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Office: 240-245 Talbot Hall
Phone: 985-448-4600
Professor: Klaus.
Associate Professor: Britt (Head), Soares.
Assistant Professors: Van Regenmorter-Goes.
Instructors: Gueniot, Hebert, Mendoza, Sammarco, Torres.


The Department of Music is committed to its reputation as a center of quality education in the performing arts that meets the multi-cultural needs of the region. The division embraces the idea that music plays an important role in the enrichment of the general quality of life for the geographic area that the university serves. Faculty strive to provide majors with opportunities that are practical in preparation for careers in music and the general student population with an understanding and appreciation of music.

To that end, the music faculty embraces teaching as its primary responsibility. The department offers programs leading to the completion of the Bachelor of Music Education degree with a concentration in instrumental or vocal music and a Bachelor of Arts in Music degree that allows students to pursue a music major combined with a career cluster of elective courses suited to the student individual interests.

In addition the department supports the general education requirements and other degree programs by offering electives in music.

Retention Guidelines

  • All prospective students will be required to participate in an audition, which involves a performance evaluation and interview for acceptance into the  Department of Music programs. (See Admission Requirements.)
  • A student must earn the grade of C or higher in each required course for the major or minor, and meet all graduation requirements as stated under General University Requirements for the Baccalaureate Degree in the Nicholls Catalog.
  • All music majors enrolled in a studio lesson must perform a board exam during finals week at the end of each semester. The requirements are specified in each course syllabus according to level of study.
  • At the completion of the fourth semester of study, all music majors must take the barrier exam, which will determine continued study at the junior level. This exam consists of an expanded board exam plus a self-study piece.
  • A student majoring in music education must meet all requirements for admission and progression through the Teacher Education Curriculum, student teaching, and graduation as stated under College of Education in the Nicholls Bulletin.
  • One year after graduation the  Department of Music will ask each alumnus to complete an online survey regarding his/her current address; current job title, location, and teaching responsibilities; and suggestions for improving our degree programs. In subsequent years alumni who participate in LMEA District VII Large Ensemble Festivals, hosted by the Division, will asked to update their current information and make suggestions.

Music Program

The University awards the degree of Bachelor of Arts in Music to a student who completes the basic curriculum. The degree plan is designed so that a student may pursue studies in music with a career cluster of elective courses suited to the individual’s interests. This degree is not intended as a substitute for the professional degree in music performance. It is designed to help meet the changing needs of students who wish to pursue music as an area of study but do not wish to pursue studies in music education. The music therapy concentration is offered in cooperation with the College of Music of Loyola University in New Orleans. Before being permitted to enroll in music courses designated as performance courses, a student must perform a placement audition.

Music Minor

Minors in music are available to all students. Courses for the 18-hour minor in music must be approved by the Director of the School of Fine Arts. Degrees in the Department of Music are nationally accredited by and the  department is a member of the National Association of Schools of Music.

Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music

  • (CLR) Computer Literacy Requirement;
  • (GER) General Education Requirement;
  • (OCR) Oral Communication Requirement;
  • (UR) University Requirement
ENGL 101, 102 (GER) 6 ENGL Literature Elective (GER) 3
Freshman Seminar Course (UR) 1 HIST 101, 102 (GER) 6
MATH  Electives (GER) 6 MUS 100 (each semester), 120, 170, 211, 217, 240 (GER), 269, 271, 272 16
MUS 100 (each semester), 110, 119, 169, 171, 172, 201 (CLR) 13 MUS Ensemble Elective 1
MUS Ensemble Electives 2 MUS Ensemble Elective* 1
SPCH 101 (OCR) 3 Natural Science Elective (GER) 3
Natural Science Elective 3   30
ENGL 366 or 368 (GER) 3 ENGL Elective* 3
MUS 212, 218, 270, 300 (each semester), 340, 371, 372 12 MUS 400 2
MUS 341 (GER) 3 MUS Electives* (GER) 6
MUS Ensemble Electives* 2 Social Science Elective* (GER) 3
Natural Science Electives** (GER) 3 Electives* 9
Electives* 6 Approved Elective 3
Social Science Elective* (GER) 3   26

Total Hours Required for Degree: 122

* Courses 300-level or above and advisor approval required.

** See General Education Requirements for Baccalaureate Degree.
NOTE: A proficiency board examination in piano will be given at the end of the sophomore year and will include displaying the abiliity to accompany.

Music Education Program
Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music Education

The university awards the degree of Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music Education in Instrumental Music  or in Vocal Music  upon the completion of the appropriate curriculum.


Instrumental Music (IMED) (K-12)
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