Fall 2020 Course Syllabus
Course: MUSI-1303- Section: 01
Fundamentals of Music
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Instructor Information
Instructor Carl Richardson
Phone(409) 984-6353
Location:Sam and Linda Monroe Performing Arts Center - Room: 124
Hours:M (10:30-12:30, 1:30-4:30), W (10:30-1:00, 2:00-4:30)
Commercial Music, Visual and Performing Arts
Chair:Richard Vandewalker
Phone:(409) 984-6520

If you have a grievance, complaint, or concern about this course that has not been resolved through discussion with the Instructor, please consult the Department Chair.
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Course Information
Description Introduction to the basic elements of music theory, including scales, intervals, keys, triads, elementary ear training, notation, meter, and rhythm. Course does not apply to a music major degree.
Prerequisites None
Learning Outcomes 1. Construct all major and minor scales and key signatures.
2. Construct simple and compound intervals, triads and seventh chords of any quality.
3. Identify and perform basic rhythmic and pitch patterns common in tonal music, and properly notate basic rhythms in simple or compound meters.
4. Identify fundamental musical elements aurally and/or on the keyboard.
5. Use appropriate musical vocabulary to describe theoretical concepts.
Core Objectives * Communication skills: Students will demonstrate effective written, oral and visual communication.
* Critical Thinking Skills: Students will engage in creative and/or innovative thinking, and/or inquiry, analysis, evaluation, synthesis of information, organizing concepts and constructing solutions.
* Empirical and Quantitative Skills: Students will demonstrate applications of scientific and mathematical concepts.
* Teamwork: Students will demonstrate the ability to work effectively with others to support a shared purpose or goal and consider different points of view.
* Social Responsibility: Students will demonstrate intercultural competency and civic knowledge by engaging effectively in local, regional, national and/or global communities.
* Personal Responsibility: Students will demonstrate the ability to connect choices, actions and consequences to ethical decision-making.
* Understanding of music, including sight-reading, music notation, and computer music notation.
Program Student Learning Outcomes PERFORMANCE

1. Applies commercial music performance techniques to professional practice.
2. Applies commercial music sound engineering technology to support performance practices.
3. Applies basic music industry principles to professional practice.
4. Demonstrates professional behavior as characterized by a commitment to the profession.


1. Applies commercial music sound technology to professional practice.
2. Applies commercial music performance skill to support sound engineering practice.
3. Applies basic music industry principles to professional practice.
4. Demonstrates professional behavior as characterized by a commitment to the profession.

PSLO Alpha: Demonstrates comprehension of content-area reading material.
Textbooks Textbook Purchasing Statement: A student attending Lamar State College Port Arthur is not under any obligation to purchase a textbook from the college-affiliated bookstore. The same textbook may also be available from an independent retailer, including an online retailer.

Berklee Music Theory Book 1, 2nd Edition, Paul Schmeling
Lecture Topics
Major Areas of Study:

The Keyboard
Music Notation
Key Signatures
Chord Theory
Basic Composition

Major Assignment Due Dates:

Midterm - WED OCT 14
Major Assignments

All classes are cancelled on the following Holiday dates:
Labor Day: SEPT 7
Thanksgiving: NOV 26 & 27

Week 1: Intro, Discussion, Syllabus
Week 2: The Keyboard, Musical Alphabet & The Staff / Intro to Rhythm
Week 3: Rhythm, Time Signature, Pulse & Meter - (NO CLASS MONDAY)
Week 4: Intro to Singing/Solfeg, Accidentals & Scales
Week 5: Key Signatures, more singing
Week 6: Building Chords, Chord Theory
Week 7: Midterm Review
Week 8: Midterm (WED OCT 14)
Week 9: Intervals
Week 10: Intervals cont.
Week 11: Further Scales & Chords study
Week 12: Further Rhythm and Keyboard study
Week 13: Further Singing, Intervals & Scales study
Week 14: Comprehensive study
Week 15: Classes Move Online; Final Exam Review

* Quizzes may or may not be announced. Be prepared for pop quizzes.

Final Exam Date December 8, 2020 - 12:00 AM   Through  December 8, 2020 - 11:00 PM
Grading Scale  90 - 100=A    80 - 89=B    70 - 79=C     60 - 69=D    Below 59 = F
Determination of
Final Grade
Homework & Assignments (In-Class-Work) 20%
Quizzes 20%
Attendance 20%
Mid-Term Exam 20%
Final Exam 20%
Course Policies
Attendance Policy Research has shown a cause and effect relationship between attendance and college success. Policies for this course are as described below:

You get one 1 free absence before your lates/absences start to count against your grade in the attendance category. After that, EACH UNEXCUSED ABSENCE DEDUCTS 10% OF YOUR ATTENDANCE GRADE. Three lates/early departures = 1 absence.

Excused absences will be considered on a case by case basis. YOU MUST E-MAIL YOUR INSTRUCTOR BEFORE YOU MISS CLASS with an explanation of why you will be absent. The date and time of the e-mail will be considered. Excused absences are conditional upon this. Any deviation will be considered at the discretion of the instructor.
Academic Honesty Academic honesty is expected from all students, and dishonesty in any form will not be tolerated. Please consult the LSC-PA policies (Section IX, subsection A, in the Faculty Handbook) for consequences of academic dishonesty.
Facility Policies
  1. No food or tobacco products are allowed in the classroom.

  2. Only students enrolled in the course are allowed in the classroom, except by special instructor permission.

  3. Use of electronic devices is prohibited.
Important Information
ADA Considerations The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights 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 the Office for Disability Services Coordinator, Room 231, in the Madison Monroe Building. The phone number is (409) 984-6241.
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HB 2504 This syllabus is part of LSC-PA's efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.