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Associate’s Degree in Music

An associate’s degree in music is a 2-year undergraduate program that focuses on core general education and music courses. These degrees are offered by a variety of community colleges, technical schools, and universities. Some programs are strong in performance and production, with famous music professionals on the faculty; other programs are built around music education or sound engineering. Regardless of the program, a high school diploma or GED is needed to apply. A lot of schools will also require you to pass an audition.

What to Know About Transferring Credits

The AA is the equivalent of the first two years of a bachelor’s degree, and many music students use it to earn credits for a BMus or a related undergraduate degree. If you’re thinking of this option, check that your community college is recognized by and/or has an articulation agreement with the 4-year school you’re interested in. In other words, you want to make sure your credits will be transferable.

We advise this because some colleges and universities won’t accept credits from a community college with weak music theory and skills courses. In addition, even if there is an articulation agreement in place, you will have to apply and audition again. Students in AA/BA programs may find it easier to complete their bachelor’s degree in 4 years than students in AA/BMus programs, who have to complete rigorous theory and ensemble/lesson courses.

Degree Choices

  • Associate of Arts (AA) in Music: The typical choice for students interested in transferring to a BA or BMus at a 4-year university.
  • Associate of Science (AS) in Music: An option for students interested in transferring to a BS, BMus, or related degree. The curriculum may include more business, technology, and science courses than the AA.
  • Associate of Fine Arts (AFA) in Music: A practical degree that can prepare students for immediate professional work or transfer to a 4-year BFA program.
  • Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Music: A practice-focused degree that is often offered in areas such as music technology, sound production, and music business. This is intended for students who wish to go straight into the workforce after graduation.

Sample Coursework

Every associate program has a different curriculum, but for the AA and the AS, you can expect a combination of general education requirements, foundational music courses (theory and musicianship), and performance requirements (e.g. lessons and ensemble work). Depending on your area of interest, you may be required to take specific classes. For example:

  • Performance/Composition: Music appreciation, music theory, performance techniques, practicums, etc.
  • Music Education: Curriculum development, instructional methods, music therapy, evaluation techniques, etc.
  • Music Business: Music industry, sound production, music marketing, etc.

If you’re thinking of transferring to a 4-year school, concentrate on fulfilling the necessary general education requirements and taking rigorous music theory and musicianship classes. This will put you in a good position for your third and fourth years.

Career Opportunities

You don’t need a bachelor’s degree to have a career in music. For example, in order to become a recording musician or sound engineer, you may only require an AAS or the equivalent. Associate graduates have also found work as musicians in performing arts companies, bands, and religious/civic organizations.

On the other hand, if you’re interested in becoming a music teacher, music therapist, opera singer, or classical performer, you should be prepared to invest in a 4-year degree.

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Bachelor’s Degree in Music

A bachelor’s degree in music is a challenging 4-year undergraduate program that is designed to give students a comprehensive education in music theory and practice. Most bachelor programs are a mixture of general education requirements and courses in a music major. Baccalaureate programs are offered by a wide range of conservatories and traditional colleges/universities. A high school diploma or GED and proficiency in vocal work and/or instruments are required to apply. A lot of programs will require you to pass an audition before they accept you.

How to Choose a Degree

Choosing a music degree can be a pain in the butt. Each school will have a unique program and unique majors. You may find yourself comparing a performance-based BA in Music from a conventional university with a BMus from a well-known conservatory. The trick is to concentrate on your area of interest/major (e.g. performance, engineering, music therapy, etc.) and look for programs that have:

  • Well-known and respected music teachers
  • A strong reputation in your field (e.g. jazz, contemporary music, classical, etc.). Ask your mentors, peers, and career advisers for their opinions.
  • Opportunities to build your network and career contacts
  • Internships and practicums (e.g. live performances) that will prepare you for jobs after graduation

Degree Choices

Bachelor of Music (BM or BMus)

The BMus is an intensive, professional music degree. It comes in a variety of flavors, including performance, composition, technology, business, music production, and more. Regardless of its focus, the BMus is heavily concentrated on musicianship and performing, with rigorous courses in theory, history, and applied music. Recitals are often part of the third and/or fourth years. If you are thinking of becoming a practicing musician (instrument, voice, or conducting), you should be looking at the BMus or the BFA.

