MUSIC AT NICHOLLS

EVENT:

Senior Recital

Rafael Marzagao, Violin
Dr. Richard Jeric, Piano
 
Danos Theater 
Thursday, July 9th at 7:30 pm
 

Welcome to the Department of Music at Nicholls!

We are looking forward to an amazing school year for 2019-2020.  Highlights include a celebration of Beethoven’s 250th birthday with a series of his piano sonatas featuring our faculty as well as guest artists, world premieres performed by the Nicholls Concert Choir and Nicholls Wind Ensemble, and a stellar season for the Pride of Nicholls.

“My time at Nicholls created so much wonder and desire in me as a musician.  I found myself wanting to explore the music world as a result of my time there, and I was given the resources there to start my journey.  Thinking back on it now, Nicholls taught me to crave learning and that has driven me to be the musician I am today.”

Ben Robichaux

Degree: Bachelor’s Degree in Instrumental Music Education
Graduation Date:  2014
Current Position: Assistant Band Director at Thibodaux High School

DEGREE PROGRAMS

Bachelor of Arts
Instrumental Music Education

To become a band director, 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.

Bachelor of Arts
Vocal Music Education

To become a choir director, 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.

Bachelor of Arts Music
Liberal Arts Degree

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.

ABOUT

The Department of Music is committed to its reputation as a center of quality education in the performing arts that meets the multicultural needs of the region. We embrace 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. Our faculty strives 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 Arts degree in Music with possible concentrations in instrumental or vocal studies.

MUSIC (MUS 50.09)

A student must audition prior to being permitted to enroll in a degree program. Instruction in music performance courses consists of one hour of private instruction per week. A student should allot a minimum of six hours of practice per week for practice of the major instrument.

Students registered as majors in performance courses are expected to perform a minimum of one time each semester on a student recital and are required to perform before a faculty jury at the end of each semester. A solo senior recital or capstone course is required for the completion of a degree. All full-time students who register in a performance course are required to attend recitals, concerts, and other productions sponsored by the division (MUS 100/300). Such attendance is essential for musical growth; therefore, each student must consider attendance expectations when preparing academic and personal schedules.

Students must earn a C or better in each course required by the major or minor field. All non-piano majors must pass a proficiency examination in piano upon completing MUS 269 or 270. A student who fails the examination will be required to repeat the course until the exam is passed. Likewise a proficiency examination in performance on the primary instrument or voice is required at the end of the sophomore year. If results indicate progress with some deficiencies, the student will be required to repeat 272 until the barrier examination is passed regardless of the grade earned in MUS 272. If results indicate that the future success of a student is doubtful, the student will be advised to transfer to another curriculum. Students transferring from other universities must take placement examinations in theory, piano, and on the primary instrument or voice.

Students are required to provide certain materials, equipment, and dress needed for music study and performance. Students must arrange their personal schedules to avoid conflicts with ensemble commitments.

MUS 100. Recital. 0-0-1. For Freshmen and Sophomores. Recital/concert attendance and observation to broaden student knowledge of muic. S or U assigned upon completion. Not for audit. Must be repeated for degree. (50.0903)

MUS 101. Basic Piano. 3-3-0. Beginning piano. Open to all students except music majors and minors. For credit only; no audit.

MUS 102. Basic Piano. 3-3-0. Prerequisite: MUS 101. Continuation of basic piano from MUS 101. Open to all students except music majors and minors. For credit only; no audit. Sp only. (50.0903)

MUS 104. Basic Voice. 3-3-0. Beginning voice. Open to all students except MUSI, VMED, and IMED majors. Fa only. (50.0903)

MUS 105. General Music Appreciation. 3-3-0. Introductory survey course covering principal musical styles and literature. Open to all students. Arts elective.  (50.0902)

MUS 107. Honors Music Appreciation. 3-3-0. Prerequisite: Honors placement or permission of director. Social, economic, and political influences on composers and their works. (50.0902)

MUS 109. English and Italian Diction. 1-0-2. Instruction in speaking and singing in English and Italian. Examples drawn from musical terms, texts, libretti, and song. Restricted to music majors and minors only. Fa only. (50.0999)

MUS 110. Fundamentals of Music. 2-2-0. A study of music including the grand staff, scales, key signatures, intervals, triands, and seventh chords. Fa only. (50.0901)

