Music Schools and Academies

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Founded in 1882, the Royal College of Music enjoys a reputation as one of the world's leading conservatoires, providing specialised musical education and professional training at the highest international level for performers, conductors and composers. Enabling students to develop musical skills, knowledge, understanding and resourcefulness which will enable them to contribute significantly to musical life in this country and internationally.

Since its foundation by the Prince of Wales, later Edward Vll, the College has been linked with the Royal family. Its patron is currently Her Majesty The Queen. For 40 years, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother was President; in 1993 HRH The Prince of Wales became President, Her Majesty The Queen Mother becoming President Emerita.

The College's influence on the development of music in the last 100 years is incalculable. Through its doors have passed some of the most distinguished and influential figures in British music history. The College's influence is not merely historical, however: it continues to grow, year by year attracting some of the finest talent of each generation.

Director's Welcome

Colin Lawson

The Royal College of Music is one of the world’s leading conservatoires.  Founded in 1882, the RCM trains gifted musicians from all over the world for international careers as performers, conductors and composers and other significant leadership roles within the arts.  Many of our graduates are at the very forefront of the international music scene.  Our professors are musicians with worldwide reputations, accustomed to working with the most talented students of each generation to unlock their artistic potential. Regular visiting musicians include:

Sir Thomas Allen
Vladimir Ashkenazy
Barry Douglas
Bernard Haitink
Lewis Kaplan
John Lill
Sir Roger Norrington
Sarah Walker

As Europe’s musical capital, London has unparalleled appeal for musicians. There are performances every day in prestige venues such as the Wigmore Hall, Southbank Centre and Royal Opera House. The RCM is wonderfully located right opposite the Royal Albert Hall, home to the world-famous BBC Proms. 

Preparation for the 2012 Olympics is generating great excitement and city-wide cultural development, in which the RCM will be directly involved, so there has never been a more exciting time to live, work and play in London .

Professor Colin Lawson
Director of the Royal College of Music.

 Juilliard School

The Juilliard School, located at the Lincoln Center for Performing Arts in New York City, United States. It is informally identified as simply Juilliard, and trains about 800 undergraduate and graduate students in dance, drama and music.

In 2007, the school received 2,311 applications for admission, of which 149 were admitted for a 6.45% acceptance rate.

Above -  Alice Tulley Hall - Juilliard School

The school was founded in 1905 as the Institute of Musical Art. It was formed on the premise that the United States did not have a premier music school and too many students were going to Europe to study music. At its formation, the Institute was located at Fifth Avenue and 12th Street. In its first year, the institute enrolled 500 students. It moved in 1910 to Claremont Avenue in Morningside Heights, to a new Neoclassical building now occupied by the Manhatten School of Music

In 1920, the Juilliard Foundation was created, named after textile merchant Augustus D Juilliard, who bequeathed a substantial amount for the advancement of music in the United States. In 1924 the foundation purchased the Vanderbilt family guesthouse at 49 E 52nd to start the Juilliard Graduate School. In 1926 it merged with the Institute of Musical Art under a common president the Columbia University professor John Erskine. The schools had separate deans and identities. The conductor and music-educator Frank Damrosch  continued as the Institute's dean, and the Australian pianist and composer Ernest Hutchinson was appointed dean of the Graduate School. In 1937, Hutcheson succeeded Erskine as president of the combined institutions, a position he held until 1945. As of 1946, the combined schools were named The Juilliard School of Music. The president of the school at that time was William Schuman, the first winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Music In 1951, the school added a dance division.

William Schuman graduated from Columbia's Teachers' College (BS-1935, MA-1937) and attended the Juilliard Summer School in 1932, 1933 and 1936. While attending Juilliard Summer School, he developed a personal distaste for traditional music theory and ear training curricula, finding little value in counterpoint and dictation. Shortly after being selected as President of The Juilliard School in 1945, William Schuman created a new curriculum called "The Literature and Materials of Music" (L&M) designed to be taught by composers. L&M was Schuman's reaction against more formal theory and ear training, and as a result did not contain a formal structure. The broad mandate was "to give the student an awareness of the dynamic nature of the materials of music." The quality and depth of each student's education in harmony, music history or ear training was dependent on how each composer-teacher decided to interpret this mandate. Many questioned the quality of L&M as an approach to teach the fundamentals of music theory, ear training and history.

William Schuman resigned his position as President of The Juilliard School after being elected President of Lincoln Center in 1962. Peter Mennin, another composer with directorial experience at the Peabody Conservatory,  was elected as his successor. Mennin made significant changes to the L&M program--pulling out ear training and music history and hiring the well known pedagogue Renée Longy to teach Solfege, Mennin hired John Houseman to lead a new Drama Division and oversaw Juilliard move from Claremont Avenue to Lincoln Center, effectively dealing with financial setbacks and delays.