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)

Like the BMus, the BFA is an intensive music degree that is intended to produce professional musicians. Most of the curriculum is devoted to core courses in music theory and performance. As with the BMus, you may be expected to take part in performance ensembles and demonstrate your skills in recitals.

Bachelor of Music Education (BME)

The BME is intended for students who wish to teach music, either privately or in schools. In addition to fulfilling general education and liberal arts requirements, most BME majors are asked to specialize in a track (e.g. voice/choral, instrumental or general music). This training is supplemented with courses in areas such as music theory, music history, child psychology, classroom management, music technology, and conducting. The degree will include supervised student teaching experiences.

If you’re interested teaching at the K-12 level and directing high school bands, orchestras, and choirs in a public school, you must have a state teaching license. We talk more about this in our section on state licensure.

Bachelor of Music Therapy (BMT)

Musical therapists use clinical and evidence-based music interventions to help those with special needs, alleviate pain, and promote physical rehabilitation and wellness. Patients might include those with Alzheimer’s, PTSD, depression, autism spectrum disorders, and substance abuse problems. (Quick tip – you can learn about the field by asking to shadow a music therapist in your area.)

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If this sounds like your kind of job, we recommend you earn a BMT from an AMTA-approved program. This degree will include core coursework in music, psychology, biology, social science, music therapy, and other classes related to disabilities, mental health, and medicine. BMT students are expected to be strong musicians with skills in a variety of instruments. You will also need to become board-certified after graduation – we talk more about this in our section on Music Therapy Certification.

Bachelor of Arts in Music (BA)

The BA is a broad liberal arts degree that mixes courses in music and musicianship with a wide variety of electives and general education classes. For the most part, the music requirements for a BA are much less stringent than the the BMus or BFA (1/4-1/3 of credits compared to 2/3-3/4 of credits). The BA is often pursued by students who have an interest in music (e.g. music business, music administration, arts management, etc.), but who do not wish to become professional musicians.

Bachelor of Science in Music (BS)

BS degrees in music are often offered by schools who wish to emphasize the technical or business side of the music industry. For example, you may find BS degrees with majors in recording technology, sound engineering, music production, and the like. BS degrees can also be offered in music education.

Double or Dual Degrees

In your search for programs, you may wish to consider a double or dual degree. This will allow you to combine your love for music with another relevant major (e.g. business). Universities that have music colleges or schools will often offer this option. You will also find some music conservatories have developed partner programs with universities (e.g. New England Conservatory + Tufts University). Be aware that a dual degree can take longer than four years to complete.

Common Music Majors

  • Performance
  • Theory & Composition
  • Arts Management
  • Church Music
  • Popular Music
  • Jazz Studies
  • Musical Theater
  • Music Business/Industry
  • Music Technology/Engineering
  • Music History

Talk to your undergraduate adviser about your options. Instead of targeting one specific area, you may be able to combine classes in a minor (e.g. jazz studies) with a major in a broader field (e.g. performance).

Career Opportunities

A strong bachelor of music from a well-regarded school is a good foundation for many jobs. Although you don’t need an academic qualification to become a rock musician or popular vocalist, a bachelor’s degree is the standard for classical singers and musicians. In addition, if you want to teach in public schools, you will either need a BME or a bachelor’s degree in music + a teaching degree or diploma. Here are some other jobs to consider:

  • Professional musician
  • Singer
  • Accompanist
  • Conductor
  • K-12 teacher
  • Private music teacher
  • Music therapist
  • Band director
  • Choir director
  • Librarian
  • Arranger
  • Composer (films, commercials, internet, video games, etc.)
  • Lyricist
  • Orchestrator
  • Artist management
  • Arts administrator
  • Music producer
  • Record label developer
  • Music promoter
  • Entertainment lawyer
  • Event producer/planner
  • Talent agent
  • Software developer
  • Studio manager
  • Sound engineer
  • Sound technician
  • Acoustic engineer
  • Audio producer/editor
  • Recording engineer
  • Instrument tuner/repairer

Interested in specialty areas such as library science? Hoping to teach music at a community college or university? Then you will need a graduate degree. The NAfME (National Association for Music Education) also recommends an advanced degree if you wish to work as a music consultant or music school administrator.

