Course Outline



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Developmental Musical Experiences

Alias MUSI 3315


Instructor: Dr. Vicky V. Johnson, Rm. 122

Office hours: posted on my door


Phone: Ext. 9238




For week by week description of requirements, assignments, and exams, refer to the Course Outline at the following link:




Music 3315 is designed to assist music students to develop the skills necessary to teach in the elementary music classroom.




          Bring ALL of these materials to EVERY class unless otherwise instructed



Textbook:  Music in Childhood: From Preschool through the Elementary Grades by Patricia Shehan Campbell, Carol Scott-Kassner, 3rd edition.



Peripole soprano recorder (labeled with student name).


2-inch loose-leaf notebook and dividers (see Notebook page)


paper for taking notes, pencil, staff paper


You MUST have access to a computer for receiving e-mails, checking the Course Outline, receiving assignments, and utilizing the other software.  There are computers available in the Fine Arts building and in the library, open at scheduled times, but it is your responsibility to access these course elements as necessary.  Your failure to do so is not an excuse for late or missed assignments, or for missing course updates or other communication.





Micro-Teaching Experiences:  Each student will teach a complete music concept lesson, an lesson using an original Orff accompaniment, a song, and a tune using solfege with hand signs.



Instrument skills:  Each student will be expected to reach a specified 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%



Tests  20%



Participation 10 %



Assignments 40 %





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.



If you are a student with a documented disability wanting to request accommodations for this course, please contact Trina Geye, Director of Student Disability Services, at , 254.968.9400, or Math 201.  For more information, please view page 85 of the catalog or visit


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