Dr. Joseph Polisi became President of Juilliard in 1984 after Peter Mennin died. Polisi's many accomplishments include philanthropic successes, broadening of the curriculum and establishment of dormitories for Juilliard's students. In 2001, the school established a jazz performance training program. In September 2005, Colin Davis conducted an orchestra which combined students from the Juilliard and London's Royal mAcademy of Music at the BBC Proms, and in 2008 the Juilliard Orchestra embarked on a highly successful tour of China, performing concerts as part of the Cultural Olympiad in Beijing, Suzhou, and Shanghai under the expert leadership of Maestro Xiang Zhang.

Chetham's  School of Music

With 290 or so students, aged 8 - 18, Chetham's is the largest specialist Music School in the UK and the only Music School based in the North of England. In the heart of Manchester, our vibrant cosmopolitan city centre location complements a dynamic music programme - we regularly collaborate with the city's leading cultural venues on a range of projects and initiatives, to present exciting opportunities for our students.

Chetham's is an integral part of the North West's rich cultural heritage, housed in buildings that are nearly 600 years old and boasting a truly unique and magical atmosphere. Our medieval buildings are one of Manchester’s real gems - playing music in the Baronial Hall is undoubtedly an experience in itself!

A Chets student's diary is always busy and packed with opportunities inside and outside the practice room. Recently, our students have broadcast for BBC Radio 3, performed at BBC Proms in the Park, composed music in response to artworks from the British Art Show and performed as part of an exhibition at Manchester Museum. Our jazz musicians regularly perform at leading venues and our two Big Bands are regularly winners of national prizes. Our Chamber Choir recently performed at the BBC Proms with the Gabrielli Consort and Paul McCreesh and recorded for Deutsche Grammophone.

We also share our Manchester home with The Bridgewater Hall, Hallé, BBC Philharmonic orchestras and Royal Northern College of Music - Chets students regularly benefit from our strong links with the organisations through events and festivals. Many of Chetham's tutors also teach at the RNCM and are principal players with the city's orchestras.

Head: Mrs Claire Hickman
Director of Music: Mr Stephen Thelfall
Chairman of Governors: Dame Sandra Burslem

About Soundsteps Music School

The Soundsteps Music School concept was founded in Croydon in 1991 by Nigel Blyth, a graduate of the Guildhall School Of Music and Drama, and a professional concert pianist, keyboard player and teacher. Since the school was founded over 16,000 children have learned how to play the keyboard/piano by experiencing the benefits of our unique methods, and there is an ever-increasing demand for children to learn through Soundsteps dynamic and fun approach.

 Aims and Objectives

Soundsteps Music School aims to teach music in a fun and instructive environment using methods that will build a sound knowledge of music and enable every pupil to develop their full musical potential.



Berklee College of Music -

Boston Mass.

Berklee College of Music was founded on the revolutionary principle that the best way to prepare students for careers in music is through the study and practice of contemporary music. For more than half a century, the college has evolved to reflect the state of the art of music and the music business. With more than a dozen performance and nonperformance majors, a diverse and talented student body representing more than 70 countries, and a music industry "who's who" of alumni, Berklee is the world's premier learning lab for the music of today—and tomorrow.

Berklee College of Music is a nonprofit, coeducational institution of higher learning incorporated under the General Laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The college is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and authorized under federal law to enroll nonimmigrant students and to train veterans under the G.I. Bill of Rights.

Brief History

Berklee History

Lawrence Berk at the blackboard with students.

1945 Founded by Lawrence Berk, Schillinger House is the first U.S. school to teach the popular music of the time, jazz.
1954 Changes its name to Berklee School of Music.
1960s Recognizes guitar as a principal instrument, and rock music hits campus.
1966 Graduates its first fully accredited baccalaureate degree class.
1970 Changes name to Berklee College of Music.

Duke Ellington plays at a commencement reception.

1971 Duke Ellington receives the college's first honorary doctorate.

John Williams (pointing at TV) discusses his score for Jaws.

1979 Lee Eliot Berk becomes the college's second president. Establishes the world's first undergraduate degree program in film scoring.
1984 Launches the world's first college-level major in music synthesis.

Ricky Skaggs talks to a student.

1987 Begins offering the world's first college-level songwriting major.
Students spend several days in Nashville, attending clinics, concerts, and jam sessions, giving birth to an annual pilgrimage to Music City.

