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Strategic Plan for Music, Theatre, & Dance

Context For Planning

The Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance offers curricula leading to the Bachelor of Music Education, the Bachelor of Music, the Bachelor of Arts in Music, the Bachelor of Arts in Dance, and the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Theatre. These degree programs present professional training in music, theatre, and dance in the context of a broad liberal education. They provide courses of study for gifted students who are interested in performance, composition, preparing for advanced study in graduate school, and vocal and instrumental music education, for those who seek careers in elementary and secondary school teaching. Additionally, in the tradition of liberal education, the department is committed to providing the experience of music, theatre, and dance for students in all departments and to serving the university community by providing appropriate musical support for all facets of academic life. Grand Valley State University is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). Our strategic plan for 2016-2021 is aimed at preparing for our next NASM accreditation review (2020), and to ensure that all of our programs align with standards of practice within our disciplines. 

Mission

The Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance is a student-centered learning community that prepares students to be productive citizens, performers, teachers and scholars while contributing to the enrichment of society through creative and excellent teaching, performing, active scholarship and public service.

Vision

The Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance will provide a vibrant, personalized and learning-centered environment that emphasizes individual attention, independent thought and collaboration among students, faculty and the wider community. Our programs will enable students to fully explore their potential as productive, literate, articulate, humane, and culturally engaged members of a global public through a close study of theory and practice.  Through the fostering of creativity, critical thinking and analysis and the understanding and application of historical knowledge through scholarly and artistic expression our students will further the cultural advancement of West Michigan, the state and the nation.

Value Statement

We believe in music, theatre, and dance that inspires students to the highest level of artistry and creativity.
We believe in artistic excellence through professional, disciplined, rigorous productions and an innovative and broad production program as a means of creative investigation into shared humanity and culture.
We believe in accessibility and stewardship in performance, production and audience opportunities for a broad range of stakeholders.
We believe in providing education that is challenging, contemporary and comprehensive.
We believe in effective and integrative learning in classroom settings; on and behind the stage through co-curricular activities; and through outreach and service endeavors in the community at large.
We believe in an education that is focused on the student.
We believe faculty should regularly engage in scholarly and/or creative activity that is profound and conducted with integrity.
We believe in engagement with the artistic, scholarly and global community around us.
We believe in inclusion and diversity through artistic and academic contributions relevant to the national and global communities.
We believe in a community that is inclusive and collegial.
We believe in collaboration that includes the active participation of students, faculty from a variety of disciplines, alumni, staff, community members, professional artists and scholars.






Strategic Priorities, outcomes, and key objectives

Strategic Priority Area 1: Actively engage learners at all levels.

Outcome A: Grand Valley's learning environment is personal, challenging, and transformational, supporting excellent academic programs and co-curricular opportunities.

Objective 1.A.1

At least 90% of undergraduate students in Music, Theatre and Dance participate in at least one high impact learning experience in their MUS, THE, or DAN courses, prior to graduation, in addition to supplemental writing skills and capstone courses.

Baseline

Current % of students in Music, Theatre, and Dance participating in high impact learning experiences in their MUS, THE, and DAN coursework.

Progress

2016 Status
Substantive Progress
100% of undergraduate students complete at least one high-impact learning experience in their music and dance coursework. For Dance students, this occurs in ensembles (Freshman Company and Dance Company) as well as in their Senior capstone course. For Music students, this occurs in ensembles (co-requisite for each semester of applied lesson study), applied lessons, Student Recital Hour, Introduction to Music Education, and in their Senior capstone courses (MUS 495 for BA/MA majors, EDI 432 for BME majors).

2017 Status
Substantive Progress
100% of undergraduate students complete at least one high-impact learning experience in their music and dance coursework. For dance students, this continues to occur in ensembles as well as in their senior capstone course. Music students continue to have high impact experiences in ensembles, applied lessons, Student Recital Hour, Introduction to music education, and in their capstone course.

Objective 1.A.2

Music, Theatre, and Dance will regularly assess the impact of advising practices on students in the department.

Baseline

Current advising practices.

