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The Bachelor of Music in Performance and Pedagogy programme is designed to prepare
graduates to function as private music studio teachers, active performers on their chosen
instrument, accompanists, Specialist Teachers, and church musicians. Graduates from this
programme will be able to continue in Graduate studies leading to degrees in a variety of areas
such as performance, pedagogy, theory and composition, musicology, church music and music
Students pursuing this major must pass the Theory Placement Entrance Exam and an audition on
the instrument in which they intend to major. Further details for the entrance exam
requirements are published in the
Music Student Handbook. Only those who have achieved a
high level of performance skills on their instrument, prior to applying, will be admitted to this
degree programme.


  • Listing ID: 4141
  • Institution Category: Universities
  • Institution Type: Private
  • Field of Study: MUSIC AND FINE ARTS
  • Awarding Body: Northern Caribbean University
  • Qualification Level:
  • Education Sector: Higher Education
  • ISCED Code: 02 Arts & Humanities- 021 Arts- 0215 Music & Performing Arts
  • Qualification Developer: Northern Caribbean University
  • Quality Assurance Body: UCJ
    In order to matriculate, applicants must satisfy University entry requirements as well as appear
    before the Music faculty for an audition in their performance medium and pass the Music Theory
    Placement Examination, before or during orientation week.
    These exams are designed to determine a student’s knowledge and competence in the areas of
    Theory, piano skills and their applied music area. The results of these exams are used to
    determine whether students are prepared to enter directly into one of the degree programmes
    or whether they need to take prerequisite courses in the area(s) in which a deficiency or
    deficiencies are present. These may include MUTH100(MUCT101/2) Fundamentals of Theory,
    MUPF056-57 Applied Music; and/or MUCL102(MUPF102) Class Piano I (See Music Student
    Handbook for further details.)
    Music Student Handbook
    All music students will receive a copy of the Music Student Handbook upon entering any of the
    music programmes. Current students will also receive an updated version at the beginning of
    each successive school year. The Handbook contains all the requirements and procedures, as well
    as general information that students need to know about the music facilities and the music
    degree programmes offered by the Department. Students are responsible for and required to be
    informed about its contents.N o r t h e r n C a r i b b e a n U n i v e r s i t y
    All majors, associate degrees and minors must participate in a departmental ensemble each
    consecutive semester (except when a student is teaching or on internship) until the ensemble
    degree requirements are fulfilled. Students may enrol in no more than two ensembles in any
    given semester. Large and small ensembles include: The University Chorale, Chamber Ensemble
    and Concert Band.
    Forums are seminars designed for majors, associate degrees and minors to perform in a friendly
    environment and participate in scholarly discussions and performance. Attendance is required
    for all music majors.
    Solo Recitals
    All majors are required to present both a Junior and a Senior recital as graduation requirements.
    Each of these must be preceded by a pre-recital four weeks prior to the proposed recital date.
    (See Music Student Handbook for further details.)
    Piano Proficiency
    Each major, including Teacher Education majors, is required to pass a Piano Proficiency
    Examination at the end of the sophomore year. Students who fail the exam will be required to
    register for Piano Proficiency courses until the examination is passed. (See Music Student
    Handbook for further details.)
    Jury Examinations
    All Music students who are registered for Applied Music for credit in any semester are required
    to appear before the music faculty for a jury examination at the end of that semester. At the jury
    examination, the student will present the compositions, in their principal instrument, studied
    during that semester, but which have not been presented at a previous jury. The length of the
    jury is determined by the number of credits for which the student is registered that semester.
    (See Music Student Handbook for further details.)
    Advancement to Candidacy
    This mid-matriculation interview occurs at the jury at the end of the sophomore year
    (Sophomore Evaluation). This Evaluation examination is designed to ensure that students will be
    able to continue in the programme for which they are enrolled based upon their current levels of
    academic and performance skills. (See Music Student Handbook for further details.)
    Concert and Recital Attendance
    Attendance at all major concerts, recitals, and forums sponsored by the Department is required
    of all music students.
    Applied Music
    All students enrolled in the Bachelor’s degree programmes in music are required to register for
    fourteen (14) 60-minute Applied Music Lessons per semester in their primary performing
    medium in order to obtain credit. Students enrolled in the Associate degree programmes as well
    as minors in music are required to register for fourteen (14) 30-minute lessons per semester in
    order to obtain credit.
  • Number of Credits: 128
Contact details

Manchester Road, Mandeville, Manchester, Jamaica, W.I.Northern Caribbean University 18765663088 vivienne.quarrie@ncu.edu.jm https://www.ncu.edu.jm

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