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Music is more than a skill to master. Throughout human history, music has expressed individual feelings, communal values and societal conventions.

As you study music theory, history and performance, you connect time, language and culture while developing a greater understanding of and appreciation for beauty at its purest. An education in the arts lays the foundation for a life more deeply connected to the community and world around you.

At St. Norbert College, you can earn a degree in one of three music fields:
  • Bachelor’s degree in music education
  • Bachelor’s degree in music performance
  • Bachelor’s degree in liberal arts with a music emphasis
If you major in music education, you’ll select a specific area of certification or may choose to be certified in all areas.
  • Choral music, grades 6-12, and general music, grades K-12
  • Instrumental music, grades K-12, and general music, grades K-12
You also may pursue a music minor or a liturgical music minor.

A Music Degree at Work
Whether you dream of performing music professionally or of sharing the joy of instrumental or vocal music others, as a music major you can pursue a career in many diverse areas, which may include:
  • Music education
  • Conducting
  • Performance
  • Composition
  • Accompaniment
  • Music business or merchandising
  • Arts management
A music degree from St. Norbert College also prepares you for graduate studies in fields such as conducting, performance, history or musicology, composition, theory or music therapy.

Enhance Your Music Degree
All students planning to attend St. Norbert College are invited to audition for a music scholarship.

When you enroll, you’ll have many opportunities to perform, no matter your musical interests. More than a dozen auditioned and nonauditioned instrumental and vocal ensembles welcome students at every ability level. You’ll perform in extraordinary venues, which include the Abbot Pennings Hall of Fine Arts, Old St. Joseph Church and Dudley Birder Hall.

As a music student, you can participate in a music organization and join the regional community in auditioning for music theatre productions. On campus, you might participate in the popular Knight Theatre student organization, perform throughout the year with the Knights on Broadway vocal ensemble, or connect with middle and high school musicians in the college’s annual Winter BandFest.

Faculty Highlight

Soprano Yi-Lan Niu (Music) undertook a concert tour in Asia in company with guitarist Christopher Cramer from the faculty of Beloit College (Wis.). In addition to newly arranged Chinese folk songs, Niu presented four varied programs that included the world premiere of a piece by New York-based composer Alexander Nohai-Seaman. The tour began at Taiwan’s National Concert Hall and continued with several presentations at Dharma Drum University and in Spatial & Timing Arts, a gallery and performance space. Suzuki Guitar Singapore coordinated the final recital, at Singapore’s Little Arts Academy.
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