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2021 Best Colleges for Music in Florida

Music is a popular major and Florida is the 5th most popular state for students studying this major. 1,274 of the 25,616 Music diplomas earned last year were given by schools in Florida. With so many choices it can be difficult finding the best fit for you. This year's Best Colleges for Music in Florida ranking analyzed 5 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 Florida.

Choosing a Great Music School

Best Colleges for Music in Florida The music program you select can have a big impact on your future. This section explores some of the factors we include in our ranking and how much they vary depending on the school you select. When choosing a school we recommend considering some of the following factors:

A Great Overall School

The overall quality of a school is important to ensure a quality education, not just how well they do in a particular major. To account for this we consider a school's overall Best Colleges ranking which itself looks at a collection of different factors like degree completion, educational resources, student body caliber and post-graduation earnings for the school as a whole.

Above Average Earnings After Graduation

A music degree from colleges on this list typically translates into above average salaries following graduation. A music bachelors degree from a college in Florida helped students who graduated in 2015-2017 earn $22,440 a couple years later.

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

More Ways to Rank Music Schools

Since picking the right college can be one of the most important decisions of your life, we've developed the Best Music Schools ranking, along with many other major-related rankings, to help you make that decision.

In addition to College Factual's rankings, you may want to take a look at College Combat, our unique tool that lets you pit your favorite schools head-to-head and compare how they rate on factors that most interest you. Test it out when you get a chance! You may also want to bookmark the link and share it with others who are trying to make the college decision.

Best Schools to Study Music in Florida

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

Best Music Colleges Florida


Florida State University

Tallahassee, FL

It's hard to beat Florida State University if you wish to pursue music as a major. Located in the medium-sized city of Tallahassee, Florida State is a public university with a fairly large student population.

For those interested in something more advanced, Florida State also offers 2 different higher degree levels in music, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree. Students from the music program at Florida State University get $2,460 above the typical graduate with the same degree shortly after graduation.


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University of Miami

Coral Gables, FL

University of Miami is one of the finest schools in the country for music. U Miami is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Coral Gables.

For those interested in something more advanced, U Miami also offers 2 different higher degree levels in music, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree. Graduates of the music program make around $20,900 for their early career.


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Rollins College

Winter Park, FL

It's hard to beat Rollins College if you wish to study music. Rollins is a small private not-for-profit college located in the large suburb of Winter Park.

After getting their bachelor's degree, music students usually earn around $19,700 at the beginning of their careers.


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Florida International University is one of the finest schools in the United States for music. FIU is a fairly large public university located in the suburb of Miami.

For those interested in pursuing a higher degree, FIU also offers a Master's Degrees in music. Graduates of the music program state that they receive average early career wages of $19,800.


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Full Sail University

Winter Park, FL

Located in the large suburb of Winter Park, Full Sail University is a private for-profit university with a very large student population.

In addition to its bachelor's programs, Full Sail University offers an Associate's Degrees in music. Full Sail University music majors earn $4,460 more than the typical music graduate.


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Best Music Colleges in the Southeast Region

Explore all the Best Music Colleges in the Southeast Area or other specific states within that region.

State Colleges Degrees Awarded
Georgia 279 442
North Carolina 274 534
Virginia 268 620
Tennessee 257 705
South Carolina 239 245
Kentucky 238 303
Alabama 230 334
Mississippi 228 180
Arkansas 226 174
Louisiana 225 334
West Virginia 205 115

Music is one of 9 different types of Visual & Performing Arts programs to choose from.

Majors Similar to Music

Related Major Annual Graduates
Fine & Studio Arts 1,428
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 1,209
Design & Applied Arts 1,145
General Visual & Performing Arts 704
Drama & Theater Arts 640

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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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