For week by week description of requirements, assignments, and exams, refer to the Course Outline at the following link:
Study and appraisal of music teaching techniques, elementary music
literature, learning activities, curricular plans, and materials
essential to the sequential development of musical learning in the
elementary school. Designed to provide knowledge of psychology,
theory, and practice of music education in the elementary schools.
Emphasis is placed upon the nature, organization, and maintenance of
the elementary music program.
At the end of the course, students will be able to:
recognized pedagogies and methods in elementary music education
and articulate their philosophies and founders
the National Standards of Music Education and the Texas
Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS)
classroom management strategies that facilitate music learning,
address discipline issues, and contribute to a safe and positive
and demonstrate music classroom instruments appropriate for
developmentally appropriate lesson plans based on the National
Music Standards for elementary grades and the Texas music
Curwen hand signs and solfege syllables proficiently
lesson from a detailed lesson plan that includes measurable
objectives and assessment
compositions appropriate for elementary instrumental ensembles
using notation software
Demonstrate required proficiency on recorder
Bring ALL of these materials to EVERY class unless otherwise instructed
Soprano recorder (labeled with student name). Do
not get a one-piece recorder.
2-inch loose-leaf notebook (see Notebook page)
Paper for taking notes, pencil, staff paper
All notated assignments must be done in Finale. Finale is
available in the Piano Lab, the Mac Lab and in the Smart Practice rooms.
The labs are not always available as classes are scheduled there.
Finale is also available for $99 through the Campus Book Store.
Micro-Teaching Experiences: Each student will teach a complete music concept lesson, a lesson using an original Orff accompaniment, a song, and a tune using solfege with hand signs.
Instrument skills: Each student will
meet the required level of proficiency on the recorder and other classroom instruments.
Bulletin Board: Each student will create an interactive bulletin board on a musical concept and demonstrate its use in a short lesson.
Notebook: Each student will compile a resource notebook which will include copies of all students' projects, all DME resource materials and other supplemental resources.
Class assignments: Assignments are due at the beginning of the class period. Late assignments will be penalized 10 points (one letter grade) for each calendar day they are late (weekends count). Absence is not an excuse for late assignments, unless excused. Students are also responsible for any information, instructions or new assignments in any class missed.
Tests and Exams: Evaluations will include periodic quizzes on information from lecture and textbook, a midterm, and a final exam. The quizzes will not always be announced and cannot be made up in case of absence.
Participation: Since this is a "hands-on" class, it is very important that students attend and participate in each class session. A verbal description cannot replace actual involvement in class activities. Having all necessary equipment and materials for each class will also affect this portion of the grade. In addition, each student will be required to participate in discussions.
Attendance is mandatory. Absences will only be excused with proper written documentation. This includes a note from a healthcare provider in case of illness or a form signed by a sponsor (presented in advance) in the case of a University sanctioned activity. Absences do not change any deadline or assignment requirements. The total number of class days will be divided into 100 to determine the value of attendance.
GRADING POLICY Grades will be based on the following:
Teaching Experiences 30%
Participation 10 %
Assignments 40 %
Tarleton differentiates between a failed grade in a class
because a student never attended (F0 grade), stopped attending at some point
in the semester (FX grade), or because the student did not pass the course
(F) but attended the entire semester. These grades will be noted on the
official transcript. Stopping or never attending class can result in the
student having to return aid monies received. For more information see the
Tarleton Financial Aid website.
There are proficiency requirements in solfege (including Curwen hand signs) and recorder. Students will not be able to pass the class regardless of their grades in other areas without passing these proficiencies.
No food or drink in the classroom, except water in a closed container.
Turn off cell phones and put them out of sight - mine and yours. Text messaging is prohibited in the classroom.
Attention will be given to the lesson at hand, or the student will be excused from the classroom. (In other words, no working on other homework, personal business, sleeping, etc.)
Keep backpacks and other personal belongings out of the aisles.
Do not leave the room during class except for an emergency as this disruption is almost always (except for an emergency) avoidable.
If your conduct for any reason is unacceptable, you will be asked to leave. Do not return to class until you have made an appointment to see me and the situation has been resolved.
Cheating, plagiarism (submitting another person's materials or ideas as one's own), or doing work for another person who will receive academic credit are all impermissible. This includes the use of unauthorized books, notebooks, or other sources in order to secure or give help during an examination; the unauthorized copying of examinations, assignments, reports, or term papers; submitting work already submitted for another class; or the presentation of unacknowledged material as it if were the student's own work.
Any student caught cheating will automatically receive a grade of "F" for the class. The student will be reported to the Judicial Affairs Office and the infraction will be placed in the student's permanent file. Further disciplinary action may also be brought against the student. Cheating is serious business and the penalties for engaging in this sort of activity will be severe. Consult the following link for further information on academic conduct as specified in your student handbook. http://www.tarleton.edu/catalog/academic-information/academic-honesty.html
STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES POLICY
It is the policy of Tarleton State
University to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act and other
applicable laws. If you are a student with a disability seeking
accommodations for this course, please contact the Center for Access and
Academic Testing at 254.968.9400 or email@example.com.
The office is located in Math 201. More information can be found at www.tarleton.edu/caat,
in the University Catalog, or at
HEALTH AND WELLNESS POLICY
It is the Department of Fine Arts' policy to provide and
maintain a safe and healthy work environment for students,
faculty, and staff, and to accept responsibility for the health
and safety of others, including visitors, who may be affected by
our activities. This policy applies to all activities and areas
of the department, including performance spaces, classrooms,
studios, practice rooms, faculty and staff offices, and communal
Academic Affairs Core Value Statements
Academic Integrity Statement
Tarleton State University's core values are integrity,
leadership, tradition, civility, excellence, and service.
Central to these values is integrity, which is maintaining a
high standard of personal and scholarly conduct. Academic
integrity represents the choice to uphold ethical responsibility
for one's learning within the academic community, regardless of
audience or situation.
Academic Civility Statement
Students are expected to interact with professors and peers
in a respectful manner that enhances the learning environment.
Professors may require a student who deviates from this
expectation to leave the face-to-face (or virtual) classroom
learning environment for that particular class session (and
potentially subsequent class sessions) for a specific amount of
time. In addition, the professor might consider the university
disciplinary process (for Academic Affairs/Student Life) for
egregious or continued disruptive behavior.
Academic Excellence Statement
Tarleton holds high expectations for students to assume
responsibility for their own individual learning. Students are
also expected to achieve academic excellence by:
- honoring Tarleton's core values
- upholding high standards of habit and behavior
- maintaining excellence through class attendance and
- preparing for active participation in all learning
- putting forth their best individual effort
- continually improving as independent learners
- engaging in extracurricular opportunities that encourage
personal and academic growth
- reflecting critically upon feedback and applying these
lessons to meet future challenges
Academic Affairs Service Statement
Tarleton faculty, staff, and students are expected to model
responsible citizenship through service activities that promote
personal and academic growth while enhancing the university,
local, regional, national, and global communities. These
activities will foster a culture of academic/public engagement
that contributes to the achievement of the university's mission
and core values.
Students are responsible for knowing and abiding by the
policies and information contained in the Tarleton Student
Handbook. [See Student Handbook]