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If you have a passion for music, we have a program for you!

The Music Program at Northern Kentucky University's School of the Arts offers a full range of performance and education opportunities to Music majors. The Program offers the degrees of Bachelor of Music in Performance, Bachelor of Music in Composition, Bachelor of Music Education, and Bachelor of Arts in Music. Music minors are also available to students majoring in other disciplines and work especially well as part of the Integrative Studies Major.


Opportunity Awaits!

Our graduates pursue successful careers as professional performers, college and university faculty, public school music teachers, private studio instructors, and in allied fields within the music industry. Since our primary focus is undergraduate instruction, students receive individual attention from these outstanding musicians, teachers and scholars. We believe that we offer our students the best professional training in a friendly, caring and personal musical environment.

GSA Scholarships

Students who have participated in the Kentucky Governor’s School for the Arts Program (GSA) and have a 3.50+ weighted HS GPA are eligible for the $4,500 Founders/KY Governor's Scholarship.

Students who have have a 3.75+ weighted HS GPA and 34+ ACT, are eligible to receive a full tuition Presidential Scholarship.

A note to high school seniors who participated in the Summer Governor’s GSP, GSE, or GSA program and will enter NKU beginning Fall 2023:

With consideration that the above changes to the eligibility criteria were made after the Fall 2022 semester began, NKU will honor the previous full-tuition Kentucky Governor Scholarship eligibility criteria as referenced below:

  • Apply for admission, submit high school transcript(s), and ACT or SAT scores by Dec. 1, 2022 for priority consideration
  • Demonstrate a 3.0+ weighted high school GPA
  • Score 24+ on ACT or 1160+ on SAT
  • Must begin enrollment Fall 2023

Apply to NKU Music

Auditions are required for majors and minors for admission into the NKU Music Program and for scholarship consideration.

Spring 2023 Audition Dates

  • Thursday, Feb. 16: String Area Auditions
  • Saturday, Feb. 18: All Disciplines except Strings
  • Thursday, March 2: String Area Auditions
  • Saturday, March 18: All Disciplines except Strings

If you are unable to make any of these audition dates, please contact Joan Brummer for an alternative live audition date or consider submitting a video audition instead.

Audition information and requirements

Undergraduate Degree Offerings