Come Join us at NMU!

There are a lot of great things happening in the NMU Department of Music! Maybe you've thought about majoring or minoring in music? Perhaps you simply want to play in an ensemble, sing in a choir, or take a class about the Beatles? Or maybe you just want to check out one of the many concerts we present on campus every semester... Whatever your interests may be, there's a place for you here!      



Professor and student working with lighting board

Degree programs

  • Music Major
  • Music with Elective Studies in an Outside Field Major
  • Secondary Education Music
  • Music Minor

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University Choir at St. Peter Cathedral

Virtual Performances

Whenever possible, Department of Music concerts are streamed live on the NMU School of Music, Theatre, and Dance Broadcasting Network.  This subscription service allows us to broadcast live presentations and provide viewers with on-demand access to archived material, while insuring that we are 100% copyright compliant at all times.  (Archived material will only become available on the network when all copyright clearances have been obtained - this usually takes at least 2-3 weeks.) Just click the button below to learn more!


Marching Band at football game

The exciting sounds of ensembles

Students from any major can be a part of our  group performance ensembles! There are also opportunities to perform with the community orchestra, band and choral society and at festivals and gigs around town.


  • Arts Chorale
  • Chamber Ensemble
  • NMU Jazz Band
  • Opera Theatre Workshop
  • Pep Band
  • Percussion Ensemble
  • Symphonic Band
  • University Choir
  • University Orchestra
  • Wildcat Marching Band
What We Leave Behind percussion performance with Carrie Biolo
Carrie Biolo

“I love teaching students about the universal language of the world: Music. My World Music course students explore rhythms of Africa, India, and Brazil on drums and percussion instruments. On keyboards they groove a 12 Bar Blues bass line and examine the interlocking melodies of Indonesian music. And in the Open Mind Chamber Ensemble, students explore improvisation, experimentation, graphic scores, creativity and music by chance.”

Instructor Carrie Biolo


LDI Concert

Special opportunities

  • Collaborate, orchestrate or star in Forest Roberts Theatre mainstage performances
  • Take private music lessons offered by the department
  • Get early in-classroom student teaching experience
  • Travel to conferences and competitions, tour and perform across the Midwest and Europe
  • Learn from and play with legends at the yearly NMU Jazz Fest
  • Experience the music Mecca that is Marquette—with an active local music scene, annual Hiawatha Music Fest and soulful Blues Fest.


Finnish folk quartet Kardemimmit

Recent visiting artists at NMU

  • Viano String Quartet
  • Dutch saxophonist Hans de Jong
  • Latin band Orquesta Tradición
  • Percussion group Cincinnati
  • Native American singer-songwriter Annie Humphrey
  • Hungarian folk music group Söndörgő
  • Singer-songwriter Jesse McCartney
  • Finnish folk quartet Kardemimmit
  • Rapper Ghostface Killah
  • Psychrockers Pond


Erin Colwitz at piano

Fantastic faculty and fabulous facilities

Our professors love music, but they love working with students even more. Students get to share in Dr. Erin Colwitz's Beatles obsession, Dr. Strain's devotion to drums and Dr. Flaherty's addiction to all things jazz. Our department secretary Linda Popovic has a doctorate in music from Yale and gladly lends a well-qualified ear to all questions or concerns. Join in our close-knit music family to explore, acquire expertise and expand your musical horizons.

Contact Information

To inquire about our academic programsrequest information about NMU, or apply, please contact us via phone or email!

Phone 906-227-2563