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McNally Smith Named One of “The 20 Best Music Conservatories in the U.S.” by

McNally Smith College of Music was recently named one of “The 20 Best Music Conservatories in the U.S.” by, joining an elite field of contemporary music institutions from coast to coast. McNally Smith was singled out as being “widely known and respected in the music industry for its intimate setting, access to studios and practice space, and small class sizes with one-on-one attention.”

“ selected McNally Smith’s programs based on several weighted factors, including basis of educational excellence, strength of faculty, reputation, and record of accomplishment by alumni,” said Wayne Downs, managing editor at “Our site is a leading resource for prospective students seeking a college or university degree.”

Earlier this fall, the school received recognition as one of the Top 10 “Most Beyoncé Colleges” in the nation, as chosen by, the #1 global online community for college women. McNally Smith received props for achieving “Queen-Bey-level flawless status.”

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