Best Music Composition Colleges: List of Top Schools
Learn about where to find the best music composition degree programs in the US. Read on for information about school locations and rankings, degree concentrations, and program requirements.
Two of the best schools to offer music composition degree programs are located on the East Coast and have been ranked by the U.S. News & World Report. Both are fine arts schools, dedicated to performance studies, including music composition. Music programs lead to diplomas, bachelor's, master's, and even doctoral programs, all of which include the development of complete musical compositions as part of the curriculum. Read on for more information about the best music composition programs available.
Top Music Composition Colleges
1. The Juilliard School in New York, New York
The Juilliard School is a private, performing arts college that offers bachelor's, master's, and diploma programs in drama, dance, and music. The Juilliard School was named in the 2011 U.S. News and World Report Best Colleges list. 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.
2. The New England Conservatory (NEC) of Music in Boston, Massachusetts
The New England Conservatory of Music was ranked by the U.S. News and World Report in its 2011 Best Colleges list. Located one block from the hall of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, 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.
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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