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Program(s) Available: B.A., Minor

Do you find yourself tapping your foot constantly? Do you enjoy analyzing elements of music? Don't miss a beat and check out all this major has to offer. 

Why Study Music at Northwest

Music majors may pursue the comprehensive major; students may also choose to specialize in audio production, business and wellness. These programs provide students with the flexibility to tailor their education to their interests. Graduates may pursue a variety of career paths, including but not limited to music production, arts management and administration, entrepreneurship, counseling, studio teaching and more!

Pick your path


The comprehensive music major is perfect for students who desire a broad approach to their music education. Throughout this program, students participate in ensembles and learn about music composition and theory. For more information, view the 4-year plan. 


Audio Production

Enjoy the technical side of creating music? The audio production emphasis teaches students the digital framework needed for successful audio production. Students get the chance to sharpen their creative skills and build a strong portfolio. Be the producer of your Northwest experience and check out this emphasis! 



An emphasis in business provides students with the tools and knowledge needed to pursue a career in arts management and administration, entrepreneurship, studio teaching and more. For more information, view the 4-year plan.



An emphasis in wellness is perfect for those interested in learning more about the health benefits of music. Students may use this degree to pursue a career in counseling, music therapy, studio teaching and more.  For more information, view the 4-year plan.


Minor Program

A minor in music teaches students the fundamentals of sight singing and ear training, the theory of music and the literature and history of music. After taking the required courses, students can customize their minor from a list of approved electives.

Career ready
Instrumental Music Education

“With this degree, I get to be a role model for future students, and that is a really rewarding feeling and experience.” —Dalton Haberman

Career Opportunities

  • Music entrepreneurship
  • Arts administration
  • Counseling
  • Music production
  • Stage manager
  • Audio technician

What Can I Do With a Major in Music?

Profession-Based Learning Experiences

Whether you are an instrumentalist, vocalist or both, Northwest has many great ensembles for you to participate in. Ensembles are open to all students, regardless of their degree program. Some ensembles require auditions while others are open to all skill levels. 

Profession-Based Learning Experiences

Instrumental Ensembles

Instrumental ensembles include the Bearcat Marching Band, Bearcat Pep Band, Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band, Jazz Ensemble, Studio Jazz Ensemble and chamber ensembles.

Instrumental Ensembles

Vocal Ensembles

Vocal ensembles include University Chorale, Tower Choir, Concert Choir and musical theatre.

View a list of music-related ensembles »

Vocal Ensembles

Charles Johnson Theater

The 549-seat Charles Johnson Theater, housed inside the Olive DeLuce Fine Arts Building, is named for the first chair of the Spring Festival of the Arts, which evolved into the University's Encore performance series.

Charles Johnson Theater

Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts

The Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts houses the Mary Linn Auditorium, which seats 1,022 audience members. The facility also is home to the Studio Theatre, a black box performance space, classrooms, a scene shop, a costume shop and a green room.

Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts
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