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How will your music education stack up?

If you want to study music at home, you should be aware of how your education will compare to the education available elsewhere in the US. Below is some information to help you get started. The US has 1,362 brick and mortar music schools.

Top Schools

The top institutions in the US in 2010 that had music programs were:

  1. Harvard University - located in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  2. Yale University - located in New Haven, Connecticut
  3. Stanford University - located in Stanford, California

Student Demographics

In 2010, 24,035 students earned degrees in music in the US. Of these students, 990 graduated from certificate programs in music, 16,079 graduated from undergraduate programs in music, and 6,966 graduated from graduate-level programs in music.


Students can pursue education in music at the following levels:

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

Music students can expect to gain the following skills and/or knowledge while studying music:

  • Computer Music
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Contemporary Music
  • Teamwork
  • Critical Analysis


On average in 2010, music schools in the US charged $29,854 in tuition per year. The music schools charging the highest tuition were:

  1. Columbia University in the City of New York - located in New York, New York, students paid $41,316
  2. Vassar College - located in Poughkeepsie, New York, students paid $41,930
  3. George Washington University - located in Washington, Washington DC, students paid $41,655

The music schools charging the lowest tuition were:

  1. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill - located in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, students paid $5,625
  2. Texas A & M University - located in College Station, Texas, students paid $8,176
  3. University of Washington-Seattle Campus - located in Seattle, Washington State, students paid $7,692

How will your music job compare?

Music majors in the US can go into a variety of professions such as horn player. The largest numbers of musicians work in the following states:

  1. New York - 10,870 Musicians
  2. California - 9,700 Musicians
  3. Texas - 4,300 Musicians

Projected Growth

The number of musicians is expected to grow the fastest in the following states:

  1. Montana - 19%
  2. Tennessee - 19%
  3. Wyoming - 17%


In the US, musicians earn on average $25,980 per year. However, the salary for musicians can vary greatly based not only on the exact music profession you pursue but also on factors such as seniority, professional associations and certifications, and seniority. Approximately 10 percent of musicians earn less than $15,550 per year, while another 10 percent earn more than $144,360 per year. The following states have the highest average salaries for musicians:

  1. New Hampshire - $54,270 per year
  2. Massachusetts - $52,610 per year
  3. Idaho - $45,680 per year

The states with the lowest average salary for musicians are:

  1. Kentucky - $12,735 per year
  2. Montana - $16,195 per year
  3. Utah - $17,670 per year

The musicians with lowest average salaries in 2010 were:

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So what kind of job can you get after studying

Below you'll find various popular careers! Compare professions and see which one you find interesting!

Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (Past 5 Yrs)
Musicians and Singers 43,350 n/a -14.0%
Music Directors and Composers 20,640 $52,750 139.7%