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2009-10 NSU Undergraduate Catalog 
2009-10 NSU Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Music Major-Minor B.A.

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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.

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 Band (MUS 3611), or Chorus (MUS 3631).

Students pursuing a Bachelor of Music Education (Instrumental winds and percussion) are required to pass Band a minimum of seven semesters. Students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts (Jazz option - winds and percussion) are required to pass Band (MUS 3611)a minimum of two academic years after which MUS 3651(Jazz Band I ONLY) may satisfy the music organization requirement or as directed by the major advisor.

Instrumental music majors with an emphasis in guitar may choose an appropriate ensemble as prescribed by their advisor.

All music majors are required to take MUS 2863 World Music as part of the humanities hours in the general education requirements.

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 Music Business students) as prescribed by the music area (keyboard, instrumental, vocal) before enrollment in any 4000 level applied music. Junior standing is also a prerequisite to MUS 3030, Half Recital and MUS 4031, Full 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 Music Business option students).


(students with piano as applied instrument take two [2] semesters of MUS 3111 and two [2] hours of another instrument or voice)

Core Subtotal 30 hours


Jazz Studies Option

Musical Arts Option

  • Applied Music 4 hours
  • Major Ensemble (must be NSU) 4 hours


  • Music Electives (additional ensembles and applied lessons not to exceed eight hours) 18 hours
  • Electives (may Include MUS courses) 25 hours

Total in Musical Arts Option - 51 hours


  • Electives 25 hours

Total hours in Music Business Option - 51 hours

Performance Option


  • 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
  • additional upper level applied or ensemble participation 3 hours

Total required hours in option 36 hours

Total electives in option 15 hours

Total Hours in Performance Option 51 hours


Vocal Majors:  Foreign language study equivalent to the first year is required.  3 hours are to be taken to fulfill a portion of the Humanities requirement, and 3 hours are required within the electives.

Liberal Arts and Science Courses

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Policies of the College of Liberal Arts

ENGLISH PROFICIENCY: 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 numbered 3000 and above.
LIBERAL ARTS & SCIENCES: At least 80 semester credit hours are required in the Liberal Arts and Sciences.


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