Music Education & Schools

A successful career in music industry usually (and not mandatorily) requires higher education in the field of music. In this article I will elaborate more about a degree in music and music institutions around the world.

Institutions such as colleges or universities dealing in music often have a dedicated department or office for teaching the art of music. Some music institutions work independently from any university.



Music includes not just singing and songs, but includes playing musical instruments, composing music, studying the history and theories of music etc. Therefore one may find music institutions dealing with two aspects of music – performance and academic study of music as an art.

Whatever be your intentions in learning music you will need to take the professional degree in music from these institutions. These degree programmes are very much similar to a normal degree course. The degrees awarded in music include- bachelor’s degree in music, master’s degree in music and a doctoral degree in music studies. Private institutions also grant degrees which are infact diplomas in art such as Artist diploma (A.D). The courses offered are either in semester system or per year basis.

In the USA, the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) manages and monitors all music colleges and universities dealing in music studies. NASM is responsible for accreditation to such institutions in the USA.

Some of the known music schools in the USA include the following: The Julliard School, Eastman School of Music, California Band and Music Academy (CABAMA), Alan Carruth, Center for New Music & Audio Technologies (CNMAT), Duquesne’s School of Music, The Princeton University Band, Peabody Conservatory of Music, Jacobs School of Music, Leeds Guitarmakers School, Berklee College of Music, University of Oregon-School of Music, The Curtis Institute of Music, University of Wisconsin-Madison-School of Music, University of Illinois School of Music, Suzuki Music Academy, Virginia Tech Music Department, DayJams etc.


Apart from the above USA based music institutions, there are many more popular global names in the music industry such as – Yamaha Music School, Royal Academy of Music in UK, Acadia School of Music, Canada, Canberra School of Music- Australia, Copenhagen University Choir, Institute de Recherche, Lancaster University, UK, Music Department, The Victoria Conservatory of Music etc.



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