The School of Music at Heidelberg serves the student, the academic community and the surrounding community-at-large through the offering of courses, degree programs and cultural activities. Aware of the importance of music as an academic discipline, the School of Music provides a broad musical background, allowing a student to enter one of the musical professions, continue with the study of music at the graduate level, or pursue music as an avocation. Through the development of skills in performance, musicianship, critical thinking and creativity, the music student is able to appreciate the value of the musical arts and to become an advocate for music in the wider community.
The School of Music encourages excellence in musical performance, teaching and scholarship through the following goals:
1. To provide quality instruction for the development of essential musical skills in performance and musicianship
2. To develop skills in critical thinking, enabling students to understand music in a broad cultural context
3. To encourage the abilities to create and improvise music
4. To provide a rich cultural center for the Heidelberg community and the community-at-large, through the presentation of solo, chamber and ensemble programs, and through the involvement of the community in Heidelberg music performances
5. To act as a resource and advocacy center for music in the community
Performance: All music majors on a BA/BS or BM degree will demonstrate the ability to perform in public, alone or with others, a varied repertoire of music.
Musical Skills: All music majors on a BA/BS or BM degree will achieve fluency in musical skills that are of importance to the professional musician: sight-reading, keyboard, music notation, analytic technique. Students in a BM degree will also develop skills in conducting.
Creativity: All music majors on a BA/BS or BM degree will demonstrate the ability to create music through composition, arranging, or improvisation.
Context: All music majors on a BA/BS or BM degree will demonstrate the ability to perceive music in the context of history and culture.
Criticism: All music majors on a BA/BS or BM degree will demonstrate the ability to assess music, in both aural and written forms, using critical thinking skills.
Technology: All music majors on a BA/BS or BM degree will demonstrate the ability to involve music technology in their work as performers, teachers and scholars.