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2023 Best Music Schools in Virginia

11 Colleges in Virginia
632 Music Degrees Awarded
$27,058 Avg Early-Career Salary
If you plan on majoring in music, you won't be alone since the degree program is ranked #43 in the country in terms of popularity. This means you won't have too much trouble finding schools that offer the degree.

In 2023, College Factual analyzed 11 schools in order to identify the top ones for its Best Music Schools in Virginia ranking. When you put them all together, these colleges and universities awarded 632 degrees in music during the 2020-2021 academic year.

What's on this page: * Degree-Level Rankings

Choosing a Great Music School

Best Music Schools in Virginia The music program you select can have a big impact on your future. That's why we developed our collection of Best Schools for Music rankings. In order to come up with a best overall ranking for music schools, we combine our degree-level rankings, weighting them by the number of degrees awarded at each level.

In order to find the schools that are the best fit for you, you may want to filter to one of the degree levels below.

Pick Your Music Degree Level

Since the program you select can have a significant impact on your future, we've developed a number of rankings, including this Best Music Schools in Virginia list, to help you choose the best school for you. You can also filter this list by location to find schools closer to you.

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. When you have some time, check it out - you may want to bookmark the link so you don't forget it.

More information on how we come up with our rankings can be found here: College Factual's Data Methodology.

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Best Schools for Music in Virginia

The schools below may not offer all types of music degrees so you may want to filter by degree level first. However, they are great for the degree levels they do offer.

10 Top Virginia Schools in Music

Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
6th Most Popular In VA
46 Music Degrees Awarded

It is hard to beat University of Virginia - Main Campus if you wish to pursue a degree in music. Located in the small suburb of Charlottesville, University of Virginia is a public university with a very large student population. A Best Colleges rank of #32 out of 2,241 colleges nationwide means University of Virginia is a great university overall.

There were roughly 46 music students who graduated with this degree at University of Virginia in the most recent data year.

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#2

James Madison University

Harrisonburg, VA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
77 Music Degrees Awarded

It's difficult to beat James Madison University if you wish to pursue a degree in music. Located in the city of Harrisonburg, JMU is a public university with a very large student population. A Best Colleges rank of #134 out of 2,241 colleges nationwide means JMU is a great university overall.

There were about 77 music students who graduated with this degree at JMU in the most recent data year. Degree recipients from the music program at James Madison University earn $5,441 above the typical college graduate in this field when they enter the workforce.

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#3

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, VA
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
9th Most Popular In VA

It's difficult to beat Virginia Tech if you wish to pursue a degree in music. Virginia Tech is a very large public school located in the city of Blacksburg. A Best Colleges rank of #48 out of 2,241 colleges nationwide means Virginia Tech is a great school overall.

There were about 19 music students who graduated with this degree at Virginia Tech in the most recent data year.

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#4

Shenandoah University

Winchester, VA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
67 Music Degrees Awarded

It's hard to beat Shenandoah University if you wish to pursue a degree in music. Located in the city of Winchester, Shenandoah is a private not-for-profit university with a small student population. This university ranks 9th out of 65 colleges for overall quality in the state of Virginia.

There were roughly 67 music students who graduated with this degree at Shenandoah in the most recent year we have data available. Students who receive their degree from the music program make about $23,188 for their early career.

More information about a degree in music from Shenandoah University

#5

George Mason University

Fairfax, VA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
83 Music Degrees Awarded

Located in the suburb of Fairfax, GMU is a public university with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of #133 out of 2,241 colleges nationwide means GMU is a great university overall.

There were about 83 music students who graduated with this degree at GMU in the most recent year we have data available. Music degree recipients from George Mason University earn a boost of around $2,520 over the average income of music majors.

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#6

Liberty University

Lynchburg, VA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
119 Music Degrees Awarded

Liberty University is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the small city of Lynchburg. This university ranks 13th out of 65 schools for overall quality in the state of Virginia.

There were about 119 music students who graduated with this degree at Liberty University in the most recent data year. Students who graduate with their degree from the music program report average early career wages of $28,521.

More information about a degree in music from Liberty University

Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
50 Music Degrees Awarded

VCU is a fairly large public university located in the medium-sized city of Richmond. A Best Colleges rank of #239 out of 2,241 colleges nationwide means VCU is a great university overall.

There were approximately 50 music students who graduated with this degree at VCU in the most recent year we have data available. Graduates who receive their degree from the music program earn about $22,973 in their early career salary.

More information about a degree in music from Virginia Commonwealth University

#8

Radford University

Radford, VA
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
$27,000 Median Student Debt

Located in the suburb of Radford, Radford is a public university with a medium-sized student population. This university ranks 21st out of 65 schools for overall quality in the state of Virginia.

There were roughly 29 music students who graduated with this degree at Radford in the most recent data year. Students who graduate with their degree from the music program report average early career income of $28,956.

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#9

University of Mary Washington

Fredericksburg, VA
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
12th Most Popular In VA

Located in the midsize suburb of Fredericksburg, UMW is a public university with a small student population. This university ranks 18th out of 65 schools for overall quality in the state of Virginia.

There were approximately 12 music students who graduated with this degree at UMW in the most recent year we have data available.

More information about a degree in music from University of Mary Washington

#10

Old Dominion University

Norfolk, VA
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
$26,500 Median Student Debt

Old Dominion is a very large public university located in the city of Norfolk. This university ranks 14th out of 65 colleges for overall quality in the state of Virginia.

There were about 26 music students who graduated with this degree at Old Dominion in the most recent data year. Students who graduate with their degree from the music program report average early career earnings of $23,575.

More information about a degree in music from Old Dominion University

Best Music Colleges in the Southeast Region

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

State Colleges Degrees Awarded
Georgia 287 453
Florida 282 1,204
North Carolina 279 488
Tennessee 269 803
South Carolina 248 203
Kentucky 244 278
Louisiana 242 315
Mississippi 234 181
Arkansas 234 175
Alabama 233 276
West Virginia 207 93

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One of 10 majors within the Visual & Performing Arts area of study, Music has other similar majors worth exploring.

Music Concentrations

Major Annual Graduates
Music Performance 255
General Music 212
Music Pedagogy 72
Other Music 40
Musicology & Ethnomusicology 12
Music History 12
Music Technology 8
Music Theory & Composition 6
Jazz Studies 5
Conducting 3

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Majors Similar to Music

Related Major Annual Graduates
Design & Applied Arts 988
Fine & Studio Arts 769
Drama & Theater Arts 455
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 278
General Visual & Performing Arts 267
Other Visual Art 109
Dance 69
Arts & Media Management 37
Crafts, Folk Art & Artisanry 26

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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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