Fall 2023 Course Syllabus
Course: MUSP-1205 (Section: 01, CRN: 90462)
Applied Commercial Music - Commercial Guitar
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Instructor Information
Instructor Carl Richardson
Email richardsoncc@lamarpa.edu
Phone (409) 984-6353
Office Sam and Linda Monroe Performing Arts Center - Room: 138
Office Hours Mon 11-12, 1-2, 4-5 Tues 3-5 Wed 12-1, 4-5 Thurs 3-5 Fri 11-12
Additional Contact Information None
Course Information
Description Private instruction in commercial guitar with goals related to commercial music.
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.

Text may be assigned after evaluation of student skill level.

Recommended: Melodic Rhythms for Guitar, William Leavitt, Berklee Press

Additional Materials/Resources None
Corequisites/Prerequisites None
Learning Outcomes 1) Demonstrate proficiency in commercial music repertoire and technique
2) Develop a professional, disciplined approach to performance skills
3) Present a juried performance for faculty
Program Student Learning Outcomes Performance

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.
Lecture Topics Outline Lessons Schedule and Content will be specific to student.



- Technical studies: scales, arpeggios, pick and fingerstyle technique, chart reading, note
   reading, chord patterns and voicings, right and left hand technique
- Style Studies: pop, rock, country, reggae, r&b, soul, funk, latin, jazz, gospel, etc.
- Melodic Studies: soloing/improv concepts, jazz harmony and tension, melodic analysis,
   modal playing
- Repertoire: rhythm/accompaniment and solo pieces in a variety of commercial styles
- Jury: Prepared piece to be performed at the scheduled Jury Recital date
- Study of Commercial Ensemble tunes when applicable
- Chart Reading: Traditional and Numbers
- Note Reading Studies: Melodic Rhythms for Guitar text
Major Assignments Schedule All classes are canceled on the following Holiday dates:

Labor Day: MON 9/4
Thanksgiving: THURS 11/23 & FRI 11/24

Week 8: Midterm

Juries Time/Location TBA

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

Juries are a professional performance presented in front of a panel of music faculty.   A sign up sheet will be posted in the PAC leading up to the juries.

Final Exam Date December 12, 2023 - 12:0 PM   Through  December 12, 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
This is a 2 credit course that is required to meet 4 hours per week, one with your applied
faculty plus three additional hours, exclusive of course preparation.

Lesson Preparation of Major Assignments 40%
Professional Attitude 20%*
Midterm 20%*
Performance Jury (final exam) 20%*

*see rubrics for specific requirement guidelines

Course Policies
Instructor Policies To discuss grades or anything class related, schedule an office visit. Please refer
to office hours listed above.

Students may email me at richardsoncc@lamarpa.edu. I will respond as soon as possible.
Attendance Policy

Research has shown a cause and effect relationship between attendance and college success.

There are about 16 weeks in every semester; students are expected to attend at least 15 lessons
per semester. You are afforded one free absence before unexcused absences count against you.
Final grades will be reduced 5 points for every lesson missed.

5 or more unexcused absences may result in a failing grade.

Excused absences must meet the following criteria: death in the family, medical related
emergency, illness with doctor's note. Any cause beyond this will be left up to instructor
Additional Information None
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