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Best Music Schools In USA For 2020

Audio Assemble took the time to gather data on over 250 music schools around the united states. Browse in alphabetical order by state, and use the filters to find a school that interests you. Some of the aspects we took into consideration for our ranking include tuition, graduation rates, acceptance rates, degree programs offered, tuition changes, and more.

Be sure to check out our curated list for the best audio engineering schools and online music school degrees.

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# 26 with 40 total points

Bienen School of Music – Northwestern University

4-year / Private / Evanston, IL
$56,691
21,823
94%
7:1
# 27 with 40 total points

Blair School of Music – Vanderbilt University

4-year / Private / Nashville, TN
$52,070
12,587
92%
8:1

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# 28 with 40 total points

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

4-year / Public / Chapel Hill, NC
$9,043
29,468
91%
14:1
# 29 with 40 total points

Wheaton College Conservatory of Music

4-year / Private / Wheaton, IL
$37,700
2,901
91%
11:1
# 30 with 40 total points

Wesleyan University

4-year / Private / Middletown, CT
$57,004
3,206
91%
8:1
# 31 with 40 total points

Carnegie Mellon School of Music – Carnegie Mellon University

4-year / Private / Pittsburgh, PA
$57,119
13,258
90%
10:1
# 32 with 40 total points

Detroit Institute of Music Education

4-year / Private / Detroit, MI
$39,000
100
N/A
N/A
# 33 with 35 total points

Whitman College

4-year / Private / Walla Walla, WA
$53,820
1,493
88%
9:1
# 34 with 35 total points

St. Olaf College

4-year / Private / Northfield, MN
$49,710
3,040
88%
12:1
# 35 with 35 total points

Boston University

4-year / Private / Boston, MA
$55,892
32,695
87%
12:1
# 36 with 35 total points

Claire Trevor School of the Arts (University of California)

4-year / Public / Irvine, CA
$13,727
32,754
87%
19:1
# 37 with 35 total points

University of Maryland – College Park

4-year / Public / College Park, MD
$10,778
39,083
86%
17:1
# 38 with 35 total points

Hugh Hodgson School of Music – University of Georgia

4-year / Public / Athens, GA
$12,080
36,574
85%
18:1
# 39 with 35 total points

Music at Illinois – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

4-year / Public / Champaign, IL
$16,210
46,951
85%
20:1
# 40 with 35 total points

NYU Steinhardt – New York University

4-year / Private / New York, NY
$53,308
50,550
85%
10:1
# 41 with 35 total points

DePauw School of Music – DePauw University

4-year / Private / Greencastle, IN
$51,146
2,225
85%
10:1
# 42 with 35 total points

Ohio State University

4-year / Public / Columbus, OH
$11,084
59,482
84%
19:1
# 43 with 35 total points

University of Washington

4-year / Public / Seattle, WA
$11,465
45,591
84%
20:1
# 44 with 35 total points

Stevens Institute of Technology

4-year / Private / Hoboken, NJ
$54,014
6,617
83%
10:1
# 45 with 35 total points

BYU School of Music – Brigham Young University

4-year / Private / Provo, UT
$5,790
34,240
83%
20:1
# 46 with 35 total points

Frost School of Music – University of Miami

4-year / Private / Coral Gables, FL
$51,930
16,744
82%
12:1
# 47 with 35 total points

Setnor School of Music – Syracuse University

4-year / Private / Syracuse, NY
$53,849
21,970
82%
16:1
# 48 with 35 total points

Elon University

4-year / Private / Elon, NC
$36,571
6,739
82%
12:1
# 49 with 35 total points

James Madison University

4-year / Public / Harrisonburg, VA
$11,576
21,270
82%
16:1
# 50 with 35 total points

Butler School of Music – University of Texas – Austin

4-year / Public / Austin, TX
$10,818
51,331
81%
18:1

FAQs

How Much Is Tuition For Music School?

Tuition varies per institution with a number of contributing factors, including residency, private versus public institutions, university reputation, quality of the degree, and more. Based on the data we accumulated the tuition range of the music schools on our list there is a wide range of between $2,725 and $58,195 for 4-year institutions.

Do I Need To Know How To Read Music To Apply?

Each university has its own requirements for general acceptance criteria when applying. Depending on the program and degree path you are interested in, you may be required to have advanced music abilities. That being said, not all schools require the ability to read music or play sheet music.

Is It Possible To Earn My Degree Online?

Some music universities offer an online music degree path. Here is a list of current colleges offering online music degrees.