2020-21 Guide to Music Schools
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Musical America's latest
Guide to Music Schools
Includes pandemic policies for each school
The Guide is always a substantial undertaking as well as a challenge to track down the right people who have the right answers to our (many) questions.
And that’s under normal circumstances.
Needless to say, we are not in normal circumstances. Looking into what is still a very cloudy crystal ball, we have added a few practical, pandemic-caused questions this year: Will you be starting in the fall as planned? Later? Will classes shift online? Will masks be required on campus? What about testing? Will classes be smaller? Any academic changes in store? Will on-campus housing be altered? Tuition change?
Consider: a new generation of musicians who are not only learning their craft, but also developing new coping skills, learning how to go with the flow, and, perhaps most importantly, become video producers par excellence.
Talk about making lemonade.



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.

Toronto, Ontario, Canada
The success of our graduates, many of whom now have successful careers as concert and recording artists, is a testament to our focus on performance training. Committed to mentoring, our purposefully small school offers exceptional practice and performance spaces, and 50% more private lesson time with inspiring, well-known faculty.

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.

Bloomington, Indiana
The more than 1,500 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 & actors; its Lincoln Center campus is a launching ground for artistic achievement, with a world-renowned faculty.

Cambridge, Massachusetts
Longy prepares musicians to make a difference in the world with a social imperative that is at the core of the School’s curriculum. Breaking down traditional conservatory constraints, Longy students learn to lead meaningful lives in music through project-based courses and performances alongside professional partners.

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.

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.

Tianjin, China
The Tianjin Juilliard School uniquely focuses on collaborative musicianship, emphasizing a commitment to ensemble playing of the highest artistic level. Our programs reflect the best of educational standards, preparing students for a lifetime of creative expression, of engagement and growth as an individual and as a musician.

Cincinnati, Ohio
Declared one of this country's leading conservatories by The New York Times, CCM offers nine degree types (BA, BM, BFA, MFA, MM, MA, AD, DMA, PhD) in more than 100 possible majors.

Winston-Salem, North Carolina
UNCSA School of Music offers a transformative conservatory experience that prepares students for professional careers. The program combines intensive individual study under professional artist-mentors with a variety of performance opportunities including collaborations with other UNCSA arts schools.

Los Angeles, California
As the music profession changes, the USC Thornton School of Music offers an innovative education that prepares students for careers at the highest level as performers, composers, educators, and industry leaders. We do this while making the most of our location in Los Angeles, the nation’s center for creativity and original art of all kinds.

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.

Blair School of Music
Nashville, Tennessee
Blair is a conservatory-level music program alongside a top 15 academic institution. It is one of the few exclusively undergraduate music schools in the country.
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, with 575 music majors and where about 25% of students major in the arts. At Crane, students can choose from a wide variety of programs and majors.
DePaul University School of Music
Chicago, Illinois
The DePaul University School of Music offers conservatory style, performance-based study within a large university in Chicago, a destination city for world-class arts. Students benefit from individualized study and rehearsal at the highest level among a supportive community of individuals striving to be their best.
Vienna, Austria
We are a pioneering university for jazz & popular music providing BA and MA degrees in a hybrid learning model consisting of online and on-site courses. We focus on our students’ talents and creativity, no matter if they strive to be a composer, instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, producer, or educator.
Lamont School of Music
Denver, Colorado
Lamont is a premier music performance school within an internationally known university surrounded by a vibrant arts city. We are big enough to have a symphony orchestra, jazz orchestra, opera, and many other multi-genre ensembles, but small enough that our students receive an abundance of individual attention and performing opportunities.
Boston, Massachusetts
The Department of Music at Northeastern is devoted to offering graduate and undergraduate majors, and combined majors and minors, a cross-disciplinary approach to research and practice in music, underscored by real-world experiential learning and cutting-edge technology.
Oberlin Conservatory of Music
Oberlin, Ohio
Oberlin Conservatory focuses on undergraduate pre-professional musicians in classical, contemporary, jazz performance; composition; and electronic music. Two graduate programs—Piano Technology and Recording Arts & Production—lead to Artist Diplomas. The conservatory is embedded within the premier liberal arts environment of Oberlin College and is renowned for the Double Degree Program.
Steamboat Springs, Colorado
The Opera Artist Institute is open to selected singers dedicated to performing at their highest level and one or more rising directors, conductors, and pianist-coaches. The Institute provides aspiring professionals with performance experience and professional training but is open to excellent musicians of any age.
Pepperdine University
Malibu, California
Pepperdine University has emerged as one of the nation’s leading private universities. Located in beautiful Malibu, CA, the Music Department offers high-quality instruction and an exceptional, personal learning experience for each individual.
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, tech, and entertainment companies, SFCM provides its students with an unparalleled opportunity to study in the heart of San Francisco’s performing arts district.
The Shepherd School of Music
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.
Los Angeles, California
The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music is at the nexus of performance, scholarship, and innovation, balancing cutting-edge scholarship with performance mastery and composition.
The University of Tampa
Tampa, Florida
UT is a medium-sized, private institution located in downtown Tampa, Florida. Our student body consists of 9000 undergraduate students from all 50 states and 132 countries. We offer over 200 areas of study, all of which focus on experiential education through hands-on learning, internships, study abroad & research opportunities.
Additional Schools
Academy of Vocal Arts
Philadephia, Pennsylvania
Arizona State University School of Music
Bard College Conservatory of Music
Bard College
Bienen School of Music
Northwestern University
Evanston, Illinois
Boston University School of Music
Boston, Massachusetts
Sarah and Ernest Butler School of Music
The University of Texas at Austin
Austin, Texas
Carnegie Mellon University School of Music
Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Cleveland Institute of Music
Cleveland, Ohio
Aaron Copland School of Music
CUNY Queens College
Queens, New York
Curtis Institute of Music
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
DePauw University
Greencastle, Indiana
Eastman School of Music
University of Rochester
Rochester, New York
Hanns Eisler School of Music Berlin
Berlin, Germany
Florida State University College of Music
Florida State University
Tallahassee, Florida
Frost School of Music
University of Miami
Coral Gables, Florida
Hugh A. Glauser School of Music
Kent State University
Kent, Ohio
Guildhall School of Music & Drama
London, United Kingdom
iClassical Academy
Crans-Montana, Switzerland
Lynn University Conservatory of Music
Lynn University
Boca Raton, Florida
Mannes School of Music
The New School
New York, New York
Mason Gross School of the Arts
Rutgers University
New Brunswick, New Jersey
Robert McDuffie Center for Strings
Mercer University
Macon, Georgia
New England Conservatory
Boston, Massachusetts
New World Symphony, America's Orchestral Academy
Miami Beach, Florida
Ohio State University School of Music
Columbus, Ohio
Park University International Center for Music
Parkville, Missouri
Peck School of the Arts
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Purchase College Conservatory of Music
State University of New York
Purchase, New York
Royal College of Music
London, United Kingdom
Shanghai Orchestra Academy (SOA)
Shanghai Conservatory of Music
Shanghai, China
Shenandoah Conservatory
Shenandoah University
Winchester, Virginia
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, California
University of Colorado Boulder
Boulder, Colorado
University of Florida
Gainesville, Florida
University of Illinois School of Music
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Urbana, Illinois
University of Massachusetts Amherst Department of Music & Dance
Amherst, Massachusetts
University of Massachusetts Lowell Department of Music
Lowell, Massachusetts
University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, Michigan
University of North Texas College of Music
Denton, Texas
Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine Arts
University of Oklahoma
Norman, Oklahoma
Westminster Choir College
Princeton, New Jersey