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Department of Music records

Identifier: A116


The Northeastern University Department of Music began as part of the Department of Drama, Speech and Music in 1958 and became an independent department in 1966-1967. The music curriculum was originally a non-major program for professional musicians who desired theoretical training. In 1982, a BA in Music Literature became available. By 1989, the Department began collaborating with the New England Conservatory to offer a Music Industry major, and by 1992, music history courses were included in the Department's curriculum.The Music at Noon concert series was founded in 1962 by Roland Nadeau and Reginald Hache, and was formally adopted by the University in 1967-1968. The concert series provided a showcase for both student and professional talent. In 1986, Professor Leonard Brown initiated the John Coltrane Memorial Concert which became an annual event. During the 1980s, Northeastern University participated in the Share a Composer program which invites major American composers to Boston for a week of concerts, lectures and events featuring their original music. Participants have included Henry Brant, Vivian Fine, Ulysses Kay and Karel Husa. In 2011, the Department of music offers five majors: a BS in Music Technology, a BA in Music History and Analysis, a BA in Music Industry, and the combined BS in Interactive Media and Music and BS in Computer Science and Music. Five minors are also offered: Ethnomusicology, Musical Theater, Music Industry, Musical Performance and General Music.


  • Creation: 1967-2009


Language of Materials

Materials entirely in English.

Conditions Governing Access:

Records are closed for 25 years from their date of creation unless researchers have written permission from the creating office.


Department of Drama, Speech and Music is established.
Department of Music is established.
Music at Noon concert series is established by Roland Nadeau and Reginald Hache.
BA in Music Literature is first offered by the University.
John Coltrane Memorial Concert series is started by Professor Leonard Brown.
BA and BS in Music are offered for the first time at the University.
Music Technology Concentration begins.


1 cubic feet (1 container)

System of Arrangement:

Arranged in one alphabetical sequence by subject.

Physical Location



  • Feldscher, K. (2000). Northeastern University 1989-1996, The Curry Years: Smaller but Better. Northeastern University Publications.
  • Frederick, A. (1982). Northeastern University, an Emerging Giant: 1959-1975.Northeastern University Publications.
  • Frederick, A. (1995). Northeastern University, Coming of Age: The Ryder Years 1975-1989. Northeastern University Publications.
  • Heim, K., Baratta, S. and Rafala, N. (2010). The History of Music at Northeastern University: From Its Origins in Student Activities to its Development as a Department. Retrieved from
Finding aid for the Department of Music Records
Finding aid prepared by Chelsea Gunn
April 26, 2011
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Repository Details

Part of the Northeastern University Archives and Special Collections Repository

Snell Library
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston MA 02115 US