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2020 Best Colleges for Music in Georgia

Music is a popular major and Georgia is the 16th most popular state for students studying this major. 506 of the 27,188 Music degrees awarded last year were given by schools in Georgia. With so many choices it can be a daunting task finding the right fit. This year's Best Colleges for Music in Georgia ranking analyzed 6 colleges and universities that offer a bachelor's degree in music. We look at over 20 factors to determine the top 0 colleges for Music students in Georgia.

Choosing a Great Music School

Best Colleges for Music in Georgia 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. Below we explain some of the most important factors to consider before making your choice:

Quality Overall is Important

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 include a school's overall Best Colleges ranking which itself looks at a host of various factors like degree completion, educational resources, student body caliber and post-graduation earnings for the school as a whole.

Graduates Earn More After College

A music degree from colleges on this list usually results in above average income following graduation. Recent music graduates from Georgia schools with a bachelors degree earned an average of $27,600 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 complete ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best schools for Music students in Georgia.

Best Schools to Study Music in Georgia

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

Best Music Colleges in Georgia


University of Georgia

Athens, GA

Every student pursuing a degree in music has to take a look at University of Georgia. Located in the medium-sized city Athens, UGA is a public school with a fairly large student population.

Graduates of the music program state that they receive average early career wages of $18,300.


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Emory University

Atlanta, GA

Emory University is a wonderful option for students interested in a Music degree. Located in the city Atlanta, Emory is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population.More…

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Georgia State University is a great choice for students interested in a Music major. Located in the large city Atlanta, Georgia State is a public school with a fairly large student population.

Students who graduate from the music program make an average of $36,900 for their early career.


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Any student who is interested in music has to take a look at Columbus State University. CSU is a moderately-sized public school located in the medium-sized city of Columbus.More…

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Shorter University

Rome, GA

Located in the small city Rome, Shorter is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.More…

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VSU is a fairly large public school located in the small city of Valdosta.More…

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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
Florida 291 1,352
Virginia 289 557
North Carolina 286 567
Tennessee 266 680
Kentucky 257 295
South Carolina 254 251
Louisiana 254 327
Alabama 250 275
Arkansas 249 199
Mississippi 239 195
West Virginia 222 71

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

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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