Unit: Music
Program: Music (PhD)
Degree: Doctorate
Date: Mon Oct 12, 2009 - 11:58:02 am

1) List your program's student learning outcomes (SLOs).

1) Performance Skills. All students, regardless of career plans, should grow in musicianship during their time at UHM.  Performance skills encompass technical skill on an instrument or voice, ability to perform in an ensemble, confidence and stage presence, and perhaps most importantly, aesthetic judgment. Recognizing that each student brings a unique background of preparation and aptitude to college-level music study, the department chooses to emphasize improvement and growth rather than the attainment of a uniform technical standard.

2) Basic Musicianship. The ability to hear, analyze, read, and write music is essential to musical study and the music profession. These skills fall under the general category of music theory and aural skills.

3) Knowledge of Literature. Knowledge of music history is essential in connecting the music programs to the broad liberal background of the university as a whole.

4) Cross-cultural appreciation and understanding of diverse musical traditions. Experiences in ethnomusicology develop attitudes and skills for engaging musical and cultural diversity. They relate directly to the University's commitment to educating for a multicultural and diverse community. They foster multiple intelligences in a cross-cultural setting.

5) Students will demonstrate the ability to teach music to students in general music, choral and instrumental settings. Students will be assessed through classroom writing assignments, field experiences, and student teaching. Classroom writing assignments are based on music teaching pedagogies and approaches, planning, curriculum, assessment, and the sequencing of skills in teaching music across various populations. Field experiences and student teaching involves observation, analysis, participation and teaching in classrooms.

6) A knowledge of music hardware and software that will allow students to define and solve problems specific to music technology, and the acquisition of technical skills necessary for artistic self-expression with technology and new media. Students will demonstrate proficiency in work with multimedia, and acquire technological skills suitable for the documentation and presentation of technology activities. Students will create compositions and improvisations utilizing technology, and gain an understanding of historical developments leading to the current state of technology.

2) Where are your program's SLOs published?

Department Website URL: http://www.hawaii.edu/uhmmusic/about/about.htm#SLO
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
Other: http://manoa.hawaii.edu/assessment/archive/pdf/2005/2005Music.pdf

3) Upload your program's current curriculum map(s) as a PDF.

No map submitted.

4) What percentage of courses have the course SLOs explicitly stated on the course syllabus, department website, or other publicly available document? (Check one)


5) State the SLO(s) that was Assessed, Targeted, or Studied

3) Knowledge of Literature. Knowledge of music history is essential in connecting the music programs to the broad liberal background of the university as a whole.

6) State the Assessment Question(s) and/or Goal(s) of Assessment Activity

Whether or not PhD candidates are learning the appropriate amount of literature for their intended field. 

7) State the Type(s) of Evidence Gathered

Students were assessed through projects, presentations, and papers that were assessed by the individual faculty members or their committees in the case of dissertations.

8) State How the Evidence was Interpreted, Evaluated, or Analyzed

See previous

9) State How Many Pieces of Evidence Were Collected

Pieces of evidence vary by instructor and seminar.

10) Summarize the Actual Results

Students are successfully acquiring knowledge of literature needed for intended field.

11) Briefly Describe the Distribution and Discussion of Results

Results are discussed within the area, and if needed by graduate faculty.

12) Describe Conclusions and Discoveries

More work should be done to create course and program-specific objectives. The Assessment Committee will address this this year.

13) Use of Results/Program Modifications: State How the Program Used the Results --or-- Explain Planned Use of Results

See previous.

14) Reflect on the Assessment Process

See previous.

15) Other Important Information

16) FOR DISTANCE PROGRAMS ONLY: Explain how your program/department has adapted its assessment of student learning in the on-campus program to assess student learning in the distance education program.

17) FOR DISTANCE PROGRAMS ONLY: Summarize the actual student learning assessment results that compare the achievement of students in the on-campus program to students in the distance education program.