the better CUNY for music - queens or brooklyn?

<p>Hi everyone. So I'm in the midst of picking either Queens College or Brooklyn College as a Music Ed major.
I want to apply to the Macaulay Honors College, and they only allow you to pick 1 (well, they let you pick up to 6, but you can only have 1 top college).</p>

<p>So, I've heard different things -- The Aaron Copland School of Music is good I hear, but I'm not sure on its reputation for Music Ed (for example, does it offer a BA or a BM in music ed?). The Brooklyn Conservatory on the other hand, definitely has a BM for music ed and seems to be more solid on the program in general (I looked through their websites and... I dunno, it just seemed much more organized and established than the AC school of music. You know? Haha but that's only basing it off the website.)</p>

<p>Anyways, does anyone have any suggestions? Much thanks in advance.
-Sunny</p>

<p>Also, does anyone have any experience with the Macaulay honors college?</p>

<p>I know someone who attended Macauley at Brooklyn for voice and seemed to have a wonderful experience. </p>

<p>My D opted against Queens because she could not do education with a music concentration, only with a subject area, even for elementary ed. I'm not sure if this is still true. She also would have had to auditiion just to get a chance to be in the music dept and could not have entered in the dept. She chose a SUNY instead. We did not consider Brooklyn because I don't care for the neighborhood and didn't want her there. I'm a Bronx girl and Brooklyn is alien territory to me. Queens would have been acceptable because of the dorms or she could have lived with her grandma.</p>

<p>Queens College offers a BA in Music Education. I don't know anything about its strength or quality, but it definitely exists.</p>

<p>The trouble with assessing music schools in New York is that the faculties are always studded with big names. Obviously it's hard to know how much time one actually gets with, say, Masao Kawasaki as a violin student of his at Brooklyn College. Visiting schools and talking with teachers is probably the way to go. </p>

<p>Joan52, it sounds like your objection to Brooklyn is strictly personal, which is your right of course, but as the readership of this forum is broad, let me just note that the borough as a whole is experiencing revival and gentrification, and that the neighborhood of Brooklyn College is safe and pleasant.</p>