Remember HitClips in elementary school? How about running headphones up our shirts in 400+ lecture halls? Clearly music dominates our lives. After all, what better way to get through the day than by listening to Sum 41’s “In Too Deep” when midterms lay just around the corner or T-Swift’s “Bad Blood” when dealing with major friend drama. Music’s always been there for us, so why not choose a college that lets you see your all-time favorite bands live in some of the best concerts around the country? With legendary venues and music festivals nearby, brag-worthy music programs and music-related career opportunities around every corner, these universities will bring out the inner musician or groupie in you.
8. Ithaca College
Ithaca might not have the same endless supply of resources as New York City, but this college town partners with Ithaca College to deliver IC students a ton of concerts. “We have three different clubs on campus that put shows together—Open Mic Night provided a place for students on campus to perform which is the origin story of a few different local acts, the Student Activities Board holds smaller show with singer/songwriters at least once a month on campus where students can go listen and do homework or just take a break and then there’s the Bureau of Concerts which brings in touring bands of various genres,” said Ithaca College senior Lisa Laffend. “Downtown you could catch a show put on by Ithaca Underground who do several shows a month with an assortment of genres ranging from noise to rap to punk to orchestral strings.” Ithaca Underground is all about supporting local youth artists, so hang around Ithaca College long enough and you may just see someone perform who’s about to hit it big. Gavin DeGraw is an Ithaca alum, so who knows what kind of magical influence he left behind?
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