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Academic Learning Compact

Consistent with its mission and guiding principles, Florida Gulf Coast University is committed to academic excellence and continuous quality improvement, as supported by a sound teaching-learning process. Within this process, students and instructors share responsibility for learning that is a movement from the simple to the complex, the concrete to the abstract, and the dependent to the independent. The Academic Learning Compact (ALC) initiative supports the teaching-learning process by clearly identifying expected core student learning outcomes in the areas of content/discipline knowledge and skills, communication skills, and critical thinking skills; aligning curricula with expectations; and using assessment to guide continuous improvement.
Content/Discipline Knowledge and Skills

Graduates in the Music Performance B.A. will be able to: 

  1. Demonstrate proper technique, understanding of musical style, poise, and artistic expression in applied area, as soloist and ensemble member.
  2. Plan, develop, and execute recitals appropriate to applied instruments and area.

Content/discipline knowledge and skills are assessed at the college and departmental levels through instruments appropriate to the course content and goals.  Jury exams and recital performances are completed in the following courses: MVx 4xxx (Senior Applied Music), MUS 3953, and MUS 4954.

Communication Skills

Graduates in the Music Performance B.A. will be able to:

  1. Alternately demonstrate the understanding of style periods in Western music in both written and oral form.
  2. Write on musical topics using a developed vocabulary of relevant technical terms and concepts, in a manner that reflects comprehension of words meanings and usage.

Students will write scholarly papers that measures their ability to analyze in these styles: MUS 4920.  Students will write program notes MUH 3212.

Critical Thinking Skills

Graduates in the Music Performance B.A. will be able to:

  1. Provide melodic, harmonic, rhythmic and formal analysis of music written from 1700-present.
  2. Develop strategies for recognizing, diagnosing and resolving technical and musical issues in applied instrument areas.

Students will write papers and complete projects which will measure their ability to analyze and create.  Students will take the following courses: MUT 3611.