Spring 2021 Course Syllabus
Course: MUSP-1204- Section: 01
Applied Commercial Music - Bass Guitar
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Instructor Information
Instructor Carl Richardson
Phone(409) 984-6353
Location:Sam and Linda Monroe Performing Arts Center - Room: 124
Hours:M 11-1, T 9:30-12:30, W 11-12, Th 9:30-12:30, F 12-1
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 bass guitar with goals related to commercial music.
Prerequisites None
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)

PSLO Alpha) Identify all main ideas, supporting details, and vocabulary in reading material; demonstrate a full understanding of the reading
Core Objectives
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 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: J.S. Bach for Bass, Josquin des Pres, Mel Bay Publications
Recommended: Reading Contemporary Electric Bass, Rich Appleman, Berklee Press
Lecture Topics
All classes are cancelled on the following Holiday dates:
Labor Day: January 18
Spring Break: March 15-19
Good Friday: April 2

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 - No Class (March 15-19)

Week 9: Specific To Student
Week 10: Specific to Student
Week 11: Specific to Student
Week 12: Jury Prep
Week 13: Jury Prep
Week 14: Jury Prep
Week 15: Jury Prep
Major Assignments
Week 8: Midterm

Tuesday, May 11, 12:00pm-4:00pm - Juries

* 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.

* Juries will be presented in front of a panel of music faculty in the campus Theater. A sign up sheet will be posted in the PAC.


- 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
- Chart Reading: Traditional and Numbers
- Note Reading Studies: Bach for Bass text, Reading Contemporary Electric Bass text

Final Exam Date May 11, 2021 - 12:0 PM   Through  May 11, 2021 - 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. In other words, you are expected to practice at least three hours per week in addition to your lesson.

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

*see rubrics for specific requirement guidelines
Course Policies
Instructor Policies Students may email me at richardsoncc@lamarpa.edu. I will respond as soon as possible.

To discuss grades, extra credit, etc., you must schedule an office visit for advising. Please refer to office hours listed above.
Attendance Policy Research has shown a cause and effect relationship between attendance and college success.

There are about 15 weeks in every semester; students are expected to attend at least 14 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.

Students must contact instructor with reason for absence by email prior to absence in order to receive an excused absence. Excused absences must meet the following criteria: death in the family, medical related emergency, illness. Any cause beyond this will be left up to instructor discretion.
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.
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.