List of Music Universities and Colleges with Contact Information
Music degrees are often pursued by people who want to become performers, music teachers or producers. Undergraduate degrees can be completed within four years, while graduate degrees require an additional 2-3 years of study. Considerations for selecting a music school include the types of degrees it offers and its performing arts schedule.
How to Select a Music School
While researching schools, prospective music students may want to start by comparing the types of degrees available. There are many different kinds of music degrees, including those focused on performing, recording studio production, music business or music education. Possible degree concentrations include music engineering, vocal performance, instrumental performance, musical theatre, entertainment business, composition, music therapy, jazz and musicology. Prospective undergraduates who have not yet decided upon a focus area may pursue a general Bachelor of Arts in Music or a Bachelor of Music program.
Graduate students typically have a specific focus in music, such as classical piano or Chinese ethnomusicology. To find a school with professors who specialize in their instrument or share their research interests, graduate applicants can read the faculty profiles on music department websites. These profiles usually include a performance history.
Throughout the year, most schools schedule guest speakers to give lectures, as well as guest musicians or ensembles to perform concerts, recitals and other musical events. The music department may host its own events, or these talks and performances may be part of a school-wide performing arts series. Prospective music students may want to examine the kind and caliber of speakers and performers who visit a school and the opportunities students have to interact with them.
For performance majors, options for students to play and sing before an audience are also important. Students may be able to participate in campus bands, orchestras, choirs, ensembles and other groups, both formally and informally. The availability and frequency of student performance opportunities are another consideration for potential applicants.
Largest Schools by Total Student Population
|College/University||Student Population||Institution Type|
|Arizona State University||67,082||4-year, Public|
|Miami Dade College||57,222||4-year, primarily associate's, Public|
|Ohio State University - Main Campus||53,715||4-year, Public|
|University of Florida||51,474||4-year, Public|
|University of Minnesota - Twin Cities||51,140||4-year, Public|
|The University of Texas at Austin||49,984||4-year, Public|
|Texas A&M University||48,039||4-year, Public|
|Michigan State University||46,510||4-year, Public|
|University of South Florida||46,189||4-year, Public|
|Pennsylvania State University - Main Campus||44,406||4-year, Public|
|University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign||43,246||4-year, Public|
|New York University||42,189||4-year, Private not-for-profit|
|University of Wisconsin - Madison||41,620||4-year, Public|
|University of Michigan - Ann Arbor||41,028||4-year, Public|
|Indiana University - Bloomington||40,354||4-year, Public|
|College of Southern Nevada||40,310||4-year, primarily associate's, Public|
|University of Washington - Seattle Campus||39,675||4-year, Public|
|Florida International University||38,759||4-year, Public|
|Florida State University||38,682||4-year, Public|
|University of California - Los Angeles||38,220||4-year, Public|
Arizona State University
- Address: Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, School of Music, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ 85287
- Phone Number: 480-965-3371
Miami Dade College
- Address: Music, Theatre and Dance Dept, Miami Dade College Kendall Campus, 11011 SW 104th St, Miami, FL 33176
- Phone Number: 305-237-2282
Ohio State University
- Address: Ohio State University School of Music, 1866 College Rd, 110 Weigel Hall, Columbus, OH 43210
- Phone Number: 614-292-6571
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