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Associate’s Degree in Music

An associate’s degree in music is a 2-year undergraduate program that focuses on core general education and music courses. These degrees are offered by a variety of community colleges, technical schools, and universities. Some programs are strong in performance and production, with famous music professionals on the faculty; other programs are built around music education or sound engineering. Regardless of the program, a high school diploma or GED is needed to apply. A lot of schools will also require you to pass an audition.

What to Know About Transferring Credits

The AA is the equivalent of the first two years of a bachelor’s degree, and many music students use it to earn credits for a BMus or a related undergraduate degree. If you’re thinking of this option, check that your community college is recognized by and/or has an articulation agreement with the 4-year school you’re interested in. In other words, you want to make sure your credits will be transferable.

We advise this because some colleges and universities won’t accept credits from a community college with weak music theory and skills courses. In addition, even if there is an articulation agreement in place, you will have to apply and audition again. Students in AA/BA programs may find it easier to complete their bachelor’s degree in 4 years than students in AA/BMus programs, who have to complete rigorous theory and ensemble/lesson courses.

Degree Choices

  • Associate of Arts (AA) in Music: The typical choice for students interested in transferring to a BA or BMus at a 4-year university.
  • Associate of Science (AS) in Music: An option for students interested in transferring to a BS, BMus, or related degree. The curriculum may include more business, technology, and science courses than the AA.
  • Associate of Fine Arts (AFA) in Music: A practical degree that can prepare students for immediate professional work or transfer to a 4-year BFA program.
  • Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Music: A practice-focused degree that is often offered in areas such as music technology, sound production, and music business. This is intended for students who wish to go straight into the workforce after graduation.

Sample Coursework

Every associate program has a different curriculum, but for the AA and the AS, you can expect a combination of general education requirements, foundational music courses (theory and musicianship), and performance requirements (e.g. lessons and ensemble work). Depending on your area of interest, you may be required to take specific classes. For example:

  • Performance/Composition: Music appreciation, music theory, performance techniques, practicums, etc.
  • Music Education: Curriculum development, instructional methods, music therapy, evaluation techniques, etc.
  • Music Business: Music industry, sound production, music marketing, etc.

If you’re thinking of transferring to a 4-year school, concentrate on fulfilling the necessary general education requirements and taking rigorous music theory and musicianship classes. This will put you in a good position for your third and fourth years.

Career Opportunities

You don’t need a bachelor’s degree to have a career in music. For example, in order to become a recording musician or sound engineer, you may only require an AAS or the equivalent. Associate graduates have also found work as musicians in performing arts companies, bands, and religious/civic organizations.

On the other hand, if you’re interested in becoming a music teacher, music therapist, opera singer, or classical performer, you should be prepared to invest in a 4-year degree.

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Bachelor’s Degree in Music

A bachelor’s degree in music is a challenging 4-year undergraduate program that is designed to give students a comprehensive education in music theory and practice. Most bachelor programs are a mixture of general education requirements and courses in a music major. Baccalaureate programs are offered by a wide range of conservatories and traditional colleges/universities. A high school diploma or GED and proficiency in vocal work and/or instruments are required to apply. A lot of programs will require you to pass an audition before they accept you.

How to Choose a Degree

Choosing a music degree can be a pain in the butt. Each school will have a unique program and unique majors. You may find yourself comparing a performance-based BA in Music from a conventional university with a BMus from a well-known conservatory. The trick is to concentrate on your area of interest/major (e.g. performance, engineering, music therapy, etc.) and look for programs that have:

  • Well-known and respected music teachers
  • A strong reputation in your field (e.g. jazz, contemporary music, classical, etc.). Ask your mentors, peers, and career advisers for their opinions.
  • Opportunities to build your network and career contacts
  • Internships and practicums (e.g. live performances) that will prepare you for jobs after graduation

Degree Choices

Bachelor of Music (BM or BMus)

The BMus is an intensive, professional music degree. It comes in a variety of flavors, including performance, composition, technology, business, music production, and more. Regardless of its focus, the BMus is heavily concentrated on musicianship and performing, with rigorous courses in theory, history, and applied music. Recitals are often part of the third and/or fourth years. If you are thinking of becoming a practicing musician (instrument, voice, or conducting), you should be looking at the BMus or the BFA.

