1. To understand the importance of music in child development
2. To understand a music learning sequence as it relates to child development
3. To understand the relationship between music and literacy acquisition in children
4. To develop skills, plans, and methodology to integrate music with other subjects
5. To understand and teach music elements, concepts, notation, movement, and listening activities
6. To experience music in a positive manner and be confident when teaching children music
Students are required to participate in all class activities. Students are to read daily assignments, prepare questions, and prepare to answer questions regarding assigned readings. All readings are reviewed in class for clarity and understanding.
Students are to conduct themselves in a professional manner so that all students may learn without distraction or disruption. This includes cell phones turned off and no texting. Classroom behavior that interferes with either the instructor’s ability to conduct class or the ability of other students to profit from instruction will result in the instructor’s removing the student(s) from the class and an absence earned.
15% Quizzes and Online Assignments
5% Rhyme Presentation
5% Melody Presentation
5% Children’s Book Presentation
20% Students with Special Needs Project (Case Study)
10% K-5 TEK’s Assignments
5% Lesson Plan K/1st Presentation
5% Lesson Plan 2nd/3rd Presentation
20% Semester Exam
10% Final Exam Lesson Plan/Presentation 4th/5th
The instructor reserves the right to cancel or adjust assignments as the course progresses. Students will be informed how this may effect grading.
Project Due Dates
Projects are due on designated dates. All projects are developed over a period of several lessons. Therefore, late assignments are not accepted. All projects are to be typed and submitted hard copy, not emailed.
Attendance on the final exam date is required for the final project. Missing the final exam results in no credit earned for the final project in addition to counting as an absence.
Students participate in daily group activities designed for elementary class instruction. Activities are cumulative, building on previously learned concepts. Therefore, attendance is crucial to personal development. Students may one class without a final grade reduction. Each absence above the allotment reduces the final grade ten points (one letter grade). Tardy time counts toward absences. Nonparticipation in class equals one absence for each occurrence. Class participation includes all classroom activities (movement, rhythmic, melodic, singing, dancing, presentations and discussions).
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 a students’ academic progress or other matters with his/her 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.