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Study music in the USA

An in-depth guide to studying music in the USA as an international student

What types of music degree can you study in the USA?

What do music experts in USA say?

  • Dr Stephen Lias

    Dr Stephen Lias

    Stephen F. Austin State University Professor of Composition
    Dr Stephen Lias says

    The USA has vibrant music programs of all sorts, particularly in jazz and wind-band music. It is also an exciting and vibrant place to study, and an international center for the arts.

    Studying music and composition abroad is essential to help a growing composer become familiar with lots of styles and techniques not normally featured in their home country.

    Our composition graduates have jobs in concert music, film scoring, video game scoring, academia, and many other careers within music.

Top music programs in the USA

What are the top music undergraduate programs in the USA?

Bachelor's in music in the USA

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    Music Industry Studies - BSc Greenville University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    27,580 USD
    Start date
    January, August
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    Music Education (Birth - Grade 12) - BMusEd Long Island University Post, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    35,736 USD
    Start date
    January, September
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    Music - BSc Long Island University Post, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    35,736 USD
    Start date
    January, September
    Show program overview about Music
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    Music - BA Concord University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    18,186 USD
    Start date
    January, September
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    Performance (Music Theatre) - BMus Arizona State University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    30,134 USD
    Start date
    January, May, August
    Show program overview about Performance (Music Theatre)
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Associate in music in the USA

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    Music (Transfer Pathway) - AA St. Charles Community College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    5,520 USD
    Start date
    January, August
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    Music - AFA St. Charles Community College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    5,520 USD
    Start date
    January, August
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    Music Therapy - AA Hesston College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    28,440 USD
    Start date
    August, January
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What are the top music graduate programs in the USA?

Master's in music in the USA

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    Music Education - MSc Long Island University Post, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    44,100 USD
    Start date
    January, September
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    Music (History & Literature) - MA Long Island University Post, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    44,100 USD
    Start date
    January, September
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    Music Education - MM Arizona State University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    25,118 USD
    Start date
    August
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    Music (Musicology) - MA Arizona State University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    25,118 USD
    Start date
    August
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    Music Education - Kodály Pedagogy - MM Texas State University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    15,034 USD
    Start date
    January, August
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Doctorate in music in the USA

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    Music Education - PhD University of Southern Mississippi, USA

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    10,770 USD
    Start date
    January, August
    Show program overview about Music Education
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