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)

Like the BMus, the BFA is an intensive music degree that is intended to produce professional musicians. Most of the curriculum is devoted to core courses in music theory and performance. As with the BMus, you may be expected to take part in performance ensembles and demonstrate your skills in recitals.

Bachelor of Music Education (BME)

The BME is intended for students who wish to teach music, either privately or in schools. In addition to fulfilling general education and liberal arts requirements, most BME majors are asked to specialize in a track (e.g. voice/choral, instrumental or general music). This training is supplemented with courses in areas such as music theory, music history, child psychology, classroom management, music technology, and conducting. The degree will include supervised student teaching experiences.

If you’re interested teaching at the K-12 level and directing high school bands, orchestras, and choirs in a public school, you must have a state teaching license. We talk more about this in our section on state licensure.

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Bachelor of Music Therapy (BMT)

Musical therapists use clinical and evidence-based music interventions to help those with special needs, alleviate pain, and promote physical rehabilitation and wellness. Patients might include those with Alzheimer’s, PTSD, depression, autism spectrum disorders, and substance abuse problems. (Quick tip – you can learn about the field by asking to shadow a music therapist in your area.)

If this sounds like your kind of job, we recommend you earn a BMT from an AMTA-approved program. This degree will include core coursework in music, psychology, biology, social science, music therapy, and other classes related to disabilities, mental health, and medicine. BMT students are expected to be strong musicians with skills in a variety of instruments. You will also need to become board-certified after graduation – we talk more about this in our section on Music Therapy Certification.

Bachelor of Arts in Music (BA)

The BA is a broad liberal arts degree that mixes courses in music and musicianship with a wide variety of electives and general education classes. For the most part, the music requirements for a BA are much less stringent than the the BMus or BFA (1/4-1/3 of credits compared to 2/3-3/4 of credits). The BA is often pursued by students who have an interest in music (e.g. music business, music administration, arts management, etc.), but who do not wish to become professional musicians.

Bachelor of Science in Music (BS)

BS degrees in music are often offered by schools who wish to emphasize the technical or business side of the music industry. For example, you may find BS degrees with majors in recording technology, sound engineering, music production, and the like. BS degrees can also be offered in music education.

Double or Dual Degrees

In your search for programs, you may wish to consider a double or dual degree. This will allow you to combine your love for music with another relevant major (e.g. business). Universities that have music colleges or schools will often offer this option. You will also find some music conservatories have developed partner programs with universities (e.g. New England Conservatory + Tufts University). Be aware that a dual degree can take longer than four years to complete.

Common Music Majors

  • Performance
  • Theory & Composition
  • Arts Management
  • Church Music
  • Popular Music
  • Jazz Studies
  • Musical Theater
  • Music Business/Industry
  • Music Technology/Engineering
  • Music History

Talk to your undergraduate adviser about your options. Instead of targeting one specific area, you may be able to combine classes in a minor (e.g. jazz studies) with a major in a broader field (e.g. performance).

Career Opportunities

A strong bachelor of music from a well-regarded school is a good foundation for many jobs. Although you don’t need an academic qualification to become a rock musician or popular vocalist, a bachelor’s degree is the standard for classical singers and musicians. In addition, if you want to teach in public schools, you will either need a BME or a bachelor’s degree in music + a teaching degree or diploma. Here are some other jobs to consider:

Performance
  • Professional musician
  • Singer
  • Accompanist
  • Conductor
Education
  • K-12 teacher
  • Private music teacher
  • Music therapist
  • Band director
  • Choir director
  • Librarian
Composition
  • Arranger
  • Composer (films, commercials, internet, video games, etc.)
  • Lyricist
  • Orchestrator
Business/Administration
  • Artist management
  • Arts administrator
  • Music producer
  • Record label developer
  • Music promoter
  • Entertainment lawyer
  • Event producer/planner
  • Talent agent
Technology
  • Software developer
  • Studio manager
  • Sound engineer
  • Sound technician
  • Acoustic engineer
  • Audio producer/editor
  • Recording engineer
  • Instrument tuner/repairer

Interested in specialty areas such as library science? Hoping to teach music at a community college or university? Then you will need a graduate degree. The NAfME (National Association for Music Education) also recommends an advanced degree if you wish to work as a music consultant or music school administrator.

