||Arts and Sciences
||Bachelor of Arts, Music Minor
||122 semester credits
The Music Major is designed to prepare students for careers in music and/or graduate studies.
The Music department offers majors which prepare students to enter a variety of careers relating to musical arts. These majors include preparation for a career in music education, music performance, music technology, or contemporary music industry.
Bachelor of Arts in Music
The Music degree prepares students for graduate programs in music and/or a career in a specific musical field. Students will choose a musical concentration of either music performance, music technology, or preparation for a career in music education. Music as a discipline encourages the growth of excellence in performance, development of analytical skills, and creativity through the combination of theory and technique. Graduates will be prepared to enter graduate programs or apply their musical skill and knowledge in a professional setting.
Graduates with a degree in Music will be able to:
- Evaluate musical genres based upon their stylistic characteristics.
- Create music utilizing an undergraduate proficiency level of music theory.
- Translate notes into sound, and sound into notes utilizing ear training.
- Demonstrate proficiency in music technology.
- Interpret, prepare, and perform a variety of musical works through collaboration in musical performance.
- Integrate the study of music and the Christian faith.
In addition to the above outcomes, students will be able to:
Music Education Preparatory Concentration:
- Meet the state competencies for certified music educators.
- Enter NU’s MIT program to complete teacher certification and Master’s degree.
Music Technology Concentration:
- Further understand music technology and creating with recording equipment and digital audio workstations.
Music Performance Concentration:
- Achieve professional competency on a primary instrument through focused performance study and experience.
Students pursuing the Music Performance track will have their progress and potential assessed at the end of the sophomore year (or upon entry as an AA carrying transfer student). The student must perform two works of varying styles or musical eras, no longer than 15 minutes total. Assessments are made by the music faculty via a performance jury. Outcomes are pass/fail; students who fail a jury will be allowed a second attempt at the beginning of their junior year (or second semester as an AA carrying transfer student). Students who fail two attempts will not be allowed to continue in the Music Performance track.