Northern Kentucky University

Undergraduate Catalog 2015-16

Music Majors

Bachelor of Music – Performance

The Bachelor of Music in performance is designed for students who wish to pursue professional careers in the performing arts or related fields. Acceptance into this program is selective and is based on an audition on the student's primary instrument. Students in this program must complete the 51-credit-hour core plus one of the tracks or emphases listed below.

Degree Requirements: B.M. – Performance

Core Courses in Music

Credits

MUS 122

Music Theory I

3

MUS 123

Music Theory II

3

MUS 222

Music Theory III

3

MUS 223

Music Theory IV

3

MUS 124

Aural Skills I

.5

MUS 125

Aural Skills II

.5

MUS 126

Aural Skills III

.5

MUS 127

Aural Skills IV

.5

MUS 224

Aural Skills V

.5

MUS 225

Aural Skills VI

.5

MUS 226

Aural Skills VII

.5

MUS 227

Aural Skills VIII

.5

MUS 140

Class Piano I

.5

MUS 141

Class Piano II

.5

MUS 142

Class Piano III

.5

MUS 143

Class Piano IV

.5

MUS 261

Class Piano V

.5

MUS 262

Class Piano VI

.5

MUS 263

Class Piano VII

.5

MUS 264

Class Piano VIII

.5

MUS 196

Recital Review

(must pass at least seven semesters)

0

MUS 197

Freshman Proficiency Jury

0

MUS 230

History of Music I: Antiquity through Early Baroque

3

MUS 231

History of Music II: Late Baroque to

Mid 19th Century

3

MUS 337

History of Music III: Mid 19th and 20th Centuries

3

MUS 297

Sophomore Comprehensive Jury

0

MUS 312

Computer Applications for Musicians

1

MUS 325

Form and Analysis

3

MUS 352

Conducting I

2

MUS 397

Junior Recital

0

MUS 497

Senior Recital

0

Applied music (primary instrument or voice)

16

TOTAL CORE CREDITS

51

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Instrumental Track

Credits

MUS 334

Chamber Music Literature

 

 

-- OR --

3

MUS 335

Symphonic Literature

 

Large ensembles

8

Small ensembles

6

Electives in music

12

TOTAL TRACK CREDITS

29

Total Core Credits

51

TOTAL CREDITS

80

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Jazz Studies Track

Credits

MUS 235

Group Jazz Piano I

1

MUS 236

Group Jazz Piano II

1

MUS 237

Jazz Improvisation I

2

MUS 238

Jazz Improvisation II

2

 

Large ensembles

2

MUS 306

Vocal Jazz Ensemble

 

 

-- OR --

4

MUS 317

Jazz Ensemble

 

MUS 307

Jazz Combo

6

MUS 321

Jazz Arranging I

2

MUS 322

Jazz Arranging II

2

MUS 323

Jazz Theory

2

MUS 339

History of Jazz

3

MUS 424

Jazz Pedagogy

2

MUS 426

Jazz Styles and Analysis

3

Electives in music

6

TOTAL TRACK CREDITS

38

Total Core Credits

51

TOTAL CREDITS

89

Core courses "MUS 230: History of Music I: Antiquity through Early Baroque" and "MUS 325: Form and Analysis" are not required for this track.

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Keyboard Track

Credits

MUS 311

Accompanying Skills

4

MUS 331

Keyboard Literature I

2

MUS 348

Piano Pedagogy I

3

MUS 349

Piano Pedagogy II

3

Small ensembles

6

Large ensembles

2

Electives in music

9

TOTAL TRACK CREDITS

29

Total Core Credits

51

TOTAL CREDITS

80

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Piano Pedagogy Track

Credits

MUS 311

Accompanying Skills

2

MUS 331

Keyboard Literature I

2

MUS 332

Keyboard Literature II

2

MUS 348

Piano Pedagogy I

3

MUS 349

Piano Pedagogy II

3

MUS 448

Piano Pedagogy III

3

MUS 449

Piano Pedagogy IV

3

Small ensembles

6

Large ensembles

2

Electives in music

5

TOTAL TRACK CREDITS

31

Total Core Credits

51

TOTAL CREDITS

82

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Vocal Track

Credits

Two years of foreign language selected in consultation with an applied voice teacher

