Summer Sessions 2021 Course Syllabus
Course: MUSI-1310- Section: 71
American Music
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Instructor Information
InstructorDr. Blas Canedo Gonzalez
Phone(409) 984-6547
Location:Sam and Linda Monroe Performing Arts Center - Room: 138
Hours:I am available every week from Monday To Friday 9-5PM. Appointments request should made through my email
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 General survey of various styles of music in America. Topics may include jazz, ragtime, folk, rock, and contemporary art music which promotes the appreciation of cultural expressions.
Prerequisites None
Learning Outcomes Students will engage in active listening to identify, interpret, distinguish, and critique the different musical and linguistic patterns incorporated in an American song. (PSLO 1abdcd; 3abcd; 4abc).

Students will be able to summarize the history and development of popular musical styles as related to social trends. (PSLO 1abcd; 3abcd)

Students will be able to associate and compare the development of popular musical styles as related to technological trends, and music business practices (PSLO 1abcd; 3abcd; 4abc)

Students will be able to describe and differentiate popular 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 the American song 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 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.

PSLO 1: Critical Thinking Skills ? Uses creative thinking, innovation, inquiry and analysis, evaluation, and synthesis of information. Creatively identifies problem, argument, or issue (to determine the extent of information needed); differentiates the facts from opinions as relates to the situation; constructs possible solutions or prediction or consequences; uses logical, sound reasoning to justify the conclusion.

PSLO 2: Communication Skills ? Demonstrates effective development, interpretation, and expression of ideas through written, oral, and/or visual communication. Expresses a strong thesis; organizes information with effective transitions & sequencing of ideas; uses substantial, logical & specific development of ideas; details are relevant, original, credible and correctly documented when appropriate to show an effective development and interpretation of ideas; and presents ideas inappropriate mode of expression for the task.

PSLO 4: Teamwork Skills- Shows the ability to consider different points of view and to work effectively with others to support a shared purpose or goal. Helps the team move forward by discussing merits of alternative ideas; Treats team members respectfully; uses positive facial, vocal or written tone, or language to convey a positive attitude; Motivates teammates by expressing confidence about the importance of the task; Provides assistance/encouragement to team members; Completes all assigned tasks by deadline; Addresses conflict constructively; or helps the group avoid conflict completely.

PSLO 5: Social Responsibility Skills - Expresses intercultural competence, knowledge of civic responsibility, and the ability to engage effectively in regional, national, and global communities. Identifies cultural characteristics (including beliefs, values, perspectives and/or practices); demonstrates knowledge of civic responsibility; provides evidence of experience in civic- engagement activities; and describes what she/ he has learned as it relates to a reinforced and clarified sense of civic identity in local, regional, national, or global communities; and shows awareness of one?s own culture in relation to others.
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.

Recommended textbook:
American Popular Music: From Minstrelsy to MP3, 5th ed(4 edition is also acceptable)

Larry Starr and Christopher Waterman

Oxford University Press, 2018

ISBN-10: 0199859116

ISBN-13: 978-0199859115
Lecture Topics

Week 1: Timeline 1760s-1899, Chapters 1 and 2
Week 2: Timeline 1900-1945, Chapters 3,4,5, and 5
Week 3: Timeline 1946-1979, Chapters 7,8,9,10, and 11
Week 4: Timeline 1980, Chapters 12, 13, and 14

Any discussion of grades will be done via a face to face online private session. You must contact me by email to set an appointment.
Major Assignments
Quizzes and assignments TBA at the beginning of each week.

Week 1: Quiz and assignments(participation and listening).

Week 2: Quiz and assignments(participation and listening).

Week 3: Quiz, and assignments (participation and listening).

Week 4: Assignments (participation and listening).

Week 5: Review and Final Exam.

Final Exam Date July 5, 2021 - 9:0 AM   Through  July 7, 2021 - 11:0 AM
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(discussion board plus listening assignments) 40%
Course Policies
Instructor Policies Any discussion of grades will be done via a face to face online private session. You must contact me by email to set an appointment.
Attendance Policy This is an online course that is required you participate online at least two times a week.
Participation means to do your assignments by the due dates. Assignments consist of a weekly discussion board, weekly listening exercises, and quizzes.

You will have a quiz every week.
In the last week of this summer course, you will not have a quiz but the Final Exam.

What counts as an absence?
This is an online course. Not participating in a weekly basis will count as two absences. More than 5 absences will make you fail this course. Absences will count against your final attendance grade as well.
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 Any discussion of grades will be done via a face to face online private session. You must contact me by email to set an appointment.
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.