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Music Performance Learning Outcomes


Saint Xavier University is dedicated to providing top-quality education that is intentionally designed to develop your skills and expertise as you prepare for the next step in your education or career. The learning outcomes reflect the specific competencies that you will gain from our Music program, while the curriculum map portrays how these competencies will shape and prepare you for the real world.

Foundational Outcomes

(With the option of a concentration in piano, organ, voice, guitar or orchestra/band instruments).

  • Performance - Students will acquire technical skills, musicianship and understanding of the repertory requisite for artistic self-expression in at least one major performance area at an appropriate level for this degree program.
  • Musicianship Skills and Analysis - Students will understand the common elements and organizational patterns of music and their interactions as it relates to aural, verbal and visual analysis.
  • Composition/Improvisation - Students will acquire technical skills in creating original or derivative music.
  • History and Repertory - Students will acquire knowledge of music history and repertoires through the present time, including musical repertoires beyond those of the primary culture of the specialization.
  • Synthesis - Students will be able to synthesize a broad range of musical knowledge and skills (performance, analysis, composition, history and repertory) to evaluate and respond to musical issues appropriate to this degree program.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will develop comprehensive capabilities in their performing medium including the ability to work independently to prepare performances at the highest possible level.
  2. Students will learn applicable solo and ensemble literature and gain experience with the fundamentals of pedagogy.
  3. Students will develop musicianship skills through solo and ensemble performances in a variety of formal and informal settings.
  4. Students will develop the ability to perform in recital advanced solo repertoire appropriate to their performing medium.
  5. Vocal performance students will study and practice foreign languages and diction.
  6. Jazz performance students will develop capabilities in jazz improvisation in the style and tradition appropriate to the performing medium.