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2021 Best Music Schools in Pennsylvania

24 Colleges
$24,158 Avg Salary
$28,123 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Music School for You

With 1,077 degrees and certificates handed out in 2018-2019, music is the #51 most popular major in Pennsylvania.

It's not easy to decide which program to enroll in when you have so many options available. 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.

Along with in-depth profiles of schools and the programs they offer, Course Advisor has created the Best Music Schools in Pennsylvania to help you in your search for the best school for you. This report analyzed 24 schools in Pennsylvania to see which ones offered the best programs for students.

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2021 Best Music Schools in Pennsylvania

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

Top 10 Best Music Schools

#1

Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, PA

Our 2021 rankings named Carnegie Mellon University the best school in Pennsylvania for music students. Located in the large city of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

After completing their degree, music graduates from Carnegie Mellon carry an average student debtload of $33,856. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $377, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#2

Lebanon Valley College

Annville, PA

Out of the 24 schools in Pennsylvania that were part of this year’s ranking, Lebanon Valley College landed the # 2 spot on the list. LVC is a small private not-for-profit school located in the small suburb of Annville.

The average amount in student loans that music majors at LVC take out is $27,000. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $280.

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Out of the 24 schools in Pennsylvania that were part of this year’s ranking, University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus landed the # 3 spot on the list. Pitt is a very large public school located in the city of Pittsburgh.

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A rank of #4 on this year’s list means West Chester University of Pennsylvania is a great place for music students. Located in the large suburb of West Chester, WCUPA is a public school with a large student population.

The average amount in student loans that music majors at WCUPA take out is $27,000. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $280.

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#5

Susquehanna University

Selinsgrove, PA

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Susquehanna University. The school came in at #5 on this year’s Best Music Schools in Pennsylvania list. Susquehanna is a small private not-for-profit school located in the distant town of Selinsgrove.

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#6

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

University of Pennsylvania came in at #6 in this year’s edition of the Best Music Schools in Pennsylvania ranking. UPenn is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Philadelphia.

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Millersville University of Pennsylvania ranked #7 on this year’s Best Music Schools in Pennsylvania list. Millersville is a medium-sized public school located in the suburb of Millersville.

After completing their degree, music graduates from Millersville carry an average student debtload of $23,473. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $244, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#8

Messiah University

Mechanicsburg, PA

Messiah University landed the #8 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best music programs. Messiah is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Mechanicsburg.

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Mercyhurst University came in at #9 in this year’s edition of the Best Music Schools in Pennsylvania ranking. Mercyhurst College is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Erie.

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#10

Duquesne University

Pittsburgh, PA

Duquesne University came in at #10 in this year’s edition of the Best Music Schools in Pennsylvania ranking. Located in the large city of Pittsburgh, Duquesne is a private not-for-profit school with a moderately-sized student population.

Music majors at Duquesne take out an average of $27,000 in student loans while working on their egree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $280.

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Best Music Colleges in the Middle Atlantic Region

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State Degrees Awarded
New York 2,587
Maryland 456
New Jersey 652
District of Columbia 84
Delaware 50

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 24 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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