applied music lessons

Course Details

Course Number: AMUS. 1221, 1231, 3231  Spring 2013

Location: Fain Fine Arts Center

Classroom Number: C-117L

Days & Times:

lessons assigned and arranged

Course Attachments


MSU Faculty Member
Gary Lewis   
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Course Objectives


Course Description:

This course is designed to assist you in developing greater ability and skill in using the piano in your own area or major.  Assignments may involve score reading and/or sight reading and/or a limited study of piano literature.  The amount of work being asked of you reflects the amount of diligence and preparation that you bring to each lesson.  Your progress will depend on your attitude and the attention that you give to ideas presented in the lesson during your practice time outside of your lesson.

Course Expectations

Practice outside of lessons is expected

Grading Standards

Grading will be based on the following criteria:

            Completion of at least one assignment in published piano literature

Progress on technique, skills, or additional literature as assigned                           

            Improvement over the course of the semester with emphasis on:___________________

A proficiency exam is required for all those who have not passed their proficiency requirements

Submission Format PolicyNote: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Plagiarism Policy Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception. Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters. We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student. We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed. Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements

Materials and Attendance:

You are expected to procure all assigned music (through or purchase) studied during the semester.  You will be permitted one absences without any reason; other absences will be excused for university functions or for illness if you provide documentation from a physician.  If possible, please let me know of any anticipated absences in advance.  More than one unexcused absence will negatively impact your grade.  Absences in excess of three weeks of class may result in being dropped from the course.

I make up only lessons that I am unable to make.

Writing Proficiency Requirement All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed English 1113 and English 1123 and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.