Schools with great music programs?

Discussion in 'Higher Ed' started by Lizz, May 22, 2004.

  1. Lizz

    Lizz Member

    I'm looking for a liberal college, perhaps on the west coast or in new england, with an excellent music program, doesn't neccesarily have to be a conservatory. I'm looking to perhaps to be an oboe performance major or something of the like :)

    Is Northwestern University any good (in Illinois)? I know it has an EXCELLENT journalism program (I'm gonna do music or journalism on college... my mom was a journalism major there), and I live in northern illinois so that would be great.
  2. dspiel

    dspiel Member

    Woohoo, a potential music major! :)

    Yes, Northwestern is fabulous. Absolutely. So if you'd be interested in going there, it's absolutely got great music. For sure.

    One of the things you can do is look at schools that also have a conservatory or school of music. So you could study at the regular liberal arts college but get the opportunities that are available on a campus with a music school. So, Northwestern, Yale, Indiana, Hopkins, Rochester, anything like that. Yale gets you at least towards New England. Princeton has a fabulous music department but that's more musicology/composition rather than performance. Oh, and Wesleyan has ethnomusicology if that's of interest.

    I did find that one issue is size of a school. If it's too small on the liberal college scale, performance becomes hard because there's barely enough to get an orchestra together and all.

    But anyways, yay for a potential music major! And oboes rock.
  3. try Berkley up in mass.

    Shine on in love and light~
  4. kozmicblues

    kozmicblues Member

    The University of North Texas is a fantastically liberal school with an unbelievable music program. Norah Jones went there before moving to New York. Plus, it's in a hip little town just 35 miles north of Dallas/Fort Worth. You should check it out, it has a renowned rep. as an incredibly music school (With a focus on jazz performance)

  5. Jaque Imo

    Jaque Imo Up on The Lowdown

    University Of North Carolina at Greensboro has a really good music program, its a liberal arts school....and liberal minded. Ben Folds and Emmylou Harris went there. It focuses on performance. Big arts programs! Its in the south, but has an interesting little historical community around it. Its also non-expensive. The city has close to 300,000 people, so there is stuff to do....sometimes. Although its liberal-arts centered, the school has almost 20,000 students.
  6. jerry420

    jerry420 Doctor of everything Lifetime Supporter

    UNCG huh,
    my grandfather was a professor there
  7. seamonster66

    seamonster66 discount dracula

    Quote: The University of North Texas

    A friend of mind went there to study Jazz guitar..............Denton, Texas or something like that?

    I hear he is still down there.
  8. Indiana University in Bloomington is huge, but it there are parts of it that are very artsy and it is supposed to have one of the best music schools in the nation. I considered going there when I was looking at colleges.
  9. Lizz

    Lizz Member

    Thank you for all the suggestions, everybody! It's good to know that I have a variety of choices. Plus, even though it's early, it's better to be better prepared than to enter my senior or junior year with no idea ;)
  10. Style

    Style Member

    One of the schools I looked into attending was

    the University Of Redlands, I wasnt going there as a music major, but they also have a music and art program you might be interested in.
  11. neoteny

    neoteny Member

    I'd check out Oberlin. Granted, the middle of Ohio isn't the most amazing place in the world, but the school makes up for it. You can even do the double degree program which gives you degrees from both the college and the conservatory in five years.
  12. Style

    Style Member

    Interesting. I was watching Eurotrip earlier, and Orelin was the school in the movie.
  13. neoteny

    neoteny Member

    I've been told that is the most ridiculous depiction of the school ever. There is no big river running through campus...
  14. SkaBegonia

    SkaBegonia Member

    Oberlin College is a really funky top liberal arts school but also boosts one of the top music conservatories in the nation. And yea....Berklee College of Music in Boston rocks and its not super hard to get into.

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