Fall 2020 Course Syllabus
Course: MUSP-1242- Section: 50
Small Commercial Music Ensemble
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Instructor Information
Instructor Carl Richardson
Phone(409) 984-6353
Location:Sam and Linda Monroe Performing Arts Center - Room: 124
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.
COVID 19 Information The Lamar State College Port Arthur (LSCPA) Student Code of Conduct COVID 19 Policy requires students who have been exposed to COVID 19 or diagnosed with COVID 19 to report their condition on the COVID 19 Notification Form (available via a link on the Student Code of Conduct COVID19 webpage). This information will be provided to the Dean of Student Services. In addition, this policy requires all students to wear face coverings in compliance with the criteria included in the policy. For more information please refer to the COVID 19 link on the LSCPA website.
Course Information
Description Participation in a small commercial music ensemble concentrating on commercial music performance styles.
Prerequisites Acceptance into the Commercial Music program
Learning Outcomes 1) Demonstrate rehearsal skills to include ensemble precision, intonation, sight-reading, sound, and style (PSLO 1,2,3,4)

2) Demonstrate an understanding of appropriate repertoire (PSLO 1,3,4)

3) Demonstrate appropriate improvisational ability (PSLO 1,4)

4) Demonstrate an understanding of basic performance techniques (PSLO 1,2,3,4)

5) Identify all main ideas, supporting details, and vocabulary in reading material; demonstrate a full understanding of the reading; (PSLO Alpha)
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.
* Experience as an ensemble member.
Program Student Learning Outcomes Performance:

PSLO ALPHA: Reading skills - Demonstrates comprehension of content-area reading material. Identifies all main ideas, supporting details, and vocabulary in reading material; demonstrates a full understanding of the reading.

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 characterized by a commitment to the profession.
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.

Lecture Topics
* Expect to perform 3 or more concerts throughout the semester. All shows TBA.
Major Assignments
All classes are cancelled on the following Holiday dates:
Labor Day: SEPT 7
Thanksgiving: NOV 26 & 27

Week 1: Intro, Discussion, Syllabus, and Song Selection
Week 2: Specific to ensemble
Week 3: Specific to ensemble
Week 4: Specific to ensemble
Week 5: Specific to ensemble
Week 6: Specific to ensemble
Week 7: Specific to ensemble
Week 8: Specific to ensemble
Week 9: Specific to ensemble
Week 10: Specific to ensemble
Week 11: Specific to ensemble
Week 12: Specific to ensemble
Week 13: Specific to ensemble
Week 14: Specific to ensemble
Week 15: Classes Move Online; Final Exam Review
Week 16: Final Exam (DUE TUES DEC 8 BY MIDNIGHT)

Final Exam Date December 8, 2020 - 12:00 AM   Through  December 8, 2020 - 11:59 PM
Grading Scale  90 - 100=A    80 - 89=B    70 - 79=C     60 - 69=D    Below 59 = F
Determination of
Final Grade
Rehearsal Attendance 20%
Rehearsal Preparation 25%
* Performances 30%
Attitude 15%
Final 10%

* If a student misses a scheduled performance they may receive a failing grade for the course. Instructor will exercise discretion in these matters.
Course Policies
Instructor Policies
Attendance Policy 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 will count as one absence.
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.