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2023 Directory of Music Schools

Codes for Degrees

1  Performance
2  Music Education
3  Theory
4  Composition
5  History/Musicology
6  Conducting
7  Church Music

8  Music Therapy
9  Jazz Studies
10  Arts Administration
11  Music Industry
12  Music Theater
13  Recording Technology


Auburn University (Auburn). At Auburn, we are dedicated to providing a globally recognized, innovative education in all aspects of traditional/contemporary music; nurturing and inclusive environment reflecting our liberal arts tradition. Committed to state-of-the-art facilities for future generations that contribute to, value, appreciate, and advocate for the musical arts through performance, research, service, outreach. Contact: Richard Good, 101 Goodwin Hall, 334-844-4165, Undergrad-uate degrees: 1,2,4. Graduate degrees: 2. 115 music majors, 32 graduate students, 38 faculty, 27,000 total enrollment. Graduate degrees: 2. 30 graduate students, 32 graduate faculty. 5 bands, 2 jazz band, 1 orch., 8 chor.

Jacksonville State University (Jacksonville). A comprehensive program at a regional university stressing excellence in performance studies, academic achievement, and professional preparation. Contact: Dr. Renée Baptiste, 700 Pelham Road North, 256-782-5559, Degrees: 1,2. General Music, Music Education and Performance concentrations. 300 music majors, 37 music faculty, 5 bands, 9 jazz bands, 1 orch., 5 choirs.


University of Alaska (Anchorage). Mountains and Music! Located in spectacular Anchorage, a cosmopolitan city of 300,000 with a vibrant arts scene, the school offers BA, BM Performance and an innovative Emphasis in Music Education degree that is followed by a one-year MAT/certification program. Contact: Anna Owens, 3211 Providence Dr., 970-786-1575, Degrees: BA, BM Performance, BM Education. 80 music majors, 11 music faculty, 17,890 total enrollment. 3 band, 1 jazz band, 1 orch., 1 chor.


Arizona State University School of Music (Tempe). The School of Music, Dance and Theatre at ASU is one of the top state institutions nationwide for the study of music. Innovative and collaborative programs are led by nationally and internationally recognized faculty artists and scholars, who work with students to cultivate excellence, personal growth, and a commitment to making contributions to the field of music. Each year, more than 700 concerts and recitals are offered on campus, in addition to extensive partnerships with local organizations. These experiences allow students to learn invaluable performance skills, while encouraging them to become creative leaders who are involved in their communities. Contact: MDT Admissions, PO Box 870405, 480-965-5069, Graduate degrees: 1,2,4-6,8,9,12. 500 music majors, 330 grad. students, 76 faculty, 103,000 total enrollment. 6 bands, 4 jazz bands, 4 orch., 7 chor.


University of Central Arkansas (Conway). The University of Central Arkansas Department of Music is an artistic community of more than 200 music majors who are preparing for careers in a wide variety of music professions. Ensemble opportunities abound for all UCA students and include the electrifying Conway Symphony Orchestra, the spirited Bear Marching Band, and the award-winning UCA Choirs, as well as numerous other large and small ensembles. Contact: Cole Cavanah, 201 Donaghey Avenue, 501-450-3163, Undergraduate deadline: 3/29. Under-graduate tuition: $8,000 res., $13,000 non-res. Undergraduate degrees: 1,2,4,9. Graduate deadline: June. Graduate tuition: $7,000 res., $12,000 non-res. Graduate degrees: 1,2,4,6,9. 285 music majors, 75 grad. students, 44 faculty, 10,000 total enrollment. 3 bands, 2 jazz, 1 orch., 4 chor.


Bob Cole Conservatory of Music (Long Beach). Our mission is to educate and inspire exceptional students for success in music. With international acclaimed ensembles we seek to provide practical global experiences that prepare students for music in the real world. Contact: Patty Valenzuela, 1250 N Bellflower Blvd., 562-985-4781, Undergraduate deadline: 11/30. Undergraduate tuition: $6,888 res., $13,776 non-res. Undergraduate degrees: 1,2,4,9. Grad. deadline: 1/15. Grad. tuition: $8,322 res., $16,644 non-res. Grad. 1,2,4,6,9. 400 music majors, 150 grad. students, 79 faculty, 34,000 total enrollment. 3 bands, 3 jazz, 2 orch., 4 chor.

California Institute of the Arts (Valencia). The Herb Alpert School of Music at CalArts offers rigorous training in an unrivaled variety of musical styles and cultures and empowers student-artists to forge, create and expand their unique artistic identities. The School offers world-class musical innovators on faculty; a stylistically open approach to musical creativity; the ability for students to work with mentors to construct flexible courses of study; ample opportunities for musical and interdisciplinary collaboration; and performance experiences ranging from the traditional to the experimental, including multiple global traditions and interactive media. Contact: 800-545-2787, Undergraduate deadline: 1/1. Undergraduate degrees: 1,4,9,13, Performer-Composer, World Music, Music Technology, Experimental Pop. Graduate deadline: 1/1. Graduate degrees: 1,4,9, Performer-Composer, World Music, World Percussion, Music Technology, Composition and Experimental Sound Practices. 200 music majors, 100 grad. students, 103 faculty, 1,460 total enrollment. 4 bands, 13 jazz, 1 orch., 1 chor.

California State University (Northridge). Ranked in the top 25 accredited state university programs in the nation, the CSUN Music Department is recognized internationally for excellent preparation in a variety of careers in classical and commercial music. CSUN is located just 20 minutes from the center of the film, television, and recording industry of Los Angeles. Contact: Nicole Hovland, 18111 Nordhoff, 818-677-3184, Deadline: 11/30. Undergraduate degrees: 1,2,4,8,9,11. Grad. Degrees: 1,4,6,9,11. 500 music majors, 140 grad students, 75 faculty, 40,000 total enrollment. 2 bands, 3 jazz, 1 orch., 4 chor.

Colburn School (Los Angeles). Offering full scholarships and grants for tuition, room, and board, Colburn’s world-renowned faculty nurtures classical instrumentalists in a well-rounded curriculum of solo, chamber, and orchestral studies in downtown Los Angeles. Contact: Lauren Woodward, 200 S. Grand Ave., 213-621-4534, Degrees: 1,6. 60 music majors, 60 graduate students, 40 faculty. 1 orch.

Pepperdine University (Malibu). Ranked multiple times as the top most beautiful campuses in the US! World class instrumental faculty including members of the LA Philharmonic. Generous ensemble scholarship for music major/minor and all other students. Christian, liberal arts college which focuses on holistic education. International music program in Heidelberg Germany every other summer. Contact: 24255 Pacific Coast Highway, 310-506-7931, Degrees: 1,2,4,12. 51 music majors, 30 faculty, 3,600 total enrollment. 1 band, 1 jazz band, 1 orch., 2 chor.

San Francisco Conservatory of Music (San Francisco). Creatives shine in San Francisco. At the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, we’re advancing a new model of music education that sets students up for a rewarding career in music and a path of lifelong learning. With our partnerships with artist-management companies Opus 3 and Askonas Holt and record label Pentatone, and our faculty, facilities, and position at the heart of the San Francisco music scene, there is no music school with a comparable ability to prepare – and define – the 21st-century musician. Contact: Lisa Nickels, 50 Oak Street, 415-503-6271, Deadline: 12/1. Undergraduate tuition: $52,800. Undergraduate degrees: Classical Guitar, Composition, Historical Perform-ance, Piano/Keyboards, Roots Jazz and American Music, Strings, String & Piano Chamber Music, Technology & Applied Composition, Woodwinds, Brass, Percussion, Voice & Opera Studies. Graduate degrees: Classical Guitar, Composition, Conducting, Piano/Keyboards, Strings, String & Piano Chamber Music, Technology & Applied Composition, Woodwinds, Brass, Percussion, Voice & Opera Studies. 450 total enrollment. 8 bands/wind ensembles, 3 jazz bands, 1 orch., 2 chor.

Sonoma State University (Rohnert Park), is part of the nation’s largest and most affordable public four-year institutions. Our campus sits in the heart of Sonoma County, nestled between gently sloping hills and rocky mountain peaks, between bustling towns and serene countryside. Close to San Francisco and spectacular stretches of coastline, there is always something new to discover! SSU is ranked among the top colleges in California, and has the #1 graduation rate for transfer students. Contact: Andy Collinsworth, 1801 E. Cotai Ave., 707-664-2324, Undergraduate deadline: 12/15. Under-graduate tuition: $8,040 res., $19,940 non-res. Undergraduate degrees: 1,2,4,9,13. 110 music majors, 30 music faculty, 5,900 total enroll. 2 bands, 2 jazz bands, 1 orch., 3 chor.

University of California, Los Angeles, The Herb Alpert School of Music (Los Angeles). The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music offers performance, scholarship, and innovation, all in one place. Combining outstanding departments of Ethnomusicology, Music, and Musicology, we provide academic opportunities that balance cutting-edge scholarship with performance mastery and composition. Students are encouraged to explore music in all its contemporary and historical diversity. Contact: Admissions Office, 445 Charles E. Young Drive East, 2520 Schoenberg Music Building, 310-825-6457, Degrees: 1,2,4,5,9, world music. Graduate degrees: 1,4,5,6,9, ethnomusicology. 318 music majors, 166 grad students, 123 faculty, 30,870 total enrollment. 4 bands, 10 jazz bands, 2 orch., 3 chor.

University of the Pacific, Conservatory of Music (Stockton). For over 140 years, the Conservatory has been delivering outstanding music education with its unique brand of hands-on, experiential learning through a wide variety of degree plans. We provide education steeped in the tradition of great musical training and the skills needed for successful 21st century careers in music. Contact: Jessica Siena, 3601 Pacific Ave., 209-946-2418, Undergraduate degrees: 1,2,4,5,8,9,11. Degrees: 2,8. 241 music majors, 27 graduate students, 59 faculty, 4,000 total undergraduate enroll. 2 bands, 1 jazz band, 1 orch., 3 chor.

University of Redlands (Redlands) is a private liberal arts university offering a conservatory approach in a liberal arts setting. Performance opportunities abound with more than 200 performances annually. Whether music is your major or you just have an interest in music, everyone is encouraged to participate in the rich, musical environment on campus. Contact: Brad Andrews, 1200 E. Colton Ave., 909-748-8014, Undergraduate deadline: 1/15. Undergraduate degrees: 1,2,4,9. Grad. deadline: rolling. Graduate degrees: 1,4,6, vocal chamber music, artist diploma. 135 music majors, 32 graduate students, 42 faculty, 2,400 total enrollment. 2 bands, 2 jazz bands, 1 orch., 2 chor.


University of Colorado (Boulder). We offer a wide range of programs for undergraduate and graduate study, integrating advanced musical training with professionally oriented experiences and the rich resources of a leading research university. Our faculty are award-winning professional performers, published scholars and composers, and deeply dedicated pedagogues. The College of Music offers more than 30 areas of classical or jazz study for undergraduates, including composition, performance, education and more. Whether you are pursuing a master’s or doctorate degree, the College of Music offers 43 diverse programs for graduate study. Contact: Veronica McClellan, 301 UCB, 303-492-0037, Under-graduate degrees: 1-5,9. Graduate degrees: 1-6,9,10. 300 music majors, 250 grad. students, 90 faculty. Multiple bands, jazz bands, orchestras, and choirs.


University of Hartford, The Hartt School (West Hartford). Hartt students collaborate, often across disciplines. They work with guest artists, take advantage of professional partnerships-in-training, intern, and enjoy opportunities to perform around the world and alongside an esteemed faculty. With more than 400 performances a year, The Hartt School is Connecticut’s leading producer of the performing arts. Contact: Megan Abernathy, 200 Bloomfield Avenue, 860-768-4465, Undergraduate deadline: 2/15. Undergraduate degrees: 1-5,9-10,12-13, BSE Acoustics and Music. Graduate deadline: 2/1. Grad. degrees: 1-6, MM-Suzuki Pedagogy. 310 music majors, 130 grad. students, 103 faculty, 5,350 total enrollment. 3 bands, 10 jazz bands, 2 orch., 5 chor.


University of Delaware (Newark). At the UD School of Music, we recognize that preparing students for the rapidly evolving job market is paramount to success. We continue our robust offerings, while working to implement new, progressive tracks of study that leverage the technology-driven music industry, cultural awareness, and inclusive excellence. UD has many degree tracks, including Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Arts, Master of Music degrees, in performance, composition, conducting, jazz, and teaching (including public school teaching certification for undergraduates) and opportunities for non-majors. Contact: Adrienne Harding, 100 Orchard Road, 302-831-2578, Deadline: 1/15. Undergraduate tuition: $14,040 res., $37,680 non-res. Undergraduate degrees: 1-5,9,11. Graduate tuition: $18,504. Graduate degrees: 1,2,4,6. 202 music majors, 60 grad. students, 65 faculty, 18,618 total enrollment. 3 bands, 2 jazz bands, 2 orch., 4 chor.


Florida Atlantic University (Boca Raton). The FAU Department of Music aims to inspire achievement in music through student engagement in scholarship, diverse modes of creative activity and community outreach. Located on Florida’s Southeast coast, FAU serves over 30,000 students and offers various graduate and undergraduate degrees in music. Contact: Kyle Prescott, 777 Glades Road, 561-297-3854, Degrees: 1,2, 4,11,13. Graduate degrees: 1,4,6,11,13. 200 music majors, 30,000 total enrollment. 3 bands, 1 jazz band, 1 orch., 4 chor.

Florida State University (Tallahassee) FSU College of Music is one of the largest and most comprehensive programs in the nation. Housed in one of the Top 20 Public Universities, our students pursue a variety of musical and academic paths. Our programs in Music Education and Music Therapy are regarded as some of the best in the country and boast 100% job placement rates. We host over 500 concerts and recitals each year in 5 beautiful concert venues on campus. With dozens of degree programs in music, students are sure to find the program and career path that is right for them. Contact: Kristopher Watson, 114 N. Copeland St., 850-644-6102, Undergraduate degrees: 1-4,7-9,11-13. Graduate degrees: 1-6,8-10. 700 music majors, 350 grad. students, 90 faculty, 32,500 total enrollment. 6 bands, 3 jazz, 3 orch., 7 chor.

Jacksonville University (Jacksonville). An accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Music since 1931, Music at Jacksonville University is dedicated to providing excellent programs of study within the context of a strong liberal arts education. We offer degrees in Music Technology, Jazz, Performance, Musical Theatre, Composition, Education, and arts. Contact: Kimberly Beasley, 2800 University Blvd. N, 904-256-7389, Undergraduate deadline: 12/1. Undergrad tuition: $43,250. Degrees: 1,2,4,9,11-13. 115 music majors, 30 faculty, 4.500 total enrollment. 3 bands, 4 jazz bands, 1 orch., 4 chor.

Southeastern University (Lakeland) is a Christian institution in Lakeland, FL offering bachelor’s degrees in Music, Music Education, Commercial Music, and Worship Studies. The School of Music also offers certificates in performance, and minors in music, music composition, music technology, and worship studies. Faculty have degrees from top-tier music institutions. New facilities opened in 2016! Generous scholarships available for music and non-music majors. Contact: Dara Dziedzic, 1000 Longfellow Blvd, 863-667-5144, Degrees: 2, BA in Music, Worship Studies, Commercial Music. 2 bands, 1 jazz, 1 orch., 3 chor.

Stetson University

Stetson University (DeLand)

An exclusively undergraduate program within an historic university, Stetson provides an array of vocal and instrumental ensembles, including opera theatre and jazz. Students prepare for professional careers and graduate study in music, gaining a commitment to artistic excellence, intellectual curiosity, and professionalism within a values-based atmosphere of challenge and support. Contact: Music Admissions, 421 N. Woodland Blvd., Unit 8399, 386-822-8975, Deadline: 11/1 early. Tuition: $74,149. Degrees: 1-3, 13, Music Business, music with an outside field, BA Music, Music Minor. 315 music majors and minors, 46 faculty, 3,150 total enrollment. 2 bands, 1 jazz band, 2 orch., 4 chor.

University of Central Florida (Orlando). For over 50 years, UCF has been a leader in music education in Florida and has grown to be an internationally recognized school to study music. Our world-class faculty are dedicated to helping students prepare for careers in the industry with one-on-one instruction, ensemble participation, networking opportunities and master classes. Contact: John Parker, 12488 Centaurus Blvd., 407-823-2869, Undergraduate degrees: 1,2,4,5,6,11,12. Graduate degrees: MA Music. 375 music majors, 35 graduate students, 45 faculty, 68,000 total enrollment. 6 bands, 4 jazz bands, 2 orch., 4 chor.

