Course DetailsCourse Number: MUSC 4953 Section Number: 201
Location: Fain Hall
Classroom Number: C117A
Days & Times:
MUSC 4953 Special Topics in Music:
Strategies for Practice, Performance and Wellness
Course Number: MUSC 4953 (201) Special Topics in Music
Location: FA C117 A
Class Time: TBA
Instructor: Dr. Tim Justus FA C117F
MUSC 3632 Special Topics in Music: Strategies for Practice, Performance and Wellness, is a pre-professional course for the aspiring musician incorporating and implementing strategies for practice discipline, memorization, performance anxiety, stage deportment, pedagogy, program preparation, wellness and other topics.
Completion of the course will result in the development of new ideas and techniques for professional development as a performer and teacher in music.
Klickstein, Gerald. The Musician’s Way: A Guide to Practice, Performance and Wellness. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009.)
Other Materials Needed:
The following list of materials and equipment is needed as part of the professional equipment of all performing musicians and what is generally needed for applied study.
Instruction will take place in the form of reading and discussion, analysis, listening, essay submissions, self-recordings, score analysis and research, and performance.
25% Prepared reading, writing and discussion/listening assignments
Written question/opinion essays and identification of listening for repertoire examples, and critical essays on recital attendance performances
Two (2) required performances, one done for the class near the middle of the semester, during class period and the other scheduled for MUSC 1000 Recital Attendance. (This performance may count for your required recital performance or not, at your discretion.) The MUSC 1000 performance will be evaluated by the class.
25% Score analysis/research
Selected pieces of repertoire will be analyzed, translated, summarized, and submitted to the class for evaluation.
Self-recording will be done at intervals during the semester, viewed and objectively criticized by the individual and the class.
Student Honor Creed:
As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."
Attendance is the one of the most important aspects of the course. Understanding the concepts requires practice and participation in all class activities, and the discussion with other class member will lead to increased knowledge of self and your performance potential.. Irregular attendance will result in loss of required activities and submissions. Attendance will count 10% of the total grade. Attendance will be taken at the beginning of every class.
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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. Please review the University Honor Code. Any offense is reported to the MSU and the MSU Department of Education.
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 http://academics.mwsu.edu/wpr