Discover all the performance opportunities you've dreamed about, and carve your artistic niche. Discover all the performance opportunities you've dreamed about, and carve your artistic niche. Discover all the performance opportunities you've dreamed about, and carve your artistic niche. Discover all the performance opportunities you've dreamed about, and carve your artistic niche. Discover all the performance opportunities you've dreamed about, and carve your artistic niche.

College of Arts & Sciences

Department of Music

Music

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Why pursue a music degree at North Central College?

At North Central you’ll find a wealth of performance opportunities. Choose from more than 20 instrumental and vocal groups, including large and small ensembles, jazz combos, musical theatre and opera workshops. You’ll perform in a grand concert hall and in more intimate settings. Working closely with professionally active faculty, you’ll receive plenty of one-on-one attention in class and out. In other words, you’ll receive all the tools and opportunities you need to carve your own performance niche.

You can also:

  • Shape your classes, lessons and performances around your particular areas of interest.
  • Enroll in a variety of music and music-related courses, ranging from conducting to composition to music theory, from a wide spectrum of choral and instrumental faculty.
  • Audition for ensemble scholarships.

More department information.

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.

Major Requirements

Core Music Courses

  • MUSI 101 - Music Theory I

    MUSI 101 - Music Theory I

    4.00 credit hours

    Study of basic notation rules, triads, seventh chords, voice leading rules, phrase structure, rhythmic fundamentals, harmonic progressions and rudimentary forms. Standard music literature is studied and analyzed.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUSI 102 - Music Theory II

    MUSI 102 - Music Theory II

    4.00 credit hours

    Continued study of tonal harmony, modulation to closely related keys, rhythm and chromaticism. The analysis and form of standard music literature.

    Prerequisite(s)

    MUSI 101

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUSI 108 - Aural Skills I

    MUSI 108 - Aural Skills I

    2.00 credit hours

    Introduction and development of basic concepts of musicianship including rhythm performance and recognition, sight singing, dictation and ear training.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUSI 156 - The World of Music

    MUSI 156 - The World of Music

    4.00 credit hours

    Introductory course that uses a case studies approach to present various global musics, exploring the relationship of music and sound to social and cultural life in different countries of the world.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Arts, Global Understanding.
    iCon(s)
    Thinking Globally.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUSI 258 - Music Now

    MUSI 258 - Music Now

    4.00 credit hours

    An introduction to the study of music as seen from a variety of disciplinary perspectives--education, composition, performance and ethnographic and historical research. The exploration of music including its production and role in everyday social life.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Humanities.
    iCon(s)
    Being Human.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUSI 285 - Introduction to Music Technology

    MUSI 285 - Introduction to Music Technology

    4.00 credit hours

    An introduction to the theory, applications and techniques of music and audio software. Topics include digital audio workstations, computer music, music notation platforms, music composition and sound design software and methods for music information retrieval.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUSI 301 - Doing Music History

    MUSI 301 - Doing Music History

    4.00 credit hours

    In this course, we will hone research, critical reading, and writing skills as we explore the music of the past. Through a series of case studies, we will examine important musical historical moments as models for our own historical research. Additionally, through intensive listening sessions, we will encountermusical works long considered key to understanding historic music traditions. Throughout, we will investigate questions such as: What are the tools used to create a music history? Do we evaluate the usefulness of historical sources? And, how does knowledge of music's histories inform our contemporary musicianship?

    Prerequisite(s)

    MUSI 258.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUSI 302 - Doing Ethnomusicology

    MUSI 302 - Doing Ethnomusicology

    4.00 credit hours

    In this course, we sharpen our research, critical reading, and writing skills as we explore the music of various global traditions. Through case studies, we examine how world cultures engage with music as models for our own ethnomusicological research. Additionally, through intensive listening sessions, we encounter sounds from diverse global traditions. Throughout, we investigate questions such as: What tools inform us about musical sounds and practices in near and distant places? How do we responsibly engage with the human subjects who inform us about their musical traditions? How does an understanding of diverse global traditions inform our contemporary musicianship?

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUSI 380 - Music As Social Life: The Field of Ethnomusicology

    MUSI 380 - Music As Social Life: The Field of Ethnomusicology

    4.00 credit hours

    Investigates the role of music in human sociability through engagement with ethnographic readings and recordings of global music scenes and practices. Students conduct their own field research to explore hands-on the links between music and politics, religion, sexuality and many other aspects of social life.

