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The Nicholls State University Department of Music prepares its majors for careers in music through classroom lectures and practical experience, including performances and recitals.  Students learn from distinguished faculty members and visiting musicians as well as hands-on in elementary and secondary music classrooms and in the Nicholls Music Academy.

We offer programs that allow students to pursue a music degree with a career cluster of elective courses suited to their individual interests. Music majors can choose to concentrate in voice or instruments (winds, strings, percussion and piano).

The Department of Music offers a Bachelor of Arts in Music degree with three concentrations:

The MUSA concentration allows students to earn a liberal arts degree in music by offering a solid foundation in the study of both music and another area of interest to the student.  It is designed for those students who are not seeking teacher certification.

The MUSN concentration allows students to earn certification in instrumental music education by offering a solid foundation in the study of both music and education.

The MUSV concentration allows students to earn certification in vocal music education by offering a solid foundation in the study of both music and education

Minors in music are also available to any student. Courses for the 18-hour minor in music must be approved by the Head of the Department of Music. Click on the links below to find a list of required music minor courses:

The following is a general overview of the requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in Music degree.

NOTE: This is not a complete list of all course requirements. For more information, view the program’s detailed coursework list

General Education
  • Natural Sciences – 9 hours
    Must take two consecutive biological sciences and one physical science.
    -OR-
    Must take two consecutive physical sciences and one biological science.
  • Social Sciences – 6 hours
    Must be taken from two different disciplines (3 hours each).
  • 300-level courses – 45 hours
    Must take 45 hours of 300-level courses or above to include:
Music Electives (6)
Music Ensembles (3)
Music 340/341 (6)
Music 371/372 (4)
Music 400 (2)
Career Cluster (15)
English Writing (3)
English Elective (3)
Social Science (3)
Minor Studies or Career Cluster

The Bachelor of Arts in Music requires completion of a career cluster of elective courses suited to the individual’s interest. A minimum of 18 hours is required (15 of which must be of 300-level or above courses). Although 18 hours are required, if a student wishes to receive a minor in some area of study, he/she must complete the minor required by the department in which that discipline is housed. The prescribed minor may exceed the 18 hours and, in many cases, may require 21 to 24 hours to complete. For a description of those minors, please refer to the University Catalog.

  • Career Cluster:
    The individual career cluster consists of approved electives related to a career choice, with 15 hours of coursework numbered 300 or above. All students should meet with their adviser and discuss the career cluster option and begin taking those courses no later than year three, semester one.


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