MUSI 1100

Transitioning to University Studies in Music

 

 

Instructor:  Dr. Vicky V. Johnson

Office 122   Phone: Ext. 9238

Email:  vjohnson@tarleton.edu

 

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Note:   This is an organic document!  It will change.  You are responsible for what is on this page, not a copy you made at the beginning of the semester.

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The dates given in the right column are the due dates, not the day we will work on assignments in class.  If there is ever a problem with an assignment (technology problem, don't understand it, can't find it, etc.) do not wait until the due date (or time) to explain your problem.

Transition Week

Introduction

Names/advisors

Syllabus

Take handwritten notes on everything.  That will be part of your grade.

Slack invitation

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Poll Everywhere

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Build your own Planner/Journal

 

Assignments due:

 

Wed

First journal entry

Prompt:  Why are you here?

Even if you don't have your Planner yet, print some paper and you can add it to your planner later.

Wed

Bring a question

Write it down; no signature necessary

fys2017.slack.com

Thursday, we will also do some dictation!

Online piano

Week 1

Aug 28-Sep 1

Time Management

 

 

Heads up!

Your final project will be to construct an ePortfolio.  If you would like to get a head start, go to the Portfolium page and get started!

 

 

How to Study/Learn

 

 

 

Assignments due:

 

Tue

 

Thu

Journal entry

Prompt: Goals

List at least 3 goals on each level:  See Time Management

 

Avoid these words:  get, be, more, enough, work on, become, sooner, earlier, have, learn to, nice, friendly, make, become, better, etc.

 

Be specific:

Learn my music.  Be able to play "title" straight through with no mistakes.

Make new friends.  Strike up a conversation at lunch with one person I do not know.

Become more organized.  Complete my daily to-do list the night before for an entire month.

Get a job.  Send out two new applications.

Get enough rest.  Go to bed at 10:00pm.

Save money.  Add $20 per week to my study abroad fund.

Get in shape.  Schedule 1 hr at the Fitness Center 3 times this week.

Be the best I can be.  Redo this assignment.

 

Note:  on Thursdays, beginning in Week 3, you will include a Blackboard grade check.  Download this Grade Check template.  It will be randomly checked throughout the semester and graded at the end for completion.

 

Encore game with cards

Make a note of questions in your Planner.  I will periodically ask for more.

Week 2

Sep 4-8

 

Wellness with Dr. Robertson on Tuesday

 

 

Roadblocks are there to keep those out who don't want it enough.

 

 

 

How to describe music (how to communicate effectively)

Analysis by Listening

 

Thursday:  Revisit goal-setting

Assignments due:

 

Tue

Journal entry

Prompt:  Describe your study habits in high school.  Did they help you be successful?  Why or why  not?

 

Thu

Written assignment

Outline your study plan for this semester.  Include specific places, times, materials, and strategies.  Why will this plan ensure your success?  Put this assignment on paper that will fit in your planner.  If it is sloppy, I will return it to you.

 

Thu

Journal entry

Prompt: What is your favorite song/music piece?  What do you love about it?  How does it make you feel?  What about the music makes you feel that way?

 

 

What courses are you having trouble with?

What have you found to be unexpected so far?

 

 

 

Week 3

Sep 11-15

 

Portfolium introduction with Doug Hanna on Tuesday

 

Critical Thinking

 

Critical reading

Assignments due:

 

Tue

Journal entry

Prompt: "Don't play what's there.  Play what's not there." ~ Miles Davis

What does this quote mean to you?

 

Thu

Journal entry + grade check

Prompt:  Recall a compliment you received that you especially value.  What was it and why did you value it above others?

 

 

Week 4

Sep 18-22

 

 

Group Project (due next Tuesday, Sep 26)

1.  Identify a campus problem

     a.  Articulate and explain the problem

     b.  Why is it a problem?  For whom?

2.  Research and find a solution

     a.  Who is the point person for information?

     b.  What has been done about it in the past?

     c.  What specific action can be taken now?

3.  Be ready to present your findings on due date

 

Note:  all members of the group must have both research and presentation responsibilities for a grade.

 

 

 

Refer back to Study Plan from Week 2

 

Midterm

 

Financial Literacy

SALT

 

 

Assignments due:

 

Tue

Journal entry

Prompt:  Confirmation bias

Do you have confirmation bias?  Don't say "No," we all have it.  Name 3 examples with explanations. 

Thu

Journal entry + grade check

Prompt: Identify a decision you are struggling with.  What are the pros and cons?

 

 

 

Week 5

Sep 25-29

ePortfolio

 

Professionalism

Draw your Future

 

 

Assignments due:

 

Tue

Group project presentation

 

Tue

Journal entry

Prompt:  What issues have caused you the most stress this far into your first semester?  What transition into college life has been the most difficult?  What course(s) are most difficult for you and why?

 

Thu

Draw Your Future

Print this template and complete the drawing.  Do not draw student on left side and finished on the right.  Draw your current reality and your desired current reality.

 

Thu

Journal entry + grade check

Prompt:  Describe the characteristics and behaviors of someone who exhibits professionalism.  This should be a pretty long list!

 

 

 

Week 6

Oct 2-6

Music Business Careers with Dr. Tejada on Tuesday

 

 

 

Types of Music Careers

 

Degree planning

 

Assignments due:

 

Tue

Journal entry

Prompt:  Identify 3 behaviors or habits that you have that do not exhibit professionalism.  Why do you do/have them?  Outline the steps you can take to change them.

 

Thu

Journal entry + grade check

Prompt:  What are your hobbies outside of music?  What are your skills outside of music?  What are your fun activities outside of music?

 

Thu

Written assignment

Print out this Complete Semester Plan

Use the rotation schedule in the Music Major Handbook and your specific degree plan in DegreeWorks, fill out your plan.  If you have already done this with your advisor, just copy it over to this form.

 

 

 

Week 7

Oct 9-13

 

ePortfolio Presentations

 

The benefit of failure

 

 

  Google Bias

 

Assignments due:

 

Tue

Journal entry

Prompt:  "I really wish others knew this about me:" (a complete page)

 

Thu

Portfolium presentations

Each student will present his/her ePortfolio to the class

 

Thu

Journal entry + grade check

Prompt: My successes so far/ my failures so far

 

 

 

Week 8

Oct 16-20

 

"In my next 8 weeks . . ."

Refer back to Study Plan from Week 2

What we look for in a High School Assistant

 

 

 

Assignments due:

 

Tue

Turn in planners for grading

These will be graded on 3 C's:

1.  Can you follow instructions

2.  Completeness of assignments and requirements

3.  Creativity

 

Thu

Journal entry + grade check

Prompt:  Reflection

Assess the FYS course.  What helped you?  How would you change it to make it more useful/helpful for the next group of First Year Students?

 

  

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