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Educator Licensure

The School of Music in the College of Visual and Performing Arts offers a Bachelor of Music (B.M.) degree with an emphasis in music education, performance, and composition, as well as a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree for students whose interests lie in acquiring a broad liberal education. The music education program leads to a K-12 special certificate that authorizes the holder to teach all aspects of music in grades K-12.

Admission to the School of Music requires successful completion of an audition, interview, and basic musicianship screening. Admission to the program is highly competitive.

Contact the program advisor for more information.

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Coordinator of Educator Licensure

Lynn Retherford
email: lretherford@niu.edu
phone: 815-753-1552

Coordinator of Music Education

Mary Lynn Doherty
email: mdoherty@niu.edu
phone: 815-753-2435

Admissions Coordinator

Lynn Slater
School of Music
Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL 60115
Office: 815-753-1546
lslater@niu.edu

Contact Us

Music Building
Monday-Friday
8 a.m.-noon; 1-4:30 p.m.
815-753-1551
music@niu.edu

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