Course Resources


College of Visual and Performing Arts Resources

Below is a list of some course resources for the College of Visual and Performing Arts. For additional resources or questions, please contact the College of Visual and Performing Art's Student Success Specialist.



  • ACCESS/Peer Assisted Learning. This program can help assist students in MUSC 101, 102, 103, 104, 201, 202, 203, 204, 220 and THEA 203 or additional courses required within the College of Visual and Performing Arts.

Advising in the College of Visual and Performing Arts

  • Your advisor  is one of your main resources.  This professional can help you explore interests, map out your schedule, monitor your academic progress, clarify your educational and life goals, identify activities and opportunities to enhance your academic experience.  Here is the contact information for the College of Visual and Performing Arts advisors:
Art Advisors:
Blaine Bradford   (815) 753-1473 Art Building 216
Erin Valentine  (815) 753-1473 Art Building 216
Jacqueline Wells   (815) 753-1473 Art Building 216
Dance Advisor:
Judith Chitwood  (815) 753-5503 Gabel Hall 117A
Music Advisors:
Jim Brown (fall & spring) (815) 753-7975 Music Building 109
Paul Bauer (summer)     (815) 753-1551 Music Building 140
Tom Bough (summer)    (815) 753-7978 Music Building 162
Theatre Advisor:
Melanie Parks  (815) 753-1339 Stevens Building 209 
Contract Major Advisor:
Deborah Robertson (815) 753-1635 Music Building 3rd floor
To schedule an appointment with Ms. Robertson, contact her assistant: Monica Jinks (  

ESL Center (English as a Second Language)

  • The ESL Center provides one-on-one tutoring and support for the ESL students of our community. They offer one hour sessions. You can sign up for sessions in the ESL Center, or by calling and scheduling an appointment. They work with student clients in conversation, pronunciation, written and verbal communication, and American culture. They also provide support and practice for the GET and SPEAK tests. Their tutors are experienced ESL/EFL TAs, Instructors, and Professors from NIU. Please call 753-6637, email at, or visit Reavis 306B to schedule an appointment or visit for more information.

Instructors' Office Hours/Department Resources

  • Contact your instructors for assistance or meet with them during their office hours. To find their office hours, look at the course syllabus or search on the college website at:
  • Academic Departments have many resources posted to help assist students in their success at NIU. Visit the department that offers your course to find additional resources specific to the material.

The Mathematics Assistance Center

  • The Mathematics Assistance Center (MAC) is staffed by teaching assistants prepared to answer your questions related to Math 110, Math 155, Math 210, and Math 211, as well as the preparatory courses KCMA 096, KCMA 098, MATH 108, and MATH 109, as time allows.
    • Location and Hours: DuSable Hall 326, times vary
    • For more information, please see MAC Schedule

Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) Exam

  • The Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) is employed by the Illinois Certification Testing System. It is in a student's best interest to utilize their resources for this exam. A list of helpful resources are listed below.
    • Resources for the TAP Exam
    • This handout is broken down by different areas:
      • Before taking the test for the first time
      • If you need a second attempt to pass all sections
      • If you have take the test at least twice but have not passed all sections
      • If you are on one of your last two attempts at passing the entire test
      • Additional TAP Preparation Resources

The University Writing Center

  • The University Writing Center can help assist students with a variety of writing needs ranging from the discussion of topics and editing of course work to applications for internships, scholarships and jobs.
    • Location and Hours
      • Stevenson South B Basement (754-6636) Mon – Thurs 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
      • Founders Memorial Library, Room 302 (752-6630) Mon, Tues & Thurs 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
    • For more information, please visit