Fall 2020 Course Syllabus
Course: MUSI-1306- Section: 1C
Music Appreciation
LSCPA Logo Image
Instructor Information
Instructor Richard Vandewalker
Phone(409) 984-6520
Location:Sam and Linda Monroe Performing Arts Center - Room: 126
Hours:M-F 2-4pm
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 Understanding music through the study of cultural periods, major composers, and musical elements. Illustrated with audio recordings and live performances. (Does not apply to a music major degree.)
Prerequisites None
Learning Outcomes Upon successful completion of this course, students will:
1.    Identify musical works and elements in a variety of styles.
2.    Analyze the elements and structures of music using appropriate terminology.
3.    Critically evaluate the influence of social, political, technological, and/or cultural ideas on music.
4.    Articulate the significance of music as an art form within historical, cultural and social contexts.
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.
Program Student Learning Outcomes
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.

The Enjoyment of Music, 4th edition, W. W. Norton & Company, 2020.
Lecture Topics
Part 1 - Materials of Music
Part 2 - The Middle Ages and Renaissance
Part 3 - The Baroque Era
Part 4 - Eighteenth-Century Classicism
Part 5 - The Nineteenth Century
Part 6 - Twentieth-Century Modernism
Part 7 - Postmodernism: Twentieth Century and Beyond
Major Assignments
By the date packets will be picked up, complete all the reading and questions. The Final exam will be a paper titled 'Why Music'.

Final Exam Date September 8, 2020 - 8:00 AM   Through  December 1, 2020 - 4:00 PM
Grading Scale  90 - 100=A    80 - 89=B    70 - 79=C     60 - 69=D    Below 59 = F
Determination of
Final Grade
Chapter Work 75%
Final 25%
Course Policies
Instructor Policies
Attendance Policy None
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.
MyLSCPA Be sure to check your campus E-mail and Course Homepage using MyLSCPA campus web portal (My.LamarPA.edu). When you've logged in, click the email icon in the upper right-hand corner to check email, or click on the "My Courses" tab to get to your Course Homepage. Click the link to your course and review the information presented. It is important that you check your email and Course Homepage regularly. You can also access your grades, transcripts, and determine who your academic advisor is by using MyLSCPA.
Other •    Give yourself permission to learn. Education is all about learning. It is not designed to get it right the first time. If you already know everything, why are you here? Give yourself the space to try, to fail, to engage, to unlearn and to learn. The process is the product. Be patience with yourself and give yourself grace.
•    Manage your time wisely. Please do not wait until the last minute to complete and submit your work
•    Ask questions. Asking questions helps everyone. Learning doesn’t happen in a vacuum, it is a social activity that requires communication with multiple people. Questions are indicative of the presence and/or developing of the thinking skills that are critical to the success in this course. The more you ask questions, the more feedback I can give you because, I will have a better sense of where you are and where you are speaking from.
•    Focus on the big picture, your grades don’t tell the whole story. I understand that grades are important to students but my goal is to ensure that you learn. Learning does not always result in a good grade. No one wants to make a low grade but my hope is that everyone is here to acquire new knowledge and skills. So, as your grades populate the grade book during the course of the semester, please remember that that is not the big picture. Many students drop classes before even 50% of their grade has been posted. Remember that the final grade is based on percentages. If you are not doing well mid semester, there is a great possibility you can pull your grade up considerably at the end of the semester if you apply yourself. Your grades are not an extension of who you are. Use your grades to indicator. Use them to tell you to get help when you need it, not to quit. Don’t give up on you.
HB 2504 This syllabus is part of LSC-PA's efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.