MUS 119. Elementary Theory. 4-3-2. Prerequisite: MUS 110  or passing score on Theory Placement Test. A study of triads, inversions, figured bass, phrase units, harmonization of a given melody, seventh chords, and ear training and sight singing. Sp only. (50.0901)

MUS 120. Elementary Theory. 4-3-2. Prerequisite: MUS 119. Continuation of concepts studied in MUS 119 with the addition of non-harmonic tones and counterpoint. Fa only. (50.0901)

MUS 161. Performance Course. 1-0-3. Open to music minors, non majors, and as a minor performance course for music majors. May be repeated for credit if content differs (50.0903)

MUS 162. Performance Course. 1-0-3. Prerequisite: MUS 161. Open to music minors, non-majors, and as a minor performance course for music majors. May be repeated for credit if content differs.(50.0903)

MUS 169. Class Piano. 1-0-2. Co-requisite: MUS 119. Beginning piano for music majors and music minors. Sp only. (50.0903)

MUS 170. Class Piano. 1-0-2. Prerequisite: MUS 169 or permission of director. A continuation of work begun in MUS 169 for music majors and music minors. Fa only. (50.0903)

MUS 171. Performance Course. 2-0-6. Co-requisite: MUS 100. Individual instruction. Open to music majors only by audition. Performance examination required at the end of the semester. May be repeated for credit if content differs. (50.0903)

MUS 172. Performance Course. 2-0-6. Prerequisite: MUS 171. Co-requisite: MUS 100. Individual instruction. Open to music majors only. Performance examination required at the end of the semester. May be repeated for credit if content differs. (50.0903)

MUS 183. Women’s Ensemble. 1-0-3. For freshmen and sophomores. Sight reading ability not required, but singers must have inherent vocal ability and pitch recognition. May be repeated for credit if content differs. (50.0903)

MUS 190. Symphonic Band. 1-0-3. For freshmen and sophomores. Developing musicianship through performance in the Symphonic Band. May be repeated for credit if content differs. (50.0903)

MUS 191. Marching Band. 1-0-6. For freshmen and sophomores. Applicants should have had marching band experience at the high school level. May be repeated for credit if content differs. Fa only. (50.0903)

MUS 193. Chorus. 1-0-3. For freshmen and sophomores. Sight reading ability not required but singers must have inherent vocal ability and pitch recognition. May be repeated for credit if content differs. (50.0903)

MUS 194. Symphonic Wind Ensemble. 1-0-3. For freshmen and sophomores. Developing musicianship through performance in the Wind Ensemble. May be repeated for credit if content differs. (50.0903)

MUS 196. Gospel Choir. 1-0-3. For Freshmen and Sophomores. Sight reading ability not required but singers must have inherent vocal ability and pitch recognition. May be repeated for credit if content differs. (50.0901)

MUS 201. Computing Technology for Music Majors. 2-2-1. Introduction to application software for use in music, including Microsoft Office, digital keyboards, MIDI, music notation, music publishing, and computer assisted instruction. Meets computer literacy requirement.(50.0999)

MUS 209. French and German Diction. 1-0-2. Speaking and singing in French and German. Examples are drawn from music terms, texts, libretti, and songs. Restricted to music majors and minors only. Sp only. (50.0999)

MUS 211. Theory. 3-3-0. Prerequisite: MUS 120. A study of 19th century chromatic harmony with the addition of binary and ternary forms. Sp only. (50.0904)

MUS 212. Theory. 3-3-0. Prerequisite: MUS 211. Continuation of concepts studied in MUS 211 with the addition of sonata and fugue. Fa only. (50.0904)

MUS 217. Solfege Ear Training. 1-0-2. Prerequisite: MUS 120. Continued development of sight singing and dictation skills through the use of more complex and demanding examples of music. Development of keyboard harmonization skills. Sp only. (50.0904)

MUS 218. Solfege-Ear Training. 1-0-2. Prerequisite: MUS 217. Continuation of concepts studied in MUS 217 with the addition of 20th century techniques and modes. Fa only. (50.0904)

