Bachelor in Music

Northeastern Illinois University

Program Description

Bachelor in Music

Northeastern Illinois University

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 I1 3
MUS-122 Music Theory II1 3
MUS-201 Music Theory III1 3
MUS-202 Music Theory IV1 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
Applied Music in the major performance area 16
MUS-224 Choral Conducting 2
Private study in voice:
MUS-152V Applied Music: Voice
MUS-352V Applied Music: Voice
Piano1
MUS-112 Class Piano I 1
MUS-113 Class Piano II 1
MUS-114 Class Piano III 1
(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-340 Junior Recital 1
MUS-341 Senior Recital (or MUS 300) 1
Total Hours 75

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 I1 3
MUS-122 Music Theory II1 3
MUS-201 Music Theory III1 3
MUS-202 Music Theory IV1 3
MUS-124 Sight Singing And Ear Training I 1
MUS-125 Sight Singing And Ear Training II 1
MUS-308 Orchestration 3
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 the 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-343 Music Before 1600 3
MUS-344 Music From 1600 Through Beethoven 3
MUS-345 Music After Beethoven 3
MUS-334 Basic Conducting 2
MUS-336 Instrumental Conducting 2
MUS-340 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 IIA: K-12 Music Education: Vocal

Required Courses
MUS-121 Music Theory I1 3
MUS-122 Music Theory II1 3
MUS-201 Music Theory III1 3
MUS-202 Music Theory IV1 3
MUS-124 Sight Singing And Ear Training I 1
MUS-125 Sight Singing And Ear Training II 1
Applied Music in the major performance area 8
MUS-343 Music Before 1600 3
MUS-344 Music From 1600 Through Beethoven 3
MUS-345 Music After Beethoven 3
MUS-334 Basic Conducting 2
MUS-335 Choral Conducting 2
Private study in voice:
MUS-151V Applied Music: Voice
MUS-351V Applied Music: Voice
Piano3
MUS-112 Class Piano I 1
MUS-113 Class Piano II 1
MUS-114 Class Piano III 1
MUS-106 Orientation To Music Education 1
MUS-210 Diction For Singers I 2
MUS-211 Diction For Singers II 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 67

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


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 IIB: K-12 Music Education: Instrumental

Required Courses
MUS-121 Music Theory I1 3
MUS-122 Music Theory II1 3
MUS-201 Music Theory III1 3
MUS-202 Music Theory IV1 3
MUS-124 Sight Singing And Ear Training I 1
MUS-125 Sight Singing And Ear Training II 1
Applied Music in the major performance area 8
MUS-203 Music Before 1600 3
MUS-204 Music From 1600 Through Beethoven 3
MUS-205 Music After Beethoven 3
MUS-220 Basic Conducting 3
MUS-223 Instrumental Conducting 2
Private study on an instrument:
MUS 151 (A-Z EXCEPT V)
MUS 351 (A-Z EXCEPT V)
Piano3
MUS-112 Class Piano I1 1
MUS-113 Class Piano II1 1
(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 69

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 for 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


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:
  • English


Last updated October 16, 2018
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Per credit hour: $349.37 Undergraduate (Newly Enrolled Fall 2016 or Spring 2017); $698.74 Non-Resident Undergraduate (Newly Enrolled Fall 2016 or Spring 2017)
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