The emphasis on audio and visual theoretical and historical analysis presented in both written and spoken formats and solo and ensemble performance prepares the graduates of our program to lead productive lives in the twenty-first century.

Content: Exposure to cognitive theory, applied theory, music history, solo and ensemble study and performance.

Stylistic Analysis: Demonstrate by aural and visual means a knowledge and understanding of stylistic characteristics of musical compositions from antiquity to the present.

Performance Experience: Presentation of solo and ensemble literature in the students’ chosen performance areas with an understanding of the style and an awareness of the relationship between an individual part and the whole composition.

Computer Skills: Ability to use a word processor, campus network and the Internet, presentation software, Finale software.

Oral Competency: Ability to ask questions, participate in discussion, give a presentation, respond to oral questions.

Writing Competency: Ability to express in writing a critical commentary, a comparison/contrast, a synthesis, a summary.

Integrative Competencies:

  • Ability to associate music with other studies.
  • Ability to read and comprehend a musical theoretical/historical article.
  • Ability to formulate a theoretical/historical analysis of a musical composition by aural and visual means.
  • Ability to demonstrate a deep as well as broad understanding of musical style and process
  • Ability to complete an independently prepared research project and present the findings in a short lecture-recital, and present the findings in a performance experience.

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