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Program outcomes in Music and Music Education Licensure are aligned with the National Association of Schools of Music, with the national and state standards in music education, and with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s professional standards for licensure. Upon successful completion of the degree requirements in Music, students will demonstrate:

  • The ability to hear, identify, and work conceptually with the elements of music such as rhythm, melody, harmony, structure, timbre, texture, and to use this knowledge to develop and defend musical judgments
  • The ability to read, realize, and perform a variety of musical styles from a variety of written systems (both Western and Non-Western) at a level commensurate with a B.A. in Music (as identified by jury rubrics and departmental handbook)
  • Articulate and demonstrate compositional processes, aesthetic style properties, and artistic and cultural influence
  • Working knowledge of a wide selection of literature, periods, genres, cultural sources, and performance practices
  • Ability in performing areas at levels consistent with the goals and objectives of a Bachelor of Arts degree program (as identified in jury rubrics and departmental handbook)

In addition to those above, students seeking licensure will also demonstrate:

  • Knowledge of content, methodologies, philosophies, materials, technologies, and curriculum development in music education and the ability to share these and articulate logical rationales for music as a basic component of general education
  • The ability to work within specific education systems, promote music-appropriate scheduling, maintain positive relationships with social and ethnic groups, and be empathetic with students and colleagues of differing backgrounds
  • The ability to evaluate ideas, methods, and policies in the arts, the humanities, and in arts education for their impact on the musical and cultural development of students
  • Functional conducting, arranging, and performance abilities in keyboard, voice and instruments (appropriate to the student’s teaching specialization) necessary to meet the needs and abilities of individuals, school performing-groups, and classrooms in a variety of settings
  • The ability to apply analytical and historical knowledge to curriculum development, lesson planning, and daily classroom and performance activities

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