Progress

2016 Status
Substantive Progress
An advising survey was emailed to all Music and Dance students in April 2016 to assess student knowledge of advising services within the department and their satisfaction with the advising they have received thus far.

2017 Status
Minimal Progress
The advising survey was not administered to students in 2017.

Objective 1.A.3

Expand student production opportunities.

Baseline

Current number of annual productions is 5.

Progress

2017 Status
Not Yet Initiated

Objective 1.A.4

Develop theatre capstone course.

Baseline

There is no theatre capstone course currently in the catalog.

Progress

2018 Status
Substantial Progress
new course proposal will be submitted by March 1,2018/

Outcome B: Grand Valley is diverse and inclusive.

Objective 1.B.2

Increase number of guest artists in world music, dance, and theatre that represent diverse backgrounds and perspectives.

Baseline

Current number of guest artists in music, theatre, and dance brought in that represent diverse backgrounds and perspectives.

Progress

2016 Status
Minimal Progress
In 2016, the MUS 182 Arts at Noon class brought 3 performing groups to campus representing diverse backgrounds in the context of World Music: Eduardo Tami Tango Ensemble from Argentina, Duo Mistral from Chile, and Maestro Ustad Shafaat Khan. The Eduardo Tami Tango Ensemble also worked with Dance students in 2 masterclasses. Additionally, dance students had the opportunity to work with Francesca Harper, an African American choreographer.

2017 Status
Minimal Progress
In 2017, we brought 3 performing groups to campus for Arts at Noon with artists representing diverse backgrounds and perspectives: the Almava Trio, Loadbang, and a guitar duo - Johannes Moller & Laura Fraticelli. there were no guests artists from dance representing diverse backgrounds in 2017. We did not track theatre guest artists this year as they are new to our department.

Objective 1.B.3

Increase our audience of diverse learners by 5%.

Baseline

Analyze current box office attendance reports for average attendance numbers.

Progress

2018 Status
Not Yet Initiated
No progress

Outcome C: Grand Valley has mutually beneficial relationships, partnerships, collaborations, and connections with local, state, national, and world communities.

Objective 1.C.1

Maintain partnerships with local school districts for collaborative learning experiences between the schools' teachers and students and undergraduate music and dance students.

Baseline

Current partnerships with local school districts.

Progress

2016 Status
Substantive Progress
In 2016, music education faculty worked collaboratively with 34 cooperating teachers who mentored BME students during their teacher assisting and student teaching. In 2016, dance students worked with 3 schools as part of Freshman Company.

2017 Status
Substantive Progress
In 2017, music education faculty collaborated with 40 cooperating teachers who mentored BME students during their teacher assisting and student teaching. Dance students worked with four schools as part of Freshman Company.

Outcome D: Grand Valley supports innovative teaching, learning, integrative scholarly and creative activity, and the use of new technologies.

Objective 1.D.1

Students in the Department of Music and Dance will regularly perform and/or present scholarly works as part of their undergraduate coursework.

Baseline

Current numbers of student performances and/or presentations.

Progress

2016 Status
Substantive Progress
All students in music regularly perform in ensembles as a co-requisite experience to their applied lessons. All students in dance perform in either Freshman Company or Dance Company. Additionally, in Music, 16 students presented scholarly/creative work as part of a Senior Project. In alignment with the University outcome D in reference to the support of innovative creative work, the New Music Ensemble completed 20 performances in 2016. In Dance, 12 students presented scholarly/creative work as part of a Senior Project, 20 students performed at the regional American College Dance Association (ACDA) conference, and 5 students performances at the national ACDA conference.

2017 Status
Substantive Progress
In 2017, all students in music regularly performed in ensembles as co-requisite with their applied lessons. All student in dance performed in either Freshman Company or Dance Company. In music, 15 students presented scholarly/creative work as part of a Senior Project. In Dance, 10 students presented scholarly/creative work as part of a Senior Project.

Outcome E: Grand Valley strategically allocates its fiscal, human, and other institutional resources.

Objective 1.E.1

When appropriate, the Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance will provide support for approved student travel and/or performance experiences to aid their professional development.

Baseline

Current financial support for student travel.