12

MUS 301

The Northern Chorale

 

 

-- OR --

6

MUS 302

Chamber Choir

 

MUS 304

Opera Workshop

 

 

-- OR --

3

MUS 310

Chamber Music Ensembles

 

MUS 354

Lyric Diction I

1

MUS 355

Lyric Diction II

1

MUS 333

Vocal Literature

3

MUS 446

Vocal Pedagogy

2

MUS 185

Applied Piano (taken after proficiency)

2

MUS 285

Applied Piano (taken after proficiency)

2

Electives in music

5

TOTAL TRACK CREDITS

37

Total Core Credits

51

TOTAL CREDITS

88

Bachelor of Music in Music Education

The Bachelor of Music in music education is a comprehensive, professional degree program that prepares students for careers in teaching K-12 music in public and private schools. Students complete the core and may select one of three tracks: choral/vocal, instrumental, or piano/choral based on their applied background and their teaching interests. Applicants must be accepted through audition and have achieved a 21 or higher on their ACT examination or a minimum 1470 combined score on the SAT examination.

Students pursuing a Bachelor of Music with teacher certification should review that portion of the university catalog relating to teacher education. Upon approval to pursue the music teacher education program, students must schedule an appointment with the certification specialist in the College of Education and Human Services. Music students should follow the guidelines for certification listed under "Secondary Education."

Candidates for certification must meet the Kentucky Department of Education certification requirements in both general and professional education. Students wishing to be certified in a state other than Kentucky are responsible for knowing and meeting the certification requirements of that state. Each student should work in close consultation with an advisor in order to meet all non-music requirements. All degree emphases in music education are exempt from the requirement to complete a minor or focus.

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Degree Requirements: B.M. – Music Education

Core Courses in Music

Credits

MUS 122

Music Theory I

3

MUS 123

Music Theory II

3

MUS 222

Music Theory III

3

MUS 223

Music Theory IV

3

MUS 124

Aural Skills I

.5

MUS 125

Aural Skills II

.5

MUS 126

Aural Skills III

.5

MUS 127

Aural Skills IV

.5

MUS 224

Aural Skills V

.5

MUS 225

Aural Skills VI

.5

MUS 226

Aural Skills VII

.5

MUS 227

Aural Skills VIII

.5

MUS 140

Class Piano I

.5

MUS 141

Class Piano II

.5

MUS 142

Class Piano III

.5

MUS 143

Class Piano IV

.5

MUS 261

Class Piano V

.5

MUS 262

Class Piano VI

.5

MUS 263

Class Piano VII

.5

MUS 264

Class Piano VIII

.5

MUS 130

Introduction to Music Literature

2

MUS 196

Recital Review

(must pass at least seven semesters)

0

MUS 197

Freshman Proficiency Jury

0

MUS 230

History of Music I: Antiquity through Early Baroque

3

MUS 231

History of Music II: Late Baroque to

Mid-19th Century

3

MUS 337

History of Music III: Mid 19th and 20th Centuries

3

MUS 297

Sophomore Comprehensive Jury

0

MUS 104

Orientation to Music Education

1

MUS 309

Introduction to Music Education

2

MUS 312

Computer Applications for Musicians

1

MUS 325

Form and Analysis

3

MUS 340

General and Vocal Music P-8

3

MUS 352

Conducting I

2

MUS 353

Conducting II

3

MUS 397

Junior Recital

0

Core Credits in Music

46

Core Courses in Other Disciplines

EDU 300

Human Growth and Development

3

EDU 311

Admission Field Experience Secondary

2

EDU 325

Educational Assessment: Secondary

2

EDU 496

Clinical Experience Secondary

12

EDS 324

Instructional Planning for Inclusive Secondary Classrooms

2

EDS 360

Students with Exceptionalities in Schools

2

Core Credits in Other Disciplines

23

TOTAL CORE CREDITS

69

 

