Music M.A. and M.M. Assessment Plan

Mission Statement

The University of Nevada, Reno Department of Music provides education in the history, performance, theory, and pedagogy of music. Its mission is to help students acquire the skills and knowledge to enable them to successfully contribute as performers, scholars, and educators. At the same time, the Department stands committed to supporting the creative endeavors of its faculty, and to fostering a close relationship with the greater Northern Nevada community.

To this end, and following the mission of the University as a whole, the Department of Music resolves to:

  • provide high quality, accredited, undergraduate and graduate degree programs in music performance, education, and research.
  • offer music courses, ensembles, and concerts that reflect the diversity and richness of the world's cultures.
  • maintain a learning environment where student performers and scholars may regularly interact with professional teacher/mentors.
  • encourage faculty to produce outstanding creative work in performance, composition, and scholarship.
  • serve the University's College of Arts and Sciences by providing Core Curriculum courses and contributing to College committees.
  • promote the musical life of the Northern Nevada community at large by participating in or sponsoring a broad array of concerts, workshops, course offerings, and performance institutions.

Student Learning Outcomes

1. Students will be able to write and conduct research at a professional level.

Student Performance Indicators
  • Wide-ranging knowledge of music history, covering both aspects of classical and popular musics
  • Knowledge of the research methods from the fields of musicology, history, and other related fields
  • Ability to research and write at a professional level
  • (MA-Music only) must demonstrate an advanced knowledge of a specific area of music history
  • Final project (Music Education only)
Assessment Method
  • Completion of course work both within and outside of the musicology area
  • Comprehensive exams
  • Master's Thesis
  • All Master of Music in Music Education students are required to complete final projects based upon their coursework. Past final projects have included lecture/recitals, research studies and curriculums. All projects are overseen by the music education advisor and the students' graduate committees.

2. Students will be able to demonstrate an in-depth understanding of music theory and music history.

Student Performance Indicators
  • Music Theory and History Proficiency Exam
  • History and theory course requirements
Assessment Method
  • All entering Master of Music candidates must pass a Music Theory and Music History proficiency exam in order to attain graduate status during their first year.
  • All Master's students are required to complete at least one graduate level theory course and one graduate level history course.

3. Students in the Master of Music in Performance program will be able to perform at a professional level.

Student Performance Indicators
  • Jury exam performances as deemed necessary by the students' major teacher
  • Comprehensive examinations
  • Two Master's Recitals
Assessment Method
  • Faculty committees grade and advise any Master of Music majors in performance at the end of any semester that a grade of C or lower is given on their major instrument.
  • All performance majors are required to complete comprehensive examinations covering materials chosen by the applied teacher.
  • All performance majors must satisfactorily complete two full public recitals juried by their graduate committee.