Master’s Degree in Music

A master’s degree in music is a 1-3 year graduate program that allows student to pursue advanced studies in music. Eligibility will depend on your choice of program, but most schools will expect you to have an undergraduate degree in music (e.g. BMuS, BA, etc.) or a closely related field from an accredited program. We recommend you look at each school’s application requirements for precise details. For example:

  • Music therapists should have board-certification before applying to a master’s programs.
  • Potential MMus students must often pass an audition.
  • Master’s programs in composition may require you to submit a portfolio of scores and recordings of live performances.

Students pursue a master’s degree because they are deeply interested in a field and/or wish to teach. Talk to your graduate adviser about your options. A master’s degree is not necessary for many music jobs.

Degree Options

  • Master of Music (MM or MMus): A mixture of graduate-level coursework (e.g. music theory, music history, pedagogy, etc.) and intensive study in an area of specialization (e.g. composition, conducting, performance, music education, etc.). This is the baseline credential for music teaching positions at a university, college or conservatory.
  • Master of Arts (MA) in Music: A general graduate degree aimed at students interested in careers related to music (e.g. arts administration). Music coursework might cover areas such as theory, musicology, ethnomusicology, and more.
  • Master of Music Education (MME): A specialized degree often targeted at students who wish to teach music at the K-12 level. Coursework can cover areas such as music instructional techniques, student evaluation, teaching standards, musicology, and the like. If you are interested in this option, be sure your program is approved by your State Board of Education.
  • Master of Music Therapy (MMT): An advanced clinical practice & research degree intended for board-certified music therapists. In the MMT, music therapists can deepen their skills in areas such as neurology, therapy, special needs, and medical disorders (e.g. multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s, autism spectrum disorders, etc.). If you don’t have a bachelor’s degree in music therapy, you can look for degree equivalency programs in music therapy – these will allow you to complete preliminary coursework for the master’s without having to earn another undergraduate degree.

MMus Sample Coursework

Like the BMus, the MMus is focused on applied studies – i.e. intensive lessons, performance requirements, and working with a mentor. In addition to taking core courses in music theory, music teaching, and music history and specialized classes in your area of interest (e.g. Romantic-era violin, contemporary jazz, film composition, etc.), you may be spending a lot of your time practicing your craft.

In your final year, you will probably be asked to participate in a series of recitals (solo or with an ensemble), lectures, and showcases. Some programs will also require you to pass a comprehensive exam. All of this is intended to help you become a better musician and a qualified teacher/coach.

Career Opportunities

Master’s graduates become professional musicians, conductors, and composers. They may work as high-level administrators in non-profit organizations, the government, and schools, or they may take up jobs in supporting fields such as therapy. A master’s degree in music is the minimum requirement for teaching instrumental or vocal performance at community colleges and conservatories. If you want a tenured position as a music professor, you’ll need to consider a doctoral degree.

Doctoral Degree in Music

A doctorate in music is a 3-7 year advanced degree and the highest academic qualification you can achieve. Some universities offered combined master’s/doctorate programs for bachelor’s graduates. Other universities will expect you to hold a master’s degree before applying. Depending on your choice of program, you may be expected to submit a composition portfolio, provide examples of your expertise (e.g. live conducting), and/or pass an audition before you are accepted.

DMA programs are open to candidates with a MMus, an MA, or a closely related degree. PhD programs in musicology or music theory are often targeted at candidates with an MA in music. However, some PhD programs are willing to consider strong candidates with a MMus in performance or composition, so it’s always best to check.

Degree Options

  • Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA): Typically a practical/performance-oriented degree offered in concentrations such as performance (with sub-specializations in pedagogy or literature), composition, and conducting. Graduates become professional musicians and/or teach and conduct research in universities.
  • Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) in Music: Typically a research-oriented degree offered in concentrations such as music theory, music therapy, ethnomusicology, etc. Graduates are often involved in high-level research and university teaching.

One thing to note – although we’ve provided broad guidelines, there may not be a great deal of difference between a PhD in Music with a performance track and a DMA with research components. Because the lines are so blurry between the PhD and the DMA, we recommend that you check with each school for details on the aims of the program. In your search, you’ll also find similar degrees such as the Doctor of Music (DM or DMus) and Doctor of Arts (DA) in Music.

