New York has long been a center of culture in the eastern part of US. With its great cultural diversity, it has been the birthplace of many types of American Art. Hip Hop, disco, punk, new wave and many other first originated in New York. Historically, it has been home to many popular genres like jazz, hip-hop, and blues. Also, classical and art music is very well established in New York City. And naturally, if you love music, you want to know more about the best music schools in NYC. There are many of them that offer a wide variety of classes. Some, like The Juilliard, are very well known in the world.
As already covered, New York City is the birthplace of many popular genres. From Hip-Hop to New Wave, many very well established genres owe their thanks to New York. With is great cultural diversity, NYC is one of the best places in the world for getting inspired. And for creating unique mixes of different cultures. A great example of this is salsa music, born from a fusion of Cuban and Puerto Rican influences. And NYC was the perfect place for that mix to happen.
While there are great schools in other parts of the country, none of them offer the diversity and quality of classes like NYC schools do. The Juilliard School is the most well-known example of this. It is regarded as one of the best music schools in NYC and in the country.
If you are from outside the city and want to study music, you should consider moving to NYC. You will experience its cultural diversity first hand and will have a chance to learn in some of the best schools in the world. East coast, in general, is a great place for all music lovers. There are many music festivals on the east coast and New York in particular. And many opportunities for performing and advancing your skills.
Moving to a university campus:
Many universities in NYC have their campuses located in the heart of the city. It might seem like a scary thing at first. The city is huge and filled with people from all over the world. But once you get there you will be inspired and motivated to be the best artist you can be. Once you learn your surroundings you will start to enjoy everything that New York City has to offer. In order to prepare for the move, you should do research on a campus you are moving to. They come in all shapes and sizes. And most of them are located in the city itself. New York City is huge and you can easily get lost in it. So, you should hire professionals to handle your relocation. Don't move your piano on your own in NYC. Or any other valuables for that matter. They can easily get lost or stolen while you try to get your bearings in the crowded city.
Best music schools in New York City:
New York City is home to a wide variety of music schools. From classical music to alternative genres. Both private and public schools in NYC excel when it comes to performing arts. You will have the opportunity to learn from the best professors in the field. You will be inspired and motivated to be the best. If you are wondering which schools are the best music schools in NYC here is a list of some of the top ones.
The Juilliard School:
The Juilliard School was founded all the way back in 1905. It is one of the best institutions in the world when it comes to performing arts education. Located in Lincoln Center in NYC, it offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in music, dance, and drama. When it comes to music, they offer courses on classical music, jazz, historical performance, and vocal arts. There are currently around 800 students from all over the world attending the Juilliard School. It is regarded as the best music schools in NYC.
It’s not an easy school to get in to. Its acceptance rate is only around 6%. It is reserved only for the best artists. But if you manage to get in you will learning in one of the best schools in the world. When it comes to performing, The Juilliard School has five of its own theatres: at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully and David Geffen halls and at Carnegie Hall.
Manhattan School of Music:
Manhattan School of Music also ranks as one of the best music schools in NYC. The school was founded in 1918 as a community music school. Today it is home to over 950 undergraduate and graduate students from all over the US and the world. Since 1969 the school has been located on the corner of 122nd and Broadway in Morningside Heights. It is just a short train ride away from the very center of Manhattan. Manhattan School of Music also offers a pre-college program. The program is aimed at children between the ages of 5 and 18. Acceptance rate in this school is around 46%.
New York University:
NYU is the largest university in New York. Like many other universities, it offers music programs. It is ranked as the 5th best college for performing arts in America. There are around 25,000 full-time students attending this university. It’s a big institution that covers a wide variety of subjects. And music is one of them. Steinhardt School's Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions. The urban campus of New York University is in Manhattan. It is located around Washington Square Park in Greenwich Village. NYU is among the top three landowners in New York City. More than 85% of freshmen live on campus. Living on campus is a great way to start your academic life. Your fellow students will be more than willing to help you during your move there. If you are new to the city. Or if you are not sure of things like if you should tip your movers or not. They will be there to help you with your relocation and adjustment. And in no time, you will feel like you’ve been living there your whole life.
Recently I attended an event in New York City for fIXE magazine, which live music performances are not held every time at this monthly event. However, this event is unlike any other in NYC and the surprise that was in store me that night was a very good one. The live music performance that night was by Aline Queen, before that night I never saw or heard of Aline, but She is now an artist that I will never forget. Standing at 5'10" this Belgian bombshell has the looks and style of a run way model, platinum blonde hair and a catchy sound that is complimented by her powerful voice and stage show in which she overpowers all of her subjects (whether they are part of her act or looking on in awe from the audience). I was able to ask Ms. Queen some of the questions that her performance left me wondering, here is what she had to say:
How did u get started in music?
Aline Queen: "My mom gave me a CD player for my 11th birthday, so I started to listen to my own music in my bedroom and sing along. I was playing Edith Piaf, The Beatles, Pink Floyd... I was singing all the time and couldn't stop. It became very natural for me. So every time I started to sing in front of people, they were pretty amazed by my voice and presence so I quickly started to be involved in different music bands and perform live. I gave my first concert in a rock band when I was 13. I was singing and playing the guitar. It was a at first cover bands, but I quickly started to write my own songs and perform them. That was pretty fun and that's how I started to perform a lot. Then I actually started to open my horizons by learning the piano and other instruments, learning how to sing opera, singing in classical choirs, and learning classical composition."
Who are your influences?
Aline Queen: "My first influences were what my mom was playing at home: classical music and french songs. She was playing the piano at home and it was magical how the sound was resonating all over the place. It was very appeasing. My dad was listening to classic rock, and I performed a lot in rock bands as a teenager, so I guess that's part of my background. And as I studied classical music and opera, it has a lot of influence on me as well. But life and people are the main source of inspiration."
How did u come up with your stage persona?
Aline Queen: "It naturally came to me. I worked as a dominatrix, performed in operas and in rock bands, traveled a lot, love fashion and fetish wear, love science, so my persona is a mixed of all this."
How do u think your videos have effected your fan base?
Aline Queen: "My first video "Break Your Heart" was a way for me to tell people: "Hello! This is who I am, take it or leave it!". My second video "Princess Boy" is more about me being in love and in admiration with man who cross-dress and accept the part of femininity inside of them. My third music video called "Super Freak" will be about be proud of who you are and love yourself, even if you're not what's "normal". So I'd like to reunite people in celebrating who we really are and not being scared of loving ourselves for what we are, even if it seems bizarre."
What events/sights do you go to for fun or to "recharge"
Aline Queen: "I go to museum a lot. I love museums, it's fascinating. I do rock climbing and outdoor things. I recently started horseback ridding and I love it! I also love to learn new things and right now I follow a few different online classes, like classes on science, finance, languages classes etc. And also I love traveling. Traveling is my medicine. I need that to recharge. I need to be exposed to other cultures and other ways of seeing the world. Then all what we know or think we know becomes relative and almost insignificant. I then feel how small I am in the universe. There's always way more things that we can discover and know. It's pretty amazing and exciting and I guess it gives a purpose in life."
I hope all of you enjoyed reading this special insight into how Aline Queen came to be the Artist She is today. I assure that you will be hearing more about her very soon. However, don't take my word for ir. Please enjoy the videos that She spoke about and see for yourselves.
Take Care, Nate
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