TR 9:30-10:20 am, Fain C117A
This course is designed to develop your musicianship skills. Students demonstrate competence through various activities inclusive, but not limited to singing, moving, listening, composing, improvising, and reading musical notation.
1. To develop musicianship skills
2. To audiate and sing melodies in both bass and treble clefs
3. To understand and use a rhythm system for both duple and triple
4. To develop ability to audiate and sing bass lines
5. To take music dictation of learned rhythmic and melodic patterns
6. To improvise melodically and rhythmically
7. To develop ability to hear and demonstrate understanding of harmonic structure
Students are required to participate in all class activities. Students are to practice assigned material in preparation for each class.
Students are to conduct themselves in a professional manner so that all students may learn without distraction and disruption. This includes cell phones turned off and no texting.
15% Dictation – once a week
25% Class Participation/Daily Grade (7 up)
(inclusive of accurately performing assigned homework)
10% Projects – terms and definitions – group teaching
50% 4 Tests – Rhythmic, Melodic, and Harmonic
The instructor reserves the right to cancel or adjust assignments as the course progresses. Students will be informed how this may effect grading.
Students take four tests for the semester. Students are expected to attend class on test days. Make up tests are not given.
Every week students receive a daily grade. This grade is reflected by class participation and accuracy of performing assigned homework.
Students participate daily in group and individual activities. Activities are cumulative in organization, building on previously learned concepts. Therefore, attendance is crucial to personal development. Students may miss class twice without a final grade reduction. Each absence that exceeds the allotted two reduces the final grade ten points (one letter grade). Nonparticipation in class equals one absence for each occurrence. Class participation includes all classroom activities (singing, moving, rhythm activities, improvisation, chording, etc.).
If you need course adaptations or accommodations because of a disability, if you have emergency medical information that needs sharing, or if you need special accommodations in case the building must be evacuated, please make an appointment with the professor as soon as possible.
Federal privacy law prohibits the instructor from releasing information about students to certain parties outside of the university without the signed consent of the student. Thus, in almost all cases the professor will not discuss students’ academic progress or other matters with their parents. Please do not have them call. Regardless of these important legal considerations, the professors’ general policy is to communicate with the students, not their parents, even when a student has signed a consent form. College students are adults and are expected to behave accordingly.
Academic dishonesty including plagiarism and giving or receiving unauthorized assistance is prohibited. Plagiarism is (1) the use of source material of other persons (either published or unpublished, including the Internet) without following the accepted techniques of giving credit or (2) the submission for credit of work not the individual’s to whom credit is given. If a student in the class plagiarizes material, appropriate disciplinary action will be taken. The Student Honor Creed developed and adopted by the MSU Student Government reinforces the discouragement of plagiarism and other unethical behaviors. The first statement of the creed reads, “As an MSU student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so.” Plagiarism is lying, cheating, and stealing.
Social justice is one of Midwestern State University’s stated core values, and the professor considers the classroom a place where students are treated with respect as human beings, regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Moreover, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided the students can agree to disagree. The professor’s expectation is that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.