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Music in Pennsylvania

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Schools Offering Music Programs in Pennsylvania

Around 0.3% of Pennsylvania's graduates graduate from music degree programs every year. In other words, every year an estimated 993 musicians graduate from Pennsylvania's 62 music schools.

Top Schools

The top-ranked school in Pennsylvania that has a music program is University of Pennsylvania. University of Pennsylvania, which was ranked 4th in the country in 2010, is located in Philadelphia. 16 students graduated with a degree in music from University of Pennsylvania in 2010. Tuition at University of Pennsylvania was $40,514 per year.

The second-ranked school in Pennsylvania that has a music program is Swarthmore College. Swarthmore College, which was ranked 15th in the country in 2010, is located in Swarthmore. 2 students graduated with degree in music from Swarthmore College in 2010. Students at Swarthmore College paid $39,600 per year in tuition fees.

Carnegie Mellon University, which is located in Pittsburgh, is the third-ranked school in Pennsylvania that has a music program. It received a ranking of 16th in the country in 2010. In 2010, Carnegie Mellon University graduated 55 students from its music programs. Carnegie Mellon University charged in-state students $42,136 in tuition fees per year.


Tuition at Pennsylvania's music schools ranges from $42,342 per year to $2,290 per year. But, the average tuition is $22,792 per year. In 2010, the following Pennsylvania music schools had the highest tuition rates:

  1. Bucknell University - located in Lewisburg, students are charged $42,342 per year
  2. Carnegie Mellon University - located in Pittsburgh, students are charged $42,136 per year
  3. Dickinson College - located in Carlisle, students are charged $41,520 per year

The music schools in Pennsylvania that charged the lowest tuition rates were:

  1. The Curtis Institute of Music - located in Philadelphia, students are charged $2,290 per year
  2. Community College of Allegheny County - located in Pittsburgh, students are charged $2,720 per year
  3. Bucks County Community College - located in Newtown, students are charged $3,742 per year

A music degree from a Pennsylvania school... what next?

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

  1. Bucks County - 750 musicians
  2. Allegheny County - 680 musicians
  3. Lackawanna County - 160 musicians

Projected Growth

The government projects that by 2018, the number of musicians in the state of Pennsylvania will shrink to 11,600. This would require a -5% decline in the profession.


musicians in Pennsylvania make an average of $26,045 per year. In 2010, however, some Pennsylvania musician earned as little as less than $15,900 per year or as much as more than $131,240 per year. On average musician earn the most in the following Pennsylvania counties:

  1. Cumberland County - $64,250 per year
  2. Bucks County - $64,240 per year
  3. Bradford County - $58,620 per year

Musicians in the following counties in Pennsylvania make the lowest salaries on average:

  1. Bedford County - $39,770 per year
  2. Centre County - $41,900 per year
  3. Berks County - $45,960 per year

On average, the highest paid musicians in Pennsylvania were:

  1. Music Composer - $52,090 per year
  2. Horn Player - per year

The musicians with lowest average salaries in Pennsylvania were:

  1. Music Composer - $52,090 per year
  2. Horn Player - per year

More Information

For more data regarding a career in music in Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania
  • Bachelor's Degree in Music in Pennsylvania
  • Master's Degree in Music in Pennsylvania
  • Doctoral Degree in Music in Pennsylvania

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Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (past 5 yrs)
Musicians and Singers 1,380 n/a -21.1%
Music Directors and Composers 1,000 $52,090 300.0%

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