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Program Type: Undergraduate

Degree Awarded: B.A. in Music | B.M. in Composition | B.M. in Performance

Areas of Study:

Department: Music

Where a well-rounded music education meets real-world impact.

Cultivating professional performers, composers, and educators starts with understanding your individual needs and desires. We create uniquely relevant educational experiences in ways most larger music universities can’t. With a primary focus on undergraduate instruction, students receive individual attention from world-traveled musicians, teachers, and scholars. Combined with SOTA’s creative learning culture, your music education will be personally rewarding and rich with unparalleled opportunities.

Program Contacts

Kurt Sander
Music Program Head

Students in the Spotlight

Laura Lamb

Laura Lamb

Graduating Year: 2021

Education: B.M. in Performance (Instrumental)

Laura Lamb is an orchestral percussionist based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She has performed with the Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Akron, and Chautauqua Symphony Orchestras. She graduated from Northern Kentucky University with a Bachelors of Music degree in Percussion Performance in May 2021, and is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Percussion Performance at the Carnegie Mellon School of Music. Laura has studied with Michael Culligan, Associate Principal Percussionist of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Jeremy Branson and Chris Allen, members of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, and Paul Evans. Laura has previously attended the Brevard Music Festival and the Chautauqua Festival Institution. Additionally, she is a recipient of the Kentucky Governor's School for the Arts Scholarship and is also an Undergraduate Instrumental Music recipient of the Three Arts Scholarship Fund.

Find Your Passions & Build Your Future

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  • Study abroad in Salzburg, Austria, as part of the Kentucky Institute for International Studies and earn credits towards your degree while experiencing the birthplace of classical music.
  • Connect to a network of student organizations beyond our northern Kentucky borders like the National Association for Music Education, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Sigma Alpha Iota, American String Teachers Association, and National Association of Teachers of Singing.
  • Experience national and global performance opportunities like the NKU Choirs performing at Carnegie Hall and the NKU Philharmonic performing throughout Ireland.
  • Immerse yourself in unexpected creative opportunities like BLINK, Cincinnati’s nationally recognized lighting, art, and projection mapping event.

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Financial Aid

A variety of financial assistance is available, from grants to scholarships, loans to veteran benefits.