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Music Schools

As a professor or instructor of music classes at one of the 1,379 accredited music schools in the country, you play a significant role in shaping the education, and, in effect, the future of this growing field. Below are charts, statistics and analysis of the trends in music academia which includes music training at the following levels:

  • Music Certificate
  • Associates degree in Music
  • Bachelors degree in Music
  • Masters degree in Music
  • PhD degree in Music


Professional Trends

National Employment growth for Music professionals

56,070 56,630 56,150 61,590 63,990
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Dark Yellow: Actual Values

In 2010, 63,990 music professionals were working in the US. This number has grown by 14% over the course of the past 4 years.

And the growth for all careers between the years 2006 and 2010 was 1%. Over the next 7 years, this trend is expected to contine.

National Salary percentiles for Music professionals

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25th percentile
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The median yearly salary earned by music professionals, in 2010, was $22,985. This is 61% less than the national median salary for all professions, which was $68,155 per year.

National Median Salary Growth For Music

$19,875 $20,075 $20,635 $22,545 $22,985
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Light Blue: Salaries

Music professionals' salaries have grown by 16% between the years 2006 and 2010.

Educational Trends

National Music Student enrollment growth by degree

2,617 2,520 1,642 1,370 1,295
14,302 14,707 15,286 15,982 14,771
1,021 981 1,112 1,193 1,201
5,182 5,129 5,371 5,668 5,758
2,762 1,891 2,152 1,794 990
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Yellow: Associate's Degree in Music
  • Blue: Bachelor's Degree in Music
  • Red: Doctorates Degree in Music
  • Light blue: Master's Degree in Music
  • Grey: Certificate in Music

The career outlook for music professionals is showing a rapid change. However, on the educational front, the story is quite different. In the US, 25,884 students graduated from music degree programs in 2006. And in 2010, 24,015 students graduated from music schools.

This represents a 7% change in 4 years. The growth nationally for students graduating from institutions of higher learning in general has been 12% from 2006 to 2010. Thus, the decline in the number of students graduating from music courses is less than the change in the number of students graduating in all disciplines in the US.

Music Programs offered Nationwide


While student graduation numbers are down, the number of schools offering music programs has increased. There were 1321 music schools across the country in 2006. And there were 1379 schools in 2010.

Music Faculty Salaries

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