MUS 240. Survey of Music Literature. 2-2-1. A survey of selected examples in non Western cultures, Western European, and American music from the end of the Renaissance to the late 20th Century. Listening identification and study of styles. Includes Writing Across the Curriculum and score analysis components. Open to non music majors with permission of the director. Sp only. (50.0902)

MUS 243. Wind Literature. 1-1-0. Co-requisite: MUS 240. A survey of selected examples of symphonic band and wind ensemble literature. Listening identification and study of styles. Includes score analysis components. Sp only. (50.0902)

MUS 244. Choral Literature. 1-1-0. Co-requisite: MUS 240. A survey of choral masterworks, both large and small in scope, from a historical and stylistic perspective with additional emphasis on appropriately choosing, locating, and programming a variety of choral literature. Sp only. (50.0902)

MUS 261. Performance Course. 1-0-3. Prerequisite: MUS 162. Open to music minors and as a minor performance course for music majors. May be repeated for credit if content differs. (50.0903)

MUS 262. Performance Course. 1-0-3. Prerequisite: MUS 261. Open to music minors and as a minor performance course for music majors. May be repeated for credit if content differs. (50.0903)

MUS 269. Class Piano. 1-0-2. Prerequisite: MUS 170 or permission of director. A continuation of work studied in MUS 170. Experience in accompanying is included. Sp only. (50.0903)

MUS 270. Class Piano. 1-0-2. Prerequisite: MUS 269 or permission of director. A continuation of work studied in MUS 269. Experience in accompanying is included. Fa only. (50.0903)

MUS 271. Performance Course. 2-0-6. Prerequisite: MUS 172. Co-requisite: MUS 100. Individual instruction. Open to music majors only. Performance examination required at the end of the semester. May be repeated for credit if content differs. (50.0903)

MUS 272. Performance Course. 2-0-6. Prerequisite: MUS 271. Co-requisite: MUS 100. Individual instruction. Open to music majors only. Performance examination required at the end of the semester. May be repeated for credit if content differs. (50.0903)

MUS 282. String Ensemble. 1-0-3. For freshmen and sophomores. Developing musicianship through performance in the String Ensemble. Open to string majors and minors only. May be repeated for credit. (50.0903)

MUS 292. Instrumental Ensemble. 1-0-2. Participation in varied instrumental chamber music ensembles. May be repeated for credit if content differs. (50.0903)

MUS 296. Jazz Band. 1-0-3. Prerequisite: Audition. Open to freshmen and sophomores. A performing organization for instrumental students interested in the extended demands of performing in a jazz band setting. May be repeated for credit if content differs. (50.0903)

MUS 298. Chamber Choir Ensemble. 1-0-3. Prerequisite: Audition. Open to freshmen and sophomores. Selections performed range from Renaissance to twentieth century. May be repeated for credit if content differs. (50.0903)

MUS 300. Recital. 0-0-1. For Juniors and Seniors. Recital/concert attendance and observation to broaden student knowledge of music. S or U assigned upon completion. Not for audit. Must be repeated for degree. (50.0903)

MUS 301. Basic Conducting. 2-1-2. Prerequisite: MUS 269. Basic principles of conducting and score reading, verbal and non-verbal communication related to music and music education. Development and assessment of dexterity, coordination, and communication skills. Fa only. (50.0906)

MUS 302. Instrumental Conducting. 1-0-2. Prerequisite: MUS 301. Emphasis upon actual conducting of various ensembles. Interpretation of music of various periods, refinement of conducting skills, and a survey of band literature. Sp only. (50.0903)

MUS 303. Choral Conducting. 1-0-2. Prerequisite: MUS 301. Principles of interpretation and style. Observation and application of choral technique. Choral literature survey. Refinement of conducting skills. Sp only. (50.0903)

MUS 306. Piano Accompanying. 3-3-0. Prerequisite: MUS 272 or permission of the director. Principles of accompanying vocalists, instrumentalists, and ensembles. (50.0907)

MUS 307. Folk Music. 3-3-0. Prerequisite:   Junior standing or above.   Principal styles and categories of folk music in selected ethnic cultures primarily from the United States.   Arts elective. (50.0902)

MUS 319. Jazz History. 3-3-0. Prerequisite: Junior standing or above. Jazz music will be the material of concern. Arts elective. (50.0902)

