Spring 2019 Course Syllabus
Course: MUSP-1217- Section: 01
Applied Commercial Music - Percussion
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Instructor Information
Instructor Kenneth Turner
Phone(409) 984-6547
Location:Sam and Linda Monroe Performing Arts Center - Room: 137 D
Hours:MW 9-12; TR 8-9
Chair:Dr. Michelle Davis
Phone:(409) 984-6341
Course Information
Description Private instruction in percussion with goals related to commercial music.
Prerequisites None.
Learning Outcomes 1. Explain and execute basic music and percussive performance principals (PSLO 3, 4) (PSLO 1)
2. Explain elements of live performance practices (PSLO 3,4) (PSLO 1,3)
3. Identify specific rudimental techniques as applied individual percussion instruments, and to the drum kit (PSLO 3,4)
4. Discuss career opportunities in the music industry, studio, and live performance (PSLO 3)
5. 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.
* Personal Responsibility: Students will demonstrate the ability to connect choices, actions and consequences to ethical decision-making.
Program Student Learning Outcomes 1. 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.
2. Apply commercial music sound technology to their professional practice.
3. Apply commercial music performance skill to support sound engineering practice.
4. Applies basic music industry principles to professional practice.
5. Demonstrates professional behavior as characterized by a commitment to the profession.
Textbooks TBA, pending student evaluation/ pretest
Lecture Topics
This on-going study explores musicianship, hand techniques, snare drum sight-reading,
drum set coordination, repertoire development - with each week becoming increasingly more
The course starts with teaching the basics, such as the concept of time; symbolism; how to
develop proper grip, playing area, and sound; and how to achieve balance and evenness
between your hands. You will perform helpful strengthening and dexterity exercises and explore
all of the international drum rudiments, and how to use them on the drum kit. You will develop
basic snare drum reading skills and how to interpret drum set charts, including various time
signatures. The course moves on to topics related
to two-, three- and four-way coordination, feel, dynamics, and common groove patterns found in
Rhythm & Blues, Pop, Funk, Rock, Jazz, Latin, Afro-Cuban, etc.
Throughout the continuing study, you will be exposed to a wide variety of drumming examples
from artists in all musical genres. The ultimate goal of is to enable you to play with
more confidence, musicianship, and overall success, and to serve as a springboard into more
specific areas of percussive study.
Major Assignments
Final Exam Date May 14, 2019 - 12:00 PM
Grading Scale  90 - 100=A    80 - 89=B    70 - 79=C     60 - 69=D    Below 59 = F
Determination of
Final Grade
Attendance - 25%
Lab/ Coursework - 50%
Final Exam/ Jury Exam - 25%
Course Policies
Instructor Policies I will not discuss your grades over the phone or by email. If you want to discuss your grades, you must come to my office, in person.
Attendance Policy You get one free absence before your lates/absences start to count against your grade in the attendance category. After that, each absence deducts 7.5% of your attendance grade for the class. Three lates/early departures equal one absence.
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.