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Music Student Learning Outcomes

Students who complete courses in General Education Music Survey courses (Music Appreciation, Intro to American Music, Introduction to World Music, and Music Literature) will

  • Demonstrate an understanding of basic musical terminology in relation to the music studied.
  • Demonstrate improved listening skills, through an awareness of the elements of music.
  • Recognize the major stylistic traits of selected musical traditions, cultures, and/or historical eras.
  • Demonstrate an appreciation for live musical performance through attendance at relevant musical events.

Students who complete courses in Skill development— music core curriculum: (Music Theory, Aural Skills, Class Piano, and Recording Techniques) will

Music Core

  • Use their knowledge of musical elements (such as notation, melody, harmony, form, rhythm, and compositional craft) to analyze and create musical examples and compositions.
  • Demonstrate aural skills, including rhythmic, melodic, and harmonic dictation, sight singing, and solfeggio.
  • Demonstrate basic keyboard skills, through the performance of scales, technical exercises, and prepared pieces.
  • Demonstrate an appreciation for live musical performance through attendance at relevant musical events.

Related professional expertise

  • Demonstrate the ability to produce recorded and mixed sound projects.
  • Comprehend and negotiate contracts and engage in business planning as appropriate for musicians and administrative or managerial personnel working directly with musicians

Students who complete courses in Applied Music (Includes private lessons, group lessons, and ensembles) will

  • Demonstrate improved vocal or instrumental skills acquired during the semester through private lessons and/or participation in an ensemble.
  • Perform in at least one public concert or before a faculty jury (2 credit hour students must participate, 1 credit hour students may participate)
  • Demonstrate a basic knowledge of the form, style, history, aesthetic, and text (if applicable) of the repertoire being prepared.


Contact Information

Matthew Shevitz, Instrumental Music, Department Chair
McAninch Arts Center (MAC), Room 137
(630) 942-2369
Email: shevitzm@cod.edu

Patrick O'Shea, Vocal and Choral Music
McAninch Arts Center (MAC), Room 136
(630) 942-2552
Email: osheap709@cod.edu

Ken Paoli, Recording Technology and Music Business
McAninch Arts Center (MAC), Room 293
(630) 942-2584
Email: paolik@cod.edu

Thomas Stark, Applied Music Coordinator
McAninch Arts Center (MAC), Room 228
(630) 942-2391
Email: starkt1620@cod.edu

Arts, Communication, and Hospitality Division
McAninch Arts Center (MAC), Room 219
(630) 942-2048