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Top 10 music schools in the world

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Are you thinking about pursuing a degree in the field of arts (music)? There are many schools that offer outstanding programmes in music but some schools certainly stand on top of the line.

If you are looking for a solid career in the world of music, you might want to know about the following ten schools which are the best schools in the world for musical education:

Berklee College of Music, Boston, Massachusetts

Berklee College of Music is a world leader in music education. This legendary music college of Boston, trains students in contemporary music rather than classical traditions.

Famous alumni include Branford Marsalis, John Mayer, Aimee Mann, and many other.

Specialisations are offered in performance, music business, management, publicity, and production.

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The Juilliard School, New York City, USA

The Juilliard School is perhaps the most prestigious music school in the country.

The mission of this school is to provide the highest caliber of education to musicians, dancers, and performers from around the world.

The school offers degrees in music, dance, and performance.

Alumni of this school inlcude: Pianist Jeffrey Swann, cellist Yo-Yo Ma and singer songwriter Barry Manilow and others.

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The Curtis Institute of Music, Philadelphia, USA

The Curtis Institute of Music is unique as it provides full academic scholarships to all students who are accepted.

Admissions are strictly based on artistic promise, it accepts just 165 students per year. It also offers limited programmes in disciplines including composition, conducting, organ, piano and guitar.

Famous alumni include composers Leonard Bernstein and Samuel Barber, Grammy-winning violinist Hilary Hahn and opera tenor Juan Diego Flórez.

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Royal Academy of Music, London, UK

The Royal Academy was founded in 1822. It is the oldest degree-granting music school and widely recognised as one of the most prestigious conservatories in the world.

The students at this school are mainly classically trained in over twenty different disciplines from woodwind to strings and brass to percussion.

Famous alumni include Lesley Garrett, Katherine Jenkins, Evelyn Glennie, Sir Elton John and Annie Lennox.

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New England Conservatory of Music, Boston, Massachusetts

The New England Conservatory is the oldest independent school of music in the US.

The conservatory is home to 750 students pursuing undergraduate and graduate programmes in classical and jazz studies.

Famous alumni include bassist Dave Holland, rock musician Bernie Worrell, and jazz performers Rachel Z and John Medeski.

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University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida

This school offers overs 54 undergraduate and graduate degree programmes in almost every field of music. Whether you're interested in performance, composition, education, music therapy, jazz studies or conducting, you can study it here.

Famous alumni include Grammy winner Esperanza Spaulding.

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Eastman School (University of Rochester) Rochester, New York

It was established in 1921 by industrialist and philanthropist George Eastman, founder of the Eastman Kodak Company.

Eastman offers a legendary curriculum that prepares you for life in the music profession. Classical, jazz performance studies, and composition degrees are available, among others.

Famous alumni include Renée Fleming, Ron Carter, Jeff Beal.

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The BRIT School, London, UK

The BRIT School is an exception as it caters for exceptionally talented fourteen to nineteen year olds determined to make a career for themselves in the performing and creative arts.

Famous alumni include Adele, Leona Lewis, Imogen Heap, The Kooks, Amy Winehouse and Jessie J.

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Conservatorium van Amsterdam, Holland

Conservatorium van Amsterdam offers the most diverse music programmes in Europe. It has courses in everything from classical and early music to opera, jazz and pop.

Famous alumni include Andrés Martínez Pardo, Frank Peter Zimmermann and Thoms Dunn.

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Cleveland Institute of Music, Cleveland, Ohio, USA

The Cleveland Institute is famous for producing highly skilled composers, chamber musicians, vocal soloists and instrumentalists.

The student makeup at this conservatory is culturally rich as about a quarter of the school's attendees are hailing from outside of the US.

Famous alumni include Composer Donald Erb, Alan Baer, Principal Tuba of the New York Philharmonic and Elaine Douvas, Principal Oboe of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.

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