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NMU Department of Music

Whether you are a singer or instrumentalist, planning a career in music education or hoping to hit it big in the music industry, NMU will provide a world-class undergraduate musical training under the personal guidance of gifted and dedicated faculty members. Combined with a rich program of general studies courses, you will have the solid educational foundation you will need to succeed in any field or profession.

NMU Choral ConcertSunday, October 11 - 3:00 p.m. - Reynolds Recital Hall
NMU Jazz Band Concert - Tuesday, October 13 - 7:30 p.m. - Reynolds Recital Hall

NMU Orchestra Concert - Wednesday, October 14 - 7:30 p.m. - Reynolds Recital Hall


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Experience learning

At NMU, all performing ensembles and studio lessons are open by audition to any student, regardless of major.  There are no added lab fees for these courses.  If you are taking lessons or enrolled in an ensemble, you’ll have access to state-of-the-art practice rooms and other rehearsal facilities in the newly renovated Thomas Fine Arts building.  You will study and rehearse with a nationally recognized music faculty whose enthusiasm and dedication will help you reach your full potential. You will also get to perform in one of the premiere concert venues in the Midwest, the fabulous Reynolds Recital Hall. Make sure to schedule a tour of the Music department when you arrange your campus visit!   

Career excellence

NMU Music grads get great jobs!  Nationally, there is a consistently strong call for qualified public school music teachers, one of the most rewarding careers imaginable. Our graduates regularly move on into music graduate study programs at prestigious institutions. Others find careers as U.S. military musicians, as professional performers, in composition, in various aspects of the music industry, and in many other careers.  


Sunday, October 11 - 3:00 p.m. - Reynolds Recital Hall - Join the NMU Madrigal Singers, University Chorus and the Lake Effect Show Choir in an afternoon of varied and exciting vocal repertoire. Bring your friends and learn more about vocal music at NMU. Free Admission.Tuesday, October 13 - 7:30 p.m. - Reynolds Recital Hall - The first jazz concert of the fall semester will feature both the NMU Jazz Band and the NMU Jazz Combo performing a variety of music by Sonny Rollins, Fred Sturm, Nat Adderley, Astor Piazzolla, and others. Free Admission.Wednesday, October 14 - 7:30 p.m. - Reynolds Recital Hall - The NMU Orchestra is performing a concert of symphonic music featuring a little known work by composer George F. McKay titled "Symphonie Miniature." Come enjoy a wonderful evening of music. Free Admission.The Music department hosts dozens of concerts and recitals each year at the Reynolds Recital Hall and other venues.  Featuring NMU students, faculty, and visiting artists, these exciting events are free and open to the public. For a complete list of upcoming events, click One of the coolest jazz scenes in the Midwest, the NMU Jazz Festival brings in world-class artists to perform and work with high school jazz players and to perform with the NMU big band. The 2016 festival features renowned trombonist/composer Michael Davis! <a href="http://www.nmu.edu/music/jazz-festival">Learn more about the upcoming festival</a>Strike up the band! Join the choir! All NMU music ensembles are open to all students, regardless of major. Check out information on our many exciting ensembles <a href="http://www.nmu.edu/music/ensembles">here.</a>  An interesting fact: participating in a music ensemble in college can actually raise your GPA!

Degrees Offered


What you can do with Music at NMU.

At NMU your opportunities to get involved in music-making are boundless. All performing ensembles are open to qualified students regardless of major. March with the “Pride of the North” Marching Band, perform with the Symphonic Band or University Orchestra, or heat things up in the NMU Jazz Band. There are plenty of exciting choral and vocal activities as well. Traditional choral groups include the University Choir, the Marquette Choral Society, and the Madrigal Singers, a select mixed ensemble. Popular and contemporary music is sung by the Lake Effect Show Choir and the NMU Wildcats, a student-led acapella group. Got the theatre itch? Audition for opera productions and musicals; auditions are open to all NMU students. Sign up for private instrumental or voice lessons with full-time faculty, even if you’re not a music major. Attend fabulous concerts and recitals without charge in the Reynolds Recital Hall, one of the finest performing venues in the Midwest. If you choose to major in Music Education, you’ll be pursuing the most rewarding profession imaginable, and the department’s small student to faculty ratio means that you’ll have the personal attention and support of the most experienced and dedicated faculty anywhere. Come make music with us!

Department of Musicmusic@nmu.edu906-227-2563

If you have college credit and want to find out what will transfer to NMU, please visit www.nmu.edu/transfercredit.

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