How to Choose a Music School
Institutions, both public and private, offer degree programs in music with multiple concentration or specialization options. Students should seek out a school that offers the concentration they prefer. Some specializations might include jazz studies, music therapy, music theory, history, composition, instrumental conduction, music education or musicology. Students interested in teaching, performing, or both should select a program that caters to their particular career goal. There are master's and doctoral degree programs in music.
- Students interested in performance may seek out programs that have opportunities in jazz bands, chamber groups, opera theatre productions, marching bands and various sports pep bands.
- It may be beneficial to select a school with well accomplished, reputable music instructors.
- Many schools offer combined music programs which teach students both to perform and to be instructors.
- Students might consider a program with access to local musical venues for student performances.
Top 10 Music Schools
|The Julliard School New York||4-year, Private not-for-profit|
|Southern Methodist University||4- year, Private not-for-profit|
|Boston College||4-year, Private not-for-profit|
|Princeton University||4-year, Private not-for-profit|
|Yale University||4-year, Private not-for-profit|
|Stanford University||4-year, Private not-for-profit|
|Cornell University||4 year, Private not-for-profit|
|Brown University||4 year, Private not-for-profit|
|Duke University||4 year, Private not-for-profit|
|Columbia University||4-year, Private not-for-profit|
Top 20 Largest Music Schools
|Houston Community College||2-year, Public|
|Arizona State University||4-year, Public|
|Indiana University - Bloomington||4-year, Public|
|Florida International University||4-year, Public|
|Florida State University||4-year, Public|
|Austin Community College District||2-year, Public|
|California State University - Northridge||4-year, Public|
|Brigham Young University - Idaho||4-year, Private|
|East Los Angeles College||2-year, Public|
|College of Southern Nevada||4-year, Public|
|Georgia State University||4-year, Public|
|California State University - Fullerton||4-year, Public|
|Boston University||4-year, Private|
|Colorado State University - Fort Collins||4-year, Public|
|California State University - Long Beach||4-year, Public|
|Florida Atlantic University||4-year, Public|
|Brigham Young University - Provo||4-year, Private|
|Excelsior College||4-year, Private|
|George Mason University||4-year, Public|
|College of Dupage||2-year, Public|