West Chester has a total population of 17,861 and a student population of 14,211. Of these students, 14,211 are enrolled in schools that offer music programs.
The largest music school in West Chester, by student population, is West Chester University of Pennsylvania. In 2010, West Chester University of Pennsylvania graduated approximately 81 students from its music program.
A reported 116 students graduated with credentials in music in West Chester in 2010. If you decide to attend one of West Chester's music schools, you can expect to pay an average of $19,967 per year in instate tuition and $28,299 per year in out of state tuition.
In addition to tuition costs, you should plan on spending an average of $1,320 for books and supplies each year, while enrolled in a music program in West Chester. And if you live on campus at one of the West Chester-based music schools, you will have an added expense of $7,214 per year, on average, for room and board. Students who live at home can cut this cost down to approximately $12,939.
If you decide to work as a musician in West Chester, your job prospects are not very good. In 2010, 1 out of every 2 musicians in Pennsylvania were working in the greater West Chester area. The government projects that the number of musicians in West Chester will decrease by -4% by the year 2018. This projected change is slower than the projected nationwide trend for musicians.