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If music is your passion, love, and reason to be and you want to spend your life creating, producing, or teaching music to others, a degree in Music may be the perfect fit.

Types of Degrees

Music students can pursue an associate degree (2 years), bachelor's degree (4 years), master's degree (6-7 years), or doctorate degree (8+ years). In this field, the level of education required is determined by the career one desires. For example, a bachelor's degree in music as well as a teaching certification or licensure is usually needed to become a Music Teacher in a public school while a doctorate degree could lead to a Music Professor position at a college or university. Conversely, no formal education is required to be a Musician/Singer.

Admission Requirements

A high school diploma or equivalent is required, with a strong academic background in music coursework and experience as a musician in a school band or otherwise helping applicants obtain acceptance into their desired school. Each school has its own specific requirements, making it important for you to explore several options before settling on a particular school.

Career Opportunities After Earning A Music Degree

The range of career opportunities available to someone with a degree in Music include:

  • Musician/Singer
  • Director/Composer
  • Art, Drama, and Music Teacher, Postsecondary
  • Information based on national data, not school-specific information. Conditions in your area may vary.

Post Graduate Salary Information

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the hourly pay for Musicians and Singers was $30.39 in 2019 (1) while Music Directors and Composers earned a median salary of $51,670 in 2019. (2)

Note that the average salary varies widely not only depending on career chosen, but on geographical location and employer. Conditions in your area may vary.


  1. Bureau of Labor Statistics
  2. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Careers associated with these educational opportunities often require additional degrees and certifications not offered as part of the educational opportunities presented by this website.

Information based on national data, not school-specific information. Conditions in your area may vary.