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Degree Learning Outcomes

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) Degree

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  1. Applied Musicianship
    Students will develop basic professional competency in applied musicianship through written music theory, musical analysis, conducting, singing, and piano skills.
  2. Aural Perception
    Students will display fundamental proficiency in aural musicianship skills, including the ability to transcribe melodies, rhythms, and harmonic progressions and to demonstrate proficiency in singing musical examples and rhythms of moderate difficulty while gaining proficiency in detecting errors during performance.
  3. Music Literacy and Critical Thinking
    Students will gain literacy and critical thinking skills 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Performance and Creativity
    Students will perform on a primary instrument and will demonstrate a high level of competence, both artistically and creatively, as appropriate to the area of emphasis.
  6. Synthesis
    By the conclusion of undergraduate study in music, students will be able to solve musical problems by combining their capabilities associated with the learning outcomes enumerated above as appropriate to their respective area(s) of emphasis.
  7. 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.