University of Florida (Gainesville). The School of Music serves 220 graduate & 245 undergraduate music majors with 45 full-time and 12 adjunct and visiting faculty. Degree programs include B.A., B.M., M.M., Ph.D. (music and music education), and D.M.A. (performance, composition, and conducting). Undergraduate degrees: 1-5. Graduate degrees: 1-7. 245 music majors, 220 graduate students 57 faculty, 52,000 total enrollment. 5 bands, 2 jazz band, 1 orch., 4 chor.

University of Miami, Frost School of Music (Coral Gables). The Frost School of Music at the University of Miami is one of the most innovative music schools in the world. Frost houses stunning concert and recital halls, world-class recording studios and The Frost Method, creating musicians that have artistic, technological, & entrepreneurial skills to thrive in the 21st century. Contact: Karen Kerr, 5503 San Amaro Drive, 305-284-6168, Undergraduate degrees: 1,2,4,8,9,11,13, Music Engineering Technology, Media Writing & Production. Graduate degrees: 1-6,8-11,13, Music Engineering Technology, Media Writing & Production, Studio Jazz Writing/Composition. 480 music majors, 260 grad. students, 100 faculty, 12,000 total enroll. 5 bands, 4 jazz bands, 3 orch., 4 chor.


Augusta University (Augusta). Augusta University currently offers three fully NASM accredited degree programs: Bachelor of Music in music education, Bachelor of Music in performance (vocal, instrumental, piano and jazz studies concentrations), a Bachelor of Arts in Music, and also a Certificate in Music Industry Studies. Our highly qualified faculty includes nationally renowned performers, scholars, conductors and teachers who are dedicated to inspiring and mentoring music students. Contact: Angela Morgan, 1120 15th St, 706-737-1453, Undergraduate deadline: 7/1. Undergraduate tuition: $8,122 resident, $23,500 non-resident Undergrad-uate degrees: 1,2,9,11. Graduate deadline: July. Graduate tuition: $5,504 resident, $18,704 non-resident Graduate degrees: 1, MAT. 60 music majors, 3 grad. students, 21 faculty, 9,813 total enrollment 2 bands, 1 jazz bands, 1 orch. 1 chor.

Columbus State University, Schwob School of Music (Columbus). The Schwob School of Music is one of the leading university-level music programs in the Southeast. The distinguished artist faculty serve an internationally diverse student population in world-class facilities. Centrally located on a vibrant downtown arts campus, students can expect to be nurtured and challenged to meet high expectations. Contact: Debra Tommey, 4225 University Ave., 706-649-7224, Degrees: 1,2, BA. Deg: 1, artist diploma. 250 music majors, 50 faculty. 2 bands, 2 jazz bands, 1 orch., 2 chor.

Emory University (Atlanta). The Emory University Department of Music curriculum embraces music majors and minors and welcomes the participation of students from every discipline across the university. We offer a BA in Music Performance, Music Composition or Music Research, Music Performance scholarships are available. Contact: Paul Bhasin, 1390 Oxford Road, 404-727-9451, Undergraduate degrees: 1,3,4,5,10. 150 music majors, 60 faculty, 5685 total enrollment. 2 bands, 2 jazz bands, 1 orch., 2 chor.

Georgia College & State University (Milledgeville) The Department of Music at Georgia College offers world-class training in music, music education, and music therapy in a liberal arts environment. Students can enjoy one-on-one attention from faculty on a friendly, beautiful campus. Contact: Andrew J. Allen 7231 W Hancock St., 478-445-7319, Undergraduate degrees: 1,2,4,8. Graduate degrees: 2,8. 75 music majors, 30 grad. students, 33 faculty, 6,200 total enrollment. 1 bands, 1 jazz bands, 1 orch., 3 chor.

Georgia State University

Georgia State University (Atlanta)
At Georgia State University, the music of every style flourishes. The School of Music provides exemplary training in traditional classical paths, jazz studies, opera, choral music, the field of music education and the exploding business side of music, including audio recording. Contact: 75 Poplar St. NW, 404-413-5900, Undergraduate deadline: 4/1, 12/1. Undergraduate tuition: $10,268 res., $29,306 non-res. Undergraduate degrees: 1,2,4,9-11,13, B.S. Music Management; M.M. Piano Pedagogy; M.M. Graduate deadline: 7/15, 10/15, 4/15. Graduate tuition: $10,872 res., $31,432 non-res. Graduate degrees: 1-4,9, Conducting (Low-residency); Non-Degree Licensure in Music; Ed.D. In Curriculum and Instruction, Music Education; Ph.D. in Teaching and Learning, Music Education; BIS in Arts Administration. 379 music majors, 76 graduate students, 83 faculty, 51,000 total enrollment. 4 bands, 1 jazz bands, 2 orch., 5 chor.

Kennesaw State University (Kennesaw). The School of Music offers undergraduate degrees in performance, music education, composition with courses in film and game scoring, theory, musicology, and ethnomusicology. Our faculty are first-class performers, scholars, and teachers preparing students to be creative artists, educators, and leaders for the 21st century. An All-Steinway school. Fully NASM accredited. Contact: Christine Collins, 471 Bartow Ave., Room 210, 470-578-6614, Degrees: 1-5,9. 235 music majors, 80 faculty. 4 bands, 7 jazz bands, 2 orch., 5 chor.

Mercer University (Macon). The Townsend School of Music is nationally recognized for its outstanding faculty, award-winning students, performance ensembles and state-of-the-art facilities. Explore one of the top music schools in Georgia to discover its many programs, performance opportunities and events. Contact: Stanley Roberts, 1501 Mercer University Dr., 478-301-2751, Undergraduate degrees: 1,2, B.A. Music. Graduate degrees: 1,6,7. 125 music majors, 15 grad. students, 17 faculty, 5,000 total enrollment. 2 bands, 2 jazz, 1 orch., 3 chor.

University of Georgia (Athens). The Hugh Hodgson School of Music offers a comprehensive slate of degrees at the undergraduate and graduate levels, emphasizing scholarship, artistic performance, and research. High standards of musical performance and academic achievement are required for admission. Prospective students must submit applications to both the University of Georgia and the Hodgson School of Music. Contact: Marshall Williams, 250 River Road, 706-542-2005, Undergraduate degrees: 1-4,8, minor in jazz, music minor, bachelor of arts in music. Graduate degrees: 1,2,4,5,6. 300 music majors, 200 graduate students, 70 music faculty, 27,591 total undergraduate enrollment. 6 bands, 2 jazz bands, 2 orch., 9 chor.


University of Idaho, Lionel Hampton School of Music (Moscow). As a musically comprehensive and internationally recognized institution, the Lionel Hampton School of Music is a tight-knit community of world class performers, teachers, composers, scholars, and – most importantly – dedicated students. Contact: Admissions Office, 875 Perimeter Drive, MS 4253, 208-885-6163, Undergraduate degrees: 1-5; Music Business, Music Minor, Musical Theatre Minor, Jazz Studies Minor. Graduate degrees: 1,4,5; Piano Pedagogy and Performance, Collaborative Piano, Choral Conducting. 225 music majors, 20 graduate students, 28 faculty, 11,500 total enrollment. 2 bands, 4 jazz bands, 1 orch., 5 chor.


Augustana College (Rock Island). Music students prepare for their careers through carefully planned coursework in a strong liberal arts curriculum, individual advising, career internships, public performances and other professional experience. Contact: Margaret Ellis, 639 38th Street, 309-794-7333, Degrees: 1,2,4,8,9. 75 music majors, 45 music faculty, 2,500 total enrolled. 2 bands, 1 jazz band, 1 orch., 4 choirs.

Bradley University (Peoria). Bradley University offers degrees in Music Performance, Music Education, Music Composition, Music Business, Music and Entertainment Industry, and a dual degree in music. We also offer minors in Music and Music Industry. Our newest degree is in Music for Video Games. Our department is forward-thinking and geared toward training students to be part of today’s musical world. Contact: Cory Craig, 1501 W. Bradley Ave., 309-677-2594, Deadline: 2/1. Tuition: $39,248. Degrees: 1,2,4,11, Dual degree in Music, Music for Video Games. 100 music majors, 11 faculty, 5000 total enrollment. 2 bands, 4 jazz bands, 1 orch., 3 chor.

Columbia College (Chicago). Columbia College Chicago’s BA and BMus degree programs focus on contemporary, urban, and popular music. In core classes, students learn theory, composition, improvisation, arranging, technology, history, analysis, and aural skills as it relates to contemporary music. Coursework is designed to provide collaborative music-making experiences and support the creation of original music. The Music department offers over 20 ensembles in a variety of genres. Contact: Penny Rajczyk, Suite 301, 600 South Michigan Avenue, 312-369-6853, Degrees: BA, BMUS Performance and Composition. Graduate degrees: Music Composition for the Screen. 350 music majors, 22 graduate students, 65 faculty, 6,769 total enrollment. 15 bands, 4 jazz bands, 2 chor.

DePaul University (Chicago) For over 100 years, the DePaul School of Music has been dedicated to excellence in music teaching and performance with a distinguished faculty including members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Lyric Opera of Chicago, and Chicago’s thriving jazz scene. The school opened its new 185,000-square-foot Holtschneider Performance Center in 2018 and the Sasha and Eugene Jarvis Opera Hall in 2020. Contact: Ross Beacraft, 804 W. Belden Ave., 773-325-7444, Dead-line: 12/1. Tuition: Master’s Degree $21,912; Certificate Program $16,434 Degrees: 1,2,4,9,10,13, BA in music. Graduate deadline: 12/1. Grad. degrees: 1,2,4,9. 220 music majors, 140 graduate students, 120 faculty, 23,110 enrollment. 3 bands,4 jazz bands, 3 orch., 2 chor.

Elmhurst College (Elmhurst). Elmhurst College’s internationally renowned music department offers exceptional opportunities for students interested in the serious study of music. Our faculty includes members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Symphony Chorus, Lyric Opera, and national recording artists and award winners. Degrees: 1-4,9,11. Contact: 630-617-3524, 220 music majors, 50 faculty, 3,400 total enroll. 3 bands, 2 jazz bands, 2 orch., 2 chor.

Illinois State University (Normal). Illinois Wesleyan continues to lead in quality education, exceptional performance experiences, and post-degree placement in graduate programs and careers in the field of music. We pride ourselves on providing the connections and opportunities that are crucial to being successful in a career in music. We offer music-making space for majors and non-majors and for all instruments/experience levels. Our enthusiastic faculty bring their superb teaching skills into the classroom, while also actively performing and staying connected with the rapidly moving music scene. It’s a great place to make music and even better place to make memories. We hope you’ll check out Illinois Wesleyan University this year! Contact: Laura Dolan, 1211 Park St., 309-660-3833, Undergrad. Degrees: 1,2. Grad. Degrees: 1,3,4,6,7. 383 music majors, 60 grad. students, 23 faculty, 2,000 total enroll. 5 bands, 2 jazz bands, 1 orch., 5 chor.

Illinois Wesleyan University (Bloomington). Nationally recognized for its musical and academic excellence, IWU launches graduates into a wide variety of successful and meaningful careers throughout the industry. IWU students receive rigorous professional training providing them unique opportunities to explore careers as performers, educators, and scholars. Contact: Laura Dolan, 1312 N Park St., 309-556-3063, Deadline: rolling. Tuition: $53,610 Degrees: 1,2,12. 80 music majors, 40 faculty. 2 bands, 1 jazz bands, 1 orch., 2 chor.

North Central College (Naperville). North Central College is an independent, comprehensive college of the liberal arts and sciences and is committed to academic excellence; a climate that emphasizes leadership, ethics, values, and service; a curriculum that balances job-related knowledge with a liberal arts foundation; and a caring environment with small classes. Contact: Ashley Chubirka, 30 N. Brainard St., 630-637-5800, Degrees: 1,2,9,12. 90 music majors, 46 faculty, 3,000 total enrollment.

North Park University (Chicago). The North Park University music program seeks to complement a broad liberal arts education with intensive professional training that aspiring musicians need. Two undergraduate degrees in music are offered: Bachelor of Music Education and Bachelor of Arts in Music, with concentrations in composition, general studies, jazz studies (instrumental), performance, and two Master of Music degrees, in Vocal Performance and Collaborative Piano (vocal coaching). Certificates also offered in Arts Management and Music for Social Change and Human Values, based on the El Sistema-inspired philosophy of music instruction developed by celebrated Venezuelan economist and musician Maestro José Antonio Abreu. Contact: Erin Matone, Assistant Director of School of Music, Art, and Theatre Recruitment, 3225 W. Foster Avenue, 773-244-4583, Undergraduate deadline: rolling. Undergraduate degrees: 2,4,9. Graduate Deadline: rolling. Graduate degrees: 1, collaborative piano. 60 music majors, 15 graduate students, 45 faculty, 2,865 total enroll. 1 band, 1 jazz band, 1 orch., 5 choirs.

Northeastern Illinois University (Chicago). A leader in K-12 teacher training and education, Northeastern’s music program places a significant emphasis on individual musicianship and performance preparedness. Contact: Sasha Gerritson, 5500 N. St. Louis Ave., 773-442-5906, email: Undergraduate degrees: 1,2. Graduate degrees: Applied Music Pedagogy. 99 music majors, 30 graduate students, 45 faculty, 8,438 total enrollment. 1 band, 2 jazz bands, 1 orch., 2 chor.

Northern Illinois University (DeKalb). Our renowned faculty is dedicated to supporting students obtain their full potential as music artists, educators, and scholars and our location one hour west of Chicago affords our students unparalleled additional cultural resources. Students perform in a wide range of ensembles: jazz, orchestra, winds, choirs, steel band and World Music. Graduate in-residence programs for string quartet.: 1,2,4,9,13. Graduate degrees: 1-4,6,9,13. 200 music majors, 80 graduate students, 60 faculty, 18,500 total enrollment. 3 bands, 3 jazz bands, 1 orch., 3 chor.

Northwestern University, Bienen School of Music (Evanston), combines a nationally ranked music program of conservatory-level intensity with the academic rigor and scholarly resources found only at a world-class private research university. Undergraduates may pursue dual or double degree programs, self-designed degree programs, and traditional degrees. Contact: Laura Sauer-Shah, 70 Arts Circle Drive, 847-491-3141, Undergraduate deadline: 10/15 early action, 12/1. Tuition: $64,887. Undergraduate degrees: 1-5,9. Graduate deadline: 12/1. Tuition: $57,762. Graduate degrees: 1-6,9. 400 music majors, 200 graduate students, 125 faculty, 8,300 undergraduate enrollment. 3 bands, 1 jazz band, 3 orch., 5 chor.

Roosevelt University, Chicago College of Performing Arts (Chicago) Bringing together professional programs in music and theatre within the context of one of the world’s greatest cultural cities. Contact: Kyong Mee Choi, 430 S. Michigan Ave., #924, 312-341-3782, Degrees: 1,2,4,9,12. Graduate degrees: 1,4,10. 138 music majors, 106 graduate students, 100 faculty, 2500 total enrollment. 1 band, 10 jazz bands, 3 orch., 3 chor.

Saint Xavier University (Chicago). The Music Department is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music. SXU Music students benefit from small class sizes creating ample one on one time with Professors of Music. Students have the ability to perform in many ensembles. SXU is located within Chicago’s vibrant music scene. Degrees: 1,2, (Performance-Jazz Emphasis, BA in Music). 32 music majors, 20 faculty, 3,896 total enrollment. 5 bands, 5 jazz bands, 3 chor.

Southern Illinois University (Edwardsville). For over 60 years, the SIUE Department of Music has been preparing musicians for fulfilling careers. Our faculty consists of distinguished artist-educators who are fully committed to the success of their students. We offer degrees in classical performance, jazz performance, music education, theory/composition, music history/literature, musical theater and music business. Our music degree programs are fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, and SIUE alumni work in all areas of music throughout the world. Our close proximity to St. Louis allows students to take advantage of excellent musical opportunities and experiences beyond the classroom. Contact: Jason Swagler, Office of Admissions, Campus Box 1600, SIUE, 618-650-5013, Undergraduate deadline: 5/1. Undergraduate tuition: $19,950. Undergraduate degrees: 1-5,9,11,12. Graduate deadline: 4/1. Graduate tuition: $16,233. Graduate degrees: 1,2,5,6,9. 89 music majors, 20 grad. Students, 40 faculty, 12,500 total enrollment. 2 bands, 3 jazz bands, 1 orch., 3 chor.

