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Whether you are interested in a vocal or instrumental area of specialization, hope to become a music teacher or work within the music industry, at Northern, you will develop a thorough knowledge of the different kinds of music and an understanding of music’s role in society. Along with your immersion in music, you’ll learn in diverse liberal studiescourses, giving you a solid educational background to take you far in whatever career you choose.

Experience learning

You can hone your musical talents in one of our 28 electronic practice suites equipped with docking stations for your NMU-issued notebook computer. The computers are loaded with specialty industry software unique to the Music Department. Sixteen of the practice rooms are Wenger studios, providing exquisite acoustics, including two V-ready rooms that simulate the acoustics of world-class venues. You may also perform at NMU’s beautiful Reynolds Recital Hall and delve into special research with faculty members.

Career excellence

NMU music graduates have a 100 percent placement rate due to the national shortage of certified music teachers. Our graduates not only work as educators, but also as band directors, professional musicians, voice-over actors, jingle writers, composers, music marketers and in many other careers.


The Music Department hosts a number of events by and for NMU students, and the community is always invited. <a href="http://www.nmu.edu/music/UpcomingEvents">Upcoming performances and presentations</a>Regardless of your interests, there are ensembles available for music majors and non-majors. <a href="http://www.nmu.edu/music/ensembles">See a list of all ensembles</a> The annual jazz festival is a two-day event in which area high school students come to campus and learn from some of the nation

Degrees Offered


What you'll do 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 a cappella 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. How about hosting your own radio show on Radio X, the student-run radio station? Or attending 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!

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