House Bill 2504

Spring 2011 Course Syllabus

MUSP-1242-51 (Sm Commercial Music Ens)

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 #10434
Course Subject-Number-SectionMUSP-1242-51
Course TitleSm Commercial Music Ens
Course Description Participation in a small commercial music ensemble concentrating on commercial music performance styles.
Course Prerequisites Students must be co-enrolled in private lessons (applied) for instrument or voice.

Required Textbooks None required for this course.
Learning Objectives Demonstrate rehearsal skills to include ensemble precision, intonation, sight-reading, sound, and style; demonstrate applicable repertoire; demonstrate appropriate improvisational ability; and present performance of prepared material.
Major Assignments 2-3 public, ON-campus concert performances per semester.

SEVERAL OFF campus performances, providing exposure for the department as well as the College.

Discussion Topics Will discuss the specific stylistic nuances of a variety of musical genres, as it relates to the individual instruments, as well as playing together as an ensemble.
Attendance Policy You get one "free" absence before your late/absences start to count against your grade in attendance category. After that, each absence deducts 5% of your grade. Three lates/early departures equal one absence. No exceptions. Attendance will be taken at the beginning of each rehearsal, a record will be kept, and you will be updated at midterm regarding your progress in this area.

1 absence = 100% 2 absences = 92.5% 3 absences = 85%

Students will be informed of scheduled performances at least 2 weeks prior to the date of the performance. It is the student's responsibility to make arrangements with work schedules so that they can attend these off-campus concerts and events. Students have also signed vocal pledges and scholarship contracts that must be honored.

Determination of Final Grade Students are graded on their participation and presentation of talents and skills at concerts and practices throughout the semester. Attendance and preparedness are both very essential to obtaining an acceptable grade for this course. Final Grade Breakdown: 20% Rehearsal Attendance, 20% Preparedness and Improvement, 60% Performances. Absence from a required performance, without prior notification and arrangements, will result in a failing Performance grade.
Final Exam Date May 12, 2011 - 2:00 PM
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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