Loyola University Maryland

Department of Fine Arts

Music Learning Aims

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Students who elect a music concentration will demonstrate a mastery in the following five areas:

  1. Aural literacy—defined as an ability to recognize the elements of musical language: pitch, rhythm, and harmony, and the ability to manipulate those elements in a coherent manner.
  2. Stylistic literacy—the ability to recognize, analyze, and understand the genesis of the major stylistic periods.
  3. Instrumental literacy—the ability to perform music in an expressive and stylistically appropriate manner at a reasonably advanced level.
  4. Ensemble ability—to work cooperatively towards a musical/interpretive goal with other musicians.
  5. Writing skills—the ability to write cogently about music.