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Bachelor of Arts in Contemporary Music Industry

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Bachelor of Arts in Contemporary Music Industry

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Bachelor of Arts in Contemporary Music Industry

The general Music degree prepares students broadly in the field of music. Music as a discipline encourages the development of analytic skills, and the ability to create through the synthesis of theory and technique. These skills will apply to a variety of occupations, depending on the creativity of the graduate. Graduates will be prepared to enter graduate programs in musicology, sacred music, and others, or to apply their musical skill and knowledge in a variety of professional settings.

Admission requirements

The following information is specific to the traditional undergraduate programs of the University. Admissions to the College of Adult and Professional Studies, Oregon extension, Online Programs, or Graduate Programs are detailed in their respective section of this catalog or student handbooks.

International Students

International applicants must complete the same admissions process as other freshman or transfer students.

English Testing Requirement

Citizens of approved countries with English as an official language and/or the language of academic instruction are exempt from the TOEFL and IELTS. A current list of approved countries is maintained by the Center for English Language Education.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Core Curriculum Requirements

Bible and Theology

  • The Christian Scriptures
  • Work of God, Work of Humanity
  • How to read the Bible
  • Foundations of Christian Faith

Written and Verbal Communications

  • Composition I: Expository Writing
  • Composition II: Rhetoric and Research Writing
  • Fundamentals of Speech Communication


  • Any literature course 3 credits
  • Any history course 3 credits
  • 3 credits from: Art, Bible, Drama, English, History, Language, Music or Theology

Social Sciences

  • Minimum 2 courses from the following:
    • Business Administration, Communication, Economics, Education, Geography, Health & Fitness, Information Technology, Management, Marketing, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology/Anthropology, or User Experience Design

Science and Mathematics

  • College-level Mathematics
  • Science course with Lab

Formation and Calling

  • Life Calling
  • Gospel and Culture

Professional Readiness

Two Core Curriculum elective credits are required to be Career Readiness credits. These credits can be earned by taking a combination of Career Readiness Courses and introductory internship and/or job shadowing experiences. 

  • This two-credit requirement is waived for students who transfer 60 or more credits to NU
  • Students with 47-59 transfer credits are required to take one Career Readiness credit

Core Electives

Select any college-level courses


  • Introduction to Theory
  • Written Theory I
  • Ear Training & Sight-Singing I
  • Written Theory II
  • Ear Training & Sight-Singing II
  • Basic Computer Notation

Ensemble Requirements:

Select 2 credits from the following:

  • Concert Choir
  • Northwest Choralons
  • Wind Ensemble
  • Northwest Jazz Band
  • Chamber Orchestra
  • Chamber Choir

Private Music Lessons:

  • Private Music Lessons

International Experience:

  • Cross-Cultural Experience

Contemporary Music Industry Tracks:

  • Select from one of the following tracks, detailed below

Producer Track:

Producer Music Core:

  • Written Theory III
  • Ear Training & Sight-Singing III
  • Written Theory IV
  • Ear Training & Sight-Singing IV

Select one of the following:

  • Choral Conducting or
  • Instrumental Conducting

Recording Arts Core:

  • Survey of Music Business
  • Survey of Audio Technology
  • Recording Engineering I
  • Recording Engineering II
  • Digital Audio Workstations I
  • Recording Engineering III
  • Advanced Audio Production/Capstone
  • Audio Production Internship
  • Professional Music Industry Tour

Recording Arts Technology Track:

  • Survey of Music Business
  • Survey of Audio Technology
  • Recording Engineering I
  • Recording Engineering II
  • Digital Audio Workstations I
  • Digital Audio Workstations II
  • Live Sound
  • Recording Engineering III
  • Advanced Audio Production/Capstone
  • Audio Production Practicum
  • Audio Production Internship
  • Professional Music Industry Tour

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.


Total Tuition fee : $33,500


Credits: 125 semester

Academic Awards: Bachelor of Arts

Graduates with a degree in Music will be able to:

  • Evaluate musical genres based upon their stylistic characteristics.
  • Create music utilizing an undergraduate proficiency level of music theory.
  • Translate notes into sound, and sound into notes utilizing ear training.
  • Integrate the study of music and the Christian faith.

Career paths

A degree from our Music Industry program can help you launch your career immediately after graduation. Some of the fields that a degree in the contemporary music industry can open up for you include:

  • Recording Engineering
  • Music Production
  • Church Music
  • TV & Radio
  • Movie and Game Soundtracks

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Northwest University

Northwest University was founded on October 1, 1934. We are a Christian co-educational institution accredited at the highest institutional level nationally and regionally. We awards associate, baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral degrees in over 70 programs. Northwest University is a Christian...

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5520 108th Ave NE
98003 Kirkland Washington
United States of America

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