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A music school or conservatory (American English) — also known as a conservatoire (British English) or a conservatorium (Australian English) — is an institution dedicated to teaching the art of music, including the playing of musical instruments, musical composition, musicianship, music history, and music theory.

Most music schools are tertiary level institutions, and they may either be independent or part of a university. Many music schools originated as vocational training centres for would-be professional musicians, often outside the main academic structure. These institutions have retained an emphasis on performance into the 21st century, while also adopting a more formal academic approach. On the other hand there are university music departments, which originally placed more emphasis on academic study of music, but often place greater emphasis on performance now than they did in the past. The two groups overlap more than they used to, with the specific emphasis varying from one institution to another.

There are also some specialist music schools for school age children, for example the Yehudi Menuhin School in England. These combine intensive music education with a general academic education.

Graduates of Rimsky-Korsakov Saint Petersburg Conservatory include Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Sergey Prokofiev, Dmitry Shostakovich, and George Balanchine. Graduates of Rimsky-Korsakov Saint Petersburg Conservatory include Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Sergey Prokofiev, Dmitry Shostakovich, and George Balanchine.


Prominent music schools


  • Conservatorio Nacional Superior de Música


  • Anton Bruckner Private University for Music, Drama, and Dance [1]
  • University Mozarteum Salzburg [2]
  • Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien [3]


Australian Institute of Music (Sydney)
Australian National University School of Music (Canberra)
Central Queensland Conservatorium of Music
Elder Conservatorium (Adelaide)
Melbourne Conservatorium of Music
Monash University School of Music
Sydney Conservatorium of Music
University of Tasmania Conservatorium
Western Australian Conservatorium of Music


  • Brussels: Conservatoire Royal de Bruxelles


  • Conservatório Dramático Musical de São Paulo


  • Conservatoire de musique et d'art dramatique du Québec (nine schools)
    Royal Conservatory of Music (Toronto)
    McGill University Faculty of Music
  • Université de Montréal [4]


  • Royal Academy of Music, Aarhus


  • Sibelius Academy


  • Conservatoire de Paris
    Conservatoire de Lyon


Universities of Music

  • Aachen: Hochschule für Musik Köln, Abt. Aachen
    Augsburg: Hochschule für Musik Nürnberg-Augsburg, Abt. Augsburg
    Berlin: Hochschule für Musik "Hanns Eisler"
    Berlin: Universität der Künste Berlin
  • Bremen: Hochschule für Künste Bremen [5]
  • Detmold: Hochschule für Musik Detmold [6]
  • Dresden: Hochschule für Musik Dresden "Carl Maria von Weber" [7]
  • Düsseldorf: Robert-Schumann Hochschule Düsseldorf
    Essen: Folkwang Hochschule im Ruhrgebiet
  • Frankfurt am Main: Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Frankfurt am Main [8]
  • Freiburg im Breisgau: Hochschule für Musik Freiburg [9]
  • Halle (Saale): Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg, Institut für Musikpädagogik
    Hamburg: Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg
    Hannover: Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hannover
    Karlsruhe: Hochschule für Musik Karlsruhe
    Köln: Hochschule für Musik Köln
    Leipzig: Hochschule für Musik und Theater "Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy" Leipzig
    Lübeck: Musikhochschule Lübeck
    Mainz: Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz, Fachbereich Musik
  • Mannheim: Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Mannheim [10]
  • München: Hochschule für Musik und Theater München
    Münster: Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, Fachbereich Musik
    Nürnberg: Hochschule für Musik Nürnberg-Augsburg, Abt. Nürnberg
    Osnabrück: Universität Osnabrück, Fachgebiet Musik
    Rostock: Hochschule für Musik und Theater Rostock
  • Saarbrücken: Hochschule des Saarlandes für Musik und Theater [11]
  • Stuttgart: Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Stuttgart [12]
  • Trossingen: Hochschule für Musik Trossingen
  • Weimar: Hochschule für Musik "Franz Liszt" Weimar [13]
  • Würzburg: Hochschule für Musik Würzburg [14]
  • Wuppertal: Hochschule für Musik Köln, Abt. Wuppertal

Universities of Spiritual Music

  • Aachen: Katholische Hochschule für Kirchenmusik St. Gregorius Aachen [15]
  • Bayreuth: Evangelische Hochschule für Kirchenmusik [16]
  • Dresden: Evangelische Hochschule für Kirchenmusik [17]
  • Görlitz: Hochschule für Kirchenmusik der Evangelischen Kirche Berlin-Brandenburg - schlesische Oberlausitz [18]
  • Halle (Saale): Evangelische Hochschule für Kirchenmusik Halle [19]
  • Heidelberg: Evangelische Hochschule für Kirchenmusik [20]
  • Herford: Evangelische Hochschule für Kirchenmusik [21]
  • Regensburg: Hochschule für Katholische Kirchenmusik und Musikpädagogik [22]
  • Rottenburg: Katholische Hochschule für Kirchenmusik [23]
  • Tübingen: Evangelische Hochschule für Kirchenmusik [24]


