List of Music Schools: 20 Largest Music Schools in the U.S.

The largest music schools in the United States offer degree programs that prepare students for graduate study and performing and teaching careers. Keep reading to get details on three of the largest music schools in the U.S. and the programs that each school offers. Also, see a list of the 20 largest music schools in the nation.

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University of Florida, Ohio State University and Arizona State University are three of the largest music schools in the U.S., and each of these schools offers bachelor's, master's and doctoral programs in music. All of these 4-year public universities feature degree programs with multiple concentration or specialization options.

University of Florida

All music students at the University of Florida have opportunities to perform in jazz bands, chamber groups, opera theatre productions, marching bands and various sports pep bands.

The university offers a Bachelor of Music program designed for students seeking to perform and teach music. Programs include voice, keyboard, percussion, wind and string instruments. The Bachelor of Music Education program trains students to become music teachers with a curriculum that meets state teacher education requirements.

Students in the Master of Music program may specialize in ethnomusicology, performance, conducting, music education, composition and music history and literature. The musicology program combines courses and seminars in ethnomusicology with those offered by the Digital Worlds Institute and departments of Latin American, African, gender and European studies.

Ohio State offers five doctoral degrees in music, including a Ph.D. in Musicology - Historical Musicology, and a Ph.D. in Musicology - Ethnomusicology.

Ohio State University

Students can earn a Bachelor of Music with a specialization in history, composition, jazz studies, music theory and performance. A Bachelor of Music Education and Bachelor of Arts in Music are also available.

Ohio State offers a Master of Music in ten musical specialties, including orchestral conducting, brass performance, composition and instrumental conduction. Master of Arts degree programs are available in eight areas, such as string pedagogy and music theory.

Candidates for a Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) degree may specialize in performance, vocal, composition and conducting. The Ph.D. in Music program offers training in three disciplines, music theory, music education and musicology. Like many of the largest music schools in the U.S., Ohio State offers fellowships and graduate assistantships for talented Ph.D. and master's degree candidates. The university is home to one of the most famous 100-piece all-percussion and brass marching bands in the United States.

Arizona State University

Arizona State ranks No. 1 among the 20 largest universities in the U.S and has five musical venues that offer students more than 600 opportunities to perform. Arizona State also offers over 200 practice rooms and studios.

Students may pursue a Bachelor of Arts in Music and a Bachelor of Music in seven specialties, including music therapy, collaborative piano and music theatre. Arizona State offers a Master of Arts in Music and a Master of Music in areas such as music education and music composition.

Students in the Doctor of Musical Arts program have four concentration options, including interdisciplinary digital media and performance. The Ph.D. in Music program offers a concentration in music education.

The Grammage music facility, which hosts a variety of musical, operatic and dramatic performances, was designed by famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright.

Top 20 Largest Colleges with Music Schools in the United States

College/University Student Population Location
Arizona State University 67,082 Tempe, AZ
Miami Dade College 57,222 Miami, FL
Ohio State University 53,715 Columbus, OH
University of Florida 51,474 Gainesville, FL
University of Minnesota 51,140 Minneapolis, MN
University of Central Florida 50,121 Orlando, FL
University of Texas at Austin 49,984 Austin, TX
Houston Community College 48,169 Houston, TX
Texas A&M University 48,039 College Station, TX
Michigan State University 46,510 East Lansing, MI
University of South Florida 46,189 Tampa, FL
Penn State University 44,406 University Park, PA
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 43,246 Champaign, IL
University of Wisconsin 41,620 Madison, WI
Lone Star College System 41,345 The Woodlands, TX
Indiana University 40,354 Bloomington, IN
College of Southern Nevada 40,310 Las Vegas, NV

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