DMA Sample Coursework

The DMA curriculum is made up of advanced coursework in music theory and history, applied work in an area of specialization (e.g. composition) and sub-specializations (e.g. computer programming), individual music lessons/mentoring, and independent research. Some schools may also expect you to take classes in a second language.

During the first stage of your DMA, you’ll often be required to pass a series of comprehensive exams testing your overall knowledge (e.g. theory) and skills in your specialty (e.g. Baroque violin). After that, you’ll have more time to devote to original research. The degree usually culminates in a written dissertation, a research/capstone project, and/or lecture-recitals. If you’re interested in teaching, make sure your program includes opportunities for teaching assistantships and student lecturing.

Career Opportunities

If you wish to become a tenured professor and teach music at a university, you should pursue a PhD or DMA in music. In addition to becoming academics, doctoral graduates work as researchers, administrators, conductors, and composers. Because this is a research-based qualification, most practicing musicians don’t bother with the PhD or DMA.

Certificate in Music

A certificate in music is a non-degree academic qualification that takes ~6 months-1 year to complete. Like a minor in a conventional degree program, certificates are intended to provide students with specific skills in an area of music studies. Depending on the focus, some certificate programs will ask you to pass an audition.

If you are thinking of pursuing a certificate in order to earn course credits for an academic degree, first make sure that your certificate credits will be transferable to the program of your choice.

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Certificate Options

  • Undergraduate Certificate: Targeted at aspiring undergraduates who are considering a bachelor’s in music or current undergraduates who wish to prepare for graduate study, gain performance experience, and/or explore specific areas (e.g. composition).
  • Graduate Certificate: Targeted at baccalaureate holders who are interested in acquiring new skills (e.g. digital music production, music education, etc.), earning course credits for a master’s degree, and/or advancing their job prospects.

Regional Accreditation

As a rule of thumb, we suggest that you look for schools with regional accreditation. This is a “seal of approval” granted to institutions (e.g. non-profit and public colleges and universities) by one of six regional accrediting bodies (e.g. Southern Association of Colleges and Schools). Music conservatories are eligible for regional accreditation.

You can learn more about the difference between regional accreditation and national accreditation in Accreditation: Understanding the Difference Between Real Schools and Diploma Mills.

Benefits of Regional Accreditation

Choosing a regionally accredited school will make it much easier for you to:

  • Transfer credits (many regionally accredited colleges and universities will not accept credits from nationally accredited schools)
  • Apply for student loans, tuition reimbursement, scholarships and funding opportunities
  • Get into graduate school
  • Look good in the eyes of headhunters and recruiters

Regional accreditation only applies to a college or university, not to individual music degrees or programs. If you’re concerned about the quality, you may wish to see if the music school has NASM accreditation. Music therapists can search for AMTA-Approved Schools.

NASM Accreditation

Established in 1924, the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) sets national standards for undergraduate and graduate degrees and other credentials in music education. In order for schools to participate in Title IV funding programs, institutions must be accredited by a recognized institutional agency (e.g. Higher Learning Commission). That means some independent schools of music have opted for NASM accreditation.

It’s not necessary to go to a NASM-accredited school to get a good education. Some very well-known schools, including the Juilliard School, the Yale School of Music, the New England Conservatory, and the University of Southern California have opted out of NASM accreditation. But it may help in your decision.

Search for a NASM-Accredited School.

AMTA Approval

The American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) offers its seal of approval to undergraduate and graduate programs in music therapy. However, only academic institutions that are regionally accredited and accredited/affirmed by the NASM are eligible. Schools applying for AMTA approval must meet a set of quality standards, including academic and clinical competencies. For example, bachelor’s programs in music therapy must provide 1,200 hours of clinical training, including a supervised internship.

In order to become a board-certified music therapist, it’s important to earn an AMTA-approved degree. This will set you up for the MT-BC credential.

Search for an AMTA-Approved School.

State Licensure for Music Teachers

If you’d like to teach K-12 music in a public school, you must have a state teaching license. (Private schools may not require state licensure, but they’ll generally expect you to hold a degree.) We discuss the licensure process and the importance of NCATE and TEAC accreditation in our article on K-12 Education Degrees.