Master’s Degree in Music

A master’s degree in music is a 1-3 year graduate program that allows student to pursue advanced studies in music. Eligibility will depend on your choice of program, but most schools will expect you to have an undergraduate degree in music (e.g. BMuS, BA, etc.) or a closely related field from an accredited program. We recommend you look at each school’s application requirements for precise details. For example:

  • Music therapists should have board-certification before applying to a master’s programs.
  • Potential MMus students must often pass an audition.
  • Master’s programs in composition may require you to submit a portfolio of scores and recordings of live performances.

Students pursue a master’s degree because they are deeply interested in a field and/or wish to teach. Talk to your graduate adviser about your options. A master’s degree is not necessary for many music jobs.

Degree Options

  • Master of Music (MM or MMus): A mixture of graduate-level coursework (e.g. music theory, music history, pedagogy, etc.) and intensive study in an area of specialization (e.g. composition, conducting, performance, music education, etc.). This is the baseline credential for music teaching positions at a university, college or conservatory.
  • Master of Arts (MA) in Music: A general graduate degree aimed at students interested in careers related to music (e.g. arts administration). Music coursework might cover areas such as theory, musicology, ethnomusicology, and more.
  • Master of Music Education (MME): A specialized degree often targeted at students who wish to teach music at the K-12 level. Coursework can cover areas such as music instructional techniques, student evaluation, teaching standards, musicology, and the like. If you are interested in this option, be sure your program is approved by your State Board of Education.
  • Master of Music Therapy (MMT): An advanced clinical practice & research degree intended for board-certified music therapists. In the MMT, music therapists can deepen their skills in areas such as neurology, therapy, special needs, and medical disorders (e.g. multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s, autism spectrum disorders, etc.). If you don’t have a bachelor’s degree in music therapy, you can look for degree equivalency programs in music therapy – these will allow you to complete preliminary coursework for the master’s without having to earn another undergraduate degree.

MMus Sample Coursework

Like the BMus, the MMus is focused on applied studies – i.e. intensive lessons, performance requirements, and working with a mentor. In addition to taking core courses in music theory, music teaching, and music history and specialized classes in your area of interest (e.g. Romantic-era violin, contemporary jazz, film composition, etc.), you may be spending a lot of your time practicing your craft.

In your final year, you will probably be asked to participate in a series of recitals (solo or with an ensemble), lectures, and showcases. Some programs will also require you to pass a comprehensive exam. All of this is intended to help you become a better musician and a qualified teacher/coach.

Career Opportunities

Master’s graduates become professional musicians, conductors, and composers. They may work as high-level administrators in non-profit organizations, the government, and schools, or they may take up jobs in supporting fields such as therapy. A master’s degree in music is the minimum requirement for teaching instrumental or vocal performance at community colleges and conservatories. If you want a tenured position as a music professor, you’ll need to consider a doctoral degree.

Doctoral Degree in Music

A doctorate in music is a 3-7 year advanced degree and the highest academic qualification you can achieve. Some universities offered combined master’s/doctorate programs for bachelor’s graduates. Other universities will expect you to hold a master’s degree before applying. Depending on your choice of program, you may be expected to submit a composition portfolio, provide examples of your expertise (e.g. live conducting), and/or pass an audition before you are accepted.

DMA programs are open to candidates with a MMus, an MA, or a closely related degree. PhD programs in musicology or music theory are often targeted at candidates with an MA in music. However, some PhD programs are willing to consider strong candidates with a MMus in performance or composition, so it’s always best to check.

Degree Options

  • Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA): Typically a practical/performance-oriented degree offered in concentrations such as performance (with sub-specializations in pedagogy or literature), composition, and conducting. Graduates become professional musicians and/or teach and conduct research in universities.
  • Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) in Music: Typically a research-oriented degree offered in concentrations such as music theory, music therapy, ethnomusicology, etc. Graduates are often involved in high-level research and university teaching.

One thing to note – although we’ve provided broad guidelines, there may not be a great deal of difference between a PhD in Music with a performance track and a DMA with research components. Because the lines are so blurry between the PhD and the DMA, we recommend that you check with each school for details on the aims of the program. In your search, you’ll also find similar degrees such as the Doctor of Music (DM or DMus) and Doctor of Arts (DA) in Music.

DMA Sample Coursework

The DMA curriculum is made up of advanced coursework in music theory and history, applied work in an area of specialization (e.g. composition) and sub-specializations (e.g. computer programming), individual music lessons/mentoring, and independent research. Some schools may also expect you to take classes in a second language.

