Mississippi Valley State University

December 1, 2015


The Department's objectives in art are:

• The ability to think originally, inventively, and within the creative

possibilities of the artist’s media;

• An understanding of the theoretical functions and historical background of

the visual arts;

• Excellence in the techniques and skills that are presented by artists;

• Sharpened visual awareness and sensitivity of observation;

• Comprehension of the society and culture that the artist inherits and the

artist’s responsibility;

• Discernment in the judgment of values, both in art and life in general; and

• Dedication to the mission of the artist.

The Department’s objectives in music are: 

• To offer the curricula, instruction, and experiences that are necessary for the

preparation of undergraduate music majors for employment in music and for

graduate study;

• To advise each music major in selecting a course of study;

• To provide services to other areas;

• To give music majors opportunities to hear and perform music of diverse styles;

• To teach music majors to interpret scores;

• To provide educational opportunities in music for non-music majors through

participation in courses in music appreciation, history, theory, applied music,

and large and small ensembles;

• To assist incoming students in becoming fully prepared to function at the level

normally expected of freshmen music majors; and

• To contribute to the community’s cultural and educational offerings through

concerts, recitals, and various presentations by the music faculty, students, and

guest artists.


1. Students will recognize music theory concepts.

2. Students will describe important Western Musical Eras by areas of significance. 

3. Students recognize a broad range of musical repertoire.

4. Students will demonstrate functional keyboard proficiency.

5. Students must demonstrate high levels of knowledge in music  

    performance sufficient enough to teach their instrument/voice.