Feb 28, 2024
Before pursuing a major in music, all students must successfully complete a performance audition for entrance into the applied area of concentration (instrumental, piano, vocal). This requirement must be fulfilled before degree plans can be approved and advisors assigned.
Transfer students are given placement tests to determine what academic music courses are best suited for their background and experience. Students who have taken Music Theory or Piano courses at other institutions should consult the Transfer Guides at http://academics.nsuok.edu/music/TransferStudents.aspx to prepare for the exams. These are necessary to ensure that students have the appropriate background and can succeed in the courses they take.
Music majors are required to participate in at least one music ensemble per semester as specified in the individual degree plans. They are to pass MUS 3611 Wind Ensemble, MUS 3631 University/Community Chorus, or MUS 3681 Band.
Instrumental music majors with an emphasis in guitar may choose an appropriate ensemble as prescribed by their advisor.
Minimum Grade Requirements (Music) - Students must earn a grade of “C” or better in music courses to be used in either major or minor. Grades lower than a “C” on NSU or transfer credit will not apply for music major or music minor.
All music majors must pass the Junior Standing Jury (except BA Musical Arts and Music Business students) as prescribed by the music area (keyboard, instrumental, vocal) before enrollment in any 4000 level applied music courses. Junior standing is also a prerequisite to MUS 3131, Junior Recital and MUS 4031, Senior Recital.
Students are to declare a major in music by the beginning of their sophomore year. Transfer students are to declare a major in music by the end of their first semester as an NSU student.
At least one-fourth of the total semester hours in the major applied music area must be upper level credit from NSU (except BA Musical Arts and Music Business option students).
General Education Requirements: Music Majors
A minimum of 49 hours of academic work in general education is required during the freshman and sophomore years. For students transferring with the Associate of Arts degree or Associate of Science degree from a public institution in Oklahoma, all general education requirements will be satisfied with respect to degree requirements. Some majors may require other specific general education courses as program prerequisites or program requirements. Students are required to complete general education requirements by the time they have completed 90 semester hours of college work. See General Education Requirements for more information.
All music majors are required to take MUS 2863 World Music as part of the humanities hours in the general education requirements.
Music Core for B.A. degree - 30 hours
All students in the Bachelor of Arts degree in Music must complete the following 30 hours of core music classes.
Performance - 45 Required Hours
- Applied Music 2000 level - 8 hours
- Applied Music 4000 level - 8 hours
- Major Ensemble (at least 4 hours must be NSU) - 8 hours
- Small Ensemble (must be NSU) - 2 hours
- For Piano majors only: Major Ensemble 4 Hours (at least 2 hours must be NSU) AND Small Ensemble (Must be NSU) 6 Hours (Small ensemble may include MUS 3671, 3691, 3661)
- Additional upper level applied or ensemble participation - 3 hours
Music Electives - 6 hours
Total Hours in Performance - 81 hours
Policies of the College of Liberal Arts
|English proficiency is a graduation requirement. Components I and II of English proficiency should be met with grades of “C” or better prior to the completion of 60 credit hours.
|UPPER DIVISION CREDIT:
|Total hours must include at least 40 hours of credit in courses number 3000 and above.
|LIBERAL ARTS & SCIENCES:
|At least 80 semester credit hours are required in the Liberal Arts and Sciences for BA/BAED/BFA/BME degrees and 55 semester credit hours of Liberal Arts and Sciences for BS/BSED degrees and 40 semester credit hours of Liberal Arts and Sciences for specialty degrees (BGS, BSW). Liberal Arts and Science courses are designated by a “#” after the course title.