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.
Musicianship:Every musician functions to some extent as:
Therefore students are required to be exposed to and
develop basic competencies in all of these areas. The content of this area
Undergraduate musicianship studies focus on:
- Keyboard skills
- Music literature
- Performance practice
- Conceptual understanding of musical components and processes.
- Continued practice in creating, interpreting, presenting, analyzing, and
- Increasing understanding of various musical cultures and historical periods.
- Acquiring capacities to integrate musical knowledge and skills.
- 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:
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.
- Natural and physical sciences
- Social sciences and communication
- Other areas of the arts and humanities