Music Discipline Assessment Annual Report     2008-2009


1. Music discipline objectives

   Objectives for the Music Major:

1.    Musicianship: Students will demonstrate proficiency in vocal, aural and keyboard skills.

2.    Performance: In their area of specialization students will confidently interpret and perform a wide range of music literature in a public venue.

3.    Music in Historic and Cultural Context: Students will listen to and write about music critically and will be able to apply stylistic principles to music they perform.

4.    Music Theory: Students will have a command of undergraduate music theory including contrapuntal techniques and musical forms.


   Objectives for the General Education student:

      Students will critically explore music in one or more of the following ways depending on

         objectives for the various courses:

         1. By becoming familiar with musical repertory through critical listening to

                  representative examples.

         2. By investigating the relationship between music and culture.

         3. By developing basic skills in music notation, analysis, and composition.

         4. By interpreting and performing a variety of solo and/or ensemble musical

                  repertory in their specialization.


2. Course-embedded assessment.

     In addition to regular assessment and testing, separate pre-test/post-tests covering Mus 1101-1102 Music Theory and Mus 2101-2102 Music Theory have been in use since 2004. Both tests attempt to measure student progress in conceptual and practical aspects of harmony and analysis.

     Mus 1041 Introduction to Music was assessed 2008-2009. See attached documentation.


3. Direct measures of student learning

   Each semester - Performance of five to six minute Vocal or Instrumental Finals in front of applied music faculty with evaluation forms. Faculty debated whether Finals procedures need to be uniform across areas of specialization. At present they are not. Something to think about in the future is to see what is uniform and what is not uniform and how this affects student outcomes. Part of the difficulty with the forms is how to be general but still get enough specific evaluative comments to the student.

   End of Second Semester Assessment – These are a separate evaluation form for first year majors used as part of finals. Assessment is done to be certain a student should continue as a major in the area of specialization. Two copies of the assessment are made. One is for music discipline assessment files and the other is for the student portfolio. They are intended to provide a benchmark for students to see their own progress and for faculty to track improvement. The faculty member in charge of assessment will maintain the discipline assessment files.

   End of second year – The Jury is a 20 minute performance in the Recital Hall with evaluation by the music faculty. Three style periods are required. Vocalists and pianists perform from memory.  The new Jury Evaluation form for assessment now uses two copies of the faculty comments. One copy, kept by the discipline, provides documentation of faculty evaluations and the other provides a valuable document for the student to use in the student portfolio. The change to this format provides more information to both the music faculty and to the student.

   End of fourth year - Assessment of Portfolio Project. The portfolio contains a resume, course syllabi, programs, and much more.  It was decided that a change is needed in the catalog to make the portfolio part of the senior project. This is what the Art History Discipline does so there is a precedent. The plan is to have in the Music Student Handbook that students need to check in with their portfolio with their advisors at the end of each year up to the senior year when the portfolio is included as part of the senior project.

  Senior Project/Capstone experience – senior project is an hour long recital or project. The recital is a vocal or instrumental recital representing at least three style periods. Vocal and piano recitals are performed from memory.

  Assessment of Handbook – the handbook is an effective tool to help students learn what is expected of them as majors. Changes include adding a heading for Portfolio and one for the End of Second Semester Evaluation. Other changes will include outlining assessment procedures, clarifying music discipline policies, and formatting the Music Handbook as an online resource.


4.  Assessment Objectives for Music Education Students – faculty agreed that certification is the objective for now. The music discipline will continue to work on this item.


5. Annual Assessment meeting with the music faculty was held March 26, 2009. Assessment Committee meeting for the annual report was held May 12, 2009.