Originally posted by Bob Olhsson
I'd choose a school having an excellent music program with a RECENT track record of successful performers who have come out of that program. USC, NYU and Eastman come to mind. Friends of artists and producers frequently get the first shot at the best internships.
Score... Got 2 of the 3 listed there (USC and Eastman)...
Seriously, though, this is probably the best advice on this entire thread. When you are working up from the bottom, make friends with folks in a similar position. All the careers have a tendency to feed off each other. If I hadn't gone to USC, I wouldn't be able to work in LA. I didn't even do the recording program, there- I was a grad student in classical music performance...
USC, BTW, has a very good recording program. Gives you lots of opportunities to work with the best in the biz and chances to record great musicians as a student.