Progress

2016 Status
Substantive Progress
In 2015-2016, $23,000 was allocated to support student travel. This includes the NEA grant funds awarded to Bill Ryan for the New Music Ensemble

2017 Status
Substantive Progress
In 2017, $8100 was allocated to support student travel.

Strategic Priority Area 2: Further develop exceptional personnel.

Outcome A: Grand Valley's learning environment is personal, challenging, and transformational, supporting excellent academic programs and co-curricular opportunities.

Objective 2.A.1

Increase number of Music, Theatre, and Dance faculty who complete university sponsored training in developing and implementing high-impact student learning experiences.

Baseline

Current faculty teaching courses that include high-impact student learning experiences.

Progress

2016 Status
Minimal Progress
No faculty reported participation in university sponsored training in the development/implementation of high-impact student learning experiences.

2017 Status
Minimal Progress
in 2017, no faculty reported participation in university sponsored training in the development of high-impact student learning practices.

Objective 2.A.2

Recognize and reward co-curricular activities f Theatre faculty.

Progress

2017 Status
Not Yet Initiated
not begun

Outcome B: Grand Valley is diverse and inclusive.

Objective 2.B.1

Faculty and staff in Music, Theatre, and Dance will participate in university sponsored intercultural training and development.

Baseline

Current faculty and staff participating in intercultural training and development.

Progress

2016 Status
Minimal Progress
No faculty reported participation in intercultural training and development.

2017 Status
Substantive Progress
2 faculty reported receiving training as inclusion advocates in 2017.

Outcome C: Grand Valley has mutually beneficial relationships, partnerships, collaborations, and connections with local, state, national, and world communities.

Objective 2.C.1

Maintain the number of Music, Theatre, and Dance faculty members who participate in one or more external professional organizations.

Baseline

Current number of Music, Theatre, and Dance faculty members who participate in external professional organizations.

Progress

2016 Status
Substantive Progress
18 faculty members reported participation in external professional organizations

2017 Status
Substantive Progress
18 music faculty, 2 dance faculty, and 5 theatre faculty reported participation in one or more external professional organizations.

Objective 2.C.2

At least 10% of Music, Theatre, and Dance faculty work on strategic long-term partnerships in the community.

Baseline

Current Music, Theatre, and Dance faculty engaging in partnerships with the community.

Progress

2016 Status
Not Yet Initiated
No progress assessed in 2016.

2017 Status
Minimal Progress
In 2017, music education faculty maintained collaborations with local school districts to create opportunities for our BME students to observe and practice teaching in undergraduate methods classes.

Objective 2.C.3

Create a theatre specific alumni database that will showcase our prepared and successful alumni.

Baseline

No database

Progress

2017 Status
Not Yet Initiated
None

Objective 2.C.4

Document evidence of prepared alumni by formalizing and implementing a plan to archive production work.

Baseline

No plan for archiving

Progress

2017 Status
Not Yet Initiated
No Progress

Outcome D: Grand Valley supports innovative teaching, learning, integrative scholarly and creative activity, and the use of new technologies.

Objective 2.D.1

All Music, Theatre, and Dance tenure track faculty will complete academic advisor training in the use of the Student Success Collaborative advising tool.

Baseline

Current faculty who have completed academic advisor training.

Progress

2016 Status
Substantial Progress
21 tenure track faculty members completed training in the used of the Student Success Collaborative advising website.

2017 Status
Substantial Progress
No new training reported since 2016.

Objective 2.D.2

The Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance will continue to support faculty engaging in professional development related to innovating teaching.

Baseline

Current number of faculty engaging in professional development related to innovative teaching

Progress

2016 Status
Substantive Progress
7 faculty members reported participation in professional development related to innovative teaching. $18,500 was allocated to supporting faculty professional development related to innovative teaching.

2017 Status
Substantive Progress
4 faculty reported engaging in professional development related to innovative teaching. $10,000 was allocated to support faculty professional development related to innovative teaching.

Objective 2.D.3

The Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance will continue to support faculty who present their scholarly and creative work.

Baseline

Current number of faculty who present their scholarly and creative work.

