Suppose your main goal in life is to become a virtuoso musician, a world-class singer, or a renowned musical composer or conductor? In that case, you have to invest in your future career by enrolling in any of these prestigious music schools around the world:
The Juilliard School (New York City, New York, USA)
If you ask anyone about the world’s most prestigious music school, most would likely say it’s Juilliard.
The Juilliard School, or simply called Juilliard, was founded in 1905 and is located in Upper West Side, Manhattan, New York. It is the most prestigious musical institution based on several rankings doled out each year. The college teaches students in a number of disciplines, which include acting, dance, and of course, music, which the school is probably most known for.
Juilliard is diverse and competitive, with an acceptance rate of just below 7%. It’s little wonder that the school boasts many of the world’s gifted, motivated, and high-achieving artists, consisting of a student body of around 600 from 40 different countries. Juilliard is connected to the similarly prestigious Lincoln Center, which hosts some of the best live music performances in the world, with a particular emphasis on classical music and opera. But many contemporary musicians, such as Barry Manilow, have also been students at Juilliard.
Notable Juilliard alumni include John Williams, Barry Manilow, and Yo-Yo Ma.
Berklee College of Music (Boston, Massachusetts, USA)
Unlike Juilliard and other music schools, Berklee College of Music is focused on building artists who go on the top of the charts and own the pop culture spotlight.
Founded in 1945 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, Berklee is known as a contemporary music school in contrast to Juilliard, which emphasizes on classical arts. It holds on to its distinctive philosophy that music can be best taught through the music of the time. This modern approach has resulted in alumni winning more than 250 Grammy and multiple Oscar trophies. Berklee is the best choice if you aspire to be a successful Billboard chart-topper and a Grammy Award-winning performer.
Notable Berklee alumni include Melissa Etheridge, John Mayer, and Quincy Jones.
Curtis Institute of Music (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA)
Founded in 1924 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, Curtis Institute of Music is the name you may not have probably heard of before, but it’s actually one of the best music schools in the country and the world.
Curtis has an acceptance rate of only 5% and a small student body (with only 165 students), who have the rare opportunity of working closely with the institution’s prestigious faculty (with 99 members) who link students with past great masters. It only goes to show how competitive Curtis is.
As Curtis is notoriously difficult to be accepted to, you’ve really got to show them extraordinary musical skills if you want to enroll there.
Notable Curtis alumni include Leonard Bernstein, David Crooks, and Lang Lang.
The Royal Academy of Music (London, England, United Kingdom)
The Royal Academy of Music is the UK’s oldest music conservatoire and one of the finest places to study music in the country. Founded in 1822, the Royal Academy of Music is now a constituent college in the University of London.
The school also accepts students from overseas, so you certainly have the chance of getting accepted there. However, you’ve got to be really, really outstanding in the incoming class. Not surprisingly, this school can afford to be notoriously picky – it has a 10% acceptance rate. The Royal Academy of Music has provided training to both classical and contemporary musicians.
Notable alumni include Sir Elton John, Annie Lennox, and Sir Simon Rattle.
Royal College of Music (London, England, United Kingdom)
If you don’t get accepted at the Royal Academy of Music, there’s another option if you’re still planning to study music in London – the Royal College of Music. These two music schools are part of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM), four excellent educational institutions in the UK devoted to teaching the art of performance.
Only two of the four are in London, which is where you’ll probably want to stay if you’re moving to the country to study music. Besides educating people to become better musicians, the Royal College of Music also does research into all things related to performance, which further influences teaching methods and how buildings are created and live events are staged.
Notable alumni include James Horner, Vanessa Mae, and Andrew Lloyd Webber.
Yale School of Music (New Haven, Connecticut, USA)
Yale needs no introduction. But sadly, its music school has been overlooked as other courses and programs receive the most attention. Yale is unique among the Ivy League universities as it has the only school dedicated to teaching music.
Yale School of Music is world-renowned not only because of the name. It is a stellar music school in its own right, producing incredibly accomplished musicians. Professional musicians seeking plum positions in the music world should flock to this school because it’s second to none in this regard. It certainly lives up to the Yale name.
It’s also pretty difficult to get into Yale School of Music, as it has an acceptance rate of only 8% to 10%. Those who are accepted will join the 200 students that comprise the school’s student body.
Notable alumni include Marco Beltrami, Michael Daugherty, and Matt Brubeck.
Conservatoire de Paris (Paris, France)
The Conservatoire de Paris is the oldest music school in this list. Known in English as the Paris Conservatory, it was founded during the French Revolution in 1795. But it’s not about how old it is that makes this institution famous.
For many decades, the Conservatoire de Paris has sought to be a center of innovation in musical education, aiming to provide the best and the finest musical education for the greatest number possible. At the same time, it has tried to preserve its tradition in the context of a new unifying approach to musical tradition.
The Conservatoire de Paris is a highly (and extremely) competitive school, as it accepts only around 30 students each year (an acceptance rate of around 3%). To maintain its reputation as an international school, the Conservatoire boasts a student body and faculty of an international range, providing a very diverse musical education experience.
Having a long and illustrious history, the Conservatoire is proud of its musical heritage. If you dream of going to a music school that Debussy, Ravel, Berlioz, Saint-Saenz, Faure, Franck, Messiaen, and Previn went to, you’ve got to show that you have exceptional musical talents to be accepted at the Conservatoire.
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