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2021 Best Music Bachelor's Degree Schools

422 Colleges
$25,137 Avg Salary
$24,580 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Music Bachelor's Degree School for You

Music is the #47 most popular major in the country with 26,968 degrees and certificates awarded in 2018-2019.

With all the programs available today, it can be tough to choose which one is the best for you. As online education oppotunities continue to grow, you're not restricted to just schools in your local area anymore. Even some of the 'big name' schools are offering online courses. Also, there are a number of trade schools with offerings that you might find attractive.

To help you arm yourself with the information you need to make your decision, Course Advisor has developed this Best Music Bachelor's Degree Schools ranking. This report analyzed 422 schools in the United States to see which ones offered the best bachelor's degree programs for students. Factors related to overall quality of the school, post-graduation earnings, average student debt, and more accumulated were considered when coming up with this list.

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2021 Best Music Bachelor’s Degree Schools in the United States

The colleges and universities below are the best for music majors pursuing a bachelor's degree.

Top 25 Top Schools for a Bachelor's in Music

#1

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN

Our analysis found University of Notre Dame to be the best school for music students who want to pursue a bachelor’s degree in the United States. Located in the large suburb of Notre Dame, Notre Dame is a private not-for-profit college with a large student population.

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#2

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY

A rank of #2 on this year’s list means Cornell University is a great place for music students working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in the small city of Ithaca, Cornell is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

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#3

Duke University

Durham, NC

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Duke University. It ranked #3 on our 2021 Best Music Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Located in the large city of Durham, Duke is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

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Out of the 422 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, University of Virginia - Main Campus landed the # 4 spot on the list. University of Virginia is a fairly large public school located in the small suburb of Charlottesville.

After completing their Bachelor's Degree, music graduates from University of Virginia carry an average student debtload of $17,347.

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#5

Brown University

Providence, RI

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Brown University. It ranked #5 on our 2021 Best Music Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Brown is a large private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of Providence.

Music majors at Brown take out an average of $11,778 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree.

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California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo came in at #6 in this year’s edition of the Best Music Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the suburb of San Luis Obispo, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo is a public college with a very large student population.

Music majors at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo take out an average of $22,214 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree.

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#7

Williams College

Williamstown, MA

Williams College ranked #7 on this year’s Best Music Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Williams is a small private not-for-profit school located in the town of Williamstown.

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The College of New Jersey did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for music students to get a bachelor’s degree. It came in at #8 on the list. Located in the large suburb of Ewing, TCNJ is a public school with a moderately-sized student population.

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#9

University of Houston

Houston, TX

With a ranking of #9, University of Houston did quite well on this year’s best schools for music students working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in the large city of Houston, U of H is a public college with a very large student population.

After completing their Bachelor's Degree, music graduates from U of H carry an average student debtload of $25,424. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $280.

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University of Wisconsin - Platteville did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for music students to get a bachelor’s degree. It came in at #10 on the list. Located in the town of Platteville, UW - Platteville is a public school with a medium-sized student population.

After completing their Bachelor's Degree, music graduates from UW - Platteville carry an average student debtload of $27,688.

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#11

University of Delaware

Newark, DE

University of Delaware ranked #11 on this year’s Best Music Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Located in the large suburb of Newark, U of Delaware is a public school with a very large student population.

After completing their Bachelor's Degree, music graduates from U of Delaware carry an average student debtload of $25,267. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $280.

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#12

Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, PA

Carnegie Mellon University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for music students to get a bachelor’s degree. It came in at #12 on the list. Carnegie Mellon is a large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Pittsburgh.

While working on their Bachelor's Degree, music majors at Carnegie Mellon accumulate an average of around $22,063 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $280.

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#13

Vassar College

Poughkeepsie, NY

Vassar College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for music students to get a bachelor’s degree. It came in at #13 on the list. Located in the large suburb of Poughkeepsie, Vassar is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

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#14

Fairfield University

Fairfield, CT

With a ranking of #14, Fairfield University did quite well on this year’s best schools for music students working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in the large suburb of Fairfield, Fairfield U is a private not-for-profit school with a moderately-sized student population.

While working on their Bachelor's Degree, music majors at Fairfield U accumulate an average of around $20,958 in student debt.

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#15

American University

Washington, DC

American University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for music students to get a bachelor’s degree. It came in at #15 on the list. Located in the large city of Washington, The American University is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population.

Music majors at The American University take out an average of $23,288 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree.

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Concordia College at Moorhead ranked #16 on this year’s Best Music Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Located in the suburb of Moorhead, Concordia College Moorhead is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

On average, music graduates from Concordia College Moorhead take out $25,998 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $280.

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#17

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, VA

Virginia Tech ranked #17 on this year’s Best Music Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Virginia Tech is a fairly large public school located in the small city of Blacksburg.

