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Introduction 

The Music Performance major is an applied degree program with an emphasis in either voice or instrumental performance skill building. Students who are accepted into this program begin applied music study from their freshman year. In addition, music performance students focus their studies in the areas of history and analysis, literature survey courses, and are required to perform in public solo recital and ensemble performances.

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Admission to the Program 

Upon being accepted by Northeastern Illinois University as an incoming student, contact the music department's Recruitment and Scholarship Coordinator (below) to arrange your audition into the program. All prospective music majors must audition to be accepted into the music program.

Degree Requirements 

  • Music majors must attend 80 concerts, 70 of which must be Department of Music concerts.
  • Music majors are required to attend Department of Music Convocations. A Missed Convocation will result in the removal of 2 recital attendance credits from the student's file.
  • Music majors are expected to apply for 300-level applied lessons upon achieving junior status (between 60-89 credit hours).
  • Performance majors must perform and pass a junior and senior recital.
  • Music majors must earn a 'C' or higher in all music classes.
  • Student must complete a minimum of 24 semester hours at the 300-level, and 18 semester hours at the 200- and 300-level to graduate.
  • Effective Fall 2008, all music majors must complete a writing intensive course (W.I.) in music to graduate.

Courses 

Emphasis Ia: Vocal Performance

REQUIRED COURSES

Music Theory 12 credits
Sight Singing/Ear Training  2 credits
Music History  9 credits
Conducting (basic and choral)  4 credits
Applied music 16 credits
Piano  6 credits
Diction  4 credits
Repertoire Seminar  3 credits
Applied Music Pedagogy  3 credits
Large Ensemble  8 credits
Music Electives (one must be W.I.)  9 credits
Junior and Senior Recitals  2 credits
TOTAL MUSIC 78 credits

GENERAL STUDIES REQUIREMENTS

Math (100 level)  3 credits
English 101  3 credits
Humanities*  9 credits*
Behavioral and Social Sciences 12 credits
Natural Sciences (one course with a lab)  9 credits
Electives from the University  6 credits
TOTAL GENERAL STUDIES 42 credits
TOTAL DEGREE 120 credits

* Vocal performance majors are required to take 6 credits of Humanities electives in Foreign Language.

Emphasis Ib: Instrumental Performance

REQUIRED COURSES

Music Theory 12 credits
Sight Singing/Ear Training  2 credits
Music History  9 credits
Conducting (basic and choral)  4 credits
Applied music 16 credits
Piano  6 credits
Diction  4 credits
Repertoire Seminar  3 credits
Applied Music Pedagogy  3 credits
Large Ensemble  8 credits
Music Electives (one must be W.I.)  8 credits
Junior and Senior Recitals  2 credits
TOTAL MUSIC 78 credits

GENERAL STUDIES REQUIREMENTS

Math (100 level)  3 credits
English 101  3 credits
Humanities  9 credits
Behavioral and Social Sciences 12 credits
Natural Sciences (one course with a lab)  9 credits
Electives from the University  6 credits
TOTAL GENERAL STUDIES 42 credits
TOTAL DEGREE 120 credits

Suggested 4-Year Course Schedule 

Bachelor of Arts in Music (Vocal Performance) - curricular TABLE   MAP

Bachelor of Arts in Music (Instrumental Performance) - curricular TABLE   MAP

Opportunities 

In addition to the course requirements for performances, students will have ample opportunities to perform off-campus with local and regional organizations. While these additional opportunities are extra-curricular, they are highly encouraged for résumé building, and overall musical growth and exposure within the larger musical performance environment.

Careers & Employment 

Students in this field prepare to become professional performers, private music teachers or work toward other entrepreneurial endeavors related to music. Many music performance majors go on to advanced study in master or doctoral programs.

Program Contact Information 

Sasha Gerritson
Recruitment and Scholarship Coordinator
Department of Music and Dance Program
(773) 442-5609

Music and Dance

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