Fall 2020 Course Syllabus
Course: MUSP-1217- Section: 71
Applied Commercial Music - Percussion
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Instructor Information
Instructor Kenneth Turner
Phone(409) 984-6547
Location:Sam and Linda Monroe Performing Arts Center - Room: 137 D
Hours:MW 9-12; TR 9-11
Commercial Music, Visual and Performing Arts
Chair:Richard Vandewalker
Phone:(409) 984-6520

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Course Information
Description Private instruction in percussion with goals related to commercial music.
Prerequisites None.
Learning Outcomes 1. Explain and execute basic music and percussive performance principals (PSLO 3, 4) (PSLO 1)
2. Explain elements of live performance practices (PSLO 3, 4) (PSLO 1, 3)
3. Identify specific rudimental techniques as applied individual percussion instruments, and to the drum kit (PSLO 3, 4)
4. Discuss career opportunities in the music industry, studio, and live performance (PSLO 3)
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.
* Personal Responsibility: Students will demonstrate the ability to connect choices, actions and consequences to ethical decision-making.
Program Student Learning Outcomes PSLO ALPHA: Reading skills - Demonstrates comprehension of content-area reading material.
PSLO 1: Applies commercial music performance techniques to professional practice.
SLO 1: Students will apply commercial music performance techniques to professional practice
PSLO 2: Applies commercial music sound engineering technology to support performance practices.
SLO 2: Students will apply commercial music sound engineering technology to support performance practices.
PSLO 3: Applies basic music industry principles to professional practice.
SLO 3: Students will apply basic music industry principles to professional practice.
PSLO 4: Demonstrates professional behavior as characterized by a commitment to the profession.
SLO 4: Students will demonstrate professional behavior as 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.

Student specific, pending student evaluation/ pretest.
Lecture Topics
MUSP 1217 is class instruction in the fundamental techniques of playing percussion instruments. We will:

1. Demonstrate fundamental playing techniques for snare drum.
2. Identify and distinguish characteristics for both traditional and non-traditional percussion instrument categories: snare drum, multi-percussion, electronic percussion accessories, and the drum set.
3. Identify the appropriate percussion instrument requirements for various applications.
4. Demonstrate basic proficiency in methods of maintenance of such equipment.

This fourteen week study explores percussive musicianship, hand techniques, snare drum sight-reading, drum set coordination, repertoire development, and some basic sequential programming - with each week becoming increasingly more challenging.

The course starts with teaching the basics, such as the concept of time; symbolism; how to
develop proper grip, playing area, and sound; and how to achieve balance and evenness
between your hands. You will perform helpful strengthening and dexterity exercises and explore
all of the listed Percussive Arts Society's international drum rudiments, and potentially how to use them on the drum kit.

You will develop basic snare drum reading skills and how to interpret drum set charts, including various time signatures. The course will attempt to cover topics related to two-, three- and four-way coordination, feel, dynamics, and common groove patterns found in Rhythm & Blues, Pop, Funk, Rock, Jazz, Latin, Afro-Cuban, etc.

Throughout the continuing study, you will be exposed to a wide variety of drumming examples
from artists in all musical genres. The ultimate goal of is to enable you to play with
more confidence, musicianship, and overall success, and to serve as a springboard into more
specific areas of percussive study. Students are expected to attend at least fourteen lessons per semester.

Students can email me at turnerkq@lamarpa.edu, and I will respond as soon as possible, to establish Weekly Zoom meeting schedule, student evaluation, and discuss additional course topics.
Major Assignments

Week 1: Syllabus, Evaluation and Discussion
Week 2: Specific to Student
Week 3: Specific to Student
Week 4: Specific to Student
Week 5: Specific to Student
Week 6: Midterm Prep
Week 7: Midterm Prep
Week 8: Midterm
Week 9: Specific To Student
Week 10: Specific to Student
Week 11: Specific to Student
Week 12: Specific to Student
Week 13: Jury Prep
Week 14: Jury Prep
Week 15: Jury Prep


Midterm (Week 8)
Jury (Week 15; Pending)*

Midterm may be a combination of written, aural and/ or performance specific tasks.

*Juries are a professional performance in front of a panel of commercial music instructors.

Please be advised, all course topics and examination schedules are subject to change.

Final Exam Date December 3, 2020 - 12:00 PM   Through  December 11, 2020 - 3:00 PM
Grading Scale  90 - 100=A    80 - 89=B    70 - 79=C     60 - 69=D    Below 59 = F
Determination of
Final Grade
This is a two-credit course that is required to meet four hours per week: one fifty-minute lesson with applied faculty - plus three additional hours, exclusive of course preparation. In short, you are expected to practice three hours per week in addition to your lesson.

Lesson Preparation (Weekly Grade) 40%
Professional Attitude 20%
Midterm 20%
Performance Jury (Final Exam) 20%

There are sixteen weeks in every semester; students are expected to attend at least fourteen lessons per semester. Final grades will be reduced by five points for every lesson missed that are considered and logged as unexcused.
Course Policies
Instructor Policies Students are expected to attend at least fourteen lessons per semester.
Students can email me at turnerkq@lamarpa.edu, and I will respond as soon as possible.

Attendance Policy You get one free absence before your lates/absences start to count against your grade in the attendance category. After that, each absence deducts from your attendance grade for the class. Three lates/ early departures equal one absence. Final grades will be reduced five points for every lesson missed (Unexcused).
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
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