About RICM

RICM accredits the world's best conservatories of music.  Institutions such as the Berlin Hochschule, the Conservatoire de la Musique de Paris, the New England Conservatory of Music, the Juilliard School of Music, the American Conservatory of Music, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, the Cleveland Institute, the Royal Conservatory of Music, and Trinity College to name a few of the great ones.

A conservatory of music is a unique type of institution, and should be encouraged, recognized, and nurtured; as it is becoming rare in certain parts of the world. For this reason, RICM was organized to recognize world class conservatories of music, and to maintain a forum in which standards of conservatory education will be kept high and disseminated throughout the world for the benefit of the many students attending conservatories of music world-wide.

RICM does not recognize music conservatories that are integrally controlled by a university curriculum, because anything that prevents the application of pure conservatory music pedagogy dilutes essential qualities of education. A conservatory must successfully offer a preparatory, post-secondary, and graduate program for its students.

An institution desiring RICM recognition, will need to notify RICM of its intent to seek accreditation, will need letters of recommendation from three music professionals, and will need to submit an application for accredited status. To begin the application process, please send your inquiry to RICM, The 401 Centre, 302 Regent Street, London, W1B 3HH, United Kingdom, or send an e-mail to: accreditation@ricm.ch.

At its founding, RICM maintained offices in Genève which were moved recently to Zurich. Now RICM has recently opened an office in the UK whilst also maintaining a presence in Switzerland, at BCB, Bachstrasse 1, CH-9606 Buetschwil.

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