Music Department Mission Statement
The faculty of the Swinney Conservatory are committed to facilitating student growth. Daily, we create opportunities for engaged students to develop musical maturity, intellectual curiosity, and commitment to the community.
Our graduates demonstrate professional and musical excellence, creative and analytical thinking, articulate and thoughtful communication, and a commitment to service and leadership.
The Conservatory serves three constituencies: scholar-musicians preparing for a career in music, students participating in music as an additional dimension to their studies, and those who participate in music to increase their knowledge and aesthetic sensitivity.
Programmatic Learning Outcomes
1. Students will acquire a body of knowledge and technical skills necessary to pursue music as a profession and/or post graduate study.
2. Students will acquire a body of knowledge and academic skills in Music History and Literature sufficient to pursue music as a profession and/or post graduate study. Capstone: MU423 American Music
3. Students will acquire a body of knowledge and performance skills in three areas: 1. Playing reference instruments (piano and guitar) with a level of proficiency necessary for demonstration and teaching. 2. Playing or singing skills sufficient for small and large ensemble participation. 3. Play or singing skills sufficient for performing a creditable public recital.
4. Students will acquire proficient conducting skills, develop an understanding of psychology and pedagogy, and will demonstrate sufficient synthesis of the knowledge and skills of music making to begin a teaching career or enter post-graduate study.