House Bill 2504

Spring 2011 Course Syllabus

MUSB-1305-01 (Survey Music Business)

Faculty Information
SemesterSpring 2011
InstructorKemmerer, Kristel
Phone(409) 984-6520
E-mailkemmererk@lamarpa.edu
Department
Commercial Music Program
Chair:Kristel Kemmerer
Telephone:(409) 984-6520
E-mail:kemmererk@lamarpa.edu
Office
Hours:M - F, 9 - 11 am
Building:Performing Arts & Theatre (PATB)
Room #:138
Course Information
Course ID #10427
Course Subject-Number-SectionMUSB-1305-01
Course TitleSurvey Music Business
Course Description An overview of the music industry including songwriting, live performance, the record industry, music merchandising, contracts and licenses, and career opportunities.
Course Prerequisites None
Required Textbooks All You Need To Know About the Music Business, by Donald Passman; 7th edition.
Learning Objectives Explain basic music industry principles including copyright, publishing and performance rights; explain the business of live performance to include artist management, unions and guilds, entertainment agencies, venues, and concessions; identify the record industry systems from record producers, recording studios, manufacturing production, and distribution companies; identify those aspects of music relating to wholesale and retail merchandising and promotion of music products; summarize the use of contracts and licenses in the music industry; and discuss career opportunities in the music industry.
Major Assignments Scenario Analyses

Scenario Analyses will be distributed in class. There are six scenario analyses; only the grade from the best five will be recorded. Scenario analyses pose a situation and ask the student to design a plan of action for solving/responding to that situation. To solve/respond to each problem, you will need to do research from sources other than your Passman and Wiki. The situation will be drawn from material provided in class and from the text. Points are awarded for 1) completeness of the solution, 2) practicality of the solution, 3) breadth of the answer, 4) citations used, and 5) format. Each scenario analysis response should be no less than once complete page, typed, double-spaced, Arial 12 or Times 12 font, and one-inch margins. Scenario analyses will be deducted 5% for each class late. Scenario analysis that are turned in on time may be turned in repeatedly for a better grade!

Midterm Exam

The midterm exam will cover all the material from January 18 through March 15. The exam may have multiple choice, matching, and short answer essays. There will be no midterm make-up. The midterm is worth 20%.

Final Exam

The final exam will cover all the material from March 17 through May 10. The exam may have multiple choice, matching, short answer essay and one longer, reflective essay. There will not be a final exam make-up. The final exam is scheduled for May 17 @ 11 am – 1:30 pm and it is worth 20%. Please plan accordingly.

In-Class Participation

Students are expected to be on time, remain for the entire class, and fully participate in class discussion and activity. Please turn off cell phones and electronic devices; conversations, texting, emailing, etc. is not permitted during class or during any exam, quiz, or class assignment.

Attendance

You get one ‘free’ absence before your late /absences start to count against your grade in the attendance category. After that, each absence deducts 7.5% of your grade for a TTh class. Three lates/early departures equal 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: three late arrivals to class (or early departures) equals one absence.)

        

Quizzes

There will be several unannounced quizzes each semester. Quizzes will cover material presented up to that class and will not last the entire class period. Students may make up quizzes due to an excused absence only. Missed quizzes must be made-up within one week of the missed class and must be taken outside of class time, at a mutually agreeable time between you and me. Make-up quizzes not completed within one week will count as 0%. Extra points for a poor quiz grade may be earned, provided the quiz was taken during the regularly scheduled class time; details will be provided in class.

Resume

We will be discussing and reviewing different forms of resumes and business cards, with an ‘eye’ for effective Commercial Music resume content. You will compile a resume using one of the forms discussed.

Research Project and Presentation

You will research one assigned topic and present your findings in class. You will be graded on the content of your presentation as well as on a written paper. Criteria and grading rubrics will be distributed in class. The presentation will be peer-reviewed; the written paper will be graded by me.

Discussion Topics Copyright, publishing and performing rights, artist management, unions and guilds, entertainment industries, venues and concessions, record industry systems, merchandising and promotion of products, contracts and licenses, career opportunities in the industry.
Attendance Policy You get one ‘free’ absence before your late /absences start to count against your grade in the attendance category. After that, each absence deducts 7.5% of your grade for a TTh class. Three lates/early departures equal 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: three late arrivals to class (or early departures) equals one absence.)

Determination of Final Grade Grading is based on the following:

        Scenario analyses         10%

        Research project, written 5%

        Research presentation        5%

        Midterm exam                20%

        Final exam                20%

        In-class participation         10%

        Quizzes                 15%

        Resume, first draft        2.5%

        Resume, second draft        2.5%                        

Attendance                 10%

_________

                                100%

        90 – 100% = A

        80 – 89% = B

        70 – 79% = C

        60 – 69% = D

        59% and below = F

Final Exam Date May 17, 2011 - 11:00 AM
Campus Policies
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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

90-100A
80-89B
70-79C
60-69D
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) 984-6251.

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