Bachelor in Music

Northeastern Illinois University

Program Description

Bachelor in Music

Northeastern Illinois University

The Department of Music is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). This site highlights the many exceptional academics, faculty, performances and programs produced through the department. Your learning is an important endeavor. We look forward to working with you as you take the next steps in your education and growth.

Whether you are interested in a major or minor in music education or performance, the music program places an emphasis on the development of your musical performance abilities. Many of Northeastern's faculty members have trained at some of the finest music schools and conservatories in the world. This level of knowledge and experience, along with your personal investment, will make your studio lessons second-to-none.

Participation in musical ensembles is a requirement of all music students, as well as attendance at live performances each semester. All students seeking admission to the music program must perform a live audition.

Students enrolled as a Music major will earn the Bachelor of Music (B.M.) degree.

Enrolled students choose an emphasis:

  • vocal performance
  • instrumental performance
  • K-12 music education: vocal
  • K-12 music education: instrumental

Learning Requirements

Emphasis Ia: Vocal Performance

Required Courses

MUS-121 Music Theory I 1 3
MUS-122 Music Theory II 1 3
MUS-201 Music Theory III 1 3
MUS-202 Music Theory IV 1 3
MUS-124 Sight Singing And Ear Training I 1
MUS-125 Sight Singing And Ear Training II 1
MUS-203 Music Before 1600 3
MUS-204 Music From 1600 Through Beethoven 3
MUS-205 Music After Beethoven 3
MUS-220 Basic Conducting 2
MUS-224 Choral Conducting 2
Applied Music in the major performance area 16
Private study in voice:

MUS-152V Applied Music: Voice

MUS-352V Applied Music: Voice

Piano 1

MUS-112 Class Piano I 2
MUS-113 Class Piano II 2
MUS-114 Class Piano III 2
(Students may fulfill up to 6 required piano hours with music electives after successfully completing a piano skill placement audition)

MUS-210 Music Diction For Singers I: Italian And French 2
MUS-211 Music Diction For Singers II: German And English 2
MUS-327D Repertoire Seminar: Voice 3
MUS-328D Repertoire Seminar Varies: Voice 3
MUS-331E Applied Music Pedagogy I: Voice 3
Large Ensemble (minimum) 3 8
MUS-221A University Chorus

MUS-222A Vocal Ensemble: Chamber Singers

MUS-222C Vocal Ensemble: Opera Workshop

MUS-222D Vocal Ensemble: Music Theater

Electives 6
Select one of the following in Music Theory:

MUS-305 Form And Analysis I

MUS-307 Class Composition

MUS-308 Orchestration

MUS-398B Practicum In Music: Computer Music Studio

Select one of the following in Music History:

MUS-312 Writing Intensive Program: Beethoven (or dept. approved course)
or MUS-321D Writing Intensive Program: Seminar In Music History:Stravinsky

MUS-250 Junior Recital 1
MUS-341 Senior Recital (or MUS 300) 1
Total Hours 78
1Music Majors take the following courses concurrently:
  • Theory I and II (MUS-121 and MUS-122) are taken concurrently with Class Piano I and II (MUS-112 and MUS-113).
  • Students with piano skill may audition for advanced placement.
  • Theory III and IV (MUS-201 and MUS-202) are taken concurrently with Sight Singing and Ear Training I and II (MUS-124 and MUS-125).
2At least eight credit hours
3Students must select at least 4 credits from MUS-221A or MUS-222A and 4 credits from MUS-222C or MUS-222D.

Vocal performance majors must also take:

Required Courses

Foreign Language 6
Two courses selected from FREN-101 or ITAL-101
(satisfies two General Education requirements)

Total Hours 6
Emphasis Ib: Instrumental Performance

Required Courses

MUS-121 Music Theory I 1 3
MUS-122 Music Theory II 1 3
MUS-201 Music Theory III 1 3
MUS-202 Music Theory IV 1 3
MUS-124 Sight Singing And Ear Training I 1
MUS-125 Sight Singing And Ear Training II 1
MUS-308 Orchestration 3
MUS-203 Music Before 1600 3
MUS-204 Music From 1600 Through Beethoven 3
MUS-205 Music After Beethoven 3
MUS-220 Basic Conducting 2
MUS-223 Instrumental Conducting 2
Applied Music in the major performance area -
Private study in an instrument:
16
MUS 152 (A-Z EXCEPT V)

MUS 352 (A-Z EXCEPT V)

Piano 6
MUS-112 Class Piano I

MUS-113 Class Piano II

MUS-114 Class Piano III

Piano majors do not take Class Piano -
(Students may fulfill up to 6 required piano hours with music electives
after successfully completing a piano skill placement audition).

