Performing Arts Department Mission & Goals

Music

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.

Theater

Mission

The Theater program is designed to give majors a theater education firmly grounded in the liberal arts, preparing them for further study in a graduate school or higher-level training program prior to pursuing a career; to serve non-majors through Core courses and electives; to educate the potential audience; and to provide opportunities for self-expression to those wishing to pursue Theater as an avocation.

Goals

  1. All members of the Methodist University community will have the opportunity to participate in the production component(s) of the Theater program, as a performer, a technician, or a member of the audience.
  2. Students who complete the Theater Appreciation component of the General Education/Core Curriculum will have a basic understanding of the principles of drama and the processes of theater production.
  3. Graduates who complete a major in Theater will demonstrate basic knowledge of the canons of theatrical literature, history, and theory necessary as a foundation for producing a theatrical performance.
  4. Graduates who complete a major in Theater will demonstrate knowledge of the fundamental performance skills required for producing a theatrical event.
  5. Graduates who complete a major in Theater will demonstrate knowledge of the fundamental technical skills required for producing a theatrical event.