Understand how music works.
Any graduate from music school should understand is how and why the performers and composers plan and execute their work. Their tools involve everything from rhythm, notes, and scales to harmony, voice-leading, and form.
Be able to critically listen to music.
Music students need to learn how to listen critically to what they hear, identify what it is, and be able to speak intelligently about it.
Write and perform music accurately.
Regular exercises in theory and aural skills will not only improve understanding, but it may also make the abstract concepts meaningful in a real-world context.
Be able to detect errors.
Performers, conductors, educators, music producers, and recording artists need the same sharpened listening skills. The point is that one never knows, as a musician, when error detection will come in handy. We focus on this from day one in aural skills and hone it regularly.
Be able to sight read.
Being able to read music accurately and effortlessly. The core of sight reading is being able to hear what you see.
Understand the styles and genres of Western music
Music developed over time. Being able to distinguish and follow the evolution of composing techniques and genres enables the student to understand the changes in society that happened and influenced humanity as a whole.
Improve critical reasoning skills. Music theory classes are especially good places to sharpen critical thinking because we have a great deal of information that needs to be processed in a short amount of time when listening to or writing about music.