15 Of The Best Music Schools in the World

If you want to take your musical career seriously and develop it through classical education, you want to go to the best music school possible.

When you try to pick and choose the right school for you, you will see that there is a LOT of music schools. Many of them are similar but have different preferences in music styles they teach, where they are located and how much they cost.

To help you narrow down the search for the right music school, we decided to write this article and create this list of some of the best music schools in the world. You probably heard for some of these schools, as they are really famous, but you can pick from this list a school tailored for you and your needs, whether it is located in the US or elsewhere in the world.

1. Berklee College of Music

Boston, USA

We start off this list with one of the most famous and well-known music schools in the world. Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA is known for having a more contemporary curriculum than the other big music schools. In there you are more likely to study jazz, contemporary music, movie, and video game soundtracks.

This school has quite a high acceptance rate, as they can house a big number of students and they have a big number of on-line courses, through which you can get certification and learn something new without having to enroll in the college itself.

2. The Royal Academy of Music

London, UK

The Royal Academy of Music is one of the oldest and the finest music schools the United Kingdom has to offer. Since the 19th century, this college is one of the finest in the world, teaching its students to contemporary and classical music.

The great thing about this college is the ratio of professors to students (2:1), meaning you will get a closely monitored education, but also it has a really low acceptance rate because people from all over the world can apply, and they take that opportunity.

3. The Julliard School

New York, USA

The most famous and prestigious music school in the world, Julliard is notorious for being hard to get in, but if you do manage to get enrolled there, there is really a slim chance that you won’t make it in the music world.

Great conditions for music students, almost face-to-face teaching and having the best music teachers in the world guarantee that if you’re willing to put in the work good things will happen. Also, having the Julliard name on your resume certainly opens a lot of doors, especially if you are an instrumentalist looking for a job in an orchestra.

4. Curtis Institute of Music

Philadelphia, USA

Curtis is another great American music college, this time coming from the city of brotherly love. This college is notoriously hard to get in, as they have an acceptance rate of just 5% and a rather small student and faculty body, but once you do get in you can be sure that you will be treated to maximum respect and tuition.

Another major thing about this college is that it is – free. They have never charged a penny for their courses, which is one of the reasons for the small number of professors and students they can house at the same time.

5. The University of Music and Performing Arts

Vienna, Austria

You could expect that the country that gave the world Mozart, Shubert, Strauss and many other composers and classical music instrumentalists would have a music school on this list. The University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna is a big school covering everything from all sorts of music degrees to movie and theater degrees, but you do need to be proficient in German to enroll in this school.

6. Conservatoire de Paris

Paris, France

Furthering our stay in Europe, the next school on our list is the famous Conservatoire de Paris. One of the oldest music schools in the world, this college accepts only 30 students each year, from all over the world, so you should really think before applying to this school. But if you do get in, you can be sure that you will learn all the best from the system that gave every big French name in the music world in the last 200 years.

7. Moscow Imperial Conservatory

Moscow, Russia

One of two most famous Russian conservatories (another one being in the old capital St. Petersburg), Moscow Imperial Conservatory outlived the empire that gave it its name and still continues to produce world-class musicians and composers to this day.

They are a big college, with more than 1300 students, but you can expect high-quality education from the best music teachers Russia has to offer and believe us, they do.

8. New England Conservatory of Music

Boston, USA

Another college from Boston, New England Conservatory of Music, unlike its competitor Berklee isn’t that much turned to the contemporary music. Here you can study typical classical instruments and the whole schools are more turned to classical music. Also, you can get a degree from Harvard on a dual degree studying, as these universities have a collaboration.

9. University of Southern California Thornton School of Music

Los Angeles, USA

The west coast representative on this list, USC Thornton school of music is one of the oldest and the best US music schools. Here you can learn anything from classical music to jazz and contemporary music, to the music business and music-related works that are not playing and composing per se. Also, since this college is in the same place as Hollywood, this is a great place to start in the film music industry.

10. Peabody Institute

Baltimore, USA

Peabody institute is a music school most famous for having a great number of alumni in the professional orchestras in the world. Even though there are not so many very famous solo performers, Peabody Institute is an institution where you’re guaranteed to get great classical music education which is sure to get you playing anywhere in the world.

11. Yale School of Music

New Haven, USA

Only Ivy League university with the music school, Yale offers to its students high-end, high-quality music education. Even though the acceptance rate is rather low, if you do get enrolled, you can get free tuition, joint studying degrees with other Yale classes but also you can enroll in the School of Music if form other Yale classes if you’re accepted there and not on a School of Music.

12. Guildhall School of Music and Drama

London, UK

Another famous and high-quality English music school, Guildhall is a college famous for its music degrees. Of course, the acceptance rate is rather low, but here you can get perfect tuition in one-on-one classes. You should be checking out this one especially if you’re a singer since they have a great singing class.

13. Sibelius Academy

Helsinki, Finland

Another great European college, Sibelius Academy is named after great Finnish composer Jan Sibelius. They are a great music academy, as they have a big number of alumni playing all around the world and also they have a cooperation with the Peabody Institute.

14. Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University

Bloomington, USA

Even though Jacobs isn’t really a household name in the music school business, this is a perfect school to learn and grow as an artist and a musician. Here you will have everything you need to hone your skills to the max and over the years the reputation of this school just increased.

15. Eastman School of Music

New York, USA

Another great New York music school, this is also a competitive environment, with students from all over the world coming here to learn from the best. Alumni of this school are some of the biggest names in classical music today and you are sure to get a top of the line education here.

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