October 2017

Best Music Schools 2018

Our 10th annual special report is designed to help you find the best music school … for you.

Here’s a complete alphabetical list of the colleges, universities, and independent programs mentioned in this year’s report, with direct links to all of them.

Azusa Pacific University – Azusa, CA   apu.edu

Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central
Oklahoma – 
Oklahoma City, OK   acm.uco.edu

Appalachian State University – Boone, NC   appstate.edu

Baldwin Wallace University – Berea, OH    bw.edu

Bard College – Annandale-on-Hudson, NY   bard.edu

Belmont University – Nashville, TN  belmont.edu

Berklee College of Music – Boston, MA   berklee.edu

The Blackbird Academy – Nashville, TN   theblackbirdacademy.com

Boston Conservatory at Berklee – Boston, MA bostonconservatory.berklee.edu

Butler University – Indianapolis, IN   butler.edu

Carnegie Mellon University – Pittsburgh, PA   cmu.edu

Catawba College – Salisbury, NC   catawba.edu

Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University – Chicago, IL   roosevelt.edu/colleges/ccpa

Cleveland Institute of Music – Cleveland, OH   cim.edu

The College of Saint Rose – Albany, NY   strose.edu

Contemporary Music Center Nashville – Nashville, TN cmcnashville.com

Cornish College of the Arts – Seattle, WA   cornish.edu

Curtis Institute of Music – Philadelphia, PA   curtis.edu

Dark Horse Institute – Franklin, TN   darkhorseinstitute.com

DePaul University – Chicago, IL   depaul.edu

Full Sail University – Winter Park, FL   fullsail.edu

The Hartt School at the University of Hartford – Hartford, CT hartford.edu/hartt

Indiana University Jacobs School of Music – Bloomington, IN music.indiana.edu

Ithaca College – Ithaca, NY   ithaca.edu

The Juilliard School – New York, NY   juilliard.edu

Lawrence University – Appleton, WI   lawrence.edu/conservatory

Los Angeles College of Music – Los Angeles, CA   lacm.edu

Loyola University New Orleans – New Orleans, LA   loyno.edu

McNally Smith College of Music – St. Paul, MN   mcnallysmith.edu

Messiah College – Mechanicsburg, PA   messiah.edu

Musicians Institute – Los Angeles, CA   mi.edu

New England Conservatory of Music – Boston, MA   necmusic.edu

New York University Tisch School of the Arts Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music – New York, NY
tisch.nyu.edu/clive-davis-institute

New York University Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development – New York, NY   steinhardt.nyu.edu

Northwestern University Bienen School of Music – Evanston, IL music.northwestern.edu

Oberlin College and Conservatory – Oberlin, OH   oberlin.edu

Oklahoma City University – Oklahoma City, OK   okcu.edu

Otterbein University – Westerville, OH   otterbein.edu

The Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University – 
Baltimore, MD   peabody.jhu.edu

St. Olaf College – Northfield, MN   stolaf.edu

SAE Institute – Emeryville, CA, and other locations   sae.edu

San Francisco Conservatory of Music – San Francisco, CA   sfcm.edu

The Songwriting School of Los Angeles – Los Angeles, CA thesongwritingschool.com

State University of New York (SUNY) College at Oneonta – 
Oneonta, NY    oneonta.edu

SUNY Potsdam Crane School of Music – Potsdam, NY potsdam.edu/academics/crane

SUNY Purchase College – Purchase, NY purchase.edu/academics/music

Syracuse University Setnor School of Music – Syracuse, NY vpa.syr.edu/academics/setnor

Temple University Boyer College of Music and Dance – 
Philadelphia, PA   temple.edu/boyer

University of Alabama – Birmingham, AL   music.ua.edu

University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music – 
Cincinnati, OH   ccm.uc.edu

University of Colorado Denver College of Arts & Media – Denver, CO   ucdenver.edu/schools/cam

University of Houston Moores School of Music – Houston, TX music.uh.edu

University of Idaho Lionel Hampton School of Music – Moscow, ID uidaho.edu/class/music

University of Miami Frost School of Music – Miami, FL frost.miami.edu

University of Memphis Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music – Memphis, TN   memphis.edu/music

University of Michigan – Ann Arbor, MI   music.umich.edu

University of North Texas – Denton, TX   music.unt.edu

University of Rochester Eastman School of Music – Rochester, NY esm.rochester.edu

University of Southern California Thornton School of Music – Los Angeles, CA   music.usc.edu

University of West Georgia – Carrollton, GA   westga.edu/music

University of Wisconsin Mead Witter School of Music – Madison, WI   music.wisc.edu

VanderCook College of Music – Chicago, IL   vandercook.edu

Western Michigan University – Kalamazoo, MI   wmich.edu/music