UMKC Catalog


Student Learning Outcomes
The Conservatory of Music and Dance aims to meet or exceed the educational standards set by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) for the training of undergraduate music students. To that end the Conservatory endorses the acquisition of skills in musicianship and general studies.


Every musician functions to some extent as:
  • Performer
  • Listener
  • Historian
  • Composer
  • Theorist
  • Teacher
Therefore students are required to be exposed to and develop basic competencies in all of these areas. The content of this area includes:
  • Sight-singing
  • Ear-training
  • Harmony
  • Keyboard skills
  • Counterpoint
  • Orchestration/arranging
  • Conducting
  • Music literature
  • Performance practice
Undergraduate musicianship studies focus on:
  1. Conceptual understanding of musical components and processes.
  2. Continued practice in creating, interpreting, presenting, analyzing, and evaluating music.
  3. Increasing understanding of various musical cultures and historical periods.
  4. Acquiring capacities to integrate musical knowledge and skills.
  5. Accumulating capabilities for independent work in the music professions.

General Studies:

Studies in other areas of human achievement are important in the education of musicians. As a result students are required to develop an awareness of basic ideas and concepts in:
  • Natural and physical sciences
  • Social sciences and communication
  • Other areas of the arts and humanities
Students are encouraged to view the combination of musicianship and general studies as a means of developing a broad foundation for future artistic and intellectual development. While broadly interacting with general studies courses, students in this degree program are encouraged to develop an "area of concentration" which represents a deeper knowledge of an area outside of music.