Department of Music

Welcome to the North Central College Department of Music! The Department of Music at North Central College has rigorous degree programs in Music (Liberal Arts Track), Music Performance, Music Education (Choral or Instrumental Tracks), or Jazz Studies, as well as active performing programs with more than twenty ensembles. Regardless of your academic major, all students can participate in our ensembles, private lesson studios, and classes.

2022-2023 MUSIC DEPARTMENT GUIDEBOOK 
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We offer the Bachelor of Arts degree with majors in five areas:

  • Music (liberal arts emphasis)
  • Music Education (choral or instrumental emphasis)
  • Music Performance (Instrumental, Vocal, Piano, and Composition)
  • Jazz Studies
  • Music Minor

 

 

 

The Music Education major (choral emphasis) offers these benefits:

  • K-12 Illinois teacher certification in music
  • Equivalent of two years of practice teaching experience
  • Completed degree program in four years
  • Nearly 100 percent job placement for graduates over  10 years
  • Approximately 40 majors in music education (choral and instrumental)
  • Faculty with public school teaching experience, including those currently teaching in the schools

Music Education scholarships available upon interview with the coordinator of music education.
Program of study includes courses in music theory, aural skills, arranging and orchestration, conducting, music literature and history, lessons and ensembles, vocal pedagogy and techniques, and elementary, middle school, and high school methods.

Other requirements include:

  • instrumental techniques (choose one from woodwinds, brass, strings, percussion)
  • applied voice lessons every term except during student teaching
  • junior recital 
  • applied piano lessons until Comprehensive Musicianship Exam is passed (usually at the end of the junior year) 
  • participation in Concert Choir, Women’s Chorale, or Cardinal Chorus every term except during student teaching 
  • successful completion of Piano Proficiency and Comprehensive Musicianship Exams
  • successful completion of 11 terms of recital attendance (prorated for transfers)

A Secondary Education minor includes general middle/high school methods (50 clinical hours in schools); elementary music methods (40 clinical hours); and secondary music methods (40 clinical hours). Your student teaching requirement is completed in one term.

The Music Education major (instrumental emphasis) offers these benefits: 

  • K-12 Illinois teacher certification in music 
  • Equivalent of two years of practice teaching experience
  • Completed degree program in four years
  • Nearly 100 percent job placement for graduates over the past 10 years
  • Approximately 40 majors in music education (choral and instrumental)
  • Faculty with public school teaching experience, including those currently teaching in the schools
  • Music education scholarships available upon interview with coordinator of music education

Program of study includes courses in music theory, aural skills, arranging and orchestration, conducting, music literature and history, lessons and ensembles, woodwind, brass, string and percussion techniques, and elementary, middle school, and high school methods.

Other requirements include:

  • applied instrumental lessons every term except during student teaching
  • a junior recital
  • applied piano lessons until Piano Proficiency Exam is passed (usually at the end of the sophomore year) participation in Concert Winds every term except during student teaching
  • successful completion of Piano Proficiency and Comprehensive Musicianship Exams
  • completion of 11 terms of recital attendance (prorated for transfers)

A secondary education minor includes general middle/high school methods (50 clinical hours in schools); elementary music methods (40 clinical hours); and secondary music methods (40 clinical hours). Your student teaching requirement is completed in one term.

Our Jazz Studies major prepares you for the real life of the performing jazz artist. 
The Jazz Studies major offers these benefits: 

  • Emphasis on solo and small group performance, and jazz improvisation
  • Completed degree program in four years
  • Faculty with international jazz performance and teaching experience, including Blujazz recording artist Janice Borla and Premonition recording artist John McLean
  • Performance scholarships available upon audition with jazz faculty
  • Program of study includes courses in music theory and aural skills, lessons and ensembles, jazz improvisation, jazz harmony and jazz history.    

 

Our music major allows you to focus on performance or a combination of music and another area, such as business, to meet your career goals.

NOTE: This page contains all of the regular course descriptions for this discipline or program. Academic credit for each course is noted in parenthesis after the course title. Prerequisites (if any) and the general education requirements, both Core and All-College Requirements (ACRs), which each course fulfills (if any) are noted following each course description. Not all courses are offered every year. Check Merlin, our searchable course schedule, to see which courses are being offered in upcoming terms.

 

Music, B.A.