    Prerequisite(s)

    One of the following: ANTH 145, ANTH 235 or MUSI 302.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Writing Intensive.
    iCon(s)
    Experiencing Place.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUSI 385 - Computer and Electronic Music

    MUSI 385 - Computer and Electronic Music

    4.00 credit hours

    Concepts and techniques of computer music research, composition and performance. Topics include digital audio signal processing, MIDI, computer programming for music, sound analysis and synthesis, algorithmic processes and various stylistic approaches to making electronic music. Students with advanced programming skills are allowed to focus on software development and those with a stronger interest in musical creation may focus on various software and performance techniques.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Arts.
    iCon(s)
    Innovating the World.

    Schedule Of Classes

One of the following:
  • MUSI 347 - Elements of Instrumental Conducting

    MUSI 347 - Elements of Instrumental Conducting

    4.00 credit hours

    An introductory study of fundamental conducting techniques, principles, leadership and practices for conductors of instrumental ensembles. An experiential, practical approach which includes lecture, reading, writing and student-led collaborative learning activities. Assessments require the student to demonstrate: (1) theoretical understanding and content knowledge through written, oral and conducting assignments; and (2) critical thinking and problem-solving skills through self- and peer-evaluation. The role of the conductor as leader of the ensemble experience is also covered as an introduction to the issue of developing the musical environment.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUSI 348 - Elements of Choral Conducting

    MUSI 348 - Elements of Choral Conducting

    4.00 credit hours

    An introductory study of fundamental conducting techniques, principles and practices for conductors of choral ensembles. An experiential, practical approach which includes lecture, reading, writing and student-led collaborative learning activities. Assessments require the student to demonstrate: 1) theoretical understanding and content knowledge through written, oral and conducting assignments and 2) critical thinking and problem-solving skills through self- and peer-evaluation. The role of the conductor as leader of the ensemble experience is also covered as an introduction to the issue of developing the musical environment.

    Schedule Of Classes

Capstone

Additional Requirements

  • Language (in addition to the B.A. Degree Requirements) or 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 (or Jazz Piano Proficiency Exam for Jazz Studies Majors).

Additional Requirements for the B.A. Degree

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.

Major Requirements

Core Music Courses

  • MUSI 101 - Music Theory I

    MUSI 101 - Music Theory I

    4.00 credit hours

    Study of basic notation rules, triads, seventh chords, voice leading rules, phrase structure, rhythmic fundamentals, harmonic progressions and rudimentary forms. Standard music literature is studied and analyzed.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUSI 102 - Music Theory II

    MUSI 102 - Music Theory II

    4.00 credit hours

    Continued study of tonal harmony, modulation to closely related keys, rhythm and chromaticism. The analysis and form of standard music literature.

    Prerequisite(s)

    MUSI 101

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUSI 108 - Aural Skills I

    MUSI 108 - Aural Skills I

    2.00 credit hours

    Introduction and development of basic concepts of musicianship including rhythm performance and recognition, sight singing, dictation and ear training.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUSI 208 - Aural Skills II

    MUSI 208 - Aural Skills II

    4.00 credit hours

    Intermediate and advanced work in sight singing, ear training, melodic and rhythmic dictation and harmonic dictation.

    Prerequisite(s)

    MUSI 108.

    Schedule Of Classes

Jazz Courses

  • MUSI 260 - Jazz Harmony I

    MUSI 260 - Jazz Harmony I

    4.00 credit hours

    Aural skills as applied to jazz harmony: recognition of triads, chords, chord progressions and idiomatic rhythmic fundamentals using ear training, singing, dictation and transcription.

    Prerequisite(s)

    MUSI 102 and MUSI 108.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUSI 261 - Jazz Harmony II

    MUSI 261 - Jazz Harmony II

    4.00 credit hours

    Music theory as it applies to swing and bebop jazz styles: scale/chord relationships; harmonic notation; sectional song forms; alterations, substitutions and extensions. Stylistic changes that occurred after Bebop: modal and chromatic harmony, polychords, pedal points, free playing and quartal harmony.

    Prerequisite(s)

    MUSI 260.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUSI 281 - Jazz Improvisation I

    MUSI 281 - Jazz Improvisation I

    4.00 credit hours

    Principles of jazz harmony, rhythmic style and melodic development utilized in jazz improvisation. Technical, ear training and improvisation exercises using the major scales, the dorian and mixolydian modes, the blues scales and form, the ii-V-I harmonic progression, the Aeolian and locrian modes and the minor ii-V-I progression. Transcription, analysis and performance of recorded jazz solos to illustrate these principles.

