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2021 Best Music Schools in the Great Lakes Region

73 Colleges
$25,684 Avg Salary
$28,070 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Music School for You

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

There are lots of options to pick from today when trying to decide which program is right for you. 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.

Along with in-depth profiles of schools and the programs they offer, Course Advisor has created the Best Music Schools in the Great Lakes Region to help you in your search for the best school for you. Our analysis looked at 73 schools in the Great Lakes Region to see which programs offered the best educational experiences for students.

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2021 Best Music Schools in the Great Lakes Region

The following schools top our list of the Best Music Colleges.

Top 10 Best Music Schools

#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 degree in the Great Lakes Region . Located in the large suburb of Notre Dame, Notre Dame is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

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You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend University of Wisconsin - Platteville. The school came in at #2 on this year’s Best Music Schools in the Great Lakes Region list. Located in the town of Platteville, UW - Platteville is a public college with a moderately-sized student population.

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#3

Taylor University

Upland, IN

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Taylor University. It ranked #3 on our 2021 Best Music Schools in the Great Lakes Region list. Taylor U is a small private not-for-profit school located in the distant town of Upland.

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The excellent programs at University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire helped the school earn the #4 place on this year’s ranking of the best music schools in the Great Lakes Region . Located in the small city of Eau Claire, UW - Eau Claire is a public college with a fairly large student population.

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#5

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL

Out of the 73 schools in the Great Lakes Region that were part of this year’s ranking, Northwestern University landed the # 5 spot on the list. Northwestern U is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Evanston.

Music majors at Northwestern U take out an average of $31,084 in student loans while working on their egree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $352, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#6

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI

Michigan State University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for music students. It came in at #6 on the list. Michigan State is a fairly large public school located in the city of East Lansing.

The average amount in student loans that music majors at Michigan State take out is $27,944. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $314, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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University of Wisconsin - Whitewater did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for music students. It came in at #7 on the list. UW - Whitewater is a fairly large public school located in the town of Whitewater.

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Illinois State University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for music students. It came in at #8 on the list. Illinois State is a very large public school located in the medium-sized suburb of Normal.

Music majors at Illinois State take out an average of $23,702 in student loans while working on their egree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $262.

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Ohio State University - Main Campus came in at #9 in this year’s edition of the Best Music Schools in the Great Lakes Region ranking. Located in the large city of Columbus, Ohio State is a public school with a fairly large student population.

The average amount in student loans that music majors at Ohio State take out is $29,000. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $301.

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#10

Bradley University

Peoria, IL

With a ranking of #10, Bradley University did quite well on this year’s best schools for music students. Located in the city of Peoria, Bradley is a private not-for-profit school with a moderately-sized student population.

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Additional Noteworthy Schools

Here are some additional great schools for Music students in the Great Lakes Region that almost earned our Best Music Schools in the Great Lakes Region award.

Rank College Location
11 University of Michigan - Ann Arbor Ann Arbor, MI
12 University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh Oshkosh, WI
13 Grand Valley State University Allendale, MI
14 Lawrence University Appleton, WI

Best Music Colleges by State

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State Degrees Awarded
Michigan 751
Ohio 1,132
Illinois 1,140
Indiana 694
Wisconsin 315

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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