Bachelor of Music in USA

Bachelor of Music in USA

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Shanti RanaWed Dec 15 2021

Bachelor of Music in USA is a 4-year undergraduate course covering a wide range of industries such as music education, composition, professional music, performance, songwriting, music business/ management, music production and engineering. 

A music degree helps people express themselves better via their art- music- and is followed by countless students across the world. For many people, singer, music composer or lyricist might be the job that pops in their mind when someone says a career in music. This is not the case at all.

There are countless jobs and career opportunities that this degree can lead to such as educators, music directors, sound technicians and many more. 

In the USA, this degree is offered as Bachelor of Music or Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science, etc. 

Why study a Bachelor of Music in the USA?

  • Bachelor of Music degree programs is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).
  • The USA is most famous for offering opportunities in such creative sectors for both national and international talent. 
  • With a rich music industry teeming with talents all over the world, this degree will bring you one step closer to your dream of becoming rich, successful and famous via music. 
  • Some of the best music universities in the world are located in the USA. 

Music Colleges in USA for international students

According to Great Value Colleges, these are the best music institutes in the USA. 

Ranking in USA

University

1

San Jose State University

2

Brigham Young University- Provo

3

University of Houston

4

North Dakota State University

5

University of Missouri-Kansas City

6

Florida State University

7

California State University- Long Beach

8

Wichita State University

9

Lamar University

10

Texas Tech University

11

University of North Dakota

12

Western Connecticut State University

13

William Paterson University

14

California State University- Fresno

15

California State University- East Bay

Bachelor of Music Courses in the USA

University

Music Course

English Test Scores

Harvard University

Bachelors in Music

Cambridge, USA

Arizona State University

Music, BA/ Creative Enterprise and Cultural Leadership

Tempe, USA

Music, BA

Music (Music and Culture), BA

Music (Popular Music), BA

Music Learning and Teaching, BMUS

MIT

Bachelor of Science in Music

Cambridge, USA

University of Stanford

Bachelor of Arts in Music

Stanford, USA

The University of Illinois at Chicago

Bachelor of Arts in Music 

Chicago, USA

Bachelor of Arts in Music Business

Bachelor of Music in Performance

Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies

Georgia Institute of Technology

BS in Music Technology

Atlanta, USA

University of South Florida

Music Education B.S.

Tampa, USA

Music Performance B.M.

Music Studies B.A.

Boston University

Bachelor of Music (BM) in Composition & Music Theory

Boston, USA

Bachelor of Arts in Music

BM in Performance/ MM in Education

BM in Performance

Bachelor of Music (BM) in Music Education

Admission Requirements for Bachelor of Music in USA

Document checklist for applying for a Bachelor degree in Music in USA

  • Academic documents (transcripts, character and provisional certificates) from class and +2 level. 
  • Valid English test scorecards
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Application fees
  • LOR if asked
  • Identification documents like passports
  • Proof of Scholarships - If any
  • Proof of funds (tuition fees payment receipt, financial documents- property evaluation, annual income- sponsor letters etc). 

Academic Requirements

Academically, you need to complete 12 years of education with a minimum GPA of 2.0 (2.5 in some universities). A high school diploma can be in any major. 

 International students can also apply if they have a diploma in music or similar other art degrees. 

English Language Requirements

  • IELTS: 6.0- 6.5, with a minimum score of 5.5-6.0 in each band. 
  • TOEFL: Overall score 60-80, with a minimum score of 18 in each band
  • PTE: Overall 50-65. 

Bachelor of Music fees in USA for international students

The tuition fees for Bachelor of Music for international students range from USD  20,000 to 60,000 per year.

University

Annual fees in USD

Harvard University

47,908

Stanford UNiversity

53,700

MIT

51,000

The University of Texas at Austin

40,578

New York University

51,100

Georgia Institute of Technology

31,415

University of Florida

29,000

Boston University

56,548

Northeastern University

54,651

Arizona State University

32,100

Career after Bachelor of Music in USA

This degree can help you make a career as a Performer -Vocal and instrumental soloist, session musician, orchestra/band/group member, background vocalist or instrumentalist, performing artist, show band, in different places or occasions such as conferences, cruise ships, weddings, hotels, restaurants, clubs, religious events, orchestral contractors.)

Other jobs that you get are: 


  • Music instrument repair and tuning
  • Musicologist
  • Orchestrator
  • Music supervisor
  • Music therapist
  • Music web producer
  • Music consultant
  • Music critic or reviewer
  • Music curator
  • Music editing engineer

  • Personnel Manager (orchestras, arts organizations, shows, events)
  • Piano tuner, mover
  • Pit orchestra musician
  • Playback singer
  • Promoter
  • Artist management
  • Artistic director
  • Digital aggregator
  • Digital score recordist



  • Session musician
  • Song contractor
  • Song producer
  • Song recordist
  • Sound Engineer
  • Songwriter
  • Vocal coaching
  • Vocal contractor
  • Community music school director
  • Composer
  • Music web producer

Bachelor of Music salary in the USA: 

Job Title

Range

Average

Worship Pastor

$29k - $67k

$46,903

Music Director

$22k - $69k

$42,954

Music Teacher

$31k - $71k

$46,210

Executive Director

$47k - $120k

$73,849

Director, Music Ministry

$18k - $66k

$40,520

Music Therapist

$34k - $66k

$48,115

Project Manager, (Unspecified Type / General)

$43k - $103k

$66,584

Administrative Assistant

$27k - $53k

$38,030

Office Manager

$32k - $68k

$45,534

Assistant Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education

$42k - $72k

$53,996

 

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