Today (Nov. 1), The Hollywood Reporter released its inaugural rankings of top music schools, "both traditional conservatories and innovative programs that funnel talent to Hollywood." As with their film school rankings released four month ago, the magazine places CalArts in good company, ranking The Herb Alpert School of Music at CalArts ninth in a list that includes institutions such as Boston's Berklee College of Music and New York's The Juilliard School.
THR says of CalArts:
Herb Alpert called CalArts' music school "a really honest, creative place entirely open to new ideas." And the music industry veteran and jazz aficionado put his money where his mouth is, gifting $15 million for The Herb Alpert School of Music at CalArts (not to be confused with UCLA's). The program gives each student an industry mentor, restricts class size to an average of 14 and provides access to talented alums who tend to settle nearby.
The rankings are based on a survey of academic and entertainment insiders—including composers, arrangers, music supervisors, editors and engineers from The Society of Composers & Lyricists.
Below is the complete list of schools by ranking:
- Berklee College of Music, Boston
- USC Thornton School of Music, Los Angeles
- The Juilliard School, New York
- UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, Los Angeles
- Eastman School of Music, Rochester, N.Y.
- NYU Steinhardt, New York
- Curtis Institute of Music, Philadelphia
- New England Conservatory of Music, Boston
- California Institute of the Arts, Valencia
- Royal College of Music, London