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).
6
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.)
9

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

9

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).

9

   
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.

 
*

Majors in Fine Arts, Humanities or Social/Behavioral Sciences, may waive up to 6 credit hours of General Education requirements in the corresponding distribution area.

**

 Majors in Natural Sciences may waive up to 9 credit hours of General Education requirements in the Natural Sciences distribution area.

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

Major in Music for the Bachelor of Music Degree

Emphasis Ia: Vocal Performance

Required Courses
MUS-121Music Theory I 13
MUS-122Music Theory II 13
MUS-201Music Theory III 13
MUS-202Music Theory IV 13
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
Applied Music in the major performance area16
MUS-335Choral Conducting2
Private study in voice:
Applied Music: Voice
Applied Music: Voice
Piano 1
MUS-112Class Piano I1
MUS-113Class Piano II1
MUS-114Class Piano III1
(Students may fulfill up to 6 required piano hours with music electives after successfully completing a piano skill placement audition)
MUS-210Music Diction For Singers I: Italian And French2
MUS-211Music Diction For Singers II: German And English2
MUS-327DRepertoire Seminar: Voice3
MUS-328DRepertoire Seminar Varies: Voice3
MUS-331EApplied Music Pedagogy I: Voice3
Large Ensemble (minimum) 38
University Chorus
Vocal Ensemble: Chamber Singers
Vocal Ensemble: Opera Workshop
Vocal Ensemble: Music Theater
Electives6
Select one of the following in Music Theory:
Form And Analysis I
Class Composition
Orchestration
Practicum In Music: Computer Music Studio
Select one of the following in Music History:
Writing Intensive Program: Beethoven (or dept. approved course)
Writing Intensive Program: Seminar In Music History:Stravinsky
MUS-340Junior Recital1
MUS-341Senior Recital (or MUS 300)1
Total Hours75
1

Music 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).
2

At least eight credit hours

3

Students 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 Language6
Two courses selected from FREN-101 or ITAL-101 (satisfies two General Education requirements)
Total Hours6


Emphasis Ib: Instrumental Performance

Required Courses
MUS-121Music Theory I 13
MUS-122Music Theory II 13
MUS-201Music Theory III 13
MUS-202Music Theory IV 13
MUS-124Sight Singing And Ear Training I1
MUS-125Sight Singing And Ear Training II1
MUS-308Orchestration3
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)
Piano6
Class Piano I
Class Piano II
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 Seminar3
MUS 328 (A,B,C,F, or G) Repertoire Seminar3
MUS 331 (A, B, C, D, or F) Applied Music Pedagogy I3
Large Ensemble - Select a minimum of 8 hours from the following:8
Band
Orchestra
Instrumental Ensemble: Accompanying (piano)
Instrumental Ensemble: Guitar
Small Ensemble (see selected list in department)5
Electives - Select one from each of the following:6
Music Theory:
Form And Analysis I
Class Composition
Practicum In Music: Computer Music Studio
Music History:
Writing Intensive Program: Beethoven (or dept. approved course)
Writing Intensive Program: Seminar In Music History:Stravinsky
MUS-343Music Before 16003
MUS-344Music From 1600 Through Beethoven3
MUS-345Music After Beethoven3
MUS-334Basic Conducting2
MUS-336Instrumental Conducting2
MUS-340Junior Recital1
MUS-341Senior Recital ( or MUS 300)1
Total Hours82
1

Music 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).
2

Piano 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-121Music Theory I 13
MUS-122Music Theory II 13
MUS-201Music Theory III 13
MUS-202Music Theory IV 13
MUS-124Sight Singing And Ear Training I1
MUS-125Sight Singing And Ear Training II1
Applied Music in the major performance area8
MUS-343Music Before 16003
MUS-344Music From 1600 Through Beethoven3
MUS-345Music After Beethoven3
MUS-334Basic Conducting2
MUS-335Choral Conducting2
Private study in voice:
Applied Music: Voice
Applied Music: Voice
Piano 3
MUS-112Class Piano I1
MUS-113Class Piano II1
MUS-114Class Piano III1
MUS-106Orientation To Music Education1
MUS-210Music Diction For Singers I: Italian And French2
MUS-211Music Diction For Singers II: German And English2
MUS-331EApplied Music Pedagogy I: Voice3
MUS-342World Music2
MUS-391Contemporary Music Education - Grades K-63
SCED-303IMethods And Techniques Of Teaching Music In Secondary School:Instrumental (taken concurrently with MUS-393L)3
SCED-303VMethods And Techniques Of Teaching Music In Secondary Schools:Vocal (taken concurrently with MUS-393L)3
MUS-393LClinical Field Experience (See piano proficiency requirement below)2
Large Ensemble (minimum) 4,58
University Chorus
Vocal Ensemble: Chamber Singers
Vocal Ensemble: Opera Workshop
Vocal Ensemble: Music Theater
Total Hours67
1

Music 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).
2

At least four credit hours

3

Voice 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. 

