Church Music Major (Bachelor of Music Degree)

Intended Learning Outcomes

Students will demonstrate:

  1. the ability to hear, identify, and work with musical elements: rhythm, pitch, harmony, structure, timbre, texture.
  2. the ability to read and realize musical notation fluently.
  3. the ability to recognize and articulate an understanding of compositional process and musical style with reference to artists, technologies, events, and cultural forces through the major periods of music history.
  4. the ability to use research tools and analysis independently to develop, defend, and write musical judgments.
  5. a trajectory of continuing growth in applying basic musicianship skills, independently, to the preparation of expressive performances informed by outcomes 1-3 above.
  6. skill as a performer, improviser, teacher and conductor, as appropriate to the area of specialization.
  7. knowledge of the history and practice of music in ecumenical worship traditions, its relationship to other sacred arts, and its relation to music in the general culture.
  8. understanding, supported by and gained from practical experience, of the vocation and role of the church musician, its pastoral and theological implications, and its administrative practice.

April 2008