Nov 30, 2021  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
2021-2022 Undergraduate Academic Catalog

Contemporary Music Industry, BA

College Arts and Sciences
Academic Awards Bachelor of Arts
Credits Required 125 semester credits
Faculty Lead Steve Smith
Majors Contemporary Music Industry
CIP Code 50.0999

The Music Majors are designed to prepare students for careers in music. A general Bachelor of Arts in Music is also available to students who wish to explore the area of music without committing to a specific vocational objective.

The Music department offers majors which prepare students to enter a variety of careers relating to musical arts. These majors include general music, music ministry, music education and contemporary music industry.

Bachelor of Arts in Music

The general Music degree prepares students broadly in the field of music. Music as a discipline encourages the development of analytic skills, and the ability to create through the synthesis of theory and technique. These skills will apply to a variety of occupations, depending on the creativity of the graduate. Graduates will be prepared to enter graduate programs in musicology, sacred music, and others, or to apply their musical skill and knowledge in a variety of professional settings.

Graduates with a degree in Music will be able to:

  1. Evaluate musical genres based upon their stylistic characteristics.
  2. Create music utilizing an undergraduate proficiency level of music theory.
  3. Translate notes into sound, and sound into notes utilizing ear training.
  4. Integrate the study of music and the Christian faith.

Bachelor of Arts in Contemporary Music Industry

The Contemporary Music Industry degree builds on the general music knowledge and skills for all majors in the department to specifically prepare students to use technology to produce and record musical performances. Students will choose between a track focusing on the role of a producer of musical performance, or of a recording engineer in refining and reproducing quality musical products for a commercial market. Students may also choose to apply these skills in producing quality worship and performance experiences in the Church. The Christian value system and perspective, particularly as it relates to the modern recording/performance environment and the music industry, will be integrated throughout the academic program.

In addition to the outcomes for the BA in Music, graduates with a degree in Contemporary Music Industry will be able to:

Producer Track

  1. Create a live musical event or a recording project.

Recording Technology Track

  1. Apply recording technology in the production of a live musical event or recording project which meets industry standard.

Core Curriculum Requirements: 60

Humanities: 9

6 credits in this area must be from Writing Practice courses* (see Course Descriptions    for applicability)

  • ENGL xxx3 Any Literature course 3 credits
  • HIST   xxx3 Any Course in History 3 credits
  • 3 additional credits selected from the following 3 credits
    • Art (ARTE), Bible (BIBL), Drama (DRAM), English (ENGL), History (HIST), Language (LANG), Music (MUSI), or Theology (THEO)

Social Sciences: 9

6 credits in this area must be from Writing Practice courses* (see Course Descriptions  for applicability)

  • Select a minimum of two disciplines from the following: 9 credits
    • Business Administration (BUSM), Communication (except COMM 1213), Economics, Education (EDUC), Geography (GEOG), Health & Fitness (PEDU), Information Technology (INTC), Management (BMGT), Marketing (BMKT), Philosophy (PHIL), Political Science (PSCI), Psychology (PSYC), Sociology/Anthropology (SOCI), or User Experience Design (UXDE)

Science and Mathematics: 7

  • MATH xxxx - College-level Mathematics 3 credits
  • SCIE xxxx - Science course with Lab 4 credits

Formation and Calling: 6

Professional Readiness: 2

Two Core Curriculum elective credits are required to be Career Readiness credits. These credits can be earned by taking a combination of Career Readiness Courses and introductory internship and/or job shadowing experiences. 

  • This two-credit requirement is waived for students who transfer 60 or more credits to NU
  • Students with 47-59 transfer credits are required to take one Career Readiness credit

Core Electives: 6

Select any college-level courses

Pre-Major Requirements: 0-2

Pre-Major requirements may be applied to the Humanities Core Curriculum or General Electives. 

Students who successfully pass the music placement exam will be exempt from this requirement. 

  • Piano Proficiency 0-2 credits

All music majors must demonstrate a basic level of proficiency on the piano. Student may demonstrate proficiency by passing a piano proficiency exam administered by the piano faculty or by successfully completing two credits of applied piano lessons. (Lessons for piano proficiency cannot be used to meet the private music lesson requirement for the major.)

Music Major: 57-60

Music Core: 16

Music History Elective: 3

Select 3 credits from the following:

Ensemble Requirements: 2

Ensemble courses must be passed with a minimum grade of C to satisfy degree requirements. Although only 2 ensemble credits are required for graduation, music majors are expected to take one ensemble each semester.

Select 2 credits from the following:

Private Music Lessons: 3

Students may take (MUPL) applied lessons on one to two instruments

  • MUPL xxxx - Private Music Lessons 3 credits

International Experience: 3

Contemporary Music Industry Tracks: 33-36

Select from one of the following tracks, detailed below

General Electives: 3-8

Total: 125 Semester Credits