What are the best music colleges and conservatoires in the world?

The 2021 QS World University Rankings have recently been released, judging the academic reputations, staff-to-student ratios and preparation for future employment

What are the best music colleges and conservatoires in the world?
Published: March 16, 2021 at 11:28 am
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The 2021 QS World University Rankings have released their list of the top 50 institutions for performing arts across the world. These rankings are updated each year and are predominantly based on the academic reputation of the university, college or conservatoire.


Other factors include students' preparation for the employment market, the ratio of faculty members to students, the amount of research undertaken by faculty members and the ratio of international faculty members and students.


The top 50 music colleges, conservatoires and universities for performing arts:

  1. The Juilliard School
  2. Royal College of Music
  3. Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
  4. Royal Academy of Music
  5. Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse en Paris
  6. New York University
  7. Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien
  8. Norwegian Academy of Music
  9. Sibelius Academy, University of the Arts Helsinki
  10. Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts
  11. University Mozarteum Salzburg
  12. Harvard University (tied with University of Oxford)
  13. University of Oxford (tied with Harvard University)
  14. University of Cambridge
  15. Guildhall School of Music and Drama
  16. University of Rochester
  17. Indiana University Bloomington
  18. Royal Holloway University of London
  19. The University of Melbourne
  20. Royal College of Music in Stockholm
  21. Yale University
  22. Columbia University
  23. The Royal Danish Academy of Music
  24. University of California, Berkeley (tied with University of California, Los Angeles)
  25. University of California, Los Angeles (tied with University of California, Berkeley)
  26. Curtis Institute of Music
  27. University of Huddersfield
  28. University of Southern California
  29. University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
  30. The University of Sydney
  31. Universität der Künste Berlin
  32. The Central Academy of Drama, China
  33. The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama
  34. Moscow State Conservatory P.I. Tchaikovsky
  35. Monash University
  36. Korea National University of Arts
  37. Stanford University
  38. Queen Mary University of London
  39. McGill University
  40. National University of Singapore
  41. Northwestern University
  42. Goldsmiths, University of London
  43. Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler Berlin
  44. Royal Northern College of Music
  45. UCSI University
  46. University of Toronto
  47. The University of Auckland
  48. Conservatoire de Musique de Genève
  49. The University of Warwick
  50. Griffith University

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