The B.A. in music is designed for the student interested in obtaining a wide range of musical experiences without focusing on performance or music education. The concentration includes a global perspective and technological perspective with an emphasis on research and writing.  

For additional programs and courses in this department, see Music.

Core Music Courses

One of the following:

Capstone

Additional Requirements

  • Language (in addition to the B.A. Degree Requirements) or Music Internship
  • Completion of Study Abroad, Study Away, Chicago Semester or other approved Experiential Learning Opportunity
  • Completion of requisite number of concert attendance. Six concerts per semester while enrolled as a music major, unless student teaching or studying abroad. See department guidebook for additional details.
  • Private piano lessons with NCC faculty until successful completion of the Piano Proficiency Exam.

Students must demonstrate elementary competence in a foreign language. For more information, see the B.A. Degree Requirements within the Academic Regulations section of this catalog.

Music Education, Choral Track, B.M.E.

Music Education is the largest music degree program at North Central College, with approximately 60 majors. Students in Music Education complete core music requirements in theory/musicianship, music literature/history, conducting, methods/pedagogy and private study/ensembles, along with a comprehensive set of courses and clinical experiences in education. Music Education majors also have numerous opportunities for leadership through the student chapter of NAfME (the field's leading professional organization) and in ensembles, productions and special programs.

For additional programs and courses in this department, see Music.

Core Music Courses

Music Education Courses

Education Courses

Choral Courses

Additional Requirements

  • Completion of requisite number of concert attendance. Six concerts per semester while enrolled as a music major, unless student teaching or studying abroad. See department guidebook for additional details.
  • Private piano lessons with NCC faculty until successful completion of the Piano Proficiency Exam.
  • Private vocal study with NCC faculty each semester in the program. Students must register for credit unless they have already reached the 18 credit hour limit.
  • Large ensemble participation on primary instrument/voice each semester in the program. Students must register for credit unless they have already reached the 18 credit hour limit.
  • Junior year recital
  • Successful completion of the Comprehensive Musicianship Exam

The Department of Education has established the following Progression Points as ways for department faculty to ensure students are undertaking experiences needed to prepare them for the profession of teaching. Each checklist is designed to be met by teacher candidates at important points along their journey to becoming a teacher. Once all experiences of a Progression Point are met, a teacher candidate is ready to move forward in the program.

Progression Point 1: Admission to the Teacher Education Program

Course Requirements:

  • Complete MUED 201 and MUED 351 with a grade of C- or above
  • Complete EDUC 291 with a grade of P

GPA Requirements: 

For full admission to the Teacher Education Program:

  • Have earned an overall cumulative GPA of 2.75 or better in all coursework taken at and transferred to North Central College
  • Have earned a GPA of 2.75 or better in Music Ed/Professional Ed (MUED/EDUC) coursework taken for and transferred to NCC
  • Have earned a GPA of 2.50 or better in Music (MUSI) coursework taken for and transferred in to NCC (min. 16 credit hours)

For conditional admission to the Teacher Education Program:

Conditional Admission to the Teacher Education Program allows candidates to progress in their plan of study while taking advantage of systems of support provided by the department to help ensure academic success in the Teacher Education Program.

  • Have earned an overall cumulative GPA of 2.25-2.749 in all coursework taken at and transferred to North Central College
  • Have earned a GPA of 2.25-2.749 in Music Ed/Professional Ed (MUED/EDUC) coursework taken for and transferred in to NCC
  • Have earned a GPA of 2.00-2.50 in Music (MUSI) coursework taken for and transferred in to NCC (min. 16 credit hours)

Evaluation Requirements:

Dispositions:

  • Dispositions survey from candidate's MUED 201 instructor
  • Dispositions survey from full-time music education faculty member (or MUED 351 faculty if no full-time MUED faculty is able to complete the survey)
  • Self-assessment of dispositions at time of application to TEP

Field Experiences:

  • Field Experience Recommendation from MUED 201
  • Mentor Teacher Recommendation from EDUC 291
  • Supervisor Recommendation from EDUC 291
  • Transfer Students Only: Complete EDUC 196 Internship and Field Experience Evaluation if an equivalent of MUED 201 is transferred in to North Central College

Note: Teacher candidates must be admitted to the Teacher Education Program (TEP) to take EDUC courses at the 300- or 400-level.

