Music Education 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. knowledge, understanding and skills appropriate for beginning K-12 educators as listed in the St. Olaf Teacher Education Program Intended Learning Outcomes.
  7. clear understanding of why music is an essential part of a general education, and the ability to advocate for its inclusion and development within education systems.
  8. competencies in conducting and musical leadership, arranging, functional performance, and pedagogy that support the ability to nurture and motivate an increasingly diverse population of K-12 music students.
  9. personal dispositions that enhance the ability to lead, inspire, and excite K-12 students’ imaginations through the experience and use of music as a transformative, communicating art.

April 2008