There is no greater expression of human emotion than through music. To create music is akin to creating magic. Those who wish to learn to create and express via the art of music will find some of the best institutions for developing this talent right here in the United States. Here are ten of the top schools for music instruction in the country:
- The Julliard School
Founded in 1905 and located in New York City’s Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Julliard is the premiere school for musical instruction and education in the United States. Julliard alumni have collectively received 105 Grammy Awards, 47 Emmy Awards, 62 Tony Awards, 24 Academy Awards, and 16 Pulitzer Prizes among many other prestigious awards.
- The Manhattan School of Music
The Manhattan School of Music was founded in 1917. From it’a humble beginnings as home to a handful of mostly immigrant students, the Manhattan School of Music now boasts an impressive 900 students from more than 40 countries all over the world.
- The New England Conservatory of Music
The New England Conservatory of Music was founded in 1867 and has been a major part of Boston’s performing arts history ever since. The Conservatory itself as well as it’s Jordan Hall are registered as National Historic Landmarks. The school hosts 750 graduate and undergraduate students from 46 states in the U.S. and 39 countries all over the world.
- The Eastman School of Music
Eastman was founded in 1921 by George Eastman, founder of the prestigious Eastman Kodak Company. Eastman was the first professional school at the University of Rochester. George Eastman was committed to his belief in the importance of music education in the U.S. Eastman sees approximately 1,000 enrollments per year.
- The Cleveland Institute of Music
The Cleveland Institute of Music was founded in 1920. It’s mission, then and now, has stated, “Musical education, in addition to the thorough study of technique, ought above all else, to develop qualities of appreciation, judgment, and taste, and to stimulate understanding and love of music.”
- The Peabody Institute
The Peabody Institute was founded in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1857 by philanthropist George Peabody. He established it as “the first major intellectual and arts center in an American city”. Peabody strongly believed in the power of art and music to enrich the lives of others. In 1986, the Peabody Institute became a division of the Johns Hopkins University.
- The Boston Conservatory
The Boston Conservatory was founded in 1867 by gifted composer/violinist Julius Eichberg. It is recognized internationally as a leader among innovative conservatory programs, focusing on all aspects of the performing arts.
- The Yale School of Music
The Yale School of Music, in New Haven, CT, was founded in 1889. This was made possible by a $5000.00 gift to Yale from Joseph Ballell “for the support, as far as it may go, of a teacher of the science of music to such students as may avail themselves the opportunity.” In 2016 Hendrie Hall will reopen as The Adams Center for Musical Arts.
- The Shepherd School of Music
The Shepherd School f Music is a division of Rice University in Houston, Texas. The music school was founded in 1975 and while it is one of the country’s youngest University music programs, in less than 40 years it has established itself as one of the most successful schools of it’s kind in the United States. Each year sees an influx of 300 music majors from all corners of the world. The school’s alumni include Grammy Award and Pulitzer Prize winners.
- The Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University
The Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University is one of the oldest schools in the country which awards degrees in Music. It was founded in 1895 and today serves more than 600 graduate and undergraduate students annually, and boasts an elite faculty of 135. Recently completed was the school’s new lakefront music facility, where several celebratory concerts are planned throughout the upcoming school year.
Now Go Forth And Decorate The World With Music!
Music will always be a major building block in the foundation of any civilized society. These prestigious schools recognized this fact decades or, in some cases, more than a century ago. If you or someone you know are looking for the cream of the crop of music institutions, look no further.