Not sure of your options? To become a music teacher, you could consider:

  • Earning a Bachelor of Music Education (BME) from a regionally accredited bachelor’s program that incorporates supervised teaching experiences/internships into the program. This is the most straightforward way to get into teaching.
  • Pursuing another bachelor’s degree in music (e.g. BMus, BA) and enrolling in a teacher certification program after graduation.
  • Completing a master’s degree in education or music education and fulfilling licensure requirements. Some schools require music teachers to hold a master’s degree.

Please be sure to check with your State Board of Education for exact details on licensure before you enroll in a music education program. You want to make sure your state will recognize your degree. You may also wish to visit the website of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME). It has a wide variety of resources for teachers and administrators.

MTNA Certification

Unlike state licensure, professional certification from the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) is purely voluntary. However, deciding to become certified as a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music (NCTM) shows employers that you have committed to maintaining a set of high educational standards.

MTNA certification is available to music teachers who teach at any age level, in any setting (private or group). The certification process can last up to one year, and involves the submission of five teacher profile projects. Certification must be renewed on a regular basis.

Music Therapist Board Certification & Licensure

In order to work as a music therapist, you should be certified to practice. The most straightforward path to certification is to earn a bachelor’s degree – or higher – from an AMTA-approved college or university program. Once you have your degree in hand, you can take the national board certification exam from the Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT). This is the only organization to certify music therapists to practice music therapy nationally. If you pass this exam, you will be granted the MT-BC (Music Therapist – Board Certified) credential.

You may come across CVs of current music therapists that list professional designations such ACMT, CMT or RMT. These board certifications were issued by the former American Association for Music Therapy (AAMT) and are valid until 2020. They have all been replaced by the MT-BC credential.

State Licensure

There are only a few states that issue state licenses for music therapy. These include:

  • Nevada: Licensed Board-Certified Music Therapy (MT-BC/L)
  • North Dakota: Licensed Board-Certified Music Therapy (MT-BC/L)
  • Wisconsin:Wisconsin Music Therapist-Registered (WMTR) – a registry, rather than a license

In other states, you may wish to consider applying for a license in general therapy/mental health. Examples of these include the Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and theLicensed Creative Arts Therapist (LCAT). But be aware that they won’t be music-oriented.

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What is the hardest music school to get into? ›

As of 2019, the Curtis Institute of Music was the hardest music school to get into. Curtis has a tiny 4.5% acceptance rate. In comparison, Harvard has a 4.7% acceptance rate and Stanford has a 4.4% acceptance rate.

Is Berklee better than Juilliard? ›

Berklee College of Music

Where is Berklee in rankings? The Berklee school of music ranking is always in the top five of any ranking, oftentimes second only to Juilliard. But unlike Juilliard with its emphasis on the classical arts, Berklee is a distinctively contemporary music school.

What are the top 3 hardest schools to get into? ›

Top 10 Hardest Colleges to Get Into
  1. Harvard. Cambridge, MA. 3.19%
  2. Columbia. New York, NY. 3.73%
  3. Caltech. Pasadena, CA. 3.92%*
  4. Stanford. Stanford, CA. 3.95%*
  5. MIT. Cambridge, MA. 3.96%
  6. Princeton. Princeton, NJ. 4.38%*
  7. Yale. New Haven, CT. 4.47%
  8. Brown. Providence, RI. 5.03%
2 Sept 2022

Which school is better Curtis or Julliard? ›

The faculty at The Curtis Institute of Music is mostly made up of performing artists, which could help out many students. Juilliard and Curtis are both really good schools, but Juilliard is bigger and generally expensive while Curtis is small and free with a stipend, so either school would be a really good backup!

Is a music degree worth it? ›

Degrees are expensive, however, and some may wonder if pursuing a music degree is the best course of action. So, is a music degree worth it? Yes, a music degree is worth it for most aspiring musicians. Music degrees are essential for employment in the music industry as well as building well-rounded musicians.

What university has the best music program? ›

Curtis Institute of Music

#1 Best Colleges for Music in America.

Is Berklee an Ivy League school? ›

Its members are Brown University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Harvard University, Princeton University, the University of Pennsylvania, and Yale University.

Why is Berklee so prestigious? ›

"Berklee College of Music was established in the year 1945 and has produced some of the best-known artists in the world. With a top-notch academic curriculum, exposure to all sorts of activities, and a faculty of 606 talented teachers, there is no dearth of opportunities here at Berklee."

