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Music Schools in Texas with Degree Program Overviews

Texas has more than 100 schools that offer music programs. Learn about the degree programs, tuition info and program options for the 10 largest schools to make an informed education decision.

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Essential Information

Texas has numerous undergraduate and graduate degree programs in music, from associate's degrees through doctoral programs. A variety of concentrations are available, including options in music performance, management and education. Students enrolling in the music programs featured below have access to recital halls, piano labs and recording studios, along with specialty instruments and opportunities to perform with music ensembles. The 10 largest Texas public colleges and universities that have music programs are summarized here.


Austin Community College

Austin Community College, located in Austin, offers associate's degrees in music performance and management through its music department, which has over 25 faculty members. Students in the Associate of Arts (A.A.) in Music program are prepared to enter a 4-year bachelor's degree program by taking general education courses in the liberal arts and learning performance, theory, aural skills and piano. Music students can take up to 9 semesters of private lessons and have opportunities to perform in choral, instrumental, chamber and jazz ensembles. The Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) in Music Business, Performance and Technology is a multi-disciplinary program that prepares students for managerial positions in music through an internship in the industry and courses in English, math, marketing, accounting and web or graphic design.

Lone Star College System

While the Lone Star College System is based out of the suburban town of The Woodlands, students can take advantage of many campuses located throughout the region, including two in Houston. Students can earn an A.A. in Music degree at one of five Lone Star College campuses. There are 15 music faculty total, and each campus has its own facilities, program and unique ensembles. For example, there are rehearsal and recital halls, practice rooms and piano labs. Students can join unique ensembles, such as a jazz ensemble at the Montgomery campus and a steel band at the North Harris campus. Students in the music program, which leads to a transfer associate's degree, fulfill general education requirements, receive instruction in piano and their instrument of choice, participate in performance ensembles and take courses in music theory, history and composition.

Texas A&M University - College Station

The main campus of Texas A&M University, located in College Station, offers music degrees through its Department of Performance Studies, which has over 15 music faculty members. Students in the bachelor's degree program specialize in composition and theory, historical musicology and ethnomusicology or music technology and take courses in music history, theory and performance. In order to be admitted, students must pass an audition. Music students have opportunities to perform with bands, choruses and other musical ensembles. They also have access to a music computer lab and a recording studio at which they can record their work. Through the Master of Arts (M.A.) in Performance Studies program, students can pursue advanced study of music alongside other performing arts, including dance and theatre.

Texas State University - San Marcos

Located in San Marcos, between Austin and San Antonio, Texas State offers undergraduate music degrees through its School of Music, which has over 600 students and 80 faculty. The School of Music is equipped with practice rooms, performance halls, rehearsal rooms, a recording facility and a music library. Students can perform in one of Texas State's over 20 music ensembles, including a Mariachi band. The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Music, which is typically accompanied by a minor, provides a broad liberal arts education with emphasis on music, while the Bachelor of Music (B.M.) in Performance is a more focused program that prepares students for a music performance career. Students earning a B.M. in Music Studies graduate with K-12 teacher certification. Other music degrees offered include a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Sound Recording Technology, which prepares students to work in the music and recording industries, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) in Musical Theatre, which includes classes in music, acting and dance.

Texas Tech University

Lubbock-based Texas Tech University offers bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in a variety of musical topics. Its School of Music has over 52 faculty and 440 students and a variety of specialty instruments, including a harpsichord, a double harpsichord, a 36-bell carillon and an 81-rank Holtkamp Organ with over 4,000 pipes. The B.A. in Music allows students to pursue a music education within a liberal arts context, while students in the B.M. program specialize in music performance, composition, theory or education with teacher certification. Students can earn a Master of Music (M.M.) in composition, music theory, musicology, performance or pedagogy. At the doctoral level, students can earn a non-dissertation Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A.) with emphasis on performance, piano pedagogy, conducting, or composition. They may also pursue a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Fine Arts with Specialization in Music, which requires a dissertation for completion.

University of Houston

Located in Houston, University of Houston's Moores School of Music, with over 600 students and 80 faculty members, offers undergraduate and graduate degrees. Students at the undergraduate level can pursue a liberal arts B.A. in Music program, a more focused B.M. with concentrations in music theory, composition, marketing, religion, and education or an applied music concentration with options in instruments or voice. Students seeking the B.M. can earn EC-12 teacher certification in Texas. Students may pursue an M.M. in music education, composition, theory, performance, sacred music, musicology, conducting, piano accompaniment or pedagogy. The D.M.A. degree is available with concentrations in music education, performance, piano accompaniment, composition and conducting. Students have access to a variety of performances occurring on campus, including a 4-week summer music festival and an annual international piano festival.

University of North Texas

University of North Texas in Denton offers bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in music through its College of Music, one of the two largest music schools in the country. The college has over 100 faculty and over 50 music ensembles, including 2 early music ensembles and 9 jazz ensembles. Music students have access to 5 performance spaces, 2 practice buildings and instrument repair shops. Undergraduate students take core courses across all areas of music and can earn a B.A. in Music with an optional emphasis in music history, or a B.M. in performance, jazz, composition, theory or education. Students can earn an M.A. in Music with emphasis on composition, theory, electronic music, ethnomusicology, early music or musicology, an M.M. in conducting, jazz or music education or a joint M.M./D.M.A. in Performance. Other degrees at the doctoral level include: a D.M.A. in conducting or jazz performance, a Ph.D. in Music with concentrations in composition, theory, electronic music, musicology or early music and a Ph.D. in Music Education.

