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Strategic Plan for Music, Theatre, & Dance

Context For Planning

The Department of Music and Dance offers curricula leading to the Bachelor of Music Education, the Bachelor of Music, and the Bachelor of Arts in Music or Dance. These degree programs present professional training in music 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 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 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 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. 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 and dance that inspires students to the highest level of artistry and creativity. We believe in providing education that is challenging, contemporary and comprehensive. 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 a community that is inclusive, collegial and collaborative.

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 and Dance participate in at least one high impact learning experience in their MUS or DAN courses, prior to graduation, in addition to supplemental writing skills and capstone courses.

Baseline

Current % of students in Music and Dance participating in high impact learning experiences in their MUS 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).

Objective 1.A.2

Music 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.

Outcome B: Grand Valley is diverse and inclusive.

Objective 1.B.2

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

Baseline

Current number of guest artists in music 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.

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.

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.

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

Objective 1.E.1

When appropriate, the Department of Music 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

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 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.

Outcome B: Grand Valley is diverse and inclusive.

Objective 2.B.1

New faculty and staff in Music 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.

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 and Dance faculty members who participate in one or more external professional organizations.

Baseline

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

Progress

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

Objective 2.C.2

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

Baseline

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

Progress

2016 Status
Not Yet Initiated
No progress assessed in 2016.

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 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.

Objective 2.D.2

The Department of Music 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.

Objective 2.D.3

The Department of Music 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.

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 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.

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 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.

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.

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.

Outcome B: Grand Valley is diverse and inclusive.

Objective 4.B.1

Grand Valley Music 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.

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.

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 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).

Objective 4.D.2

GVSU Music 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.

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

Objective 4.E.1

GVSU Music and Dance will financially support music 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.

Objective 4.E.2

GVSU Music 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.

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