Progress

2016 Status
Substantive Progress
20 faculty members reported the presentation of their scholarly/creative work. $12,500 was allocated to support faculty presentation of scholarly/creative work.

2017 Status
Substantive Progress
25 faculty reported presentations of scholarly/creative work in 2017. $27,000 was allocated to support faculty presentation of scholarly creative work.

Outcome E: Grand Valley strategically allocates its fiscal, human, and other institutional resources.

Objective 2.E.1

At least 50% of faculty and staff in Music, Theatre, and Dance participate in professional development to expand, enhance, or extend their competencies and capabilities within the context of ther responsibilities of their positions.

Baseline

Current % of faculty and staff participating in professional development.

Progress

2016 Status
Substantive Progress
8 tenure track faculty members (33%) reported participation in professional development activities.

2017 Status
Substantive Progress
7 faculty reported participation in professional development to expand, enhance, or extend their competencies and capabilities.

Strategic Priority Area 3: Ensure the alignment of institutional structures and functions.

Outcome B: Grand Valley is diverse and inclusive.

Objective 3.B.1

GVSU Music, Theatre, and Dance will actively recruit and make efforts to increase student enrollments (majors and non-majors) from marginalized portions of the population.

Baseline

We currently do not specifically target students (majors and non-majors) from marginalized populations.

Progress

2017 Status
Not Yet Initiated
We have not begun to track this data.

Objective 3.B.2

Increase the number of theatre majors by enhancing and improving recruitment and retention practices.

Baseline

Current theatre majors average 40-45 per year with present recruitment practices.

Progress

2017 Status
Not Yet Initiated
None

Outcome C: Grand Valley has mutually beneficial relationships, partnerships, collaborations, and connections with local, state, national, and world communities.

Objective 3.C.1

Secure re-accreditation from the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) and pursue accreditation from the National Association of Schools of Dance for the years 2020-2030.

Baseline

GVSU maintains current accreditation from NASM, but not from NASD.

Progress

2017 Status
Substantive Progress
Music and Dance faculty have attended the annual meetings of NASM and NASD in preparation for re-accreditation through NASM and to ensure curricular alignment with NASD standards.

Outcome E: Grand Valley strategically allocates its fiscal, human, and other institutional resources.

Objective 3.E.1

Implement an 18 month production planning cycle to maximize human and fiscal resources as well as allow for more thoughtful reuse, re-purposing or recycling of material resources.

Baseline

Current practice is to publish the production season schedule and designate the production budget in the late winter semester for a season beginning in the subsequent fall.

Progress

2018 Status
Not Yet Initiated
No progress

Objective 3.E.2

Develop a visual set prop inventory/database for properties to maximize human and fiscal resources as well as allow for more thoughtful reuse, re-purposing, or recycling of material resources.

Baseline

No inventory of current set props

Progress

2017 Status
Not Yet Initiated
None

Objective 3.E.3

Procure a new set of performance furniture that is suitable for rehearsal and for performances for limited budget productions in order to maximize human and fiscal resources.

Baseline

A motley and mismatched collection of acting cues and castoff furniture exists.

Progress

2017 Status
Substantive Progress
A number of "cubes" have been purchased. More purchasing is planned.

Objective 3.E.4

Theatre seeks unit independence to meet challenges and problems elaborated in Self-study.

Baseline

Currently, Theatre is one of eight semi-autonomous majors within the School of Communications.

Progress

2017 Status
Achieved
Transition to new unit, MTD, is underway.

Strategic Priority Area 4: Enhance the institution's image and reputation.

Outcome A: Grand Valley's learning environment is personal, challenging, and transformational, supporting excellent academic programs and co-curricular opportunities.

Objective 4.A.1

The Department of Music and Dance will transition to a Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance.

Baseline

Theatre has previously been part of the School of Communications.

Progress

2017 Status
Achieved
In Fall 2017, Theatre officially joined with Music and Dance to create a Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance.

Outcome B: Grand Valley is diverse and inclusive.

Objective 4.B.1

Grand Valley Music, Theatre, and Dance will publicly champion inclusion of students from all backgrounds in its ensembles, productions and scholarly activity.

Baseline

We currently do not have a plan of action.

