Office Hours: by appointment.
Course Description: Music Appreciation seeks to inform the student about the progression of music from its indigenous beginnings around the world, through the Western "Classical" period, and finally, to explain 20th Century music in terms of the popular styles of blues, jazz, country, and rock. The class concludes with students analyzing their own listening habits and articulating those as a music preference through writing.
Text and Required Materials:
All work is due the date set below or as announced by Dr. Keast. Late work is deducted 5% per day the assignment is late. “Late” is defined as beginning an hour after class is dismissed the day the assignment was due. If an absence is eminent, please advise Dr. Keast (firstname.lastname@example.org) well in advance with a brief email stating the date and reason for the absence. Any work or exam scheduled for that day should be completed before the absence.
Week 1: 12 Hours Without Music review, CD Review, discussion of the elements of music using our favorite pieces (bring recordings!). Drumming – ensembles 1 and 2.
Week 2: Concert Review (watch DVD in class – STOMP), discussion of jazz styles. Drumming – ensembles 3, 4, and 5.
Take home essay during final week of course will be to describe a particular piece of music using the seven elements of music discussed in class. Essay length is two pages – no more, no less.
99-100% A+ 77-79% C+
92- 98% A 72-76% C
90- 91% A- 70-71% C-
87- 89% B+ 60-69% D
82- 86% B below 60% F
80- 81% B- Incompletes are highly discouraged and rare.
Dr. Keast’s Philosophy of College Teaching and Learning:
Music classes should encourage students to employ and develop their problem-solving and higher-order thinking in the form of musical decision-making, self- and peer-evaluation, and other activities involving increased student responsibility. The music curriculum emphasizes the interdisciplinary potential of the skills and knowledge being taught; that is, facets of musical understanding can be applied to other areas of the fine arts, as well as to social studies, language arts, and other fields of study.
I believe students who regularly attend class, participate in classroom discussions and activities, complete assigned readings, and thoughtfully finish assignments should arrive at a mastery of the course material. The purpose of learning in college is to master course skills. When a student does not achieve the objectives of a course, then the student has not learned the material and should initiate ½ credit corrections to exams or quizzes in order to learn from their mistakes. Exams and quizzes are not the end of learning, but rather a measure of student learning. The students’ mastery of the material is my teaching goal. I hope that learning the material is every student’s learning goal.
Class Attendance: For each sick day taken, your pay (grade) will be lowered by one grade increment (i.e.: A to A-). Documentation may be required for absences. Class will begin and end on time. As are all good students, you should plan to arrive to class early.
Civility Statement: Because this class needs to be a participatory community, if students are to fulfill their potential for learning, people who disrupt the community by their words or actions (rude, sarcastic, obscene, disrespectful speech, or disruptive behavior) will be removed from the class. In order to achieve our educational goals and to encourage the expression, understanding, and creation of a variety of ideas and opinions, respect must be shown to everyone. In order to protect the listening environment, please do not use cellular phones in the classroom. Simply turn them off to eliminate the distraction.
Food and Beverage Policy: Please feel free to bring beverages to class. Any sealable container is welcome to contain soda, water, juice, etc. Unacceptable containers include soda cans, cups, and McDonalds drink cups. The suggested container is a contour Coke bottle with screw top caps. I do ask that food be kept to a minimum. I suggest chips, crackers, trail mix, and smaller snacks that are less prone to mess. This is a beautiful facility, our goal is to keep it that way.
Class Netiquette: Dr. Keast and your fellow students wish to foster a safe on-line learning environment. All opinions and experiences, no matter how different or controversial they may be perceived, must be respected in the tolerant spirit of academic discourse. You are encouraged to comment, question, or critique an idea but you are not to attack an individual.
Our differences, some of which are outlined in the University's nondiscrimination statement, will add richness to this learning experience. Please consider that sarcasm and humor can be misconstrued in online interactions and generate unintended disruptions. Working as a community of learners, we can build a polite and respectful course ambience.
Academic dishonesty is fundamental to the activities and principles of a university. The academic community regards academic dishonesty as an extremely serious matter, with serious consequences. Any effort to gain an advantage not given to all students is dishonest whether or not the effort is successful. Any suspicion of academic dishonesty will be reported and investigated. A student who engages in scholastic dishonesty that includes, but is not limited to cheating, plagiarism, and collusion will receive an “F” for the course. All persons involved in academic dishonesty will be disciplined in accordance with University regulations and procedures. For complete information on UTPB student conduct and discipline procedures consult the university’s handbook at: http://www.utpb.edu/utpb_student/students/studentguide/sg3_index_frame.htm#StudentWelfareandDiscipline. When in doubt about plagiarism, paraphrasing, quoting, collaboration, or Internet applications, consult Dr. Keast. Assignments generated by downloading or printing from the Internet are considered under the auspices of academic dishonesty. Academic dishonesty will not be tolerated in this course.
Americans with Disabilities Act: Students with disabilities that are admitted to The University of Texas of the Permian Basin may request reasonable accommodations and classroom modifications as addressed under Section 504/ADA regulations. Students needing assistance because of a disability must contact Dr. Efren D. Castro, Director, Programs Assisting Student Study (PASS) Office, 552-2630, no later than 30 days prior to the start of the semester.
The definition of a disability for purposes of ADA is that she or he (1) has a physical or mental impairment that substantively limits a major life activity, (2) has a record of such an impairment or, (3) is regarded as having such an impairment.
Students who have provided all documentation and are eligible for services will be advised of their rights regarding academic accommodations and responsibilities. The University is not obligated to pay for diagnosis or evaluations nor is it obligated to pay for personal services or auxiliary aids.
If you need accommodations because of a disability, if you have emergency medical information to share with the instructor, or if you need special arrangements in the case the building must be evacuated, please inform Dr. Keast immediately. It is best to contact Dr. Keast after class or during his office hours.
Let this syllabus serve as an outline to the objectives and materials that we will cover. This syllabus is subject to revision at the discretion of Dr. Keast.