Music students, especially classical music performance majors and Music Theatre performance majors, typically have one primary goal in mind: to secure a performance position within a major ensemble,
The Best Colleges for Music ranking is based on key statistics and student reviews using the U.S. Department of Education data. The ranking compares the top music schools and performing arts colleges in the U.S. Read more on calculating this ranking.
The Best Colleges for Music in America 2018
10. University of Michigan – Ann Arbor
The University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance is an undergraduate and graduate institution for the performing arts in the United States. It is part of the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor.
9. San Francisco Conservatory of Music
The San Francisco Conservatory of Music is an elite music school with an enrollment of about 400 undergraduate and graduate students.
8. Northwestern University
The Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music, or Bienen School of Music, is an undergraduate and graduate institution devoted to musical performance and academics.
7. Rice University
The Shepherd School of Music is a music school located on the campus of Rice University in Houston, Texas. The Shepherd School of Music is one of the top schools in Texas.
6. Vanderbilt University
The Blair School of Music provides undergraduate conservatory-style education in music performance, theory, and history at Vanderbilt University, a major research university in Nashville, Tennessee. Vanderbilt University School of Music is considered one of the top music schools in the State of Tennessee.
5. Berklee College of Music
Berklee is the premier music college and performing arts conservatory located in Boston, Massachusetts, United States, and is the largest independent college of contemporary music globally.
4. The New England Conservatory of Music
The New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, is the oldest independent music school in the United States. It is widely recognized as one of the country’s most distinguished music schools.
3. University of Southern California
The University of Southern California Thornton School of Music. USC Thornton School of Music brings together a stellar faculty covering a broad spectrum of the music profession and gifted students from around the globe.
2. The Juilliard School
The Juilliard School, informally referred to as Juilliard and located in the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, New York City, is a performing arts conservatory established in 1905.
1. The Curtis Institute of Music
The Curtis Institute of Music is a conservatory in Philadelphia that offers courses of study leading to a performance diploma, Bachelor of Music, Master of Music in Opera, or Professional Studies Certificate in Opera.