Curtis Warner leads a theory class.

1991 City Music, Berklee's program to make music education available to underserved youths, is launched.
1993 Establishes hand percussion as a principal instrument. Founds Berklee International Network to support contemporary music education globally.
1994 Opens Berklee Center in Los Angeles to build strategic relationships for the college throughout the music industry.
1995 Launches student-run Heavy Rotation Records to promote student rock, pop, and hip-hop talent.
1996 Establishes music therapy major.

Grandmaster Flash teaches a clinic.

1999 Incorporates hip-hop into the curriculum.
2002 Launches, an online music school.
2003 Students found the college's second label, Jazz Revelation Records.
2004 Roger H. Brown is named the college's third president.
2005 Music business/management becomes the most populated of the college's 12 majors.
2006 Increases presence of bluegrass on campus as mandolin and banjo become principal instruments.

Student Mario Guthrie records his show on the BIRN.

2007 The Berklee Internet Radio Network (BIRN) hits the digital airwaves.
2008 Opens Cafe 939, a student-run, 200-seat, live-music venue and coffeehouse.


   European Academy of Music & Art Inc.

Located in Silver Spring, Maryland.



 Welcome to the European Academy of Music and Art, Inc. (EAMA) – School of Music.
Our educational institution is based on the tradition of historically proven European Classical
Music Pedagogy, richest with outstanding world achievements of European composers –
geniuses, eminent artists – performers, and renowned musicologists.
EAMA as an institution member of the International Association for Musically Gifted Children,
Inc., offers special programs for different types of musically gifted children with many exciting
opportunities to participate in individually tailored programs, as well as possibilities to perform
in auditions, evaluations, competitions and stage representations.
        The Academy’s curriculum is flexible depending upon a student’s desire and financial ability.
We offer private classes with various musical instruments: piano, violin, flute, trumpet, among
others, as well as with music theory and music history lessons.

All private classes are geared to the psychological comfort of students based on individual abilities of learners … and provided by professional musical staff.


abilities of learners … and provided by professional musical staff.
        The Academy accepts both categories: children and adults, beginners and advanced students.
Private and group classes begin from age 3 to all ages. EAMA offers pre-school music classes at
age 3 to 5, 1st to 12th grade for general music studies (instrumental and theory lessons), and postgraduate
         Programs and repertoires are based on studies of classical music of all styles and historical
periods including best examples of classical music pieces of different musical instruments as
well as other categories: folk music, gospel and music, jazz studies, etc.
The school operates from morning to late evening from 8 am to 11 pm during weekdays and
weekends including Saturdays and Sundays.
        Classes are also offered for toddlers, kindergarteners, pre-school, as well as home school
students. Daytime and evening classes are open for every category of all ages.


 The European Academy of Music and Art, Inc., (EAMA, Inc.) was established in 1991 by
 Dr. Bella Eugenia Oster in Maryland, USA. The school bases on European teaching method and
 high standards at the international level for instrumental performance. EAMA, Inc. specializes
 mostly on piano study and develops other instrumental departments such as: strings, winds,
 theory and history, composition, etc. The school focuses on the intellectual development of
 children through piano performance and training students’ ability to perform in public with
 classical music repertoire consisting of pieces at high level of difficulty.

         The school is affiliated with the International Associations for Musically Gifted Children,

 Inc. (IAMGCI) which helps children, ages 3 to 18, as well as adult’s students to participate in
 most advanced internationally recognized program from Pre-K through 12th grade.

The school focuses on the intellectual development of
 children through piano performance and training students’ ability to perform in public with
 classical music repertoire consisting of pieces at high level of difficulty.
         The school is affiliated with the International Associations for Musically Gifted Children,
 Inc. (IAMGCI) which helps children, ages 3 to 18, as well as adult’s students to participate in
 most advanced internationally recognized program from Pre-K through 12th grade.


 Dr. Bella Eugenia Oster who is the Principal of EAMA, Inc. was born in Uzbekistan (USSR), and received her Ph.D. in Development of Intellectual Abilities of Children through Piano Performance from Uzbek State National University in Tashkent, USSR. She taught music in Uzbekistan, Austria, and Italy for many years before coming to the United States in 1990.
         Dr. Oster has 40 years experience as a music educator for young children (ages from 3 to 18) and college students. She is Principal and Professor of Piano Performance at EAMA, Inc., President of IAMGC, Inc., and Vice-President of the Recognition Board of the World Congress of Arts, Sciences, and



 Communications, Cambridge, England. Dr. Oster was selected as an outstanding musician of the 20th century in 2001 from World Bibliography Center, UK. She is also an international advisor for piano pedagogy for the same organization. Dr. Oster permanently serves as a judge for a large number of national and international competitions, and systematically provides masterclasses.

