The NSU music major will help you grow as a musician while preparing you to excel in your dream career. The bachelor of arts in music, offering a general background in music theory, literature, history and performance, is for students majoring in music as part of a liberal arts program.*

NSU is a fully accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). As a music major at Northern, you'll get individual attention from our renowned music faculty members who will help you develop your fullest potential.


Performance and ensemble opportunities at NSU are numerous. Performance groups include the Concert Choir, Chamber Singers, Aberdeen University/Civic Symphony, Symphonic Band, University/Concert Band, Marching Band, Jazz Ensemble, Vocal Jazz Ensemble, and opera scenes. Here, you’ll also find opportunities to participate in NSU’s woodwind, brass, percussion, and chamber music ensembles.


Music majors are required to perform a senior recital and complete the MFAT exam.


*NSU’s music B.A. is not a teacher preparation program. For teacher preparation, please see Northern's Music Education Bachelor's Degree.



We’re happy to offer career planning assistance so you can make informed and satisfying decisions related to your career and educational goals.


Potential careers include elementary, secondary, and collegiate level teacher, private studio instructor, music supervisor, church musician, composer/arranger, music librarian, conductor, music or television/radio industry worker, music technician, and sound technician.


For more information on careers in your major or help choosing a major, contact Career Services.


Internships are not required.


NSU offers four-year music scholarships to incoming freshman and transfer students. Awards are based on spring auditions (dates announced in advance) and academic achievement, talent, and letters of recommendation. NSU also may award music scholarships to full-time students who participate in at least one major ensemble during each semester the award is in effect. 

Music Scholarships

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