25th Oct2011

Top Music Schools

by Mrs. Gunn

Generally the top music programs  in the US (in other words, having this name on your resume will open doors for you):

Indiana University – Bloomington, IN, 40k/yr

Eastman University – Rochester, NY, 41k/yr

Julliard – New York, New York, 40k/yr

Curtis Institute – Philadelphia, PA, free if you can get in


Very good music programs for electronic music/composition: (all of the above plus:)

Duquesne, Pittsburgh, PA, 40k/yr

Berklee School of Music, Boston, MA, 40k/yr

Oberlin, Cleveland, OH, 40k/yr

Hartt School of Music, University of Hartford, Hartford, CONN, 40k/yr

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 40k/yr


Very good audio production programs: (all of the above plus:)

University of Miami, Miami, FL, 40k/yr

Belmont University, Nashville, TN, 4ok/yr

Shenandoah University, Winchester, VA, 40k/yr

Pretty much any school in Pennsylvania, New York, or Massachusetts


Best music schools in Virginia:

James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA, 16k/yr

  • music industry degree, music education, business degree with music industry minor

Shenandoah University, Winchester, VA, 40k/yr

  • audio recording degree, conservatory atmosphere, a wide array of music classes and degrees

George Mason University, Fairfax, VA, 16k/yr

  • jazz studies, music performance, music education degree, no music technology oriented degree

Christopher Newport, Newport News, VA, 20k/yr

  • no music industry or recording program, but they do have music classes, performance, education, or composition degrees

NVCC, NOVA, VA, $1600 per year!!!

  • Associates degree in audio visual technology out of Annandale/Alexandria
  • Recording courses at Alexandria
  • Loudoun County has a Recording Arts and Technology degree (RATS)

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