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2021 Best Music Schools in the Southwest Region

39 Colleges
$33,126 Avg Salary
$28,647 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.

Today's students have lots of options to pick from when considering higher education opportunities. You can choose a traditional brick and mortar school, or with the growth of online education, you can attend a school half-way across the country without even leaving your house. Also there are many trade schools that offer short-term programs that open up more career options.

To help you arm yourself with the information you need to make your decision, Course Advisor has developed this Best Music Schools in the Southwest Region ranking. This report analyzed 39 schools in the Southwest Region to see which ones offered the best programs for students.

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2021 Best Music Schools in the Southwest Region

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

Top 10 Best Music Schools

#1

University of Houston

Houston, TX

Our 2021 rankings named University of Houston the best school in the Southwest Region for music students. U of H is a very large public school located in the large city of Houston.

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#2

Texas Tech University

Lubbock, TX

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Texas Tech University. The school came in at #2 on this year’s Best Music Schools in the Southwest Region list. Texas Tech is a fairly large public school located in the city of Lubbock.

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A rank of #3 on this year’s list means The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley is a great place for music students. UT Rio Grande Valley is a fairly large public school located in the city of Edinburg.

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Out of the 39 schools in the Southwest Region that were part of this year’s ranking, Southern Methodist University landed the # 4 spot on the list. SMU is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Dallas.

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#5

Rice University

Houston, TX

Out of the 39 schools in the Southwest Region that were part of this year’s ranking, Rice University landed the # 5 spot on the list. Rice is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Houston.

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With a ranking of #6, The University of Texas at Austin did quite well on this year’s best schools for music students. UT Austin is a fairly large public school located in the city of Austin.

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With a ranking of #7, Sam Houston State University did quite well on this year’s best schools for music students. SHSU is a fairly large public school located in the distant town of Huntsville.

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#8

Texas State University

San Marcos, TX

Texas 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. Located in the small city of San Marcos, Texas State is a public college with a very large student population.

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Stephen F Austin State University ranked #9 on this year’s Best Music Schools in the Southwest Region list. SFASU is a fairly large public school located in the remote town of Nacogdoches.

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With a ranking of #10, West Texas A&M University did quite well on this year’s best schools for music students. West Texas A&M University is a medium-sized public school located in the town of Canyon.

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Best Music Colleges by State

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State Degrees Awarded
Texas 2,249
Arizona 277
Oklahoma 408
New Mexico 86

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 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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