Bachelor of Music in USA

Bachelor of Music in USA

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



San Jose State University


Brigham Young University- Provo


University of Houston


North Dakota State University


University of Missouri-Kansas City


Florida State University


California State University- Long Beach


Wichita State University


Lamar University


Texas Tech University


University of North Dakota


Western Connecticut State University


William Paterson University


California State University- Fresno


California State University- East Bay

Bachelor of Music Courses in the USA


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


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.


Annual fees in USD

Harvard University


Stanford UNiversity




The University of Texas at Austin


New York University


Georgia Institute of Technology


University of Florida


Boston University


Northeastern University


Arizona State University


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



Worship Pastor

$29k - $67k


Music Director

$22k - $69k


Music Teacher

$31k - $71k


Executive Director

$47k - $120k


Director, Music Ministry

$18k - $66k


Music Therapist

$34k - $66k


Project Manager, (Unspecified Type / General)

$43k - $103k


Administrative Assistant

$27k - $53k


Office Manager

$32k - $68k


Assistant Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education

$42k - $72k



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