Undergraduate Program

Undergraduate degrees: Overview

Undergraduate Degrees: Complete Description Including Acquired Skills and Competencies

Scholarships

Career Opportunities

Student Organizations

Academic Program

NDSU offers the following undergraduate music degrees:

Bachelor of Music in Performance
Bachelor of Science in Education
Bachelor of Arts in Music
Bachelor of Science in Music

Undergraduate Degrees

All undergraduate music majors take courses in music theory, music literature, music history, and conducting; receive private lessons on a selected instrument and/or voice; and participate in a major ensemble. Other courses are selected within a chosen area of concentration. In all programs, applied instrumental or vocal studies develop musicianship and performance ability. Students are accepted for private lessons depending upon demonstrated musical ability and available staff resources.

The Challey School of Music offers three undergraduate degree programs:

The Bachelor of Music in Performance (BM) is available for students demonstrating outstanding ability and potential in musical performance. Tracks are offered in instrumental, keyboard, and voice performance. Students earning the Bachelor of Music degree generally pursue advanced performance degrees in graduate school or immediately enter the field as performers or music professionals in other areas.

The Bachelor of Science in Music Education (BS) includes certification requirements for students to teach music in North Dakota's public schools. Students may opt for certification in grades K-12 or 7-12. Though the degree contains comprehensive preparation, students generally elect a principal area in either instrumental or voice/choral.

The Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Bachelor of Science (BS) degrees in music are general liberal studies degrees. The curriculum is flexible, and allows focus in areas of the students choice. The degrees are identical, except that the BA requires a two-year foreign language proficiency; and the BS requires an NDSU approved minor in an area other than music.

Career Opportunities

There is a wide range of career opportunities for music graduates of NDSU. Graduates of the music education program are teaching throughout the United States and Canada. Several graduates, after completing graduate studies in music from Juilliard, the University of Illinois, the University of Minnesota, the University of Iowa, and other universities, are now teaching music at the college level. Other graduates are in demand as professional performers, arrangers, and composers.

With appropriate planning, a student may enter professional training in law or medicine with an undergraduate degree in music from NDSU. Some of our students have opted for training in music which then becomes an avocation during their subsequent years in another profession.

Student Organizations

Sigma Alpha Iota

Sigma Alpha Iota is North Dakota State University's only professional fraternity for women in music. SAI was founded in 1903 at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor and has grown to over three hundred chapters and 76,000 members.

SAI's purpose is to encourage and promote interaction between those who share a special interest in music. The members hold monthly meetings, perform in special recitals called musicales, perform off-campus, and support the bands and choral groups on campus.

Membership in SAI is open to all women pursuing a major or minor in any area of music who have completed at least one semester of study. Rush is held twice a year, at the beginning of each semester.

Members work together and support each other in their various activities. The Fargo-Moorhead SAI Alumni chapter offers two scholarships each year. Members may also be nominated by the chapter for national scholarships. For many members, the greatest benefit of being an SAI is the relationships developed with other women in music, those who will be future colleagues.

Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia

Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia is a nationally recognized professional music fraternity open to any male with a sincere interest in music. Sinfonia's primary purpose is to encourage and actively promote the highest standards of creativity, performance, education and research in music in America. There is a small initiation fee and annual dues, but the organization is a great way to meet people and grow with music.

Collegiate Music Educators National Conference

Collegiate Music Educators National Conference (CMENC) is an organization focused on developing interest in and knowledge of music education. Any student enrolled in music education as a major or in education as a major with a music minor may join. Membership drives occur early every fall semester.

Members receive the national Music Education Journal as part of their membership privileges and participate in biweekly meetings. They also attend the North Dakota Music Educators Conference (the parent organization) during the teacher's convention in October. The valuable contacts made and information acquired as a member of this organization will be important throughout a student's career as an educator.

Tau Beta Sigma

Tau Beta Sigma operates primarily as a student service and leadership recognition society in which their main goal is to assist the Director of Bands in developing the leadership and enthusiasm that they require of their band. Tau Beta Sigma provides exceptional service to collegiate bands and promotes equality and diversity, including empowering women in the band profession. They cultivate leadership, educational achievement, music appreciation and community development.

They serve not only to provide the bands with service activities but to also give their members valid and wholesome experiences in organization, leadership, and social contacts. The honorary nature of membership is based on their premise that “it is an honor to be selected to serve”—this band, its department of music, its sponsoring institution, and the cause of band music in the nation’s colleges and universities.

With their strong emphasis on service, TBS is a great society for those who wish to become leaders in the bands and further the role of women in the bands of colleges and universities worldwide.

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