BM Music Composition


This is the Educational Effectiveness Evaluation Plan for this program. See department website for additional information about this program

Learning Outcomes

  • Musicianship: The student will demonstrate fluent musicianship skills, including an understanding of music theory, proficiency with aural skills and sight reading, proficiency as a soloist on his or her main instrument, a demonstration of basic piano skills, and the ability to rehearse and perform collaboratively and contribute to an ensemble.
  • Composition and performance: The student will generate a portfolio of original compositions for various ensembles/media and present them publicly.
  • Professional work: The student will experience the professional work of a composer by communicating musical ideas and concepts to professionals and audiences in rehearsal, performance, oral communication, and writing; by learning business skills; and by observing the professional work of others.
  • Composition skills: The student will demonstrate skills related to the practice of composition including pedagogical techniques and skills in composition, basic improvisation techniques, and effective work with music engraving, synthesis, and recording software.

Course requirements for the degree

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Curricular Map

The curricular map shows how each required course contributes to the program's learning outcomes.

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Annual Learning Outcomes Assessment Report(s)

In a process called assessment, the faculty of each degree program measure student attainment of program learning outcomes goals on an annual basis. The assessment processes used by this program can be found in the link (PDF) below:

» Learning Outcomes Assessment Process (PDF)

Assessment Rubric

In assessing learning outcomes, program faculty often develop rubrics which establish criteria and expectations showing how outcomes are evaluated. The assessment processes used by this program can be found in the link (PDF) below:

» Learning Outcomes Assessment Rubric (PDF)

Program Review

Program review represents Chapman's commitment to excellence in academic programs through periodic review of educational effectiveness. Every 5 to 7 years, program faculty members prepare a self-study report, which is reviewed by external, expert reviewers, numerous Chapman faculty governance councils and committees, and the Office of the Provost. Program review provides an opportunity for each program to reflect on its educational effectiveness as well as its contribution to the university's mission and strategic plan. The results of program review guide institutional planning, budgeting and decision-making.