University of Illinois at Chicago (Chicago). At UIC, we are interested in the musical backgrounds and passions you can bring to our program as well as the extent of your formal training, whatever that may be. We recognize that there are many paths to music study. The Department of Music emphasizes skills and knowledge that are fundamental to the entire discipline. We are committed to teaching and training individuals for careers in music, many of the program’s graduates find employment as performers, teachers, or composers in a wide variety of settings. Others pursue advanced degrees in music. Undergraduate deadline: 2/1. Undergraduate tuition: $18,178 res., $32,528 non-res. Undergraduate Degrees: 1,9,11. 100 music majors, 50 faculty, 22,000 total enrollment. 2 bands, 4 jazz bands, 1 orch., 3 chor.

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (Urbana). The School of Music is seeking talented musicians who will contribute a diversity of intellect, passion, and creativity to our community. Our degree programs offer an innovative approach to careers in the 21-century music field that capitalize on the wealth of resources offered by a tier-one research institution. Contact: Thereza Lituma, 1114 W. Nevada St., 217-244-7899, Under-graduate degrees: 1,2,4,5,9,13, Computer Sciences and Music. Graduate degrees: 1,2,4-6,9. 385 music majors, 275 grad. students, 90 faculty, 33,673 total enroll. 9 bands, 4 jazz bands, 3 orch., 9 chor.

VanderCook College of Music (Chicago). VanderCook College of Music is the only degree-granting institution in America dedicated solely to preparing band, choral, string, and general music teachers. For over 100 years, VanderCook has offered comprehensive, practical, and affordable graduate and undergraduate music education degree programs. Continuing education also available. Contact: Kimberly Farris, 3140 S. Federal St., 312-788-1120, Undergraduate deadline: rolling. Undergraduate tuition: $27,670. Undergraduate degree: 2, Bachelor of Music in Performance & Pedagogy. Graduate deadline: rolling. Graduate degrees: 2, Master of Music Education and Certification. 90 music majors, 224 grad. students, 35 faculty, 90 total enroll. 2 bands, 1 jazz, 1 orch., 2 chor.


Anderson University (Anderson). Anderson University’s School of Music, Theatre, and Dance offers a comprehensive academic experience and rich variety of opportunities to compose and perform. Music education graduates have 100% job placement since 2011. Through Orangehaus Records and Publishing students experience the business of music, from developing projects to running the recording studio. Contact: Michelle Holmes, 1100 E. 5th St., 765-641-4543, Deadline: 3/5. Tuition: $33,000. Degrees: 1-5,7,11-13, songwriting, audio forensics, theatre, dance. Graduate tuition: $485/cr. Graduate degrees: 2. 110 music majors, 30 grad students, 10 faculty, 1,600 total enrollment. 3 bands, 2 jazz bands, 1 orch., 4 chor.

Ball State University (Muncie). Ball State University’s School of Music serves approximately 400 undergraduate majors and 100 graduate students, taught by more than 70 accomplished music professors. It is known for its innovative programs, new music activities, a wide and varied performance program, and national leadership in music education. The school offers courses in six distinct program areas for highly talented and motivated students who have the opportunity to perform in enriching and award-winning ensembles and work with internationally renowned guest artists. Undergraduate degrees in music education, music performance, music media production, and jazz studies are offered. Contact: Peter Opie, 2000 W. University Ave., 765-285-5400, Undergraduate degrees: 1,2,9,11, 13. Graduate degrees: 1-7,9. 400 music majors, 100 grad students, 70 faculty, 15,529 total enrollment. 5 bands, 3 jazz bands, 2 orch., 6 chor.

Bethel University (Mishawaka). The music department has a 99% placement rate for music education graduates, 1998-2019. Bethel is a Christ-centered, NASM accredited institution striving to bring each student to an understanding of the pedagogical, historical, and theoretical aspects of musical performance, while also striving for the highest levels of technical and artistic performance. Contact: Stephanie Hochstetler, 1001 Bethel Circle, 574-807-7575, Degrees: 1,2, music (general). 18 music majors, 3 faculty, 1339 total enrollment 1 band, 2 jazz bands, 1 orch., 2 chor.

Butler University (Indianapolis) provides Music & More! You can easily pursue a double major, study abroad, play in multiple ensembles, teach in our Community Arts School and more all within your first year. Our flexible curriculum allows you the flexibility to achieve more and shape a course of study that’s about reaching your goals and pursuing your passions. Scholarships available. Contact: Courtney Trachsel, 4600 Sunset Ave., 317-940-9065, Undergraduate Degrees: 1,2,4,8,9,10,BA. Graduate Degrees: 1-6. 175 music majors, 35 graduate students, 50 faculty, 5,559 total enroll. 1 band, 4 jazz bands, 1 orch., 3 chor.

DePauw University (Greencastle). The DePauw University School of Music provides an excellent musical and intellectual foundation that prepares undergraduate musicians to be adaptive leaders, equipped to actively engage their communities and pursue a breadth of career paths. Contact: George Palton, 204 E. Seminary Street, 765-658-4118, Deg: 1,2,9,12 Bachelor of Musical Arts. 100 music majors, 20 faculty, 2,000 total enrollment. 2 bands, 1 jazz band, 1 orch., 3 chor., chamber ensembles.

Goshen College (Goshen) is a liberal arts college in Northern Indiana. We have state of the art music facilities and an outstanding faculty. Our students hone their music skills in a supportive music community. We have an excellent jazz band, a fine symphonic orchestra, a steel drum ensemble and a Javanese Gamelan. The College has many performance opportunities on and off campus for our students. We offer music scholarships of up to $10,000 per year. We also have an outstanding study/service program abroad. Goshen College also offers a minor in Music for Social Change. Contact: Marcia Yost, 1700 S Main St., 574-535-7793, Undergraduate deadline: May 2023. Undergraduate tuition: $47,760. Undergraduate degrees: 1-4,7,12, Interdisciplinary Studies in Music. 40 music majors, 7 faculty, 900 total enrollment. 1 jazz, 1 orch., 3 chor.

Indiana University, Jacobs School of Music (Bloomington). For nearly a century, we have been known for our excellence in performance, artistry, and collaboration – but most of all, for our belief in the inherent value of a creative life. We have helped launch the careers of countless performers, scholars, and music educators who have become leaders around the globe. Our more than 1,500 students come from all 50 states and as many as 55 countries. Each one benefits from the intensity and focus of a world-class conservatory combined with the broad academic offerings of a major university. Contact: 1201 E. 3rd St., 812-855-7998, Undergraduate degrees: 1-6,9,13. Graduate degrees: 1-7,9,13. 1,600 music students, 210 music faculty. 3 bands, 4 jazz bands, 6 orch., 9 chor.

Indiana Wesleyan University (Marion). The IWU Division of Music is NASM accredited (since 1994) and offers 7 different majors. The university has two music facilities – the Phillippe Performing Arts Center and the Marching Wildcat Practice Facility. Both places are spacious and state of the art. Auditions for all music majors are due by March 1, 2024. Scholarships and service awards are available. Contact: Davy Chinn, 4201 South Washington St., 765-677-2152, Tuition: $31,168. Degrees: 1,2,4,7,8, Applied. 100 music majors, 13 faculty, 2,200 total enrollment. 2 bands, 2 jazz bands, 1 orch., 3 chor.

University of Indianapolis (Indianapolis) is a mid-size liberal arts University located in a vibrant cultural city with numerous arts organizations. The University provides small class sizes and a wide-array of opportunities for students in dozens of undergraduate and graduate degree programs. The University’s motto of “Education for Service” is exemplified in numerous community partners and service-learning opportunities. Contact: Barb Lawson, 1400 E. Hanna Ave., 317-788-3216, Undergraduate deadline: 7/1. Undergraduate tuition: $33,520. Undergraduate degrees: 1-4,8-11,13. Graduate deadline: 7/1. Graduate tuition: varies by degree. 75 music majors, 42 faculty, 5,600 total enrollment. 2 bands, 3 jazz bands, 1 orch., 4 chor.

University of Notre Dame

University of Notre Dame (Notre Dame)
The Band of the Fighting Irish is comprised of students from across the U.S. and overseas, enrolled in every field of study at the University. We also welcome students from Saint Mary’s College and Holy Cross College. Notre Dame meets the financial needs of every student. Contact: Shelley Way, 100 Ricci Band Rehearsal Hall, 574-631-7136, Deadline: 11/1 early action, 1/1 regular. Tuition: $80,211Marching band, 3 bands, 11 section ensembles, 3 jazz bands.

Valparaiso University (Valparaiso). Contact: Nicole Lee, 1620 Chapel Drive, 219-464-5454, Deadline: rolling. Degrees: 1,2,4,7, Music Therapy. 65 music majors, 30 faculty, 3,500 total enrollment. 3 bands, 2 jazz bands, 1 orch., 2 chor.


Cornell College (Mount Vernon). Studying music at Cornell prepares you for a full-time career in the arts or for contributing to your community through your talents. You might go into teaching or on to graduate or professional schools in performance, musicology, or education.
Or you might combine music with another major as you prepare for law school, a business career, or other endeavors. Our alumni have distinguished themselves in many fields, including as a senior business analyst at Pandora, a managing consultant in a national philanthropic firm, and a manager of entertainment operations at Disney California. Contact: Evelyn Rush, 600 First Street SW, 319-360-5497, Deadline: 5/1. Tuition: $48,500. Degrees: 1,2,4,8,9,10,12. 24 faculty, 1,100 total enrollment. 2 bands, 1 jazz band, 1 orchestra, 3 chorus.

Iowa State University, Estes Music Hall (Ames). Professional studies for students who wish to prepare for careers in music education, performance, and composition. Courses in music literature, theory, areas of performance, and string ensembles. Contact: Brad Dell, 2427 Union Drive, 515-294-3831, Deadline: 2/8. Degrees: 1,2,4. 130 music majors, 36 faculty, 36,000 total enrollment. 8 bands, 2 jazz bands, 2 orch., 4 chor.

University of Northern Iowa (Cedar Falls). The UNI School of Music is regarded as one of the finest music programs in the Midwest and is NASM accredited. Students interested in majoring in music or participating in music ensembles will be excited to find exceptional faculty, innovative programs and state-of-the-art facilities at an affordable price. Contact: Caroline Francis, 115 Russell Hall, 319-273-2024, Deadline: rolling. Tuition: $8,111 res., $19,265 non-res. Degrees: 1-6,9-11,13. Graduate deadline: rolling. Graduate tuition: $9,691 res., $20,774 non-res. Degrees 1-6,9. 300 music majors, 50 grad. students, 60 faculty, 10,000 total enrollment. 3 bands, 3 jazz bands, 1 orch., 5 chor.


Bethany College (Lindsborg) is a liberal arts college in Central Kansas, NASM accredited since 1935 and affiliated with the ELCA. With excellent music facilities and an outstanding faculty, students become part of Bethany’s close musical community. Ensembles tour both regionally and internationally. As members of the Bethany Oratorio society, students join in the tradition of performing Handel’s “Messiah” during Holy Week – a tradition that dates back to 1882, making Bethany the home of the longest running annual performance of Handel’s “Messiah” in North America. We offer significant financial support to both music majors and non-music major participants. Contact: Vicki Cornett, 355 E. Swennson, 785-227-3380, bethanymusicdept@gmail.
com. Undergraduate tuition: $29,800 res. Degrees: 1,2, Bachelor of Arts. 26 music majors, 5 faculty, 14 part-time, 610 total enrollment. 1 band, 1 jazz band, 2 orch., 3 chor.

Kansas State University (Manhattan). The Kansas State University School of Music, Theatre, and Dance offers undergraduate degrees in Music Education, Performance, Composition and graduate Degrees in Music Education, Performance, Conducting, Keyboard Pedagogy, Composition, Music History. Undergraduate scholarships and out-of-state tuition reductions available. Competitive graduate teaching assistantship stipends and full tuition waivers. Email us at or call 785-532-3800.

Pittsburg State University (Pittsburg) is a comprehensive, regional institution in the southeast corner of Kansas. The Department of Music offers a BM degree with emphases in Music Education, Performance, and Music with Elective Studies in an Outside Field, and an MM with emphases in Performance, Music Education, and Conducting. PSU is home to a superb performance facility, the Bicknell Family Center for the Arts. Special tuition reductions are available for residents of many states throughout the US. Contact: Susan Marchant, 1701 S. Broadway, 620-235-4466, Deadline: rolling. Under-graduate tuition: $8,156 res., $19,500 non-res. Undergraduate degrees: 1,2. Graduate tuition: $9,190 res., $20,022 non-res. Graduate degrees: 1,2,6. 100 music majors, 20 graduate students, 22 faculty, 5,900 total enrollment. 3 bands, 1 jazz bands, 2 orch., 2 chor.

University of Kansas (Lawrence). The School of Music at the University of Kansas offers an array of programs of study at the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels and contributes to the arts community through student, faculty and visiting artist performances. Contact: Stacy Ash, 1530 Naismith Drive, Room 460, 785-864-3436, Undergraduate degrees: 1-9. Graduate degrees: 1-9. 267 music majors, 204 graduate students, 70 faculty, 20,000 total enrollment. 4 bands, 9 jazz bands, 1 orchestra, 7 chor.


Asbury University (Wilmore). Asbury University is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music. Music Faculty help students gain a high level of performance proficiency, a firm theoretical and historical foundation, a solid preparation for a music career and/or graduate study, with a fusion of Christian faith and practice. Contact: Glen Flanigan, 1 Macklem Dr., 859-858-3511, Under-graduate deadline: rolling. Undergraduate tuition: $33,072. Degrees: 1,2,4,7. 32 music majors, 19 faculty, 1,640 total enrollment. 1 band, 1 jazz band, 1 orch., 3 chor.

Murray State University (Murray). Our department has been a member of the National Association of Schools of Music since 1936 and has a long and outstanding tradition of excellence. Within this academic framework our department provides a comprehensive music education for the aspiring professional teacher, performer and composer. Undergraduate Degrees: 1,2,4,10,11,12. 250 music majors, 5 graduate students, 29 faculty, 9,466 total enrollment. 5 bands, 3 jazz bands, 1 orch., 4 chor.

University of Kentucky (Lexington). The UK School of Music develops the musicianship of undergraduates and graduates through the acquisition of comprehensive theoretical and historical foundations, performance skills, and aesthetic understanding. The School of Music is the center for musical study and performance and a model musical environment for the Commonwealth of Kentucky. 105 Fine Arts Building, 859-257-2047, music@uky.
edu. Degrees: 1,2,10. Graduate degrees: 1-8,10. 400 music majors undergraduate and graduate students combined, 70 faculty, 30,000 total enroll. 4 bands, 3 jazz bands, 2 orch., 8 chor.

Western Kentucky University (Bowling Green) The WKU Department of Music promotes the study and experience of music in its broadest sense: preparing artist teachers and performers, enhancing creativity and the human spirit, and enriching the quality of life on campus, in the region, and in our global community. Contact: Liza Kelly, 1906 College Heights Blvd., 270-745-3751, Under-graduate degrees: 1,2, Liberal Arts in Music, Music Minor. Grad. degrees: 2,6, Pedagogy. 180 music majors, 20 grad. students, 40 faculty, 20,000 total enrollment. 6 bands, 1 jazz band, 1 orch., 6 chor.


University of Louisiana (Monroe). VAPA programs are designed to develop your expertise, challenge your creativity, and fuel your passion for the arts! The Music Program, an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Music, offers the Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Arts in Music, and Master of Music Education degrees. Contact: Derle Long, 700 University Ave., 318-342-5430, Undergraduate degrees: 1-4. Graduate deadline: 4/1. Graduate degrees: 2. 74 music majors, 12 graduate students, 22 faculty, 9,000 total enrollment. 4 bands, 1 jazz band, 5 chor.


University of Maine (Orono). UMaine, within the School of Performing Arts, offers the future and present music educators of our state and region degree programs at the bachelor’s and master’s levels. We also offer programs concentrating in Performance and general B.A. in music and a B.A. with a concentration in jazz. Undergraduate degrees: 1,2. Graduate deadline: 2/1. Graduate degrees: 1,2. 100 music majors, 12 graduate students, 14 faculty, 10,000 total enrollment. 4 bands, 2 jazz bands, 1 orch., 4 chor.

