Ocala, FL (population: 57,520) has sixteen music schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. University of Central Florida, the highest ranked school in this group with a music program, has a total student population of 53,401. It is the 71st highest ranked school in the USA and the 2nd highest in the state of Florida (#1 is University of Miami). To learn more about music programs in Ocala, ratemyprofessors.com has reviews of music professors at University of Central Florida such as Jay Batzner, Kristin Batzner, Laurent Boukobza, Robert Brownlow, David Brunner, and Diane Cardarelli.
Music students from Ocala schools who go on to become musicians, producers, vocalists, guitarists, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 47,260 people working as musicians and singers alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $0.
Ocala lies in Marion county, which is one of the 49 counties in Florida. Overall, the Ocala area has 94,200 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 2% unemployment rate, $17/hr average worker wage, and a $35,760 average annual salary.
Of the 16 music schools with a 100-mile radius of Ocala, only 5 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Full Sail University comes out as the most expensive ($31,663/yr) for music students, with Valencia Community College as the lowest, reported at only $8,153/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Ocala|
|Lake Mary||FL||-||1||18.3465||21||57.5 miles|
|Saint Leo||FL||-||1||24.1963||100||59.5 miles|
|Palm Coast||FL||76,000||0||-||0||61.4 miles|
|Winter Park||FL||-||6||33.3306||155||62.9 miles|
|Daytona Beach||FL||63,815||4||31.0595||184||65.2 miles|
|South Daytona||FL||-||1||30.9321||7||68.0 miles|
|Saint Augustine||FL||-||2||46.0117||74||69.2 miles|
|Orange Park||FL||-||3||22.5405||26||72.2 miles|
|New Port Richey||FL||-||2||22.9424||46||74.6 miles|
|Pinellas Park||FL||46,971||2||19.8178||18||98.5 miles|