Purpose

Mission


The mission of the Music Department of The School of Performing and Visual Arts, is to provide the finest professional musical education to GWU students, and the finest performances and education to the community-at-large, while providing a well-rounded education that encompasses a liberal arts philosophy and Christian values while training students in the history, performance, teaching, composition, business, creation and ministry of music. We also seek to stimulate interest in the arts, and strive to stimulate in our students an interest in serving the Greater Glory of God by serving others with music.


Goals


  1. To provide a superior university education in music.
  2. To provide ample opportunities to perform and compose the finest repertoire, both old and new, from all areas of the world, in all styles, and to provide a creative outlet for artists to display works; and
  3. To stimulate interest in the arts and inspire in our students to strive to attain their highest potential as performers, teachers, composers, music ministers, music executives, and to use that potential to serve God and Humanity.


The Objectives of the Music Majors are as follows as found on pages 1-2 of the 2011-2012 Music Handbook (Specific learning goals for each major are listed after this listing):

 

B.A. in Music:

  1. to provide a broad overview of the discipline of music, including opportunities for either performance or research while providing opportunity for study in other areas of the liberal arts and sciences.

 

B. M. in Music Education:

  1. to afford the music education theorist and practitioner the knowledge base of learning, methodologies, social content, and professional development needed to teach in a private or public school setting.
  2. to instill confidence in the student's ability to perform and utilize musical understanding in the classroom and performance arenas.
  3. to provide prospective music teachers the competencies required to obtain North Carolina state teacher Licensure in Music Education for grades K- 12 in the fields of general music, instrumental, and vocal music.

 

B. M. in Sacred Music:

  1. to demonstrate the understanding of aesthetic principles found in sacred music used for worship and Christian education.
  2. to develop a continuing interest in the areas of music performance, worship, leadership, choral and instrumental conducting, and required communication skills.
  3. to think independently and critically concerning music, theology, and church music issues and their interrelationships.

 

B. M. in Music Performance:

  1. to demonstrate technical proficiency in the chosen concentration that enables a high level of artistic self-expression in both solo and ensemble performance.
  2. to demonstrate musical understanding based on knowledge of music fundamentals and historical styles and the ability to use this understanding in aural, verbal, and visual analyses.
  3. to develop skill in composition and improvisation
  4. to develop familiarity and a fundamental level of proficiency with technological resources which can enhance research, composition, teaching, or performing

 

B. M. in Music Composition:

  1. to demonstrate technical proficiency that enables artistic creativity and self-expression.
  2. to develop an understanding of how the composer functions professionally in society.
  3. to provide an environment in which to compose and arrange music for private and public performance.
  4. to prepare for advanced professional study in music.

 

B.M. in Music with Emphasis in Business and Music Industry: 

  1. Be prepared for positions in many areas of the music business industry including, but not limited to, arts administration and venue management;
  2. Demonstrate a broad knowledge of the music business industry; and
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of theoretical and historical knowledge, listening skills, a high level of proficiency in one are of applied performance, and basic skills in conducting, keyboard, and music technology and production
  4. Students will also earn an automatic minor in business administration, possessing a basic knowledge of management, marketing, accounting, economics, computer uses in business, and finance. Each major below lists the SACS Student Learning Outcomes, which are very similar to our music handbook objectives, at times identical, with some occasional additional information.


Each major below lists the SACS Student Learning Outcomes, which are very similar to our music handbook objectives, at times identical, with some occasional additional information.


Student Learning Outcomes


Bachelor of Arts Degree

Bachelor of Arts in Music (49 hours)


Students who graduate with a major in Music will:

  1. demonstrate technical proficiency that enables artistic creativity and self- expression;
  2. demonstrate the ability to compose and arrange music for private and public performance; and
  3. be prepared for a career in a music-related field

Bachelor of Music Degrees

Composition (75 hours)


Students who graduate with a major in Composition will:

  1. demonstrate technical proficiency that enables artistic creativity and self- expression;
  2. demonstrate an understanding of how the composer functions professionally in society;
  3. demonstrate the ability to compose and arrange music for private and public performance; and
  4. be prepared for advanced professional study in music

Emphasis in Business and Music Industry (90 hours)

Students will:


  1. Be prepared for positions in many areas of the music business industry including, but not limited to, arts administration and venue management;
  2. Demonstrate a broad knowledge of the music business industry; and
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of theoretical and historical knowledge, listening skills, a high level of proficiency in one are of applied performance, and basic skills in conducting, keyboard, and music technology and production
  4. Students will also earn an automatic minor in business administration, possessing a basic knowledge of management, marketing, accounting, economics, computer uses in business, and finance.

Music Education (61 hours)

Students who graduate with a major in Music Education will demonstrate:


  1. the knowledge base of learning, methodologies, social content, and professional development needed to teach in a private or public school setting;
  2. the ability to perform and utilize musical understanding in the classroom and performance arenas; and
  3. the competencies required to obtain North Carolina teacher licensure for grades K-12 in the fields of general music, instrumental, and vocal music.

Performance (75 hours)

Students who graduate with a major in Music Performance will:


  1. demonstrate technical proficiency in the chosen concentration that will enable a high level of artistic self- expression in both solo and ensemble performance;
  2. demonstrate musical understanding based on knowledge of music fundamentals and historical styles and the ability to use this understanding in aural, verbal, and visual analysis

Sacred Music (75 hours)

Students who graduate with a major in Sacred Music will:


  1. understand the aesthetic principles found in sacred music used for worship and Christian education;
  2. demonstrate a continuing interest in the areas of music performance, worship, leadership, choral and instrumental conducting, and required communication skills; and
  3. think independently and critically concerning music, theology, and church music issues and their interrelationships