Best Music Composition Colleges: List of Top Schools
Most music composition careers require completion of an advanced degree program from a music school. Music schools or conservatories can be part of larger universities or independent private performing arts college, like The Juilliard School and the New England Conservatory of Music. Aspiring music composers can find bachelor's, master's and doctoral programs in music composition at many music schools and conservatories across the United States.
Top Music Composition Colleges
1. The Juilliard School in New York, New York
The Juilliard School was founded in 1905 and is located in the Lincoln Center Plaza in the borough of Manhattan in New York City. The Juilliard School is a private, performing arts college that offers bachelor's, master's and diploma programs in drama, dance and music. The Music Division of the Juilliard School offers a number of majors, including composition. Music composition majors can pursue a Bachelor of Music, Master of Music or a Doctor of Musical Arts. The Juilliard School was named in the 2011 U.S. News and World Report Best Colleges list.
- Address: 60 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, New York 10023-6588
- Phone Number: (212) 799-5000
2. The New England Conservatory (NEC) of Music in Boston, Massachusetts
Founded in 1867, the New England Conservatory of Music is located one block from the hall of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. U.S. News and World Report included the New England Conservatory of Music in its 2011 Best Colleges list. The NEC is devoted entirely to music and offers diplomas, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees. Composition majors receive weekly one-on-one instruction. As with all majors, composition students have opportunities to perform completed musical compositions.
- Address: 290 Huntington Ave, Boston, Massachusetts 02115-5018
- Phone Number: (617) 585-1100
List of Schools for Music Composition
|College/University||Total Student Enrollment||Address||Telephone|
|Michigan State University||47,071||East Lansing, Michigan 48824||(517) 355-1855|
|University of Washington-Seattle Campus||45,943||1400 NE Campus Parkway, Seattle, Washington 98195||(206) 543-2100|
|Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus||45,185||201 Old Main, University Park, Pennsylvania 16802||(814) 865-4700|
|University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign||43,881||6001 East John Street, Champaign, Illinois 61820||(217) 333-1000|
|New York University||43,404||70 Washington Square South, New York, New York 10012||(212) 998-1212|
|University of Michigan-Ann Arbor||41,674||Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109||(734) 764-1817|
|University of Southern California||34,824||University Park, Los Angeles, California 90089||(213) 740-2311|
|Boston University||31,960||One Silber Way, Boston, Massachusetts 02215||(617) 353-2000|
|Columbia University in the City of New York||24,230||116 Street and Broadway, New York, New York 10027||(212) 854-1754|
|University of Oregon||22,335||110 Johnson Hall, Eugene, Oregon 97403||(541) 346-1000|
|Cornell University||20,633||Ithaca, New York 14853||(607) 255-2000|
|Bowling Green State University-Main Campus||17,309||220 McFall Center, Bowling Green, Ohio 43403||(419) 372-2531|
|University of Rochester||9,506||203 Wallis Hall, Rochester, New York 14627||(585) 275-8063|
|Berklee College of Music||4,145||1140 Boylston Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02215||(6167) 747-2222|
|The University of Arts||2,403||320 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19102||(215) 717-6000|
|Manhattan School of Music||930||120 Claremont Avenue, New York, New York 10027||(212) 749-2802|
|Cleveland Institute of Music||437||11021 East Boulevard, Cleveland, Ohio 44106||(216) 791-5000|
|San Francisco Conservatory of Music||415||50 Oak Street, San Francisco, California 94102||(415) 864-7326|
|Longy School of Music||243||One Follen Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138||(617) 876-0956|
|The Curtis Institute of Music||159||1726 Locust Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103||(215) 893-5252|
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