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The Best Music schools in the world, 2016

If you are planning to attend a music school, but struggling to choose the right one? CEOWORLD magazine has put together a list of the best music schools in the world to make your selection process easier.

1. The Juilliard School, New York, NY
Notable Alumni: Susan Alexander-Max, Steve Reich, Helen Armstrong, Lera Auerbach, Jenny Oaks Baker, Huáscar Barradas, Enrique Batiz, Bob Berg, Greg Anderson, Şahan Arzruni, Nathaniel Ayers, Michael Balzary, Jonathan Batiste, Robert Becker, Hahn-Bin, Harold Blair, Philip Glass, amongst several others.

2. Royal College of Music, South Kensington, London, UK
Notable alumni include: Benjamin Britten, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Gustav Holst, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Benjamin Britten, Leopold Stokowski, Sir Colin Davis, Sir Roger Norrington, Dame Joan Sutherland, Sir Thomas Allen, Sarah Walker, Alfie Boe, Liz Watts, Sarah Connolly, Sophie Bevan, James Galway, John Lill, Natalie Clein, amongst several others.

3. Yale School of Music
Notable Alumni: Suzana Bartal, Marco Beltrami, Christine Gangelhoff, Joanna Wu, Vadim Serebryany, Brain Vu, Jonathon Brandani, Dmitry Yablonsky, John Mauceri, amongst several others.

4. Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio
Notable Alumni: Carrie Rodriguez, Liz Phair, Benjamin Bagby, MaVynee Betsch, Chris Brokaw, Brain Chase, Claire Chase, James David Christie, Stanley Cowell, Corey Dargel, Dorothy DeLay, Jeremy Denk, R. Nathaniel Dett, Peter Evans, Sullivan Fortner, Denyce Graves, Al Haig, John Kennedy, amongst several others.

5. Royal Academy of Music, Marylebone in London, UK
John Barborelli, Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Dennis Brain, Edward Gardner, Katherine Jenkins, Clifford Curzon, Lesley Garrett, Evelyn Glennie, Elton John, Annie Lenox, Moura Lympany, Michael Nyman, Simon Rattle, Arthur Sullivan, Eva Turner, Henry Wood, amongst several others.

6. Manhatttan School of Music, New York,
Notable Alumni: Kate Aldrich, David Amram, Gail Archer, Carolyn Banham, Ned Barth, Evangeline Benedetti, Justin Bischof, Michael Abene, Angelo Badalamenti, Judith Blazer, Ron Carter, Harry Connick Jr., Justin DiCioccio, Fred Bronstein, Jovianney Emmanuel Cruz, Michael Dabroski, Howard Herring, Herbie Hancock, John Corigliano, amongst several others.

7. Visva-Bharati University, Santiniketan, West Bengal, India
Notable Alumni: Satyajit Ray, Ghani Khan, Kanika Bandyopadhyay, Rezwana Chowdhury Banya, Santidev Ghosh, Suchitra Mitra, Guru Kelu Nair, Subinoy Roy, Nilima Sen, Swastika Mukhopadhyay, amongst several others.

8. University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna, Austria
Notable Alumni: Claudio Abbado, Barbara Albert, Oskar Back, Johanna Beisteiner, Achim Benning, Rudolf Buchbinder, Alan Buribayev, Friedrich Cerha, Mimi Coertse, Donald Covert, Helmut Deutsch, George Enescu, James Erb, Iván Eröd, Antonia Fahberg, Carl Flesch, Matthias Fletzberger, Karl Goldmark, Róbert Gulya, Wolfgang Holzmair, Mariss Jansons, Joseph Joachim, Herbert von Karajan, Angelika Kirchschlager, amongst several others.

