Our curricular goal is as follows: to offer students who possess musical talent a solid foundation in the discipline that will equip them with the essential knowledge and skills to pursue a career in music beyond graduation. An assessment list of Learning Outcomes directed to this goal was revised in 2015. They are as follows:
- Demonstrate proficiency in the basic vocabulary of music, and apply this vocabulary to music in historical and cultural context and to the aural analysis of performed music;
- Rehearse music to an accomplished level and perform it in a stylistically appropriate and professional manner for a public audience, both individually and in ensembles;
- Analyze music in the common practice period (integrating formal, interpretive approaches and situating these in historical and cultural context), and express this analysis through writing and symbolic means;
- Compose basic musical progressions in Baroque, Classical and Romantic styles, arrange and adapt music for different instrumentations using stylistically appropriate notation, and create original artistic works in musical notation, sound sculpture or the digital audio medium;
- Examine critically the artistic value systems that diverse cultures and movements bring to musical and sonic expression and cogently discuss in writing the historical, socio-cultural and political contexts of musical and sonic expression.