March 11, 2013

More Colleges Just for Music

Most jobs these days require a college degree - even one as an assistant. Between that and urging from your parents, you know you're destined for college despite the fact that you'd rather spend time on the road with your band. The good news is if that sounds like you and the traditional college experience isn't exactly something you're interested in, there are several options for schools that might make you feel less like you're in class and more like you actually are on the road with a band. These days, there are several major, and an increasing number of new, educational programs and fully recognized universities that are solely dedicate to music, the arts, or entertainment. We started last with with three examples, so let's take a look at some more options. 

Berklee College of Music
Berklee is probably the most well-known school that is solely focused on music. It is located in Boston, Massachusetts. The school focuses on contemporary music and offered the first programs in jazz, rock, electric guitar, scoring, songwriting, turntables, electronic production, and more. It also offers a number of online programs and courses. It boasts a pretty impressive list of successful alumni including more than 250 GRAMMY wins and people like James Valentine of Maroon 5, John Mayer, the members of the band Karmin, Natalie Maines of The Dixie Chicks, Joey Kramer of Aerosmith, and members of Passion Pit. Berklee has over 4,000 students and 12 different majors.

Full Sail University 
Full Sail is a for-profit school located in Winter Park, Florida. The school is nationally accredited and offers associates through masters degrees, including online programs, in areas like design, animation, business, audio, and film. It offers 40 different degree programs and has more than 16,700 students. Full Sail's mission is to "provide students with an innovative style of education, delivered by a staff of dedicated individuals, that addresses the career opportunities available in an ever-growing, constantly evolving industry." The music school includes degrees in Music Business- both on an offline, Music Production, Recording Arts, Show Production, and Recording Engineering. Notable alumni include GRAMMY and Oscar winners.

Five Towns College
Five Towns is located in suburban Long Island, New York with a small student body of less than 1,000. It started life as a business school, but today is purely focused on the arts with programs in communication, jazz / commercial music, music education, theatre, and business management. Jesse Carmichael and Adam Levine of Maroon 5 both attended this school for a time as did Wyclef Jean and Julian Casablancas of The Strokes. 
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