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2020 Orientation Dates

Tuesday, June 2
Thursday, June 4
Friday, June 5
Tuesday, June 9
Thursday, June 11
Friday, June 12

Thursday, June 18
Friday, June 19
Tuesday, July 21
Thursday, July 23
Thursday, July 30
If you are unable to make any of these priority orientation dates, please contact Joan Brummer for an alternative orientation date. 


Joan Brummer


Music Orientation for Incoming Students

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

Use the QUICK LINKS tab on the top of the NKU website next to the Search bar.

Online NKU Catalog

  • Requirements for majors and minors
  • Sample 4-year-plans for most majors
  • Important Policies and Procedures
  • Course descriptions

Academic Calendar

  • Must access every semester
  • Academic Calendar – contains the withdraw deadlines and university closure dates
  • Exam Schedule
  • Priority Registration Schedule

Music Directory

  • Directory of Music Faculty and Staff

NKU Directory

  • Directory for Faculty, Staff and Students
  • Can easily send an email


  • Career Services is free. Learn how to write a resume, interview, and job searching
  • Internships and Co-ops
  • Career Fairs
  • Part-time student jobs

Change NKU Password

  • Your NKU email password changes every 90 days



As part of the NKU audition day experience, your background in music theory and musicianship will be assessed. This assessment is not factored into your music admission decision, but it does help determine what courses you should take. Please plan approximately 20-30 minutes to take a theory/musicianship placement test. This test is administered in Fine Arts Center 219 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. All students wishing to major or minor in music are required to take this placement test during their audition day. We recommend students take the test as early as possible in the event that there is a wait to take the exam.


If you have at least six months of keyboard experience, keyboard/piano is NOT your primary instrument, and you are interested in placing out of some/all of the piano course requirements, please sign up for a piano placement test. If you do not have keyboard experience (or have limited experience), do not sign up for a piano placement test audition. Students with a primary instrument of piano do not need to sign up for a piano placement test audition.


Audition Requirements