Mission Statement and Program Learning Objectives

2014 Music Mission Statement

The School of Music and Dance is committed to developing the talent of potential creators, performers, and teachers of sonic works of art, expressing the values of the diverse cultural heritages of the Bay Area.  Through curricula that emphasize applied studies, wide-ranging ensemble opportunities, both historical and contemporary history and literature, improvisation, music education, as well as theory and composition, the School of Music and Dance addresses contemporary expectations for basic skills, modern technology, non-Western musical traditions, and broad performance involvement.  Together, these expectations promote breath and versatility. At the undergraduate level the goals of the school are as follows:

1. to make available a variety of quality experiences that meet the needs that were just enumerated;

2. to prepare students who seek one of the State of California teaching credentials through a curriculum which prepares them to serve students within an increasingly culturally diverse population;

3. to provide a minor for students majoring in another field;

4. to serve the university student population with quality courses in General Education covering a broad spectrum of musical periods and styles;

5. to enrich the cultural climate of the university as well as the South San Francisco Bay Area through the presentation of concerts, master classes, recitals and other learning opportunities both on-and off-campus.

At the graduate level, more emphasis is placed on the development of scholarship and research skills, and the thrust of the program is to focus a student's field of study rather than to broaden it.

At the graduate level the School of Music and Dance offers a Master of Arts in Music, with emphases in eleven specific areas.  This program is built around a core of graduate seminars that broadly develop the student’s creative and critical thinking, scholarship, and writing skills, in conjunction with focused coursework concentrated on the student’s particular area of interest, such as Composition, Conducting, Jazz Studies, Music Education, Music History, Music Systems/Theory, or Performance.

Program Learning Outcomes


Program Learning Outcomes for Bachelor degrees in Music

After successful completion of the requirements for all Bachelor degrees in Music, students should be able to:

1. Demonstrate the ability to hear, identify, and work conceptually with the melodic,    harmonic, and rhythmic elements of music, including sight-reading, keyboard       proficiency, and analysis. 

2. Demonstrate a working knowledge of the history, traditions, practices, and cultures of the
Western art-music tradition, along with related materials of non-Western musics.

3. Competently perform repertory appropriate to a university music program, utilizing skills
and knowledge gained from the previous two learning outcomes.

4. Demonstrate a working proficiency in basic music technology, its applications, and its use
in their area of specialization.

5. Successfully complete a capstone experience appropriate to their area of specialization.

Additional Learning Outcomes for the Bachelor of Music Degrees:

After successful completion of the requirements for the Bachelor of Music degree, students should be able to:

6. Perform standard repertoire competently and expressively, and provide musical     leadership appropriate to a university music program as soloists, as conductors, and as     members of major performing ensembles and smaller chamber ensembles.

7. Demonstrate a working knowledge of the repertory in their major performance area and   the ability to perform from a cross-section of that repertory through a successful capstone experience (a senior solo recital or senior recital of original compositions). 

Learning Outcome for Teacher Preparation in Music: 

B.M.--Music Education majors only or Subject Matter Preparation for Teaching Credential:

8. Demonstrate basic performance skills as well as pedagogical and classroom methods appropriate for a music education major entering the field of public school teaching

Learning Outcomes for the Master of Arts in Music:

The goals of the Master’s program are to prepare students for professional careers in performance, conducting, composition, teaching, and scholarship, while also preparing them for further music study in doctoral programs.

1. Demonstration of professional competence in a major field of study, such as performance, composition, conducting, etc.

2. Demonstration of both a theoretical and working knowledge of music theory and music systems at the Master’s level.

3. Demonstration of both a theoretical and working knowledge of music history, literature, and performance practices at the Master’s level.

4. Demonstration of critical thinking, research skills, and creative written and verbal communication at the Master’s level.