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2021 Best Music Schools in the Southeast Region

101 Colleges
$25,034 Avg Salary
$26,370 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.

There are so many programs in today's world that it can tough to figure out which one is the right one for you. You're no longer limited to schools in your local area, either, since online programs are becoming more prevalent. Or you may find the programs at a trade school to be a better alternative for you.

To help you arm yourself with the information you need to make your decision, Course Advisor has developed this Best Music Schools in the Southeast Region ranking. This report analyzed 101 schools in the Southeast Region to see which ones offered the best programs for students.

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2021 Best Music Schools in the Southeast Region

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

Top 15% Best Music Schools

#1

Duke University

Durham, NC

Our analysis found Duke University to be the best school for music students who want to pursue a degree in the Southeast Region . Duke is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Durham.

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Out of the 101 schools in the Southeast Region that were part of this year’s ranking, University of Virginia - Main Campus landed the # 2 spot on the list. Located in the small suburb of Charlottesville, University of Virginia is a public college with a fairly large student population.

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Out of the 101 schools in the Southeast Region that were part of this year’s ranking, University of North Carolina School of the Arts landed the # 3 spot on the list. UNCSA is a small public school located in the midsize city of Winston-Salem.

On average, music graduates from UNCSA take out $32,237 in student loans while working on their degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $358.

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#4

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, VA

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Virginia Tech. It ranked #4 on our 2021 Best Music Schools in the Southeast Region list. Located in the small city of Blacksburg, Virginia Tech is a public college with a fairly large student population.

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#5

Valencia College

Orlando, FL

A rank of #5 on this year’s list means Valencia College is a great place for music students. Located in the city of Orlando, Valencia College is a public college with a very large student population.

While working on their degree, music majors at Valencia College accumulate an average of around $10,625 in student debt. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $110, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#6

James Madison University

Harrisonburg, VA

James Madison University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for music students. It came in at #6 on the list. JMU is a very large public school located in the city of Harrisonburg.

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Atlanta Institute of Music and Media ranked #7 on this year’s Best Music Schools in the Southeast Region list. Located in the suburb of Duluth, AIMM is a private for-profit college with a small student population.

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University of North Carolina at Greensboro came in at #8 in this year’s edition of the Best Music Schools in the Southeast Region ranking. Located in the city of Greensboro, UNC Greensboro is a public school with a very large student population.

After completing their degree, music graduates from UNC Greensboro carry an average student debtload of $25,710. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $284.

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#9

University of North Florida

Jacksonville, FL

University of North Florida did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for music students. It came in at #9 on the list. UNF is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Jacksonville.

Music majors at UNF take out an average of $19,000 in student loans while working on their egree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $197, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for music students. It came in at #10 on the list. Louisiana State University is a fairly large public school located in the city of Baton Rouge.

While working on their degree, music majors at Louisiana State University accumulate an average of around $25,000 in student debt. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $259.

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#11

Elon University

Elon, NC

Elon University ranked #11 on this year’s Best Music Schools in the Southeast Region list. Located in the midsize suburb of Elon, Elon is a private not-for-profit school with a moderately-sized student population.

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#12

George Mason University

Fairfax, VA

With a ranking of #12, George Mason University did quite well on this year’s best schools for music students. Located in the suburb of Fairfax, GMU is a public college with a very large student population.

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#13

Mississippi State University

Mississippi State, MS

Mississippi State University landed the #13 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best music programs. Located in the town of Mississippi State, Mississippi State is a public school with a fairly large student population.

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#14

Florida Gulf Coast University

Fort Myers, FL

Florida Gulf Coast University came in at #14 in this year’s edition of the Best Music Schools in the Southeast Region ranking. FGCU is a fairly large public school located in the large suburb of Fort Myers.

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#15

Belmont University

Nashville, TN

With a ranking of #15, Belmont University did quite well on this year’s best schools for music students. Belmont is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Nashville.

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Honorable Mentions

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 Schools in the Southeast Region award.

Rank College Location
16 Auburn University Auburn, AL
17 University of South Carolina - Columbia Columbia, SC
18 University of Arkansas Fayetteville, AR
19 Furman University Greenville, SC
20 University of Kentucky Lexington, KY

Best Music Colleges by State

Explore the best music schools for a specific state in the Southeast region.

State Degrees Awarded
Georgia 504
Florida 1,336
Virginia 626
North Carolina 537
Tennessee 745
South Carolina 265
Kentucky 305
Louisiana 337
Alabama 334
Arkansas 181
Mississippi 180
West Virginia 115

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

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 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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