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Music Schools

in the U.S.A.


Looking for an excellent music school for your child? Do you want to further your music education? Here are 8 of the most reputable music schools in the United States.

1. Berklee College of Music

Boston's Berklee College of Music was founded by Lawrence Berk in 1945. It's one of the leading music schools in the United States with a student body said to be over 3,000. Berklee offers interesting majors including Contemporary Writing and Production, Music Business/Management, Music Therapy and Songwriting.

2. Curtis Institute of Music

Founded in 1924, the Curtis Institute of Music based in Philadelphia is one of the leading music conservatories that offers merit-based full-tuition scholarships. The number of students is kept very small compared to other music schools in the United States. Teachers guide their students under the philosophy that they "learn most by doing," that's why students are given ample opportunities to showcase what they've learned.

3. Eastman School of Music

In September 1921, the Eastman School of Music welcomed 104 students to its campus. Today, this music school has an enrollment of around 500 undergraduates and 400 graduate students. Each year, the school reportedly receives more than 2,000 applications.

4. Jacobs School of Music

Jacobs School of Music is one of the finest music schools in the United States with a student population said to be around 1,600. One of its notable facilities is the William & Gayle Cook Music Library which has over 600,000 items. The school was formerly known as Indiana University School of Music but was later renamed in 2005 as Indiana University Jacobs School of Music after David H. Jacobs and Barbara B. Jacobs.

5. Juilliard School

The Juilliard School is probably one of the most recognizable school of performing arts in the United States. It started in 1905 as the the Institute of Musical Art but its name was changed in 1946 to Julliard School of Music. Now it is known as Julliard School, a school where students can study music, dance and drama.

6. Manhattan School of Music

Established by Janet D. Schenck in 1917 (-1918), the Manhattan School of Music offers a Bachelor, Masters and Doctor of Musical Arts degree as well as other special programs that will whet the creative and intellectual appetite of music students. This music school also conducts distance learning programs such as the Masters at Manhattan Online.

7. New England Conservatory

The New England Conservatory of Music was founded in 1867 by Eben Tourjée; it is one of the oldest and prestigious independent music schools in the United States. NEC's alumni and faculty, which includes opera conductor Sarah Caldwell and composer George Russell, are some of the well-respected individuals in their field.

8. Peabody Institute

The Peabody Institute was founded by George Peabody in 1857; it became affiliated with the Johns Hopkins University in 1977. The Institute has a Preparatory; a community school for the performing arts that is open for children and adults alike, and a Conservatory which offers various degree programs.

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