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2020 Best Colleges for Music in Indiana

Music is a popular major and Indiana is the 11th most popular state for students studying this major. 699 of the 27,188 Music diplomas earned last year were given by colleges in Indiana. With so many choices it can be difficult finding the right fit. This year's Best Colleges for Music in Indiana ranking analyzed 9 colleges and universities that offer a bachelor's degree in music. We look at over 20 factors to determine the top 1 colleges 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 colleges on this list tend to earn more after college than those from other schools. Recent music graduates from Indiana schools 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

Below you'll see a list of the best colleges and universities to study music.

Best Music Colleges in Indiana

Indiana University - Bloomington is one of the best schools in the United States for music. IU Bloomington is a very large public school located in the small city of Bloomington.

IU Bloomington offers music degrees as low as a One to Two Year Certificates and all the way up to a Research / Scholarship Based Doctorate's. Graduates of the music program state that they receive average early career earnings of $16,100.

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DePauw University

Greencastle, IN

Every student who is interested in music has to take a look at DePauw University. DePauw is a small private not-for-profit school located in the distant town of Greencastle.More…

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Butler University

Indianapolis, IN

It's difficult to beat Butler University if you wish to pursue music as a major. Butler is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the city of Indianapolis.

In addition to its bachelor's programs, Butler offers a Master's Degree in music.

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Ball State University

Muncie, IN

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

For those interested in something more advanced, Ball State also offers 3 different higher degree levels in music, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree. Ball State University music students make $3,800 more than the standard music student.

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Valparaiso University

Valparaiso, IN

Valpo is a small private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Valparaiso.More…

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University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN

Notre Dame is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Notre Dame.

For those interested in pursuing a higher degree, Notre Dame also offers a Master's Degree in music.

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University of Indianapolis

Indianapolis, IN

UIndy is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the city of Indianapolis.More…

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Indiana State University

Terre Haute, IN

Located in the city Terre Haute, Indiana State is a public college with a fairly large student population.

Indiana State offers music degrees as low as a First Year Certificates and all the way up to a Master's. Indiana State University music students make $7,100 more than the standard music graduate.

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Located in the city Fort Wayne, Indiana University - Purdue University - Fort Wayne is a public college with a fairly large student population.More…

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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
Ohio 318 1,214
Michigan 316 848
Illinois 306 1,102
Wisconsin 290 409

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 41,431
Design & Applied Arts 37,428
Drama & Theater Arts 17,242
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 16,684
General Visual & Performing Arts 5,302

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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).
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