Music school list ranks Berklee number one


The Hollywood Reporter trumpeted its list of the world’s top 10 music schools, saying that programs with proximity to Los Angeles — the white-hot center of film and music production — would have the edge. Guess that says a lot about Boston’s Berklee College of Music, which nabbed the No. 1 spot, followed by the USC Thornton School of Music, New York’s Juilliard School, the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, and Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y., rounding out the top five. The list was compiled based on a survey of music makers throughout the industry, with Berklee ending up on top. THR points out just how many Berklee grads have composed or worked on scores and soundtracks of some of Hollywood’s top-grossing films — work that has led to more than 200 Grammys for the school’s faculty and alumni. A few of Berklee’s biggest names include John Mayer, Howard Shore, Melissa Etheridge, Branford Marsalis, Trey Parker, Gary Burton, Donald Fagen, Gillian Welch, and Esperanza Spalding. Also making the top 10: New England Conservatory of Music, coming in at No. 8.

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