    Prerequisite(s)

    MUSI 261.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUSI 282 - Jazz Improvisation II

    MUSI 282 - Jazz Improvisation II

    4.00 credit hours

    Intermediate and advanced principles of jazz harmony, rhythmic style and melodic development utilized in jazz improvisation. Technical, ear training and improvisation exercises and jazz repertoire utilizing the lydian and phrygian modes, the whole tone scale, harmonic and melodic minor scales, altered lydian modes, pentatonic scales and Coltrane substitutions. Analysis, transcription and performance of recorded solos illustrating these principles.

    Prerequisite(s)

    MUSI 281.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUSI 120 - Jazz Techniques

    MUSI 120 - Jazz Techniques

    1.00 credit hours

    Topics of concern to all jazz instrumentalists/vocalists; taken one time in conjunction with applied lessons.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUSI 121 - Jazz Styles

    MUSI 121 - Jazz Styles

    1.00 credit hours

    Examination of representative artists relevant to each student's specific instrument/voice; taken one time in conjunction with applied lessons.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUSI 305 - Jazz History I

    MUSI 305 - Jazz History I

    4.00 credit hours

    The stylistic evolution of jazz from its origins to the 1950s, examined within its American cultural context. Traces the historical development from early combo jazz through the swing era to the development of bebop.

    Prerequisite(s)

    Instructor Consent.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUSI 306 - Jazz History II

    MUSI 306 - Jazz History II

    4.00 credit hours

    The stylistic evolution of modern jazz after bebop, from the 1950s to the present day, examined within its American cultural context. Traces the historical development of the diverse styles co-existing within the contemporary jazz idiom: bop, third stream, free jazz, fusion and post-bop styles.

    Prerequisite(s)

    MUSI 305.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUSI 360 - Jazz Arranging and Composition I

    MUSI 360 - Jazz Arranging and Composition I

    4.00 credit hours

    Topics in jazz composition and arranging introduced through the exploration and analysis of jazz repertoire. Topics include arranging and composition for rhythm section and for jazz combos with two to four horns. Elements of big band arranging are introduced as well. Arrangements are performed by student groups.

    Prerequisite(s)

    MUSI 261.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUSI 361 - Jazz Arranging and Composition II

    MUSI 361 - Jazz Arranging and Composition II

    4.00 credit hours

    Advanced topics in jazz composition and arranging introduced through the exploration and analysis of jazz repertoire. Topics include arranging and composition for big band. Arrangements are performed by student groups.

    Prerequisite(s)

    MUSI 360.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUSI 401 - Senior Jazz Project

    MUSI 401 - Senior Jazz Project

    1.00 credit hours

    Preparation for the capstone performance of the jazz studies major: a 45-minute concert with a student jazz ensemble, mentored by the primary instrumental/vocal instructor. Covers all aspects of producing a live performance: personnel selection, rehearsal schedule, musical arrangements, venue reservation, marketing and promotion.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUAL 101 - Jazz Voice

    MUAL 101 - Jazz Voice

    0.00-1.00 credit hours

    Private, applied jazz voice lessons.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUAL 111 - Jazz Piano

    MUAL 111 - Jazz Piano

    0.00-1.00 credit hours

    Private, applied jazz piano lessons.

    Schedule Of Classes

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.
  • Pass four barrier jazz jury exams.
  • 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.

Additional Requirements for the B.A. Degree

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, 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.

Major Requirements

Core Music Courses

  • MUSI 101 - Music Theory I

    MUSI 101 - Music Theory I

    4.00 credit hours

    Study of basic notation rules, triads, seventh chords, voice leading rules, phrase structure, rhythmic fundamentals, harmonic progressions and rudimentary forms. Standard music literature is studied and analyzed.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUSI 102 - Music Theory II

    MUSI 102 - Music Theory II

    4.00 credit hours

    Continued study of tonal harmony, modulation to closely related keys, rhythm and chromaticism. The analysis and form of standard music literature.

    Prerequisite(s)

    MUSI 101

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUSI 108 - Aural Skills I

    MUSI 108 - Aural Skills I

    2.00 credit hours

    Introduction and development of basic concepts of musicianship including rhythm performance and recognition, sight singing, dictation and ear training.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUSI 201 - Music Theory III

    MUSI 201 - Music Theory III

    4.00 credit hours

    A continued study of tonal forms, chromatic harmony and voice leading and rhythm. Topics include species counterpoint, popular music forms, contrapuntal forms and chromatic modulation.