Progression Point 2: Progression to Student Teaching Residency

Course Requirements:

  • Completion of all music education (MUED and MUSI) and professional education (EDUC) courses for the Music Education major with a grade of C- or better with the exception of EDUC 492, 494, and 496, the Student Teaching Residency course package

GPA Requirements:

For full admission to Student Teaching Residency:

  • Have earned an overall cumulative GPA of 2.75 or greater in all coursework taken at and transferred to North Central College
  • Have earned a GPA of 3.00 or better in all MUED and EDUC coursework taken for and transferred in to the Music Education major
  • Have earned a GPA of 2.50 or better in all MUSI coursework taken for and transferred in to the Music Education major

For conditional admission to Student Teaching Residency:

Conditional Admission to Student Teaching allows candidates to progress to student teaching while taking advantage of systems of support provided by the department to help ensure success.

  • Have earned an overall cumulative GPA of 2.25-2.749 in all coursework taken at and transferred to North Central College
  • Have earned a GPA of 2.50-2.999 in Music Ed/Professional Ed (MUED/EDUC) coursework taken for and transferred in to NCC
  • Have earned a GPA of 2.00-2.499 in Music (MUSI) coursework taken for and transferred in to NCC (min. 16 credit hours)

Recommendation Requirements:

  • Mentor Teacher Recommendations from EDUC 390 and 490
  • Supervisor Recommendations from EDUC 390 and 490
  • Practitioner Interview Recommendation, if assigned
  • Receive a recommendation from the Department of Education for Student Teaching Residency

Additional Requirements:

  • Complete the practice edTPA as required for MUED 453 Performance Music Methods and EDUC 403 HS/MS Assessment of Learning
  • *Earn a passing Score on the appropriate ILTS content test, MUSIC 212

Progression Point 3: Licensure

  • *Pass EDUC 492 Pre-Residency Seminar, EDUC 494 Student Teaching Residency Seminar and EDUC 496 Student Teaching Residency with a grade of C- or better
  • *Earn a passing Score on the edTPA teacher performance assessment
  • *Complete all other necessary requirements to earn a bachelor's degree

* Illinois State Board of Education requirement enforced by North Central College

Music Education, Instrumental Track, B.M.E

Music Education is the largest music degree program at North Central College, with approximately 60 majors. Students in Music Education complete core music requirements in theory/musicianship, music literature/history, conducting, methods/pedagogy and private study/ensembles, along with a comprehensive set of courses and clinical experiences in education. Music Education majors also have numerous opportunities for leadership through the student chapter of NAfME (the field's leading professional organization) and in ensembles, productions and special programs.

For additional programs and courses in this department, see Music.

Core Music Courses

Music Education Courses

Education Courses

Instrumental Courses

Additional Requirements

  • Completion of requisite number of concert attendance. Six concerts per semester while enrolled as a music major, unless student teaching or studying abroad. See department guidebook for additional details.
  • Private piano lessons with NCC faculty until successful completion of the Piano Proficiency Exam.
  • Private primary instrumental lessons with NCC faculty each semester in the program. Students must register for credit unless they have already reached the 18 credit hour limit.
  • Large ensemble participation on primary instrument/voice each semester in the program. Students must register for credit unless they have already reached the 18 credit hour limit.
  • Junior year recital
  • Successful completion of the Comprehensive Musicianship Exam

The Department of Education has established the following Progression Points as ways for department faculty to ensure students are undertaking experiences needed to prepare them for the profession of teaching. Each checklist is designed to be met by teacher candidates at important points along their journey to becoming a teacher. Once all experiences of a Progression Point are met, a teacher candidate is ready to move forward in the program.

Progression Point 1: Admission to the Teacher Education Program

Course Requirements:

  • Complete MUED 201 and MUED 351 with a grade of C- or above
  • Complete EDUC 291 with a grade of P

GPA Requirements: 

For full admission to the Teacher Education Program:

  • Have earned an overall cumulative GPA of 2.75 or better in all coursework taken at and transferred to North Central College
  • Have earned a GPA of 2.75 or better in Music Ed/Professional Ed (MUED/EDUC) coursework taken for and transferred to NCC
  • Have earned a GPA of 2.50 or better in Music (MUSI) coursework taken for and transferred in to NCC (min. 16 credit hours)

For conditional admission to the Teacher Education Program:

Conditional Admission to the Teacher Education Program allows candidates to progress in their plan of study while taking advantage of systems of support provided by the department to help ensure academic success in the Teacher Education Program.

