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2021 Best Colleges for Music in West Virginia

Music is a popular major and West Virginia is the 37th most popular state for students studying this major. 115 of the 25,616 Music diplomas earned last year were given by colleges in West Virginia. With so many options it can be difficult finding the best fit for you. We look at over 20 factors to determine the top 15% of colleges for Music students in West Virginia.

Choosing a Great Music School

Best Colleges for Music in West Virginia Your choice of music school matters. Important measures of a quality music program can vary widely even among the top schools. To make it into this list a school must excel in the following areas.

Overall Quality is a Must

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.

Better Early and Mid Career Salaries

Music graduates from colleges on this list tend to earn more after college than those from other schools. Recent music graduates from West Virginia schools with a bachelors degree earned an average of $26,300 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 schools for Music students in West Virginia.

One Size Does Not Fit All

The music school you choose to invest your time and money in matters. To help you make the decision that is right for you, we've developed a number of major-specific rankings, including this list of the Best Music Schools.

In addition to our rankings, you can take two colleges and compare them based on the criteria that matters most to you in our unique tool, College Combat. Go ahead and give it a try, or bookmark the link so you can check it out later.

Best Schools to Study Music in West Virginia

The following list ranks the best colleges and universities for a Music degree.

Best Music Colleges West Virginia


West Virginia University

Morgantown, WV

West Virginia University is a great choice for individuals interested in a Music degree. Located in the city of Morgantown, WVU is a public university with a fairly large student population.

For those interested in something more advanced, WVU also offers 2 different higher degree levels in music, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree. Students who graduate from this degree state that they receive average early career earnings of $26,300.


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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 279 442
Florida 276 1,274
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

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 148
Design & Applied Arts 93
Drama & Theater Arts 66
General Visual & Performing Arts 20
Arts & Media Management 12

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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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