During the first stage of your DMA, you’ll often be required to pass a series of comprehensive exams testing your overall knowledge (e.g. theory) and skills in your specialty (e.g. Baroque violin). After that, you’ll have more time to devote to original research. The degree usually culminates in a written dissertation, a research/capstone project, and/or lecture-recitals. If you’re interested in teaching, make sure your program includes opportunities for teaching assistantships and student lecturing.

Career Opportunities

If you wish to become a tenured professor and teach music at a university, you should pursue a PhD or DMA in music. In addition to becoming academics, doctoral graduates work as researchers, administrators, conductors, and composers. Because this is a research-based qualification, most practicing musicians don’t bother with the PhD or DMA.

Certificate in Music

A certificate in music is a non-degree academic qualification that takes ~6 months-1 year to complete. Like a minor in a conventional degree program, certificates are intended to provide students with specific skills in an area of music studies. Depending on the focus, some certificate programs will ask you to pass an audition.

If you are thinking of pursuing a certificate in order to earn course credits for an academic degree, first make sure that your certificate credits will be transferable to the program of your choice.

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Certificate Options

  • Undergraduate Certificate: Targeted at aspiring undergraduates who are considering a bachelor’s in music or current undergraduates who wish to prepare for graduate study, gain performance experience, and/or explore specific areas (e.g. composition).
  • Graduate Certificate: Targeted at baccalaureate holders who are interested in acquiring new skills (e.g. digital music production, music education, etc.), earning course credits for a master’s degree, and/or advancing their job prospects.

Regional Accreditation

As a rule of thumb, we suggest that you look for schools with regional accreditation. This is a “seal of approval” granted to institutions (e.g. non-profit and public colleges and universities) by one of six regional accrediting bodies (e.g. Southern Association of Colleges and Schools). Music conservatories are eligible for regional accreditation.

You can learn more about the difference between regional accreditation and national accreditation in Accreditation: Understanding the Difference Between Real Schools and Diploma Mills.

Benefits of Regional Accreditation

Choosing a regionally accredited school will make it much easier for you to:

  • Transfer credits (many regionally accredited colleges and universities will not accept credits from nationally accredited schools)
  • Apply for student loans, tuition reimbursement, scholarships and funding opportunities
  • Get into graduate school
  • Look good in the eyes of headhunters and recruiters

Regional accreditation only applies to a college or university, not to individual music degrees or programs. If you’re concerned about the quality, you may wish to see if the music school has NASM accreditation. Music therapists can search for AMTA-Approved Schools.

NASM Accreditation

Established in 1924, the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) sets national standards for undergraduate and graduate degrees and other credentials in music education. In order for schools to participate in Title IV funding programs, institutions must be accredited by a recognized institutional agency (e.g. Higher Learning Commission). That means some independent schools of music have opted for NASM accreditation.

It’s not necessary to go to a NASM-accredited school to get a good education. Some very well-known schools, including the Juilliard School, the Yale School of Music, the New England Conservatory, and the University of Southern California have opted out of NASM accreditation. But it may help in your decision.

Search for a NASM-Accredited School.

AMTA Approval

The American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) offers its seal of approval to undergraduate and graduate programs in music therapy. However, only academic institutions that are regionally accredited and accredited/affirmed by the NASM are eligible. Schools applying for AMTA approval must meet a set of quality standards, including academic and clinical competencies. For example, bachelor’s programs in music therapy must provide 1,200 hours of clinical training, including a supervised internship.

In order to become a board-certified music therapist, it’s important to earn an AMTA-approved degree. This will set you up for the MT-BC credential.

Search for an AMTA-Approved School.

State Licensure for Music Teachers

If you’d like to teach K-12 music in a public school, you must have a state teaching license. (Private schools may not require state licensure, but they’ll generally expect you to hold a degree.) We discuss the licensure process and the importance of NCATE and TEAC accreditation in our article on K-12 Education Degrees.

Not sure of your options? To become a music teacher, you could consider:

  • Earning a Bachelor of Music Education (BME) from a regionally accredited bachelor’s program that incorporates supervised teaching experiences/internships into the program. This is the most straightforward way to get into teaching.
  • Pursuing another bachelor’s degree in music (e.g. BMus, BA) and enrolling in a teacher certification program after graduation.
  • Completing a master’s degree in education or music education and fulfilling licensure requirements. Some schools require music teachers to hold a master’s degree.