The University of Texas at Arlington

UT at Arlington, located in Arlington between Fort Worth and Dallas, offers bachelor's and master's degrees in music through its Department of Music, which has over 40 faculty members. Music students have performance opportunities with band, choral, jazz, orchestral and chamber ensembles as well as access to a recital hall and recording studio in the fine arts building. At the undergraduate level, students earning a B.M. can focus on jazz studies or music theory, composition, business, theatre, media or performance. The department also offers a B.M. that leads to teacher certification in Texas. Students at the graduate level can earn an M.M. in Music Education or Performance. Graduate students of performance choose either a thesis or non-thesis track and may focus on conducting, an instrument, voice or jazz.

The University of Texas at Austin

UT at Austin, located in Austin, offers music degrees through the Butler School of Music, which has over 100 faculty members. Music students have access to practice and rehearsal rooms, recording and electronic studios and a variety of instruments, including 127 Steinway grand pianos. Students have performance opportunities with the college's 10 vocal ensembles and 32 instrumental ensembles, including Javanese Gamelan. The B.A. in Music has emphases in music business and recording technology, while the B.M. has options in voice, harp, piano, organ or harpsichord, instrumental and jazz performance, music studies with teacher certification and classical or jazz composition. Students can pursue a master's degree in conducting, performance, accompaniment, music and human learning, pedagogy, ethnomusicology or music theory. Doctoral degrees include the D.M.A. in conducting or performance and the Ph.D. program with options in music theory, musicology, ethnomusicology or music and human learning.

The University of Texas at San Antonio

Situated in San Antonio, UT San Antonio offers bachelor's and master's degrees through its Department of Music, which has around 70 faculty members. Students can participate in jazz and small ensembles, bands, choirs and orchestras, and they may audition for an annual, fully staged opera. Students can earn a B.A. in Music or a B.M. with emphasis in music performance, composition or marketing or with a concentration in music studies, leading to teacher certification in Texas. All undergraduate students complete a core curriculum in music, including courses in aural skills, world music, performance and history. Students who wish to prepare for doctoral study can earn an M.M. in vocal performance or pedagogy, instrumental performance or conducting, piano pedagogy or music education. All master's programs require a bachelor's degree for admission, and the music education master's program requires prior classroom teaching experience.

School Comparison: At A Glance

School Name School Type & Setting Music Degree Programs Offered Full-Time Tuition & Fees (2015-2016)
Austin Community College 2-year, public; large city Associate of Arts in Music,
Associate of Applied Science in Music Business, Performance and Technology
$2,550 in-district, $9,210 in-state, $11,340 out-of-state*
Lone Star College 2-year, public; small city Associate of Arts in Music $1,504 in-district, $3,184 in-state, $3,544 out-of-state*
Texas A & M University - College Station 4-year, public; small city Bachelor of Arts in Music,
Master of Arts in Performance Studies
$10,176 in-state, $28,768 out-of-state (undergraduate); $8,656 in-state, $18,183 out-of-state (graduate)*
Texas State University - San Marcos 4-year, public; distant town Bachelor of Arts in Music,
Bachelor of Science in Sound Recording Technology,
Bachelor of Music,
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre
$9,348 in-state, $20,268 out-of-state*
Texas Tech University 4-year, public; midsize city Bachelor of Arts in Music,
Bachelor of Music,
Master of Music,
Master of Music Education,
Doctor of Musical Arts,
Doctor of Philosophy in Fine Arts with Specialization in Music
$8,028 in-state, $17,388 out-of-state (undergraduate); $7,390 in-state, $14,410 out-of-state (graduate) *
University of Houston 4-year, public; large city Bachelor of Arts in Music,
Bachelor of Music,
Bachelor of Music in Applied Music,
Master of Music,
Doctor of Musical Arts
$8,759 in-state, $20,519 out-of-state (undergraduate); $9,074 in-state, $17,894 out-of-state (graduate)*
University of North Texas 4-year, public; midsize city Bachelor of Arts in Music,
Bachelor of Music,
Master of Arts in Music,
Master of Music,
Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts in Performance,
Doctor of Musical Arts,
Doctor of Philosophy in Music,
Doctor of Philosophy in Music Education
$9,730 in-state, $19,090 out-of-state (undergraduate); $7,165 in-state, $14,185 out-of-state (graduate)*
The University of Texas at Arlington 4-year, public; large city Bachelor of Music,
Master of Music in Performance,
Master of Music in Music Education
$9,208 in-state, $19,104 out-of-state (undergraduate); $8,517 in-state, $16,271 out-of-state (graduate)*
The University of Texas at Austin 4-year, public; large city Bachelor of Arts in Music,
Bachelor of Music,
Master of Music,
Doctor of Musical Arts,
Doctor of Philosophy in Music
$9,806 in-state, $34,676 out-of-state (undergraduate); $10,934 in-state, $20,762 out-of-state (graduate)*
The University of Texas at San Antonio 4-year, public; large city Bachelor of Arts in Music,
Bachelor of Music,
Master of Music
$7,447 in-state, $17,169 out-of-state (undergraduate); $6,586 in-state, $20,945 out-of-state (graduate)*

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics - College Navigator.

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