Top Music Education Programs: List of Schools

This article identified two of the best schools to offer music education programs in the US. Learn about school rankings and locations, degree titles and curriculum, as well as program requirements.

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The following two schools have been ranked by the U.S. News & World Report and offer some of the best music education programs in the country. Both undergraduate and graduate degrees in music education are available, including doctoral degrees in music education at both educational institutions. The programs offered by at least one of the schools includes music teacher certification as part of the curriculum, ensuring that graduates are qualified to find employment as educators. Read on for more information about the best music education programs offered in the US.


Best Schools for Music Education

1. Columbia University in New York, NY

Columbia University was named as having the 11th best fine arts program in 2008 by the U.S. News & World Report. The music education program draws its education coursework from the Teachers College, which was ranked as the second best graduate education program by U.S. News & World Report for 2010. The program offers graduate degrees, such as the Master of Arts in Music Education, Master of Education in Music Education, and Doctor of Education in Music Education. Columbia has a number of performing arts groups, including the Columbia Musical Theater Society.

2. University of Wisconsin - Madison

The University of Wisconsin in Madison (UW-Madison) was named as having the ninth best graduate education program in 2010, as well as the 21st best fine arts program in 2008, by U.S. News & World Report.

UW-Madison offers several undergraduate and graduate degree programs, including the Bachelor of Music, Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction, Master of Music, and Doctor of Philosophy in Curriculum and Instruction, which offer concentrations in music education. Music education programs offered at UW-Madison can prepare students for music teacher certification and coursework is taken from the School of Music and School of Education.

Good Schools with Music Education Programs

College/University Name Total Student Enrollment Address Phone Number
Arizona State University 68,064 Tempe, AZ 85287 (480) 965-9011
University of Minnesota - Twin Cities 51,659 100 Church St., S.E., Minneapolis, MN 55455 (612) 625-5000
The University of Texas at Austin 50,995 Austin, TX 78712 (512) 471-3434
University of Washington - Seattle Campus 45,943 1400 N.E. Campus Pkwy., Seattle, WA 98195 (206) 543-2100
Pennsylvania State University 45,185 201 Old Main, University Park, PA 16802 (814) 865-4700
University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign 43,881 601 E. John St., Champaign, IL 61820 (217) 333-1000
New York University 43,404 70 Washington Sq. So., New York, NY 10012 (212) 998-1212
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor 41,674 Ann Arbor, MI 48109 (734) 764-1817
University of Wisconsin - Madison 41,654 500 Lincoln Dr., Madison, WI 53706 (608) 262-1234
Florida State University 39,785 211 Westcott Bldg., Tallahassee, FL 32306 (850) 644-2525
University of Georgia 34,885 Athens, GA 30602 (706) 542-3000
University of Southern California 34,824 University Park, Los Angeles, CA 90089 (213) 740-2311
University of Colorado at Boulder 33,010 Regent Drive at Broadway, Boulder, CO 80309 (303) 492-1411
University of Kansas 29,242 Lawrence, KS 66045 (785) 864-2700
University of Iowa 28,987 101 Jessup Hall, Iowa City, IA 52242 (319) 335-3500
University of Oregon 22,335 110 Johnson Hall, Eugene, OR 97403 (541) 346-1000
Johns Hopkins University 20,383 3400 N. Charles St., Mason Hall, Baltimore, MD 21218 (410) 516-8000
Northwestern University 19,853 633 Clark St., Evanston, IL 60208 (847) 491-3741
Vanderbilt University 12,506 2101 W. End Ave., Nashville, TN 37240 (615) 322-7311
Columbia University 5,307 525 W. 120th St., New York, NY 10027 (212) 678-3000
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