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2021 Most Popular Online Music Schools

30 Colleges
$25,639 Avg Salary
$28,653 Avg Student Debt

Music is the #47 most popular major in the country with 26,968 degrees and certificates awarded in 2018-2019.

With all the programs available today, it can be tough to choose which one is the best for you. 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 Most Popular Online Music Schools ranking. This report analyzed 30 schools in the United States to see which ones were the most popular online programs for students. To create this ranking we looked at how many students graduated from schools with online programs.

The following schools top our list of the Most Popular Online Music Colleges.

Our 2021 rankings named Berklee College of Music the most popular online school in the United States for music students. Located in the city of Boston, Berklee College of Music is a private not-for-profit school with a moderately-sized student population.

While working on their degree, music majors at Berklee College of Music accumulate an average of around $30,667 in student debt. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $336, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#2

Los Angeles Film School

Hollywood, CA

Out of the 30 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Los Angeles Film School landed the # 2 spot on the list. LA Film School is a moderately-sized private for-profit school located in the large city of Hollywood.

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#3

Full Sail University

Winter Park, FL

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Full Sail University. The school came in at #3 on this year’s Most Popular Online Music Schools list. Full Sail University is a fairly large private for-profit school located in the suburb of Winter Park.

Music majors at Full Sail University take out an average of $44,362 in student loans while working on their egree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $460, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#4

Academy of Art University

San Francisco, CA

A rank of #4 on this year’s list means Academy of Art University is a great place for music students pursuing an online degree. Academy of Art University is a moderately-sized private for-profit school located in the city of San Francisco.

After completing their degree, music graduates from Academy of Art University carry an average student debtload of $73,184. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $833, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Out of the 30 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Atlanta Institute of Music and Media landed the # 5 spot on the list. AIMM is a small private for-profit school located in the suburb of Duluth.

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#5

Eastern Illinois University

Charleston, IL

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Eastern Illinois University. It ranked #5 on our 2021 Most Popular Online Music Schools list. Located in the town of Charleston, EIU is a public college with a moderately-sized student population.

After completing their degree, music graduates from EIU carry an average student debtload of $26,804. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $278.

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#7

Foothill College

Los Altos Hills, CA

Foothill College ranked #7 on this year’s Most Popular Online Music Schools list. Located in the suburb of Los Altos Hills, Foothill College is a public school with a large student population.

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North Carolina Central University landed the #8 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best music programs. Located in the large city of Durham, North Carolina Central University is a public school with a medium-sized student population.

After completing their degree, music graduates from North Carolina Central University carry an average student debtload of $39,434. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $409.

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#9

Valley City State University

Valley City, ND

Valley City State University landed the #9 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best music programs. Located in the town of Valley City, Valley City State University is a public college with a small student population.

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#9

Ball State University

Muncie, IN

With a ranking of #9, Ball State University did quite well on this year’s best schools for music students. Located in the small city of Muncie, Ball State is a public school with a very large student population.

While working on their degree, music majors at Ball State accumulate an average of around $24,151 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 $251.

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New England
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Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

One of 9 majors within the area of study, music has other similar majors worth exploring.

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 26 schools only.

  • 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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