
DEGREE PROGRAMS
SOCIAL LINKS
        

School of Music
School of Music
University of North Carolina School of the Arts
MISSION
The University of North Carolina School of the Arts provides gifted emerging artists with the experience, knowledge, and skills needed to excel in their disciplines and in their lives, and it serves and enriches the cultural and economic prosperity of the people of North Carolina and the nation. UNCSA is the state's unique professional school for the performing, visual and moving image arts, training students at the high school, undergraduate and master's levels for professional careers in the arts.
WHAT DISTINGUISHES THIS SCHOOL
The UNCSA School of Music offers a transformative conservatory experience that combines intensive individual study under resident artist-mentors who are active performers with a variety of performance opportunities (more than 200 recitals, concerts, and operas annually, including collaborations with other UNCSA arts schools: dance, drama, film, and design & production).
LOCATION
1533 South Main Street
Winston-Salem, NC 27127
ADMISSIONS
336-770-3290
Audition Requirements
The University of North Carolina School of the Arts School of Music provides high school, undergraduate, and graduate programs in a variety of instruments. In addition to their online application, students will need to audition for the music faculty in their area of interest. The requirements for admissions varies according to academic level:
FINANCIAL INFORMATION
CAREER / POST-GRADUATION ASSISTANCE
UNCSA's Office of Career Development provides students with a central resource for assistance with their career planning. It is designed to work hand-in-hand with the arts schools (School of Music in this case) in supplementing career preparation training for students. UNCSA students participate in career development seminars as part of their curriculum.
KEY STATISTICS (college level and above)
159 music students
Music Faculty: 28 full time, 15 adjunct
AREAS OF STUDY
Brass • Composition • Conducting • Music Technology (including production) • Musicology • Organ • Piano • Strings and Harp • Vocal Arts/Opera • Winds and Percussion
Other Areas of Study: Note: These are concentrations within the UNCSA School of Music; they are all geared toward performance. There are courses in jazz, theory, etc., but they are not concentrations.
DEGREE PROGRAMS
ADDITIONAL PROGRAMS (non-matriculating/prep)
ONLINE COURSES
SOCIAL LINKS
        

University of North Texas
University of North Texas
MISSION
The mission of the UNT College of Music is to serve our diverse musical culture with excellence, integrity, and imagination. The vision of the UNT College of Music is to provide leadership, artistry, and expertise to every facet of the music profession.
WHAT DISTINGUISHES THIS SCHOOL
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 1100 events annually and our alumni work across the globe in award-winning careers.
LOCATION
1155 Union Circle #311367
Denton, TX 7620
ADMISSIONS
940-565-3860
Audition Requirements
FINANCIAL INFORMATION
CAREER / POST-GRADUATION ASSISTANCE
The Music Business and Entrepreneurship program is the College of Music's avenue to produce successful 21st-century musicians. We help students develop an entrepreneurial mindset to build financially sustainable and professionally satisfying arts careers that positively impact their communities. Our program includes academic coursework, internship opportunities, a music entrepreneurship competition, an innovative music programming competition, a related field in music entrepreneurship, frequent guest speakers, one-on-one career advising and mentorship, community engagement, networking opportunities, a Student Artist Entrepreneurs organization (S.A.E.), and other events. Our students are launching their own businesses as a result of our program offerings. To learn more visit our UNT Music Entrepreneurs page.
The University of North Texas Career Center is a comprehensive career center that encourages the overall development of UNT students and alumni through personal and career exploration, while equipping them with lifelong job search skills and providing them opportunities to reach their career goals and aspirations. The Career Center is available to all UNT students and alumni.
KEY STATISTICS (college level and above)
1568 music students
530 scholarships awarded
Music Faculty: 116 full time, 47 adjunct
AREAS OF STUDY
Brass • Composition • Conducting • Jazz Studies & Contemporary Media • Music Education • Musicology • Organ • Piano • Strings and Harp • Vocal Arts/Opera • Winds and Percussion
Other Areas of Study: Ethnomusicology • Harpsichord • Music Theory • Performing Arts Health
DEGREE PROGRAMS
ADDITIONAL PROGRAMS (non-matriculating/prep)
BROCHURE / CATALOGUE
ONLINE COURSES
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USC Thornton School of Music
University of Southern California
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Westminster Choir College
Westminster Choir College
Rider University
MISSION
Westminster Choir College is a professional college of music with a unique choral emphasis that prepares undergraduate and graduate students for careers in performance, teaching, sacred music, and composition. In an atmosphere that encourages personal and musical growth and nurtures leadership qualities, Westminster Choir College complements professional training in music with studies in the liberal arts. Founded for Christian service, Westminster Choir College was a pioneer in establishing the highest standards in choral performance and church music. Today, the curriculum teaches pluralism and holds service through music to be ennobling, liberating, and integral to a rewarding and productive life.
WHAT DISTINGUISHES THIS SCHOOL
Westminster Choir College is unique in that it offers students a small conservatory feel while still maintaining world-renowned programs and faculty. We offer unparalleled performance opportunities!
LOCATION
101 Walnut Lane
Princeton, NJ 08550
ADMISSIONS
609-927-7100
Audition Requirements
FINANCIAL INFORMATION
CAREER / POST-GRADUATION ASSISTANCE
KEY STATISTICS (college level and above)
350 music students
Music Faculty: 28 full time, 30 adjunct
AREAS OF STUDY
Composition • Conducting • Music Education • Organ • Piano • Vocal Arts/Opera
DEGREE PROGRAMS
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Yale School of Music
Yale University
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