About The Program
As an NSU music education major, you can learn to:
- Teach music to K-12 students
- Perform and create music, and
- Develop students’ understanding and appreciation of the art of music.
The instrumental emphasis is for you if you’d like to teach K-12 instrumental music and supervise school music programs. You’ll be encouraged to take vocal courses to strengthen your musicianship.
The vocal emphasis prepares you to teach K-12 vocal and general music and supervise school music programs. You’ll be encouraged to take instrumental courses to strengthen your musicianship.
Our double major in music – instrumental and vocal – is perfect if you’d like to teach in a smaller school district. With this degree, you’ll be qualified to teach grades K-12.
At Northern, you'll get individual attention from our renowned music faculty members who will help you develop your fullest potential.
You'll have plentiful performance opportunities as part of outstanding musical ensembles. NSU brings professional musicians to campus for residencies, workshops, lectures and recitals. Northern ensembles that tour each year include the Marching Wolves, Symphonic Band, Concert Choir, and Chamber Singers.
NSU is a fully accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).
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 for this program.
NSU offers 4-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.
“I was really fortunate to start my Northern experience with 32 credits already built up from taking classes at the Huron Community Campus! When I graduated high school, I wasn’t completely sure if I was ready to jump into a campus setting or not because I was unsure of what exactly I wanted to do with my life. When I finally came to Northern in the Fall of 2016, I found myself swimming in such an amazing sea of opportunity. I will be forever grateful for my choice to make the leap of faith and go to college at NSU. Through my involvement on campus, I have made so many lifelong friends and professional connections that I would have never made if I had went to a different college. I’ve also had the opportunity to find and pursue many passions of mine such as my love for marching band as the drum major, as well as living in the residence halls and fostering a welcoming on-campus community as a resident assistant and senior resident assistant in Briscoe Hall! In my eyes, your college experience should be centered around doing the things that you love and my choice to go to school at NSU has given me everything I could’ve wanted from a college experience and so much more!” Tabitha Schmidt #beNORTHERN #unleashYOURpotential
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B.S. North Dakota State University
M.M., G.P.D. Peabody Conservatory of Music
D.M.A. North Dakota State University
In addition to her operatic repertoire, Dr. Bultema has appeared as a soloist in an assortment of orchestral works with The Florida Philharmonic, New World Symphony, Miami Chamber Symphony, Peabody Symphony…
Maturita, Conservatory, Prague, Czech Republic
Absolutorium, Academy of Musical Arts (terminal degree) Prague, Czech Republic
D.M.A., Michigan State University
M.M., Wichita State University
B.M., Concordia College
Dr. Marla Fogderud, a native of North Dakota, is an active stage performer and recitalist throughout the United States and Europe. She was an apprentice artist with the Des Moines Metro Opera and has performed roles with Opera Kansas, Wichita State University Opera, Fargo Moorhead Opera, and Michigan State University Opera. She has been a soloist with the Cincinnati International Chorale, Wichita Symphony, Wichita State University Orchestra, Greater Grand Forks Symphony, Michigan State University (MSU) Concert Band, MSU Philharmonic and MSU Symphony.
Dr. Fogderud has appeared on the Concordia College, Moorhead, Minn., faculty recital series; Minnesota Public Radio Regional Artist broadcasts; North Dakota Museum of Art Summer Concert Series; Plymouth…
M.M., Northwestern University
B.A., Northwestern University
B.M.E, Northern State University
M.M., Western Michigan University
D.M.A., Arizona State University (Tuba Performance)
Dr. Travis Netzer is a lecturer of tuba and euphonium at NSU. He grew up in Ipswich, S.D., and attended Northern for his bachelor's degree in music education. During his undergraduate degree studies, Netzer competed in the Music Teachers National Association Young Artist Brass Competition and reached the national level of the competition two years in a row, placing runner up his second year. He received a graduate assistantship to attend Western Michigan University for his master’s degree in music performance and earned a doctorate of musical arts at Arizona State University, where he was the graduate assistant to Dr. Deanna Swoboda. While there, he competed and advanced to the semifinals in the International Tuba Euphonium Solo Competition…
Born and raised in the Chicago area, he previously maintained a private voice studio and taught voice at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn. In recent years, his students have advanced to compete at the national level. In 2009, one of his students was selected to be a finalist with the NFAA YoungArts…
Ph.D. Northwestern University
M.A. University of Minnesota
B.A. Valley City State College
Bill Wieland, a native of North Dakota, is an educator, composer and pianist. His compositions have received numerous awards and performances and he is often featured as a piano accompanist in the region. Dr. Wieland earned a bachelor of arts in composite music (piano) from Valley City State College in 1986, a master of arts in theory and composition from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities in 1988 and a doctor of music in composition from Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill., in 1991. He has taught at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, De Paul University and Northwestern University.
He began teaching music…