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Searching for Music Programs, please help!!

bnegbneg Registered User Posts: 742 Member
edited October 2005 in Music Major
(SORRY~ for double posting, i shouldn't have placed this in the college admissions forum in the first place!)

hi, i have seen quite a few threads but because there are so many options available i was wondering if people could respond to this particular situation and suggest some suitable programs~

we're looking for

1.music composition major combined with more 'practical' stuff like NYU's "music management"....etc.
2.a liberal arts school
3.opportunities for joint-degrees and stuff like that, (Columbia-Juilliard)

And most importantly, we're not looking for one that is only focused on music, and NOT one that combines academics (sciences and math etc.) with music. Preferably one in between like music composition with music management, humanties, arts, literature and stuff like that.

And also to clarify, we aren't really looking for a performance major.

So far we are looking at Bard, Peabody, NYU, Columbia...are there other programs you can suggest for us? Thanks very much in advance!
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Replies to: Searching for Music Programs, please help!!

  • minimini Registered User Posts: 26,431 Senior Member
    University of Denver. They have a joint 5-year program in music and business (accounting) etc., that also provides focus on music business, etc. Not a "liberal arts" school, however, though there is plenty of liberal arts there for thet taking.

    USC also has significant concentration of music management/music business stuff inside its Thornton School of Music.

    Finally, you might want to look at Northeastern. They've got a bunch of joint programs with other Boston-area schools, and programs in music management/business, AND, through the coop program, you could pick up vital experience in same.
  • snufflessnuffles Registered User Posts: 1,147 Senior Member
    Tufts- New England Conservatory 5 year dual BA program. Harvard just opened one up too I think.
    JHU- peabody institute.
  • collegehelpcollegehelp Registered User Posts: 6,590 Senior Member
    schools with good music business programs:
    NYU
    Drake
    Drexel
    Pomona
    U Texas Arlington
    U of Evansville
    U of Miami

    composition:
    Bennington
    Boston U
    Brandeis
    Columbia
    Duke
    Harvard
    Oberlin
    Princeton
    Temple
    UC Berkeley
    U Chicago
    U Miami
    U Michigan
    U Minnesota Minneapolis
    U Pennsylvania
    Yale

    U of Miami might be worth a look since it is good for Composition and Music Business and Entertainment programs (you can minor in marketing). Miami also has Music Engineering, Music Education, and Studio Music and Jazz
  • collegehelpcollegehelp Registered User Posts: 6,590 Senior Member
    other music management:
    USC
    CUNY Baruch
    Syracuse
    Grove City
    U of Memphis
  • SpikerSpiker Registered User Posts: 393 Junior Member
    Oberlin has a double degree program as well. ie you can get a degree from the conservatory and from the School of Liberal Arts.
  • jonw222jonw222 Registered User Posts: 79 Junior Member
    If you want to do something practical in the field of music, I definitely recommend NYU's program. They fully admit to putting resources and money into their Music Business and Music Tech programs for the "practical musician" today. Unlike other joint programs, the goal at these schools is to get a job in the music field.

    The music composition program is great mostly because the teachers are wonderful. It is particularly strong in musical theater composition, and film music composition.

    Jon
  • bnegbneg Registered User Posts: 742 Member
    thanks to everyone! because there are so many options available we really appreciate any advice. thanks again!
  • veteranmomveteranmom Registered User Posts: 139 Junior Member
    Indiana University has a very strong composition program in its music school.
  • eyeballeyeball Registered User Posts: 13 New Member
    My son is at Oberlin Conservatory in the TIMARA program. The focus is on composition using computers but he is receiving a comprehensive music education by taking theory, aural skills, music history etc. He likes the program a lot and takes elective courses through the college. There are many double degree makors at Oberlin. (He is not.) I read your post and thought "This kid is talking about Oberlin!" Best of luck!
  • thumper1thumper1 Registered User Posts: 72,297 Senior Member
    Just an FYI....most of the programs described above require an audition into the music program for acceptance. They are not "light" in the music department part. E.g the Columbia/Juilliard program requires acceptance into both programs. Ditto the program between NEC/Tufts. At Oberlin, if you want a degree from the conservatory and the college, you must be accepted into both programs.
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