House Bill 2504

Spring 2011 Course Syllabus

MUSP-1204-01 (Appl Com Music- Bass Guitar)

Faculty Information
SemesterSpring 2011
InstructorHorne, Aaron V.
Phone(409) 984-6345
Commercial Music Program
Chair:Kristel Kemmerer
Telephone:(409) 984-6520
Building:Performing Arts & Theatre (PATB)
Room #:128A
Course Information
Course ID #10407
Course Subject-Number-SectionMUSP-1204-01
Course TitleAppl Com Music- Bass Guitar
Course Description Private instruction in bass guitar with goals related to commercial music.
Course Prerequisites Student must be co-enrolled in MUSP 1242 Small Commercial Music Ensemble.
Required Textbooks None required for this course.
Learning Objectives Demonstrate proficiency in commercial music repertoire and technique; develop a professional, disciplined approach to performance skills; and present a juried performance for faculty.
Major Assignments Working through several differing techniques, students will be expected to play a variety of exercises, including scales, arpeggios, and walking bass lines.
Discussion Topics Appropriate role of a bass player in a wide variety of musical genres, including Rock, Country, Jazz, Funk, Pop, Punk, Motown, etc.
Attendance Policy Based on a semester that typically runs 14 – 15 class weeks, the number of required lessons per semester is 9. This means that the 9 lessons is the minimum number of lessons a student can attend and still qualify for a grade of an “A” (along with the instructor’s own grading criteria).

The grading system for applied music lessons is:


9 and more lessons        May qualify for an A; contingent upon instructor’s other grading criteria.

8 lessons        May qualify for a B but cannot qualify for an A. B is the highest grade possible when combined with other grading criteria.

7 lessons        May qualify for a C but cannot qualify for an A or B. C is the highest possible grade when combined with other grading criteria.

6 lessons        Can qualify for an I (Incomplete) if the instructor is willing to make up lessons. This is at the instructor’s discretion. Otherwise, the student will receive an F.

Determination of Final Grade Students will be assessed on a number of factors evaluating their playing ability, their ability to absorb and incorporate new concepts quickly, and their overall improvement as a musician. Applied Attendance Policy is used as a starting point for determining their Attendance Grade.

Final Grade Breakdown:

33% Attendance 33% Preparedness 33% Improvement

Final Exam Date May 16, 2011 - 10:00 AM
Campus Policies
Lamar State College - Port Arthur

Mission Statement

Lamar State College-Port Arthur is an open-access, comprehensive public two-year college offering quality instruction leading to associate degrees and a variety of certificates. The college, a member of The Texas State University System, has provided affordable, quality educational opportunities to residents of the Southeast Texas area since 1909.Lamar State College-Port Arthur embraces the premise that education is an ongoing process that enhances career potential, broadens intellectual horizons, and enriches life. The faculty, staff, and administration share a commitment to a mission characterized by student learning, diversity, and community service. The foundations for student success include compensatory education programs designed to fulfill our commitment to accommodate students with diverse goals and backgrounds, technical education programs that provide for the acquisition of the skills and demeanor necessary for initial and continued employment, and a core curriculum that develops the values and concepts that allow the student to make a meaningful contribution in the workplace or community. Student achievement is measured by the completion of courses and programs of study, successful performance following transfer to a baccalaureate program, and the attainment of individual goals.

Lamar State College-Port Arthur operates in the belief that all individuals should be:

* Treated with dignity and respect;

* Afforded equal opportunity to acquire a complete educational experience;

* Given an opportunity to discover and develop their special aptitudes and insights;

* Provided and opportunity to equip themselves for a fulfilling life and responsible citizenship in a world characterized by change.

College Grading Scale

Below 59F

(Some specialized programs may have different grading scales)


Academic Dishonesty

Academic dishonesty in any form will not be tolerated. Please consult the student handbook for consequences of academic dishonesty. These policies will be strictly enforced.


Facility Policies

        No food, drinks, or tobacco products are allowed in the classroom.

        Only students enrolled in the course are allowed in the classroom.

        Cell phones and/or pagers are allowed ONLY on vibrate mode. Leaving the classroom to answer a page or phone call may constitute an absence or a tardy.


Special Considerations

The American 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 Special Populations Coordinator, Room 231, in the Madison Monroe Building. The phone number is (409) 984-6241.

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