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2022 Northern Exposure Orientation Schedule

  • June 2 - Afternoon in person session only
  • June 3 - Afternoon in person session only
  • June 7 - Afternoon in person session only
  • June 9 - Afternoon in person session only
  • June 10 - Afternoon in person session only
  • June 14 - In person session in the morning, virtual session in the afternoon
  • June 17 - Afternoon in person session only
  • July 26 - Afternoon in person session only
  • July 28 - Afternoon in person session only
  • July 29 - Morning in person session only
  • August 4 - Virtual session in the morning, In person session in the afternoon
If you are unable to make any of these priority orientation dates, please contact Joan Brummer for an alternative orientation date. 

Music Orientation for Incoming Students

Auditions are required for majors and minors for admission into the NKU Music Program and for scholarship consideration.

Use the Quick Links tab on the top of the NKU website next to the Search bar.

Online NKU Catalog

  • Requirements for majors and minors
  • Sample 4-year-plans for most majors
  • Important Policies and Procedures
  • Course descriptions

Academic Calendar

  • Must access every semester
  • Academic Calendar – contains the withdraw deadlines and university closure dates
  • Exam Schedule
  • Priority Registration Schedule

Music Directory

  • Directory of Music Faculty and Staff

NKU Directory

  • Directory for Faculty, Staff and Students
  • Can easily send an email


  • Career Services is free. Learn how to write a resume, interview, and job searching
  • Internships and Co-ops
  • Career Fairs
  • Part-time student jobs

Change NKU Password

  • Your NKU email password changes every 90 days

Placement Tests

Required Theory Placement Test

As part of the NKU audition, your background in music theory and musicianship will be assessed. This assessment is not factored into your music admission decision, but it does help determine what courses to place you into, should you decide to attend NKU in the fall. All students wishing to major or minor in music are required to take this placement exam. Students who are auditioning for ensemble scholarships only do not need to take this exam. Please check your email periodically, as we will be sending a unique link to the theory placement test there.

Optional Piano Placement Exam

If you have at least 6 months of piano experience, piano is NOT your primary instrument, and you are interested in placing out of some/all of the piano course requirements, please sign up to take an optional piano placement exam on the day of your audition. If you do not have piano experience (or have limited experience), you should not take the piano placement exam. Students whose primary instrument is piano, do not need to take the piano placement exam and will automatically be placed into Class Piano IV. If you are submitting a video audition, please email Keyboard Area Coordinator Dr. Richard Van Dyke ( to take the exam.


Audition Requirements