Because music is an innate and distinct form of human thinking and expression, students are offered a variety of courses which focus on, but are not limited to, one of the three fundamental music processes – performing, creating and responding to music. Students:
- Acquire skills in singing or playing instruments, improvising, composing, reading and notating music that support life-long participation and appreciation of music that supports its value in the broader community
- Acquire knowledge and understanding to describe, analyze and evaluate music and music performances.
- Discover their historical and cultural heritage and make connections with other cultures and disciplines as an expression of the human spirit through music making.
- Develop healthy personal attitudes through music making, including focus and independence; risktaking; persistence and resilience; creativity; collaboration and empathy.
Students must earn two credits in Visual and Performing Arts. All Music Department courses may be taken to fulfill the Visual and Performing Arts graduation requirement or elective credit. Courses taken to fulfill the Visual and Performing Arts requirement must be taken for a letter grade; courses taken for elective credit may earn either a letter grade or Credit/No Credit.