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2021 Best Music Schools in the Far Western US Region

59 Colleges
$21,228 Avg Salary
$32,045 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Music School for You

Out of all the majors we analyze each year, music was ranked #47 in the country. In fact 26,968 degrees and certificates were handed out in 2018-2019.

It's not easy to decide which program to enroll in when you have so many options available. With more and more schools offering online options, you could even register for a great program on the other side of the country. On top of that, there are a considerable number of trade schools that offer fast-track entry to many fields.

To help you arm yourself with the information you need to make your decision, Course Advisor has developed this Best Music Schools in the Far Western US Region ranking. This report analyzed 59 schools in the Far Western US Region to see which ones offered the best programs for students.

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2021 Best Music Schools in the Far Western US Region

The colleges and universities below are the best for music majors pursuing a .

Top 10 Best Music Schools

Our analysis found California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo to be the best school for music students who want to pursue a degree in the Far Western US Region . Cal Poly San Luis Obispo is a very large public school located in the suburb of San Luis Obispo.

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Loyola Marymount University

Los Angeles, CA

A rank of #2 on this year’s list means Loyola Marymount University is a great place for music students. Located in the large city of Los Angeles, Loyola Marymount is a private not-for-profit college with a medium-sized student population.

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Out of the 59 schools in the Far Western US Region that were part of this year’s ranking, University of California - Santa Barbara landed the # 3 spot on the list. UCSB is a very large public school located in the medium-sized suburb of Santa Barbara.

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A rank of #4 on this year’s list means University of Washington - Seattle Campus is a great place for music students. Located in the large city of Seattle, UW Seattle is a public college with a very large student population.

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Seattle Pacific University. It ranked #5 on our 2021 Best Music Schools in the Far Western US Region list. SPU is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Seattle.

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San Jose State University came in at #6 in this year’s edition of the Best Music Schools in the Far Western US Region ranking. San Jose State is a very large public school located in the large city of San Jose.

After completing their degree, music graduates from San Jose State carry an average student debtload of $22,895. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $238.

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University of Southern California did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for music students. It came in at #7 on the list. Located in the large city of Los Angeles, USC is a private not-for-profit school with a very large student population.

On average, music graduates from USC take out $51,418 in student loans while working on their degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $592, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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University of Nevada - Las Vegas landed the #8 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best music programs. UNLV is a fairly large public school located in the midsize city of Las Vegas.

Music majors at UNLV take out an average of $51,138 in student loans while working on their egree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $578, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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University of California - Davis did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for music students. It came in at #9 on the list. UC Davis is a very large public school located in the suburb of Davis.

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University of California - Berkeley ranked #10 on this year’s Best Music Schools in the Far Western US Region list. UC Berkeley is a fairly large public school located in the medium-sized city of Berkeley.

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Best Music Colleges by State

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State Degrees Awarded
California 3,615
Washington 463
Oregon 290
Nevada 81
Hawaii 44
Alaska 11

Music is one of 9 different types of programs to choose from.

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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