The Music Department offers a program that develops musical skills and sensitivity, encourages creativity, and cultivates vision for the future. A graduate of this program will be prepared to begin specialized study at the graduate level and to enter a wide variety of professional careers.
Statement of Goals:
In support of the mission, the Music Department at Cal Poly:
- introduces students to the role of music in the human experience;
- helps form personal goals;
- develops the discipline, skills, and knowledge to help achieve those goals;
- serves as a valuable resource for the non-major;
- serves as a cultural center for both the university and the community.
As a result of Goal 1 (to introduce students to the role of music in the human experience):
- Students understand music in historical, geographical, and cultural contexts.
- Students understand the applications of technology to their musical activities.
As a result of Goal 2 (to help form personal goals):
- Through consultation, music majors develop and complete individualized senior projects.
- Students engage in a variety of curricular and co-curricular activities.
As a result of Goal 3 (to develop the discipline, skills, and knowledge to help achieve those goals):
- Students demonstrate competence in theory, musicology, musicianship, technology, and performance.
- Students communicate effectively.
As a result of Goal 4 (to serve as a valuable resource for the non-music major):
- Non-music majors participate in a wide range of performing ensembles.
- Non-music majors enrich their educational experience through the exploration of the discipline of music.
- Non-music majors may achieve depth of understanding and competence through a music minor curriculum.
As a result of Goal 5 (to serve as a cultural center for both the university and the community):
- Audience members from the university and community attend clinics, workshops, concerts, and lectures by students and faculty.
- Audience members from the university and community attend clinics, workshops, concerts, and lectures by outstanding individuals and groups from outside the University.