MUS 327 (A,B,C,F, or G) Repertoire Seminar 3
MUS 328 (A,B,C,F, or G) Repertoire Seminar 3
MUS 331 (A, B, C, D, or F) Applied Music Pedagogy I 3
Large Ensemble - Select a minimum of 8 hours from the following: 8
MUS-231 Band

MUS-226 Orchestra

MUS-234E Instrumental Ensemble: Accompanying (piano)

MUS-234M Instrumental Ensemble: Guitar

Small Ensemble (see selected list in department) 5
Electives - Select one of the following: 6
Music Theory:

MUS-305 Form And Analysis I

MUS-307 Class Composition

MUS-398B Practicum In Music: Computer Music Studio

Music History:

MUS-312 Writing Intensive Program: Beethoven (or dept. approved course)
or MUS-321D Writing Intensive Program: Seminar In Music History:Stravinsky

MUS-250 Junior Recital 1
MUS-341 Senior Recital ( or MUS 300) 1
Total Hours 82
1Music Majors take the following courses concurrently:
  • Theory I and II (MUS-121 and MUS-122) are taken concurrently with Class Piano I and II (MUS-112 and MUS-113).
  • Students with piano skill may audition for advanced placement.
  • Theory III and IV (MUS-201 and MUS-202) are taken concurrently with Sight Singing and Ear Training I and II (MUS-124 and MUS-125).
2Piano Majors must replace MUS-112, MUS-113 and MUS-114 with MUS-331A, and a 3 credit Elective

Junior and Senior Recitals: Students must select a committee of two music faculty in conjunction with their applied teacher (a total of three members). Students must pass a hearing before the recital is presented, prepare approved program notes, and receive a passing grade by the committee at the conclusion of the recital.

Students must perform a minimum of 30 minutes of music for a junior recital and 50 minutes of music for a senior recital.

Emphasis II a: K-12 Music Education: Vocal

Required Courses

MUS-121 Music Theory I 1 3
MUS-122 Music Theory II 1 3
MUS-201 Music Theory III 1 3
MUS-202 Music Theory IV 1 3
MUS-124 Sight Singing And Ear Training I 1
MUS-125 Sight Singing And Ear Training II 1
MUS-203 Music Before 1600 3
MUS-204 Music From 1600 Through Beethoven 3
MUS-205 Music After Beethoven 3
MUS-220 Basic Conducting 2
MUS-224 Choral Conducting 2
Applied Music in the major performance area 8
Private study in voice:

MUS-151V Applied Music: Voice

MUS-351V Applied Music: Voice

Piano 3

MUS-112 Class Piano I 2
MUS-113 Class Piano II 2
MUS-114 Class Piano III 2
MUS-106 Orientation To Music Education 1
MUS-210 Music Diction For Singers I: Italian And French 2
MUS-211 Music Diction For Singers II: German And English 2
MUS-331E Applied Music Pedagogy I: Voice 3
MUS-342 World Music 2
MUS-391 Contemporary Music Education - Grades K-6 3
SCED-303I Methods And Techniques Of Teaching Music
In Secondary School:Instrumental (taken concurrently with MUS-393L)
3
SCED-303V Methods And Techniques Of Teaching Music
In Secondary Schools:Vocal (taken concurrently with MUS-393L)
3
MUS-393L Clinical Field Experience (See piano proficiency requirement below) 2
Large Ensemble (minimum) 4,5 8
MUS-221A University Chorus

MUS-222A Vocal Ensemble: Chamber Singers

MUS-222C Vocal Ensemble: Opera Workshop

MUS-222D Vocal Ensemble: Music Theater

Total Hours 70
1Music Majors take the following courses concurrently:
  • Theory I and II (MUS-121 and MUS-122) are taken concurrently with Class Piano I and II (MUS-112 and MUS-113).
  • Students with piano skill may audition for advanced placement.
  • Theory III and IV (MUS-201 and MUS-202) are taken concurrently with Sight Singing and Ear Training I and II (MUS-124 and MUS-125).
2At least four credit hours
3Voice Students may fulfill up to 6 required piano hours with music electives after successfully completing a piano skill placement audition. Piano majors will replace Class Piano I, II, and III with 4 credits of MUS-151V Applied Vocal Music studies and 2 credits of music electives after passing a proficiency exam in voice.
4Voice students must select 6 credits from MUS-221A or MUS-222A and 2 credits from MUS-222C or MUS-222D.
5Piano majors must select 6 credits from MUS-221A or MUS-222A, 1 credit from MUS-222C or MUS-222D, and 1 credit of MUS-234E.

SCED-305N Secondary Student Teaching And Seminar In Music 9
Students should also consult the Secondary Education and General Education section of this catalog.

