Well-ranked conservatories in the United States include Julliard School, Curtis Institute of Music, Manhattan School of Music, Berklee College of Music and Mannes College-The New School of Music. The top-ranked colleges with strong music programs include Southern Methodist University, Boston College, Princeton University, Yale University and Stanford University.
The best match for a student choosing a college for music largely depends on whether the student wants to go to a conservatory or go to a college or university that has a strong music program. Conservatories are focused on training students to become music professionals. One of the benefits of going to a college rather than a conservatory is that a student can explore other interests or double-major in another field. Conservatories focus more on musical performance, but they may be lacking for other subjects.