 

Choral/Vocal Track

Credits

MUS 249

Instruments for Singers, Pianists, and Guitarists

1

MUS 305

Ensemble Accompanying

2

MUS 442

Choral Methods I

3

MUS 443

Choral Methods II

3

MUS 354

Lyric Diction I

3

Small ensembles

4

Large ensembles

7

Applied voice

14

TOTAL TRACK CREDITS

37

Total Core Credits

69

TOTAL CREDITS

106

 

 

Instrumental Track

Credits

MUS 146

Group Voice

1

MUS 241

Applied Methods and Materials: Brass

1

MUS 243

Applied Methods and Materials: Woodwinds

1

MUS 245

Applied Methods and Materials: Strings

1

MUS 247

Applied Methods and Materials: Percussion

1

MUS 444

Instrumental Methods I

3

MUS 445

Instrumental Methods II

3

Small ensembles

4

Large ensembles

7

Applied instrument

14

TOTAL TRACK CREDITS

36

Total Core Credits

69

TOTAL CREDITS

105

 

 

Piano/Choral Track

Credits

MUS 249

Instruments for Singers, Pianists, and Guitarists

1

MUS 305

Ensemble Accompanying

2

MUS 442

Choral Methods I

3

MUS 443

Choral Methods II

3

MUS 354

Lyric Diction I

3

Small ensembles

4

Large ensembles

7

Applied piano

8

Applied voice

6

TOTAL TRACK CREDITS

37

Total Core Credits

69

TOTAL CREDITS

106

Bachelor of Music: Composition

The Bachelor of Music in composition is for talented students wishing to pursue a career as a composer/arranger or who wish to continue musical study in composition, theory, or musicology at the graduate level. Students are admitted into the composition program based on an audition on their primary instrument and a portfolio review of their compositions.

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Degree Requirements: B.M. – Composition

Courses

Credits

MUS 122

Music Theory I

3

MUS 123

Music Theory II

3

MUS 222

Music Theory III

3

MUS 223

Music Theory IV

3

MUS 124

Aural Skills I

.5

MUS 125

Aural Skills II

.5

MUS 126

Aural Skills III

.5

MUS 127

Aural Skills IV

.5

MUS 224

Aural Skills V

.5

MUS 225

Aural Skills VI

.5

MUS 226

Aural Skills VII

.5

MUS 227

Aural Skills VIII

.5

MUS 140

Class Piano I

.5

MUS 141

Class Piano II

.5

MUS 142

Class Piano III

.5

MUS 143

Class Piano IV

.5

MUS 261

Class Piano V

.5

MUS 262

Class Piano VI

.5

MUS 263

Class Piano VII

.5

MUS 264

Class Piano VIII

.5

MUS 196

Recital Review (must pass at least seven semesters)

0

MUS 197

Freshman Proficiency Jury

0

MUS 230

History of Music I: Antiquity through Early Baroque

3

MUS 231

History of Music II: Late Baroque to Mid- 19th Century

3

MUS 337

History of Music III: Mid 19th and 20th Centuries

3

MUS 296

Piano Proficiency

0

MUS 297

Sophomore Comprehensive Jury

0

MUS 312

Computer Applications for Musicians

1

MUS 313

Advanced Electronic and Computer Music Techniques

3

MUS 324

Orchestration I

3

MUS 325

Form and Analysis

3

MUS 326

Materials and Techniques of Music Composition

2

MUS 327

Counterpoint

3

MUS 352

Conducting I

2

MUS 397

Junior Recital

0

Applied composition

12

Applied music (major instrument or voice)

8

Applied piano or secondary instrument (piano required for non-piano majors)