On average, music graduates from Virginia Tech take out $20,479 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree.

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#18

Taylor University

Upland, IN

Taylor University ranked #18 on this year’s Best Music Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Taylor U is a small private not-for-profit school located in the town of Upland.

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#19

Luther College

Decorah, IA

Luther College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for music students to get a bachelor’s degree. It came in at #19 on the list. Located in the remote town of Decorah, Luther is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

The average amount in student loans that music majors at Luther take out while working on their Bachelor's Degree is $25,124. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $280.

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#20

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI

Michigan State University came in at #20 in this year’s edition of the Best Music Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking. Michigan State is a fairly large public school located in the small city of East Lansing.

After completing their Bachelor's Degree, music graduates from Michigan State carry an average student debtload of $24,220. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $284, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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University of Nebraska at Kearney came in at #21 in this year’s edition of the Best Music Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking. UNK is a moderately-sized public school located in the town of Kearney.

After completing their Bachelor's Degree, music graduates from UNK carry an average student debtload of $23,413. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $273.

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#22

Texas Tech University

Lubbock, TX

Texas Tech University landed the #22 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best bachelor’s degree music programs. Located in the large city of Lubbock, Texas Tech is a public college with a fairly large student population.

The average amount in student loans that music majors at Texas Tech take out while working on their Bachelor's Degree is $26,580. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $280.

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The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for music students to get a bachelor’s degree. It came in at #23 on the list. Located in the city of Edinburg, UT Rio Grande Valley is a public school with a fairly large student population.

After completing their Bachelor's Degree, music graduates from UT Rio Grande Valley carry an average student debtload of $15,804. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $163.

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University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire ranked #24 on this year’s Best Music Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Located in the small city of Eau Claire, UW - Eau Claire is a public school with a fairly large student population.

Music majors at UW - Eau Claire take out an average of $20,865 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $246.

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#25

James Madison University

Harrisonburg, VA

James Madison University ranked #25 on this year’s Best Music Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Located in the small city of Harrisonburg, JMU is a public college with a very large student population.

On average, music graduates from JMU take out $21,660 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $243.

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Rest of the Top Best Music Bachelor's Degree Schools

#26

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL
#27

Northeastern University

Boston, MA
#29

Lebanon Valley College

Annville, PA
#31

Loyola Marymount University

Los Angeles, CA
#37

Texas State University

San Marcos, TX
#38

Lindenwood University

Saint Charles, MO
#40

University of Iowa

Iowa City, IA
#41

Rice University

Houston, TX
#43

Truman State University

Kirksville, MO
#47

Bradley University

Peoria, IL

Remaining Award Winners

This section shows the rest of the colleges awarded a Best Music Bachelor's Degree Schools badge. Showing in this list means the college was ranked in the top 15% of the 422 different United States music schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
51 Ohio State University - Main Campus Columbus, OH
52 Boston University Boston, MA
53 University of Washington - Seattle Campus Seattle, WA
54 Eastern Illinois University Charleston, IL
55 Ball State University Muncie, IN
56 Sam Houston State University Huntsville, TX
57 University of Maryland - College Park College Park, MD
58 Syracuse University Syracuse, NY
59 St Olaf College Northfield, MN
60 Iowa State University Ames, IA
61 Rowan University Glassboro, NJ
62 Rutgers University - New Brunswick New Brunswick, NJ
63 West Texas A&M University Canyon, TX

Additional Noteworthy Schools

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also great but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Best Music Bachelor's Degree Schools award.

Rank College Location
64 University of Southern California Los Angeles, CA
65 Stephen F Austin State University Nacogdoches, TX
66 Texas A&M University - Commerce Commerce, TX
67 University of Wyoming Laramie, WY
68 Ithaca College Ithaca, NY
69 Emerson College Boston, MA
70 Saint Cloud State University Saint Cloud, MN
71 Seattle Pacific University Seattle, WA
72 University of North Florida Jacksonville, FL
73 Skidmore College Saratoga Springs, NY
74 University of Connecticut Storrs, CT
75 University of North Texas Denton, TX
76 University of Northern Iowa Cedar Falls, IA
77 Minnesota State University - Mankato Mankato, MN
78 Texas Christian University Fort Worth, TX
79 San Jose State University San Jose, CA
80 Susquehanna University Selinsgrove, PA
81 University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh Oshkosh, WI
82 University of Rhode Island Kingston, RI
83 Grand Valley State University Allendale, MI
84 Colorado State University - Fort Collins Fort Collins, CO

Music by Region

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Region
Southeast
New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

One of 9 majors within the area of study, music has other similar majors worth exploring.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Fine & Studio Arts 40,751
Design & Applied Arts 36,179
Drama & Theater Arts 17,726
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 16,756
General Visual & Performing Arts 5,720

Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

  • Read more about our ranking methodology.
  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).

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