    Prerequisite(s)

    MUSI 102.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUSI 202 - Music Theory IV

    MUSI 202 - Music Theory IV

    4.00 credit hours

    Advanced study of tonal and post-tonal forms. Topics include modes, scales, set theory, recent trends, and rhythm, meter and form in the 20th and 21st centuries.

    Prerequisite(s)

    MUSI 201.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUSI 208 - Aural Skills II

    MUSI 208 - Aural Skills II

    4.00 credit hours

    Intermediate and advanced work in sight singing, ear training, melodic and rhythmic dictation and harmonic dictation.

    Prerequisite(s)

    MUSI 108.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUSI 258 - Music Now

    MUSI 258 - Music Now

    4.00 credit hours

    An introduction to the study of music as seen from a variety of disciplinary perspectives--education, composition, performance and ethnographic and historical research. The exploration of music including its production and role in everyday social life.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Humanities.
    iCon(s)
    Being Human.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUSI 301 - Doing Music History

    MUSI 301 - Doing Music History

    4.00 credit hours

    In this course, we will hone research, critical reading, and writing skills as we explore the music of the past. Through a series of case studies, we will examine important musical historical moments as models for our own historical research. Additionally, through intensive listening sessions, we will encountermusical works long considered key to understanding historic music traditions. Throughout, we will investigate questions such as: What are the tools used to create a music history? Do we evaluate the usefulness of historical sources? And, how does knowledge of music's histories inform our contemporary musicianship?

    Prerequisite(s)

    MUSI 258.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUSI 302 - Doing Ethnomusicology

    MUSI 302 - Doing Ethnomusicology

    4.00 credit hours

    In this course, we sharpen our research, critical reading, and writing skills as we explore the music of various global traditions. Through case studies, we examine how world cultures engage with music as models for our own ethnomusicological research. Additionally, through intensive listening sessions, we encounter sounds from diverse global traditions. Throughout, we investigate questions such as: What tools inform us about musical sounds and practices in near and distant places? How do we responsibly engage with the human subjects who inform us about their musical traditions? How does an understanding of diverse global traditions inform our contemporary musicianship?

    Schedule Of Classes

One of the following:
  • MUSI 347 - Elements of Instrumental Conducting

    MUSI 347 - Elements of Instrumental Conducting

    4.00 credit hours

    An introductory study of fundamental conducting techniques, principles, leadership and practices for conductors of instrumental ensembles. An experiential, practical approach which includes lecture, reading, writing and student-led collaborative learning activities. Assessments require the student to demonstrate: (1) theoretical understanding and content knowledge through written, oral and conducting assignments; and (2) critical thinking and problem-solving skills through self- and peer-evaluation. The role of the conductor as leader of the ensemble experience is also covered as an introduction to the issue of developing the musical environment.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUSI 348 - Elements of Choral Conducting

    MUSI 348 - Elements of Choral Conducting

    4.00 credit hours

    An introductory study of fundamental conducting techniques, principles and practices for conductors of choral ensembles. An experiential, practical approach which includes lecture, reading, writing and student-led collaborative learning activities. Assessments require the student to demonstrate: 1) theoretical understanding and content knowledge through written, oral and conducting assignments and 2) critical thinking and problem-solving skills through self- and peer-evaluation. The role of the conductor as leader of the ensemble experience is also covered as an introduction to the issue of developing the musical environment.

    Schedule Of Classes

Composition Courses

  • MUSI 342 - Arranging and Orchestration

    MUSI 342 - Arranging and Orchestration

    4.00 credit hours

    The study and practice of the technical and historic aspects of orchestration and arranging for instrumental and vocal ensembles.

    Prerequisite(s)

    MUSI 202.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUSI 385 - Computer and Electronic Music

    MUSI 385 - Computer and Electronic Music

    4.00 credit hours

    Concepts and techniques of computer music research, composition and performance. Topics include digital audio signal processing, MIDI, computer programming for music, sound analysis and synthesis, algorithmic processes and various stylistic approaches to making electronic music. Students with advanced programming skills are allowed to focus on software development and those with a stronger interest in musical creation may focus on various software and performance techniques.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Arts.
    iCon(s)
    Innovating the World.