University of Southern Maine (Gorham). Excellence is the hallmark of the School of Music, offering a personalized and opportunity-based approach to educating University musicians, featuring a faculty of distinguished performers and scholars. Offering degrees in music performance, music education, composition, jazz studies, piano pedagogy, musical theatre, and conducting at both the undergraduate and graduate level. Undergraduate degrees: 1,2,4,9,12, BA-music. Graduate Degrees: 1,2,4,6,9, MM-pedagogy. 140 music majors, 25 graduate students, 10 faculty, 8140 total enrollment. 2 bands, 1 jazz band, 1 orch., 2 chor.


Peabody Conservatory of The Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore) At the Peabody Conservatory, we are a community of artists – cultivating excellence, embracing new ideas, and committed to the future of music in our world. At Peabody, you will learn what it means to be a modern artist, ready to take your place in the world and shape the future with sound. Contact: John Huling, 1 E. Mt. Vernon Pl.,, 667-208-6600. Undergraduate deadline: 12/1. Undergraduate tuition: $62,380. Under-graduate degrees: 1,2,4,9,13. Graduate deadline: 12/1. Graduate tuition: $62,380. Graduate degrees: 1-6,9,13. 180 faculty, 765 total enrollment. 1 band, 2 jazz bands, 5 orch., 2 chor.

University of Maryland Baltimore County (Baltimore). Our extensive performance opportunities give students the chance to shine, while our low student-to-teacher ratio ensures a personalized educational experience.. Degrees: 1,2, 4,5,9,13. 150 music majors, 14 full-time, 32 part-time faculty, 13,637 total enrollment. 1 band, 3 jazz bands, 1 orch., 2 chor.

University of Maryland (College Park). At the University of Maryland you will find the personal attention of an elite School of Music alongside the wealth of experiences only available at a public research institution. Contact: Jenny Lang, 8115 Alumni Drive, 2110 Clarice Smith Center, 301-405-8435, Under-graduate degrees: 1-4,9. Graduate degrees: 1-6,9. 200 music majors, 215 graduate students, 100 faculty, 28,000 total enrollment. 4 bands, 3 jazz bands, 2 orch., 4 chor.


Boston Conservatory at Berklee (Boston). Boston Conservatory at Berklee is reimaging, what a conservatory education should be for today’s performing artists. Contact: Zachary Sahms, 8 Fenway, 617-912-9153, Deadline: 1/15. Degrees: 1,4,12. Graduate degrees: 1,2, 4,6,12. 223 music majors, 186 graduate students, 114 faculty, total enrollment 659. 3 bands, 3 orch., 4 chor.

Bridgewater State University (Bridgewater). From Renaissance madrigals to stadium-filling pop, music is a unique form of communication that comes from the heart and taps into the very roots of our humanity. The Department of Music at Bridgewater State University provides a solid foundation in the theory and practice of classical music traditions – along with courses in jazz, other popular genres and West African drumming – all in the context of a liberal arts education relevant wide variety of careers. Students have the opportunity to study under accomplished professionals who perform regularly with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston Pops, and other world-class ensembles. Contact: Donald Running, 45 Plymouth St, 508-531-1377, Deadline: 2/15. Tuition: $11,267 res. Degrees: 1,2,8,9. Grad. deadline: 2/15. Tuition: $460/cr. Degree: 2. 50 music majors, 15 grad. students, 30 faculty, 9,000 total enrollment. 2 band, 2 jazz band, 1 orch., 4 chor.

Gordon College

Gordon College (Wenham)

The Gordon College Department of Music graduates musicians fully equipped for success in today’s ever-changing world. Each music degree program combines a performance-oriented, nationally accredited education with real-world experience in a Christian liberal arts setting. Unique faculty mentoring opportunities cultivate young musicians with the knowledge and skill for global impact. Contact: Cordelia Schirer-Suter, 255 Grapevine Rd., 978-867-4273, Degrees: 1,2, 4,7, 12. Degree: 2. 75 music majors, 39 graduate students, 35 faculty, 1,642 total enrollment. 1 band, 1 jazz band, 1 orch., 3 chor.

New England Conservatory (Boston). NEC is a premier conservatory that values exploration and collaboration. Our students are mentored by a devoted faculty of esteemed artist-teachers and scholars. Our alumni fill orchestra chairs, concert halls, jazz clubs, recording studios, and arts management positions worldwide. Nearly half of the Boston Symphony Orchestra faculty are NEC alumni/faculty. 290 Huntington Ave., 617-585-1101, Deadline: 12/1. Degrees: 1,4,9; Contemporary Improvisation. Graduate deadline: 12/1. Graduate degrees: 1,3,4,5,9; Contemporary Improvisation. 400 music majors, 375 graduate students, 230 music faculty, 400 total Undergraduate enroll. 2 bands, 30 jazz bands, 4 orch., 2 chor.

University of Massachusetts (Amherst). The Department of Music and Dance, on the flagship campus of the UMass system, offers outstanding educational opportunities leading to performance and teaching careers within a diverse university setting. As members of a close-knit community in a tier one research university, music students experience conservatory-quality instruction in lesson, classroom, and ensemble settings. Opportunities for double-majoring, minoring, and ensemble involvement further emphasizes the department’s commitment to fostering musical experiences for all UMass students. Contact: Nathaniel Gowen, 151 President Dr., 263A Bromery Center East, 413-545-6048, Under-graduate Deadlines: 1/15. Undergraduate tuition: $17,364 res., $39,300 non-res. Undergraduate degrees: 1-5,9. Graduate Deadline: 12/1. Graduate tuition: $11,717 res., $23,522 non-res. Graduate Degrees: 1-6,9. 200 music majors, 70 graduate students, 45 faculty, 32,000 total enrollment. 4 bands, 3 jazz bands, 3 orch., 4 chor.


Eastern Michigan University (Ypsilanti). EMU School of Music & Dance offers undergrad and grad degrees, including music education, music therapy, performance, collaborative piano, piano pedagogy, and dance within a strong liberal arts tradition. A major university with small classes taught by professors. Lots of performance opportunities, world-class faculty. Affordable education; instate for Ohio. Contact: Donald Babcock, N101 Alexander, 734-487-4380, Undergraduate degrees: 1,2,8,10, BA, minor. Degrees: 1,2,4,10, piano pedagogy, collaborative piano. 295 music students, 50 grad. students, 60 faculty, 22,000 enrollment. 5 bands, 2 jazz bands, 1 orch., 4 chor.

Grand Valley State University (Allendale) is a comprehensive, four-year public institution located near Grand Rapids, Michigan, that has established a reputation for preparing its more than 25,000 students to excel in virtually every field. GVSU’s liberal education focus emphasizes critical thinking, creative problem solving, and cultural understanding – preparing students for life in a fast-changing world. Contact: Caitlin Cusack, 1 Campus Dr., 1300 Performing Arts Center, 616-331-3484, Degrees: 1,2. 200 music majors, 57 faculty, 25,325 total enroll. 4 bands, 1 jazz band, 2 orch., 4 chor.

Michigan State University (East Lansing). The College of Music prepares students to become world-class musicians within the setting of a major Big Ten university. Our world-renowned faculty help our students discover new worlds of expression and develop a creative style that is uniquely their own. We offer a wide range of performance opportunities and scholarly activities. 333 W. Circle Dr., 517-432-2140, Under-graduate degrees: 1,2,3,9, BA in Music (General). Graduate degrees: 1-6,8. 550 music majors, 250 graduate students, 70 faculty, 50,000 total enrollment. 6 bands, 3 jazz bands, 2 orch., 8 chor.

Northern Michigan University (Marquette). The Department of Music in the NMU School of Music, Theatre, and Dance offers three different majors to suit a variety of interests and objectives. Music students at NMU have the opportunity to work closely with outstanding faculty, perform in a wide range of ensembles in top-notch facilities, and enjoy the vibrant arts scene and the beautiful landscapes of Marquette and the Upper Peninsula. Our students graduate with a solid understanding of music theory, history, and pedagogy, and they develop practical skills and cultivate relationships that help them build rewarding careers. Contact: Gerri Daniels, 1401 Presque Isle Avenue, 906-227-2650, Undergraduate deadline: rolling. Undergraduate degrees: 2,11, Music BA/BS. 50 music majors, 10 faculty, 8,000 total enrollment. 4 bands, 1 jazz bands, 1 orch., 3 chor.

University of Michigan (Ann Arbor). Music and performing arts careers are as diverse as the students we serve. That’s why SMTD is revolutionizing the way performing arts students prepare for life beyond college. We boast one of the nation’s most robust career planning and entrepreneurship programs for the performing arts – the EXCEL Lab – and a rich variety of community engagement programs, providing students with hands-on work experience. With more than 900 events each year, students have abundant performance opportunities. SMTD is empowering students to embrace nearly limitless career possibilities and to live a fulfilling and creative life made possible by an exceptional education. Contact: Brian Igoe, 1100 Baits Drive (Office Moore Room 2290), 734-764-0593, Undergraduate degrees: 1-5,9,12,13. Graduate degrees: 1-7,9,13. 610 music majors, 286 graduate students, 155 faculty, total enrollment 32,662. 4 bands, 2 jazz bands, 5 orch., 6 chor.

Western Michigan University (Kalamazoo) is dedicated to the advancement of the musical arts through traditional study and performance, while promoting the development of new musical paths, preparing students for an ever-changing profession. Contact: Music Advising, 1903 W. Michigan Ave., 269-387-4672, Undergraduate degrees: 1,2,4,8,9,12,13. Graduate degrees: 1,4,6,8. 480 music majors, 80 graduate students, 45 faculty, 22,562 total enrollment. 3 bands, 3 jazz bands, 1 orch., 5 chor.


St. Cloud State University (St. Cloud). At St. Cloud State University’s nationally accredited music department, students have the opportunity to craft their musicianship through performance in ensembles and private lessons with skilled and accessible teachers, expand their creativity in composition courses, explore the world of digital arts through new media courses, and find the inspiration to become one of the next generation of outstanding music educators. Scholarships are available for all music majors, with outstanding funding for percussion, piano and music education. We expect to welcome majors into our first music therapy cohort beginning Fall 2023. Contact: Melissa Krause, 720 4th Ave S., 877-654-7278, Undergraduate deadline: 8/1. Undergraduate tuition: $24,000 res., $34,500 non-res. Undergraduate degrees: 1,2,8. 50 music majors, 20 faculty, 6,000 total enrollment. 2 bands, 1 jazz bands, 1 orch., 2 chor.

St. Olaf College (Northfield) offers renowned performance opportunities and a comprehensive music curriculum within an academically rigorous liberal arts setting. Both BA and BM degrees are offered, with BM majors in performance, theory/composition, music education, church music. St. Olaf’s nationally ranked programs in math and natural sciences also attract talented non-music major participants. 1520 St. Olaf Ave., 507-786-3297, Degrees: 1-5,7, BA in music. 275 music majors, 60 faculty, 3,000 enroll. 2 bands, 3 jazz bands, 2 orch., 8 chor.

Southwest Minnesota State University (Marshall). SMSU is a 4-year liberal arts college in southwest Minnesota. The university offers many undergraduate degrees including a Bachelor of Arts in Music and a Bachelor of Science in Music Education. Emphases include performance, theory/composition, management, and Music in the Liberal Arts as well as instrumental and choral music education. Contact: John Ginocchio, 1501 State Street, 507-537-7209, Degrees: 1,2,4,11. 30 music majors, 3 music faculty, 2,500 total enroll. 3 bands, 1 jazz band, 1 orch., 3 chor.

University of Minnesota (Duluth). The Department of Music at UMD is a vibrant and artistic learning environment with outstanding faculty members who provide students with a comprehensive music education in music, preparing them for employment and enriching their lives through their study of music. Contact: Dee Charles, 31 W. College St., #206, 218-726-7890, Undergrad-uate Degrees: 1-4,9, Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Arts, Music Minor, Jazz Major. Instrumental, Vocal, Piano. 160 music majors, 40 faculty, 11,239 total enrollment. 4 bands, 4 jazz bands, 3 orchestras, 5 choirs.

University of Minnesota (Minneapolis). At the University of Minnesota School of Music, you will have the opportunity to enjoy the many advantages of a premier research University and vibrant metropolitan arts scene while also benefitting from the welcoming atmosphere created by our small cohort of faculty and students, gaining a truly world-class education. Contact: Anabel Njoes, 2106 4th Street South, 612-624-2847, Undergraduate Degrees: 1,2,8, BA in Music. Degrees: 1-6,8, Collaborative Piano. 250 music majors, 80 faculty, 30,000 total enrollment. 5 bands, 5 jazz bands, 2 orch., 5 chor.

University of St. Thomas (St. Paul). We are Minnesota’s largest private university with 10,000 students committed to the common good. We have a renowned faculty of progressive artists and practitioners leading undergraduate studies and graduate programs for educators. Ensembles and lessons welcome all students, provide academic credit, and fulfill university requirements. Scholarships for majors are based on performance and academic achievement. A variety of minors and certificates are also available. Contact: Dept. of Music, 2115 Summit Ave., BEC 112, 651-962-5850, Undergraduate deadline: rolling. Undergraduate degrees: 1,2,4,7,11,13. Graduate deadline: rolling. Graduate degrees: 2. 80 music majors, 125 graduate students, 50 faculty, 10,000 total enrollment. 4 bands, 1 jazz band, 1 orch., 5 chor.


Central Methodist University, Swinney Conservatory of Music (Fayette). CMU focuses on working with students as they develop into professional musicians and music educators. We offer a variety of performance and learning experiences on our historic campus and help students connect with their future. Contact: Lucas Willsie, 411 Central Methodist Square, 660-248-3391, Undergraduate deadline: rolling. Undergraduate degrees: 1,2,7,12. Graduate deadline: rolling. Graduate tuition: $290/cr. Graduate degree: 2. 70 music majors, 22 grad. students, 17 music faculty, 1,150 total enrollment. 2 bands, 1 jazz band, 2 chor.

Northwest Missouri State University (Maryville). A mid-sized University focused on student success and providing students with hands-on opportunities to be career ready, day one. Contact: Debra Brown, 800 University Drive, 660-562-1325, Undergraduate deadline: rolling. Undergraduate tuition: varies, in state tuition available for all out of state students. Scholarship Application Deadline: 2/1. Undergraduate degrees: 1,2,6,BME/Vocal, BME/Instru-mental, BA in Music, BA in Music emphasis in business, BA in Music emphasis in wellness, or BA in Music emphasis in audio production and a minor in music. 85 music majors, 14 music faculty, 8,500 total university enrollment. 4 bands, 2 jazz bands, 3 choirs.

Northwest Missouri State University, State Music (Maryville). Degrees include BME (Vocal, Instrumental, and combined), BA in Music (w/emphasis in Business, Audio Production, and Wellness). Extensive ensemble experiences and offerings, highly accomplished Education program. Contact: Kathryn Strickland, 800 University Drive, Fine Arts Bldg., 660-562-1326, Degrees: 2. 100 music majors, 10 faculty, 7,000 total enrollment. 4 bands, 2 jazz, 3 chor.

Truman State University (Kirksville). Truman’s success as one of the nation’s premier public liberal arts and sciences institutions can be traced to one guiding principle: an unwavering commitment to the student. We’re a different kind of public university with a different kind of liberal arts and sciences curriculum, where rigorous academics meets a close-knit campus culture. Where intellectually curious students find active learning environments, and dynamic faculty develop the next generation of problem solvers and leaders. Contact: 660-785-4114, Undergraduate degrees: 1,3,4,8,11. Graduate degrees: 1-6. 103 music majors, 23 grad. students, 22 faculty, 4,000 total enrollment. 3 bands, 2 jazz bands, 1 orch., 3 chor

University of Central Missouri (Warrensburg). Building on a 150-year tradition of training high quality performers and music educators, UCM Music also offers one of the finest music technology programs in the nation. With small classes taught by renowned faculty and excellent job placement rates, our students graduate ready to succeed in music today and tomorrow. Contact: David Aaberg, PO Box 800, 660-543-4530, Degrees: 1,2,4,5,6,9,13. Grad. degrees: Master of Arts in Music. 2 bands, 2, jazz bands, 1 orch., 2 chor.

University of Missouri (Columbia). Boasting a new music building opened in 2020, the MU School of Music offers professionally oriented bachelor’s degrees in performance, composition, music education, music history, music theory; certificates in jazz studies and music entrepreneurship; a bachelor of arts degree in music; and a music minor. Contact: Ben Harting, 150 Fine Arts Building, 573-882-4471, Undergraduate degrees: 1-6, 9,10,12. Graduate deadline: 12/1. Grad. Degrees: 1-6,9,10. 220 Undergraduate music majors, 30 grad. students, 36 faculty, 30,000 total enrollment. 4 band, 2 jazz band, 1 orch. 4 chor.

