The Bachelor of Arts offered through the Department of Music is designed for students who wish to study music in the context of a comprehensive liberal arts experience, immersing themselves in both the practice and theory. The B.A.'s flexibility allows for students to pursue specific music topics to augment their interests, as well as broaden their post-graduate career paths.

Students admitted to this program will be enrolled as Music Majors.

Admission Requirements:

  • 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.

University Core Curriculum Requirements

General Education Distribution Area Cr. Hrs.
Fine Arts (FA)*
2 courses, from at least two of the following areas of study: Art, CMT (Mass Media or Theatre), Music (includes Dance).
Humanities (HU)*
3 courses, from at least two of the following areas of study: CMT (Communication), English, Linguistics. Philosophy, Women's and Gender Studies, World Languages and Cultures, (Note: No more than two foreign language courses may be used to fulfill this requirement.)

Behavioral/Social Sciences (SB)*

3 courses, from at least two of the following areas of study: African & African American Studies, Anthropology, Computer Science, Economics, Geography & Environmental Studies, History, Justice Studies, Latino & Latin American Studies, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Social Work


Natural Sciences (NS and NSL)**

3 courses, from at least two of the following areas of study; one course must have a laboratory component (NSL): Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Environmental Science, Physics (Note: If an FYE ANTH that counts as Natural Science is taken, only one Biology course may be used for Natural Science).


Engaged Learning Experiences  

Students must complete, at Northeastern, three courses designated as Engaged Learning Experiences courses. One of the Engaged Learning Experiences courses must be at the 300-level, and one Engaged Learning Experiences course must be designated as "Boundary Crossing".


Discipline Specific (ELE-DS)

These courses have pre-requisites that are specific courses within a program of study. Discipline Specific courses give students a deeper understanding of how knowledge is created and applied in their field.


Boundary Crossing (ELE-X)

These are courses that cross disciplinary boundaries and/or cross boundaries through engagements outside the classroom or University allowing students to see how knowledge gained in one field might inform other fields or other aspects of society.


Math/Quantitative Reasoning (MA)

1 Math course, that has intermediate Algebra as prerequisite OR is a course listed on the General Education Distributive Learning List of Approved Courses. Any 3 hour college level math course, beyond Intermediate Algebra, meets this requirement.


Students should also be aware of all other university requirements to obtain a degree - NEIU requirements

Major in Music for the Bachelor of Arts Degree

MUS-112Class Piano I1
MUS-113Class Piano II1
MUS-114Class Piano III1
MUS-121Music Theory I3
MUS-122Music Theory II3
MUS-201Music Theory III3
MUS-202Music Theory IV3
MUS-124Sight Singing And Ear Training I1
MUS-125Sight Singing And Ear Training II1
MUS-343Music Before 16003
MUS-344Music From 1600 Through Beethoven3
MUS-345Music After Beethoven3
MUS-334Basic Conducting2
MUS-312Writing Intensive Program: Beethoven3
or MUS-321D Writing Intensive Program: Seminar In Music History:Stravinsky
MUS 151 or MUS 3518
A minimum of 8 semesters/8 credit hours at the 100 or 300 level in the primary instrument/voice area. Students need jury approval to register for 300 level applied lessons.
MUS-341Senior Recital1
In consultation with their Adviser, Students choose an appropriate Ensemble for each semester for 7 semesters/7 credits
From the list below: Voice students must select Diction for Singers I and II and 2 other electives. Instrumental students select Performance or Repertoire Seminar for 2 semesters and 2 other electives. Non-voice/instrumental students select 3 electives from the list. (minimum of 9cr)
Diction For Singers I
Diction For Singers II
MUS 325 Performance Seminar or MUS 327 Repertoire Seminar (Brass, Piano, Strings, Wind)
Class Composition
Form And Analysis I
Practicum In Music: Computer Music Studio
Select one of the following in Music History:
Writing Intensive Program: Beethoven
Writing Intensive Program: Seminar In Music History:Stravinsky
Choose from a list of Supporting Music and University Electives 33cr
Total Hours89-90

Voice majors must take one language course either French or Italian from Humanities category.

More Supporting Music and University Electives

MUS-306Form And Analysis II3
MUS-318Music Of The Twentieth Century3
MUS-321FSeminar In Music History: Jazz3
MUS-342World Music2
MUS-397APracticum In Music: Chamber Music2
ARTH-311Medieval Art of the West3
ARTH-316Seventeenth Century European Art3
ENGL-201The World Of Poetry3
FREN-102Beginning French II3
GES-337Cultural Geography3
HIST-301Medieval Europe3
HIST-307AThe Age Of The Baroque3
ITAL-101Italian I3
PSYC-200General Psychology4

Additional requirements

  • Music Majors must take the following courses concurrently: Theory I and II (MUS 121 and 122) are taken concurrently with Class Piano I and II (MUS 112 and 113). Students with piano skill may audition for advanced placement. Theory III and IV (MUS 201 and 202) are taken concurrently with Sight Singing and Ear Training I and II (MUS 124 and 125).
  • 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. Watch departmental bulletin boards for Convocation announcements. A missed Convocation will result in the removal of 2 recital/concert attendance cards from the student file.
  • Music majors must earn a C or higher in all music classes.
  • Students must complete a minimum of 40 semester hours at the 300 level to graduate.