9. New England Conservatory, Boston, Massachusetts
Notable Alumni: Sean Callery, Cecil Taylor Excelsa Quartet, Monica Germino, Darryl Harper, Warren Jones, Sooyun Kim, Kate Lemmon, Allegra Levy, Luciana Souza, Matthew Szymanski, Stephen Upshaw, Jonathan Vinocour, Linda Watson, amongst several others.
10. Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (Formerly Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama)
Notable Alumni: Ani Batikian, Iain Blair, Christine Bottomley, Billy Boyd, Betsy Brandt, Alison Brie, Jack Bruce, Isobel Buchanan, Stuart Cassells, John Carlin, Robert Carlyle, Carrie Cracknell, Tom Conti, Nicholas Cowell, Damian Cruden, Alan Cumming, Tony Curran, Henry Ian Cusick, Louise Delamere, Kate Dickie, Laura Donnelly, Patrick Doyle, Valerie Edmond, Emun Elliott, Sheena Easton, Lynn Ferguson, amongst several others.

The Best Music schools in the world, 2016

RankSchoolCountryScore
1The Juilliard School New YorkUS99.5
2Royal College of Music, South Kensington, London, UKUK99.7
3Yale School of MusicUS99.5
4Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Oberlin College in Oberlin, OhioUS98.6
5Royal Academy of Music, Marylebone in London, UKUK98.2
6Manhatttan School of Music, New YorkUS98.1
7Visva-Bharati University, SantiniketanIndia97.8
8University of Music and Performing Arts, ViennaAustria97.6
9New England ConservatoryUS97.4
10Royal Conservatoire of ScotlandUK97.3
11Curtis Institute of MusicUS97.2
12Delhi School of MusicIndia97.1
13Eastman School of MusicUS96.8
14USC Thornton School of MusicUS96.7
15Berklee College of MusicUS96.6
16Steinhardt School of Music – New York UniversityUS96.4
17Calcutta School of Music, West BengaIndia96.3
18Frost School of Music – University of MiamiUS96.1
19Jacobs School of Music, Indiana UniversityUS95.9
20Herb Alpert School of Music, California Institute of the ArtsUS95.8
21Peabody Institute – John Hopkins UniversityUS95.7
22The Los Angeles Recording School, Los AngelesUS95.6
23IPR (Institute of Production and Recording), College of Creative Arts, MinneapolisUS95.3
24Full Sail University, Winter Park, FloridaUS95.2
25Drexel University of PhiladelphiaUS95.1
26Musicians Institute, Los Angeles, CaliforniaUS94.8
27McNally Smith Saint Paul, MinnesotUS94.7
28Clive Davis Institute of Recorded MusicUS94.6
29San Francisco Conservatory of MusiUS94.4
30Columbia CollegeUS94.1
31University of North TexasUS93.9
32California State University, NorthridgeUS93.8
33Middle Tennessee State UniversityUS93.7
34Syracuse UniversityUS93.6
35University of North Carolina School for the ArtsUS93.5
36Belmont UniversityUS93.4
37Sibelius AcademyFinland93.1
38Kiev Conservatory (Petro Tchaikovsky National Music Academy of Ukraine)Ukraine92.8
39Hanns Eisler School of Music BerlinGermany92.8
40Royal Holloway University of LondonUK92.6
41Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse de Paris (CNSMDP)France92.5
42Hochschule für Musik und Theater MünchenGermany92.4
43Royal College of Music in Stockholm (KMH)Sweden92.3
44Hochschule für Musik und Theater Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy LeipzigGermany92.1
45Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK)Switzerland91.8
46University Mozarteum SalzburgAustria91.7
47Conservatoire national supérieur d’art dramatique de Paris (CNSAD)France91.6
48Korea National University of ArtsSouth Korea91.4
49Indonesia Institute of the Arts SurakartaIndonesia91.1
50Conservatoire royal de BruxellesBelgium89.9
51The Liszt Academy of MusicHungary89.7
52Moscow P. I. Tchaikovsky ConservatoryRussia89.6
53Escola Superior de Música de CatalunyaSpain89.4
54Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse de LyonFrance89.2
55Rimsky-Korsakov St. Petersburg State ConservatoryRussia89.1
56Conservatorio Santa CeciliaItaly88.9
57Griffith UniversityAustralia88.6
58Academy of Performing Arts in PragueCzech Republic88.2

11. Curtis Institute of Music, Philadelphia, US
Notable Alumni: Leonard Bernstein, Samuel Barber,Aaron Apaza, Abraham Feder, Achilles Liarmakapoulos, Adam Iascone, Adedeji Ogunfolo, Adrian Anantawan, Agnes Marchione, Aika Dan, Alexander George, Alice Soria-Cadoret, Allegra Gabriella Smith, Amanda Handley, amongst several others.