University of Missouri (Kansas City). The UMKC Conservatory is about world-changing creativity. We believe in the power of beauty and emotion, and original ideas to provoke our deepest humanity — to change hearts and minds. That’s why our students often perform at the best venues in the Kansas City region, create groundbreaking projects in community-embedded learning and go on to achieve in many other areas of industry. As America’s first publicly owned music conservatory, we’ve been creating access to the empowerment that arts education makes possible for nearly 120 years. And we believe the world has never needed it more than now. Contact: Jordan Davis, 5228 Charlotte St., 816-235-5209, Undergraduate deadline: 12/15. Under-graduate tuition: $12,720 res., $30,600 non-res. Undergraduate degrees: 1-4,8,9, Dance, Theatre. Graduate deadline: 12/15 (most programs). Graduate tuition: $9,760 res., $24,500 non-res. Graduate degrees: 1-6,8,9,10 (certificate), Theatre. 330 music majors, 220 grad. students, 100 faculty, 16,000 total enrollment. 3 bands, 2 jazz, 1 orch., 4 chor.


Montana State University, MSU School of Music (Bozeman). The MSU School of music offers a B.A. in Music, a Bachelor of Music Education, a B.A. in Music Technology, and an online M.M. in Music Education. Our award-winning faculty are dedicated educators committed to providing an education that empowers students to explore diverse ideas and musical practices. The MSU School of Music offers a musical home to all MSU students wishing to take part in music through participation in one of our 18 ensembles! Contact: Jason Bolte, 201 Strand Union Building, 406-994-3562,


University of Nebraska (Lincoln). The Glenn Korff School of Music nurtures the creativity, artistry, and scholarship of students and faculty; educates students to achieve excellence as educators, performers, composers, and scholars; and enriches the education of all students through the study and practice of music and dance. Contact: Kristen Drennon, 1104 R Street, 113 Westbrook Music Building, 402-472-2503, Undergraduate degrees: 1,2,4, BA, BM, BME. Graduate degrees: 1-6,9, MM, DMA, PhD. 280 music majors, 100 graduate students, 50 faculty, 25,000 total enrollment. 5 bands, 2 jazz bands, 3 orch., 7 chor.

New Hampshire

University of New Hampshire (Durham). is located in the beautiful, vibrant, and accessible seacoast area of New Hampshire, we offer programs in performance, composition, and music education. Regardless of program, our dedicated faculty strives to develop our students into the best musicians they can be. Contact: Alexis Zaricki, 30 Academic Way, 603-862-2418, Undergraduate degrees: 1,2,4. Grad. degrees: 4-6. 115 music majors, 7 grad. students, 35 faculty, 13,000 total enrollment. 5 bands, 2 jazz bands, 1 orch., 3 chor.

New Jersey

Kean University (Union). With a student body of less than 100, the Conservatory of Music, located on a beautiful campus in Union, NJ, is dedicated to the undergraduate music major interested in majoring in performance and/or music education. The private studio faculty are active performing artists from the greater New York area. Contact: 908-737-4330, Deadline 8/1. Tuition $12,595 res., $19,770 non-res. Degrees: 1,2. 90 music majors, 27 faculty, 14,770 total enroll. 2 bands, 1 jazz band, 1 orchestra, 3 choruses.

Rutgers University, Mason Gross School of the Arts (New Brunswick). Students at Mason Gross have access to all the resources of a music conservatory situated within a nationally-ranked research university. Located just 45 minutes outside of New York City, the Mason Gross faculty boasts principals and members of the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. Contact: Emalina Thompson, 33 Livingston Ave., 848-932-5269, Undergraduate degrees: 1,2,4,9. Grad. degrees: 1-6,9. 250 music majors, 200 graduate students, 110 faculty, 36,000 total enrollment. 6 bands, 3 jazz bands, 3 orch., 4 chor.

New Jersey City University (Jersey City). NJCU’s beautiful campus is located just minutes away from New York City. The university’s close proximity to Manhattan allows students to sample New York’s cultural riches. The department of music also features a world class faculty. Contacts: Paul Robertson or Dr. Amparo Fabra, 2039 Kennedy Boulevard, 201-200-2178/2031, probertson@njcu-edu, Undergraduate degrees: 1,2,11,12. Grad. degrees: 1,2,9, multiple woodwind. 160 music majors, 40 graduate students, 100 faculty.

William Paterson University (Wayne). Recently named one of the 10 best “Hidden Gem” music schools, William Paterson University’s Music Department is a great place to pursue a career in music, offering undergraduate and graduate programs in Performance, Jazz Studies, Music Education, Music and Entertainment Industries, Sound Engineering, and Popular Music. Contact: Gideon Forbes, 300 Pompton Rd., 973-720-3466, Degrees: 1,2,9,11,13. Grad. degrees: 2,9,11. 300 music majors, 50 grad. students, 18 faculty, 11,500 total enroll. 2 bands, 25 jazz bands, 1 orch., 4 chor

New Mexico

Eastern New Mexico University (Portales). The Eastern New Mexico University Department of Music is committed to providing development of the individual student as an artist, educated member of society and expressive human being; exceptional professional preparation; educational and aesthetic experiences for the community and region; and response to the changing needs of contemporary society. Contact: Cody Spitz, 1500 S. Ave. K, Station 7, 575-562-2178, Deadline: 8/1. Tuition: $6,450 res., $18,448 non-res. Degrees: 1,2,4,13. 135 music majors, 20 faculty, 6,200 total enrollment. 4 bands, 3 jazz bands, 3 chor.

University of New Mexico (Albuquerque). The University of New Mexico Department of Music strives to give each student a first-rate musical education under the guidance of our dynamic artist faculty, and a well-balanced program among the disciplines of performance, music education, theory and composition, jazz studies, string pedagogy, conducting and musicology. Contact: Michael Hix, MSC04 2570, 1 University of New Mexico, 505-277-2126, Undergraduate degrees: 1-4,9. Grad. degrees: 1-6. 200 music majors, 100 grad. students, 65 faculty, 25,000 total enroll. 2 bands, 4 jazz bands, 2 orch., 4 chor.

New York

Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester (Rochester) maintains the highest standards for artistry, intelligent musicianship, and scholarship and provides an outstanding faculty, broad and continuous playing experience, and innovative approaches to career development. Eastman students enjoy a collaborative musical environment and can earn minors or second degrees at the University of Rochester. Contact: Danielle Arnold. 26 Gibbs Street, 585-274-1060, 550 music majors, 300 graduate students.

Houghton College, Greatbatch School of Music (Houghton) is uniquely situated as a conservatory model school of music within a Christ-centered, nationally-ranked, liberal arts college. Students learn from accomplished faculty who teach with integrity. Opportunities include internships and residencies, international touring with ensembles, Pro Tools certification, Presidential Scholarship Competition, and generous graduate assistantships. Contact: Kelly Van Kirk, 1 Willard Ave., 585-567-9400, Undergraduate degrees: 1,2,4, 11, BA, BMus with non-music elective studies. Grad. degrees: 1,4,6, MA, MM in Collaborative Performance. 101 music majors, 15 graduate students, 26 faculty, 1,031 total enroll. 1 band, 2 jazz bands, 1 orch., 4 chor.

Ithaca College (Ithaca) The Ithaca College School of Music, Theatre, and Dance maintains its roots of a music conservatory (founded in 1892), offering highly individualized conservatory-style training deeply integrated within the liberal arts. Here, you’ll feel rapport and reinvention in the air—in our classrooms, in practice rooms and on and off our stages. Through multidisciplinary training and exposure, you’ll forge your career as you create a more equitable and sustainable tomorrow. Contact: Max Lorn-Krause, 953 Danby Road, 607-274-7300, Undergraduate deadline: 11/1, 12/1, 2/1. Undergraduate degrees: 1,2,4,9,12,13. Graduate degrees: Music (BA), Music Education and Performance (BM), Music in Combination with an Outside Field (BM). 390 music majors, 75 faculty, 5,000 total enrollment. 3 bands, 3 jazz bands, 2 orch., 2 chor.

The Juilliard School (New York). Since 1905, Juilliard has educated the world’s foremost musicians, dancers, actors, and playwrights. Our Lincoln Center campus, with its world-renowned faculty, continues to be a launch pad for the next generation of performing artists. Contact: Admissions Office, 60 Lincoln Center Plaza, 212-799-5000, Deadline: 12/1. Undergraduate tuition: $53,300. Undergraduate degrees: 1,4,9. Graduate tuition: $53,300. Graduate degrees: 1,4,6,9. 350 music majors, 331 grad. music majors. 2 jazz bands, 4 orch.

Long Island University, Post Campus (Brookville). The Department of Music provides a dynamic, intensive, and supportive environment that nurtures students’ talents as music educators, scholars, performers, songwriters, and music industry entrepreneurs. Our conservatory-style program, within a liberal arts university, brings a diverse array of performance and academic opportunities. We offer a full curriculum of bachelor’s degree programs taught by more than 40 nationally and internationally recognized performers, conductors, composers, researchers, and music educators. Undergraduate degree programs include the B.S. in Music, the B.F.A in Music Technology, Entrepreneurship & Produc-tion, the B.M. in Music Education. Contact: Elizabeth Madey, 720 Northern Blvd., 516-299-2629, Degrees: 2,11,13. 100 Undergraduate music majors, 45 faculty, 10,000 total enrollment. 3 bands, 3 jazz bands, 2 orch., 4 chor.

Manhattan School of Music (New York). Manhattan School of Music prepares highly talented students for careers as passionate performers and composers and to be imaginative, effective leaders in the arts. Our students thrive in a supportive atmosphere that encourages excellence, values individuals, and welcomes innovation. Contact: Christian Cassidy, 120 Claremont Ave., 917-493-4436, Undergraduate degrees: 1,4,9,12. Graduate degrees: 1,2,4,6,9. 474 music majors, 490 graduate students, 179 faculty, 964 total enrollment. 2 bands, 5 jazz bands, 6 orch., 3 chor.

Nazareth College of Rochester, Department of Music (Rochester) Linking the Professional Arts, Liberal Arts and Fine Arts. The Nazareth College School of Music offers degrees in Music Therapy, Music Education, Music Composition, Music Business, Music Performance and Bachelor of Arts, with each student receiving a paid internship grant within the first two years of study. Contact: Amanda Brady, 4245 East Ave., 585-389-2860, Undergraduate degrees: 1,2,4,8,11,12. Graduate degrees: 1,2,8. 200 music majors, 50 grad. students, 60 faculty, 2,800 total enrollment. 3 bands, 2 jazz bands, 2 orch., 2 chor.

The New School, Mannes School of Music & School of Jazz and Contemporary Music (New York). The New School’s College of Performing Arts brings together Mannes School of Music, the iconic 104-year-old conservatory; the legendary School of Jazz and Contemporary Music; and the innovative and groundbreaking School of Drama. Hone your craft, collaborate across disciplines, and become a ground-breaking artist. Contact: Performing Arts, 55 West 13th St, 212-229-5150, Undergraduate degrees: 1,3,4,6,9,10. Graduate degrees: 1,3,4,6,9, 10. 550 music majors, 450 graduate students, 250 faculty, 10,000 total enroll. 1 band, 8 jazz bands, 4 orch., 1 chor.

New York University, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development (New York). The Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions at NYU Steinhardt offers professional training combined with the academic excellence of an internationally recognized university. Our programs, baccalaureate through doctoral, share a spirit of openness and innovation that encourages the pursuit of high artistic goals enriched by the world of interdisciplinary ideas. Contact: Paul Horan, 35 W. Fourth St., Suite 1077, 212-998-5424, Degrees: 1-4,9,11-13. Graduate degrees: 1-4,8-13. 682 music majors, 516 graduate students, 300 faculty, 1,198 total enrollment.

Queens College, Aaron Copland School of Music (Queens). ACSM offers a first-class curriculum, renowned faculty, and an extraordinary facility, at an extremely affordable tuition. Students at the Copland School of Music get a world class education at the center of the cultural universe for an impressively affordable tuition. In addition, many of our students qualify for financial aid, and we have merit scholarships available up to the full cost of tuition. Contact: Jane Cho, 6530 Kissena Blvd., 718-997-3800, Undergraduate deadline: 1/31. Under-graduate degrees: 1,2,4. Grad. degrees 1-6,8. 240 music majors, 225 graduate students, 115 faculty, 25,000 total enrollment. 1 band, 1 jazz band, 1 orch., 2 chor.

State University of New York (Fredonia). Our Music Education alumni have a 100% job placement rating and our faculty and alumni are GRAMMY and Tony Award winners (year after year), and our Jazz Area has won 3 DownBeat awards in the last 5 years. Fredonia offers unparalleled whole-student support for personal and professional growth, flexible degree programs that are proven to lead to professional success, and a beautiful, modern, and inclusive campus. Contact: Barry Kilpatrick, 280 Central Avenue, 716-673-3151, Undergraduate deadline: 5/1. Undergraduate tuition: $7,070 res., $16,980 non-res. Undergraduate degrees: 1-6,8-13. Graduate tuition: $11,310 res., $23,100 non-res. Graduate degrees: 1-6,8. 500 music majors, 225 graduate students, 100 faculty, 4,100 total enroll. 3 bands, 4 jazz bands, 3 orch., 5 chor.

State University of New York, The Crane School of Music (Potsdam) was one of the first institutions in the country to have programs dedicated to preparing specialists in teaching music in public schools. Throughout Crane’s history the school’s primary mission has been to educate music teachers with an emphasis on excellence in performance. Contact: David Heuser, 44 Pierrepont Avenue, 315-267-2417, Undergraduate deadline: 2/29. Undergraduate tuition: $7,070 res., $16,980 non-res. Undergraduate degrees: 1-5,11. Graduate deadline: 4/30. Graduate tuition: $5,655 res. $11,550 non-res. Graduate degrees: 2. 475 music majors, 40 grad. students, 85 faculty, 2,500 total enrollment. 3 bands, 2 jazz bands, 2 orch., 4 chor.

Syracuse University, Setnor School of Music (Syracuse) The Setnor School of Music offers opportunities for the highest level of professional musical development, within the context of a broad, humanistic education. We encourage a wide range of creative options, recognizing that the classical tradition continues to grow and that it is only one in a world of others. Contact: Jenny Saluti, 202 Crouse College, 315-443-2769, Undergraduate deadline: 1/5. Undergraduate degrees: 1,2,4,11,13. Graduate deadline: 2/1. Graduate degrees: 1,2,4,6,11. 200 music majors, 40 graduate students, 75 faculty, 22,484 total enrollment. 4 bands, 2 jazz bands, 1 orch., 6 chor.

North Carolina

Appalachian State University (Boone). “Music that Moves Mountains!” The Hayes School of Music fosters a caring, respectful, and inclusive community that focuses on individual student growth and development in the pursuit of musical artistry, academic excellence, and professional success. Accredited by NASM since 1953, the Hayes School of Music connects the student’s passion for music wi,th their profession for life. In addition to its degree programs, the HSOM offers a graduate certificate in Music Theory Pedagogy and Practice and undergraduate certificates in Performance and Jazz Studies. Home of the Community Music School and Cannon Music Camp. Contact: Dr. Soo Goh, 813 Rivers St., 828-262-3020, Undergraduate deadline: 11/1, 2/1. Undergraduate Tuition: $8,081 res., $25,077 non-res. Undergraduate degrees: 1,2,4,7,8,11,13. Graduate deadline: 2/1, 4/1, 7/1. Graduate Tuition: $5,740 res., $16,247 non-res. Graduate Degrees: 1,3,4,6,8. 362 music majors, 44 graduate students, 76 faculty, 20,436 total enroll. 5 bands, 2 jazz bands, 1 orch., 6 chor.

University of North Carolina (Greensboro). UNCG offers the only comprehensive music program from undergraduate through doctoral study in performance and music education in North Carolina. Studies complement rigorous professional training with a broad liberal education. Contact: Amanda R. Hughes, PO Box 26170, 336-334-3638, Degrees: 1,2,4,9,10. Graduate degrees 1-4,6, Post-Baccalaureate certificates in Music Theory, Musicology (Historical), Ethnomusicology, Composition, Jazz, and Music Education; Post-Master’s certificate in Music Theory Pedagogy. 375 music majors, 200 graduate students, 65 faculty, 20,000 total enrollment. 3 bands, 2 jazz bands, 2 orch., 5 chor.

