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Office: 240-245 Talbot Hall
Phone: 985-448-4600
Professor: Britt (Head), Klaus.
Associate Professor: Soares.
Assistant Professors: Bartnik, Francis.
Instructors: Hollenbeck, 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 a program leading to the completion of a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music that allows students to pursue a music major combined with a career cluster of elective courses suited to the student’s individual interests and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music with teaching certification in instrumental or vocal music.

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.
  • 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 Department, will be 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.  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. The music therapy concentration is offered in cooperation with the College of Music and Fine Arts at Loyola University in New Orleans. Before being permitted to enroll in music courses designated as performance courses, a student must perform a placement audition.


A minor in Music is available to all students. Courses taken 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

  • Instrumental Education Concentration (MUSN)
  • Vocal Education Concentration (MUSV)

  • (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 Elective or Concentration Course 2
MATH Electives (GER) 6 HIST 255 or 256 (GER) 3
MUS 100 (each semester), 110, 119, 169, 171, 172, 201 (CLR) 13 MUS 100 (each semester), 120, 170, 211 (OCR), 217, 240 (GER), 269, 271, 272 (OCR) 16
MUS Ensemble Electives 2 MUS Ensemble Electives 2
Natural Science Elective 3 Natural Science Elective (GER) 3
  31   29
ENGL 366 or 368 (GER) 3 MUS 300, MUS 400 or Concentration Course 2
MUS 212 (OCR), 218, 270 or Concentration Course, 300 (each semester), 301, 323, 340 (GER), 341 (GER/OCR), 371, 372 20 MUS Elective (MUS 302 [1], 303 [1], 319 [3], 320 [3], 376 [3], 389 [3], 407 [3], 476 [3], 489 [3], or Concentration Course 6
MUS Ensemble Electives* 2 Social Sciences Elective or Concentration Course* (GER) 3
Natural Science Electives** (GER) 3 Approved Electives or Concentration Courses* 12
Approved Elective or Concentration Course 3 Concentration Course 0-5
Approved Elective or Concentration Course* 3   23-28
Social Sciences Elective or Concentration Course (GER) 3    

Total Hours Required for Degree: 120

* Courses 300-level or above.
** 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.

  EDUC 313 (3)   EDUC 313 (3)
  EDUC 321 (3)   EDUC 321 (3)
  EDUC 368 (3)   EDUC 368 (3)
  EDUC 467 (9)   EDUC 467 (9)
  MUED 221 (1)   MUED 383 (3)
  MUED 223 (1)   MUS 209 (1)
  MUED 225 (1)   MUS 244 (2)
  MUED 227 (1)   MUS 270 (1)
  MUED 229 (1)   MUS 303 (1)
  MUED 383 (3)   MUED 384 (3)
  MUED 385 (2)   MUED 478 (2)
  MUED 386 (1)   MUS 109 (1)
  MUS 243 (2)   MUS 407 (3)
  MUS 302 (1)   PSYC 212 (3)
  MUS 407 (3)   PSYC 311 (3)
  PSYC 212 (3)  
  PSYC 311 (3)  

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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