MUS 320. History of Rock and Roll. 3-3-0. Prerequisite: Junior standing or above. Rock and roll: its history, stylistic developments, and social influences. Arts Elective. (50.0902)

MUS 323. Analysis. 3-3-0. Prerequisite: MUS 212. In depth study of 20th and 21st century compositional style through the analysis of musical examples. Sp only. (50.0999)

MUS 340. Music History: c. 400 to 1750. 3-3-0. Prerequisite: MUS 240. Historical development of music in the Western tradition, Ancient and Medieval eras through the Baroque era. Includes Writing Across the Curriculum and score analysis components. Open to non majors with permission of director. Fa only. (50.0902)

MUS 341. Music History: 1750 to present. 3-3-0. Prerequisite: MUS 240. Historical development of music in the Western tradition, Classical era to the present. Includes score analysis components. Open to non majors with permission of department head. Sp only. (50.0902)

MUS 350-351-352. Independent Study. 1-0-2 each. Prerequisites: Permission of director and a minimum of 45 semester hours of music courses. Preparation and completion of a plan of directed study. Student may elect to take one, two, or all three courses at the same time. Each may be repeated once for credit if content differs. (50.0901)

MUS 370. Piano. 2-0-6. Prerequisite: MUS 270 or audition. Elective private instruction at the intermediate level. Open to music majors and minors. May be repeated once for credit. (50.0903)

MUS 371. Performance Course. 2-0-6. Prerequisite: MUS 272. Co-requisite: MUS 300. Individual instruction. Open to music majors only. Performance examination required at the end of the semester. May be repeated for credit if content differs. (50.0903)

MUS 372. Performance Course. 2-0-6. Prerequisite: MUS 371. Co-requisite: MUS 300. Individual instruction. Open to music majors only. Performance examination required at the end of the semester. May be repeated for credit if content differs. (50.0903)

MUS 376. Piano Literature. 3-3-0. A study of keyboard literature from the Renaissance to the present. For  music majors only. (50.0902)

MUS 382. String Ensemble. 1-0-3. For Juniors and Seniors. Developing musicianship through performance in the String Ensemble. Open to string majors and minors only. May be repeated for credit if content differs. (50.0903)

MUS 383. Women’s Ensemble. 1-0-3. For juniors and seniors. Sight reading ability not required, but singers must have inherent vocal ability and pitch recognition. May be repeated for credit if content differs. (50.0903)

MUS 386. Gospel Choir. 1-0-3. For Juniors and Seniors. Sight reading ability not required, but singers must have inherent vocal ability and pitch recognition. May be repeated for credit if content differs. (50.0999)

MUS 389.   String Literature. 3-3-0.   A study of literature for stringed instruments from the Baroque to the present.   For music majors only. (50.0902)

MUS 390. Symphonic Band. 1-0-3. For juniors and seniors.   Developing musicianship through performance in the Symphonic Band. May be repeated for credit if content differs. (50.0903)

MUS 391. Marching Band. 1-0-6. For juniors and seniors.   May be repeated for credit if content differs. Fa only. (50.0903)

MUS 393. Chorus. 1-0-3. For juniors and seniors.   Sight reading ability not required, but singers must have inherent vocal ability and pitch recognition. May be repeated for credit if content differs. (50.0903)

MUS 394. Symphonic Wind Ensemble. 1-0-3. For juniors and seniors.   Developing musicianship through performance in the Wind Ensemble. May be repeated for credit if content differs. (50.0903)

MUS 396. Jazz Band. 1-0-3. Prerequisite: Audition. For juniors and seniors.   A performing organization for instrumental students interested in the extended demands of performing in a jazz band setting. May be repeated for credit if content differs. (50.0903)

MUS 398. Chamber Choir Ensemble. 1-0-3. Prerequisite: Audition. For juniors and seniors.   Selections performed range from Renaissance to twentieth century. May be repeated for credit if content differs. (50.0903)

MUS 400. Senior Project. 1-0-4. Prerequisite: MUS 372. Scheduled during senior year. Approved recital or capstone project. (50.0903)

MUS 407. World Music. 3-3-0. Prerequisite:   Junior standing or above. A multicultural survey of select indigenous music from a variety of ethnic groups with primary focus upon non-Western and South American cultures. Fine Arts elective. Fa only. (50.0902)