  • Berlin: Stern'sches Konservatorium
    Frankfurt: Stiftung Hoch'sches Konservatorium - Musikakademie Frankfurt am Main
    Hamburg: Hamburger Konservatorium
    Mainz: Peter-Cornelius-Konservatorium der Stadt Mainz
    München: Richard-Strauss-Konservatorium - Fachakademie für Musik der Stadt München
    Osnabrück: Fachhochschule Osnabrück - Konservatorium
  • Trossingen: Hohner-Konservatorium [25]


  • DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama
    Royal Irish Academy of Music


  • Accademia Chigiana (Siena)
    Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia (Rome)
    Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi (Milan)
    Conservatorio Giovanni Battista Martini (Bologna)
    Conservatorio Luigi Cherubini (Florence)
    Conservatorio Benedetto Marcello (Venice)


  • Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music (Tokyo)
    Tokyo College of Music (Tokyo)
    Kunitachi College of Music (Tokyo)
    Musashino Academia Musicae (Tokyo)
    Kobe College (Kobe)
    Takarazuka Revue Music school (Takarazuka, Hyogo)


  • ArtEZ Conservatorium (Arnhem / Zwolle / Enschede)
    Conservatorium Alkmaar (Alkmaar)
    Conservatorium van Amsterdam (Amsterdam)
    Conservatorium Maastricht (Maastricht)
    Fontys Conservatorium (Tilburg)
    Royal Conservatory of The Hague (Koninklijk Conservatorium Den Haag)
    Prins Claus Conservatorium (Groningen)
    Rotterdams Conservatorium (Rotterdam)
    Utrechts Conservatorium (Utrecht)


  • Moscow Conservatory
    St Petersburg Conservatory


  • Centro Superior de Música del País Vasco, San Sebastián/Donostia
    Conservatorio Superior de Música del Liceo (Barcelona)
    Conservatorio Superior de Música (Córdoba)
    Conservatorio Superior de Música (Murcia )
    Conservatorio Superior de Música (Salamanca)
    Escuela Superior de Música de Cataluña (Barcelona)
    Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía (Madrid)
    Real Conservatorio Superior de Música (Madrid)


  • Royal College of Music in Stockholm
    Ingesund College of Music in Arvika, a department of Karlstad University
    Gothenburg University, School of Music and Music Education
    Örebro University, Department of Music
    Piteå School of Music, a department of Luleå University of Technology
    Malmö Academy of Music, a department of Lund University


Undergraduate & postgraduate

  • UCE Birmingham Conservatoire (part of UCE Birmingham)
    Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London
    Leeds College of Music
    Royal Academy of Music, London (part of the University of London)
    Royal College of Music, London
    Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester
    Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, Glasgow
    Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, Cardiff (part of the University of Wales)
    Trinity College of Music, London

Secondary and younger

  • Chetham's School of Music
    City of Edinburgh Music School
    Purcell School
    Wells Cathedral School
    Yehudi Menuhin School


  • Berklee College of Music (Boston, MA)
    Boston Conservatory (Boston, MA)
    Boston University (Boston, MA)
    Cleveland Institute of Music (Cleveland, OH)
    Crane School of Music (Potsdam, NY)
    Colburn School (Los Angeles CA)
    Curtis Institute of Music (Philadelphia, PA)
    DePaul University (Chicago, IL)
    Eastman School of Music (Rochester, NY)
    Florida State University College of Music (Tallahassee, FL)
    Indiana University Jacobs School of Music (Bloomington, IN)
    Juilliard School (New York, NY)
    Longy School of Music (Boston)
    Manhattan School of Music (New York, NY)
    Mannes College of Music (New York, NY)
    McNally Smith College of Music (Saint Paul, MN)
    New England Conservatory of Music (Boston, MA)
    North Carolina School of the Arts (Winston-Salem, NC)
    Northwestern University School of Music (Evanston, IL)
    Oberlin Conservatory (Oberlin, OH)
    Peabody Conservatory (Baltimore, MD)
    Purchase College (Purchase, NY)
    San Francisco Conservatory of Music (San Francisco, CA)
    Shepherd School of Music, Rice University (Houston, TX)
    University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (Cincinnati, OH)
    University of Illinois School of Music (Urbana, IL)
    University of Michigan School of Music (Ann Arbor, MI)
    University of North Texas School of Music (Denton, Texas)
    University of the Pacific Conservatory of Music (Stockton, CA)
    University of Southern California Thornton School of Music (Los Angeles, CA)
    University of Texas at Austin School of Music (Austin, Texas)
    Westminster Choir College of Rider University (Princeton, NJ)
    Yale University School of Music (New Haven, CT)

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