    Schedule Of Classes

    • One four credit hour 300 or 400-level non-performance music course
Applied Composition 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.
  • 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 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. (Piano and composition majors are not required to take an ensemble)
  • Pass required music department juried exams.
Note:

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

Additional Requirements for the B.A. Degree

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.

Major Requirements

Core Music Courses

  • MUSI 101 - Music Theory I

    MUSI 101 - Music Theory I

    4.00 credit hours

    Study of basic notation rules, triads, seventh chords, voice leading rules, phrase structure, rhythmic fundamentals, harmonic progressions and rudimentary forms. Standard music literature is studied and analyzed.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUSI 102 - Music Theory II

    MUSI 102 - Music Theory II

    4.00 credit hours

    Continued study of tonal harmony, modulation to closely related keys, rhythm and chromaticism. The analysis and form of standard music literature.

    Prerequisite(s)

    MUSI 101

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUSI 108 - Aural Skills I

    MUSI 108 - Aural Skills I

    2.00 credit hours

    Introduction and development of basic concepts of musicianship including rhythm performance and recognition, sight singing, dictation and ear training.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUSI 201 - Music Theory III

    MUSI 201 - Music Theory III

    4.00 credit hours

    A continued study of tonal forms, chromatic harmony and voice leading and rhythm. Topics include species counterpoint, popular music forms, contrapuntal forms and chromatic modulation.

    Prerequisite(s)

    MUSI 102.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUSI 202 - Music Theory IV

    MUSI 202 - Music Theory IV

    4.00 credit hours

    Advanced study of tonal and post-tonal forms. Topics include modes, scales, set theory, recent trends, and rhythm, meter and form in the 20th and 21st centuries.

    Prerequisite(s)

    MUSI 201.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUSI 208 - Aural Skills II

    MUSI 208 - Aural Skills II

    4.00 credit hours

    Intermediate and advanced work in sight singing, ear training, melodic and rhythmic dictation and harmonic dictation.

    Prerequisite(s)

    MUSI 108.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUSI 258 - Music Now

    MUSI 258 - Music Now

    4.00 credit hours

    An introduction to the study of music as seen from a variety of disciplinary perspectives--education, composition, performance and ethnographic and historical research. The exploration of music including its production and role in everyday social life.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Humanities.
    iCon(s)
    Being Human.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUSI 301 - Doing Music History

    MUSI 301 - Doing Music History

    4.00 credit hours

    In this course, we will hone research, critical reading, and writing skills as we explore the music of the past. Through a series of case studies, we will examine important musical historical moments as models for our own historical research. Additionally, through intensive listening sessions, we will encountermusical works long considered key to understanding historic music traditions. Throughout, we will investigate questions such as: What are the tools used to create a music history? Do we evaluate the usefulness of historical sources? And, how does knowledge of music's histories inform our contemporary musicianship?

    Prerequisite(s)

    MUSI 258.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUSI 302 - Doing Ethnomusicology

    MUSI 302 - Doing Ethnomusicology

    4.00 credit hours

    In this course, we sharpen our research, critical reading, and writing skills as we explore the music of various global traditions. Through case studies, we examine how world cultures engage with music as models for our own ethnomusicological research. Additionally, through intensive listening sessions, we encounter sounds from diverse global traditions. Throughout, we investigate questions such as: What tools inform us about musical sounds and practices in near and distant places? How do we responsibly engage with the human subjects who inform us about their musical traditions? How does an understanding of diverse global traditions inform our contemporary musicianship?

    Schedule Of Classes

One of the following:
  • MUSI 347 - Elements of Instrumental Conducting

    MUSI 347 - Elements of Instrumental Conducting

    4.00 credit hours

    An introductory study of fundamental conducting techniques, principles, leadership and practices for conductors of instrumental ensembles. An experiential, practical approach which includes lecture, reading, writing and student-led collaborative learning activities. Assessments require the student to demonstrate: (1) theoretical understanding and content knowledge through written, oral and conducting assignments; and (2) critical thinking and problem-solving skills through self- and peer-evaluation. The role of the conductor as leader of the ensemble experience is also covered as an introduction to the issue of developing the musical environment.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUSI 348 - Elements of Choral Conducting

    MUSI 348 - Elements of Choral Conducting

    4.00 credit hours

    An introductory study of fundamental conducting techniques, principles and practices for conductors of choral ensembles. An experiential, practical approach which includes lecture, reading, writing and student-led collaborative learning activities. Assessments require the student to demonstrate: 1) theoretical understanding and content knowledge through written, oral and conducting assignments and 2) critical thinking and problem-solving skills through self- and peer-evaluation. The role of the conductor as leader of the ensemble experience is also covered as an introduction to the issue of developing the musical environment.

