Student learning outcomes: Music Performance (BM) - Sacred Music

Shown here are the general learning goals of the program broken down into specific student learning outcomes (SLOs). These SLOs represent what a student should be able to do as a result of successfully completing this program. Student performance on these outcomes are routinely assessed by program faculty as a way of informing programmatic improvement efforts.

Goal Outcome

Students will apply a personal, compassionate approach to problem solving among collaborators, subordinates, and parishioners.

  • Keyboard students majoring in Sacred Music will demonstrate appropriate leadership skills in accompanying a service of worship.
  • Students will assess administrative structures in sacred music settings.
  • Students will continually evaluate the dynamic and irregular balance between the professional church musician and the ministerial church musician, developing and constructing responses to hypothetical situational problems in sacred music.

Students will assess a personal approach to sacred music in terms of musical excellence, philosophical integrity, and administrative organization.

  • Keyboard students majoring in Sacred Music will demonstrate appropriate leadership skills in accompanying a service of worship.
  • Students will assess administrative structures in sacred music settings.
  • Students will continually evaluate the dynamic and irregular balance between the professional church musician and the ministerial church musician, developing and constructing responses to hypothetical situational problems in sacred music.

Students will demonstrate a working knowledge of worship styles and trends across several denominations in America.

  • Keyboard students majoring in Sacred Music will demonstrate appropriate leadership skills in accompanying a service of worship.
  • Students will assess administrative structures in sacred music settings.
  • Students will be able to identify and discuss liturgical colors, books, and vestments.
  • Students will continually evaluate the dynamic and irregular balance between the professional church musician and the ministerial church musician, developing and constructing responses to hypothetical situational problems in sacred music.
  • Students will describe the primary periods and influences in the historical development of liturgy.
  • Students will identify liturgical architectural features, particularly from landmark American houses of worship.
  • Students will identify major composers, arrangers, and publishers of sacred music and the core repertoire for church choirs.
  • Students will recognize key features and periods in the history and evolution of hymnody and other congregational song.

Students will demonstrate comprehensive capabilities in the practical elements of sacred music, including conducting, performance, music searching, and rehearsal techniques.

  • Keyboard students majoring in Sacred Music will demonstrate appropriate leadership skills in accompanying a service of worship.
  • Students will assess administrative structures in sacred music settings.
  • Students will identify liturgical architectural features, particularly from landmark American houses of worship.
  • Students will identify major composers, arrangers, and publishers of sacred music and the core repertoire for church choirs.
  • Students will recognize key features and periods in the history and evolution of hymnody and other congregational song.


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