12. Delhi School of Music, New Delhi, India

13. Eastman School of Music, Rochester, New York, US
Notable Alumni: Chuck Mangione, Angelo Badalamenti, Martin Amlin, Chuck Mangione, Gerry Niewood, Michael Coyle, Katia Escalera, Scott Healey, Eric Ewazen, Donals Hunsberger, Todd Wilson, Michael Walsh, Maria Scheider, Eileen Malone, Robert Morris, amongst several others.

14. USC Thornton School of Music, Southern California, Los Angeles, US
Notable Alumni: Bruce Broughton, Austin Wintory, Christian Grases, Sean Friar, Ted Hearne, Susan Feldman, Charles Koster, John Daversa, Sara Gazarek, Antoinette Perry, Anne Farnsworth, Richard Kraft, Paul Ellison, Alex Miller, Tommy Johnson, Deborah Lurie, amongst several others.

15. Berklee College of Music
Notable Alumni: Diana Krall, Aimee Mann, Juhani Aulteonen, Sheryl Bailey, Will Calhoun, Henry Kanowski, Elliot Easton, Donald Fagen, Joe Guese, Keither Harris, Natalie Maines, Chris Opperman, Andrew Palmer, Park Bom, Raghav Sachar, Brad Whitford, Tye Zamora, amongst several others.

16. Steinhardt School of Music – New York University
Notable Alumni: Alan Menken, Elmer Bernstein, Jennifer Goode Cooper, Michael Craig, Natalie Hill, Haviland Stillwell, Douglas Ullman, Elena Shaddow, Katharine Heaton, Kelvin Moon Loh, Nic Rouleau, Kevin Michael Murphy, Ruthie Ann Miles, Kenny Francoeur, amongst several others.

17. Calcutta School of Music, West Bengal, India
Calcutta School of Music established in 1915 by Phillpe Sandre is one of the premier institutions of India, in the field of Western Classical music and Contemporary classical music.

18. Frost School of Music – University of Miami
Notable Alumni: Ben Folds, Bruce Hornsby, John Easterlin, Steve Bailey, Elizabeth Caballero, Sandra Lopez, Michael Kovins, Carmen Lundy, Rosa Vento, Curtis Rayam, Dawnn Lewis, Bruce Ferden, Johanna Meier, Joel McNeely, Lewis Cleale, Bruce Hornsby, John Secada, Lari White, Steve Morse (Dixie Dreggs, Deep Purple), Will Lee (Late Show with David Letterman Band), Danny Gottlieb (Pat Metheny Group), Patti Scialfa (Bruce Springsteen), amongst several others.

19. Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University
Notable Alumni: Joshua Bell, Leonard Slatkin, David Baker, Bruce Bransby, David Efron, Josef Gingold, Margaret Harshaw, Howard Klug, Martha Lipton, Elizabeth Mannion, Susann McDonald, Jeff Nelsen, John Rommel, Leonard Slatkin, Violet Verdy, Slyvia McNair, Kathryn Lucas, amongst several others.

20. Herb Alpert School of Music, California Institute of the Arts
Notable Alumni: Gabrial McNair, Ravi Coltrane, John Luther Adams, Sharon Cheslow, Julia Holter, Eric Lindley, Salvador Santana, Matthew Setzer, Akira Rabelais, Paul Livingston, Roger Miller, Gail Ann Dorsey, Ravi Coltrane, Francis Awe, Ariel Pink, amongst several others.

21. Peabody Institute – John Hopkins University
Notable Alumni: André Watts, James Morris, Richard Cassilly, Dominick Argento, amongst several others.

22. The Los Angeles Recording School, Los Angeles, US
Notable Alumni: Ari Levine, amongst several others.

23. IPR (Institute of Production and Recording), College of Creative Arts, Minneapolis
Notable Alumni: Nick Leisenheimer, Bryan Mengy, amongst several others.

