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.
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
|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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