Spring 2021 Course Syllabus
Course: MUSP-1210- Section: 01
Applied Commercial Music - Piano
LSCPA Logo Image
Instructor Information
Instructor Caleb Fontenot
Phone(409) 984-6520
Location:Sam and Linda Monroe Performing Arts Center - Room: 137-D
Hours:F 9am-12pm
COVID 19 Information The Lamar State College Port Arthur (LSCPA) Student Code of Conduct COVID 19 Policy requires students who have been exposed to COVID 19 or diagnosed with COVID 19 to report their condition on the COVID 19 Notification Form (available via a link on the Student Code of Conduct COVID19 webpage). This information will be provided to the Dean of Student Services. In addition, this policy requires all students to wear face coverings in compliance with the criteria included in the policy. For more information please refer to the COVID 19 link on the LSCPA website.
Course Information
Description Private instruction in piano with goals related to commercial music.
Prerequisites None
Learning Outcomes A. Demonstrates a professional tone quality by playing with proper piano posture and technique. (PSLO 1)
B. Demonstrates a secure and accurate rhythm for the style of music being performed. (PSLO 1)
C. Demonstrates pitch accuracy. (PSLO 1)
D. Demonstrates dynamic levels that are appropriate for the style of music being performed. (PSLO 1)
E. Demonstrates phrasing that is appropriate for the style of music being performed. (PSLO 1)
F. Performs correct notes as required. (PSLO 1)
G. Performs music from memory. (PSLO 1)
H. Demonstrate proficiency in chord playing and chart reading. (PSLO 1)
I. Perform scale techniques, repertoire and basic improvisation skills, produce five finger patterns in major and minor keys, play major and minor scales in selected keys, construct and play chords of different qualities, harmonize a melody, perform selected compositions. (PSLO 1)
J. Demonstrates a commitment to the profession with attendance, persistence in the program, and timeliness to classes, rehearsals, and performances. (PSLO 4 )
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 PSLO 1: Applies commercial music performance techniques to professional practice.
PSLO 2: Applies commercial music performance skill to support sound engineering practice.
PSLO 3: Applies basic music industry principles to professional practice.
PSLO 4: Demonstrates professional behavior as characterized by a commitment to the profession.
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.

Lecture Topics
Week 1: 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: Specific to Student.
Week 7: Specific to Student.
Week 8: Mid-term and student evaluation
Week 9: Specific to Student.
Week 10: Specific to Student.
Week 11: Specific to Student.
Week 12: Specific to Student.
Week 13: Specific to Student.
Week 14: Specific to Student.
Week 15: Juried Recitals, Final Exam
Major Assignments

Juries are a professional performance in front of a panel of commercial music instructors and all applied students participate. Midterm may be a combination of written, aural and/or performance. Technical Studies: listening exercises, studying both visual and audio versions of performers in many genres of music.
Style Studies: Memorization and preparation of ensemble pieces, including styes of pop, rock, country, reggae, r&b, soul, funk, latin, jazz, gospel, etc.
Melodic Studies: learning, listening to and applying skills of harmonizing with both recorded and live performances.
Repertoire: application to both solo and ensemble selections, as a lead and background performer.
Final (Jury): Prepared work to be performed at the scheduled Jury Recital date
Final Exam Date May 5, 2021 - 10:00 AM   Through  May 5, 2021 - 12:00 PM
Grading Scale 90 - 100 = A 80 - 89 = B 70 - 79 = C 60 - 69 = D Below 59 = F
Determination of
Final Grade
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 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 percentage points for every lesson missed. More than 3 unexcused absences will result in a failing grade for the course. Three tardies will count as one unexcused 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.
MyLSCPA Be sure to check your campus E-mail and Course Homepage using MyLSCPA campus web portal (My.LamarPA.edu). When you've logged in, click the email icon in the upper right-hand corner to check email, or click on the "My Courses" tab to get to your Course Homepage. Click the link to your course and review the information presented. It is important that you check your email and Course Homepage regularly. You can also access your grades, transcripts, and determine who your academic advisor is by using MyLSCPA.
HB 2504 This syllabus is part of LSC-PA's efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.
Commercial Music, Visual and Performing Arts
Chair:Richard Vandewalker
Phone:(409) 984-6520

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.