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Expected Student Outcomes

Upon completion of the Bachelor of Arts degree in Music, students will

  • Read, analyze, and perform music with fluency in at least one performance medium and in a variety of performance styles;
  • Use the piano proficiently as an instrument for independent study of music theory, analysis of scores, and preparation of compositions or arrangements, as appropriate to the common tasks of a professional musician;
  • Demonstrate proficiency in aural recognition and analysis of music, and in singing musical lines at sight, as appropriate to the common tasks of a professional musician;
  • Recognize and describe representative selections of music from all the significant style periods and genres of western art music; and
  • Create arrangements and original compositions utilizing the recognized ranges and idioms of orchestral and band instruments and of vocal ensembles.
In addition, students in the Performance Emphasis program will:

  • Conduct large and small ensembles in their primary performance medium;
  • Prepare and present in public a wide selection of repertoire representative of the highest standard of performance technique and style appropriate to young professional artists; and
  • In conjunction with recital performances, prepare scholarly program notes on the repertoire being presented and work closely with administrative staff to complete the copy and format of professional publicity documents.
In addition, students in the Music Education Emphasis program will:

  • Conduct large and small ensembles in their primary performance medium;
  • Demonstrate through field experiences and student teaching the necessary skills and dispositions for teaching music in a variety of public school settings;

  • Articulate in written documents addressed to the general audience (such as parents, school board members, or community at large) a well-grounded philosophy of music education; and
  • Create instructional plans, long-range curriculum outlines, and assessments for music education at elementary and secondary levels, following Colorado Academic Standards and incorporating recognized best practices in music pedagogy.