Performing Arts Department Mission & Goals

Mission

The performing arts department provides training in music, music education and performance. A concentration in Arts Management is also offered in conjunction with the B.A. in Music. The objective is to produce graduates who are prepared to teach music, perform, conduct, further advance their study of music in graduate school, and/or promote the arts in the larger community.

Goals

  1. Students who complete the music component of the General Education/Core curriculum by taking Music 1510 and MUS 1520 will have a basic understanding of musical vocabulary, instrumentation, musicians, history, and the evolution of musical styles as it relates to genre within Western music, i.e., classical, jazz, etc.
  2. Students who complete the music component of the General Education/Core curriculum by taking applied/proficiency courses, theory, or ensemble courses will develop skills and basic understanding of the technique and literature of a specific instrument, analytical/theoretical skills or ensemble/performance skills.
  3. Music majors will demonstrate knowledge and understanding of a wide selection of musical literature, principal eras, genres and cultural sources.
  4. Music majors will demonstrate an understanding of the theory and analytical techniques applicable to music of the common practice period, the 20th century and beyond.