Through a unique teaching method of Dr. Oster, her students have maintained very high
international achievements of piano performance and have been recorded on numerous CDs,
have been profiled on International and National TV programs, magazines and newspapers. A
large number of her students have been winners in international, national and state competitions.
They have performed in The White House, The State Department, The Pentagon, The U.S.
Capitol, The Department of Veterans Affairs, The United Nations, numerous Embassies in
Washington D.C., The World Bank, Carnegie Hall, NY; The Kennedy Center for the Performing
Arts in Washington D.C, Lincoln Center, NY; Strathmore, MD; many International Congress
and Forums; Harvard University, Columbia University, Georgetown University, and many other
colleges and universities, hospitals and medical centers, children organizations, retirement
community, and other venues in USA and abroad.


The philosophy of teaching in the EAMA School of Music is based on the development of
students’ strong and positive personalities, deep knowledge of studying subjects and by a strong
influence of the uniqueness of a musical education.
This uniqueness consists of:
1. Many achievers from EAMA who demonstrate accelerated development within a short
period of time to reach an unusually high stage of knowledge with sophisticated
performance of very difficult pieces beyond their ages.
2. Offering individual instrumental classes, especially in piano performance privately from
very young ages from 3 to 5, based on the ability of their own reading, analysis and
interpretation of the musical pieces.
3. A special method developed by Dr. Oster who places emphasis on the effective
mobilization of the child’s concentration, very advanced stage of memorization in
learning materials, confidence, and self-esteem in public performance.
4. An efficient way to develop discipline and respect for others, friendly and positive
support to each other.
5. Active involvement of parents of students in educational procedures including the
presence of parents living private lessons and in music theory classes with no fee, and the
opportunity to videos tape lessons for educational purposes only, and to effectively assist
with the preparation of homework.
6. School’s emphasis on positive communication and friendship without require tightening
each other with a specific contract with payment over a period of months, to one year and
beyond. Monthly payments at the beginning of each month are the only requirement.
7. Inviting new prospective students and their parents to observe lessons of present students
of a similar age group in which Dr. Oster will demonstrate her method and philosophy.
8. An effective system of evaluation and examination for preparation for potential
competitions and stage performances.
9. Emphasis on public demonstration of performance of students.
10. A sufficiency to expose students to leading world performers through a large music audio
library of Dr. Oster.


AADGT is a tax-exempt, 501© 3 non-profit organization that helps young extraordinarily gifted classical musicians and artists.

Our philosophy and aspiration is to afford talented young musicians and artists an opportunity to reach the highest pinnacles of their potential. We aim to help young musicians and artists from around the globe, from different cultures and backgrounds to come together to explore the new frontiers of creative endeavors.

Our work is particularly geared towards the development of the young generation and we aim to bring music to every classroom. Art and Music are the ultimate expressions of the inner beauty of the human spirit that ignite our passion and imagination.

AADGT has helped over 150 artists and aspiring musicians including Sandra Cameron (USA), Nicolas Kendall (USA), Ilya Itin (Russia), winner of the 1996 Leeds International Competition; David Carpenter (USA), Aimi Kobayashi (Japan), Shohei Sekimoto (Japan), Alexander Karsantia (Georgia), winner of the Artur Rubinstein Competition in Israel; Gwhyneth Chen (Taiwan), winner of the Ivo Pogorelich International Piano Competition; Kemal Gekic (Croatia); Konstantin Lifschitz (Russia), Francesco Libetta (Italy), Reiko Watanabe (Japan), AADGT also introduced the unique pianist Grigory Sokolov (Russia), winner of the Tchaikovsky Piano Competition and an outstanding violinist Vadim Gluzman (Israel), Tamara Volskaya (USA) and Zurab Ninua (Georgia) to the American audiences. 

We are proud that our work has helped young talented artists who have achieved great success. We celebrate their achievement and thank AADGT volunteers, sponsors and friends who enable us to work with such wonderful and promising musicians.

Below are some of the young artists who have gained international recognition:

Ilya Itin. AADGT introduced Ilya to the New York audiences at the age of 18 and he subsequently won the Leeds Piano Competition in 1996.

Nobuyuki Tsujii. AADGT met Nobuyuki in Japan and invited him to perform at Carnegie Hall at the age of 12. He went on to win the Van Clibern competition in 2009.

Aimi Kobayashi. AADGT has worked with Aimi since the age of 10. We are proud that EMI has just released Aimi's first recording in 2010.

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