  • Have earned an overall cumulative GPA of 2.25-2.749 in all coursework taken at and transferred to North Central College
  • Have earned a GPA of 2.25-2.749 in Music Ed/Professional Ed (MUED/EDUC) coursework taken for and transferred in to NCC
  • Have earned a GPA of 2.00-2.50 in Music (MUSI) coursework taken for and transferred in to NCC (min. 16 credit hours)

Evaluation Requirements:

Dispositions:

  • Dispositions survey from candidate's MUED 201 instructor
  • Dispositions survey from full-time music education faculty member (or MUED 351 faculty if no full-time MUED faculty is able to complete the survey)
  • Self-assessment of dispositions at time of application to TEP

Field Experiences:

  • Field Experience Recommendation from MUED 201
  • Mentor Teacher Recommendation from EDUC 291
  • Supervisor Recommendation from EDUC 291
  • Transfer Students Only: Complete EDUC 196 Internship and Field Experience Evaluation if an equivalent of MUED 201 is transferred in to North Central College

Note: Teacher candidates must be admitted to the Teacher Education Program (TEP) to take EDUC courses at the 300- or 400-level.

Progression Point 2: Progression to Student Teaching Residency

Course Requirements:

  • Completion of all music education (MUED and MUSI) and professional education (EDUC) courses for the Music Education major with a grade of C- or better with the exception of EDUC 492, 494, and 496, the Student Teaching Residency course package

GPA Requirements:

For full admission to Student Teaching Residency:

  • Have earned an overall cumulative GPA of 2.75 or greater in all coursework taken at and transferred to North Central College
  • Have earned a GPA of 3.00 or better in all MUED and EDUC coursework taken for and transferred in to the Music Education major
  • Have earned a GPA of 2.50 or better in all MUSI coursework taken for and transferred in to the Music Education major

For conditional admission to Student Teaching Residency:

Conditional Admission to Student Teaching allows candidates to progress to student teaching while taking advantage of systems of support provided by the department to help ensure success.

  • Have earned an overall cumulative GPA of 2.25-2.749 in all coursework taken at and transferred to North Central College
  • Have earned a GPA of 2.50-2.999 in Music Ed/Professional Ed (MUED/EDUC) coursework taken for and transferred in to NCC
  • Have earned a GPA of 2.00-2.499 in Music (MUSI) coursework taken for and transferred in to NCC (min. 16 credit hours)

Recommendation Requirements:

  • Mentor Teacher Recommendations from EDUC 390 and 490
  • Supervisor Recommendations from EDUC 390 and 490
  • Practitioner Interview Recommendation, if assigned
  • Receive a recommendation from the Department of Education for Student Teaching Residency

Additional Requirements:

  • Complete the practice edTPA as required for MUED 453 Performance Music Methods and EDUC 403 HS/MS Assessment of Learning
  • *Earn a passing Score on the appropriate ILTS content test, MUSIC 212

Progression Point 3: Licensure

  • *Pass EDUC 492 Pre-Residency Seminar, EDUC 494 Student Teaching Residency Seminar and EDUC 496 Student Teaching Residency with a grade of C- or better
  • *Earn a passing Score on the edTPA teacher performance assessment
  • *Complete all other necessary requirements to earn a bachelor's degree

* Illinois State Board of Education requirement enforced by North Central College

Music Performance, Composition Track, B.A.

The Music performance track is designed for students who wish to pursue careers as performers, private studio teachers or composers; and for students planning to go to graduate school in related areas. Music Performance majors are required to take a rigorous core of music theory, history, techniques/pedagogy and applied lessons on their primary instrument or voice. Students are required to be in a large ensemble performing on their major instrument/voice every semester (except for piano). Entrance into the music performance track is determined by audition with the music department.

For additional programs and courses in this department, see Music.

Core Music Courses

One of the following:

Composition Track Courses

Applied Composition Lessons

Eight credit hours from the following:

Applied Piano Lessons/Piano Proficiency

Private Piano lessons with NCC faculty until successful completion of the Piano Proficiency Exam (or Jazz Piano Proficiency Exam for Jazz Studies Majors).

Additional Requirements

  • Completion of requisite number of concert attendance. Six concerts per semester while enrolled as a music major, unless student teaching or studying abroad. See department guidebook for additional details.
  • Complete the Junior and Senior full recital. (Composition majors may opt for an instrumental or vocal Junior recital.
  • Successful completion of the entrance and continuation auditions.