What is the most prestigious music school in the US? ›

1. Juilliard School. Founded in 1905, the Juilliard School can easily be considered the most prestigious music conservatory in the country—and for good reason.

What is the easiest school to get into? ›

Easiest Colleges to Get Into 2022
  1. Adams State University. Location: Alamosa, Colorado.
  2. University of Texas at El Paso. Location: El Paso, Texas. ...
  3. Eastern Washington University. ...
  4. Dickinson State University. ...
  5. Presentation College. ...
  6. Eastern Oregon University. ...
  7. Wright State University. ...
  8. Western Kentucky University. ...

What is the hardest degree to get? ›

What are the hardest degree subjects? The hardest degree subjects are Chemistry, Medicine, Architecture, Physics, Biomedical Science, Law, Neuroscience, Fine Arts, Electrical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Economics, Education, Computer Science and Philosophy.

What GPA is required for Harvard? ›

Most students admitted to Harvard have an unweighted GPA of 4.18 or above, so you'll need to have at least a 4.2 to be seriously evaluated. To meet the Harvard requirements, you'll have to score primarily A's on your high school courses.

Is Curtis harder to get into than Juilliard? ›

Re: Juilliard VS Curtis

Curtis is a few leagues ahead of Julliard (or any other music school), but getting in is that much more difficult.

Why is Curtis Institute of Music so cheap? ›

Curtis makes an investment in each student so that no tuition is charged for their studies. As a result, artistic promise is the only consideration for admission.

How hard is it to get into Curtis? ›

As a specialized music institution, Curtis is a very selective institution with an acceptance rate of just over 5%. Applicants must submit an application, with SAT or ACT scores, and a high school transcript. After their application is accepted, students must schedule a live audition with the institution.

What is the highest paying job in the music industry? ›

The highest-paying music jobs
  • Music director. ...
  • Music teacher. ...
  • Music therapist. ...
  • Artist manager. ...
  • Music professor. Average base pay: $56,481 per year. ...
  • Music producer. Average base pay: $74,627 per year. ...
  • Choreographer. Average base pay: $83,046 per year. ...
  • Band manager. Average base pay: $103,124 per year.
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Is a music degree hard? ›

We're not going to lie to you, being a music major is a lot of hard work. However, it's the best kind of hard work because it's incredibly rewarding! Sometimes all we need is a little preparation in order to excel, so we wanted to give you six things to expect as a music major and how you can be ready for them.

Do music majors make money? ›

The salaries of Music Majors in the US range from $10,028 to $241,414 , with a median salary of $43,825 .

What university is known for music? ›

The Best University Music Programs in the US
1Jacobs School of MusicIndiana University—Bloomington
2Peabody InstituteJohns Hopkins University
3School of Music, Theatre, and DanceUniversity of Michigan—Ann Arbor
4Yale University
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What is the #1 university in the world? ›

1. Harvard University. Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S.

Is Harvard or Berkeley better? ›

Public universities did much better than in traditional rankings. UC Berkeley rose to the top spot, the first time this honor has gone to a public school. Seven public universities landed in the top 25, while Harvard fell to seventh place.

Is Berkeley better than UCLA? ›

Which is better out of the two universities – UCLA vs UCB? UCB has more academic prestige but UCLA is known to be better at sports and has more students. UCLA is ranked as the top known public university and UCB is the second best.

What GPA do you need for UC Berkeley? ›

GPA Minimum

Although there is no minimum GPA requirement for applying to the major, the most successful applicants have a prerequisite GPA above 2.75. If you have further questions, contact our Berkeley Public Health undergraduate academic advisor.

Is Berkeley School of Music hard to get into? ›

The acceptance rate at Berklee College of Music is 51.4%.

For every 100 applicants, 51 are admitted. This means the school is moderately selective. The school expects you to meet their requirements for GPA and SAT/ACT scores, but they're more flexible than other schools.

Is Berklee and Berkeley the same? ›

Berklee is not UC Berkeley — but Twitter didn't care - The Boston Globe.

Are Berklee students happy? ›

In our most recent undergraduate exit survey, Berklee Online received an unprecedented 97% student satisfaction rate. The value of the work we do is reflected in the success and happiness of our students.

