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Best Music Schools In The World For 2019

New York’s Juilliard School has been named the best music school in the world for 2019 by the CEOWORLD magazine, while Berklee College of Music and New England Conservatory of Music in Boston placed 2nd and 3rd, respectively.

The rigorous classification process takes into account global reputation and influence; specialization; admission eligibility; and academic experience as well as data from over 20,000 students and 25,000 industry professionals.

If music is your life and you want to make it your career, then you need to start working right now. In this whole course of preparation, a fundamental aspect of consideration is which music school to attend. While hard work takes you to places irrespective of where you come from, a degree from a reputed music school can offer great support in the realization of your dreams.

Also making the cut was the prestigious Moscow Imperial Conservatory in Russia (No. 4) as well as the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna in Austria (No. 5); UK’s Royal College of Music South Kensington, London (No. 6); and Yale School of Music, New Haven, Connecticut 7.

Overall, among the top 10 best music schools in the world, the 8th, 9th, and 10th positions are held by Oberlin Conservatory of Music; Conservatoire de Paris (Paris Conservatory); and Royal Academy of Music London, United Kingdom.

There are many well-established music schools across the globe, but I cannot write all of them down in this tiny piece of post. To make it simpler for you, I have shortlisted the best five which are always on any lists on best music schools.

Best Music Schools In The World For 2019

RankMusic SchoolCountryScore
1The Juilliard School, New YorkUnited States100.0
2Berklee College of Music, BostonUnited States99.6
3New England Conservatory of Music, BostonUnited States96.2
4Moscow Imperial Conservatory, MoscowRussia95.7
5University of Music and Performing Arts, ViennaAustria95.4
6Royal College of Music, South Kensington, LondonUnited Kingdom94.7
7Yale School of Music, New Haven, ConnecticutUnited States94.2
8Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Oberlin College in Oberlin, OhioUnited States93.8
9Conservatoire de Paris (Paris Conservatory), ParisFrance93.7
10Royal Academy of Music, LondonUnited Kingdom93.2
11Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow, ScotlandUnited Kingdom91.4
12Manhattan School of Music (MSM), New York City, New YorkUnited States90.8
13The Curtis Institute of Music, PhiladelphiaUnited States90.7
14Norwegian Academy of Music (Norges musikkhøgskole, NMH), OsloNorway90.2
15San Francisco Conservatory of MusicUnited States88.6
16Royal College of Music, StockholmSweden88.2
17USC Thornton School of Music, University of Southern CaliforniaUnited States84.9
18Blair School of Music, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TennesseeUnited States84.1
19Cleveland Institute of Music, Cleveland, OHUnited States82.9
20Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MDUnited States82.7
21Shepherd School of Music at Rice University in Houston, TexasUnited States82.4
22Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music, Northwestern University, Evanston, IllinoisUnited States79.6
23Sibelius Academy, University of the Arts Helsinki, Helsinki and KuopioFinland79.5
24California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CAUnited States77.8
25University of British ColumbiaCanada77.4
26Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler(Hanns Eisler College or Academy of Music), BerlinGermany77.1
27Guildhall School of Music and Drama, LondonUnited Kingdom76.8
28Royal Academy of Music, AarhusDenmark76.7
29University of Hong Kong (HKU)Hong Kong76.2
30Indonesian Institute of the Arts Yogyakarta, YogyakartaIndonesia74.9
31University of MelbourneAustralia74.5
32National University of Singapore (NUS)Singapore73.7
33University of AmsterdamNetherlands73.4
34The University of TokyoJapan72.8
35Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia (National Academy of St Cecilia)Italy72.4
36Royal Danish Academy of Music, or Royal Danish Conservatory of Music, CopenhagenDenmark71.9
  1. The Juilliard School, New York, United States

Established in the year 1905, the Juilliard School is considered to be the most prestigious music school in the world, as far as a slew of rankings is concerned. Here, you will find an ample number of options to choose from. Moreover, due to its status and popularity, it collaborates with other acclaimed music schools in and outside the country. If you did not know already, it collaborates with one of the best-known hosts of music performances in the world, Lincoln Center.
The contribution of this music school is unprecedented: its alumni have won about 105 Grammy Awards, 47 Emmy Awards, 24 Oscars, 62 Tony Awards, and 16 Pulitzer Prizes. The list of its achievements can go on, but I must stop here and let you consider this bulk of information to decide on your own.