Note:

*Students must consult the North Central College catalog for other degree requirements.

Students must demonstrate elementary competence in a foreign language. For more information, see the B.A. Degree Requirements within the Academic Regulations section of this catalog.

Music Performance, Instrumental Track, B.A.

The Music performance track is designed for students who wish to pursue careers as performers, private studio teachers or composers; and for students planning to go to graduate school in related areas. Music Performance majors are required to take a rigorous core of music theory, history, techniques/pedagogy and applied lessons on their primary instrument or voice. Students are required to be in a large ensemble performing on their major instrument/voice every semester (except for piano). Entrance into the music performance track is determined by audition with the music department.

For additional programs and courses in this department, see Music.

Core Music Courses

One of the following:

Instrumental Track Courses

Applied Instrumental Lessons

Eight credit hours of instrumental lessons of your choice

Applied Piano Lessons/Piano Proficiency

Private Piano lessons with NCC faculty until successful completion of the Piano Proficiency Exam (or Jazz Piano Proficiency Exam for Jazz Studies Majors).

Additional Requirements

  • Completion of requisite number of concert attendance. Six concerts per semester while enrolled as a music major, unless student teaching or studying abroad. See department guidebook for additional details.
  • Complete the Junior and Senior full recital. (Composition majors may opt for an instrumental or vocal Junior recital.
  • Ensemble participation required each semester. Students must register for credit unless they have already reached the 18 credit hour limit.
  • Successful completion of the entrance and continuation auditions.

Note:

*Students must consult the North Central College catalog for other degree requirements.

Students must demonstrate elementary competence in a foreign language. For more information, see the B.A. Degree Requirements within the Academic Regulations section of this catalog.

Music Performance, Piano Track, B.A.

The Music performance track is designed for students who wish to pursue careers as performers, private studio teachers or composers; and for students planning to go to graduate school in related areas. Music Performance majors are required to take a rigorous core of music theory, history, techniques/pedagogy and applied lessons on their primary instrument or voice. Students are required to be in a large ensemble performing on their major instrument/voice every semester (except for piano). Entrance into the music performance track is determined by audition with the music department.

For additional programs and courses in this department, see Music.

Core Music Courses

One of the following:

Piano Track Courses

Applied Piano Lessons

Eight credit hours from the following:

Additional Requirements

  • Completion of requisite number of concert attendance. Six concerts per semester while enrolled as a music major, unless student teaching or studying abroad. See department guidebook for additional details.
  • Complete the Junior and Senior full recital.
  • Successful completion of the entrance and continuation auditions.

Note:

*Students must consult the North Central College catalog for other degree requirements.

Students must demonstrate elementary competence in a foreign language. For more information, see the B.A. Degree Requirements within the Academic Regulations section of this catalog.

Music Performance, Vocal Track, B.A.

The Music performance track is designed for students who wish to pursue careers as performers, private studio teachers or composers; and for students planning to go to graduate school in related areas. Music Performance majors are required to take a rigorous core of music theory, history, techniques/pedagogy and applied lessons on their primary instrument or voice. Students are required to be in a large ensemble performing on their major instrument/voice every semester (except for piano). Entrance into the music performance track is determined by audition with the music department.

For additional programs and courses in this department, see Music.

Core Music Courses

One of the following:

Vocal Track Courses

Applied Vocal Lessons

Eight credit hours from the following:

Applied Piano Lessons/Piano Proficiency

Private Piano lessons with NCC faculty until successful completion of the Piano Proficiency Exam (or Jazz Piano Proficiency Exam for Jazz Studies Majors).

Additional Requirements

  • Completion of requisite number of concert attendance. Six concerts per semester while enrolled as a music major, unless student teaching or studying abroad. See department guidebook for additional details.
  • Complete the Junior and Senior full recital. (Composition majors may opt for an instrumental or vocal Junior recital.
  • Ensemble participation required each semester. Students must register for credit unless they have already reached the 18 credit hour limit.
  • Successful completion of the entrance and continuation auditions.

Note:

*Students must consult the North Central College catalog for other degree requirements.

Students must demonstrate elementary competence in a foreign language. For more information, see the B.A. Degree Requirements within the Academic Regulations section of this catalog.

