Students who elect a music concentration will demonstrate a mastery in the following five areas:
- Aural literacy—defined as an ability to recognize the elements of musical language: pitch, rhythm, and harmony, and the ability to manipulate those elements in a coherent manner.
- Stylistic literacy—the ability to recognize, analyze, and understand the genesis of the major stylistic periods.
- Instrumental literacy—the ability to perform music in an expressive and stylistically appropriate manner at a reasonably advanced level.
- Ensemble ability—to work cooperatively towards a musical/interpretive goal with other musicians.
- Writing skills—the ability to write cogently about music.