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Why pursue a music degree at North Central College?

With a degree in Music, you won’t have to choose between performance or music education – you can have it all! Music majors work closely with faculty to carve out their own niche, studying music theory, music composition and music history. Music majors are equipped for several different careers when they graduate, including becoming a professional musician in an orchestra, opera or band, music journalist, music therapist or music professor. At North Central College you will become in expert in the basics: aural skills and music theory. Music majors are passionate, creative, collaborative and above all, love their instrument. In this program, you’ll gain a solid liberal arts foundation and one-to-one attention working on your craft.

IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN 

  • Putting extensive time and effort into honing your musical craft
  • Exploring performance, education and administrative aspects of music
  • Performing live in orchestras, operas or bands

then a degree in MUSIC might be for you. 

Why study music at North Central College? 

In the Classroom

Coursework topics: 

  • Arranging and Orchestration
  • Aural Skills
  • Class Piano
  • Computer and Electronic music
  • Doing Music History
  • Doing Ethnomusicology
  • Elements of Conducting
  • Music As Social Life: The Field of Ethnomusicology
  • Music Now
  • Music Technology
  • Music Theory
  • Piano Pedagogy
  • Piano Literature

Beyond the Classroom 

As a music major, you can: 

  • Apply for internships and jobs through robust faculty and alumni networks or the Center for Career and Professional Development.
  • Cater your lessons and performances around areas of interest like jazz, musical theatre, opera or classical.
  • Get involved in an acapella group like No Control A Capella, One Note Stand, Sonata Problem and Tonacity.
  • Hone your jazz skills and knowledge with Jazz Club or Vocal Jazz Ensemble
  • Share composition ideas at the North Central College Composer’s Consortium.
  • Perform in a variety of campus venues and ensembles—our more than 20 student groups range from small to large instrumental ensembles and choral ensembles.

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.

Core Music Courses

Electives

Eight credit hours from the following:

Capstone

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.

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 B.A. in Jazz Studies is designed for students interested in obtaining a wide range of musical experiences with a particular focus on jazz performance or composition. 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
    • Two credit hours at the 100-level
    • Four credit hours at the 300-level

Applied Jazz Piano

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.
  • MUEN 121 participation required each semester.
  • Six concerts per semester while enrolled as a music major, unless student teaching or studying abroad.

Note:

*See department or music guidebook for additional details.

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 B.A. Music Performance, Vocal Track is designed for students interested in obtaining a wide range of musical experiences with a particular focus on voice performance. 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

Vocal Track Courses

Applied Vocal Lessons

Eight credit hours from the following:

Capstone

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.
  • Minimum of four credit hours in an approved instrumental ensemble (MUEN prefix).
  • 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 B.A. Music Performance, Piano Track is designed for students interested in obtaining a wide range of musical experiences with a particular focus on piano performance. 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

Piano Track Courses

Applied Piano Lessons

Six credit hours from the following with two credit hours taken at the 100-level and four credit hours taken at the 300-level:

Capstone

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, Instrumental Track, B.A.

The B.A. Music Performance, Instrumental Track is designed for students interested in obtaining a wide range of musical experiences with a particular focus on instrumental performance. 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

Instrumental Track Courses

Applied Instrumental Lessons

  • Two credit hours at the 100-level
  • Four credit hours at the 300-level

Instrumental Ensemble

  • Minimum of four credit hours in an approved instrumental ensemble (MUEN prefix)

Capstone

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.
  • 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, Composition Track, B.A.

The B.A. Music performance track is designed for students interested in obtaining a wide range of musical experiences with a particular focus on performance or composition. 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

Composition Track Courses

Applied Composition Lessons

Six credit hours from the following with two credit hours taken at the 100-level and four credit hours taken at the 300-level:

Capstone

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 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 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.

Explore our Music Education and Musical Theatre programs!

Music Internships and Jobs

A North Central education integrates career preparation with rich academic study. Our faculty encourages you to refine and apply your knowledge in an interconnected world. Here you'll learn to think independently and work globally to solve problems and lead.

Graduate Schools

Recent graduates in music have been accepted at:

  • Indiana University
  • Boston Conservatory
  • Northern Illinois University
  • University of Missouri
  • Northeastern University
  • Vandercook College of Music
  • Washington University
  • Illinois State University

Careers

Recent graduates of music include:

  • Performance (vocal, instrumental, jazz, musical theatre)
  • Composition and arranging
  • Private studio teaching
  • Music library science
  • Arts management
     

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