Fortunately for me, with a great love for good music and no talent, my late wife was a concert cellist. Her musical education had included fifteen years of private study in this country and a formal course at the Conservatoire Royal de Musique de Bruxelles, from which she was a prize graduate in 1914. Ignorant and curious, I asked her the reason for foreign study -- what could she learn in Belgium that wasn't taught in the United States? She listed a number of topics in reply, with emphasis on counterpoint, ensemble and solfege.
Rowe, R. Robinson
"The Words of Songs Without Words,"
Word Ways: Vol. 7
, Article 4.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.butler.edu/wordways/vol7/iss2/4