24. Full Sail University, Winter Park, Florida
Notable Alumni: Gary Rizzo, Sebastien Krys, Phil Tan, Darren Lynn Bousman, JD Harmeya, amongst several others.

25. Drexel University of Philadelphia
Notable Alumni: Howard Benson, amongst several others.

26. Musicians Institute, Los Angeles, California
Notable Alumni: Sharon Aguilar, Angela Ammons, Jeff Berlin, Shane Alexander, Greg Edmonson, Eli Kokkinou, Dave Kushner, Juan Alderete, Viktoria Andersson, Jennifer Batten, Jean Marc Belkadi, Brad Bershad, Zhou Bichang, Tanya Chua, Jeff Buckley, Brooke White, amongst several others.

27. McNally Smith Saint Paul, Minnesota
Notable Alumni: Kyle Frenette, Justin Bonhiver, Zack Carroll, Ari Herstand, Brian Nagan, Jonathon Gering, amongst several others.

28. Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music, New York City
Notable Alumni: Frankie Celenza, Jennifer Newman Sharpe, Dan Knobler, Julia Wilde, Erik Braund, Erin Tonkon, Eren Cannata, Emily Warren, Geoff, Strasser, Jon Seale, G.Be, amongst several others.

29. San Francisco Conservatory of Music
Notable Alumni: Isaac Stern, Yehudi Menuhin

30. Columbia College
Notable Alumni: Phyllis Diller, Kid Sister

31. University of North Texas
Notable Alumni: Kristopher Carter, Norah Jones

32. California State University, Northridge
Notable Alumni: Andy Summers, Diane Warren

33. Middle Tennessee State University
Notable Alumni: Gary Overton, Blake Chancey

34. Syracuse University
Notable Alumni: Michael Croiter, Jessica Kullman

35. University of North Carolina School for the Arts
Notable Alumni: Eddie Barbash, Randy Jones

36. Belmont University
Notable Alumni: Minnie Pearl, Trisha Yearwood

37. Sibelius Academy, Finland
Sibelius Academy is a part of the University of the Arts Helsinki.
Notable Alumni: Kim Bor, Monica Groop, Tommi Hakala, Jorma Hynninen, Soile Isokoski, Topi Lehtipuu, Peter Lindroos, Karita Mattila, Jyrki Niskanen, Arja Saijonmaa, Petteri Salomaa, Tarja Turunen, Soila Sariola, Matti Salminen, Paula Vesala Martti Wallén, amongst several others.

38. Kiev Conservatory (Petro Tchaikovsky National Music Academy of Ukraine), Ukraine
Notable Alumni: Bobyr Andriy, Larissa Burak, Volodymyr Kushpe, Victor Mishalow, Kost Novytsk, Andriy Omelchenko, Georges Baklanoff, Edgar Bastidas, Dmytro Hnatyuk, Evgeniya Miroshnichenko, Liudmyla Monastyrska, Simeon G. Murafa, Vyacheslav Polozov, Solomon Khromchenko, Oksana Dyka, Victoria Loukianetz, Eleonora Vindau, amongst several others.

39. Hanns Eisler School of Music Berlin, Germany

40. Royal Holloway University of London, UK

41. Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse de Paris (CNSMDP), Paris, France

42. Hochschule für Musik und Theater München, Germany

43. Royal College of Music in Stockholm (KMH), Sweden

44. Hochschule für Musik und Theater Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy Leipzig, Germany

45. Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK), Switzerland

46. University Mozarteum Salzburg, Austria

47. Conservatoire national supérieur d’art dramatique de Paris (CNSAD), France

48. Korea National University of Arts, South Korea

49. Indonesia Institute of the Arts Surakarta, Indonesia

50. Conservatoire royal de Bruxelles, Belgium

51. The Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest, Hungary

52. Moscow P. I. Tchaikovsky Conservatory, Russia

53. Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya, Spain

54. Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse de Lyon, France

55. Rimsky-Korsakov St. Petersburg State Conservatory, Russia

56. Conservatorio Santa Cecilia, Italy

57. Griffith University, Australia

58. Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, Czech Republic

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