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Learning Outcomes

Mission Statement:

In keeping with the university and college mission statements, the Music Department strives to develop the higher values of beauty and goodness through the art of music. The Department of Music seeks to fully develop highly capable music majors to be leaders in tomorrow's cultural landscape- as music educators, performers, scholars and advocates- while actively serving the greater whole of the university's mission by providing its general student body with significant applied and academic opportunities in music.


Student Learning Outcomes:

SLO 1. Students will demonstrate the performance skills required for artistic self-expression in at least one major performance area at levels appropriate for their degree program. Music students are expected to perform as soloists and ensemble members.

SLO 2. Students will demonstrate the knowledge and skills required to work as leaders and in collaboration on matters of musical interpretation and instruction. Knowledge of rehearsal and conducting techniques is required as appropriate to the particular music degree.

SLO 3. Students will show an understanding of the common elements and organizational structures in music. An understanding of music theory and competence in the area of form analysis is required.

SLO 4. Music students must demonstrate an appropriate knowledge and understanding of music's historical, cultural, and stylistic foundations. 

SLO 5. Music students will solve complex musical problems by combining their abilities in performance; aural, verbal, and visual analysis; composition/improvisation; and history and repertory. 

SLO 6. Students will demonstrate the ability to create original and/or derivative music in writing and extemporaneously.

SLO 7. Students will demonstrate keyboard proficiency as appropriate to the degree program.

SLO 8. Music students will exhibit the ability to use contemporary music technology as appropriate to the degree program. 


Ohio Northern University is fully accredited with The National Association of Schools of Music (NASM)

A list of competencies for each of our three majors (Baccalaureate Degree in Music Education, Bachelor of Music in Performance, Bachelor of Arts in Music)  may be found in the current year's NASM Handbook at:


Department of Music

Patty Warner

Presser 202
525 South Main Street
Ada, Ohio 45810
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