Harvard University Department of Music is ranked No. 1 among the best universities granting doctorates in music programs, according to the National Research Council report (1995). Graduate students complete a Ph.D. program in historical musicology, ethnomusicology, music theory, or composition.

Ball State University's School of Music has been named one of "In Tune's 2010 Best Music Schools" by In Tune Monthly magazine, placing it among other top institutions such as Juilliard, Oberlin, and the New England Conservatory.

Michigan State University (MSU) College of Music is placed in the top 30 nationwide in the ranking of university music programs (U.S. News & World Report, Graduate Rankings, 1997). The Eastman School of Music (University of Rochester) was ranked first in the 1997 U.S. News ranking of music schools. Eastman was also placed highly for the following specialty areas:
- 1st in composition
- 2nd in conducting
- 4th in opera/vocal performance
- 2nd in instrumental performance
- 2nd in piano/organ/keyboard

The master's program in CU-Boulder’s College of Music was tied for 20th in the nation with Rice University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the US News 1997 rankings.

List of other leading music schools in the United States:
Appalachian State University, Mariam Cannon Hayes School of Music
Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory of Music
Bard College Conservatory of Music
Berklee College of Music
Belmont University School of Music
Boston Conservatory
Boston University School of Music
Bowling Green State University College of Musical Arts
Brigham Young University School of Music
Butler University Jordan College of Fine Arts
California Institute of the Arts
Capital University Conservatory of Music
Carnegie Mellon School of Music
Chicago College of Performing Arts
Cleveland Institute of Music
Colburn School
Concordia College
Conservatory of Music at Wheaton College
Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico
Crane School of Music
Curtis Institute of Music
DePaul University School of Music
DePauw University School of Music
Duquesne University Mary Pappert School of Music
Eastman School of Music
Five Towns College
Florida Gulf Coast University Bower School of Music
Florida State University College of Music
George Mason University College of Visual and Performing Arts
Hartt School of Music
Indiana University Jacobs School of Music
Ithaca College School of Music
James Madison University School of Music
Juilliard School
Kent State University Hugh A. Glauser School of Music
Lawrence Conservatory of Music, Lawrence University
Longy School of Music
LSU School of Music
Manhattan School of Music
Mannes College of Music
Mason Gross School of the Arts of Rutgers University
McNally Smith College of Music
Middle Tennessee State University McClean School of Music
Montclair State University John J. Cali School of Music
Moores School of Music, University of Houston
New England Conservatory of Music
Northwestern University Bienen School of Music
Oberlin Conservatory
Oklahoma City University Wanda L. Bass School of Music
Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University
Rowan University College of Fine and Performing Arts
San Francisco Conservatory of Music
St. Olaf College Music Department
Shepherd School of Music, Rice University
Syracuse University Setnor School of Music
Temple University Boyer College of Music
The Ohio State University School of Music
University of Alabama School of Music
University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music
University of Illinois School of Music
University of Louisville School of Music
University of Maryland School of Music
University of Memphis Rudy E. Scheidt School of Music
University of Miami Frost School of Music
University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance
University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance
University of North Carolina at Greensboro School of Music
University of North Carolina School of the Arts
University of North Dakota
University of North Texas College of Music
University of South Carolina School of Music
University of Southern California Thornton School of Music
University of Southern Mississippi School of Music
University of Texas School of Music
University of Wisconsin–Madison School of Music
University of the Pacific Conservatory of Music
Vanderbilt University Blair School of Music
Virginia Commonwealth University Department of Music
West Chester University School of Music
Westminster Choir College of Rider University
Wisconsin Conservatory of Music
Wright State University Department of Music
Yale University School of Music
Youngstown State University Dana School of Music

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ph - October 24, 2010 at 12:35 AM

I attended Berklee College of Music and I will agree with you in that it was pretty "weedy" as you so eloquently put it. They instruct their own "method" of teaching music, which basically says that music began with the chord. In which case it did not. It all began with a voice and so counterpoint was the beginning. I especially noticed this after having compared my studies with my cousin who attended Manhattan School of Music and later went on to Harvard and completed a PhD.

However, I will disagree with you in that Berklee is "out classed" by Musician's Institute. I glanced at their theory books and I will say that Berklee is better than MI. But by a wide margin, not even including the faculty at Berklee which is way superior to that of MI.

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