Spring 2019 Course Syllabus
Course: MUSP-1204- Section: 01
Applied Commercial Music - Bass Guitar
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Instructor Information
Instructor Carl Richardson
Location:Sam and Linda Monroe Performing Arts Center - Room: 124
Hours:M (10-11, 1:30-2, 3:30-5), T (12-12:30, 4-5), W (1:30-2, 3:30-4), Th (11-12:30, 4-5), F (10-11, 3-4)
Chair:Dr. Michelle Davis
Phone:(409) 984-6341
Course Information
Description Private instruction in bass guitar with goals related to commercial music.
Prerequisites Acceptance into the Commercial Music program
Learning Outcomes 1) Demonstrate proficiency in commercial music repertoire and technique (PSLO 1,3,4)

2) Develop a professional, disciplined approach to performance skills (PSLO 1,3,4)

3) Present a juried performance for faculty (PSLO 1,2,3,4)

4) 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.
* 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.
Program Student Learning Outcomes Performance:

PSLO ALPHA: Reading skills - Demonstrates comprehension of content-area reading material. Identifies all main ideas, supporting details, and vocabulary in reading material; demonstrates a full understanding of the reading.

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.
Textbooks Text may or may not be assigned after evaluation of student skill level.
Recommended: J.S. Bach for Bass, Josquin des Pres, Mel Bay Publications
Recommended: Reading Contemporary Electric Bass, Rich Appleman, Berklee Press
Lecture Topics

- Technical Studies: scales, arpeggios, walking bass lines, harmonic progression, note reading, chart reading, 'numbers', slap technique, right and left hand technique, etc.
- 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
- Note Reading Studies: Bach for Bass text, Reading Contemporary Electric Bass text
Major Assignments
All classes are cancelled on the following holiday dates:
Spring Break (March 11th - March 15th)

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

Spring Break (March 11th - March 15th)

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 may be a combination of written, aural and/or performance. Juries are a professional performance in front of a panel of commercial music instructors.


Jury (Tues. May 14th, 2019, 12:00pm-4:00pm)

Final Exam Date May 14, 2019 - 12:00 PM   Through  May 14, 2019 - 4:00 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 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
Attendance Policy There are about 15 weeks in every semester; students are expected to attend at least 14 lessons per semester. Final grades will be reduced 5 points for every lesson missed.
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.
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HB 2504 This syllabus is part of LSC-PA's efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.