U of I’s Lionel Hampton School of Music Among Top Three in National Rankings
February 03, 2021
MOSCOW, Idaho — Feb. 2, 2021 — The University of Idaho's Lionel Hampton School of Music is among the top three best music schools in the country, according to an online ranking system.
Citing the school’s prominent performers, teachers and composers, Best Value Schools, which annually ranks colleges across the nation, awarded LHSOM a score of 95, placing it as a top-tier institution.
“The Lionel Hampton School of Music (LHSOM) itself is an intimate group of prominent performers, teachers and composers, among others who work personally with the program’s talented students,” according to the Best Value website. “The program’s instruction, its involvement in music competitions and being an accredited school with the National Association of Schools of Music are only a few reasons why the Lionel Hampton School of Music program ranks as one of the best.”
Best Value uses statistics provided by the National Center for Education Statistics to form its list of best colleges for music, according to its website. This list compares and ranks the top 20 colleges in music in the U.S. and provides a guide to each ranked program.
Vanessa Sielert, LHSOM director, said that the ranking represents the type of education the school strives to offer.
“It is about the community in the Lionel Hampton School of Music,” Sielert said. “We have a world-class faculty who work together to create a space for our students to thrive. This has been a long-standing tradition highlighted through the flexibility and resilience our students, faculty and staff have shown during these challenging times.”
Schools named in the rankings include the Julliard School, Berklee College of Music, Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Manhattan School of Music, The New England Conservatory and Curtis Institute of Music.
“My colleagues at LHSOM provide east-coast conservatory quality lessons within a nurturing and friendly atmosphere. Because of this, we have a lively community of growing musical artists,” said Christopher Pfund, assistant professor of voice.
Just two music schools, the University of North Carolina in Greensboro and Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, outranked the LHSOM, according to the survey.
Lionel Hampton’s annual tuition of $27,540 and its 78% acceptance rate were among factors cited to earn “best value” status.
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