Bachelor of Arts - Music: Program Goals

Program Goals

  1. Music literacy:
    Read and notate complex scores, identify and analyze the structural functions of melody, rhythm, harmony and textures, demonstrate keyboard competency and sight singing abilities, write simple to complex compositions.
  2. Historical perspective:
    Display understanding of music as a manifestation of western and non-western civilizations and cultures, demonstrate ability to uncover, observe and collect data, ability to think and write critically, and display enhanced awareness of intercultural perspectives; ability to apply technology towards chosen career path in music (indicating understanding of the uses of technology to promote knowledge of all aspects of music.
  3. Performance competence:
    If concentrating in performance: Display advanced proficiency in performing on one or more instrument, or conducting, or composition. If in a non-performance concentration: Display basic skills in sight singing and keyboard proficiency. Demonstrate awareness, through performance, or conducting a diverse representation of western and non-western composers from all musical periods.
  4. Specialized Expertise
  5. Intercultural awareness
  6. Interdisciplinary experience
  7. Creative / aesthetic sensibility
  8. Self initiative
  9. Personal enrichment
  10. Technological competence / global internet outreach

General Education / Liberal Education Requirements (College Goals)

  1. Students must demonstrate proficiency in written communication.
  2. Students must demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language through the intermediate level.
  3. Students must become informed global citizens and gain intercultural awareness through a study abroad experience.
  4. Students must become acquainted with different ages, societies, and cultures and learn how to use a variety of historical sources.
  5. Students must be able to reason abstractly and appreciate the elegance of abstract structure.
  6. Students must understand the methods of scientific discovery and experimental design.
  7. Students must acquire problem-solving and research capability by identifying, locating, evaluating, and effectively using information.
  8. Students must be able to analyze and understand the creative process, assimilate experience, and communicate it.
  9. Students must be able to interpret words, images, objects, and/or actions that are expressions of human culture.
  10. Students must understand the complex nature of social structures and/or human relationships that involve issues of inequality and difference.
  11. Students must explore ecological, policy, social, cultural, and/or historical dimensions of human relationship to the environment.

Curriculum Map (Courses mapped to Program Goals)