Summer Sessions 2021 Course Syllabus
Course: MUSI-1306- Section: 71
Music Appreciation
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Instructor Information
InstructorDr. Blas Canedo Gonzalez
Phone(409) 984-6547
Location:Sam and Linda Monroe Performing Arts Center - Room: 138
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 Understanding music through the study of cultural periods, major composers, and musical elements. Illustrated with audio recordings and live performances. (Does not apply to a music major degree.)
Prerequisites None
Learning Outcomes Students will engage in active listening to identify, interpret, distinguish, and critique the elements of music in instrumental and vocal music(classical, jazz, music for the stage and screen, and classic rock). (PSLO 1abdcd; 3abcd; 4abc).

Students will be able to summarize the history and development of musical styles as connected to composers, musical terms, and music genres (PSLO 1abcd; 3abcd)

Students will be able to map, associate, and compare the development of music with the different periods of human history (PSLO 1abcd; 3abcd; 4abc)

Students will be able to describe and differentiate musical styles as related to cultural trends. (PSLO 1abcd; 2abc;3abcd)

Students will be able to debate, propose, and participate with personal responsibility. (PSLO 4)

Students will be able to appreciate music in general as an expression of social diversity, civic responsibility awareness of their own, and others' culture. (PSLO 5)

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
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.

Understanding Music ( Past and Present), by N. Alan Clark and others.

ISBN 978-1-940771-33-5

Lecture Topics
Disccusion about grades or any other inquiry about the performance of this class are available online through private a private session previous appointment via email.
Major Assignments
Quizzes and assignments TBA at the beginning of each week.

Week 1: Discussion board, listening assignments, quiz 1

Week 2: Discussion board, listening assignments, quiz 2

Week 3: Discussion board, listening assignments, quiz 3

Week 4: Discussion board, listening assignments, quiz 4.

Week 5: Review and Final Exam, due on August 13 at 1 PM.

Final Exam Date August 10, 2021 - 11:00 AM   Through  August 13, 2021 - 1:00 PM
Grading Scale  90 - 100=A    80 - 89=B    70 - 79=C     60 - 69=D    Below 59 = F
Determination of
Final Grade
Final Exam 25%
Quizzes 35%
Class Participation 40% (Class participation means submitting your weekly assignments according to the deadlines for each assignment)
Course Policies
Instructor Policies Disccusion about grades or any other inquiry about the performance of this class are available online through private a private session previous appointment via email.
Attendance Policy This is an online course that is required to actively participate in every session.

Participation is graded. Participation means that you have to actively write on the discussion board, do your listening exercises, and follow up at least two times any announcement on the Blackboard.

We will study the different chapters from the textbook every week. You will have an assignment every week and it counts as your class participation grade.

You will have at least one quiz every week, no late quizzes will be accepted.

You will have one Final exam due on August 11.

The Final Exam will be posted and available 4 days before the due date, so you will have enough time to prepare and submit your exam.

What count as an absence?
This an online course. Not doing one assignment counts as an absence. Assignment means that you have to submit on the Blackboard your participation in the weekly discussion board plus you have to submit your listening assignment due per each week. For example, if in one week you did not do the listening assignment plus you forgot to participate in the discussion board then you get 2 absences.
Notice that more than 5 absences will make you fail this course.
Absences will count against your final attendance grade as well. Attendance is tracked via blackboard.
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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Other Discussion about grades or any other inquiry about the performance of this class are available online through private a private session previous appointment via email.
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.