MUS 432. Orchestration and Band Scoring. 1-1-0. Prerequisite: MUS 212. Ranges, transposition, and characteristics of instruments of the symphony orchestra and concert band. Emphasis on writing ensemble arrangements for band. Fa only. (50.0904)

MUS 433. Choral Arranging. 1-1-0. Prerequisite: MUS 212. Choral arranging techniques with emphasis on writing of choral ensemble arrangements. (50.0903)

MUS 470. Piano. 2-0-3. Prerequisite: MUS 370 or permission of director. Elective private instruction. Open only to music majors and minors. Moderately advanced private instruction for vocal and instrumental music majors. May be repeated once for degree credit. (50.0903)

MUS 471. Performance Course. 2-0-6. Prerequisite: MUS 372. Individual instruction. Open to music majors only. May be repeated for credit if content differs. (50.0903)

MUS 472. Performance Course. 2-0-6. Prerequisite: MUS 471. Individual instruction. Open to music majors only. May be repeated for credit if content differs. (50.0903)

MUS 474. Performance Coaching. 2-0-6. Advanced individual studio instruction and performance coaching. Open only to music majors at an advanced performance level as determined by the studio instructor and with approval of the director. (50.0903)

MUS 476. Piano Pedagogy. 3-3-0. Prerequisite: MUS 376. Teaching methods and materials with emphasis on training individual and class piano students. For music majors only. (50.0999)

MUS 489. String Pedagogy. 3 3 0. Methods and materials in the teaching of stringed instruments.   For music majors only. (50.0999)

 

MUSIC EDUCATION (MUED 13.1312)

MUED 221. Class Strings. 1-0-2. Class instruction in stringed instruments with emphasis on pedagogy. (13.1312)

MUED 223. Class Brasses. 1-0-2. Class instruction in brasswind instruments with emphasis on pedagogy. (13.1312)

MUED 225. Class Percussion. 1-0-2. Class instruction in percussion instruments with emphasis on pedagogy. (13.1312)

MUED 227. Class Woodwinds. 1-0-2. Class instruction in woodwind instruments with emphasis on pedagogy. (13.1312)

MUED 229. Class Voice. 1-0-2. Class instruction in voice with emphasis on pedagogy. (13.1312)

MUED 383. Planning for Teaching Music. 3-3-0. Prerequisites: EDUC 250 and admission requirements as specified by the College of Education. Foundations and principles of music education with emphasis on the development of lesson plans and assessment in music. Observations in cooperating school are required. Fa only. (13.1312)

MUED 384. Methods and Materials for Vocal Music. 3-3-0. Prerequisite: MUED 383. Techniques for elementary, junior high, and senior high school vocal music classes. Materials and literature. Fa only. (13.1312)

MUED 385. Methods and Materials for Instrumental Music. 2-2 0. Prerequisite: MUED 383. The administration and management of an instrumental organization. Techniques used in teaching. Use of state-approved materials; problems of organizing, scheduling, drilling, and equipping the school band. Fa only. (13.1312)

MUED 386. Marching Band Techniques. 1-1-0. Co-requisite: MUED 385. Instruction in the methods and techniques involved in the administration of a marching band program. Fa only. (13.1312)

MUED 478. Vocal Pedagogy. 2-2-0. Prerequisite or co-requisite: MUS 372. Problems of teaching voice. Techniques, methods, and texts. (13.1312)

 

FINE ARTS (FNAR-30.99)

FNAR 105. Arts in Education. 3-3-0. Prerequisite: K-8 Education or H&PE majors. Creative expression for aesthetic, historical, and cultural perceptions of dance, music, theater, and the visual arts for teaching K-8 students. (30.9999)

FNAR 301. Fine Arts Survey I. 3-3-0. Prerequisite: Junior standing. Emphasis on the history of the visual arts (painting, sculpture, architecture) with discussion of related humanistic concepts (history, literature, drama, music, and philosophy). Illustrated lectures with slides, video, discussion, and, when possible, attendance at out-of-class functions (performances, films, exhibitions, lectures). Fa only. (30.9999)

