Fall 2023 Course Syllabus
Course: MUEN-1251 (Section: 1, CRN: 92766)
Chamber (Small) Vocal Ensemble
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Instructor Information
Instructor Dr. Blas Canedo Gonzalez
Email canedoba@lamarpa.edu
Phone (409) 984-6547
Office Sam and Linda Monroe Performing Arts Center - Room: 126
Office Hours M-W-F 8:00-9:00am
T-TH 1:00-2:00pm
Additional Contact Information
Course Information
Description Chamber (Small) Vocal Ensembles. Examples of small vocal ensembles may include but are not limited to glee club, madrigals, opera/musical theater, commercial, and folk.
Required 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.

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.

Additional Materials/Resources Folder, paper and pencil.
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Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the course, students will demonstrate improved singing and performing skills including: increased or improved volume range, pitch range, breathing, singing diction, expressiveness, confidence in performing, stage presence, and ensemble techniques such as blend, balance, and color.  

Core Objectives
 Communication skills: Students will demonstrate effective written, oral and/or 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.
* 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.

Lecture Topics Outline
Performing collaborative skills
Learning techniques applied to vocal ensemble repertoire
Stage presence
Music Ensemble performance
Ensembles for the Contemporary Commercial Voice and the Classical voice
Major Assignments Schedule

1. Tuesday Nov. 7, 2023 5:30pm - DRESS REHEARSAL

2. Thursday Nov. 9, 2023 1:30pm and 7:00pm - RECITAL

3. Friday Dec. 1, 2023 5:30pm- DRESS REHEARSAL

4. Tuesday Dec. 5, 2023 1:30pm AND 7:00PM- CHRISTMAS CONCERT COLLABORATION

5. Recital Attendance
6. Performances attendance TBA

Final Exam Date December 11, 2023 - 2:0 PM   Through  December 11, 2023 - 4:0 PM
Grading Scale  90 - 100=A 80 - 89=B  70 - 79=C   60 - 69=D  Below 59 = F
Determination of
Final Grade
55% Performance and Dress Rehearsals
45% Attendance and preparation of repertoire assigned to each student

Course Policies
Instructor Policies
 In this class you will develop your teamwork skills, among others. Your participation is crucial for this class. If you come tardy or you come unprepared to this class the ensemble and the performance of your classmates will be affected. Tardiness or lack of preparation will have an impact in your final grade.
Attendance Policy

You are expected to attend each rehearsal/class meeting. More than 3 unexcused absences will result in a failing grade for the semester. Unexcused absences are those that were in the student's control. Things like doctor's appointments, traffic, etc..will be counted as unexcused absences.Excused absences are those things that are not in the student's control and communicated to the instructor before the absence.



Additional Information


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Institutional Policies
MyLSCPA Be sure to check your campus email and Course Homepage using MyLSCPA campus web portal. You can also access your grades, transcripts, academic advisors, degree progress, and other services through MyLSCPA.
Academic Honesty Academic honesty is expected from all students, and dishonesty in any form will not be tolerated. Please consult the LSCPA policies (Academic Dishonesty section in the Student Handbook) for consequences of academic dishonesty.
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.
COVID 19 Information The Lamar State College Port Arthur (LSCPA) Student Code of Conduct COVID 19 Policy requires students who have been diagnosed with COVID 19 to report their condition directly to their local health department. Students should also contact their course faculty to report their quarantine status. In addition, this policy requires all students to wear face coverings when directly exposed to COVID 19 in compliance with the criteria included in the policy. For more information please refer to the COVID 19 link on the LSCPA website.
Facility Policies No food or tobacco products are allowed in the classroom. Only students enrolled in the course are allowed in the classroom, except by special instructor permission. Use of electronic devices is prohibited.
HB 2504 This syllabus is part of LSCPA's efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.
Mandatory Reporting of Child Abuse and Neglect As per Texas law and LSCPA policy, all LSCPA employees, including faculty, are required to report allegations or disclosures of child abuse or neglect to the designated authorities, which may include a local or state law enforcement agency or the Texas Department of Family Protective Services. For more information about mandatory reporting requirements, see LSCPA's Policy and Procedure Manual.
Title IX and Sexual Misconduct LSCPA is committed to establishing and maintaining an environment that is free from all forms of sex discrimination, including sexual harassment, sexual violence, and other forms of sexual misconduct. All LSCPA employees, including faculty, have the responsibility to report disclosures of sexual misconduct, including sexual harassment, sexual assault (including rape and acquaintance rape), domestic violence, dating violence, relationship violence, or stalking, to LSCPA's Title IX Coordinator, whose role is to coordinate the college's response to sexual misconduct. For more information about Title IX protections, faculty reporting responsibilities, options for confidential reporting, and the resources available for support visit LSCPA's Title IX website.
Clery Act Crime Reporting For more information about the Clery Act and crime reporting, see the Annual Security & Fire Safety Report and the Campus Security website.

Grievance / Complaint / Concern 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.
Department Information
Commercial Music, Visual and Performing Arts
Chair:Richard Vandewalker
Phone:(409) 984-6520