8. Columbia College (Chicago, IL)
Not to be confused with Columbia University in New York City, the music department at Columbia College Chicago is among the most unique liberal arts schools for music in the US.
One major the school offers that demonstrates the significant breadth of this school’s offerings is the “Contemporary and Popular Music” major. For students interested in rock guitar, pop voice, and contemporary drumming, this program is among the few excellent ones based in liberal arts college in the US.
I once spoke to a professor at Columbia on the phone, and he phrased it this way – for students interested in attending a school that is unique, nontraditional, and very focused in contemporary music, this program is for them.
As an added benefit, liberal admissions standards make the school a sound choice for students of all academic backgrounds.
Musicians looking to develop their music career in film and cinema should also take note of Columbia College and its extensive tradition in film studies & scoring. Further, for those struggling to find music schools with a devoted department in Music Technology, Columbia College is a premiere option.
Of course, should you choose to attend this school, you will have access to the music scene in Chicago and its contributions to blues, house music, and electronic dance music. That is a certain
7. Hugh Glauser School of Music at Kent State University (Kent, OH)
A well-respected music school in the Midwest, this school hosts the well-known Kent/Blossom Music Festival, an advanced training institute for professional music training in cooperation with The Cleveland Orchestra and Blossom Music Center.
Hugh Glauser’s talented faculty includes clarinet professor Amitai Vardi, a first-rate teacher and member of the Cleveland Orchestra, one of the world’s most respected symphonies. It should be noted that Vardi holds a dual appointment with the Cleveland Institute of Music, an excellent independent conservatory in the Midwest. Least I forget to mention, Hugh Glauser is an All-Steinway school.
For musician looking seriously interested in pursuing a variety of performance opportunities, the school offers a number of unique ensembles. One such is the Marching Golden Flashes, the school’s well-known resident marching band. The school also offers ample orchestra opportunities with a wide range of repertoire from the Baroque period to the present, as well as the New Music Ensemble with an emphasis on works by living composers.