Mission Statement and Program Learning Objectives

Music Mission Statement

Music and dance are essential expressions of human experience. The purpose of the School of Music and Dance is to:

  • Prepare, inspire, and motivate students for excellence in professional careers in teaching, performance, choreography, composition, research, and related fields;
  • Engage a diverse university population in experiences that foster life-long learning and a greater understanding of music and dance;
  • Provide and sustain a unique performing arts culture for the university, Silicon Valley, and the greater Bay Area;
  • Generate creative activities and scholarship in music and dance that have local, national, and international significance.

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.