Momma Horn, It would be inappropriate for me to comment on the "best school" - I don't have ANY knowledge of the US education system. However, my experiences of high schools, colleges and universities in Australia (some of it personally, some vicariously through my boys) leaves me with the overwhelming idea that, in general terms, it makes little difference WHAT is studied - the important bit is that SOMETHING is studied. A music education - considering the very obvious requirement for both the theory and practical (performance) elements is an example where my observations potentially become truisms though - I don't really know what is required. How did I come to these conclusions, well my second degree is in business management, on top of studies in human resource development specialising in adult education, and that on top of an apprenticeship in aircraft maintenance engineering - and I currently teach people how gas turbine engines work , what does that have to do with business studies? So, what am I saying to you - pick the school that best meets all your criteria - allow 'da kid' to concentrate on her passion and remember the outcome may not be professional trumpeting - but the degree is valid in so many other ways - it shows employers her capability. At the end of the day, it's only the specialist who knows my business degree came from the best business school in Sydney - the words on the paper, for the uninitiated, say the same regardless of the school. If she is going to be a professional, then the school will matter - if the opportunities, the skill level, the passion, any of the variables change - then she still has a good education and she can prove it. A good school simply gives her more choice. Just a further thought - this young lady found a great horn, what are her thoughts about HER school.