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The 20 Best Music Conservatories
Students with a passion for music must decide whether they want to devote their lives to music and thus attend a college dedicated to training musicians, namely, a conservatory. In choosing a conservatory, music students seek a program that will provide them with the skills and opportunities needed for them to grow and flourish as artists. At the same time, they want a program that prepares them in a practical way for a career in the music world. The 20 conservatories on this list offer some of the best music programs in the nation. They are located across the United States.
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Musicians will tell the aspiring artist that music education hinges upon the nature and quality of the relationship between teacher and student. The experienced artist does not merely pass on knowledge, but most importantly the musical mentor expresses his or her love and fidelity to musical form and expression, thereby helping to direct students in the forming an expression of this same language, refracted and transposed through their own cultures and experiences. In identifying schools for this list, a primary consideration was faculty to student ratio. Interestingly, as will be made clear in what follows, low student to faculty ratio more often than not coincided with the other criteria of identification. The Juilliard School.