The music department has several assessment mechanisms in place to record student progress throughout the program such as:
Applied Music Program Benchmarks
Student Jury Assessment
Piano Proficiency Exam
MUS511N Senior Seminar 2, the department's capstone course
Assessment data are used to advise students throughout their program of study and to maintain the excellence of the music curriculum.
Past changes in response to assessment data have included:
Development of a preperatory course in music theory, MUS 120 Fundamentals of Music, in response to further ensure student success.
A prerequisite of C- or better for the first two levels of music theory before advancement.
Creation of applied music levels, i.e., 141, 241, 341, 441, 541, to track students progress through the applied program
The department continually uses newly acquired assessment data to create and revise policies and make curriculum decisions.
For departmental programs reviews or external accreditation reports please contact the department chair.
For a general introduction to assessment tools and methods please visit the College of Arts and Sciences assessment page. The university-wide assessment committee offers specific guidance for Salem State assessment activities.