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2021 Best Music Schools in Virginia

13 Colleges
$26,700 Avg Salary
$28,099 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Music School for You

With 626 degrees and certificates handed out in 2018-2019, music is the #59 most popular major in Virginia.

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.

To assist you in seeing some of the education options that are available to you, Course Advisor has created its Best Music Schools in Virginia ranking. Our analysis looked at 13 schools in Virginia to see which programs offered the best educational experiences for students.

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2021 Best Music Schools in Virginia

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

Top 10 Best Music Schools

Our analysis found University of Virginia - Main Campus to be the best school for music students who want to pursue a degree in Virginia. Located in the small suburb of Charlottesville, University of Virginia is a public college with a fairly large student population.

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#2

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, VA

A rank of #2 on this year’s list means Virginia Tech is a great place for music students. Located in the small city of Blacksburg, Virginia Tech is a public school with a fairly large student population.

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#3

James Madison University

Harrisonburg, VA

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend James Madison University. It ranked #3 on our 2021 Best Music Schools in Virginia list. JMU is a fairly large public school located in the small city of Harrisonburg.

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#4

George Mason University

Fairfax, VA

A rank of #4 on this year’s list means George Mason University is a great place for music students. Located in the suburb of Fairfax, GMU is a public college with a very large student population.

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#5

Radford University

Radford, VA

A rank of #5 on this year’s list means Radford University is a great place for music students. Located in the suburb of Radford, Radford is a public college with a large student population.

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#6

Christopher Newport University

Newport News, VA

Christopher Newport University came in at #6 in this year’s edition of the Best Music Schools in Virginia ranking. Located in the medium-sized city of Newport News, CNU is a public college with a small student population.

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#7

Old Dominion University

Norfolk, VA

Old Dominion University ranked #7 on this year’s Best Music Schools in Virginia list. Located in the city of Norfolk, Old Dominion is a public college with a fairly large student population.

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Virginia Commonwealth University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for music students. It came in at #8 on the list. Located in the medium-sized city of Richmond, VCU is a public school with a fairly large student population.

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#9

Shenandoah University

Winchester, VA

Shenandoah University landed the #9 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best music programs. Located in the city of Winchester, Shenandoah is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

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#10

University of Mary Washington

Fredericksburg, VA

University of Mary Washington ranked #10 on this year’s Best Music Schools in Virginia list. Located in the midsize suburb of Fredericksburg, UMW is a public college with a small student population.

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Best Music Colleges in the Southeast Region

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State Degrees Awarded
Georgia 504
Florida 1,336
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.

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 13 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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