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Top Music Schools: Opinions Wanted

Discussion in 'Off Topic [DB]' started by anthem274, Feb 10, 2006.

  1. anthem274


    Jul 19, 2003
    Arlington, TX
    Opinions desired:

    What are the top music schools in the nation? If that's not difficult then what are the top BASS schools in the nation?

  2. PaulCannon


    Jan 24, 2002
    Frankfurt, Germany
    NS Design Endorsing Artist
    In no particular order:

    Juilliard, Eastman, Oberlin, Peabody, Indiana University, Rice, Curtis, Manhattan School of Music, Colburn, New England Conservatory, Boston University, Cleveland Institute of Music, Cincinatti Conservatory of Music, Northwestern.

    In my opinion, the best schools for bass are Curtis, Rice, NEC, BU, IU, CCM, CIM and maybe Colburn.

    There's a bunch of different ways to rank schools. If you're shopping, the best things to look at are (1) who the teachers are and (b) how many/what jobs their graduates are getting. Some schools have better records than others.
  3. all you need to know.
  4. Freddels

    Freddels Musical Anarchist

    Apr 7, 2005
    Sutton, MA
    Are you looking for jazz or classical (or both)?
  5. Pcocobass


    Jun 16, 2005
    New York
    If you're looking for jazz bass don't forget Purchase! Todd Coolman, Doug Weiss and Kermit Driscoll all in the same place!:scowl:
  6. University of North Texas in Denton - particularly for jazz.
  7. i would also include USC among the top bass schools. Dennis Trembley and David Allen Moore are in the LA Phil, Nico Abondolo is top call for film scores, and John Clayton is John Clayton.
  8. anonymous0726

    anonymous0726 Guest

    Nov 4, 2001
    Berklee and University of North Texas (North Texas State).
  9. anonymous0726

    anonymous0726 Guest

    Nov 4, 2001
    I would also recommend Bowling Green State U. in Bowling Green, Ohio. The program there is great, and you'd also be near my father, who is a great teacher.
  10. I did a degree there. They had a wonderful music building (approx.shaped like a piano). It was a pretty awful town though. Bereft of any good local places to play out, or go hear live music except on campus.
  11. anonymous0726

    anonymous0726 Guest

    Nov 4, 2001
    Toledo is 20 minutes away, Detroit about an hour, as is Cleveland. That's two large cities and one medium within 1/4 tank of gas. There is kind of a bizarre culture there that seems to want to ignore the rest of the world, though. You'd have to rise above that.
  12. Don't forget Ann Arbor. But Bowling Green itself was a miserable place to spend time.
  13. anonymous0726

    anonymous0726 Guest

    Nov 4, 2001
    There is a lot going on in Ann Arbor. I never went up there too much. With Rusty's in Toledo I never had to venture too far, unless for work. I played Detroit some, but Cleveland a lot.
  14. Don Higdon

    Don Higdon In Memoriam

    Dec 11, 1999
    Princeton Junction, NJ
    Hey Paul, I always thought that 1 was followed by 2. I've been out of the loop. When did it change?

    On the basis of (b), you have to have Manhattan School of Music in the top group. At least that's how it was a couple of years ago.
  15. PaulCannon


    Jan 24, 2002
    Frankfurt, Germany
    NS Design Endorsing Artist
    I checked the list of audition winners on this forum, and only found one name attached to Manhattan.
  16. EFischer1

    EFischer1 Guest

    Mar 17, 2002
    New York, New York
    How about members of the Met, NY Philharmonic, and Chicago Lyric - to name only a few...
  17. PaulCannon


    Jan 24, 2002
    Frankfurt, Germany
    NS Design Endorsing Artist
    When did the members of those orchestras go to Manhattan? Was it recently, or 40 years ago? I was under the impression that the question pertained to what schools are like today.
  18. Justin K-ski

    Justin K-ski

    May 13, 2005
    Well David Grossman went to MSM pre-college then Juilliard and Dan Keckler (sp?) went to Manhattan.
  19. Don Higdon

    Don Higdon In Memoriam

    Dec 11, 1999
    Princeton Junction, NJ
    David Grossman's teacher (pre-Levinson) was Linda McKnight of MSM. She also taught John Feeney (principal, St. Luke's), who as a teenager beat Edgar Meyer in a competition. MSM has a formidable bass faculty.
  20. kraid


    Apr 11, 2003
    What you also have to take into consideration is what the programs in the school are like such as the orchestras and non-bass related classes. For this reason I would rank a lot of places higher than schools that might attract people with teachers like BU or USC. You have to consider what you'll get out of performance experiences. I'm sure that you'll learn more playing under Otto Werner Mueller than you will under most people for example.

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