Program: Music (MA, MMus)
Date: Mon Oct 08, 2012 - 2:54:22 pm
1) Below are your program's student learning outcomes (SLOs). Please update as needed.
Master of Music Degree
Students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate an advanced level of technical skill on an instrument or voice, an advanced ability to perform in an ensemble, advanced levels of confidence and stage presence, and aesthetic judgment at a professional level. (Performance Skills)
2. Demonstrate an acute ability to hear, analyze, read, and write music at an advanced level. (Advanced Musicianship and Theory)
3. Demonstrate an advanced knowledge of music literature.
4. Demonstrate advanced knowledge of research, scholarly reading comprehension and writing techniques.
Master of Arts in Musicology
Students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate an ability to assemble, study, and evaluate resources for research.
2. Demonstrate an ability to comprehend and synthesize advanced ideas in scholarly writing.
3. Generate advanced research on an original topic.
Master of Arts in Ethonomusicology
1) to provide the student with a strong background in the history and current issues of the field;
2) to instill understanding at a general level of musical genres and concepts about music from a representative selection of the world’s peoples as well as an in-depth understanding of one or two specific cultures;
3) to develop the bibliographic, musical and fieldwork/inter-personal skills necessary to produce successful research in the field, and
4) to train the student to apply effectively current methodologies and theoretical approaches to the study of world musics.
2) Your program's SLOs are published as follows. Please update as needed.
Student Handbook. URL, if available online:
Information Sheet, Flyer, or Brochure URL, if available online:
UHM Catalog. Page Number:
Course Syllabi. URL, if available online: NA
3) Select one option:
- File (03/16/2020)
5) Did your program engage in any program assessment activities between June 1, 2011 and September 30, 2012? (e.g., establishing/revising outcomes, aligning the curriculum to outcomes, collecting evidence, interpreting evidence, using results, revising the assessment plan, creating surveys or tests, etc.)
No (skip to question 14)
6) For the period June 1, 2011 to September 30, 2012: State the assessment question(s) and/or assessment goals. Include the SLOs that were targeted, if applicable.
During Fall 2011-Spring 2012, we wrote our report and applied for re-accreditation with NASM (National Association of Schools of Music), our national accreditors. We linked our detailed report to our assessment tools. Every syllabus in the department was checked to be sure to include a department SLO. All SLOs were directly linked to the NASM Common Body of Knowledge and Skills: overall objectives, practices, and levels of expectation.
7) State the type(s) of evidence gathered to answer the assessment question and/or meet the assessment goals that were given in Question #6.
The NASM team gathered evidence during their visit by checking student files as far back as three years. They collected data such as Board exam grades, recital evaluations, senior project evaluations, and job placement after graduation.
8) State how many persons submitted evidence that was evaluated. If applicable, please include the sampling technique used.
The entire faculty submitted evidence for each student, as is standard procedure for our department. The NASM team selected student folders at random to review.
9) Who interpreted or analyzed the evidence that was collected? (Check all that apply.)
Ad hoc faculty group
Persons or organization outside the university
Advisors (in student support services)
Students (graduate or undergraduate)
10) How did they evaluate, analyze, or interpret the evidence? (Check all that apply.)
Used professional judgment (no rubric or scoring guide used)
Compiled survey results
Used qualitative methods on interview, focus group, open-ended response data
External organization/person analyzed data (e.g., external organization administered and scored the nursing licensing exam)
11) For the assessment question(s) and/or assessment goal(s) stated in Question #6:
Summarize the actual results.
NASM responded to our report with some questions, but, in general, they were pleased with the standards we uphold for our students. They were particularly impressed by our assessment tools and with our consistent use of SLOs.
12) State how the program used the results or plans to use the results. Please be specific.
We are currently working on our response to the NASM team. Some revisions will include curricular issues, which are being addressed (adding courses, adjusting current courses).
13) Beyond the results, were there additional conclusions or discoveries?
This can include insights about assessment procedures, teaching and learning, program aspects and so on.
Having department SLOs that are aligned with our national accreditors insures our students of a high quality music education and allows the department to stay on task with these particular goals of the music learning process.