Progress

2017 Status
Not Yet Initiated
Data collection has not begun for this objective.

Objective 4.B.2

Seek new constituencies while serving present stakeholders through high impact community engagement experiences by insuring sustainability of React/Theatre for Social Change courses and productions.

Baseline

No permanent course

Progress

2017 Status
Substantial Progress
Awaiting approval by faculty governance

Outcome C: Grand Valley has mutually beneficial relationships, partnerships, collaborations, and connections with local, state, national, and world communities.

Objective 4.C.1

Music education and dance students will continue to symbiotically partner with area schools in service learning activities

Baseline

We do some service learning in our methods courses.

Progress

2016 Status
Substantive Progress
Dance students in Freshman Company (DAN 175) performed and provided workshops to students in 3 local schools. Music Education students work with public school music teacher and students in the following courses: Elementary Music Methods (MUS 456), Choral Methods (MUS 465), and Instrumental Methods (MUS 461). Additionally music education students work with public school music teachers during their teacher assisting (EDI 331) and student teaching (EDI 432) placements.

2017 Status
Substantive Progress
Dance students in Freshman Company performed and provided workshops to students in 4 schools. Music Education students continue to work with public school music teachers and students in MUS 456, 465, and 461.

Objective 4.C.2

Seek National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST) accreditation

Baseline

No accreditation

Progress

2018 Status
Not Yet Initiated
A theatre faculty member will attend the March 2018 NAST meeting to better understand and prepare for the accreditation process.

Objective 4.C.3

Seek to expand involvement with Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival to include enteriAng a production as a participating entry once every four years.

Baseline

All productions are associate entries.

Progress

2017 Status
Not Yet Initiated
none

Objective 4.C.4

Seek new constituencies while serving present stakeholders through high impact community engagement experiences by insuring sustainability of Bard to Go international/national tours.

Baseline

Current practice is year to year ad hoc, student participants are only vaguely informed of the additional commitment necessary with the international/national tours when they audition in the spring.

Progress

2017 Status
Not Yet Initiated
None

Outcome D: Grand Valley supports innovative teaching, learning, integrative scholarly and creative activity, and the use of new technologies.

Objective 4.D.1

GVSU Music, Theatre, and Dance students will prepare and execute performances at state, regional and national venues.

Baseline

We currently have a few instances in which our students perform and present at conferences and other venues (such as high schools).

Progress

2017 Status
Substantive Progress
According to faculty reports: In 2017, 8 dance students performed in the Fall Arts holiday performance in Grand Rapids. Dance students also performed a the Berman Center for Performing Arts, the Oakland Dance Festival, at ArtPrize, and at the American College Dance Association’s East-Central Conference held at Kent State University. 4 trumpet students performed in Denver, CO at the National Trumpet Competition. 1 clarinetist performed at the Monteux Orchestral Training Festival in Maine. 1 clarinetist performed at the MTNA MI State finals in the senior division competition, and 1 clarinetist performed in Hawaii with the Army Reserve Band.

Objective 4.D.2

GVSU Music, Theatre, and Dance faculty will demonstrate increased presence at state, regional and national conferences, conferences and on governing boards.

Baseline

Faculty are currently active at state and some regional and national events, but increased visibility is desired.

Progress

2017 Status
Substantive Progress
In 2017, 14 music faculty, 2 dance faculty, and 5 theatre faculty reported attendance at state, regional, national (or international) conferences.

Outcome E: Grand Valley strategically allocates its fiscal, human, and other institutional resources.

Objective 4.E.1

GVSU Music, Theatre, and Dance will financially support music, theatre, and dance students' performances and presentations at state, regional and national venues.

Baseline

There is currently selective and shared support for each given academic year.

Progress

2017 Status
Substantive Progress
In 2017, $8100 was allocated to support student travel.

Objective 4.E.2

GVSU Music, Theatre, and Dance will financially support faculty involvement at state, regional and national conferences, conferences and on governing boards.

Baseline

Current funding is available through faculty development funds and discretionary moneys from Department Chair.

Progress

2017 Status
Substantive Progress
$27,000 in faculty development funds were available to support faculty travel to conferences.

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