History & Literature


Our Music History & Literature faculty members are musicians whose scholarly work has been published and presented internationally and throughout the USA. These professional activities enable us to provide our students with the benefits of our broad experience in both classroom instruction and musicological research. We are all “lifelong learners” who value education and love to teach.

Graduate Core Curriculum

The required Master of Music core curriculum includes music theory, music history, research methods, and a final recital, thesis, composition, or project. We currently offer a number of course options that satisfy the music history area requirement. You can read descriptions of these and other Music History & Literature area courses in the Graduate Catalog.

Undergraduate Core Curriculum

The required undergraduate core curriculum in music includes 2-3 junior/senior-level semesters of music history, taken after completing the two-year music theory sequence. These courses provide a comprehensive background in the development of Western art music for all undergraduate musicians, regardless of specialization. Additional elective study in the area may be required for some baccalaureate music programs, as well.

Our core music history courses meet three times weekly. The language and perspective gained through these courses enable students to better understand the music they read and hear, and to converse intelligently with other musicians—including their teachers, peers, and their own future students. You can read descriptions of these and other Music History & Literature area courses in the Undergraduate Catalog.


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Northern Illinois University
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