8 Reasons to Study Music in Some of Europe’s Finest Conservatoires

Anyone who has ever watched a Hollywood movie with performing arts students has been exposed to the hype around the American music institutions. And while going to Julliard in Manhattan seems to be the dream, we urge you to consider your other options as well. And we mean many options. Not to shift focus from such a great learning institution, but to simply state that studying music in Europe is more than simply going to a good college, it’s a whole uplifting and enlightening experience per se. So, we have come up with a list of reasons why you should opt for Europe as your destination for music studies. Here it is.


1.The years of experience

One of the greatest advantages to studying music in a European institution is that you have the chance to study in a place which was founded at the very moment of the rise of some cultural movement or another. Most of the conservatoires in Europe date back to the 19th century, some older, some newer. And the history of these institutions is almost always strongly connected to something that has happened on the musical scene of the time. For example, the oldest musical institute in Europe is the Accademia Nationale di Santa Cecilia in Italy. It was founded in 1585 and it has since attracted a number of prominent musicians. How amazing would it be to study where students have been studying music for five centuries?

2. A contemporary outlook

The fact that most of these institutions have a long tradition and have trained some of the world’s biggest composers, does not mean that anything other than the consecrated classics are out of the question. Far from it. Each and every one of these amazing institutions is prepared to cater to the needs and special skills of all their students. Regardless of whether they wish to study jazz, pop, rock, electronic music or any other new genre.

3. Access to a very vibrant, cultural community

Concert at the London Barbican Hall

Concert at the London Barbican Hall

Studying in a European city is always exciting. The streets hold the memory of other artists who have found inspiration there. The night life is unequalled and the events are always fresh and inviting. This being said, put down the fact that all musical institutions in Europe organize more than 1000 events every year. This means events you can attend from the crowd or on stage. As a student, it will give you a real insight of what performing arts are all about and how to make the best of these resources.

4. The chance to study in patrimony buildings

If you grew up dreaming of the world’s most famous concert halls, studying in Europe will give you a chance to get closer to that dream. How? Simply by attending classes, rehearsing in some of these old buildings, part of the university patrimony, and attending university organized events. Forget about studying music in a sterile environment.

5. The awesome student to professor ratio

Education and focus on students is something these great institutions take pride in. It is no wonder that the academic body-student body ratio is presented as an enrollment argument. It’s because it is a great argument! The Sibelius Academy in Helsinki has 1500 students and a staff of 1000 professors. Which is very impressive and which also explains the amazing results of the school. And this is not a singular example. Professors take their time with each student, especially since music cannot only be taught in a group at this level, since everyone’s skills need to be perfected. There is a lot of fine tuning done with each student in these European institutions and this is a privilege for anyone looking for a career in music.

6. Generous resources

The French National Library

The French National Library

From some of the greatest musical minds in Europe and in the world, to music halls at their disposal, and access to teachers who are constantly improving their teaching skills in special research centers for better learning and understanding of music, these are only some of the generous resources the largest music institutions in Europe are placing at your disposal. Not to mention the countless events organized by the universities, that will give you a chance to experience for yourself the thrill of being on stage. Sure, you will have to work hard to achieve greatness, but these are some of the best conditions in which to do it.

7. Scholarships

As you might expect, the best quality education is not cheap. Neither is living in some of the biggest cities in Europe. And if you really want to make the best of your European experience, then you will want to go out, attend events, dive into every cultural option the city has to offer. And this all implies money. Let us start by saying that there are generous scholarships you can apply for, so no real talent is left behind. Also, in most institutions, students are encouraged to get jobs even during their studies, so that they can put to good use and in real time everything they learn in college. This means better exposure to the world of music and performance, and some money for you to further invest in your education. Life in big European capitals is not cheap, but it is so exciting that it’s worth the effort to keep up.

8. Get the bohemian vibe!

Vibrant Barcelona

Vibrant Barcelona

Let’s face it! If you really want to indulge in your passion for music, be it old or new, you will want to be in a place where you can really reinvent yourself. So, why not do this in Paris, London, Moscow, Glasgow, Helsinki, Vienna, Berlin or Rome. Or in any of the other many beautiful cities packed with historical reminders and filled with inspiration at every corner.
As beautiful as it all sounds, do keep in mind that becoming a student here is a real struggle in itself. Some of these places have an admission rate of 30%. But it is all worth the effort.