Why is Juilliard so famous? ›

Founded in 1905, The Juilliard School is a world leader in performing arts education. The school's mission is to provide the highest caliber of artistic education for gifted musicians, dancers, and actors from around the world so that they may achieve their fullest potential as artists, leaders, and global citizens.

How hard is it to get into Juilliard? ›

Admission to Juilliard is highly competitive, with an overall acceptance rate between five and eight percent.

What is the acceptance rate at Juilliard? ›

What college has a 100 acceptance rate? ›

Colleges with the Highest Acceptance Rates - Top 100
SchoolLocationFall 2021 Acceptance Rate
Academy of Art UniversitySan Francisco, CA100%
Adams State UniversityAlamosa, CO100%
Alliance UniversityNew York, NY100%
Baptist College of FloridaGraceville, FL100%
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Is there any college with a 100% acceptance rate? ›

The College of Staten Island — part of the City University of New York System — accepts 100% of applicants. CSI offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate programs in business, education, and health sciences.

What is a hidden Ivy school? ›

The Hidden Ivies include many small colleges, such as Davidson College, Pomona College, Carleton College, and Oberlin College, as well as some large research universities, like Georgetown University, Vanderbilt University, Washington University in St. Louis, and the University of Southern California.

What is the most regretted major? ›

A Federal Reserve Survey has revealed that humanities and arts majors regret their decisions at the highest rate.

Whats the easiest college major? ›

Based on the number of graduates, the average G.P.A. that needs to be maintained, as well as the amount of time the students will have to dedicate to studying, humanities, education, and communication majors are among the easiest online college majors or on-campus majors to pursue.

What are the most stressful majors? ›

10 Most Stressful College Majors
  • Theoretical & Experimental Physics. ...
  • Philosophy. ...
  • Architecture. ...
  • Molecular Biology. ...
  • Electrical Engineering. ...
  • Chemical Engineering. Average studying time per week: 20-24h. ...
  • Medicine & Healthcare. Average studying time per week: 20-25h. ...
  • Law. Average studying time per week: 15-18h.
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What is the highest GPA ever? ›

One student even managed to land a stunning 10.03 GPA by taking 17 advanced classes at a school that awarded bonus points. If the different GPA scales seem a little confusing, check out our guide on how to calculate GPA for a straightforward explanation of weighted and unweighted GPAs.

What is the lowest GPA Harvard has accepted? ›

What is this? But, as always, there are exceptions to the rule. It's possible for Harvard to accept a student with a 3.0 GPA but with a compelling story. Similarly, it's possible for Harvard to reject a student with a 4.0 GPA but with qualities that do not impress the Ivy League's admissions officers.

What Major has the highest GPA? ›

GPAs by Major

Science majors tend to have lower GPAs on average, with chemistry being the major with the lowest average GPA. Meanwhile, education majors earn the highest GPAs on average.

What college has the highest acceptance rate? ›

10 Colleges With the Highest Acceptance Rates
  • Liberty University: 99%
  • Marshall University: 98%
  • University of New Mexico: 97%
  • Kansas State University: 96%
  • University of Maine: 96%
  • North Dakota State University: 95%
  • University of Memphis: 95%
  • University of Utah: 95%
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What college has lowest acceptance rate? ›

Top 100 - Lowest Acceptance Rates
SchoolLocationFall 2021 Acceptance Rate
Princeton UniversityPrinceton, NJ4%
Stanford UniversityStanford, CA4%
Yale UniversityNew Haven, CT5%
Brown UniversityProvidence, RI6%
17 more rows

How many people audition for Curtis yearly? ›

Curtis Institute of Music received 574 undergraduate applications in 2020, which represents a 16.4% annual decline. Out of those 574 applicants, 14 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 2.44% acceptance rate.

Is Berklee vs Juilliard better? ›

In a Juilliard vs Berklee discussion, we must say that Juilliard will win because of its exceptional alumni, as well as its unparalleled programs. Music students are exposed to a wide range of disciplines and inspirations, thanks partly to the fact that its dance, drama and music departments are all in one building.

