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2021 Best Music Schools in Illinois

20 Colleges
$23,747 Avg Salary
$27,432 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Music School for You

With 1,140 degrees and certificates handed out in 2018-2019, music is the #40 most popular major in Illinois.

When it comes to higher education, there are a lot of options for students. 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 Schools in Illinois ranking. This report analyzed 20 schools in Illinois to see which ones offered the best programs for students.

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2021 Best Music Schools in Illinois

Check out the music programs at these schools if you want to get the best education that money can buy.

Top 10 Best Music Schools

#1

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL

Our analysis found Northwestern University to be the best school for music students who want to pursue a degree in Illinois. Northwestern U is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Evanston.

On average, music graduates from Northwestern U take out $31,084 in student loans while working on their degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $352, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Out of the 20 schools in Illinois that were part of this year’s ranking, Illinois State University landed the # 2 spot on the list. Illinois State is a very large public school located in the suburb of Normal.

On average, music graduates from Illinois State take out $23,702 in student loans while working on their degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $262.

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#3

Bradley University

Peoria, IL

The excellent programs at Bradley University helped the school earn the #3 place on this year’s ranking of the best music schools in Illinois. Located in the medium-sized city of Peoria, Bradley is a private not-for-profit school with a moderately-sized student population.

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#4

Eastern Illinois University

Charleston, IL

Out of the 20 schools in Illinois that were part of this year’s ranking, Eastern Illinois University landed the # 4 spot on the list. Located in the town of Charleston, EIU is a public school with a moderately-sized student population.

After completing their degree, music graduates from EIU carry an average student debtload of $26,804. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $278.

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A rank of #5 on this year’s list means Western Illinois University is a great place for music students. Located in the town of Macomb, WIU is a public school with a moderately-sized student population.

Music majors at WIU take out an average of $26,500 in student loans while working on their egree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $275.

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#6

Augustana College

Rock Island, IL

Augustana College ranked #6 on this year’s Best Music Schools in Illinois list. Augustana is a small private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Rock Island.

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With a ranking of #7, Wheaton College Illinois did quite well on this year’s best schools for music students. Wheaton College Illinois is a small private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Wheaton.

After completing their degree, music graduates from Wheaton College Illinois carry an average student debtload of $21,562. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $224.

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Southern Illinois University Edwardsville came in at #8 in this year’s edition of the Best Music Schools in Illinois ranking. SIUE is a fairly large public school located in the large suburb of Edwardsville.

Music majors at SIUE take out an average of $20,448 in student loans while working on their egree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $212, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign landed the #9 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best music programs. Located in the small city of Champaign, UIUC is a public college with a fairly large student population.

After completing their degree, music graduates from UIUC carry an average student debtload of $25,388. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $280.

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Northern Illinois University ranked #10 on this year’s Best Music Schools in Illinois list. NIU is a large public school located in the small suburb of Dekalb.

While working on their degree, music majors at NIU accumulate an average of around $32,297 in student debt. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $360, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Best Music Colleges in the Great Lakes Region

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

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

Majors Similar to Music

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 20 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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