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Degree Learning Outcomes

Master of Music (M.M.) - Performance


  1. Applied Musicianship
    Students will develop advanced professional competency in applied musicianship through written music theory, musical analysis, large and small ensemble performance, and advanced applied studies with their respective instrument or voice.
  2. Music Technology
    Students will apply and demonstrate proficiency in current and emerging technologies used in the process of carrying out music research, analysis, and performance.
  3. Music Research
    Students will apply and demonstrate proficiency in musical research through critical writing projects, presentations, and readings of historical and cultural significance.
  4. Music Literacy and Critical Thinking
    Students will gain literacy and critical thinking skills by examining music literature and music research through performing, reading, researching, writing, listening, speaking, and reasoning about music. Critical thinking comprises the integration of historical and theoretical domains to identify and to solve problems within and beyond the discipline of music.
  5. Historical and Cultural Foundations
    Students will develop the capacity to situate contemporary musical experiences by interpreting a broad range of musical styles and practices from different historical eras and cultural traditions.
  6. Performance and Creativity
    Students on the performance track will perform on a primary instrument and will exemplify an advanced level of competence, both artistically and creatively.
  7. Musical Leadership and Community Engagement
    Students will exemplify musical competency through rehearsing in SDSU ensembles, community ensembles, or public-school ensembles. Students will employ musical leadership in their participation in music organizations and through performances organized to engage the community.
  8. Pedagogy
    Students will assemble knowledge of curriculum development while also developing oral and written communication skills in order to effectively disseminate information, in a classroom and studio setting, through various methodologies.
  9. Synthesis
    By the conclusion of graduate study in music performance, students will be able to solve advanced musical problems by combining their capabilities associated with the learning outcomes enumerated above as appropriate to their respective area of emphasis.
  10. General Skills
    All music students will hone the ability to collaborate effectively to engage in real-world problems, including academic, personal, and artistic matters. They will become independent learners, capable of accepting validation as a result of successful efforts while maintaining resilience in the face of challenges.