University of North Carolina School of the Arts (Winston-Salem). With select admissions, a robust scholarship program, and 7-to-1 student-to-teacher ratio, we function like a private conservatory within the North Carolina state university system. Offering world-class instruction and an active lineup of distinguished visiting artists, we have a student body ranging from high school students through performing artists certificates. Contact: Sheeler Lawson, 1533 South Main Street, 336-770-3264, Degrees: 1,4. Graduate degrees: 1,4,6. 150 music majors, 50 graduate students, 30 faculty, 800 total enroll. 1 band, 1 jazz band, 1 orch., 1 chor.

North Dakota

North Dakota State University (Fargo). The Challey School of Music offers bachelors, master’s and doctoral degrees that prepare tomorrow’s professionals in music education, conducting and performance. Contact: Michael Weber, 1511 12th Ave. N. PO Box 6050, Undergraduate deadline: 8/1. Undergrad-uate degrees: 1,2,4. Graduate deadline: 8/1. Graduate degrees: 1,2,6. 3 bands, 2 jazz, 1 orch., 5 chor.


Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory of Music (Berea), located 20 minutes from Cleveland, Ohio, offers professional bachelor’s degrees with an emphasis on experiential learning. The Conservatory is an artistic community within a private, liberal arts university, affording students many choices for leadership and performance. Contact: Danielle Lykins, 275 Eastland Rd., 440-826-2368, Deadline: 1/15, Tuition: $40,450. Degrees: 1-5,8-12. 13 music majors, 85 faculty, 3,325 total enrollment. 17 bands, 3 jazz band, 4 orch., 5 chor.

Bowling Green State University, Moore College of Musical Arts (Bowling Green). Offering a comprehensive music curriculum featuring distinctive specialties in contemporary music and music education, our expert faculty guide students of all majors in the pursuit of artistic and scholarly excellence. Our alumni hold leading positions in music education, performance, composition, and music industry. The College of Musical Arts houses the Mid American Center for Contemporary Music and Ohio’s premier undergraduate music education department. We offer a wide array of degrees from bachelor to doctorate levels, including the nationally recognized DMA program in Contemporary Music, and the 100% online “Teaching Artistry” master’s in Music Education. Contact: Susan Nelson, 1031 Moore Musical Arts Center, 419-372-2181, Undergraduate deadline: 6/15. Undergraduate tuition: $13,520.20 res., $21,508 non-res. Undergraduate degrees: 1,2,4,5,9. Graduate deadline: 2/24. Graudate tuition: $10,452 res., $16,444 non-res. Graduate degrees: 1-6,9. 325 music majors, 170 grad. students, 70 faculty, 20,000 total enrollment. 4 bands, 2 jazz, 1 orch., 5 chor.

Capital University, Conservatory of Music (Columbus). Our artist faculty wants to challenge you, applaud you, and inspire you. Through outstanding performance opportunities, internships, meaningful student teaching experiences, and numerous master classes, your own artistic potential will be nurtured and celebrated. We do all of this to achieve our goal of transforming your life artistically and creatively so you can be a leader and contributor in your community. Contact: Susanna Mayo, 1 College and Main, 614-236-6101, Undergraduate degrees: 1,2,4,7,9,11-13, BA in Music. Graduate degrees: 2, Emphasis in Instrumental Music, Jazz Pedagogy, and Kodály; degree is summer only, 3-year completion. 400 music majors, 2,700 total undergraduate enrollment.

Cleveland Institute of Music (Cleveland). The Cleveland Institute of Music is distinguished by an exceptional degree of collaboration between students and teachers. Students enjoy numerous performance opportunities, from recitals to chamber music to orchestra and opera. Contact: Jerrod Price, 11021 East Blvd., 216-791-5000, Undergraduate degrees 1,3,4,13. Graduate degrees: 1,3,4,6. 245 music majors, 160 graduate students, 106 faculty. 1 orch.

Cleveland State University (Cleveland). Imagine a dynamic setting where celebrated artist-teachers and talented students collaborate to achieve artistic and academic success. Located in the heart of one of America’s most vibrant cultural centers, our urban campus is home to Cleveland State University’s School of Music. Providing a complete spectrum of educational and performance opportunities while using the city’s rich musical resources in this mutually supportive and inclusive environment prepares students for the realities of a competitive world and beyond. While providing balance and productivity. Contact: Kate Bill, 2121 Euclid Ave., 216-687-5039 216-687-5411. Under-graduate deadline: 8/15. Undergraduate tuition: $12,200 res., $17,360 non-res. Degrees: 1,2,4,8, BA in Music. Graduate Deadline: 7/19. Graduate tuition: $14,800 res., $22,700 non-res. Degrees: 1,2,4. 250 music majors, 40 graduate students, 65 faculty, 16,000 total enrollment. 2 bands, 4 jazz bands, 2 orchestras, 3 chor.

Kent State University, Hugh A. Glauser School of Music (Kent). Pursue your passion and your purpose in one of our 15 undergraduate or graduate degree programs. Our dedicated and internationally recognized faculty mentor and nurture students to help them achieve their professional goals. Students also have many opportunities to perform in our variety of 23 ensembles. Contact: Janine Tiffe, 1325 Theatre Drive E101, 330-672-2172, Undergraduate degrees: 1,2,4,9,13. Graduate degrees: 1-6, ethnomusicology, collaborative piano, chamber music (string quartet). 280 music majors, 240 grad. students, 65 faculty, 30,000 enrollment. 5 bands, 4 jazz band, 1 orch., 6 chor.

Oberlin College, The Oberlin Conservatory of Music (Oberlin). Founded in 1865 and situated amid the intellectual vitality of Oberlin College, the Oberlin Conservatory of Music is renowned internationally as a professional music school of the highest caliber. Pronounced a “national treasure” by the Washington Post, Oberlin’s alumni have gone on to achieve illustrious careers in all aspects of music. Contact: Michael Manderen, 39 W. College St., 440-775-8413, conservatory. Undergraduate degrees: 1,2,4,5,6,9, double degree BM + BA with Oberlin College. Degrees: 1,2,6. 575 music majors, 12 grad. students, 98 music faculty, 2,900 total enrollment. 2 jazz band, 4 orch., 3 chor.

Ohio Northern University (Ada) Fully accredited by NASM, ONU Music offers study abroad opportunities, international touring, superb academics, small classes, faculty with connections, and 90-100% placement in a liberal arts setting. ONU ranks 2nd in “Creative Colleges: A Guide for Students, Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers.” Generous scholarships for majors and non-majors. Contact: David Kosmyna, 525 South Main Street, 419-772-2150, Priority deadline: 12/1. Degrees: 2-5,10,12,13. 55 music majors, 25 faculty, 3,500 total enrollment. 6 bands, 1 jazz band, 1 orch., 2 chor.

The Ohio State University

The Ohio State University (Columbus).

The Ohio State University School of Music educates students for professional careers in composition, performance, scholarship and teaching. As an integral part of a major public university with a strong commitment to teaching, research and service, the school recognizes the relationship that binds music to other academic and artistic disciplines. Contact: Tanya Sparks, 1866 College Rd. N., 614-688-0372, Deadline: 11/1 for early action & scholarships, 2/1 regular. Tuition: $12,859 res., $38,365 non-res. Degrees: 1-5,9,11,13. Graduate deadline: 11/30, 4/1. Tuition: $782/cr. res., $1,733/cr. non-res. Degrees: 1-6, Bachelor of Science in Music – Computer Sciences, Bachelor of Science in Music – Sonic Arts, Bachelor of Science in Music – Creative Practice, Business and Technology. 300 music majors, 100 grad. students, 75 faculty, 60,000 total enrollment. 6 bands, 3 jazz., 2 orch., 4 chor.

University of Akron (Akron). With more than 200 majors, we are one of the 100 largest public university schools of music in the United States. Our 21 full-time and 31 part-time faculty are dedicated to helping you discover your future in the many diverse fields of music. Our programs include bachelor degrees in music composition, education, performance, and jazz studies. We also offer the Master of Music degree in composition, accompanying, performance, music education, conducting, jazz, and theory. Contact: 302 Buchtel Common, 330-972-8301, Undergraduate deadline: rolling. Undergraduate: $12,799 res., $17,239 non-res. Undergraduate degrees: 1-4,6,9. Graduate deadline: 6 weeks prior to intended enrollment. Graduate tuition: $462/cr. res., $800/cr. non-res. Graduate degrees: 1-4, 6,9,10. 200 music majors, 30 graduate students, 30 faculty, 15,000 total enroll. 4 bands, 3 jazz bands, 1 orch., 2 chor.

University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music

University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music (Cincinnati)

CCM provides life-changing experiences within a highly creative and multidisciplinary artistic environment. Students can choose a course of study from 120 possible majors – from music and instrumental performance, to theatre arts and design, to media production and more. Faculty, staff and students collaborate across disciplines to provide training for well-rounded performing and media arts professionals, content creators, educators and researchers. More than 150 internationally recognized faculty members work with students from around the world. With a 7:1 student-to-faculty ratio, CCM students receive personalized mentorship from professors who guide their individual scholarly, creative, musical, performing and teaching growth. Contact: John Martin, PO Box 210003, 513-556-9479, Under-graduate deadline: 12/1. Undergraduate degrees: 1,2,4,5,9,12, BM in Commercial Music Production. Graduate deadline: 12/1. Graduate degrees: 1-6,9,10, Artist Diplomas in all instruments. 432 undergraduate music majors, 516 graduate music majors, approx. 145 music faculty, 35,339 total enrollment. 3 bands, 11 jazz bands, 3 orch., 3 chor.

University of Dayton (Dayton). The six degree programs in UD’s Department of Music offer rigorous professional training, a well-rounded liberal arts education, and a welcoming community. Hands-on experience in your chosen field; individual mentoring from our faculty of active performers, recognized scholars, and dedicated teachers; diverse performing opportunities for majors and non-majors.Contact: Karen Solarek, 300 College Park, 937-229-3936, Undergraduate Deadline: 2/1. Tuition: $44,890. Degrees: 1,2,4,5,7-9. 90 music majors, 55 faculty, 7,900 total enrollment. 3 bands, 3 jazz bands, 1 orch., 6 chor.

Wright State University (Dayton). The Wright State University School of Music offers curriculum designed for students wishing to pursue a career in music. A member of NASM, the school offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in several areas, including performance, music education, and music history/literature. Collaborative degrees in Computer Science and Pre-Medicine are also available. Contact: Amy Neace, 3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy., 937-775-2353, Undergraduate degrees: 1,2,5. Grad. degrees: 1,2,5,6. 200 music majors, 20 grad. students, 40 music faculty, 18,059 total enroll. 5 bands, 1 jazz band, 2 orch., 5 chor.


Cameron University (Lawton). The Department of Art, Music & Theatre Arts offers a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in music, Bachelor of Music degree and a Bachelor of Music Education degrees. Cameron University is accredited by The National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). At Cameron University, music majors learn how to think and read critically and master a body of musical knowledge. Music majors also have the opportunity to integrate important computer technologies in the course of their studies including composition and recording software. Contact: Gregory Hoepfner, 2800 West Gore Blvd., 580-581-2346, Undergraduate degrees: 1,2,4. 29 music majors, 6 music faculty, 3,500 total enrollment. 2 bands, 1 jazz bands, 1 orch., 1 chor.

Oklahoma Christian University, Division of Fine and Performing Arts (Oklahoma City). Contact: Megann Olsson, 2501 E Memorial Rd., 405-425-5050, 2 bands, 1 jazz, 1 orch., 3 chor.

Oklahoma City University, Wanda L. Bass School of Music (Oklahoma City) features top faculty-artists, concerto competitions, and community partners. 2 orch., 2 bands, 1 jazz band, 5 choirs. Degrees: 1,2,4,6,7,11,12. OCU enrollment: 3,500. Music majors: 392. Faculty: 65. Contact: Kari Barber, Coordinator of Admissions & Student Services, 2501 N. Blackwelder Ave., 405-208-5980;

Oklahoma State University (Stillwater). The Michael and Anne Greenwood School of Music at Oklahoma State University serves students who plan careers in the field of music as well as those who desire to participate in a comprehensive music program. Professional instruction prepares students for careers in performance, teaching, or the music industry. Contact: Dawn Aaron, Greenwood School of Music, 102 Greenwood School of Music, 405-744-6133, Undergraduate degrees 1,2,11. Graduate degrees: 1,6. 235 music majors, 23 graduate students, 45 faculty, 26,000 total enroll. 4 bands, 3 jazz bands, 1 orch., 4 chor.

Southwestern Oklahoma State University (Weatherford). Southwestern Oklahoma State University’s Department of Music works with you to achieve your personal best. Study with superb musicians committed to your advancement. SWOSU gives you the educational and performance opportunities you need for success. Our Department is one of the region’s largest and finest music schools. Come join us! Contact: Todd Boyd, 100 Campus Dr., 580-774-3063, Degrees: 1,2,8,11. 150 music majors. 5 bands, 2 jazz bands, 1 orch., 4 chor.

University of Central Oklahoma (Edmond). Central offers more than 15,000 students an innovative learning community where teaching comes first. Students develop relationships with faculty and staff guided by the mission of helping students learn and transforming lives. Contact: Sophia Kuschel, 100 N. University Dr., 405-974-5955, Undergraduate degrees: 1,2,4,6,9, 12,13, Collaborative Piano, Piano Pedagogy, Vocal Pedagogy. Graduate degrees: 1,2,4,6, 9,12,13, Collaborative Piano, Piano Pedagogy, Vocal Pedagogy. 373 music majors, 79 graduate students, 75 faculty, 17,000 total enroll. 3 bands, 4 jazz bands, 2 orch., 4 chor.


University of Oregon (Eugene). The UO School of Music and Dance has been guiding scholars, artists, dreamers, and performers for more than a century. SOMD students immerse themselves in a supportive community of artists and scholars who learn together, perform together, and socialize together. Contact: Julie Koch, 1225 University of Oregon, 541-346-5268, Undergrad-uate deadline: 1/15. Undergraduate tuition: $15,669 res., $43,302 non-resident. Undergraduate degrees: 1-5,9, Intermedia Music Technology. Graduate deadline: 12/10. Graduate tuition: $19,326 resident, $32,709 non-resident. Graduate degrees 1-6,9, Intermediate Music Technology. 450 music majors, 150 graduate students, 78 faculty, 23,202 total enrollment. 7 bands, 5 jazz bands, 2 orch., 7 chor.

Linfield University (McMinnville). Whether you’re here to major or minor in music, or participate in one of our ensemble groups, you will work closely with world-class faculty and perform side-by-side with professional musicians. Our undergraduate program will prepare you for lifelong engagement with music as performers, educators, conductors, composers, thinkers, listeners, and writers. Contact: Seth Wollam, 900 SE Baker St, 503-883-6212, Degrees: BA Music. 16 music majors, 15 faculty, 1,424 total enroll. 2 bands, 1 jazz band, 4 chor.

Pacific University (Forest Grove), a private university in Forest Grove, Oregon, offers a unique combination of undergraduate, graduate and professional programs in the arts and sciences. Founded in 1849, the Forest Grove campus is 23 miles west of Portland. The music department is accredited by NASM, and is committed to providing all students with first-class learning opportunities that empower them to excel as musicians, performers, teachers, and healers. Our curriculum complements rigorous professional training with the broad liberal arts education necessary to function in today’s ever-changing world. Music scholarships are available to all students regardless of their major. Contact: Derek Naegli, 2043 College Way, 503-352-3180, Undergraduate deadline: 1/15. Undergraduate tuition: $54,466. Undergraduate degrees: 1,2,8. Graduate deadline: rolling. 24 faculty, 1,800 total enroll. 1 bands, 1 jazz, 1 orch., 2 chor.

Willamette University (Salem). The Willamette University music department offers programs of rigorous training in specialized music disciplines combined with core music historical and theoretical studies, all within the broad spectrum of a distinguished liberal arts university. Emphasizing individual instruction combined with chamber and ensemble playing, the programs serve music majors, minors, and non-majors. Contact: Mary Randers, 900 State St., 503-370-6303, Degrees: 1,3,4,9. 22 music majors, 35 faculty, 1,750 total enroll. 2 bands, 1 jazz band, 2 orch., 3 chor.