Please be sure to check with your State Board of Education for exact details on licensure before you enroll in a music education program. You want to make sure your state will recognize your degree. You may also wish to visit the website of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME). It has a wide variety of resources for teachers and administrators.

MTNA Certification

Unlike state licensure, professional certification from the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) is purely voluntary. However, deciding to become certified as a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music (NCTM) shows employers that you have committed to maintaining a set of high educational standards.

MTNA certification is available to music teachers who teach at any age level, in any setting (private or group). The certification process can last up to one year, and involves the submission of five teacher profile projects. Certification must be renewed on a regular basis.

Music Therapist Board Certification & Licensure

In order to work as a music therapist, you should be certified to practice. The most straightforward path to certification is to earn a bachelor’s degree – or higher – from an AMTA-approved college or university program. Once you have your degree in hand, you can take the national board certification exam from the Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT). This is the only organization to certify music therapists to practice music therapy nationally. If you pass this exam, you will be granted the MT-BC (Music Therapist – Board Certified) credential.

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You may come across CVs of current music therapists that list professional designations such ACMT, CMT or RMT. These board certifications were issued by the former American Association for Music Therapy (AAMT) and are valid until 2020. They have all been replaced by the MT-BC credential.

State Licensure

There are only a few states that issue state licenses for music therapy. These include:

  • Nevada: Licensed Board-Certified Music Therapy (MT-BC/L)
  • North Dakota: Licensed Board-Certified Music Therapy (MT-BC/L)
  • Wisconsin:Wisconsin Music Therapist-Registered (WMTR) – a registry, rather than a license

In other states, you may wish to consider applying for a license in general therapy/mental health. Examples of these include the Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and theLicensed Creative Arts Therapist (LCAT). But be aware that they won’t be music-oriented.

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FAQs

Is Berklee better than Juilliard? ›

The Berklee school of music ranking is always in the top five of any ranking, oftentimes second only to Juilliard. But unlike Juilliard with its emphasis on the classical arts, Berklee is a distinctively contemporary music school. Its philosophy holds that music can be best taught through the music of the time.

What is the most prestigious school for music? ›

1. Juilliard School. Founded in 1905, the Juilliard School can easily be considered the most prestigious music conservatory in the country—and for good reason.

What are the top 3 hardest schools to get into? ›

What Are the Hardest Colleges to Get Into in 2022?
  • Harvard.
  • Columbia.
  • Caltech.
  • Stanford.
  • MIT.
  • Princeton.
  • Yale.
  • Brown.
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What is the easiest prestigious school to get into? ›

Based on the information provided above, you probably noticed that Cornell University has the highest acceptance rates out of all the Ivy League schools and can therefore be classified as the easiest Ivy league school to get into.

Is a music degree worth it? ›

Yes, a music degree is worth it for most aspiring musicians. Music degrees are essential for employment in the music industry as well as building well-rounded musicians. However, in some areas of music, a degree may not be necessary.

What is the hardest music school to get in? ›

1. Juilliard School. Juilliard, founded in 1905 and located in Upper West Side, Manhattan, New York, is one of the most widely recognized names in higher music education both in the United States and worldwide. Both competitive and diverse, with an acceptance rate of just under 7 percent (6.7 percent).

What college has the best singing program? ›

Top Colleges for Voice and Opera

San Francisco Conservatory of Music, the University of Southern California and The Catholic University of America are three schools well-known for Voice and Opera programs. In fact, around 4 San Francisco Conservatory of Music students are pursuing a Bachelors degree in Voice and Opera.

Where is the best music University in the world? ›

Top Ten Music Schools In The World
  • The Julliard School, New York. ...
  • Berklee College of Music, Boston. ...
  • Royal Academy of Music, London. ...
  • Moscow Imperial Conservatory, Moscow. ...
  • Royal College of Music, London. ...
  • The University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna. ...
  • Conservatoire de Paris (Paris Conservatory), Paris.

What's the hardest school in the world? ›

Topping the list of the hardest school to get into in the world is Stanford. It has been featured top of this list for several years and no other university anywhere in the world has managed to replace it yet.

