Music in New Jersey

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Schools Offering Music Programs in New Jersey

Each year, roughly 0.3% of New Jersey students graduate with degrees in music. In other words, every year an estimated 526 musicians graduate from New Jersey's 23 music schools.

Top Schools

Princeton University, which is located in Princeton, is the top-ranked school in New Jersey that has a music program. It received a ranking of 5th in the country in 2010. 13 students graduated with a degree in music from Princeton University in 2010. Students at Princeton University paid $36,640 per year in tuition fees.

Rutgers University-New Brunswick, which is located in New Brunswick, is the second-ranked school in New Jersey that has a music program. It received a ranking of 17th in the country in 2010. In 2010, 105 students graduated from Rutgers University-New Brunswick music program. Tuition at Rutgers University-New Brunswick was $12,582 per year.

The College of New Jersey, which is located in Trenton, is the third-ranked school in New Jersey that has a music program. It received a ranking of 21st in the country in 2010. In 2010, The College of New Jersey graduated 25 students from its music programs. Tuition at The College of New Jersey was $13,293 per year.


Tuition at New Jersey's music schools ranges from $39,873 per year to $3,384 per year. But, the average tuition is $17,947 per year. In 2010, the following New Jersey music schools had the highest tuition rates:

  1. Drew University - located in Madison, students are charged $39,873 per year
  2. Stevens Institute of Technology - located in Hoboken, students are charged $39,816 per year
  3. Princeton University - located in Princeton, students are charged $36,640 per year

The lowest tuition rates at New Jersey music schools were charged at the following schools:

  1. Essex County College - located in Newark, students are charged $3,384 per year
  2. Bergen Community College - located in Paramus, students are charged $3,733 per year
  3. Raritan Valley Community College - located in Somerville, students are charged $3,840 per year

A music degree from a New Jersey school... what next?

In New Jersey, the largest numbers of musician work in the following counties:

  1. Middlesex County - 290 musicians
  2. Essex County - 260 musicians
  3. Burlington County - 120 musicians

Projected Growth

The government projects that the number of musicians in New Jersey will grow by 4%. By 2018, there will be an estimated 2,450 musicians working in New Jersey.


On average, musicians earn $32,040 per year. In 2010, however, some New Jersey musician earned as little as less than $23,460 per year or as much as more than $91,280 per year. On average musician earn the most in the following New Jersey counties:

  1. Middlesex County - $78,130 per year
  2. Mercer County - $62,230 per year
  3. Burlington County - $58,580 per year

Musicians in the following counties in New Jersey make the lowest salaries on average:

  1. Essex County - $57,710 per year
  2. Burlington County - $58,580 per year
  3. Mercer County - $62,230 per year

The musicians with highest average salaries in New Jersey were:

  1. Music Composer - $64,080 per year
  2. Horn Player - per year

The musicians with lowest average salaries in New Jersey were:

  1. Music Composer - $64,080 per year
  2. Horn Player - per year

More Information

For more data regarding a career in music in New Jersey and to compare salaries with various related fields such as music or audio engineering, take a look at the graphs and charts below.

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

  • Associate's Degree in Music in New Jersey
  • Bachelor's Degree in Music in New Jersey
  • Master's Degree in Music in New Jersey
  • Doctoral Degree in Music in New Jersey
  • Certificate in Music in New Jersey

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Distance School City State Rating Acceptance Rate Student Population
5,411 miles from location Rutgers University-New Brunswick New Brunswick NJ 82.5013 33% 37,366
5,403 miles from location Montclair State University Montclair NJ 66.2247 33% 18,171
5,399 miles from location Bergen Community College Paramus NJ 11.8148 n/a 16,469
5,402 miles from location Kean University Union NJ 28.3841 41% 15,051
5,400 miles from location Essex County College Newark NJ 7.50274 n/a 13,314
5,400 miles from location Rutgers University-Newark Newark NJ 66.2113 12% 11,501
5,437 miles from location Rowan University Glassboro NJ 67.3035 31% 11,006
5,404 miles from location William Paterson University of New Jersey Wayne NJ 29.0183 32% 10,820
5,404 miles from location Seton Hall University South Orange NJ 63.933 13% 9,616
5,422 miles from location County College of Morris Randolph NJ 13.3854 n/a 8,798
5,395 miles from location New Jersey City University Jersey City NJ 25.4935 52% 8,399
5,425 miles from location Raritan Valley Community College Somerville NJ 12.4215 n/a 7,888
5,421 miles from location Princeton University Princeton NJ 94.9097 60% 7,592
5,426 miles from location The College of New Jersey Trenton NJ 79.0387 30% 6,980
5,385 miles from location Monmouth University West Long Branch NJ 29.2185 24% 6,499
5,424 miles from location Rider University Trenton NJ 61.8032 19% 6,036
5,404 miles from location Ramapo College of New Jersey Mahwah NJ 69.8868 36% 6,026
5,440 miles from location Rutgers University-Camden Camden NJ 63.8684 13% 5,781
5,392 miles from location Stevens Institute of Technology Hoboken NJ 72.0499 37% 5,757
5,395 miles from location Georgian Court University Lakewood NJ 27.0205 40% 3,023
5,413 miles from location Drew University Madison NJ 68.0422 13% 2,667
5,406 miles from location Caldwell College Caldwell NJ 23.5301 28% 2,284
5,414 miles from location College of Saint Elizabeth Morristown NJ 57.3259 42% 2,157

Curious what studying Music gets you?

Check out the different options and how they're looking in New Jersey

Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (past 5 yrs)
Musicians and Singers + 610 n/a -52.0%
Music Directors and Composers + 420 $64,080 75.0%

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