Charleston has a total population of 21,039 and a student population of 11,966. Of these students, 11,966 are enrolled in schools that offer music programs.
The largest music school in Charleston, by student population, is Eastern Illinois University. In 2010, Eastern Illinois University graduated approximately 23 students from its music program.
A total of 23 students graduated with credentials in music from music schools in Charleston in 2010. Tuition in 2009 at Charleston's music schools was $19,877 per year for instate students and $34,217 per year for out of state students.
You should also anticipate spending about $120 for music related books and supplies every year. And if you live on campus, you will face an additional expense of $8,078 per year, on average, for room and board at Charleston-based music schools. Students who live at home can cut this cost down to approximately $0.
Many music graduates choose to work as musicians after graduation. If you choose to follow that path and remain in Charleston, your job prospects are average. In 2010, of the 810 musicians in Illinois, 50 were working in the greater Charleston area. Charleston's musician workforce is projected to increase by 8% by the year 2018. This projected change is slower than the projected nationwide trend for musicians.
The average salary you can expect to earn as a musician in Charleston is $44,040 per year. This is the same as the state-wide average salary for musicians.