2. Berklee College of Music, Boston, United States

Berklee College of Music was established in the year 1945 and has produced some of the best-known artists in the world. With a top-notch academic curriculum, exposure to all sorts of activities, and a faculty of 606 talented teachers, there is no dearth of opportunities here at Berklee.

The achievements of this college are phenomenal, and I have numbers to prove this. Its alumni have won more than 250 Grammy Awards and multiple Oscars. Interestingly, despite having a relatively high acceptance rate in comparison to its counterparts, the college has been able to maintain its reputation, which has transcended borders with the help of its well-organized online music program.

3. New England Conservatory of Music, Boston, United States

Competing closely with Berklee College, New England Conservatory of Music has become a very strong choice among students. It is one of the oldest music schools in the country, having been established in the year 1867, and has managed to retain its prestige despite having Berklee in competition. You will see Berklee producing pop stars and rock bands, but here at New England Conservatory, you will see the grooming of the future great artists in the field of stringed and bass instruments. The College runs a 5-year course in collaboration with Harvard University, which can take your career through the roof.

4. Moscow Imperial Conservatory, Moscow, Russia

Moscow Imperial Conservatory is one of the most prized possessions of Russia—and there is no reason why it should not be. Founded in the year 1866, the Conservatory has had a rich history, particularly the fact that it is among the oldest conservatories in the country. Here great artists such as Sviatislov Richter, Kabalevsky Rachmaninoff, and Vladimir Ashkenazy have studied and made a grand career out of music. It is most famous for its internationally-acclaimed Tchaikovsky Competition, which is organized every four years and involves competitions for best pianist, violinist, singer, and cellist.

5. The University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna, Austria

Established in the year 1817, the university is one of the oldest and, incidentally, the largest music schools across the globe. It has been the center of music and arts ever since its inception and has witnessed the graduation of some of the most notable artists in the world such as Mahler and Brahms. The University has a huge number of students enrolled in its various courses, but interestingly enough, it maintains a student-teacher ratio at 4.7. Here there are courses on all sorts such as Film Composition, Organ, Conducting and Voice. In addition, it organizes a number of international competitions which see participation from students from all parts of the world.

Methodology: The world’s top music institutes for 2019 by the CEOWORLD magazine is based on six major indicators of quality, overall Score (100%) is the sum of:

1) Academic experience
2) Admission Eligibility
3) Job Placement Rate
4) Recruiter Feedback
5) Specialization
6) Global Reputation And Influence

Data for these indicators were collected from publicly available sources, university’s website, research, and survey. It measures the quality of education, job placements of students, and the recruiter’s feedback — without relying on university data submissions. Students and industry professionals were asked to rate institutes on a scale of 1 “marginal” to 100 “outstanding” or “don’t know.”

However, this is by no means a comprehensive list, while the institutes above are the “CEOWORLD magazine’s Best Music Schools In The World For 2019,” there may be many other institutes that offer excellent programs.

  • This rankings should not be viewed as the most important aspect when choosing a music school, and are merely one element to consider.
  • The rankings are the result of a rigorous analytical exercise, incorporating multiple data sources, without relying on university data submissions.
  • Detailed survey data and information collected directly from 45,000 individuals, across 6 data points.
  • Surveys completed by 20,000 students and 25,000 industry professionals around the world.
  • Magazine surveyed 45,000 people in 42 countries between December 2018 and 20th February 2019.

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The margin of sampling error for the full sample of 45,000 respondents is plus or minus 1.2 percentage points. In addition to sampling error, one should bear in mind that as in all survey research, there are possible sources of error—such as coverage, nonresponse and measurement error——that could affect the results.

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Ayushi Kushwaha
Ayushi Kushwaha, Staff Writer for the CEOWORLD magazine. She’s spent more than a decade working for various magazines, newspapers, and digital publications and is now a Staff Writer at The CEOWORLD magazine. She writes news stories and executive profiles for the magazine’s print and online editions. Obsessed with unlocking high-impact choices to accelerate meaningful progress, she helps individuals and organizations stand out and get noticed. She can be reached on email