    Schedule Of Classes

Instrumental Courses

  • MUSI 285 - Introduction to Music Technology

    MUSI 285 - Introduction to Music Technology

    4.00 credit hours

    An introduction to the theory, applications and techniques of music and audio software. Topics include digital audio workstations, computer music, music notation platforms, music composition and sound design software and methods for music information retrieval.

    Schedule Of Classes

    • One four credit hour 300 or 400-level non-performance course
Applied Instrumental Lessons

Eight credit hours of instrumental lessons of your choice

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 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. (Piano and composition majors are not required to take an ensemble)
  • Pass required music department juried exams.
Note:

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

Additional Requirements for the B.A. Degree

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.

Major Requirements

Core Music Courses

  • MUSI 101 - Music Theory I

    MUSI 101 - Music Theory I

    4.00 credit hours

    Study of basic notation rules, triads, seventh chords, voice leading rules, phrase structure, rhythmic fundamentals, harmonic progressions and rudimentary forms. Standard music literature is studied and analyzed.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUSI 102 - Music Theory II

    MUSI 102 - Music Theory II

    4.00 credit hours

    Continued study of tonal harmony, modulation to closely related keys, rhythm and chromaticism. The analysis and form of standard music literature.

    Prerequisite(s)

    MUSI 101

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUSI 108 - Aural Skills I

    MUSI 108 - Aural Skills I

    2.00 credit hours

    Introduction and development of basic concepts of musicianship including rhythm performance and recognition, sight singing, dictation and ear training.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUSI 201 - Music Theory III

    MUSI 201 - Music Theory III

    4.00 credit hours

    A continued study of tonal forms, chromatic harmony and voice leading and rhythm. Topics include species counterpoint, popular music forms, contrapuntal forms and chromatic modulation.

    Prerequisite(s)

    MUSI 102.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUSI 202 - Music Theory IV

    MUSI 202 - Music Theory IV

    4.00 credit hours

    Advanced study of tonal and post-tonal forms. Topics include modes, scales, set theory, recent trends, and rhythm, meter and form in the 20th and 21st centuries.

    Prerequisite(s)

    MUSI 201.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUSI 208 - Aural Skills II

    MUSI 208 - Aural Skills II

    4.00 credit hours

    Intermediate and advanced work in sight singing, ear training, melodic and rhythmic dictation and harmonic dictation.

    Prerequisite(s)

    MUSI 108.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUSI 258 - Music Now

    MUSI 258 - Music Now

    4.00 credit hours

    An introduction to the study of music as seen from a variety of disciplinary perspectives--education, composition, performance and ethnographic and historical research. The exploration of music including its production and role in everyday social life.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Humanities.
    iCon(s)
    Being Human.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUSI 301 - Doing Music History

    MUSI 301 - Doing Music History

    4.00 credit hours

    In this course, we will hone research, critical reading, and writing skills as we explore the music of the past. Through a series of case studies, we will examine important musical historical moments as models for our own historical research. Additionally, through intensive listening sessions, we will encountermusical works long considered key to understanding historic music traditions. Throughout, we will investigate questions such as: What are the tools used to create a music history? Do we evaluate the usefulness of historical sources? And, how does knowledge of music's histories inform our contemporary musicianship?

    Prerequisite(s)

    MUSI 258.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUSI 302 - Doing Ethnomusicology

    MUSI 302 - Doing Ethnomusicology

    4.00 credit hours

    In this course, we sharpen our research, critical reading, and writing skills as we explore the music of various global traditions. Through case studies, we examine how world cultures engage with music as models for our own ethnomusicological research. Additionally, through intensive listening sessions, we encounter sounds from diverse global traditions. Throughout, we investigate questions such as: What tools inform us about musical sounds and practices in near and distant places? How do we responsibly engage with the human subjects who inform us about their musical traditions? How does an understanding of diverse global traditions inform our contemporary musicianship?

