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Associate’s Degrees in Music

2,436 Yearly Graduations
$20,000 Median Salary
$14,390 Median Debt
There are 330 schools in the United States where you can get your associate's degree in music. This degree is more popular with male students, and about 43% of recent graduates were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group. Also, 5.9% of music graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Music Majors

In 2018-2019, 2,436 earned their associate's degree in music. This earns it the #49 spot on the list of the most popular associate's degree programs in the nation.

The following table shows the number of diplomas awarded in music at each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 15,747
Master’s Degree 6,038
Associate’s Degree 2,436
Doctor’s Degree 1,402
Graduate Certificate 572
Basic Certificate 441
Undergraduate Certificate 332

Earnings of Music Majors With Associate’s Degrees

The median salary for graduates holding an associate's degree in music is $20,000. A lot of factors can contribute to this number, such as the location of your workplace and the availability of other perks and bonuses.

To get a better picture, earnings for this category of people can range from a low of $17,550 to a high of $22,500.

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Student Debt

The median student debt for graduates holding an associate's degree in music is $14,390. The school you go to and how long it takes you to graduate, among other things, can cause this number to vary.

The chart below shows the range of accumulated debt loads. On the high side of the range, $19,195 is the debt load, and the debt load on the low side is $11,644.

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Those students who are paying back their debt on a 10-year repayment plan have a median monthly payment of $150.

Student Diversity

More men than women pursue associate's degrees in music. About 65.1% of graduates in this field are male.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 1,586
Women 850
Gender Diversity of Associate's Degrees in Music

The racial-ethnic distribution of music associate’s degree students is as follows:

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 124
Black or African American 240
Hispanic or Latino 559
White 981
International Students 143
Other Races/Ethnicities 389
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Music Associate's Degree Students

There are 330 colleges that offer an associate’s degree in music. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

#1

Los Angeles Film School

Hollywood, California
494 Yearly Graduations
18% Women
39% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The most popular school in the United States for music students seekingan associate's degree is Los Angeles Film School. Roughly 5,100 attend the school each year. The music program at Los Angeles Film School awarded 494 associate's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 18% were women and 39% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#2

Musicians Institute

Hollywood, California
114 Yearly Graduations
28% Women
19% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Musicians Institute is the 2nd most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in music. Each year, around 1,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 114 people received their associate's degree in music from Musicians Institute. About 28% of this group were women, and 19% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#3

Full Sail University

Winter Park, Florida
70 Yearly Graduations
20% Women
63% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Full Sail University comes in at #3 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degrees in music. Roughly 21,600 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $20,667 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $14,498 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 70 people received their associate's degree in music from Full Sail University. About 20% of this group were women, and 63% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#4

University of Central Oklahoma

Edmond, Oklahoma
67 Yearly Graduations
33% Women
22% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Central Oklahoma is the 4th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in music. Each year, around 14,800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $6,686 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,000 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 67 people received their associate's degree in music from UCO. Of these students, 33% were women and 22% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#5

Valencia College

Orlando, Florida
36 Yearly Graduations
19% Women
53% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Valencia College comes in at #5 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degrees in music. Roughly 47,900 attend the school each year. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 36 people received their associate's degree in music from Valencia College. About 19% of this group were women, and 53% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#5

Snow College

Ephraim, Utah
36 Yearly Graduations
53% Women
3% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Snow College is the 5th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in music. Roughly 5,300 attend the school each year. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 36 associate's degrees were handed out to music majors at Snow College. About 53% of this group were women, and 3% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#7

Shoreline Community College

Shoreline, Washington
34 Yearly Graduations
21% Women
38% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Shoreline Community College comes in at #7 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degrees in music. Each year, around 5,800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 34 people received their associate's degree in music from Shoreline Community College. Around 38% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 21% were women.

#8

Riverside City College

Riverside, California
33 Yearly Graduations
24% Women
55% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Riverside City College is the 8th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in music. Roughly 21,100 attend the school each year. The music program at Riverside City College awarded 33 associate's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 24% of this group were women, and 55% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#9

Miami Dade College

Miami, Florida
32 Yearly Graduations
22% Women
78% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Miami Dade College is the 9th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in music. Roughly 51,600 attend the school each year. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 32 associate's degrees were handed out to music majors at MDC. About 22% of this group were women, and 78% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#10

Pasadena City College

Pasadena, California
27 Yearly Graduations
44% Women
59% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Pasadena City College is the 10th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in music. Each year, around 26,900 students seeking various degrees attend the university. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 27 associate's degrees were handed out to music majors at Pasadena City College. Of these students, 44% were women and 59% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#11

Lone Star College System

The Woodlands, Texas
25 Yearly Graduations
48% Women
48% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Lone Star College System is the 11th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in music. Each year, around 74,300 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 25 people received their associate's degree in music from North Harris Montgomery. Around 48% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 48% were women.

#12

Ventura College

Ventura, California
22 Yearly Graduations
50% Women
59% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Ventura College comes in at #12 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degrees in music. Roughly 12,600 attend the school each year. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 22 associate's degrees were handed out to music majors at Ventura College. Around 59% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 50% were women.

#13

South Plains College

Levelland, Texas
20 Yearly Graduations
35% Women
35% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

South Plains College comes in at #13 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degrees in music. Roughly 9,200 attend the school each year. The music program at South Plains College awarded 20 associate's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 35% of this group were women, and 35% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#14

St Petersburg College

Clearwater, Florida
19 Yearly Graduations
5% Women
42% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

St Petersburg College comes in at #14 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degrees in music. Roughly 28,800 attend the school each year. The music program at St Petersburg College awarded 19 associate's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 5% were women and 42% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#14

San Jacinto Community College

Pasadena, Texas
19 Yearly Graduations
32% Women
68% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

San Jacinto Community College is the 14th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in music. Roughly 32,400 attend the school each year. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 19 associate's degrees were handed out to music majors at San Jacinto College. Of these students, 32% were women and 68% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#16

Citrus College

Glendora, California
18 Yearly Graduations
39% Women
56% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Citrus College comes in at #16 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degrees in music. Each year, around 13,100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 18 people received their associate's degree in music from Citrus College. About 39% of this group were women, and 56% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#16

Broward College

Fort Lauderdale, Florida
18 Yearly Graduations
6% Women
78% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Broward College is the 16th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in music. Roughly 38,900 attend the school each year. The music program at Broward College awarded 18 associate's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 6% were women and 78% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#16

Lamar State College - Port Arthur

Port Arthur, Texas
18 Yearly Graduations
17% Women
39% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Lamar State College - Port Arthur is the 16th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in music. Roughly 2,500 attend the school each year. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 18 people received their associate's degree in music from Lamar State College - Port Arthur. Of these students, 17% were women and 39% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#19

Onondaga Community College

Syracuse, New York
17 Yearly Graduations
65% Women
12% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Onondaga Community College comes in at #19 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degrees in music. Roughly 9,400 attend the school each year. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 17 people received their associate's degree in music from OCC. Of these students, 65% were women and 12% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#20

Tyler Junior College

Tyler, Texas
16 Yearly Graduations
19% Women
44% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Tyler Junior College comes in at #20 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degrees in music. Each year, around 12,300 students seeking various degrees attend the university. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 16 associate's degrees were handed out to music majors at Tyler Junior College. About 19% of this group were women, and 44% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

Below are some popular majors that are similar to music that offer associate’s degrees.

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Design & Applied Arts 8,485
Fine & Studio Arts 4,063
Drama & Theater Arts 1,667
General Visual & Performing Arts 1,563
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 1,552

References

*The racial-ethnic minority student count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the percentage of racial-ethnic minorities.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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