Jazz Studies, B.A.

The Jazz Studies track is designed for students who wish to pursue careers as jazz performers, arrangers, composers or jazz educators and for students planning to go to graduate school in related areas. Jazz majors are required to take a rigorous core of jazz harmony and aural skills, jazz improvisation, jazz history and jazz arranging and composition courses.  Each semester in the program, students will take applied studio lessons on their primary instrument/voice, as well as participate in a jazz combo and a large ensemble, performing on that instrument. They will also take applied jazz piano lessons until completion of the Jazz Piano Proficiency Examination.  Their program of study culminates with the presentation of their Senior Jazz Concert.

Entrance into the Jazz Studies performance track is determined by audition with the jazz faculty.

For additional programs and courses in this department, see Music.

Core Music Courses

Jazz Courses

Applied Jazz Lessons

  • Applied Jazz lessons on primary instrument/voice each semester
  • Applied Jazz Piano lessons until completion of the Jazz Piano Proficiency Examination

Additional Requirements

  • Completion of requisite number of concert attendance. Six concerts per semester while enrolled as a music major, unless student teaching or studying abroad. See department guidebook for additional details.
  • Private piano lessons with NCC faculty until successful completion of the Piano Proficiency Exam (or Jazz Piano Proficiency Exam for Jazz Studies Majors).
  • Complete the Senior Jazz Project/Concert.
  • Ensemble participation required each semester. Students must register in order to be eligible to participate in ensembles.  Students must register for credit unless they have already reached the 18 credit hour limit.

Note:

*Students must consult the North Central College catalog for other degree requirements.

Students must demonstrate elementary competence in a foreign language. For more information, see the B.A. Degree Requirements within the Academic Regulations section of this catalog.

Music Minor

For additional programs and courses in this department, see Music.

A minimum of 22 credit hours, including:

Elective

One of the following:

Applied Lessons

Four semesters of Applied Lessons (MUAL) totaling a minimum of two credit hours.

Additional Requirements

  • Completion of requisite number of concert attendance. Three concerts per semester while enrolled as a music minor, unless student teaching or studying abroad. See department guidebook for additional details.
  • Students must register in order to be eligible to participate in ensembles.  Students must register for credit unless they have already reached the 18.0 credit limit.

 

Audition Days are designed to give you a comprehensive picture of the department, faculty, and programs as well as the opportunity to audition for scholarships in one or more areas. Students are expected to attend all elements of the Audition Day and prospective music majors must indicate their intent in advance with your Admission counselor and on the information sheet you will receive when you arrive that day. Parents or guardians are encouraged to attend all portions of the Audition Day (except for the audition itself) with your student!


Audition Days

In-Person Audition Dates

  • Friday, November 11, 2022
  • Monday, January 16, 2023
  • Saturday, March 4, 2023

To register for an Audition Day, contact the Admissions Office via the link or by phone at 630.637.5800.

If you are unable to attend any of the above dates, our faculty will be happy to arrange a time that works for you.

 

What should I prepare for my audition?

 

For Vocal & Choral Scholarships
To audition for a vocal or choral scholarship, you will need:

  • To prepare two memorized art songs (no "pop" songs will be accepted). One must be in English, the other in a foreign language. An accompanist will be provided or you may bring your own. No accompaniment tapes accepted. 
  • To sight-read a short excerpt.
  • Two letters of recommendation from music professionals who know you and your musical background (your choral director, private voice teacher, church choir director, etc.)

 

For Concert Band Scholarships:

Wind Instruments

Music Majors must prepare:

  • All major scales (one octave) and a 2-octave chromatic scale appropriate for your instrument's range
  • One lyrical (slower/legato) etude or solo excerpt. This etude or solo excerpt should be around 32 measures in length.
  • One technical (faster/articulate) etude or solo excerpt. This etude or solo excerpt should be around 32 measures in length.

Non-Music Majors must prepare:

  • Concert B flat, E flat, F, G, and C major scales (one octave)
  • One lyrical (slower/legato) etude or solo excerpt. This etude or solo excerpt should be around 32 measures in length.
  • One technical (faster/articulate) etude or solo excerpt. This etude or solo excerpt should be around 32 measures in length.

