MOSCOW, Idaho – February 2, 2021 – The University of Idaho’s Lionel Hampton School of Music is one of the top three music schools in the country, according to an online ranking system.

Relying on the school’s prominent artists, teachers, and composers, the Best Value Schools, which annually rates colleges across the country, awarded the LHSOM a score of 95, making it a top notch institution.

“The Lionel Hampton School of Music (LHSOM) itself is an intimate group of prominent artists, teachers and composers who, among other things, work personally with the program’s talented students,” states the Best Value website. “The program tuition, participation in music competitions, and the accredited school with the National Association of Schools of Music are just a few reasons why the Lionel Hampton School of Music program is one of the best.”

Best Value uses statistics from the National Center for Education Statistics to compile a list of the best music colleges, according to its website. This list compares and rates the top 20 conservatoires in the United States and provides a guide to each program assessed.

Vanessa Sielert, director of LHSOM, said the ranking represents the type of education the school wants to offer.

“It’s about the community in the Lionel Hampton School of Music,” said Sielert. “We have a world class faculty working together to create a space where our students can thrive. This is a long-standing tradition that is underlined by the flexibility and resilience of our students, lecturers and employees in these challenging times. “

Schools named in the rankings include the Julliard School, Berklee College of Music, Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Manhattan School of Music, New England Conservatory, and Curtis Institute of Music.

“My colleagues at LHSOM offer conservatory quality classes on the east coast in a caring and friendly atmosphere. Because of this, we have a vibrant community of growing music artists, ”said Christopher Pfund, Assistant Professor of Singing.

Only two conservatoires, the University of North Carolina in Greensboro and Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, surpassed the LHSOM, according to the survey.

Lionel Hampton’s annual tuition fee of $ 27,540 and its acceptance rate of 78% were among the factors named for Best Value.

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