Bucknell University (Lewisburg). The Department of Music offers an exceptional education within Bucknell’s liberal arts community. Students collaborate with an active faculty of performers, composers, and scholars to explore music through diverse historical periods for advanced study, the teaching profession, and employment as arts professionals. Contact: Brenda Ross, 1 Dent Dr., 570-577-1216, Deadline: 1/15. Tuition: $58,202. Degrees: 2; BM Vocal Performance, BA with concentration in Performance, Contemporary Composition, Cultural/Critical Studies. 50 music majors, 33 faculty, 3,500 total enrollment. 1 band, 1 jazz band, 1 orch., 2 chor.

Carnegie Mellon University School of Music (Pittsburgh). Be a part of an innovative fine arts community immersed in a top research university. We offer the best aspects of a conservatory (small class size, individual attention, and creative opportunity) along with experiences only a university can offer (double majors, extensive student organizations, and uniquely CMU traditions). Contact: W. Colby Carson, 5000 Forbes Ave., 412-268-4118, Undergraduate degrees: 1,4,11, 13. Graduate degrees: 1,2,4,11,13. 163 music majors, 136 grad. students, 95 faculty, 6,574 Undergraduate enroll. 2 band, 1 jazz band, 2 orch., 3 chor.

The Curtis Institute of Music (Philadelphia) educates and trains exceptionally gifted young musicians to engage a local and global community through the highest level of artistry. It provides full-tuition scholarships to all of its students, ensuring that admissions are based solely on artistic promise. Contact: Chris Hodges, 1726 Locust St., 215-893-5252, Degrees: 1,4,6. 175 music majors, 112 faculty. 1 orch.

Duquesne University, Mary Pappert School of Music (Pittsburgh). Explore your artistry, creativity, and ingenuity to the fullest extent at the Mary Pappert School of Music. Whether you’re interested in Music Education, Performance, Music Technology, Music Therapy, Composition, Jazz, or Music Ministry, you will hone your performing skills with individualized instruction from our world-class faculty while preparing for a successful and fulfilling career in music and beyond. It’s time for bigger goals! Contact: Dr. Thomas Carsecka, 600 Forbes Ave., 412-396-5064, Deadline: rolling. Undergraduate tuition: $52,000. Undergraduate degrees: 1,2,4,7-9,11,13. Graduate tuition: $1,947/cr. Graduate degrees: 1,8,9. 210 music majors, 78 graduate students, 80+ faculty, 9,000 total enroll. 2 bands, 2 jazz bands, 2 orch., 2 chor.

Elizabethtown College (Elizabethtown) offers degrees in music, music therapy, music education, and a Master of Music Education. Located in central Pennsylvania, we are a private college with a beautiful treelined campus and a motto we live by – Educate for Service. Etown is a place for people who feel the pull to contribute to the world. Contact: Amy Benowitz, One Alpha Drive, 717-361-1400, admissions Undergraduate deadline: rolling. Undergraduate tuition: $35,020 res., $34,020 non-res. Undergraduate degrees: 2,8,10, BA in Music. Graduate Deadline: 4/30. Graduate Tuition: $525/cr. Graduate degrees: 2. 40 music majors, 14 grad students, 7 faculty, 1,688 total enrollment. 1 band, 1 jazz band, 1 orch., 3 chor.

Gettysburg College Sunderman Conservatory of Music

Gettysburg College Sunderman Conservatory of Music (Gettysburg)
SCM unites the artistic standards of excellent comprehensive undergraduate musical training with the intellectual breadth afforded by one of the nation’s leading liberal arts colleges. Students collaborate with a distinguished faculty of performers, educators, and scholars and go on to fulfilling careers in music and other fields. Contact: Mary Smith, 300 North Washington St., Campus Box 416, 800-431-0803, Deadlines: 11/15, 1/15. Tuition $64,230. Degrees: 1,2, BA in Music. 64 music majors, 35 faculty, 2,517 total enrollment. 3 bands, 2 jazz bands, 1 orch., 4 chor.

Grove City College (Grove City). equips students to pursue their unique callings through an academically excellent and Christ-centered learning and living experience distinguished by a commitment to affordability and its promotion of the Christian worldview, the foundations of free society, and the love of neighbor. Contact: Jeffery Tedford, 100 Campus Drive, 724-450-1557, Deadline: 2/2. Tuition: $20,890. Degrees: 1,2,7,11,12. 65 music majors, 37 faculty, 2,250 total enrollment. 3 bands, 2 jazz bands, 2 orch., 4 chor.

Lebanon Valley College (Annville). Lebanon Valley College is a liberal arts college. Since the founding of the college, music has been an integral part of a student-centered curriculum. With sophisticated and responsive instruction, students are presented with many performance opportunities and degree options with four concentrations: Music Education, Music Business, Audio Music Production, and a BA in Music with multiple tracks. Contact: Bethann Hankin, 101 N College Ave, 717-867-6181, 9 bands, 3 jazz bands, 2 orch., 3 chor.

Mansfield University (Mansfield) Students at Mansfield University study with distinguished faculty who are eager to help you achieve your performance and educational goals. The department features numerous large and small performing ensembles, including orchestra, bands, choirs, and chamber ensembles. Our graduates are regularly accepted into the finest graduate programs in music, are active as performers throughout the United States, and include some of the finest music educators in the northeast. Contact: Nathan Rinnert, 18 N. Campus View Dr., 570-662-4710, Degrees: 1,2,11,13, 120 music majors, 21 faculty, 1,600 total enrollment. 4 bands, 1 jazz band, 1 orch., 4 chor.

Marywood University (Scranton) offers all the benefits of larger music and performance programs with greater flexibility. Whatever your goals in the performing arts field – to perform, to teach, to heal, to manage, or some combination of these – you’ll have numerous opportunities to practice, learn, and collaborate from Day One. Our distinctive programs in Music, Theatre, and Dance embody the depth and rigor expected of conservatory programs, but in a welcoming atmosphere that embraces an ensemble philosophy and encourages collegiality and growth. Our highly credentialed, nationally and internationally acclaimed faculty are passionate about their craft and connected to their students. Contact: Rachel Hartz, 2300 Adams Ave., 570-348-6234, Deadline: rolling. Tuition: $36,928 (generous tuition discounts). Degrees: 1,2,8,12. 100 music majors, 39 faculty. 2,000 total enrollment. 2 bands, 2 jazz band, 2 orch., 2 chor.

Messiah University

Messiah University (Grantham)

The Messiah University Department of Music is housed in the School of Arts, Culture and Society and is home to 120 undergraduate music majors pursuing a variety of majors and 125 graduate music students enrolled in a Master’s of Music in Conducting, a Master’s of Music Education or a Certificate in Advanced Graduate Studies (CAGS) in Conducting program. A professionally active faculty oversees a rigorous curriculum that includes varied performance opportunities in nationally recognized ensembles. Undergraduate contact: Virgil Angeles, One University Avenue, 800-233-4220, Undergraduate deadline: rolling. Undergraduate tuition: $39,700. Undergraduate degrees: 1,2,4,7,12, music business and commercial music. 43 faculty. Graduate contact:, Graduate deadline: rolling with three entry points each year. Graduate tuition: $755/cr. Graduate degrees: 2, 6. 125 graduate music students. 2 bands, 3 jazz bands, 4 brass ensembles. 2 orch.., 7 chor.

Pennsylvania State University (University Park). Founded in 1855, Penn State is the Commonwealth’s only land-grant institution and a member of the Big Ten Conference. The University Park campus offers outstanding programs with one of the largest full-time resident music faculty in the region and offers students a wealth of opportunities plus individualized attention. Contact: 233 Music Building I, 814-865-0431, Undergraduate degrees: 1,2,4,music technology, 3,5 integrated undergraduate-graduate, 9 (minor only). Graduate degrees: 1-6, piano and voice pedagogy. 265 music majors, 77 graduate music students, 61 faculty, 46,000 total enrollment.

Seton Hill University (Greensburg). In addition to careers in theatre, dance, music and art, visual and performing arts majors are well-prepared for a variety of leadership positions in fields such as communication, law, marketing, healthcare and education. The Arts Center and the Performing Arts Center, a block apart in Greensburg’s historic cultural district, provide dynamic and inspiring learning, performing and exhibition venues for the talented students and faculty. The Department of Music will schedule in-person auditions and will accept video submissions for Fall 2022 entrance. The School of Visual and Performing Arts also offers scholarships for students majoring in the arts. Contact: Amy Jo Sarracino, 1 Seton Hill Drive, 724-691-6300, Undergraduate degrees: 1,2,7,8,12, Commercial Music. 3 bands, 1 jazz band, 1 orchestra, 4 chor.

Slippery Rock University (Slippery Rock). The Slippery Rock University Department of Music is committed to providing learning experiences to meet the current and future needs of today’s student. The department provides an environment for serious study and musical performance as students prepare for successful careers in music education, music therapy, and performance. Contact: 1 Morrow Way, 724-738-2051, Undergraduate degrees: 1,2,8,BA in Music. Graduate deadline: rolling. degrees: 8. 144 music majors, 62 grad. students, 27 faculty, 8,500 total enroll. 4 bands, 2 jazz bands, 1 orch., 3 chor.

Susquehanna University (Selinsgrove). Music has been at the heart of Susquehanna since it was founded more than 160 years ago. With a combination of conservatory-level training and a solid foundation in the liberal arts and sciences, we make multiple paths in music possible. Susquehanna offers undergraduate degrees in Composition, Performance, Music Education, and a Bachelor of Arts in Music that offers convenient opportunities to double major. Susquehanna provides small-school advantages as well as big-school opportunities, including numerous concerts, performances, master classes, and recitals every year. Contact: Sara Adams, 514 University Ave., 570-372-4309, Deadline: 2/1. Tuition: $56,600. Degrees: 1,2,4, BA in Music. 100 music majors, 30 faculty, 2,200 total enroll. 2 bands, 1 jazz band, 1 orch., 3 chor.

Temple University Boyer College of Music and Dance

Temple University Boyer College of Music and Dance (Philadelphia)

Temple University offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in Performance (Jazz and Classical), Music Education, Music Therapy, Conducting, Composition, Music Studies, and Music Technology. As part of the Center for Performing and Cinematic Arts, Boyer offers numerous concerts, performances, master classes, and recitals each year, giving students many opportunities to perform. Contact: Kristina M. Lang, 2001 N. 13th Street, 215-204-6810, Undergraduate deadline: 2/1. Undergraduate tuition: $19,992 res., $34,704 non-res. Undergraduate degrees: 1-5,8,9,12,13. Graduate deadline: 12/1 recommended, 2/1 final. Graduate tuition: $1,380/cr. res., $1,515/cr. non-resident. Graduate Degrees: 1-6,8,9,12,13. 567 music majors, 293 grad students, 33,606 total enrollment.

West Chester University of Pennsylvania (West Chester). Explore a career in music at the School of Music at West Chester University, an All-Steinway School, accredited with the National Association of Schools of Music. Bachelors of Music are available in Music Performance, Music Education, Music Theory & Composition, and Elective Studies. Contact: Gabrielle Buzgo, 2 East Rosedale Ave., 610-436-3042, Undergraduate degrees: 1-4,8,9, elective studies. Graduate degrees: 1-6. 453 music majors, 93 graduate students, 52 faculty, 16,611 undergraduate enrollment.

Westminster College (New Wilmington). A vibrant music program featuring three bands (Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band and Titan Marching Band) as well as numerous chamber ensembles, Jazz Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble and more. Marching Band has performed on Monday Night Football, Wind Ensemble has been selected to perform for PMEA on numerous occasions and was selected to perform for CBDNA in 2024. Trumpet Ensemble has performed at both National and International Trumpet Guld Conferences. Music Education is primary area with a 95% hiring rate. Contact: Richard Greig, 319 South Market St., 724-946-7279, Deadline: rolling. Tuition: $40,000. Degrees: 1,2,13. 40 music majors, 19 music faculty, 1,100 total enrollment. 3 bands, 1 jazz band, 1 orch., 3 chor.

Westminster College (New Wilmington). The School of Music at Westminster College provides outstanding programs for those considering music education, music performance, music technology or a double degree BA in Music coupled with any other degree. Westminster offers three large bands (award-winning Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band and “Titan” Marching Band) along with three choirs, jazz ensemble, and active chamber music program and orchestra. The Wind Ensemble was just selected to perform at the CBDNA Eastern Division Conference in 2024. The music education training program boasts a 95% hiring rate, those in the performance degree have gone on to some of the finest graduate schools in the country. Contact: Karen Schedin, 319 S. Market St., 724-946-7279, Deadline: rolling. Tuition: $45,000. Degrees: 1,2,4,11,13. 45 music majors, 15 faculty, 1,100 total enrollment. 3 bands, 1 jazz band, 1 orch., 3 chor.

South Carolina

University of South Carolina (Columbia). The USC School of Music offers more than 20 degree programs, including music education, performance, jazz composition, theory, history and conducting. Three new concentrations under the Bachelor of Music in Performance are offered: Entrepreneurship, Music Technology or Chamber Music. Reduced tuition rate available for out-of-state students receiving music/academic scholarships. Contact: Jennifer Jablonski, 813 Assembly St., 803-777-6614, Undergraduate degrees: 1-4,9 BM-Performance concentrations: Entrepreneurship, Music Technology, Chamber Music. Grad. degrees: 1-6,9. 320 music majors, 180 graduate students, 52 faculty, 25,556 total enroll. 8 bands, 5 jazz bands, 2 orch., 6 chor.

Winthrop University (Rock Hill) is a close-knit, diverse, and welcoming campus that offers seven undergraduate degree programs and three graduate degrees in music. Out-of-state students receiving a scholarship pay in-state fees. Contact: Paula Garofalo, Joynes Hall 701 Oakland Ave., 800-946-8476, Undergraduate deadline: 2/15. Undergraduate tuition: $15,306 res., $29,636 non-res. Undergraduate degrees: 1,2,4,12,13, Liberal Arts, Music Technology. Graduate degrees: 1,2,6,10. 140 music majors, 5 graduate students, 35 faculty, 4,712 total enrollment. 3 bands, 2 jazz bands, 1 orch., 3 chor.

South Dakota

Northern State University (Aberdeen). The NSU Department of Music offers the BME and BA undergraduate degrees in music at the Aberdeen Main Campus. The facilities include the newly remodeled 1,000 seat Johnson Fine Arts Center main theatre and new Black Box Theater as well as state-of-the-art practice rooms. Under-graduate contact: Tracy Jurgens, 1200 South Jay Street, 605-626-2257, Degree: 2. Graduate contact: Tammy Griffith, 605-626-2558, Degrees: 2. 119 music majors, 17 faculty, 3,500 total enroll. 3 bands, 3 jazz bands, 1 orch., 3 chor.


Lee University School of Music (Cleveland) is a Christ-centered university in southeast Tennessee with faculty, curriculum, facilities, and opportunities to prepare you as tomorrow’s musician. 1120 N. Ocoee St., 423-614-8240, Undergraduate deadline: rolling. Degrees: 1,2,7,11. Graduate deadline: rolling. Degrees: 1,2,6,7. 305 music majors, 60 faculty, undergraduate enrollment 5,041. 3 bands, 2 jazz band, 1 orch., 8 chor.

Middle Tennessee State University (Murfreesboro). Located 30 minutes south of Nashville, the MTSU School of Music houses an acclaimed faculty of 70 artists/educators who perform, compose, teach, and present their research internationally. Our low faculty-to-student ratio enables personalized instruction and interaction. We invest deeply in each student to help ensure professional success. Contact: Angela Satterfield, 1301 E. Main St, 615-898-2469, Undergraduate degrees: 1-4,9,11, audio technology, Graduate degrees: 1-6,9. 280 music majors, 28 graduate students, 70 faculty, 22,157 total enrollment. 5 bands, 2 jazz bands, 3 orch., 5 chor.

Tennessee Tech University (Cookeville). The School of Music offers a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education and Performance, with options in instrumental, vocal, composition, jazz studies, and musical theatre. As part of the College of Fine Arts, the School of Music provides the highest level of artistic education, enabling students to reach their full potential as performers, teachers, and citizens. Contact: Frank Tittle, Director, 931-372-3161, Undergraduate deadline: 12/15. Undergraduate degrees: 1,2,4,9. 170 music majors, 29 faculty, 10,500 total enrollment. 4 bands, 2 jazz bands, 2 orch., 2 choirs.

University of Memphis, Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music (Memphis). Our renowned program offers bachelor’s through doctoral degrees in 29 areas of concentration, with the distinction of being Tennessee’s only doctoral degree granting program in music. In a city as live-music-rich as Memphis, the school is proud to present more performances than any other music organization in the Mid-South. Contact: 123 Music Building, 901-678-2541, Degrees: 1-6,9. 41 faculty. 3 bands, 2 jazz bands, 1 orch., 2 chor.

