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2023 Music Theory and Composition Cost

There are about 3,660 students enrolled in Music Theory and Composition in the USA.

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Music theory and composition is the 192nd most expensive major in America, with a median cost of $30,615 amongst the top 50 programs (just ahead of #193, Microbiological Sciences and Immunology, with a median cost of $30,605).

The Far West has the most expensive colleges with first-class music theory and composition programs predominantly led by California Institute of the Arts with an annual cost of $50,850. Oregon is the most expensive state for music theory and composition led by Lewis & Clark College.

Public schools with solid programs by and large charge 76.21% less than private schools for in-state students. However, when looking at out-of-state tuition, the median top 50 Public school charges 40.07% less than your average private school. So, if you're applying to a state school, make sure you qualify for in-state tuition as soon as possible.

The most expensive option in the top 25 is University of Southern California, which is the 14th most expensive college in the US. The most affordable option in the top 100 is Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico. It costs just $3,000 per year, and it is ranked 21st for its music theory and composition program. Another more affordable pick would be #14, SUNY at Purchase College in Westchester County, NY with a cost of $7,070 for in-state students and $16,980 for out-of-state students.

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