What GPA do you need to get into Harvard? ›

It is tough to get into Harvard. The university receives applications from more qualified applicants than they can accept, and most applicants have at least a 4.18GPA. Meeting GPA and SAT/ACT requirements (although these are now optional) will help you get through the first round of filters.

What college has lowest acceptance rate? ›

10 Colleges With the Lowest Acceptance Rates
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology: 4%
  • Princeton University: 4%
  • Stanford University: 4%
  • Yale University: 5%
  • Brown University: 6%
  • Dartmouth College: 6%
  • Duke University: 6%
  • University of Chicago: 6%
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What is a hidden Ivy League school? ›

The Hidden Ivies include many small colleges, such as Davidson College, Pomona College, Carleton College, and Oberlin College, as well as some large research universities, like Georgetown University, Vanderbilt University, Washington University in St. Louis, and the University of Southern California.

What is a perfect GPA? ›

If your school uses this one, the perfect GPA is a 4.0, which means that you have straightAs. If you have a 3.0, you have straight Bs, and so on and so forth. The unweighted GPA scale also means that each class is scored the same, regardless of its difficulty.

What is the cheapest Ivy League school? ›

The most affordable Ivy League school is the University of Pennsylvania, with a $61,170 per year average cost for tuition for undergraduate programs. These college costs include tuition, general fees, clinical fees, and technology fees.

Why is Juilliard so famous? ›

Founded in 1905, The Juilliard School is a world leader in performing arts education. The school's mission is to provide the highest caliber of artistic education for gifted musicians, dancers, and actors from around the world so that they may achieve their fullest potential as artists, leaders, and global citizens.

What country has the best music schools? ›

Top 10 Performing Arts Schools in 2016
Top 10 Performing Arts Schools in 2016 Based on the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2016
1Juilliard SchoolUnited States
2University of Music and Performing Arts ViennaAustria
3=Royal College of MusicUnited Kingdom
3=University of OxfordUnited Kingdom
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Why is Berklee so famous? ›

Known for the study of jazz and modern American music, it also offers college-level courses in a wide range of contemporary and historic styles, including rock, hip hop, reggae, salsa, heavy metal and bluegrass. Berklee alumni have won 310 Grammy Awards, more than any other college, and 108 Latin Grammy Awards.

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Here we break down the Top 5 highest paying music career jobs in 2022.
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Is a music degree hard? ›

You may think majoring in music is going to be significantly more fun and less stressful than majoring in business or economics, but the truth is: majoring in music is extremely time consuming! Being a music major requires an incredible amount of energy, focus and determination.

Do music majors make money? ›

Music is a good major for students who would like to get into music education and performance after graduation. The salaries of music majors range anywhere from $10,028 to $241,414 per year.

How many music schools should I apply to? ›

For many music students, submitting between five and ten applications is a good number, even if the schools on your list can't be easily categorized as “reaches,” “matches,” or “safeties.” Applying to a much larger number of schools may seem like a tempting strategy to hedge your bets, but it can backfire if it leads ...

What university has the best orchestra? ›

The Juilliard School in New York City is widely regarded as the most impressive as well as one of the very top music conservatories in the world. The Juilliard Orchestra is undoubtedly made up of some of the most talented instrumentalists from around the United States.

Does everyone get an audition at Berklee? ›

All students who apply to Berklee College of Music's Bachelor of Music program complete an audition and interview for admission and merit-based scholarship awards.

What university should I go to if I want to be a singer? ›

Schools with Degree Programs for Singers
College/UniversityLocationDegrees Offered
Berklee College of MusicBoston, MABachelor's, Master's
Miami UniversityOxford, OHBachelor's, Master's
University of HoustonHouston, TXBachelor's, Master's, Doctoral
JuilliardNew York, NYBachelor's, Master's, Doctoral
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How much do singers get paid? ›

While ZipRecruiter is seeing annual salaries as high as $400,000 and as low as $11,500, the majority of Singer salaries currently range between $34,500 (25th percentile) to $172,500 (75th percentile) with top earners (90th percentile) making $400,000 annually across the United States.

What is singing class called? ›

Voice teachers call singing lessons voice lessons or vocal lessons. This is because the voice is the instrument. Just as one would call lessons in piano piano lessons, piano is the instrument.

Which country is best for bachelor in music? ›

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  • United States. ...
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  • United Kingdom. ...
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How difficult is it to get into Berklee School of Music? ›

The acceptance rate at Berklee College of Music is 51.4%.