Percussion

Music Majors must prepare:

  • All major scales (one octave) on a mallet instrument (xylophone, vibraphone, or marimba)
  • One snare solo excerpt around 32 measures in length
  • One mallet solo or etude around 32 measures in length
  • Optional: a timpani solo around 32 measures in length

Non-Music Majors must prepare:

  • Concert B flat, E flat, F, G, and C major scales (one octave) on a mallet instrument (xylophone, vibraphone, or marimba)
  • One snare solo excerpt OR one mallet etude or solo excerpt around 32 measures in length.

 

For Athletic Band Scholarships (Marching and/or Basketball Band)

Substantial scholarships are available for student participating in the Cardinal Marching Band and/or the Cardinal Basketball Bands. In order to qualify for a Cardinal Athletic Band Scholarship, students must:

  • Perform a chromatic scale from your lowest comfortable note to your highest comfortable note
  • Perform the NCC Fight Song and Alma Mater for your instrument* (click the links)

*Note- All percussionists will play the snare part for the fight song and the flute part on orchestra bells/glockenspiel for the Alma Mater

  • Complete a short interview with Dr. Kelley after your performance requirements
  • Ensure that two music professionals familiar with you and your musicianship complete the recommendation form (click link) prior to the audition date. Recommendations can be made from band directors, private lessons teachers, church music directors, etc.) 

Once the audition is completed, a scholarship recommendation will be sent to the Office of Financial Aid. When the comprehensive Financial Aid package for the student is complete, a letter will be sent detailing all scholarships offered, including the Cardinal Athletic Band scholarship.

In order to maintain an Athletic Band scholarship, students must:

  • Maintain enrollment and satisfactory attendance and academic performance in the courses (all Cardinal Athletic Bands are courses at North Central College) for which the student is receiving the scholarships.
  • Adhere to the policies stated in the handbook (click the link for the most recent version)

*Scholarship award amount is based on talent level and participation level (students who participate in more athletic bands will be awarded larger scholarships)

For all questions regarding concert or athletic band scholarship auditions, please contact Dr. Sean Kelley


For Jazz Scholarships

To audition for a jazz scholarship, you will need:

  • To demonstrate your basic skills in the following areas
    • Technique (scales, arpeggios, etc.)
    • Improvisation (blues, rhythm changes, etc.)
    • Sight-reading 
  • Two letters of recommendation from music professionals who know you and your musical background (your band director, private instrument teacher, etc.)

    Note: Jazz vocalists should prepare a jazz standard.  Jazz pianists and guitarists should demonstrate the ability to comp over blues and/or rhythm changes; bass players should demonstrate the ability to construct bass lines over the same. Drummers should demonstrate a basic command of styles (medium swing, even eighth, ballad, Latin, etc.)

 

For Orchestra Scholarships (string, wind, percussion)

Scholarships are available for student participating in the Orchestra. In order to qualify for an Orchestra Scholarship, students must prepare:

  • One solo piece of you choice
  • One scale of your choice
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • You may be asked to sight read
  • You may be asked to sight read a simple excerpt

 

For Piano Scholarships 

Scholarships are available for student whose level of playing is similar to a Clementi Sonatina or above.  Students must prepare:

  • Two contrasting pieces from the classical repertoire, memorization strongly encouraged
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • You may be asked to sight read a simple excerpt

 

For Composition Scholarships

Please provide two letters of recommendation and prepare a portfolio of at least one and no more than three of the following:

  • Scores for original compositions for solo instrument, voice, and/or piano
  • Scores for original compositions for chamber ensemble, choir, orchestra or concert band
  • Arrangements for chamber ensemble, choir, orchestra or concert band
  • Audio and/or video recordings of original work
  • Multimedia work

 

 

Full-Time Faculty


Applied Faculty

Jazz

Mitch Paliga - Jazz Saxophone

Art Davis - Jazz Trumpet

Tim Coffman - Jazz Trombone, Coordinator of Jazz Studies

Juan Pastor - Jazz Drum Set

John McLean - Jazz Guitar

Brad Stirtz - Jazz Vibraphone

Chris White - Jazz Piano
 

Voice

Jennifer Barrett - Voice

Henry Pleas - Voice

Angela Presutti Korbitz - Voice

Victoria VerHoven - Voice
 

Winds and Percussion

Ellen Huntington - Flute

Tricia Wlazlo - Oboe

Kimberlie Visconti Richter - Bassoon, Assistant Coordinator of Winds and Percussion

