Feb 29, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog

Music Production, BA

College Arts and Sciences
Academic Awards Bachelor of Arts
Credits Required 122 semester credits
Faculty Lead Steve Smith
CIP Code 10.0203

The Music Production degree builds on the general music knowledge and skills to specifically prepare students to use technology to produce and record musical performances.

Students will choose between a concentration 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.

Graduates with a degree in Music Production 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. Demonstrate proficiency in music technology.
  5. Interpret, prepare, and perform a variety of musical works through collaboration in musical performance.
  6. Integrate the study of music and the Christian faith.

In addition to these outcomes, graduates 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: 57

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), Exercise Science (EXSC), Geography (GEOG), 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: 3

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 57 or more credits to NU
  • Students with 44-56 transfer credits are required to take one Career Readiness credit

Core Electives: 6

Select any college-level courses

Music Major: 50-53

Music Core: 13

Ensemble Requirements: 2

Students are expected to participate in at least one ensemble each semester, two must be taken for credit.

Select 2 credits from the following:

Private Music Lessons: 2

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

  • MUPL x21x - Any Level Piano Instruciton 1 credit
  • MUPL xxxx - Private Music Lessons 1 credit

Music Production Concentrations: 33-36

Select from one of the following concentrations, detailed below:

  • Producer
  • Recording Arts Technology

General Electives: 12-15

Total: 122 Semester Credits