Serious bassoonists, violinists, vocalists and jazz devotees don't look for colleges or grad schools with a top notch marching band. They look at conservatories or universities with top music programs - and those can be hard to find and even harder to get into. These schools require auditions, performance resumes and an entirely different application process from the usual college apps rigamarole.
On the following pages, you'll find a guide to 10 of the best music conservatories in the United States. Page through or use the quick links below.