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Music Education

Learning Objectives

  1. Develop a solid understanding of music theory and music history. Knowledge in these areas is essential to any notion of success as a musician or music teacher.
  2. Develop competence as a performer on both a major and a minor instrument.
  3. Develop the ability to effectively communicate knowledge about music and music-making to elementary, and secondary-school students. Demonstrate the ability to express musical ideas to students, peers and laymen, both verbally and with gesture.
  4. Develop the ability to make appropriate curricular choices for the school music program.


The educational outcomes listed above are assessed using the following methods:

Successful completion of the PRAXIS I EXAMINATION is required for admission to the Teacher Education Program

Successful completion of the PRAXIS II EXAMINATION is required for student teaching and graduation.

The PIANO PROFICIENCY EXAMINATION is required for student teaching and graduation.

The student-teaching experience is considered the CAPSTONE EXPERIENCE in the BME degree program.

Successful completion of the APMU 400 (Senior Performance) PROFICIENCY EXAMINATION is required for graduation. 

The Performance Assessment Program includes:


A JURIED PERFORMANCE at the end of each quarter of performance study. The student is given an evaluation (both written and verbally) by a faculty jury from his or her area.

A time-sensitive series of PROFICIENCY (BARRIER) EXAMINATIONS in performance that must be satisfactorily completed in order for students to progress in their degree programs. Proficiency examinations in performance usually occur at the end of each academic year or three successful quarters of study.

A CAPSTONE PROJECT for students seeking BM degrees, consisting of one or two (music performance majors only) major recitals.


Music-theory skills are also central to all degrees the music department offers and are assessed by the following methods:

The THEORY PLACEMENT TEST is given to assess the student's background and experiences in order to place them in a course of study that is appropriate to their skill level.

FINAL EXAMINATIONS in music theory, ear training and related courses allow faculty to measure the extent to which students have grasped the foundational concepts.

Annual Reports on the Assessment of Student Learning

Follow the links below to view the full text of the reports for each academic year.



Institutional Research

Sue VanDyne

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