B.M. in Performance

Students develop the knowledge, skills, concepts, and sensitivities essential to the professional life of the musician. To fulfill various professional responsibilities, the musician must exhibit not only technical competence, but also broad knowledge of music and music literature, the ability to integrate music knowledge and skills, sensitivity to musical styles, and an insight into the role of music in intellectual and cultural life. The program may qualify you for graduate school in music performance, or for studio teaching and performing locally, regionally, or nationally.

This degree curriculum requires intensive energy, preparation, and dedication to the applied music performance area.

Student Learning Outcomes University Learning Goals (KMERI*)
Area 1: Technical; The student will demonstrate mastery of his/her instrument or voice, and articulate the processes used to develop oneself as a performing artist. Knowledgeable, Engaged
Area 2: Analytical; Through clear use of the written word, the student will be able to deconstruct music into its fundamental elements, such as form, rhythm, tonal centers, etc. This could also point to the pursuit of research, both scholarly and creative, as well as experimentation to expand the current knowledge base of the discipline. Multi-literate, Inquisitive
Area 3: Critical; The student will evaluate historical and contemporary repertoire with respect to historical contexts and personal performance, engaging in meaningful discussions of performances and other current resources. This area also encircles the general appreciation student through the development of basic skills to listen critically to performances and evaluate current publications and journalism. Engaged, Responsible
Area 4: Technological; The student will demonstrate mastery of various technological media, as well as develop plans for integration/application of available resources. For example, students can utilize a digital recording device during a performance,
build and maintain a website for self-promotion, or arrange/edit music through a desktop publishing program (i.e., Sibelius).
Knowledgeable, Multi-literate
1. The candidate can perform a wide variety of repertoire from his/her major performance area, representing a cross-section of styles and historical periods. Multi-literate, Engaged
1. The candidate can perform a wide variety of repertoire from his/her major performance area, representing a cross-section of styles and historical periods. Multi-literate, Engaged
2. The candidate can form and defend value judgments about repertoire based on personal pedagogical needs and continued artistic development. Engaged, Inquisitive
3. The candidate can form and defend value judgments about repertoire based on a student’s personal pedagogical needs and continued artistic development. Engaged, Inquisitive
4. The candidate can develop a working knowledge of at least one (1) foreign language, as appropriate to his/her concentration. Knowledgeable, Multi-literate
5. The candidate can create and maintain a set of professional credentials, including (but not limited to) a resumé, repertoire list, professional references, and an audio/video archive of performance excerpts. Engaged
6. The candidate will present multiple recitals prior to the completion of the degree. Engaged
7. The candidate can perform a wide variety of repertoire from his/her major performance area, representing a cross-section of styles and historical periods.

*NOTE: KMERI refers to Otterbein's learning goals. It stands for KnowledgeableMulti-literateEngagedResponsible, and Inquisitive. To learn more about KMERI, visit our University Learning Goals page.

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