Piano Music Education Students:

Piano majors must be proficient in voice to complete the music education program. Students must take applied lessons in voice until they pass the proficiency exam in order to complete the music education degree. The student's program must be approved by the advisor and may extend the time to degree.

NOTE: K-12 Music Education: Majors must obtain departmental approval for admission to student teaching.

Music Education Majors are required to pass the Piano Proficiency Exam prior to enrolling in MUS-393L. The Proficiency Exam is given once each semester. See advisor for schedule.

Upon attaining Junior status Music Education majors must apply for a Music Education Junior Interview. This interview serves as a general review of skill and knowledge applicable to the field of Music Education. The student’s progress will be assessed and suggestions for improvement will be made. Contact the Music Education faculty for specific requirements and scheduling.

Emphasis II b: K-12 Music Education: Instrumental

Required Courses

MUS-121 Music Theory I 1 3
MUS-122 Music Theory II 1 3
MUS-201 Music Theory III 1 3
MUS-202 Music Theory IV 1 3
MUS-124 Sight Singing And Ear Training I 1
MUS-125 Sight Singing And Ear Training II 1
MUS-203 Music Before 1600 3
MUS-204 Music From 1600 Through Beethoven 3
MUS-205 Music After Beethoven 3
MUS-220 Basic Conducting 2
MUS-223 Instrumental Conducting 2
Applied Music in the major performance area 8
Private study on an instrument:

MUS 151 (A-Z EXCEPT V)

MUS 351 (A-Z EXCEPT V)

Piano 3

MUS-112 Class Piano I 1 2
MUS-113 Class Piano II 1 2
(Students may fulfill up to 4 required piano hours
with music electives after successfully completing a piano
skill placement audition.)

MUS-110 Class Voice I 2
MUS-106 Orientation To Music Education 1
MUS-308 Orchestration 3
MUS-342 World Music 2
MUS-391 Contemporary Music Education - Grades K-6 3
SCED-303I Methods And Techniques Of Teaching Music
In Secondary School:Instrumental (taken concurrently with MUS-393L)
3
SCED-303V Methods And Techniques Of Teaching Music
In Secondary Schools:Vocal (taken concurrently with MUS-393L)
3
MUS-393L Clinical Field Experience (See piano proficiency requirement below) 2
Large Ensemble 8
Wind, brass, and percussion students

MUS-231 Band

String students

MUS-226 Orchestra

Piano majors

MUS-226 Orchestra (Select 6 credits)
or MUS-231 Band

MUS-234E Instrumental Ensemble: Accompanying (Select 2 credits)

Students must play at the college level and pass an audition
to participate in the ensembles listed above.

MUS-115 Instrumental Music Studies Brass Instruments 1
MUS-116 Instrumental Music Studies Percussion Instruments 1
MUS-117 Instrumental Music Studies String Instruments 1
MUS-118 Instrumental Music Studies Woodwind Instruments I (flute/clarinet) 1
MUS-119 Instrumental Music Studies: Woodwind Instruments II (oboe/bassoon/saxophone) 1
Total Hours 71
1Music Majors take the following courses concurrently:
  • Theory I and II (MUS-121 and MUS-122) are taken concurrently with Class Piano I and II (MUS-112 and MUS-113).
  • Students with piano skill may audition for advanced placement.
  • Theory III and IV (MUS-201 and MUS-202) are taken concurrently with Sight Singing and Ear Training I and II (MUS-124 and MUS-125).
2At least four credit hours
3Piano majors will replace Class Piano I and II with 4 credits of MUS 151 (A-Z except V) Applied Instrumental Music studies and pass a proficiency exam on a wind, brass, percussion or orchestral string instrument.

SCED-305N Secondary Student Teaching And Seminar In Music 9
Students should also consult the Secondary Education and General Education section of this catalog.

Piano Music Education Students:

Piano students must be proficient on a band or orchestral instrument to complete the music education program. Students must take applied lessons in a band or orchestral instrument until they pass the proficiency exam in order to complete the music education degree. The student's program must be approved by the advisor and may extend the time to degree.

NOTE: K-12 Music Education: Majors must obtain Departmental approval for admission to student teaching. Music Education Majors are required to pass the Piano Proficiency Exam prior to enrolling in MUS-393L. The Proficiency Exam is given once each semester. See advisor for schedule.

Upon attaining Junior status Music Education majors must apply for a Music Education Junior Interview. This interview serves as a general review of skill and knowledge applicable to the field of Music Education. The student’s progress will be assessed and suggestions for improvement will be made. Contact the Music Education faculty for specific requirements and scheduling.
This school offers programs in:
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