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Best Music Schools In USA For 2021

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.

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# 201 with 14 total points

UM School of Music – University of Montana

4-year / Public / Montana, MT
$7,426
12,419
45%
17:1
# 202 with 14 total points

Virginia State University

4-year / Public / Petersburg, VA
$9,056
4,584
44%
13:1

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# 203 with 14 total points

Newberry College

4-year / Private / Newberry, SC
$27,400
1,070
44%
14:1
# 204 with 14 total points

VAPA Music – University of Louisiana – Monroe

4-year / Public / Monroe, LA
$8,734
9,038
43%
21:1
# 205 with 14 total points

University of Central Arkansas

4-year / Public / Conway, AR
$9,188
11,487
42%
17:1
# 206 with 14 total points

University of South Carolina – Upstate

4-year / Public / Spartanburg, SC
$11,868
5,821
42%
17:1
# 207 with 14 total points

McNeese State University

4-year / Public / Lake Charles, LA
$7,860
7,621
42%
20:1
# 208 with 14 total points

Shoreline Community College

2-year / Public / Shoreline, WA
$3,945
5,805
42%
16:1
# 209 with 14 total points

University of West Georgia

4-year / Public / Carrollton, GA
$7,354
13,308
41%
21:1
# 210 with 14 total points

Western Oregon University

4-year / Public / Monmouth, OR
$9,540
5,382
39%
14:1
# 211 with 14 total points

University of Akron

4-year / Public / Akron, OH
$11,636
21,100
38%
19:1
# 212 with 14 total points

Jackson State University

4-year / Public / Jackson, MS
$8,620
9,811
38%
18:1
# 213 with 14 total points

South Carolina State University

4-year / Public / Orangeburg, SC
$11,390
2,905
38%
17:1
# 214 with 14 total points

Lyndon State College

4-year / Public / Lyndonville, VT
N/A
1,256
38%
14:1
# 215 with 14 total points

Valdosta State University

4-year / Public / Valdosta, GA
$6,410
11,375
36%
19:1
# 216 with 14 total points

Grace Bible College

4-year / Private / Grand Rapids, MI
$20,850
1,012
36%
13:1
# 217 with 14 total points

Northwestern State University of Louisiana

4-year / Public / Natchitoches, LA
$8,580
9,819
35%
20:1
# 218 with 14 total points

Glenville State College

4-year / Public / Glenville, WV
$7,308
1,641
35%
16:1
# 219 with 14 total points

Washburn University

4-year / Public / Topeka, KS
$8,312
6,636
34%
13:1
# 220 with 14 total points

Southern Nazarene University

4-year / Private / Bethany, OK
$25,519
2,186
33%
14:1
# 221 with 12 total points

Alcorn State University

4-year / Public / Alcorn State, MS
$7,320
3,420
31%
17:1
# 222 with 12 total points

Schwob School of Music – Columbus State University

4-year / Public / Columbus, GA
$7,334
8,407
30%
17:1
# 223 with 12 total points

Idaho State University

4-year / Public / Pocatello, ID
$7,683
12,916
29%
15:1
# 224 with 12 total points

County College of Morris

2-year / Public / Randolph, NJ
$8,944
8,067
28%
19:1
# 225 with 12 total points

Brookdale Community College

2-year / Public / Lincroft, NJ
$8,733
13,165
26%
21:1

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.