Professional Music

The student majoring in professional music will, upon declaration of the major, enter into an advising relationship with departmental staff resulting in the designation of an area of concentration for major study and an individual educational plan for course work leading to mastery in that area. Through this course work, the student will learn the skills, concepts, and methodologies necessary to develop proficiency in the designated area of concentration typical of that found in the professional music industry. The student will complete a major final project in the designated area of concentration whose content and/or enactment is equal in quality and extent to the demands of the current professional music environment.

Interacting with instructors, the student will develop an aesthetic and critical vision of quality work in the designated area of concentration, will be able to define quality using both general and musical criteria, and will be able to apply those criteria to his/her own work and to that of others. By working with teachers and other students on various projects, the student will learn to work effectively with others in groupings typically found in the context of the designated area of concentration within the professional music industry.

The student will develop sufficient background and depth in the chosen area of concentration to enable him/her to cope with and adjust to changes in the professional music environment.

Entrance Requirements

2.7 GPA; approval of program chair

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of a major in professional music, students will:

  • Synthesize and integrate knowledge in chosen area of concentration (e.g. songwriting, production, business management)
  • Apply entrepreneurial skills
  • Lead a creative project from conception to execution
  • Play principal instrument in a variety of styles
  • Communicate effectively in business and performance environments
  • Synthesize secondary areas of knowledge
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Requirements

30 credits for the major: PM-475: Final Project Seminar* PIxx-311: Private Instruction Level 5 PIxx-312: Private Instruction Level 6 8 credits Approved Specified electives 2 credits Ensembles/Labs 16 credits Designated Concentrate Courses (to be determined by student in conjunction w/advisor) *Required completion of a significant culminating project per student based on the designated area of concentration whose content and/or enactment is equal in quality and extent to the demands of the current industry environment. 

Assessment Evidence

Students demonstrate their learning through the following types of projects: 1. Discussions with advisor to plan program of study and assess progress towards professional and educational goals. 2. Written examinations. 3. Musical compositions (e.g. songs, short work for instrumental ensembles). 4. Performances (e.g. senior recital). 5. Experiential learning opportunities such as internships, externships, and study abroad. 6. Capstone project for PM-375. The project is developed in consultation with the student's advisor and delivered at the end of the eighth semester of study. Projects have included compositions, recordings, portfolios of student work, and performances.