FNAR 302. Fine Arts Survey II. 3-3-0. Prerequisite Junior standing. Emphasis on the history of the visual arts (painting, sculpture, architecture) with discussion of related humanistic concepts (history, literature, drama, music, and philosophy). Illustrated lectures with slides, video, discussion, and, when possible, attendance at out-of-class functions (performances, films, exhibitions, lectures). Sp only. (30.9999)

Individuals interested in a career in music education may contact the following school systems:

Assumption Parish School Board
4901 Highway 308
Napoleonville, LA 70390
985.369.7251
985.369.2530 (fax)
Lafourche Parish School Board
P.O. Box 879
Thibodaux, LA 70302-0879
985.446.5631
985.446.0801 (fax)
St. Charles Parish School Board
P.O. Box 46
Luling, LA 70070-0046
985.785.6289
985.785.1025 (fax)
St. James Parish School Board
P.O. Box 338
Lutcher, LA 70071-0338
225.869.5375, Ext. 202
225.869.8845 (fax)
St. Mary Parish School Board
P.O. Box 170
Centerville, LA 70522-0170
337.836.9661
337.836.5461 (fax)
Terrebonne Parish School Board
P.O. Box 5097
Houma, LA 70361-5097
985.876.7400, Ext. 213
985.872.1411 (fax)
The following scholarships are available to music students.

Department of Music Scholarships
These scholarships are awarded to talented students who have an entering ACT of 20 or higher. Awards may range from $800 to $6400 over the four years depending upon academic and musical progress of the student. The awarding of a scholarship depends upon a student’s eligibility to enter all courses at the freshman level. In the event that more than one three-hour academic course numbered below 100 (pre-college level) is required, a service award not to exceed $200 annually will be granted in lieu of the scholarship. To remain eligible for this scholarship, the student must complete course work of twelve or more hours each semester to include one primary ensemble, private studio lesson and maintain an overall GPA of 2.83. If at the end of any semester the overall GPA should fall below 2.83, a service award shall be granted in lieu of the scholarship for the following semester. Should the GPA fall below 2.0, the service award will be terminated.

Eugenia S. Churchill Scholarships
These scholarships are awarded to full-time music students majoring in vocal/choral music. Recipients are selected by the Department of Music Scholarship Committee. The number of scholarships and amounts may vary from semester to semester depending on the funds available. Recipients must have a 3.0 (or above) GPA in all music courses and a 2.0 (or above) GPA in other courses. Attitude, leadership and service to the music program will be considered.

E. R. Marquette Piano Scholarship
These scholarships are awarded to full-time students from Lafourche, Terrebonne, or Assumption Parishes who are majoring in piano with an overall 3.0 (or above) GPA. Recipients are selected by the Department of Music Scholarship Committee. The number of scholarships and amounts may vary from semester to semester. This scholarship is renewable for additional semesters as long as the student maintains a 3.0 GPA and meets the above requirements.

Thibodaux Music Club Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded each semester to an outstanding full-time music major who is a sophomore or above and who has an overall GPA of 2.5 or higher. The recipient is selected by the Department of Music Scholarship Committee. The selection is based on academic achievement, financial need, and services to the school. The scholarship is for $750 per semester and is renewable for additional semesters as long as the student meets the above requirements. Recipients of other academic scholarships are not eligible to receive this scholarship.

Donaldsonville Music Club Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to an outstanding full-time music major. Preference is given to students from Ascension, Assumption, or St. James parishes. Amounts may vary from semester to semester depending upon the total amount available. The recipient is selected by the Department of Music Scholarship Committee. The scholarship is based on academic achievement, financial need, and service to the department. The student must have a 2.5 or above GPA to be eligible. This scholarship is renewable for additional semesters as long as the student meets the above requirements.

Timothy R. Lindsley, Jr. Music Scholarship is awarded to an Instrumental Music Education major of a sophomore status or above. The applicant must have completed at least 12 or more hours each semester to include at least one primary ensemble and private studio study. The recipient must maintain a minimum overall grade-point average of 2.5 for all courses and display positive attitude towards studies, display leadership, and be of service to the music program.

The Department of Music also presents the following awards:

  • Outstanding Piano Major
  • Outstanding Vocal Music Major
  • Outstanding Instrumental Music Major
  • American Choral Directors Association Student Award

Students are encouraged to apply for a variety of other local, state and national scholarships through the Financial Aid Office.

  • 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.

