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10 of the Top Music Schools in the World

Music schools around the world continue to be a haven for students wishing to learn and hone their talents and skills. But there are some that stand out above the rest. Exemplary programs, first-rate facilities, illustrious professors and faculty members, and notable alumni are just among the many top reasons why the best ones attract the finest talents across the globe. Here are ten of the most prestigious music schools in the world in alphabetical order along with the list of some of their famous graduates.

 

Juilliard School
Juilliard School
Location: New York, New York, USA
Notable Alumni: Albert Stern, Barry Manilow, Bob Berg, Gilbert Levine, Harold Blair, Helen Armstrong, Hideko Udagawa, Jeffrey Swann, Jenny Oaks Baker, Lera Auerbach, Michael Balzary, Philip Glass, Stephanie Mills, Susan Alexander-Max, Yo-Yo Ma, and a lot more

 

Manhatttan School of Music
Manhatttan School of Music
Location: New York City, New York, USA
Notable Alumni: Anton Coppola, Beth Clayton, Carol Wincenc, Carolyn Banham, David Amram, Elizabeth Burkhardt, Evangeline Benedetti, Gail Archer, Guy Braunstein, Jorge Caballero, Justin Bischof, Kate Aldrich, Ned Barth, and more

 

New England Conservatory
New England Conservatory
Location: Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Notable Alumni: Alan Hovhaness, Alan Pasqua, Anton Fig, Bernie Worrell, Bruce Katz, Cecil Taylor Excelsa Quartet, Cuong Vu, Dave Douglas, Fats Pichon, Fred Hersch, Harvey Mason, John Medeski, Kenneth Amis, Luciana Souza, Marilyn Crispell, Matt Savage, Matthew Shipp, Rachel Z, Ralph Burns, Regina Carter, Werner Janssen, and more

 

Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Oberlin College
Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Oberlin College
Location: Oberlin, Ohio, USA
Notable Alumni: Al Haig, Benjamin Bagby, Carrie Rodriguez, Claire Chase, James David Christie, Liz Phair, Peter Evans, and Stanley Cowell among many others

 

Royal Academy of Music
Royal Academy of Music
Location: Marylebone, London, UK
Notable Alumni: Andrew Foster-Williams, Annie Lennox, Arthur Sullivan, Edward Gardner, Edward German, Evelyn Glennie, Harrison Birtwistle, Henry Wood, John Barbirolli, John Dankworth, Kit Armstrong, Lesley Garrett, Michael Nyman, Myra Hess, Philip Howard, Richard Rodney Bennett, Simon Andrews, Simon Rattle, Thomas Gould, and more

 

Royal College of Music
Royal College of Music
Location: Kensington, London, UK
Notable Alumni: Andrew Davis, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Benjamin Britten, Colin Davis, Gillian Weir, Gustav Holst, Gwyneth Jones, Isyana Sarasvati, James Galway, Joan Sutherland, John Lill, Julian Lloyd Webber, Malcolm Arnold, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Sarah Connolly, Sarah Walker, Thomas Allen, and more

 

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
Location: Glasgow, Scotland, UK
Notable Alumni: Anush Hovhannisyan, C Duncan, Jay Capperauld, John Maxwell Geddes, Karen Cargill, Kirstin Sharpin, Lucy Kay, Patrick Doyle, Paul Leonard-Morgan, and The Huggans among several others

 

University of Music and Performing Arts
University of Music and Performing Arts
Location: Vienna, Austria
Notable Alumni: Angelika Kirchschlager, Claudio Abbado, Fritz Kreisler, George Enescu, Gustav Mahler, Hans Richter, Joseph Joachim, Karl Goldmark, Kurt Schwertsik, Max Steiner, Mitsuko Uchida, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Wolfgang Holzmair, and more

 

Visva-Bharati University
Visva-Bharati University
Location: Santiniketan, Bengal, India
Notable Alumni: Ghani Khan, Nilima Sen, Rezwana Chowdhury, Satyajit Ray, and Suchitra Mitra among many others

 

Yale School of Music
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Location: New Haven, Connecticut, USA
Notable Alumni: Christine Gangelhoff, Daniel Asia, David Lang, Dmitry Yablonsky, Emma Lou Diemer, Jahja Ling, Marco Beltrami, Suzana Bartal, Willie Ruff, and more