Just what does a student studying music at Clarion learn? In short - "a lot!" Students studying music learn valuable information and skills that will prepare them to meet the challenges of a professional career in music. Our accrediting bodies - the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) and the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) - have guidelines for student learning in a music education program. Additionally, the music faculty have created their own list of outcomes that work complimentarily with the NASM and PDE guidelines to provide students with a well-rounded music education.
Students will develop skills and knowledge in the following areas:
- Pedagogy (instrumental and vocal)
- Music Teaching Competencies
- Conducting and Rehearsal Technique
- Performance (major instrument, secondary instruments/voice, and keyboard)
- Music Theory, Aural Skills and Analysis
- Composition, Arranging, and Improvisation
- Music History and Repertory
- Knowledge Synthesis (using acquired knowledge and skills to form, refine, and defend judgments about music)
The education students receive, however, goes far beyond what is taught in the classroom. More broadly, music students in their studies and in their daily activities refine their interpersonal and professional written and oral communication skills, learn to work independently as well as collaboratively, and become adept time managers and problem solvers. All of these skills are essential for career success.