The Department of Music is Northern Michigan University’s resource for those seeking a comprehensive music education and for all who wish to enrich their lives through involvement in, and enjoyment of, music. Its academic purpose is to advance the university mission by providing undergraduate programs for professional training in music, studies in music as a liberal art, and opportunities for the general university student in applied study, music courses, and ensemble performance. On a broader level it exists to enrich the present culture, preserve artistic heritage, and facilitate the emergence of new creative expressions for the future. The Department pursues these purposes through the following goals:
• Provide undergraduate programs and curricula of the highest quality for students aspiring to careers in music
and music education.
• Provide non-majors with opportunities to explore musical interests and develop musical skills and knowledge
• Contribute to the cultural enrichment of the university, community, and region through concerts, recitals,
guest artists, and educational offerings as well as through faculty scholarship in teaching and performing, and
• Support public school music education through outreach to schools, advocacy for the arts, and campus events,
including festivals, teacher in-service, summer music camps, and other offerings.
• Maintain a positive teaching, learning, and artistic environment that attracts and retains a high quality
and diverse student body and faculty.
• Enhance the life of the university community through service performances at commencement
ceremonies, athletic events, and other university occasions.
To fulfill these goals the department offers three undergraduate degrees—Bachelor of Music Education, Bachelor of Science/Music Major, and Bachelor of Arts/Music Major—and a 20-credit music minor. The department provides opportunities for music instruction and performance to all students and general public. Lessons, classes, and ensembles are open to non-majors with no additional fees. A schedule of ensemble concerts, student and faculty recitals, guest artist performances, and educational events is offered each semester without charge. The department fosters public school music education first of all by graduating high quality music educators, then by hosting festivals and camps, providing in-service education for teachers, and by sending faculty and ensembles out to schools to perform and teach. The department serves the university through the marching band (home football games and other campus functions) and pep bands (hockey and women’s basketball games), by arranging student and faculty musical performances for university events, and by co-sponsoring cultural activities with other academic departments. Department goals are developed and revised in accordance with NASM standards