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Music Learning Aims

Students who elect a music concentration will demonstrate a mastery in the following five areas:

  • Aural literacy-defined as an ability to recognize the elements of musical language: pitch, rhythm, and harmony, and the ability to manipulate those elements in a coherent manner
  • Stylistic literacy--the ability to recognize, analyze, and understand the genesis of the major stylistic periods
  • Instrumental literacy--the ability to perform music in an expressive and stylistically appropriate manner at a reasonably advanced level
  • Ensemble ability--the ability to work cooperatively towards a musical/interpretive goal with other musician
  • Writing skills--the ability to write cogently about music