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Best Music School in NY ?
Posted September 2nd, 2010 - 2:45 pm by from Barcelona, Spain (Permalink)

Which do you think is the best school of music in NY?

Would you recommend any?

Thanks in advance!

Posted September 2nd, 2010 - 2:56 pm by from Brooklyn, United States (Permalink)
In NYC? or NY state? for Bachelor's/Master's? Performance? Composition? Production? It really depends. Purchase Conservatory of Music is one of the best school in the country for music but it isn't inside NYC.

Brooklyn Academy of Music is another great one but it really depends what you are doing with music.

Hope this helps.


Posted September 2nd, 2010 - 3:00 pm from Brooklyn, United States
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Posted September 2nd, 2010 - 3:00 pm by from Brooklyn, United States (Permalink)
hey marc,

there is no best music school anywhere! not even in barcelona.

however, i went to music school in new york city and know students from pretty much every music school in the area, i'd be happy to answer any questions you have about them- you can email me at ric@justpuppetsmusic.com

and yagil, don't forget juilliard and new school and others...

also, i played music in your city this summer! it was beautiful.

hasta pronto,


Posted September 2nd, 2010 - 3:06 pm by from Brooklyn, United States (Permalink)
true.. in my view Julliard and Berklee (both really well known music schools) produce very formulaic, robotic musicians so that is why I personally didn't recommend them but of course, they are top notch.

Also, Marc, of course there is no best music school or best anything really. Just saying, as far as generalizations go... or my preference.

Posted September 6th, 2010 - 11:28 am by from Barcelona, Spain (Permalink)
Thank you for your help!

Ric I have sent you an email :)

Posted April 16th, 2012 - 4:50 pm by from Philadelphia, United States (Permalink)
If you can give us any more detail about what your own needs/goals are, we can help you more.

When you ask a question like this, you'll always get some noise, like the old "formulaic and robotic" cliche or the basic misconception that Brooklyn Academy of Music is a school of music.

Glad you're writing to Ric -- sounds like he knows the city and could give you some great advice.

I'm sure there's a 'best school' for you. Tell us more and we can help you find it.

Posted April 18th, 2012 - 4:58 am by from New York, United States (Permalink)
what do you guys think about brooklyn conservatory/cuny, and ever heard of the head of the opera director there - richard barrett (not the british composer one)?

thanks already

Posted April 18th, 2012 - 9:42 am by from Brooklyn, United States (Permalink)
Cool, this is an old post thats coming 'round again.. the best way to learn about schools if you can't visit is to go on their website, learn as much as you can, then call the admissions office on the telephone. I used to work in an admissions office in a music school and I can tell you this: one of their jobs is to answer your phone call.

Regarding Brooklyn Conservatory, it is not a university-level school, but actually a community school that provides lessons, ensembles, and classes for all ages.

CUNY, or "City University of New York," is a network of institutions that has several schools that offer degrees in music, including City College (Manhattan), Queens College (Queens, duh), Brooklyn College, and more. Each school has a slightly different program, faculty, etc. They are less competetive than the "big 3" (Juilliard, Manhattan School, and Mannes) but offer a NYC education with many of the same teachers.

Do your research, and if you have any specific questions please email me at ric@ricbecker.com and I'd be happy to tell you more. In the meantime, listen to Gato Loco and keep practicing!


Posted April 18th, 2012 - 12:41 pm by from New York, United States (Permalink)
Hi Ric, I think you are mistaken with Brooklyn Conservatory - the Brooklyn Conservatory is a part of Brooklyn College. So it's within CUNY as well.

Posted April 18th, 2012 - 12:43 pm by from New York, United States (Permalink)
http://bcmusic.org/ that's why I specified Brooklyn College/CUNY so that you don't get confused with the other one.

Posted April 18th, 2012 - 12:59 pm by from Philadelphia, United States (Permalink)
Ric isn't confused; there is a (very good) community music school called Brooklyn Conservatory in Park Slope. It offers lessons and classes for the community and it presents professional visiting artists in a concert series.

Brooklyn College, the CUNY division, also uses the word conservatory to name its music dept.

Brooklyn Academy of Music is separate from either of these; it presents concerts and has no lessons/educational component.

Posted April 18th, 2012 - 1:27 pm by from Philadelphia, United States (Permalink)
As for an opinion: Brooklyn College seems to have one of CUNY's best music schools (along with the music program of the CUNY Graduate Center and the Aaron Copland School of Music in Queens).

I think these CUNY schools of music are often overlooked / underrated because of the general stereotype against state and city university systems. From what I can tell, they offer outstanding value relative to their tuition (especially for NY residents, because resident tuition is much lower).

I'm basing this opinion on concerts I've seen and musicians I've known who are affiliated with them. I don't know about the Brooklyn one's opera program specifically, although I know its new music program is excellent. (My perspective: composer, studied at Eastman School of Music, lived in NYC for all of the 2000s.)

Posted April 18th, 2012 - 11:54 pm by from New York, United States (Permalink)
I know about the Conservatory you guys are talking about, I said confused because I put a slash inbetween to make it clear that I meant the BC within CUNY. I knew it was coming. lol

anyway thanks for the comments. I just got accepted to BC (since CUNY is the only thing I can afford). Of course I made a little research and decided on BC instead of Aaron, Hunter and City college, but was still curious what you guys think about it.