Top 10 Metal Musicians with University or College Degrees

This list is ranking the Metal Musicians with University or College diplomas.
I ranked them by 4 criteria:
1) musicianship (how good they are at what they do in metal bands)
2) type of the diploma (uni > college)
3) difficulty of the studied subject
4) how far from music the field of study is.

But you can use your own criteria while voting and remixing.

The Top Ten

1 Mike Mangini Mike Mangini Mike Mangini is an American drummer. Since 2010, he has been a member of progressive metal band Dream Theater, following the departure of founding drummer Mike Portnoy.

Graduated from Bentley University - computer science major.
At #1 because he was also a Professor - before joining Dream Theater, Mangini was an Associate Professor at Berklee College of Music, Percussion Department.
And yes, a great drummer. - Metal_Treasure

2 Nergal Nergal Adam Nergal Darski (born Adam Michał Darski; 10 June 1977 in Gdynia), is a Polish musician and television personality, best known for being the frontman for the black/death metal band Behemoth. more.

Adam Nergal Darski of Behemoth: History degree from the University of Gdańsk, Poland.
He completed 6 years of history, including one year of Latin, and is also qualified to be a museum curator. - Metal_Treasure

3 Steffen Kummerer Steffen Kummerer Steffen Kummerer (born June 1, 1985) is a German guitarist, multi-instrumentalist and producer. He is the leader, main songwriter, vocalist, and guitarist for the (technical) death metal band Obscura as well as the black metal band Thulcandra.

He has a Master degree in Media Technology Engineering.
Currently he's one of my most favorite metal musicians (Obscura). Also, judging by his music and lyrics, he's very intelligent. - Metal_Treasure

4 Cristiano Trionfera

He holds a university degree in publishing, multimedia communication, and journalism.
His roles in Fleshgod Apocalypse (technical death metal) - Guitars, Vocals (backing), Orchestration (2007-present) - Metal_Treasure

5 Linus Klausenitzer Linus Klausenitzer

Current Obscura bassist attended the Music College in Regensburg, and afterwards got degree at Hamburg Music and Art University.
Man, all Obscura members are highly educated - Steffen Kummerer, Rafael Trujillo, Sebastian Lanser and Christian Münzner are also on this list. - Metal_Treasure

6 Rafael Trujillo

Rafael (born 1994) graduated from Munich Guitar Institute in 2014. Currently he's studying Jazz at Amsterdam Conservatorium, University of Arts.
He's a lead guitarist for Obscura. - Metal_Treasure

7 Attila Void Csihar Attila Void Csihar

He's an Electrical Engineer. Attila Csihar is a Hungarian black metal vocalist, best known for providing vocals on Mayhem's De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas album. - Metal_Treasure

8 Floor Jansen Floor Jansen Floor Jansen is a Dutch singer-songwriter and vocal coach. She is currently vocalist of Nightwish and leader of Revamp.

Degrees from Dutch Rock Academy, Conservatorium Tilburg - Metal_Treasure

9 Christian Muenzner

(also spelled Münzner).
He attended the Munich Guitar Institute (Germany) and graduated in 2002. - Metal_Treasure

10 Dianne Van Giersbergen Dianne Van Giersbergen Dianne van Giersbergen is a Dutch dramatic soprano singer, songwriter, and vocal coach who is well-known for being the frontwoman and founder of the progressive metal band Ex Libris and German symphonic metal band Xandria.

Classical music degree from the ArtEZ School of Music, where she was taught classical singing and received her degree with honors. - Metal_Treasure

The Contenders

11 Sebastian Lanser Sebastian Lanser

Obscura drummer graduated with honors from Anton Bruckner University (Austria), where he studied percussion (with a minor in piano) - Metal_Treasure

12 Mike Portnoy Mike Portnoy Michael Portnoy is an American drummer primarily known as the former drummer, backing vocalist, and a co-founder of the progressive metal/rock band Dream Theater. Known for his technical skill as a drummer, Portnoy has won 30 awards from the Modern Drummer magazine.

Sorry guys, he actually dropped out and I am not sure if he got a diploma later so he probaly doesn't belong in this list. He studied at Berklee College of Music (where Mike Mangini was a Professor). - Metal_Treasure

13 Roy Khan Roy Khan Roy Sætre Khantatat, is a Norwegian singer-songwriter. Commonly known as Roy Khan or simply Khan, he was the lead vocalist for the symphonic power metal band Kamelot from 1997 to his departure in 2011. He co-wrote most of Kamelot's songs with the band's guitarist and founder Thomas Youngblood during more.

He studied opera for three years. I didn't put him high on this list because I didn't find information whether he got a degree after these 3 years of studying or not. - Metal_Treasure

14 Wacław "Vogg" Kiełtyka

Wacław "Vogg" Kiełtyka of Decapitated graduated from musical school and then Music Academy (Poland).
Fun fact: he's a Technical death metal guitarist who attended the Music Academy as an... accordionist. - Metal_Treasure

15 Zachary "Zak" Stevens

He has a degree in psychology (he's one of the Savatage and TSO lead singers) - Metal_Treasure

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