4

Large ensembles

4

Small ensembles

4

Electives in music (must have advisor's approval)

6

TOTAL CREDITS

84

TOTAL CREDITS

90

Bachelor of Arts with a major in Music

The Bachelor of Arts in music is a liberal arts degree designed for students who wish to develop their musical talents while acquiring a well-rounded education in other academic areas. Three tracks are offered for the student who wishes to combine musical study with a secondary area in audio production, music technology, or entrepreneurship. Students may enroll in the liberal studies track to combine musical study with a focus in business, psychology, mathematics, history, anthropology, and other fields to create a curriculum tailored to their academic and career interests.

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Degree Requirements: B.A. – Music

Courses

Credits

MUS 122

Music Theory I

3

MUS 123

Music Theory II

3

MUS 222

Music Theory III

3

MUS 223

Music Theory IV

3

MUS 124

Aural Skills I

.5

MUS 125

Aural Skills II

.5

MUS 126

Aural Skills III

.5

MUS 127

Aural Skills IV

.5

MUS 224

Aural Skills V

.5

MUS 225

Aural Skills VI

.5

MUS 226

Aural Skills VII

.5

MUS 227

Aural Skills VIII

.5

MUS 140

Class Piano I

.5

MUS 141

Class Piano II

.5

MUS 142

Class Piano III

.5

MUS 143

Class Piano IV

.5

MUS 261

Class Piano V

.5

MUS 262

Class Piano VI

.5

MUS 263

Class Piano VII

.5

MUS 264

Class Piano VIII

.5

MUS 196

Recital Review

(must pass at least seven semesters)

0

MUS 197

Freshman Proficiency Jury

0

MUS 230

History of Music I: Antiquity through Early Baroque

3

MUS 231

History of Music II: Late Baroque to Mid- 19th Century

3

MUS 337

History of Music III: Mid 19th and 20th Centuries

3

MUS 297

Sophomore Comprehensive Jury

0

MUS 312

Computer Applications for Musicians

1

MUS 496

Senior Capstone

3

Applied music (major instrument)

8

Electives in music (must have advisor's approval)

12

Ensembles

6

TOTAL CREDITS

59

Audio Production Track

Credits

EMB 140

Introduction to Media Aesthetics

3

MUS 350

Music Technology I

3

MUS 356

Mixing Techniques I

3

MUS 357

Mixing Techniques II

3

MUS 358

Commercial Music Production I

3

MUS 359

Commercial Music Production II

3

MUS 361

Advanced Music Production

3

TOTAL TRACK CREDITS

21

Total Core Credits

59

TOTAL CREDITS

80

The audio production track is exempt from the university's requirement to complete a minor or focus.

Entrepreneurship Track

Credits

PRE 394

Topics in Public Relations

3

ENTP 150

Overview of Accounting

3

ENTP 201

Principles of Entrepreneurship

3

ENTP 310

Enterprise Creation

3

ENTP 375

Marketing Strategies for Entrepreneurial Businesses

3

ENTP 499

Independent Study

3

ENTP elective

3

TOTAL TRACK CREDITS

21

Total Core Credits

59

TOTAL CREDITS

80

The entrepreneurship track is exempt from the university's requirement to complete a minor or focus.

Liberal Studies Track

Credits

Focus Electives 300\400 level

12

Electives

9

TOTAL TRACK CREDITS

21

Total Core Credits

59

TOTAL CREDITS

80

Music Technology Track

Credits

PRE 394

Topics in Public Relations

3

EMB 140

Introduction to Media Aesthetics

3

EMB 215

Introduction to Audio Production

3

MUS 350

Music Technology I

3

MUS 351

Music Technology II

3

MUS 358

Commercial Music Production I

3

MUS 360

Composition for Commercial Media

3

TOTAL TRACK CREDITS

21

Total Core Credits

59

TOTAL CREDITS

80

The music technology track is exempt from the university's requirement to complete a minor or focus.

 

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