4

Voice students must select 6 credits from MUS-221A or MUS-222A and 2 credits
from MUS-222C or MUS-222D.

5

Piano 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-305NSecondary Student Teaching And Seminar In Music9

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-121Music Theory I 13
MUS-122Music Theory II 13
MUS-201Music Theory III 13
MUS-202Music Theory IV 13
MUS-124Sight Singing And Ear Training I1
MUS-125Sight Singing And Ear Training II1
Applied Music in the major performance area8
MUS-343Music Before 16003
MUS-344Music From 1600 Through Beethoven3
MUS-345Music After Beethoven3
MUS-334Basic Conducting2
MUS-336Instrumental Conducting2
Private study on an instrument:
MUS 151 (A-Z EXCEPT V)
MUS 351 (A-Z EXCEPT V)
Piano 3
MUS-112Class Piano I 11
MUS-113Class Piano II 11
(Students may fulfill up to 4 required piano hours with music electives after successfully completing a piano skill placement audition.)
MUS-110Class Voice I2
MUS-106Orientation To Music Education1
MUS-308Orchestration3
MUS-342World Music2
MUS-391Contemporary Music Education - Grades K-63
SCED-303IMethods And Techniques Of Teaching Music In Secondary School:Instrumental (taken concurrently with MUS-393L)3
SCED-303VMethods And Techniques Of Teaching Music In Secondary Schools:Vocal (taken concurrently with MUS-393L)3
MUS-393LClinical Field Experience (See piano proficiency requirement below)2
Large Ensemble8
Wind, brass, and percussion students
Band
String students
Orchestra
Piano majors
Orchestra (Select 6 credits)
Band
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-115Instrumental Music Studies Brass Instruments1
MUS-116Instrumental Music Studies Percussion Instruments1
MUS-117Instrumental Music Studies String Instruments1
MUS-118Instrumental Music Studies Woodwind Instruments I (flute/clarinet)1
MUS-119Instrumental Music Studies: Woodwind Instruments II (oboe/bassoon/saxophone)1
Total Hours69
1

Music 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).
2

At least four credit hours

3

Piano 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-305NSecondary Student Teaching And Seminar In Music9

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 sample curricular map is provided to guide you in the planning of your progression for this major.  This guide should not replace regular consultations with your program advisor. For specific recommendations of courses not identified, please consult your program advisor.
 

First Year
Term 1Hours
MUS-106Orientation To Music Education1
MUS-112Class Piano I1
MUS-121Music Theory I3
MUS-151VApplied Music: Voice1
100-Level MATH Course3
ENGL-101Writing I3
 Term Hours12
Term 2
MUS-151VApplied Music: Voice1
MUS-113Class Piano II1
MUS-122Music Theory II3
MUS-343, 344, or 345Music Before 16003
ENGL-102Writing II3
General Education Course3
 Term Hours14
Second Year
Term 1
MUS-124Sight Singing And Ear Training I1
MUS-114Class Piano III1
MUS-201Music Theory III3
MUS-210Music Diction For Singers I: Italian And French2
MUS-221 or MUS-2221
MUS-151VApplied Music: Voice1
MUS-345, 344, or 345Music After Beethoven3
 Term Hours12
Term 2
MUS-125Sight Singing And Ear Training II1
MUS-202Music Theory IV3
MUS-211Music Diction For Singers II: German And English2
MUS-221 or MUS-2221
MUS-344, 343, or 345Music From 1600 Through Beethoven3
General Education Course3
MUS-151VApplied Music: Voice1
 Term Hours14
Third Year
Term 1
MUS-331EApplied Music Pedagogy I: Voice3
MUS-334Basic Conducting2
MUS-391Contemporary Music Education - Grades K-63
MUS-351VApplied Music: Voice1
EDFN-305Philosophical And Historical Foundations Of Public Education3
General Education Course3
MUS-221 or MUS-2221
 Term Hours16
Term 2
MUS-342World Music2
MUS-335Choral Conducting2
MUS-351VApplied Music: Voice1
EDFN-306Education And Individual Differences3
MUS-221 or MUS-2221
General Education Course3
General Education Course3
 Term Hours15
Fourth Year
Term 1
MUS-351VApplied Music: Voice1
MUS-221 or MUS-2221
CMT-101 or CMT-2023
EDFN-307Psychology Of Instruction And Learning3
HLED-107Health For Effective Living3
General Education Course3
 Term Hours14
Term 2
MUS-351VApplied Music: Voice1
SCED-311Writing Intensive Program: School Curriculum3
MUS-221 or MUS-2221
General Education Course3
General Education Course3
General Education Course3
 Term Hours14
Fifth Year
Term 1
SCED-303IMethods And Techniques Of Teaching Music In Secondary School:Instrumental3
SCED-303VMethods And Techniques Of Teaching Music In Secondary Schools:Vocal3
MUS-393LClinical Field Experience2
MUS-221 or MUS-2221
General Education Course3
 Term Hours12
Term 2
SCED-305NSecondary Student Teaching And Seminar In Music9
 Term Hours9
 Total Hours: 132