The Music Department is committed to providing the highest quality musical education in an environment that provides an inclusive and engaging learning experience for all students. The Department serves the Bronx and surrounding areas with its diverse and active free admission performance schedule, involving students, alumni, college faculty and personnel, and many members of the community.
The department offers comprehensive undergraduate and graduate degree programs with a variety of opportunities for individual creative development. The graduate program prepares students to teach music in the public schools with New York State Professional Certification.
The department strives to be the premier music program in the Bronx and surrounding region by attracting a diverse and talented student population by the quality of its faculty, performing ensembles, academic offerings, and its integration with the many cultural offerings of New York City.
The department believes that the study and performance of music in a serious and consistent manner encourages self-expression and confidence and will result in life-long engagement with the arts.
Music Learning Objectives
Goal I: Musicianship and Performance:
Develop understanding, hearing, and performance of music of different styles
- Correlate internal hearing with singing and pitch identification
- Identify and perform various rhythmic patterns of increasing complexity
- Sing a piece of music at sight based on the tonal, modal, chromatic, and atonal systems
- Notate a piece of music in different musical styles
- Demonstrate proficiency on a primary instrument (or voice), in solo performance and in large ensembles such as concert band, chorus, and jazz ensemble, and in small chamber groups
Goal II: History:
Understand the central musical styles and genres of Western music in relation to the key social, political, economic, philosophical, and aesthetic forces that helped shape them
- Identify both in notation and aurally the central genres and styles of the major historical periods of Western music
- Identify central stylistic and aesthetic hallmarks of the major historical periods of Western music
- Write effectively about music using precise analytical vocabulary
- Conduct research and evaluate research material on music and its performance
- Communicate research findings in coherent prose with precise citations following the Chicago Manual of Style
Goal III: Theory and Composition:
Demonstrate a functional knowledge of music’s grammar and formal structures.
- Be able to analyze music of the Western classical tradition from the 18th-21stcenturies
- Write brief exercises using musical materials and concepts from the periods
- Compose appropriately for instruments of the standard orchestra for small and large ensembles
Goal IV: Leadership and Professional Development:
Demonstrate the skills and habits of mind expected of those in the music profession.
- Demonstrate leadership in rehearsal and performance contexts appropriate to the instrument or ensemble.
- Pursue an independent project in composition, theory, history, or performance and present the results in a formal and professional manner.
- Evaluate and assess personal musical achievement; develop personal goals for future musical endeavors.