Music in Illinois

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Schools Offering Music Programs in Illinois


Around 0.3% of Illinois's graduates graduate from music degree programs every year. In other words, every year an estimated 1,169 musicians graduate from Illinois' 60 music schools.

Top Schools

Northwestern University, which was ranked 7th nationwide in 2010, is the top-ranked school in Illinois that has a music program. It is located in Evanston. 175 students graduated with a degree in music from Northwestern University in 2010. The tuition rate at Northwestern University was $40,223 per year.

Wheaton College, which was ranked 21st nationwide in 2010, is the second-ranked school in Illinois that has a music program. It is located in Wheaton. In 2010, Wheaton College graduated 44 students from its music program. The tuition rate at Wheaton College was $27,580 per year.

The third-ranked school in Illinois that has a music program is Loyola University Chicago. Loyola University Chicago, which was ranked 28th in the country in 2010, is located in Chicago. In 2010, 11 students graduated from Loyola University Chicago music program. Loyola University Chicago charged in-state students $32,114 in tuition fees per year.

Cost

Music schools in Illinois, charge students an average tuition of $17,857 per year. But, tuition can be as much as $42,041 per year, or as little as $2,194 per year. In 2010, the following Illinois music schools had the highest tuition rates:

  1. University of Chicago - located in Chicago, students are charged $42,041 per year
  2. Northwestern University - located in Evanston, students are charged $40,223 per year
  3. Lake Forest College - located in Lake Forest, students are charged $35,525 per year

The following Illinois music schools had the lowest tuition rates:

  1. Elgin Community College - located in Elgin, students are charged $2,194 per year
  2. John A Logan College - located in Carterville, students are charged $2,520 per year
  3. Southwestern Illinois College - located in Belleville, students are charged $2,604 per year

A music degree from an Illinois school... what next?

The Illinois counties with the largest populations of musician are:

  1. Cook County - 1,980 musicians
  2. Lake County - 120 musicians
  3. Bureau County - 120 musicians

Projected Growth

The government projects that by 2018, the number of musicians in the state of Illinois will grow to 5,130. This would require a 6% growth in the profession.

Salary

musicians in Illinois earn $24,525 per year on average. In 2010, however, some Illinois musician earned as little as less than $18,180 per year or as much as more than $83,140 per year. Musicians in the following Illinois counties make the highest salaries on average:

  1. Cook County - $50,820 per year
  2. Lake County - $49,560 per year
  3. Bureau County - $49,450 per year

On average, musicians earn the least in the following Illinois counties:

  1. Menard County - $41,510 per year
  2. Marshall County - $45,600 per year
  3. Clark County - $45,760 per year

On average, the highest paid musicians in Illinois were:

  1. Music Composer - $49,050 per year
  2. Horn Player - per year

The musicians with lowest average salaries in Illinois were:

  1. Music Composer - $49,050 per year
  2. Horn Player - per year

More Information

The charts and graphs below have additional Illinois statistics regarding a career in music. Take a look and compare salaries with various related fields such as music or audio engineering.

Here are the different levels of study available for you to explore.

  • Associate's Degree in Music in Illinois
  • Bachelor's Degree in Music in Illinois
  • Master's Degree in Music in Illinois
  • Doctoral Degree in Music in Illinois

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Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (past 5 yrs)
1
Musicians and Singers 1,400 n/a -30.3%
2
Music Directors and Composers 1,380 $49,050 294.3%
 

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