Music Department Goals and Objectives

Goal #1:

To encourage the individual student's musical, artistic and intellectual development.

  • Objective: Students will develop an understanding of a musical notation system, building a theoretical foundation and understanding of standard melodic, rhythmic and harmonic structure.
  • Objective: Students will be familiar with musical styles and genres from different cultures and historical periods.
  • Objective: Students will acquire an understanding of the compositional processes, aesthetic properties of style and the ways these shape and are shaped by artistic and cultural forces. Students will learn how to make original musical and scholarly contributions through a variety of compositional and analytical techniques.

Goal #2:

To provide students with an academic environment rich in opportunities for personal challenge, musical interaction with other musicians and with audiences and civic responsibility.

  • Objective: To teach students to use their musical skills and knowledge to enrich their own lives and the lives of others through performance, instruction and service to the community.
  • Objective: To help students retain and enhance their own, individual love of music.
  • Objective: To encourage students to use technology in their coursework and to acquire skills they can use to pursue further knowledge on their own.
  • Objective: To help students develop appropriate and informed critical, analytical and research skills for their own music and for the music and performance of others.
  • Objective: To teach students principles and practices of solo and ensemble-based musical performance, organization and promotion of live and recorded performance.

Goal #3:

To provide an education that will enable students to succeed in the fields of music and entertainment industry professions.

  • Objective: To encourage students to acquire the career development and entrepreneurial techniques necessary to advance themselves according to their area of specialization and their own career objectives.
  • Objective: To help students examine ethical issues related to the music and entertainment industry professions.
  • Objective: To prepare students for graduate school and/or careers in theirchosen area of specialization.

Goal #4:

To provide a minor in Audio Production.

  • Objective: Students who have studied Audio Production will have:
    An understanding and appreciation of the artistic quality found in music recordings.
    A method to evaluate the sound source and sound environment in the live room as well as heard through the control room loudspeakers.
  • Objective: Completed a comprehensive study of practical modern recording methods including microphone technique, multi-track recording, midi sequencing, sound synthesis, sampling, and synchronized sound for film/video.
    Completed several guided creative music production studio projects.

Goal #5:

To provide a minor in Music Literature.

  • Objective: To provide structured training for students who are not Music majors but who want to continue their study of music literature from a variety of time frames and culture. Music Literature goals include training in theory and musical performance.

Goal #6:

To provide a minor in Theory.

  • Objective: To provide a specified series of courses for students who wish to study form and analysis of music, including special projects involving composition, but who are not Music Majors. Theory studies reflect additional studies in performance and literature.

Goal #7:

To provide a minor in Music Performance.

  • Objective: To provide courses in performance opportunity for students who wish to begin or continue their involvement with music performance but who are not Music Majors. Performance training includes studies in music literature and theory.


The SUNY Oneonta Music Department is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.
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