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Music at Aquinas College

Student Learning Outcomes

The full Music Department mission statement: The mission of the Music Department in support of the mission of Aquinas College is to provide both to the music major and general education students: first, a deeper understanding and experience of music from the abundant diversity of cultures present today and through the ages; and, second, the verbal and technical skills to communicate that knowledge of music.

The Music Department’s role is a unique and treasured component of a solid education within the context of the Catholic Dominican tradition. To further fulfill the Aquinas College mission, the Music Department offers programs of study to prepare students for graduate schools and careers in such fields as teaching, liturgical music, conducting, jazz studies, and performance.

Goal 1: To provide students with an understanding of and the ability to employ the common elements and organizational patterns of music and their interaction

  • Outcome 1: Student will demonstrate a thorough understanding of musical terms and notation.
  • Outcome 2: Student will be able to apply fundamental principles of rhythm and pitch to their major instrument, as well as simple rhythm and tone instruments, and in listening and sight-singing.
  • Outcome 3: Student will demonstrate ability to use current technology to prepare course assignments in music theory and history courses.

Goal 2: To provide students with a broad knowledge of the history and development of music in its cultural and social contexts

  • Outcome 1: Students will be able to distinguish between various styles of music while placing each within its cultural and historical origin.
  • Outcome 2: Student will have experiential knowledge of many diverse world musics.

Goal 3: To develop in students the skills of effective practice, rehearsal, performance and collaboration with other musicians and those under their leadership, necessary for educating, self-expression, communication, personal growth and interaction

  • Outcome 1: Through weekly class work with an MCAP Instructor or MCEN Director, the student will grow in their understanding and appreciation of the creative process.
  • Outcome 2: Student will be able to demonstrate proficiency on the piano, to be utilized during personal practice time and student teacher placements.
  • Outcome 3: Student will be able to collaborate on performance material intelligently and respectfully with student peers and professional musicians.
  • Outcome 4: Student will have developed ensemble rehearsal techniques.
  • Outcome 5: Student will be able to plan and execute individual and ensemble programs.

Goal 4: To develop in students an understanding of the fundamental workings of their instruments/ voices with the ability to verbalize that to others, and a self-confidence, while acknowledging present limitations, as strides to progress to a level of excellence in performance on the instrument/voice are made

  • Outcome 1: Student will demonstrate increased technical ability by the end of each semester of Studio Applied private lessons.
  • Outcome 2: Student will be able to use personal practice time effectively and efficiently.

Goal 5: To offer students opportunities to gain understanding and experience of possible career paths in music

  • Outcome 1: Liturgical Music majors will gain experiential knowledge of church music through their internship
  • Outcome 2: Music Education Majors will be able to prepare children in grades K-12 for a formal or informal display of musical works during their Student Teaching experience.
  • Outcome 3: Students will gain insight into the broader scope of musical careers through attendance at various clinics and master classes throughout their time of study.