House Bill 2504

Spring 2011 Course Syllabus

MUSC-1321-01 (Songwriting I)

Faculty Information
SemesterSpring 2011
InstructorKares, Jill
Phone(409) 984-6353
Commercial Music Program
Chair:Kristel Kemmerer
Telephone:(409) 984-6520
Hours:MWF 8-9am, TTh 9:30-11:30. 12:30-1:30
Building:Performing Arts & Theatre (PATB)
Room #:124
Course Information
Course ID #10464
Course Subject-Number-SectionMUSC-1321-01
Course TitleSongwriting I
Course Description Learn to compose marketable melodies with commercial music, form and

harmony; write lyrics; set lyrics to song; create lyrical, melodic and harmonic “hooks”; and devise a production plan for a song demonstration.

Course Prerequisites MUSC 1213 & MUSC 1211.
Required Textbooks None.
Learning Objectives Students will write effective and marketable songs in the commercial style.
Major Assignments 3 songs, 1 co-written, mid-term, final, in-class assignments
Discussion Topics Lyrics, song form, hooks, musical composition, chords, parts of song, music business as it pertains to songwriting.
Attendance Policy You get one "free" absence before your lates/absences start to count against your grade in the Attendance category. After that, each absence deducts 7.5%. Three lates = one absence. No exceptions. Attendance will be taken at the beginning of each class, 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%

etc. (remember, 3 late arrivals to class (or early departures) equals one absence)

Determination of Final Grade Grading is based on technique, progress, attendance, attitude, prepared-ness, effort, completion of assigned materials, and musical accuracy. There will be a mid-semester evaluation where each student will receive feedback. These evaluations will reflect the relative progress and student grade of each student as of mid-term. These are vital to ensure the most positive and productive outcome for the student.

Final grades will be a breakdown of: 20% Attendance, 20% Class work, 20% Homework, 20% Midterm, and 20% Final.

Final Exam Date May 12, 2011 - 8:00 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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