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Music Dept Learning Outcomes

Department of Music PRAC
Undergraduate Program Assessment and Self-Study


Chairperson: Jonathan Irving

The following program goals have been collaboratively-developed by the entire Music Department faculty. These goals are based on the fulfillment of the mission of the department, as well as the current and desired practices of the department.

Music Department Program Goals

1. Promote the overall academic and civic roles of the students of Southern Connecticut State University through the study, composition, and performance of music.

2. Prepare students for the workforce through diverse, comprehensive, and rigorous coursework designed to develop pragmatic and appropriate musical skills and knowledge.

3. Use the latest technology to enhance and promote student learning.

4. Actively elicit and musically engage members of the greater Southern Connecticut region.

5. Use varied and research-based instructional strategies in all academic music courses.

6. Collect and analyze student data in order to evaluate program efficacy and inform instruction.

7. Contribute to the culture of the University and the region through actively studying and performing music.


  • In an effort to promote communication and transparency, all departmental program goals should be published alongside the mission statement of the department.
  • A Departmental Assessment Committee should be established in order to develop a plan to collect and analyze data related to the progress, fulfillment, and revision of program goals.

The department/program has clearly stated program-level expected student outcomes and methods for measurement.

Music Department student learning outcomes were generated primarily from the mission of the department and are aligned with the departmental goals stated above. The student learning outcomes are not only a reflection of the competencies the department desires each student to master prior to graduation, but are also skills the faculty deem essential for the eventual success of the students upon entering the workforce.

Music Department Expected Student Learning Outcomes

1. Upon graduation, music majors will demonstrate an understanding of styles and structures of music and will apply this knowledge through performance.

2. Music majors will demonstrate the comprehension of the relationships among multiple traditions, the connection to social trends, histories and styles of music, art, and other disciplines.

3. Music majors will demonstrate competencies in theoretical and aural skills through sight-singing performance, generating and analyzing harmony, creating and notating self-generated musical ideas, and the graphic dictation of aural sounds.**

**Please note: As the ability to sight-sing and demonstrate theoretical skills through singing is crucial for all musicians, this learning outcome is applicable to all music majors, regardless of whether the student is an instrumentalist or a vocalist.**

4. Music majors will demonstrate the ability to extemporaneously compose musical ideas through improvisational performance.

5. Members of performing ensembles will demonstrate cooperative learning and creative expression through performance.