FUTURE STUDENTS

The Nicholls Department of Music offers its students:

  • opportunities to learn from distinguished faculty members and visiting musicians,
  • practical experience performing in ensembles and recitals,
  • hands-on practice in elementary and secondary music classrooms and in the Music Academy, and
  • preparation for careers in music and music education.

Audition Information

All prospective music majors and minors are required to participate in an audition, which involves a performance evaluation and interview for acceptance into the program and for scholarship considerations. There will also be placement tests for both piano and music theory. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have additional questions.

Spring 2020 Scholarship Audition dates and requirements

The Nicholls Music Department is going to accept videos instead of in-person auditions for the Fall 2020 semester for those who want to become music majors or minors. Please fill out the audition form under the Prospective Students section and include links to two videos of contrasting styles in an email sent to jason.ladd@nicholls.edu

In order to be considered for a music department scholarship please send in your email by April 17th.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Dr. Jason S. Ladd
Interim Music Department Chair

Students are asked to perform two contrasting works on their principal instrument or voice.  Honor Band and Choir audition material is welcome. We encourage prospective students to contact the appropriate applied faculty member for guidance and repertoire suggestions.

Click on the related link to download and print an audition form, then return or fax it to:

Department of Music
P.O. Box 2017
Thibodaux, LA 70310

jason.ladd@nicholls.edu
Phone: 985.448.4600

Fax: 985.448.4674

EVENTS

Beethoven 250 Concert Series

The year 2020 marks 250 years from the birth of Ludwig van Beethoven, one of the greatest composers in history. As Louisiana’s only all-Steinway public university, Nicholls State University is celebrating this historic anniversary by presenting a concert series of Beethoven’s complete piano sonata cycle! From January 25 through May 2, our beautiful Danos Theater will host internationally-renowned pianists from Brazil, Cuba, France, and Ireland alongside Nicholls faculty and students.

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NEWS

A Celebration of the Negro Spiritual.

Dr. Valerie Francis has brought the past back to life

For the past decade, Associate Professor of Music Dr. Valerie Francis has brought the past back to life in “A Celebration of the Negro Spiritual.” The concert series has brought a collaboration of solo vocalists from across the U.S. Students from across the state, alumni and guest artists have all contributed to this experience.

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The Color Purple Musical

Nicholls State University Department of Music in collaboration with Rhodes & Rhodes Productions presents the musical THE COLOR PURPLE Friday, January 31 – 7 p.m.

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ACCREDITATION

Founded in 1924, the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) is an organization of schools, conservatories, colleges, and universities with approximately 639 accredited institutional members. It establishes national standards for undergraduate and graduate degrees and other credentials for music and music-related disciplines, and provides assistance to institutions and individuals engaged in artistic, scholarly, educational, and other music-related endeavors.

STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS

Sigma Alpha Iota

Sigma Alpha Iota, an international music fraternity for women, was founded on June 12, 1903, at the University School of Music at Ann Arbor, Michigan. The mission of the fraternity and its members is to encourage, nurture and support the art of music in America and around the world.

The Theta Theta chapter of SAI was founded at Nicholls in 1996. Nicholls students interested in joining SAI must meet the following requirements:

  • must be enrolled as a full-time student,
  • must have taken at least one music course,
  • must have a minimum 2.5 grade point average and
  • must have a great love of music.

Students may not join SAI during their first semester of study but are encouraged to apply for admission during subsequent semesters of enrollment.

To learn more about membership in the Theta Theta chapter of SAI, contact SAI faculty advisor Dr. Luciana Soares

Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia

Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia is a national fraternity for men who share a love of music and brotherhood. This professional and honorary society was founded in 1898 at the New England Conservatory in Boston and has become the largest music fraternity in the world with more than 200 chapters on campuses throughout the United States.

The fraternity values the importance of music and all forms of art, not only in the artistic sense, but also for the ways these works enrich the lives of us all. Each chapter strives to uphold the Sinfonia Object, which “shall be for the development of the best and truest fraternal spirit; the mutual welfare and brotherhood of musical students; the advancement of music in America; and a loyalty to the alma mater.”

The Omicron Beta chapter was founded at Nicholls in 1994. For more information on how to become involved in this organization, contact Phi Mu Alpha faculty advisor Dr. Jason Ladd