    Schedule Of Classes

One of the following:
  • MUSI 347 - Elements of Instrumental Conducting

    MUSI 347 - Elements of Instrumental Conducting

    4.00 credit hours

    An introductory study of fundamental conducting techniques, principles, leadership and practices for conductors of instrumental ensembles. An experiential, practical approach which includes lecture, reading, writing and student-led collaborative learning activities. Assessments require the student to demonstrate: (1) theoretical understanding and content knowledge through written, oral and conducting assignments; and (2) critical thinking and problem-solving skills through self- and peer-evaluation. The role of the conductor as leader of the ensemble experience is also covered as an introduction to the issue of developing the musical environment.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUSI 348 - Elements of Choral Conducting

    MUSI 348 - Elements of Choral Conducting

    4.00 credit hours

    An introductory study of fundamental conducting techniques, principles and practices for conductors of choral ensembles. An experiential, practical approach which includes lecture, reading, writing and student-led collaborative learning activities. Assessments require the student to demonstrate: 1) theoretical understanding and content knowledge through written, oral and conducting assignments and 2) critical thinking and problem-solving skills through self- and peer-evaluation. The role of the conductor as leader of the ensemble experience is also covered as an introduction to the issue of developing the musical environment.

    Schedule Of Classes

Piano Courses

  • MUSI 285 - Introduction to Music Technology

    MUSI 285 - Introduction to Music Technology

    4.00 credit hours

    An introduction to the theory, applications and techniques of music and audio software. Topics include digital audio workstations, computer music, music notation platforms, music composition and sound design software and methods for music information retrieval.

    Schedule Of Classes

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.
  • 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 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. (Piano and composition majors are not required to take an ensemble)
  • Pass required music department juried exams.
Note:

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

Additional Requirements for the B.A. Degree

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.

Major Requirements

Core Music Courses

  • MUSI 101 - Music Theory I

    MUSI 101 - Music Theory I

    4.00 credit hours

    Study of basic notation rules, triads, seventh chords, voice leading rules, phrase structure, rhythmic fundamentals, harmonic progressions and rudimentary forms. Standard music literature is studied and analyzed.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUSI 102 - Music Theory II

    MUSI 102 - Music Theory II

    4.00 credit hours

    Continued study of tonal harmony, modulation to closely related keys, rhythm and chromaticism. The analysis and form of standard music literature.

    Prerequisite(s)

    MUSI 101

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUSI 108 - Aural Skills I

    MUSI 108 - Aural Skills I

    2.00 credit hours

    Introduction and development of basic concepts of musicianship including rhythm performance and recognition, sight singing, dictation and ear training.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUSI 201 - Music Theory III

    MUSI 201 - Music Theory III

    4.00 credit hours

    A continued study of tonal forms, chromatic harmony and voice leading and rhythm. Topics include species counterpoint, popular music forms, contrapuntal forms and chromatic modulation.

    Prerequisite(s)

    MUSI 102.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUSI 202 - Music Theory IV

    MUSI 202 - Music Theory IV

    4.00 credit hours

    Advanced study of tonal and post-tonal forms. Topics include modes, scales, set theory, recent trends, and rhythm, meter and form in the 20th and 21st centuries.

    Prerequisite(s)

    MUSI 201.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUSI 208 - Aural Skills II

    MUSI 208 - Aural Skills II

    4.00 credit hours

    Intermediate and advanced work in sight singing, ear training, melodic and rhythmic dictation and harmonic dictation.

    Prerequisite(s)

    MUSI 108.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUSI 258 - Music Now

    MUSI 258 - Music Now

    4.00 credit hours

    An introduction to the study of music as seen from a variety of disciplinary perspectives--education, composition, performance and ethnographic and historical research. The exploration of music including its production and role in everyday social life.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Humanities.
    iCon(s)
    Being Human.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUSI 301 - Doing Music History

    MUSI 301 - Doing Music History

    4.00 credit hours

    In this course, we will hone research, critical reading, and writing skills as we explore the music of the past. Through a series of case studies, we will examine important musical historical moments as models for our own historical research. Additionally, through intensive listening sessions, we will encountermusical works long considered key to understanding historic music traditions. Throughout, we will investigate questions such as: What are the tools used to create a music history? Do we evaluate the usefulness of historical sources? And, how does knowledge of music's histories inform our contemporary musicianship?

    Prerequisite(s)

    MUSI 258.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUSI 302 - Doing Ethnomusicology

    MUSI 302 - Doing Ethnomusicology

    4.00 credit hours

    In this course, we sharpen our research, critical reading, and writing skills as we explore the music of various global traditions. Through case studies, we examine how world cultures engage with music as models for our own ethnomusicological research. Additionally, through intensive listening sessions, we encounter sounds from diverse global traditions. Throughout, we investigate questions such as: What tools inform us about musical sounds and practices in near and distant places? How do we responsibly engage with the human subjects who inform us about their musical traditions? How does an understanding of diverse global traditions inform our contemporary musicianship?

