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Department of Music: Skills, Abilities and Knowledge


Skills1

  • Active Listening — Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate.
  • Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Equipment Maintenance — Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
  • Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Time Management — Managing one's own time and the time of others.
  • Equipment Selection — Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.

Abilities

  • Hearing Sensitivity — The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
  • Manual Dexterity — The ability to move, grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects effectively.
  • Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Originality — The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
  • Problem Sensitivity — The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Selective Attention — The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
  • Auditory Attention — The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.

Knowledge

  • Aesthetics, cultural trends, and history of ideas
  • Human behavior, motivation, and psychology
  • Leadership and coordination of people and resources
  • Management principles involved in strategic and project planning and resource allocation
  • Media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods
  • Performance and craft
  • Structure and content of language
  • Theory, techniques, tools, and principles required to compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, and drama
  • Quantitative reasoning

1 Excerpted from O*Net OnLine, US Department of Labor by the National Center for O*Net Development

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