For every 100 applicants, 51 are admitted. This means the school is moderately selective. The school expects you to meet their requirements for GPA and SAT/ACT scores, but they're more flexible than other schools.

How hard is it to get into Juilliard? ›

Admission to Juilliard is highly competitive, with an overall acceptance rate between five and eight percent.

What is the most competitive school in the world? ›

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What college gives the most homework? ›

Which College Assigns the Most Homework
  • California Institute of Technology, CA. Acceptance rate: 7% ...
  • Williams College, MA. Acceptance rate: 13% ...
  • Reed College, OR. ...
  • Olin College of Engineering, MA. ...
  • College of Wooster, OH. ...
  • Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, IN. ...
  • College of the Atlantic, ME. ...
  • Harvey Mudd College, CA.
30 Aug 2019

What is the best school in the world? ›

  • Harvard University. United States|Cambridge (U.S.) ...
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) United States|Cambridge (U.S.) ...
  • Stanford University. United States|Stanford. ...
  • University of California Berkeley. ...
  • University of Oxford. ...
  • University of Washington Seattle. ...
  • Columbia University. ...
  • University of Cambridge.

What is the lowest GPA Harvard has accepted? ›

You should also have a 4.18 GPA or higher. If your GPA is lower than this, you need to compensate with a higher SAT/ACT score. For a school as selective as Harvard, you'll also need to impress them with the rest of your application. We'll cover those details next.

What is the highest GPA ever? ›

It Depends on the Scale

A GPA higher than 5.0 is rare, but school point systems are occasionally structured so that students taking advanced classes can rack up bonus points. One student even managed to land a stunning 10.03 GPA by taking 17 advanced classes at a school that awarded bonus points.

Which high school sends the most students to Harvard? ›

Nationwide, these are the three top schools with the most graduates who registered at Harvard, Princeton or MIT from 2015-18: Thomas Jefferson High School in Alexandria, Virginia: 96; Stuyvesant High School in New York City: 94; and Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, New Hampshire: 87.

What is the hardest college to get into 2022? ›

The rankings are based on acceptance rates and SAT/ACT test scores. Harvard ranked as the toughest school in the country to get into. It has a 5% acceptance rate, according to Niche. Stanford came in second on the list— with an acceptance rate of 5% as well.

What college has the largest student body? ›

University of Central Florida

What university has the lowest GPA requirement? ›

In addition, the universities accept low GPA or no minimum GPA as part of the admission requirements.
  • Albany State University. ...
  • American InterContinental University. ...
  • Arkansas State University. ...
  • Arkansas Tech University. ...
  • Capella University. ...
  • Colorado Technical University. ...
  • East Coast Polytechnic Institute University.
5 Sept 2022

Are Little Ivies good? ›

The term "Little Ivies" is a nickname used to refer to a group of prestigious liberal arts schools in New England. All eleven of these small private colleges are known for the being highly-selective, offering exceptional academics and beautiful campuses.

How many Little Ivies are there? ›

The colleges of the "Little Three": Amherst, Wesleyan, and Williams. This athletic league was founded as the "Triangular League" in 1899 in New England. The term is inspired by the term "Big Three" of the Ivy League: Harvard, Princeton, and Yale despite there being no academic, athletic or historical association.

What is the Harvard of the Midwest? ›

Answer: Eastern Illinois University, Charleston.

Who had a 10.3 GPA? ›

High school senior Dhara Patel was always a good student, but she'll graduate from Plant City High School with an incredible academic accomplishment. Patel has earned a 10.03 GPA, the highest in Hillsborough County, Florida -- and perhaps anywhere else.

Can you get a 5.0 GPA? ›

Students in an AP class with weighted grading receive a five-point weighted average for each of the four-letter grades: As, Bs, Cs, and Ds. As a result, a student who only takes AP classes and receives A's will have a 5.0 GPA.

Is a 5.0 GPA good? ›

At most high schools, this means that the highest GPA you can get is a 5.0. A 4.5 GPA indicates that you're in very good shape for college. You're most likely in high level classes earning As and high Bs. 99.74% of schools have an average GPA below a 4.5.

What is the hardest Ivy? ›

Harvard is the oldest institution of higher education in the US and consistently ranks #1 hardest Ivy League to get into. Founded in 1636, Harvard offers students a world-class education from some of the most brilliant professors in the world.

