Music at a glance
North Central’s Music major is for students who want to follow their calling in a music-related field, but don’t plan to pursue a performance career. Through participation in performance groups and ensembles, ongoing private lessons, and courses in music theory taught by highly-qualified professors, you’ll perfect your instrument of choice while gaining the skills and knowledge you need to pursue a career in a variety of music fields. Plus, North Central’s state-of-the-art facilities will give you opportunities to gain hands-on experience with the latest performance and recording technology.
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- An overview of the program
- Classes you’ll take
- Exciting jobs you can get after graduation
Interested in earning your degree in Music?
What sets us apart
Skills you’ll gain
When you graduate from the Music program, you’ll be prepared to:
- Perform your instrument with excellence
- Apply written and aural music theory
- Play the piano proficiently
- Teach music
- Work with an ensemble
- Understand music of other cultures
- Understand the history of western music
Our graduates succeed in a variety of jobs and careers. Here are some possibilities:
- Music educator
- Private instructor
- Worship Leader
To ensure that you’re prepared as an experienced, highly-skilled musician, we have a few requirements for our Music majors.
- Ensemble participation—You need to participate in at least one ensemble each semester. You can choose from: Woman’s Chorus, Festival Chorus, Chorale (audition only), Rhythm Players, Jazz Workshop ( upperclassmen), String Ensemble
- Recital performance class—You’ll register for this class each semester to prepare for your senior recital, perform on your primary instrument, and learn recital etiquette.
- Recital attendance—You’ll be expected to attend all recital classes, senior recitals, and faculty recitals.
- Conducting lab—This class serves as the choir for the senior recitals of Music Pastor and Music Education majors.
- Applied lessons—You’ll take music lessons in one major instrument and one minor instrument. You can choose from the following: piano, voice, guitar, drums, bass guitar, violin, flute, cello, saxophone, trumpet and french horn. Piano is the minor instrument for anyone who isn’t a piano major.
- Theory Placement Exam—You’ll take the theory placement exam before you enter the Music program or register for classes.
- Jury exams—You’ll take final jury exams at the end of each semester. At jury exams, you’ll perform pieces you’ve studied that semester.
- Piano proficiency—You’ll be required to demonstrate piano proficiency by the end of your fourth semester of theory.
- Entrance audition (for transfer students and sophomores)—If you’re transferring to North Central or at sophomore status you’ll complete an entrance audition.
- Senior project/recital—All Music majors need to complete a senior project and perform a senior recital to finish their degree. A junior recital will also be completed prior to approval for a senior recital.
We want you to be well-rounded and well-prepared when you graduate, so you’ll have the opportunity to choose a minor or supporting program so you can explore another area of interest. Here are some possibilities:
- Intercultural Studies
- Media Production
- Music Pastor
- Urban Studies
- Worship Leading
See the full list of minors and supporting programs.
Megan Johnson '15
"I loved that my classes were small enough that I was able to get to know my professor, and they got to know me as well. It made the classes more personal, and I wanted to do better because of it. I also loved that most classes started with prayer. That's not something you find everywhere and it was a huge blessing."
All students must complete the General Education Core and Christian Studies Core. General electives may be added or an optional minor may be selected. You need 124 total credit hours to complete the Music degree.
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Meet the dean
Dean, College of Fine Arts
Currently in my 35th year, I continue to lead the College of Fine Arts as dean. I hold a B.A. in Vocal Performance from West Virginia Wesleyan, a masters in Conducting from the University of Minnesota, and a Doctorate in Choral Conducting from the University of Iowa. Over 35 years the College of Fine arts has grown from a single major of 10 students to 9 majors with over 150 students.
What are your areas of expertise?
Conducting, vocal music, worship leading
What do you love about teaching at North Central?
The students of course! I love being able to encourage students to grow and use their gifts to the very best of their abilities to glorify God.
What are your favorite classes to teach?
Conducting the Chorale and Teaching Conducting