University of Tennessee (Knoxville). Our tight-knit community will empower you to explore your full potential. At the University of Tennessee, world-class instructors are dedicated to giving the personal attention necessary to help you refine your musical skills. Energetic ensembles provide dynamic performance opportunities. Our academic programs will put you on the right path to achieving your goals. Contact: MeganFoster, 1741 Volunteer Blvd., 865-974-3241, Undergraduate deadline: 12/15. Under-graduate degrees: 1-5,9. Graduate deadline: 11/1. Graduate degrees: 1-6,9. 240 music majors, 74 graduate students, 58 faculty, 28,000 total enrollment. 9 bands, 2 jazz bands, 2 orch., 5 chor.

Vanderbilt University, Blair School of Music (Nashville). Blair is an all-undergraduate professional music school within a top 15 university, where all students experience conservatory-level training with an exceptional liberal arts core in downtown Nashville, Tennessee. Our faculty is dedicated to teaching and mentoring students with continuing involvement in performance, composition, and/or research. Contact: Thomas Crespo, 2400 Blakemore Ave., 615-322-6181, Degrees: 1,2,4, liberal arts, engineering, and education. 210 music majors, 130 faculty, 6,800 total enroll. 1 band, 1 jazz band, 1 orch., 2 chor.


Baylor University (Waco). Baylor is a private Baptist university and nationally ranked liberal arts institution. Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas, Baylor is the oldest continually operating university in the state. Though 80% of our students come from Texas, we are home to students from all 50 states and 80 countries. Contact: Mary Sage, One Bear Pl. #97408, 254-710-7681, Undergraduate degrees: 1-7,9, piano pedagogy. Graduate degrees: 1-7,9, piano pedagogy. 293 music majors, 81 graduate students, 67 faculty, 14,348 total enrollment. 5 bands, 2 jazz bands, 2 orch., 7 chor.

East Texas Baptist University (Marshall). Contact: Katee McKnight, 1 Tiger Dr., 903-923-2000, Degrees: 2,7,12, BA Music, Worship Studies. 42 music majors, 8 faculty, 1,820 total enrollment. 3 bands, 1 jazz bands, 3 chor.

Hardin-Simmons University (Abilene). The School of Music at Hardin-Simmons University is one of the oldest accredited programs in the state of Texas. Students receive a well-rounded and personalized education in a liberal arts environment. A nationally recognized faculty offers a challenging curriculum for students in all performance disciplines. Contact: Kelsey Davis, 2200 Hickory Street, HSU Box 16050, 325-670-1000, Undergraduate degrees: 1-4, 6,7,12. Graduate degrees: 1-3. 85 music majors, 4 graduate students, 11 faculty. 2 bands, 1 jazz band, 2 chor.

Midwestern State University (Wichita Falls). The Department of Music at MSU Texas features an intensive undergraduate program designed to prepare music majors for professional careers in music. The music program at MSU Texas is highly respected, situated in an academically rigorous public liberal arts setting. We invite you to be a part of our community. Contact: Kaylor Winter-Roach, 3410 Taft Blvd., 940-397-4267, Deadline: rolling. Degrees: 1,2; BA in music. 80 music majors, 21 faculty, 5,900 total enroll. 3 bands, 1 jazz band, 1 orch., 3 chor.

Rice University, Shepherd School of Music (Houston). At Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, we cultivate the mastery of musical performance, combining a conservatory experience with the educational opportunities of a leading research university. Guided by the belief that talent manifests along unique paths, we limit our student body to 290 gifted young musicians. We give each music major access to world class teachers – all accomplished artists in their own right – dedicated to cultivating talent and professional success. Our faculty is known for their individualized instruction and for equipping musicians with the skills and experience necessary to develop their own esteemed careers. Contact: Geoffrey Scott, 6100 Main St., 713-348-3032, Undergraduate Degrees: 1,3-5. Graduate Degrees: 1,3-6. 94 music majors, 187 graduate students, 70 faculty, 8,212 total enroll. 2 orch., 1 chor.

Texas Woman’s University (Denton). The Department of Music at Texas Woman’s University will develop your appreciation and understanding of the arts. Dedicated faculty provide you with a liberal arts-based education that balances tradition and innovation, while preparing you for professional work, leadership and service in music education, music pedagogy, music performance and music therapy. Contact: Pam Youngblood, P.O. Box 425768, 940-898-2500,

University of North Texas, College of Music (Denton). The UNT College of Music is one of the world’s largest and most respected comprehensive music schools. Our faculty includes internationally acclaimed artists and scholars in performance, composition, conducting, theory, history, and education. Contact: Joel Wiley, 1155 Union Circle, #311367, 940-565-3860, Under-graduate degrees: 1-5,9. Graduate degrees: 1-6,9, ethnomusicology. 935 music majors, 637 grad. students, 146 faculty, 30,503 total enroll. 7 bands, 15 jazz bands, 3 orch., 6 chor.

The University of Texas (El Paso). The music program at The University of Texas at El Paso is home to over 300 music majors who are pursuing undergraduate and master’s degrees in music education, performance, commercial music, theory and composition, and arts entrepreneurship. Our online master’s degree in conducting is particularly useful for those wanting to increase their conducting and pedagogical toolkit without having to quit their jobs. Contact: Ayleen Sanchez, 500 West University Ave, 915-747-5606, Undergraduate deadline: rolling. Undergraduate tuition: $8,508 res., $21,164 non-res. Undergraduate degrees: 1-4,13. Graduate deadline: 5/1. Graduate tuition: $7,696 res., $17,530 non-res. Graduate degrees: 1-4,6. 285 music majors, 50 grad. Students, 40 faculty, 25,000 total enrollment. 3 bands, 2 jazz bands, 3 orch., 4 chor.

University of Texas, Sarah and Ernest Butler School of Music (Austin). Located in one of our nation’s most musical cities, the Butler School of Music prepares artists, thinkers, makers and teachers to make profound contributions to the future of music. A comprehensive array of degree programs is offered, from the bachelors to the doctoral level in performance, composition, music and human learning, jazz, conducting, theory, musicology, ethnomusicology, collaborative and chamber music, pedagogy and liberal studies in music. Contact: Sarah Goerg, 2406 Robert Dedman Dr. Stop E3100, 512-471-0504, Undergraduate deadline: 12/1. Undergraduate tuition: $11,630 res., $43,262 non-res. Undergraduate degrees: 1,2,4,9, BA in Music. Graduate deadline: 12/1. Graduate tuition: $10,336 res., $19,212 non-res. Graduate degrees: 1-6,9, Chamber Music, Collaborative Piano, Ethnomusicology, Literature & Pedagogy, Opera Coaching, Opera Directing. 370 music majors, 225 graduate students, 95 faculty, 41,309 total enroll. 4 bands, 4 jazz bands, 2 orch., 2 chor.


Utah Valley University (Orem) is the largest university in Utah with over 40,000 students and extensive opportunities for musicians. Our department offers degrees in music performance, education, commercial music (production & composition emphases with contemporary performance studies), and a BA/BS in music. Associates degrees and certificates in music technology and piano pedagogy/collaboration also offered. Tuition at UVU is highly affordable and we have significant scholarships for residents and non-residents, making our programs ideal to study with engaging artist-faculty. Contact: Thomas Keck 801-863-8534. Admissions deadline March 1. Undergraduate degrees: 1, 2, 11, 13. 290 music majors, 60 faculty, 3 bands, 2 jazz bands, 2 orch., 5 chor.


The University of Vermont (Burlington). The School of the Arts Program in Music in the College of Arts & Sciences at The University of Vermont offers music within a liberal arts setting. Our Music Education program combines the best of this focus with our outstanding College of Education curriculum. Contact: Andrea Aquino, 392 S. Prospect St., 802-656-2295, Deadline: 1/15. Tuition: $16,280 res., $41,280 non-res. Degrees: 1-3,5,9,13. 145 music majors, 14 faculty, 11,326 total undergraduate enrollment. 3 bands, 6 jazz bands, 1 orch., 2 chor.


Longwood University (Farmville). The Department of Music at Longwood University offers a high quality program in a small university, setting, placing strong value on inclusion, personal interaction with faculty, and excellence in academics, performance, and teacher training. Contact: Lisa Kinzer, Department of Music, 434-395-2504, Tuition: $12,965 per semester res., $21,185 non-res. Degrees: 1,2, piano pedagogy. 60 music majors, 16 faculty, 5,000 total enrollment. 1 band, 1 jazz band, 1 orch.3 chor.

Old Dominion University (Norfolk). The F. Ludwig Diehn School of Music prepares a diverse and talented student body to enter the professional world as outstanding leaders in multiple musical roles. As an urban center for musical excellence, we connect students to the greater community through instruction, performances, workshops, practicum, and collaboration with area schools and musical organizations. Contact: Dr. Nancy K. Klein, 1339 West 49th Street, 757-683-4061, Undergraduate deadline: 12/1 (early action), rolling. Undergraduate tuition: $393/cr. resident, $1,073/cr. Undergraduate degrees: 1-5, 9, 13. Graduate Deadline: rolling. Graduate tuition: $599/cr. resident, $1,439/cr. resident. Graduate degrees: 2 with emphases in pedagogy; applied studies in instrumental, vocal, composition, and conducting areas; research. Also, we have a Graduate Certificate in Music Performance for those that want to continue studies after the master’s degree. 225 music majors, 12 grad. students, 57 faculty, 23,107 total enroll. 3 bands, 2 jazz bands, 1 orch., 4 chor.

Shenandoah University (Winchester). World-renowned Shenandoah Conservatory offers intense, specialized, professional training in music, theatre, and dance. Shenandoah Conservatory offers more than 25 degrees at the baccalaureate, master’s, artist diploma, and doctoral levels, as well as four certificate programs, and produces nearly 400 performances a year. 1460 University Drive, 540-665-4581, Undergraduate degrees: 1,2,4,7-9,12,13. Graduate degrees: 1,2,4,6,7,10. 285 music majors, 140 graduate students, 2,000 total undergraduate enrollment. 2 bands, 3 jazz band, 1 chamber orch., 4 chamber chor.

Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond). Students enrolled in VCU Music pursue studies as music educators, instrumental soloists, opera singers, chamber musicians and more. VCU Music has great opportunities for everyone whether you want to hone your skills on a specific instrument, learn the best techniques for teaching tomorrow’s musicians, collaborate with jazz musicians or create your own digital music score. Contact: James Wiznerowicz, 922 Park Ave, 804-828-1166, Undergrad-uate deadline: 11/1. Undergrad tuition: $15,614 res., $37,588 non-res. Undergrad-uate degrees: 1,2,9. 200 music majors, 40 faculty, 28,919 total enrollment. 2 bands, 2 jazz bands, 1 orch., 3 chor.


University of Puget Sound (Tacoma). The School of Music at University of Puget Sound, situated within a nationally recognized liberal arts university, prepares students to be broad-minded, creative, arts-aware social leaders. We attract highly engaged student musicians and empower them to create the diverse musical offerings and effective educational programs of the future. From the classroom to the concert hall, we cultivate students’ self-expression, cultural competency, and critical engagement. Through a wide variety of public offerings and a vibrant Community Music program, the School of Music enriches the cultural life of both the Puget Sound campus and surrounding communities. Contact: Heidi Huckins, 1500 N. Warner St., #1001, 253-879-3211, Undergraduate degrees: 1,2 Songwriting. Grad. degrees: 2. 60 music majors, 6 grad. students, 32 faculty, 1,700 total enroll. 2 bands, 1 jazz band, 1 orch., 4 chor.

West Virginia

Marshall University (Huntington). The Marshall University School of Music provides students a robust education from world renowned faculty. Each student is a valuable part of the music program and leaves with real world experience and training. We offer undergraduate and graduate degrees in music education, performance, theory/composition, as well as music studies with an emphasis in commercial music. Contact: Adam Dalton, 1 John Marshall Drive, 304-696-3117, Undergraduate deadline: rolling. Degrees: 1,2,4,9,11. Graduate deadline: rolling. Degrees: 1,2,4,5,6,9. 175 music majors, 15 grad. students, 25 faculty, 13,000 total enrollment. 4 bands, 2 jazz bands, 1 orch., 4 chor.

University of Charleston (Charleston). The UC Bands program is a student focused program. Students participate in music ensembles with a focus on service, creativity and academic exploration. Performers in any degree program who participate in Band, Orchestra, and Color Guard qualify for scholarships of up to $5,000 per year. (renewable for 4 years). Color Guard (Outdoor/Indoor) and Dance Team performers receive formal dance instruction and qualify for band scholarships. Students tour annually, collaborate with faculty on projects and participate in masterclasses and internships. Students may take music courses for enrichment, minor, or design their own music degree through Multidisciplinary Studies (MDS). Contact: John Christian, 2300 MacCorkle Avenue, 407-625-9463, johnchristian Undergraduate deadline: rolling. Tuition: $30,500. Degrees: Multidisciplinary in Music. 1,900 total enroll. 2 bands, 1 jazz band, 1 orch., 2 chor.


Carthage College (Kenosha). Carthage, a four-year, private liberal arts college on the shore of Lake Michigan, combines an environment of reflection and self-discovery with a culture of high expectation so our students uncover and ignite their true potential. Students can audition for more than $300,000 in music scholarships. 2001 Alford Park Drive, 800-351-4058, Degrees: 1,2,4,12, Piano Pedagogy. 150 music majors, 40 faculty, 2,600 total enroll. 3 bands, 1 jazz band, 1 orch., 4 chor.

Concordia University Wisconsin

Concordia University Wisconsin (Mequon)

Located on the shores of Lake Michigan, north of downtown Milwaukee, Concordia University Wisconsin (CUW) features a core focus in Christian and liberal arts education to help students grow in mind, body, and spirit. The CUW Music Department provides the opportunity for students of all majors to use their musical gifts and talents on campus. Our music faculty provide high quality and individualized instruction in a supportive learning environment. Music scholarships are available to all students. Contact: Johanna Anderson, 12800 N Lake Shore Drive, 262-243-4265, Undergraduate deadline: rolling. Undergraduate tuition: $32,770. Undergraduate degrees: 1,2,7,8. Graduate degrees: 7. 50 music majors, 40 graduate students, 30 faculty, 3,500 total enroll. 3 bands, 1 jazz band, 1 orch., 4 chor.

Lawrence University (Appleton) Charting an uncommon course in higher education for 175 years. Lawrence University uniquely integrates a college of liberal arts and sciences with a conservatory of music, both devoted exclusively to undergraduate education. Consummate musicianship is paired with intellectual agility, cross-disciplinary problem solving, bold creativity and an entrepreneurial mindset. Contact: Mary Kate Smith, 711 East Boldt Way, 920-832-7067, Degrees: 1,2,3,4,9. 350 music majors, 60 faculty, 1,500 total enrollment. 2 bands, 3 jazz bands, 2 orch., 5 chor.

University of Wisconsin (Madison) is one of the top 10 public universities in the country, and the School of Music is ranked in the top 10% of comprehensive music programs. Undergraduate contact: Jared Jellison, 608-263-5986, Graduate contact: James Doing, Jr., 608-263-3220, Undergraduate degrees: 1,2,4. Graduate degrees: 1-6. 250 music majors, 150 grad. students, 50 faculty. 4 bands, 3 jazz bands, 2 orch., 7 chor.

University of Wisconsin (Milwaukee). At UW-Milwaukee’s Peck School of the Arts, artist/teachers maintain active careers nationally and internationally as solo performers, composers, scholars, and orchestral musicians (Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Florentine Opera, Milwaukee Ballet, et al). Contact: Jack Forbes, P.O. Box 413, 414-251-7687, Under-graduate degrees: 1-6,12, collaborative piano, string pedagogy. Graduate degrees: 1,2,4,5,6, string pedagogy, music history/library science, chamber music performance, chamber music artist diploma. 250 music majors, 60 graduate students, 64 faculty, 25,000 undergraduate enrollment. 3 bands, 1 jazz band, 1 orch., 4 chor.

University of Wisconsin (Oshkosh). Where excellence and opportunity meet. We offer a high degree of individual attention with an outstanding, internationally recognized student-centered faculty, excellent facilities, and great performing opportunities. Study music in a comprehensive music program with innovative degrees in performance, music education, audio production, music business, and composition. Contact: Nathan Krueger, 800 Algoma Blvd., 920-424-4224, Degrees: 1,2,4,11,13. 100 music majors, 26 faculty, 13,000 total enrollment. 4 bands, 2 jazz bands, 1 orch., 4 chor.

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