Fall 2023 Course Syllabus
Course: MUSI-1310 (Section: 71, CRN: 91745)
American Music
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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 8-9am, T/Th 1-2pm

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Course Information
Description General survey of various styles of music in America. Topics may include jazz, ragtime, folk, rock, and contemporary art music which promotes the appreciation of cultural expressions.
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.

An Introduction to America's Music, 3rd Ed.

Richard Crawford and Larry Hamberlin Waterman


Print ISBN: 9780393668285, 0393668282

eText ISBN: 9780393428049, 0393428044

Additional Materials/Resources None.
Corequisites/Prerequisites None
Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will: 1. Identify the elements, styles, and musicians representative of music within the chosen style(s). 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 the chosen musical style(s). 4. Articulate an informed personal reflection of the chosen musical style(s).

Students will engage in active listening to identify, interpret, distinguish, and critique the elements of music in instrumental and vocal music(classical, jazz, music for the stage and screen, and classic rock). (PSLO 1abdcd; 3abcd; 4abc).

Students will be able to summarize the history and development of musical styles as connected to composers, musical terms, and music genres (PSLO 1abcd; 3abcd)

Students will be able to map, associate, and compare the development of music with the different periods of human history (PSLO 1abcd; 3abcd; 4abc)

Students will be able to describe and differentiate musical styles as related to cultural trends. (PSLO 1abcd; 2abc;3abcd)

Students will be able to debate, propose, and participate with personal responsibility. (PSLO 4)

Students will be able to appreciate the American song as an expression of social diversity, civic responsibility awareness of their own, and others' culture. (PSLO 5)

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.

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.

Lecture Topics Outline

I. Secular and Sacred Music in the European Colonies

II. America’s Music From the Civil War Through World War I

III. America's Music from World War I through World War II

IV. America's Music in the Postwar Era

V. America's Music since 1980

Major Assignments Schedule

We will study different topics each week.

You will have assignments every week and they count as your class participation grade as well.

You will have one exam every month (September, October, and November).

The Final Exam is due by December 4 at 11:00 AM


Final Exam, essay format, to be submitted via Blackboard on December at 4 at 11:00 AM

Quizzes, individual active listening assignments, and team work project presentations TBA on a weekly basis.

Final Exam Date December 7, 2023 - 10:0 AM   Through  December 10, 2023 - 1:0 PM
Grading Scale  90 - 100=A 80 - 89=B  70 - 79=C   60 - 69=D  Below 59 = F
Determination of
Final Grade

Final Exam 25%

Quizzes 30%

Class Participation 20%

Listening Assignments 25

Course Policies
Instructor Policies
Attendance Policy

What counts as an absence?

This is an online course. Not doing one assignment counts as an absence. Not attending a lecture is also an assignment online class counts as an absence. More than 5 absences will make you fail this course. Absences will count against your final attendance grade as well. Attendance is tracked via blackboard.

Additional Information

Timely Care service statement
TimelyCare is a virtual health and well-being platform available 24/7 for Lamar State College Port Arthur students. Any enrolled student can use TimelyCare. There is no cost to students. Go to timelycare.com/LSCPA or download the TimelyCare app to access care.


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