Which Ivy League is easiest to get into? ›

Based on the information provided above, you probably noticed that Cornell University has the highest acceptance rates out of all the Ivy League schools and can therefore be classified as the easiest Ivy league school to get into.

Which Ivy League has the prettiest campus? ›

The Ivy League with the best campus is Princeton. It's reputed as having the prettiest campus. But beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. Some people see Columbia as the most beautiful because of its gothic and classical buildings, while some will pick Cornell because of its breath-taking landscape.

Is Juilliard the best music school? ›

News Juilliard Tops List of World's Best Schools for Performing Arts See what other schools are in the top ten. Juilliard School has been ranked the world's best university for the study of performing arts, according to the sixth edition of the QS World University Rankings By Subject, released on TopUniversities.com.

Is Berklee the best music school? ›

Berklee College of Music's 2022-2023 Rankings

Berklee College of Music is ranked #12 out of 181 Regional Universities North. Schools are ranked according to their performance across a set of widely accepted indicators of excellence.

How hard is Berklee to get into? ›

The acceptance rate at Berklee College of Music is 51.4%.

For every 100 applicants, 51 are admitted. This means the school is moderately selective. The school expects you to meet their requirements for GPA and SAT/ACT scores, but they're more flexible than other schools.

What GPA do you need to get into Juilliard? ›

A good GPA to aim for with Juilliard is at least a 3.0. However, students with even lower GPAs may be considered for admission into Juilliard. This is because grades are not the most significant determining factor for admission into Juilliard.

What is the hardest music school to get in? ›

1. Juilliard School. Juilliard, founded in 1905 and located in Upper West Side, Manhattan, New York, is one of the most widely recognized names in higher music education both in the United States and worldwide. Both competitive and diverse, with an acceptance rate of just under 7 percent (6.7 percent).

Why is Juilliard so famous? ›

Founded in 1905, The Juilliard School is a world leader in performing arts education. The school's mission is to provide the highest caliber of artistic education for gifted musicians, dancers, and actors from around the world so that they may achieve their fullest potential as artists, leaders, and global citizens.

How hard is it to get into Juilliard? ›

Admission to Juilliard is highly competitive, with an overall acceptance rate between five and eight percent.

Why is Berklee so famous? ›

Known for the study of jazz and modern American music, it also offers college-level courses in a wide range of contemporary and historic styles, including rock, hip hop, reggae, salsa, heavy metal and bluegrass. Berklee alumni have won 310 Grammy Awards, more than any other college, and 108 Latin Grammy Awards.

Which Ivy League school has the best music program? ›

Yale: Of all of the Ivy League schools, Yale has the most robust music culture.

Is Berklee elite? ›

There's no question that Berklee is an excellent school. Many reputable ranking outlets ranks it among the nation's top five, standing alongside the Julliard School, the Curtis Institute, and others.

Do music schools care about GPA? ›

Universities with music schools attached are unique from independent music schools in that, generally speaking, they do care about the students having a competitive GPA. Keep in mind that while this is not always the case, it is in the case of many university-based programs.

Does everyone get an audition at Berklee? ›

All students who apply to Berklee College of Music's Bachelor of Music program complete an audition and interview for admission and merit-based scholarship awards.

What GPA does Berklee require? ›

Berklee College of Music students must meet the following requirements to qualify for graduation: Attain at least a 2.70 cumulative GPA in major courses. Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00.
...
Honors.
HonorCumulative GPA
Magna cum laude3.70–3.84
Cum laude3.50–3.69
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What GPA does Harvard accept? ›

You should also have a 4.18 GPA or higher. If your GPA is lower than this, you need to compensate with a higher SAT/ACT score. For a school as selective as Harvard, you'll also need to impress them with the rest of your application.

How many times can you audition for Juilliard? ›

How many times may I apply? The maximum number of application attempts is four. For example, an actor could apply twice as a BFA applicant and then return after completing an undergraduate degree to apply twice as an MFA applicant.

What college has lowest acceptance rate? ›

10 Colleges With the Lowest Acceptance Rates
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology: 4%
  • Princeton University: 4%
  • Stanford University: 4%
  • Yale University: 5%
  • Brown University: 6%
  • Dartmouth College: 6%
  • Duke University: 6%
  • University of Chicago: 6%
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