Best music schools offering the Master of Music degree programs:

Eastman School of Music (University of Rochester)
- It is one of the world’s premier music schools.
- The master of music degree program is designed to foster high achievement in the performance of music as well as broad intellectual development. The majors offered within the master of music degree program include: Composition; Conducting (Choral); Conducting (Orchestral); Early Music (Emphasis in Historical Plucked Instruments); Jazz Studies and Contemporary Media (performance emphasis or writing emphasis); Music Education; Opera (Stage Directing); Piano Accompanying and Chamber Music; Performance and Literature (instrumental, vocal, or woodwind doubling).
- It was named the "Hottest School for Music" in the US by the Kaplan/Newsweek How to get into college guide for 2008.
- Eastman School was ranked 1st among graduate school music programs in the United States by U.S. News & World Report in the 1997 and 2004 surveys.

School of Music (James Madison University)
- The School of Music at JMU offers a Master of Music degree with concentration options in performance, music education, composition, and conducting.
- The School of Music is a full member of the National Association of Schools of Music.
- In 2005, the School of Music received an anonymous gift of 65 Steinway Pianos worth $1 million.

CU-Boulder College of Music
- The master of music degree provides advanced studies in performance, performance/pedagogy, composition (with an optional emphasis in technology), music theory, and conducting (choral, orchestral, and wind).
- Out of approximately 650 institutions nationwide offering a master's degree in music, the college's MM program was ranked 20th by U.S. News & World Report.

Ball State University
- The master of music degree offers in-depth study for students highly gifted in music performance, music composition, music teaching, or research.
- Majors include music performance, conducting, woodwinds, piano chamber music/accompanying, piano performance and pedagogy, music history and musicology, music education, music theory, and music composition.

Mannes College The New School for Music
- It is a leading conservatory located in New York City.
- The master of music degree is offered in the following fields of study: Orchestral Instruments; Piano; Harpsichord; Vocal Accompaniment for Pianists; Orchestral Conducting; Choral Conducting; Voice; Classical Guitar; Composition; Theory.

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