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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 Sarita Kwok

    Dr Sarita Kwok

    Gordon College Chair, Department of Music
    Dr Sarita Kwok says

    I came to study Music (violin performance) as an international student many years ago. The United States is indeed a land of wonderful opportunities.

    Here, international students are able to explore music performance and music education in a country that is home to the top orchestras and conservatories in the world. This particularly true of the city of Boston, which is home to the world-renowned Boston Symphony Orchestra, and the country’s oldest orchestra, Handel and Haydn Society.

    It is also well known for its new-music scene, conservatories, jazz, and chamber music programs. Gordon college music students have the distinct advantage of studying on a beautiful, pristine, and safe campus, just a stone’s throw north of the bustling and artistic hub that is Boston. It’s the best of both worlds.

    Studying in the United States, and especially in Boston, is a fantastic way to broaden your horizon and experiences. While this may seem daunting so many miles away from home, at the Gordon College Department of Music we make a concerted effort to welcome our students from abroad into the family.

    Our international students quickly recognize our department as a home away from home, where their peers and faculty mentors provide a wonderful support network.

    Any international student who has an interest in or talent for music should pursue the serious collegiate study of the subject while they can! A Christian liberal arts college like Gordon allows international students to study music in a rigorous program housed in a nurturing environment.

    Students have the opportunity to delve deep into professional musical studies (Bachelor of Music degrees) which leads to performance opportunities, graduate programs, licensure to teach –and the flexibility to pursue music as a liberal arts major, where double majors with other disciplines are common (music and psychology, music and computer science, music and business, to name a few examples).

    Students who graduate from Gordon College with professional degrees in music education, performance or a BA in Music (with concentrations in Worship or Composition) can pursue a wide variety of career paths.

    These include but are not limited to: teaching music in (K-12) schools, teaching music at the collegiate level, performing in orchestras, arts administration, private studio teaching, arts journalism, worship ministry, music therapy, and more. Many go on to further study at graduate schools and conservatories.

    At Gordon, music students are well prepared for the real-world challenges that face professional musicians. Networking, career preparation and mentoring are an integral part of our excellent curriculum.

  • 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 Education: Guitar - BM University of Hartford, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    45,144 USD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    May, January
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    Instrumental Music - BME Baylor University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    44,544 USD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    August, January
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    Applied Music - BA Indiana Wesleyan University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    28,184 USD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    September, May, January
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    Commercial Music - BMus/BA Lipscomb University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    30,860 USD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    September, January
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    Composite Vocal Music - BSED Black Hills State University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    9,724 USD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    August, January
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Associate in music in the USA

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    Fine Arts: Music - AFA Elgin Community College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    9,510 USD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    February, September, August, June, January
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    Music (Transfer Pathway) - AA St. Charles Community College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    5,520 USD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    August, January
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    Music - AFA Moraine Valley Community College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    9,408 USD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    January, August, June
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    Music Industry Studies - AA Laney College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    7,950 USD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    August, June, January
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    Music - AA Seattle Central College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    9,687 USD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    September, June, April, January
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Certificate in music in the USA

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    Music Industry Studies - Cert Laney College, USA

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    7,950 USD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    August
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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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    Business Administration: Music & Entertainment Management - MBA William Paterson University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    20,454 USD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    September, January
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    Music - MM Campbellsville University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    17,244 USD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    October, August, January
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    Music - MM Rowan University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    16,400 USD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    September, January
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    Music - MA California State University, East Bay, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    15,557 USD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    January, August
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    Music - MM Central Washington University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    23,007 USD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    January, September
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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
    Annual tuition fee
    10,770 USD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    August, January
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