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Music Theory, History, and Composition

Mission and Outcomes

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Music Theory, History, and Composition

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Swope Music Building
817 S. High Street
West Chester, PA 19383


Phone: 610-436-2739
Fax: 610-436-2873
Email: RPowell@wcupa.edu


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MISSON AND
OUTCOMES

Mission Statement

The mission of the Department of Music Theory, History and Composition is to provide an environment that promotes excellence and diversity in our students' preparation for careers in music theory, music history and composition as scholars, teachers, creative artists and performers.

Student Learning Outcomes: Music Theory And Composition

  • Composition technique: students will compose music that is expressive, demonstrating the proper techniques in, and related to, the production of a professional-level composition.
  • Presentation of live compositions: students will present new works for live performers that are well-prepared, demonstrating a high level of individual preparation through engaging in proper rehearsal and performance techniques with collaborating performers.
  • Electro-acoustic composition technique: students will create new electro-acoustic works that demonstrate skill at executing works that rely on technology.
  • Score preparation: students will produce musical scores that are professionally notated, and should in all cases be clear, complete, free of errors, and should show attention to detail, including an informative program note for the audience.
  • Writing about music: students will write analytic papers that are clear and compelling, with proper use of terminology and conventions of musical writing; analysis will display critical listening and thinking skills, and demonstrate knowledge of diverse approaches to music theory and analysis.
  • Information Literacy & Research: students in the BM in Theory and Composition program will pursue academic research on musical topics and demonstrate familiarity with standard sources.

Student Learning Outcomes: Music History

  • Music History minors will demonstrate understanding of the literature, genres, forms, styles, and technical vocabulary of Western art music and of the development of musical style within a broader humanistic and cultural context.
  • Music History minors will demonstrate competency in aural and written analysis of musical form and style.
  • Music History minors will demonstrate the ability to recognize and explain the significance of specific aspects of music style in a manner surpassing description and subjective reaction.
  • Music History minors will demonstrate the ability to associate musical examples with values concerning social and artistic conventions.
  • Music History minors will demonstrate the ability to associate musical and artistic examples with specific stylistic periods, regional traditions, and individual artists and formulate observations based on those understandings.
  • Music History minors will demonstrate familiarity with basic research tools of music history.
  • Graduate students in music history will demonstrate a thorough knowledge of the genres, styles, and forms of Western music within an historical context.
  • Graduate students music history will demonstrate facility in utilizing analytical techniques with respect to musical style and form.
  • Graduate students in music history will demonstrate familiarity with the methods and materials of independent research in musicology, including bibliographical and writing skills.
  • Graduate students in music history will demonstrate the ability to design and carry out a significant project of independent research.
  • Graduate students in music history will demonstrate a basic reading knowledge of at least one foreign language.