    Schedule Of Classes

One of the following:
  • MUSI 347 - Elements of Instrumental Conducting

    MUSI 347 - Elements of Instrumental Conducting

    4.00 credit hours

    An introductory study of fundamental conducting techniques, principles, leadership and practices for conductors of instrumental ensembles. An experiential, practical approach which includes lecture, reading, writing and student-led collaborative learning activities. Assessments require the student to demonstrate: (1) theoretical understanding and content knowledge through written, oral and conducting assignments; and (2) critical thinking and problem-solving skills through self- and peer-evaluation. The role of the conductor as leader of the ensemble experience is also covered as an introduction to the issue of developing the musical environment.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUSI 348 - Elements of Choral Conducting

    MUSI 348 - Elements of Choral Conducting

    4.00 credit hours

    An introductory study of fundamental conducting techniques, principles and practices for conductors of choral ensembles. An experiential, practical approach which includes lecture, reading, writing and student-led collaborative learning activities. Assessments require the student to demonstrate: 1) theoretical understanding and content knowledge through written, oral and conducting assignments and 2) critical thinking and problem-solving skills through self- and peer-evaluation. The role of the conductor as leader of the ensemble experience is also covered as an introduction to the issue of developing the musical environment.

    Schedule Of Classes

Vocal Courses

  • MUEN 105 - Opera Workshop

    MUEN 105 - Opera Workshop

    1.00 credit hours

    A basic study of performance techniques for the singer of musical theatre and opera, designed to give students experience in singing and acting through study and active participation in works of the musical stage. This course is repeatable.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUSI 228 - Diction for Singers

    MUSI 228 - Diction for Singers

    4.00 credit hours

    Instruction in English, Italian, German and French diction as it applies to vocal music. Coursework includes use of the International Phonetic Alphabet and the preparation and in-class performance of representative vocal solos in each language studied.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUSI 285 - Introduction to Music Technology

    MUSI 285 - Introduction to Music Technology

    4.00 credit hours

    An introduction to the theory, applications and techniques of music and audio software. Topics include digital audio workstations, computer music, music notation platforms, music composition and sound design software and methods for music information retrieval.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUSI 329 - Vocal Pedagogy

    MUSI 329 - Vocal Pedagogy

    2.00 credit hours

    The study of the vocal instrument and techniques for proper use. Emphasis is on healthy production and the establishment of performance techniques to be used when teaching young or amateur singers.

    Schedule Of Classes

Applied Vocal 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.
  • 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 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. (Piano and composition majors are not required to take an ensemble)
  • Pass required music department juried exams.
Note:

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

Additional Requirements for the B.A. Degree

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.

Minor Requirements

A minimum of 22 credit hours, including:

  • MUSI 101 - Music Theory I

    MUSI 101 - Music Theory I

    4.00 credit hours

    Study of basic notation rules, triads, seventh chords, voice leading rules, phrase structure, rhythmic fundamentals, harmonic progressions and rudimentary forms. Standard music literature is studied and analyzed.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUSI 102 - Music Theory II

    MUSI 102 - Music Theory II

    4.00 credit hours

    Continued study of tonal harmony, modulation to closely related keys, rhythm and chromaticism. The analysis and form of standard music literature.

    Prerequisite(s)

    MUSI 101

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUSI 156 - The World of Music

    MUSI 156 - The World of Music

    4.00 credit hours

    Introductory course that uses a case studies approach to present various global musics, exploring the relationship of music and sound to social and cultural life in different countries of the world.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Arts, Global Understanding.
    iCon(s)
    Thinking Globally.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MUSI 258 - Music Now

    MUSI 258 - Music Now

    4.00 credit hours

    An introduction to the study of music as seen from a variety of disciplinary perspectives--education, composition, performance and ethnographic and historical research. The exploration of music including its production and role in everyday social life.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Humanities.
    iCon(s)
    Being Human.

    Schedule Of Classes

Elective

One of the following:

  • MUSI 285 - Introduction to Music Technology

    MUSI 285 - Introduction to Music Technology

    4.00 credit hours

    An introduction to the theory, applications and techniques of music and audio software. Topics include digital audio workstations, computer music, music notation platforms, music composition and sound design software and methods for music information retrieval.

    Schedule Of Classes

    • A 300- or 400-level Music course (non-performance based)

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.

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