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What are the top 10 university with music programs in California, if possible Southern California?

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Jamie’s Answer

Hi! Music is such an exciting career! Both my brother and sister have gone to school and are both working in their chosen field. Here are the steps they took.

In Hollywood, CA, there is a school that focuses on everything in the business. From set production to choreography, this school will help you obtain your Bachelors of Fine Arts and furthermore, help you find work. They have dorms on site and if the dorms are full, they have contracts with local apartment buildings so you will have a place to stay if needed. The school is called AMDA. (Www.amda.edu)

The school does have some scholarship programs. This is definitely a good step to take to get into the business.

Best of luck to you!

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Joey’s Answer

There are a couple of good options across the state that I've heard about. USC is the obvious choice: USC's Thornton School of Music consistently ranks among the top music programs in the country. Some others I've heard good things about are UCLA, University of Redlands, CSU Long Beach (Bob Cole Conservatory) and Sacramento State University (I got to teach here for a week last year, I really liked it there).

Conservatories like The Colburn School and San Francisco Conservatory of Music are specifically geared towards performance and are not affiliated with a university, so if you're interested in either double majoring in a topic outside of music or you wish to pursue Music Education, stick to a university.

There's also no harm in trying for an out-of-state school! I've had many friends win in-state tuition waivers and scholarships so cost could potentially be negligible if you play your cards right. Places like the University of Michigan, University of North Texas, UT Austin, and Florida State University are great public universities that have outstanding music programs.

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Research online! Do a little digging to see if the program really works for you.
Consider your instrument/voice. You will inevitably be studying under a main teacher for your main instrument, so try to figure out if that person would be a good fit for you. That could be done by arranging a lesson with various professors from different universities. This could be quite costly, depending on the level of the teacher, but it's the most effective investment in terms of finding out how you'd fit into that program's picture.