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2021 Best Colleges for Music in Indiana

Music is a popular major and Indiana is the 12th most popular state for students studying this major. 630 of the 25,616 Music diplomas earned last year were given by schools in Indiana. With so many options it can be difficult finding the best fit for you. This year's Best Colleges for Music in Indiana ranking analyzed 3 colleges and universities that offer a bachelor's degree in music. We look at over 20 factors to determine the top 15% of schools for Music students in Indiana.

Choosing a Great Music School

Best Colleges for Music in Indiana Your choice of music school matters. Important measures of a quality music program can vary widely even among the top schools. Below we explain some of the most important factors to consider before making your choice:

Quality Overall is Important

A school that excels in educating for a particular major must be a great school overall as well. To make it into this list a school must rank well in our overall Best Colleges ranking. This ranking considered factors such as graduation rates, overall graduate earnings and other educational resources to identify great colleges and universities.

Graduates Earn More After College

Music graduates from schools on this list tend to earn more after college than those from other schools. Recent music graduates from Indiana colleges with a bachelors degree earned an average of $27,000 in 2017-2018.

Other Factors We Consider

In addition to the above, you should consider some of the following factors:

  • Major Focus - How much a school focuses on Music students vs. other majors.
  • Major Popularity - How many other music students choose this school.
  • Accreditation - Whether a school is regionally accredited and/or a recognized music related accrediting body.

Our full ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best colleges for Music students in Indiana.

Best Schools to Study Music in Indiana

Learn about the top ranked colleges and universities for music majors.

Best Music Colleges in Indiana

Indiana University - Bloomington is among your top options if you want to study music. IU Bloomington is a very large public school located in the city of Bloomington.

Grads of the music program state that they receive average early career income of $16,100.


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Ball State University

Muncie, IN

It is difficult to beat Ball State University if you want to pursue music as a major. Ball State is a very large public school located in the city of Muncie.

Ball State University music graduates receive $3,800 more than the standard music graduate.


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Indiana State University

Terre Haute, IN

Indiana State University is a wonderful decision for students pursuing a Music major. Located in the city Terre Haute, Indiana State is a public school with a large student population.

Indiana State University music students receive $7,100 more than the average music grad.


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Best Music Colleges in the Great Lakes Region

Explore all the Best Music Schools in the Great Lakes Area or other specific states within that region.

State Colleges Degrees Awarded
Michigan 305 731
Ohio 303 1,097
Illinois 299 1,107
Wisconsin 267 312

One of 9 majors within the Visual & Performing Arts area of study, Music has other similar majors worth exploring.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Fine & Studio Arts 675
Design & Applied Arts 582
Drama & Theater Arts 302
Arts & Media Management 131
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 78

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Notes and References

  • The bars on the spread charts above show the distribution of the schools on this list +/- one standard deviation from the mean.
  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard). More about our data sources and methodologies.

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