Yale School of Music

The Yale School of Music (often abbreviated to YSM[2]) is one of the 12 professional schools at Yale University. It offers three graduate degrees: Master of Music (MM), Master of Musical Arts (MMA), and Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA), as well as a joint Bachelor of Arts—Master of Music program in conjunction with Yale College, a Certificate in Performance, and an Artist Diploma.[3]

Yale School of Music
Performance in Sudler Recital Hall
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DeanRobert Blocker
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Yale is the only Ivy League school with a separate school of music. It is considered one of the best and most prestigious music schools in the world and has an acceptance rate of 6-8%. It has 200 students. From 1995 to 2022, the Yale School of Music’s endowment rose from $29 million to $574 million (source: Dean Blocker retirement email sent to all Yale affiliates by Peter Salovey on September 7, 2022). [4][5]


  • Albert Arnold Sprague Memorial Hall (1917), renovated in 2003.
  • Abby and Mitch Leigh Hall (1930), Gothic style, renovated in 2006.
  • Hendrie Hall (1895), renovated in 2017.[6]
  • Adams Center for Musical Arts (2017). The Adams Center complex includes Hendrie Hall, Leigh Hall, and new space which connects the two.[7]
  • Woolsey Hall (1901), used for orchestral performances (Yale Philharmonia) and organ recitals (on the Newberry Memorial Organ).
  • The Yale University Collection of Musical Instruments (1895), Romanesque style.

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  1. ^ "Yale School of Music: History". Retrieved 2009-04-18.
  2. ^ "About YSM | Yale School of Music". music.yale.edu. Retrieved 2022-06-05.
  3. ^ "Yale School of Music: Academics". Retrieved 2009-04-18.
  4. ^ "10 Best Music Schools In The World". Careersinmusic.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. ^ "10 Most prestigious music schools in the world". Osau.com.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  6. ^ "Hendrie Hall/Adams Center – Yale School of Music". Yale School of Music. Retrieved 2016-03-26.
  7. ^ "Adams Center for Musical Arts opens". Yale School of Music. Retrieved 2022-05-13.

Further readingEdit

  • Noss, Luther (1984). A History of the Yale School of Music, 1855–1970. Yale School of Music.

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Coordinates: 41°18′35.5″N 72°55′35″W / 41.309861°N 72.92639°W / 41.309861; -72.92639