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2021 Best Music Schools in the Plains States Region

35 Colleges
$26,717 Avg Salary
$27,428 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. Along with traditional schools that require in-person attendence, you can attend one of many reputable online schools. Some programs even offer a hybrid experience. Alternatively, you may choose a trade school that prepares you to enter the workforce with knowledge in a specific field.

To help you arm yourself with the information you need to make your decision, Course Advisor has developed this Best Music Schools in the Plains States Region ranking. This report analyzed 35 schools in the Plains States Region to see which ones offered the best programs for students.

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2021 Best Music Schools in the Plains States Region

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

Top 10 Best Music Schools

Our analysis found Concordia College at Moorhead to be the best school for music students who want to pursue a degree in the Plains States Region . Concordia College Moorhead is a small private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Moorhead.

Music majors at Concordia College Moorhead take out an average of $27,000 in student loans while working on their egree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $280.

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#2

Luther College

Decorah, IA

A rank of #2 on this year’s list means Luther College is a great place for music students. Luther is a small private not-for-profit school located in the remote town of Decorah.

After completing their degree, music graduates from Luther carry an average student debtload of $27,000. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $280.

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend University of Nebraska at Kearney. It ranked #3 on our 2021 Best Music Schools in the Plains States Region list. Located in the distant town of Kearney, UNK is a public college with a medium-sized student population.

Music majors at UNK take out an average of $26,342 in student loans while working on their egree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $273.

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#4

Lindenwood University

Saint Charles, MO

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Lindenwood University. It ranked #4 on our 2021 Best Music Schools in the Plains States Region list. Lindenwood University is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Saint Charles.

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A rank of #5 on this year’s list means North Dakota State University - Main Campus is a great place for music students. Located in the medium-sized city of Fargo, North Dakota State University is a public school with a fairly large student population.

After completing their degree, music graduates from North Dakota State University carry an average student debtload of $26,875. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $279.

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University of Missouri - Columbia came in at #6 in this year’s edition of the Best Music Schools in the Plains States Region ranking. Mizzou is a fairly large public school located in the midsize city of Columbia.

After completing their degree, music graduates from Mizzou carry an average student debtload of $24,154. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $251.

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#7

Truman State University

Kirksville, MO

Truman State University ranked #7 on this year’s Best Music Schools in the Plains States Region list. Truman State is a moderately-sized public school located in the remote town of Kirksville.

Music majors at Truman State take out an average of $24,865 in student loans while working on their egree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $258.

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#8

University of Iowa

Iowa City, IA

University of Iowa 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 Iowa City, Iowa is a public college with a fairly large student population.

The average amount in student loans that music majors at Iowa take out is $33,162. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $372.

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University of Nebraska at Omaha came in at #9 in this year’s edition of the Best Music Schools in the Plains States Region ranking. UNOMAHA is a fairly large public school located in the city of Omaha.

While working on their degree, music majors at UNOMAHA accumulate an average of around $19,977 in student debt. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $207.

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#10

St Olaf College

Northfield, MN

With a ranking of #10, St Olaf College did quite well on this year’s best schools for music students. St. Olaf is a small private not-for-profit school located in the distant town of Northfield.

The average amount in student loans that music majors at St. Olaf take out is $27,000. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $280.

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Best Music Colleges by State

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State Degrees Awarded
Missouri 403
Minnesota 340
Kansas 199
Iowa 262
Nebraska 137
North Dakota 65
South Dakota 32

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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