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Music schools in the south

nick da man 08nick da man 08 Posts: 291Registered User Junior Member
edited February 2008 in Music Major
What music schools are known in the south. In the top tier league (equivalent to NEC, Curtis, Eastman, Indiana, Julliard)
I know there's Rice and others but are there any hidden gems that I don't know about.
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  • fiddlefrogfiddlefrog Posts: 1,219Registered User Senior Member
    The short answer is no.
    Indiana, Rice, CCM and Peabody are the top-tier schools nearest to the Southeast.
    NC School for the Arts, Vanderbilt, Louisville, Lynn, Columbus State (GA), LSU, and FSU are your best bets in the South, in approximately descending order. My opinion only, of course, about the ranking, but I don't think there's any disputing that there are no truly top music schools in the Southeast at this time.
  • Beethoven's 10thBeethoven's 10th Posts: 83Registered User Junior Member
    The Frost School of Music at the University of Miami is quite good, especially in jazz and studio music.
  • binxbinx Posts: 4,318Registered User Senior Member
    I agree that there are not a lot of choices in the south, and none that compare to the top conservatories of the northeast.

    In Georgia, I would put several other schools ahead of Columbus. Guess it depends on what instrument. UGA has a respectable violin program, and an excellent music education program as well. Emory and Georgia State have some quality, too. Most of the ASO performers who also teach college level are adjuncts at one of these schools. (As always, teachers matter!)

    A friend of son's went to U. N. Texas for horn and has been very happy there. (Somehow, I don't think of Texas when I'm thinking "south" but if you count Rice, then there are probably others that direction.)
  • mommabmommab Posts: 117Registered User Junior Member
    Last year, my son received a lot of mail and several phone calls from Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University. I personally don't know anything about their music program, other than they appeared to be actively recruiting top musicians. Maybe MomOfWildChild or other Texans could give you more info.
  • lorelei2702lorelei2702 Posts: 2,103Registered User Senior Member
    LSU in Baton Rouge has an excellent, quite large music school. Their scholarships and service awards are generous. Admission is very competitive. Faculty is excellent. Graduates are performing in major opera houses and in major symphonies. Facilities are good and continually improving. Louisiana generally has a bad rap for education, but its music program at LSU is one of its programs of excellence, it is well supported, and the standards are high.
  • bsnbillybsnbilly Posts: 63Registered User Junior Member
    SMU, UT/Austin, UNT, and Baylor are all worth a look.
  • JazzDrumMumJazzDrumMum Posts: 74Registered User Junior Member
    What is your instrument?
  • nick da man 08nick da man 08 Posts: 291Registered User Junior Member
  • fiddlefrogfiddlefrog Posts: 1,219Registered User Senior Member
    Binx, I guess it's really a question of teachers, but Columbus State is strong in strings right now. Their generous scholarship program (I hear good things, anyway) also gives it an edge over some others in the region.
    For string players, the Robert McDuffie Center for Strings at Mercer University in Macon, GA will establish a new, highly competitive BM program next year. Could be interesting.
  • fiddlefrogfiddlefrog Posts: 1,219Registered User Senior Member
    Binx, I guess it's really a question of teachers, but Columbus State is strong in strings right now. Their generous scholarship program (I hear good things, anyway) also gives it an edge over some others in the region.
    For string players, the Robert McDuffie Center for Strings at Mercer University in Macon, GA will establish a new, highly competitive BM program next year. Could be interesting.
  • MomofWildChildMomofWildChild Posts: 17,101Registered User Senior Member
    Baylor- uh uh. Not the place for a voice student.
  • violinmomviolinmom Posts: 191Registered User Junior Member
    Nick - check out UNT's voice faculty.
  • musicmom1215musicmom1215 Posts: 1,188Registered User Senior Member
    For voice, Oklahoma City University is terrific for vocal performance and musical theater.

    You might also check into the University of Mary Hardin Baylor in Belton, Texas. A lot of very talented singers from my area are or have been students there, and one of the voice professors used to live in my town and is incredibly talented. Belton is between Austin and Waco on Interstate 35.
  • JazzDrumMumJazzDrumMum Posts: 74Registered User Junior Member
    Nick Da Man, jazz? opera?
  • nick da man 08nick da man 08 Posts: 291Registered User Junior Member
    if possible both
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