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 email@example.com and I'd be happy to tell you more. In the meantime, listen to Gato Loco
and keep practicing!
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.
that's why I specified Brooklyn College/CUNY so that you don't get confused with the other one.
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.
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.)
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.