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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.

  • Matthew Svoboda

    Matthew Svoboda

    Lane Community College Music Instructor/Director of Choral Activities
    Matthew Svoboda says

    Music is an international language and a wonderful way to connect with people from across cultures.

    In the USA, you can study music at beginner, or more advanced levels, regardless of your age or previous training. This is not always true in other countries.

    Music study engages both the left and right brain, can be done individually or socially, teaches lifelong skills that elicit the best in human potential and creativity, and is fun!

    Music takes a lot of commitment and requires a discipline that prepares students for further study in any field.

    Students who study music at the undergraduate level have made successful careers in music and in many other fields such as law, business, medicine, etc.

    I know doctors, lawyers, business owners, and educators, who studied music at the undergraduate level and thereby attained the drive and discipline needed to be successful in these other fields.

    Even though their professional work is largely outside of music, they continue to be enriched by music in their own lives and in the community.

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: Instrumental - BMusEd University of Hartford, USA

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

    Fee in university's local currency 45,144 USD

    Start date
    September, January
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    Music Therapy - BA Indiana Wesleyan University, USA

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

    Fee in university's local currency 28,184 USD

    Start date
    May, September, January
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    Music Composition - BM Baylor University, USA

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

    Fee in university's local currency 44,544 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Music: Music - BM Marywood University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    35,534 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 35,534 USD

    Start date
    August, January, June
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    Music - BA (with foundation and placement) Brenau University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    6 years
    Annual tuition fee
    31,000 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 31,000 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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Associate in music in the USA

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    Commercial Music Media Composition - AA Diablo Valley College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    8,304 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 8,304 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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    Fine Arts: Music - AFA Elgin Community College, USA

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

    Fee in university's local currency 9,510 USD

    Start date
    June, August, January
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    Music - AFA St. Charles Community College, USA

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

    Fee in university's local currency 5,520 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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    Music - AA College of the Desert, USA
    • Blended learning

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    7,368 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 7,368 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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    Music - AA College of Southern Nevada, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    11,048 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 11,048 USD

    Start date
    June, August, January
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Certificate in music in the USA

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    Modern Music: Bass - Cert Visible Music College, USA
    • Online
    • Part-time

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    10 months
    Annual tuition fee
    8,500 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 8,500 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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    Music - Cert Laney College, USA

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

    Fee in university's local currency 7,950 USD

    Start date
    June, August, January
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    Music - Cert Cuesta College, USA

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    10,650 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 10,650 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 - MM Central Washington University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    23,652 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 23,652 USD

    Start date
    September, January
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    Music: Instrumental/Choral Conducting - MM California State University, Long Beach, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,620 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,620 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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    Music - MMus University of Southern Mississippi, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    12,118 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 12,118 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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    Music - MMus Western Washington University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    23,588 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 23,588 USD

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

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

    Fee in university's local currency 16,400 USD

    Start date
    September, January
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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

    Fee in university's local currency 10,770 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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Student reviews for music in the USA

  • Airi Yoshikawa
    Japan
    Overall experience 4 stars
    Academic
    4 stars
    University social
    2 stars
    Accommodation
    2 stars
    University facilities
    3 stars
    Lane Community College Music
    Tell us about studying music in the USA
    I love what I’m studying right now, instructors are very nice, they helped me a lot