Lawrence Van Oyen - Saxophone, Coordinator of Winds and Percussion

Dan O'Connell - Horn

Paul Lowry - Trumpet

Ember Miller - Clarinet

Timothy Coffman - Trombone

Joshua Wirt - Euphonium and Tuba

Joe LaPalomento - Percussion
 

Piano

Susan Chou - Piano, Coordinator of Piano Studies

Kathy Christian - Piano

Ann Waldron - Piano

John Warfel - Piano


Strings

Mara Gallagher - Violin and Viola, Coordinator of Strings

Claire Langenberg - Cello

Phillip Serna - Double Bass and Viola da Gamba

Nichole Young - Harp
 

Composition

Jonathon Kirk - Composition, Coordinator of Composition Studies

David Grant - Composition

Sean Kelley - Composition

Dongryul Lee - Composition

 

Conducting

Sean Kelley - Wind Orchestra, Chamber Players, Marching Band, Basketball Bands

Benjamin Nadel - Chamber Orchestra

Lawrence Van Oyen - Concert Winds

Ramona Wis - Concert Choir, Women's Chorale, Chamber Singers

 

Faculty Emeriti

Jeordano S. Martinez
Professor of Music, Emeritus
B.M., Baylor University, 1964; M.M., Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, 1971
jsmartinez@noctrl.edu

Student Teaching Opportunities

Top quality student teaching placements are within minutes of our Naperville campus. Some of the best high school, middle school and elementary school music programs in the state, and even the country, are nearby in DuPage, Will and Kane Counties and serve as sites for our music education majors’ clinical experiences.

Want to work with the director of a successful competitive marching band or with an award-winning innovative general music teacher? Or, how about conducting a choir that's hosting an internationally known composer-in-residence? 

You'll have opportunities like these when we place you in our area schools for your early clinical or senior student teaching experience.  

These are real hands-on teaching experiences, not just “observations” where you mindlessly log hours and take notes. During your junior year, you'll teach at the elementary, middle and high school levels while you take classes to help you develop your teaching skills. 

During your senior year, you'll teach full time for one term at both the elementary/middle school and high school levels. In every clinical, you'll be visited and mentored by a North Central supervisor who will provide input and evaluate and celebrate your progress.

By the time you complete your four years, you'll be well prepared to enter the profession because you will have worked with a wide variety of teachers and programs, and you will have had many opportunities to teach from the podium and in the classroom. You will be ready!  

Job Placements and Graduate School

Is there musical life after North Central? Absolutely! And, we will help you get there.

While you're here, you will develop a network of professionals — from exemplary teachers to working artists — who will help you as you approach graduation and look for a job or apply to graduate school. Our Career Development Center also provides services to you during your senior year, helping you write a top-notch resume and cover letter and learn about job fairs and job openings.

In the past 10 years, we have close to a 100 percent placement rate for our music education graduates. Some are teaching in Colorado or Wisconsin, some in inner-city Chicago, others in the Chicago suburbs. Our grads are working with Second City in Las Vegas, directing community-based music schools as part of church organizations, and working on advanced degrees  most recently at Indiana University, University of Texas at Austin, Boston Conservatory, the New England Conservatory, Northwestern University, University of Denver, Washington University, University of Wisconsin at Madison, Northern Illinois University, University of Kansas, DePaul University, Eastern Illinois University, Western Michigan University, the University of Pittsburgh and North Park University. These include concentrations in music performance, music theory and cognition, music composition, music education, jazz studies, musicology, choral conducting, and music library science.

NAfME (formerly MENC) chapter
Our collegiate chapter of the National Association for Music Education (formerly the Music Educators National Conference (MENC)), the largest organization of professional music educators in the world, is open to all North Central students interested in teaching music. Our chapter has received recognition four times from the national MENC office for “Outstanding Chapter Growth” and was elected to serve as the Host Chapter for the State of Illinois from 2001-2003.

As a member of MENC, you'll receive three different professional journals each month featuring articles and resources of interest to music educators. In addition, our MENC chapter hosts guest performing ensembles, speakers and other events throughout the year and travels to the annual Illinois All-State Conference for performances, sessions and exhibits.  

Internships, Study Abroad and Exchange Programs

North Central College provides numerous opportunities for internships in the arts, including studying music abroad and participating in a unique exchange program with Belmont University in Nashville. Please see the NCC International Programs website for more information.

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