How is Curtis school of music free? ›

All students at the Curtis Institute of Music receive merit-based, full-tuition scholarships regardless of their financial situation. While full-tuition scholarships cover educational expenses, Curtis offers generous need-based financial aid to cover living expenses, so students graduate free from educational debt.

What is the acceptance rate for Curtis Institute of Music? ›

Which school is better Curtis or Julliard? ›

The faculty at The Curtis Institute of Music is mostly made up of performing artists, which could help out many students. Juilliard and Curtis are both really good schools, but Juilliard is bigger and generally expensive while Curtis is small and free with a stipend, so either school would be a really good backup!

What is the chance of getting into Yale? ›

What is the acceptance rate for Manhattan school of music? ›

How difficult is it to get into Berklee School of Music? ›

The acceptance rate at Berklee College of Music is 51.4%.

For every 100 applicants, 51 are admitted. This means the school is moderately selective. The school expects you to meet their requirements for GPA and SAT/ACT scores, but they're more flexible than other schools.

Why is Juilliard so famous? ›

Founded in 1905, The Juilliard School is a world leader in performing arts education. The school's mission is to provide the highest caliber of artistic education for gifted musicians, dancers, and actors from around the world so that they may achieve their fullest potential as artists, leaders, and global citizens.

How hard is it to get into Juilliard? ›

Admission to Juilliard is highly competitive, with an overall acceptance rate between five and eight percent.

Is the Royal Academy of music hard to get into? ›

The acceptance rate for the Royal Academy of Music is around 10% making the institution difficult to get into. The academy enrols around 860 students per year and prepares them in 22 music disciplines. The bachelors of Music is the most popular course at undergraduate level offered by the academy.

Does everyone get an audition at Berklee? ›

All students who apply to Berklee College of Music's Bachelor of Music program complete an audition and interview for admission and merit-based scholarship awards. Review our audition guidelines for more information on how to prepare.

Do grades matter for music school? ›

Universities with music schools attached are unique from independent music schools in that, generally speaking, they do care about the students having a competitive GPA. Keep in mind that while this is not always the case, it is in the case of many university-based programs.

What College has the lowest acceptance rate? ›

Top 100 - Lowest Acceptance Rates
SchoolLocationFall 2021 Acceptance Rate
Princeton UniversityPrinceton, NJ4%
Stanford UniversityStanford, CA4%
Yale UniversityNew Haven, CT5%
Brown UniversityProvidence, RI6%
17 more rows

What GPA is required for Juilliard? ›

Undergraduate students must maintain a semester and cumulative 1.70 GPA during their first year of study, and a 2.00 GPA for subsequent years. Graduate students must maintain a minimum 2.70 GPA throughout their entire program.

Is Juilliard an Ivy League? ›

Its members are Brown University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Harvard University, Princeton University, the University of Pennsylvania, and Yale University.

How much does it cost to audition for Juilliard? ›

The $110 application fee is nonrefundable and must be paid through your application status page upon submission of your application.

Did Lady Gaga go to Juilliard? ›

Now known as Lady Gaga (the inspiration for her name came from the Queen song "Radio Ga-Ga"), she has become an international pop star. Gaga learned to play the piano by the age of 4. At the age of 11, she was accepted to the Juilliard School in Manhattan, but instead attended a private Catholic school in the city.

How many times can you audition for Juilliard? ›

15. How many times may I apply? The maximum number of application attempts is four. For example, an actor could apply twice as a BFA applicant and then return after completing an undergraduate degree to apply twice as an MFA applicant.

What GPA is required for Harvard? ›

Most students admitted to Harvard have an unweighted GPA of 4.18 or above, so you'll need to have at least a 4.2 to be seriously evaluated. To meet the Harvard requirements, you'll have to score primarily A's on your high school courses.

Which is better Royal College of Music or Royal Academy of Music? ›

The Royal College of Music came second only to the Juilliard School in New York. The UK performed well overall in the rankings, with the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland coming in just behind the Royal College of Music, followed by the Royal Academy of Music.

What is the #1 University in the world? ›

1. Harvard University. Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S.

What grades do you need to get into the Royal Academy of Music? ›

Grades are not a specific requirement to be on the jazz course, but the general instrumental entry level tends to be Grade 6 or 7 and above, with a good level of aural ability, rhythmic internal groove, sight-reading skills and playing in an ensemble.


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