Music

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Music + Music Education

As an aspiring musician or music educator, you want a college experience that enables you to create boldly, grow in practical skills, and perform in outstanding venues. Northwestern will help you encounter all that and more—whether you hope to perform in a nationally recognized symphony, teach the next generation of musicians, use music to help others, or keep your passion alive while you pursue a non-music degree.

Major requirements

Music + Music Education
Why NWC?

Why NWC?

When you choose one of Northwestern’s music majors, you’ll study music-making across history, spanning both Western and non-Western cultures. Conducting the action are our highly trained music faculty. They have published music, released professional recordings, and conducted and performed at venues that include Carnegie Hall in New York City. You’ll also have ample opportunities to sing, play and perform with our 10+ music ensembles, which are open to all students. Music major course topics include music theory, advanced conducting, and lessons in both voice and instrumentation. Related minors include music, arts administration, worship arts, and an elementary and secondary teaching endorsement in music. 

CONTACT
Dr. Thomas Holm
Dr. Thomas Holm
Department Chair

Perform at NWC

Northwestern ensembles include Symphonic Band, Jazz Band, A cappella Choir, Women's Choir, Heritage Singers, Orchestra and other chamber groups. As part of one or more of our music ensembles, we think you'll find both a home (and a family) in the Raider music department—regardless of your major choice.

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Outcomes

Our graduates are sharing their love of music in schools, concert venues, churches, production studios and therapy settings.

Join our standout alumni at:

U.S. Army Field Band and Soldiers’ Chorus
Washington, D.C.
Al-Bayan International School
Kuwait
Ireton Christian School
Ireton, IA
Mitchell Middle School
Mitchell, SD
Music Speaks, LLC
Cedar Rapids, IA
Wesley United Methodist Church
Muscatine, IA

Experience

Where you’ll perform

Where you’ll perform

Concerts are performed in the Christ Chapel concert hall, while rehearsals take place in the adjoining DeWitt Music Hall. Together, the two facilities offer:

  • A 900-seat auditorium with a stage that accommodates a 100-piece orchestra
  •  A New York Steinway concert grand piano and 45-stop, 56-rank tracker action pipe organ
  • Choral and instrumental rehearsal studios, private practice rooms and teaching studios 

Upcoming concerts

Upcoming concerts

In addition to showcasing the talents of Raider musicians, Northwestern’s music department regularly hosts guest artists from across the country, as well as regional groups such as the Northwest Iowa Symphony Youth Orchestra and Sioux County Oratorio Chorus. Check out our upcoming concert dates here.

Choir + band tours

Choir + band tours

Each year, the A cappella Choir and Symphonic Band tour to churches, schools and performance venues across the U.S. and abroad. Recent tours have included visits to Colorado, New Mexico, Washington, New York, Denmark, Sweden and Spain.

Classroom placements

Classroom placements

As part of their double major in music and elementary or secondary education, music education students spend more than 100 hours in area classrooms before they student teach.

Contemporary Music Center

Contemporary Music Center

Students with an interest in music composition, performance and production can apply to join a community of artists at the Contemporary Music Center in Nashville.

Private lessons

Private lessons

Private lessons with professional musicians will enhance your skill set in voice, composition, conducting and instrumentation.

Worship teams

Worship teams

Lead others in offering praise to God as a member of the chapel worship or Sunday Night Praise + Worship teams.

Compass Center for Career & Calling

Compass Center for Career & Calling

The Compass Center for Career & Calling offers job shadowing; internships in a variety of locations, including Chicago and Denver; and study abroad opportunities around the globe. 

Where you’ll perform

Concerts are performed in the Christ Chapel concert hall, while rehearsals take place in the adjoining DeWitt Music Hall. Together, the two facilities offer:

  • A 900-seat auditorium with a stage that accommodates a 100-piece orchestra
  •  A New York Steinway concert grand piano and 45-stop, 56-rank tracker action pipe organ
  • Choral and instrumental rehearsal studios, private practice rooms and teaching studios 

Upcoming concerts

In addition to showcasing the talents of Raider musicians, Northwestern’s music department regularly hosts guest artists from across the country, as well as regional groups such as the Northwest Iowa Symphony Youth Orchestra and Sioux County Oratorio Chorus. Check out our upcoming concert dates here.

Choir + band tours

Each year, the A cappella Choir and Symphonic Band tour to churches, schools and performance venues across the U.S. and abroad. Recent tours have included visits to Colorado, New Mexico, Washington, New York, Denmark, Sweden and Spain.

Classroom placements

As part of their double major in music and elementary or secondary education, music education students spend more than 100 hours in area classrooms before they student teach.

Contemporary Music Center

Students with an interest in music composition, performance and production can apply to join a community of artists at the Contemporary Music Center in Nashville.

Private lessons

Private lessons with professional musicians will enhance your skill set in voice, composition, conducting and instrumentation.

Worship teams

Lead others in offering praise to God as a member of the chapel worship or Sunday Night Praise + Worship teams.

Compass Center for Career & Calling

The Compass Center for Career & Calling offers job shadowing; internships in a variety of locations, including Chicago and Denver; and study abroad opportunities around the globe.