Institutions, both public and private, offer degree programs in music with multiple concentration or specialization options. There are also master's and doctoral degree programs in music.
20 Largest Music Schools
This table includes the twenty largest music schools.
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered||Tuition (2015-2016)*|
|Houston Community College||Houston, TX||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's||$3,360 (in-state)|
|Arizona State University||Tempe, AZ||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's||$10,158 (in-state), $10,610 (graduate)|
|Indiana University - Bloomington||Bloomington, IN||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorare, Postgraduate Certificate||$10,388 (in-state), $8,442 (graduate)|
|Florida International University||Miami, FL||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's||$6,556 (in-state), $8,912 (graduate)|
|Florida State University||Tallahassee, FL||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's||$6,507 (in-state), $9,684 (graduate)|
|Austin Community College District||Austin, TX||2-year, Public||Associate's||$9,210 (in-state)|
|California State University - Northridge||Northridge, CA||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's||$6,569 (in-state), $6,738 (graduate)|
|Brigham Young University - Idaho||Rexburg, ID||4-year, Private||Bachelor's||$3,830 (in-state)|
|East Los Angeles College||Monterey Park, CA||2-year, Public||Associate's||$1,220 (in-state)|
|College of Southern Nevada||Las Vegas, NV||4-year, Public||Associate's||$2,805 (in-state)|
|Georgia State University||Atlanta, GA||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's||$8,974 (in-state), $6,876 (graduate)|
|California State University - Fullerton||Fullerton, CA||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's||$6,437 (in-state), $6,738 (graduate)|
|Boston University||Boston, MA||4-year, Private||Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate||$48,436, $47,422 (graduate)|
|Colorado State University - Fort Collins||Fort Collins, CO||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's||$,10,558 (in-state), $9,348 (graduate)|
|California State University - Long Beach||Long Beach, CA||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's||$6,452 (in-state), $6,738 (graduate)|
|Florida Atlantic University||Boca Raton, FL||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's||$4,831 (in-state), $5,467 (graduate)|
|Brigham Young University - Provo||Provo, UT||4-year, Private||Bachelor's, Master's||$5,150, $6,500 (graduate)|
|George Mason University||Fairfax, VA||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's||$10,952 (in-state), $10,328 (graduate)|
|College of Dupage||Glen Ellyn, IL||2-year, Public||Associate's||$10,885 (in-state)|
|Musician's Institute||Hollywood, CA||4-year, Private||Certificate, Associate's, Bachelor's||$15,990-$31,980 (Certificate), $47,970 (Associate's), $78,030-$90,720 (Bachelor's)**|
Source: *NCES, ** School website 2017
School Selection Criteria
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. They should also keep the following in mind:
- 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.
Students wanting to study music should try to have a preferred concentration in mind and seek out a school that will help them to achieve their long-term goals. Factors, such as available programs, opportunities, and instructors, can be important in the search for the right institution.