Best Colleges for Music

Majoring in music isn’t just all about performance—there is also the study of theory, history, related-technology, and composition that must be mastered as part of an undergraduate education. While some graduates of music programs will become professional musicians, perhaps as a member of the world’s most elite orchestras, many others will pursue the teaching of music and elementary or secondary schools, music therapy, sound technician work for media/production companies, or venue/artist management. No matter your professional direction, the institutions that cracked our Best College for Majors list will deliver world-class instruction that will help launch your career. Some of the schools on our list are conservatories or stand-alone schools of music while others are music departments housed within larger universities.

Click the links below for more information about each college's music program. Click here to read our methodology.

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