For week by week description of requirements, assignments, and exams, please refer to the Course Outline at the following link:
“An introductory study of popular music in the U.S., emphasizing the development and application of analytical skills oriented toward the popular arts.”
Required Text and Materials
David Joyner, American Popular Music, 3rd edition
For those who would prefer a digital text subscription, it is also available at Coursesmart.com (http://www.coursesmart.com/0077285980)
Access to Microsoft Word and PowerPoint software: They are available on campus computers; your final project must be in that format
Students in this course will:
broaden their appreciation and understanding of the role of American popular music
learn to recognize specific musical styles, genres, and performers of American popular music
learn to understand and recognize compositional structures common to various genres of American popular music
increase their understanding of American cultural history by studying the significant trends, sounds, characteristics, and messages of its popular music
Lecture and other classroom activities
Reading and listening assignments (See info about Listening below)
Assignments turned in late will be penalized 10% per calendar day
PowerPoint presentation covering a specific topic of your choice within the subject of popular music
3 tests, each covering one unit of the text
The tests will include questions concerning the reading assignments in the textbook as well as the material and listening excerpts covered in the lectures and online material.
Unit Exams 40%
Discussion Posts 20%
Assignments and final project 30%
Attendance is required. Absences will only be excused with proper written documentation on letterhead. 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. Attendance at funerals and court appearances will also be excused with proper documentation and advance notice.
A student's absences will not change any deadline or assignment requirements. You are always responsible for any material you miss, so check the Course Outline and/or a fellow classmate for announcements, assignments, and requirements.
Classes will begin on time. If you come in after roll is checked, it is your responsibility to see that your absence is removed from the roll sheet. See me after class to change the "A" to a "T"
All segments done as assigned
Length, proofreading, formatting, etc. checked
Expression is succinct and clear
Expression is vague and imprecise
Application of readings
Terms and concepts understood and used appropriately
Terms and concepts misused or no usage
DISCUSSION PARTICIPATION CRITERIA
Presence in discussion within time assigned
Read all posts
Absent or late
Read only a few posts
Appropriate forethought given to comments where required
Extra reading or research if needed
Application of readings
Same as above for coursework
Comments advance understanding
Comments have minimal substance or merit
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 Trina Geye, Director of Student Disability Services, at 254.968.9400 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Student Disability Services is located in Math 201. More information can be found at www.tarleton.edu/sds or in the University Catalog.
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; or the presentation of unacknowledged material as if it were the student's own work.
Any student caught cheating or plagiarizing will receive a grade of "F" for the class. Further disciplinary action may also be taken beyond the Department of Fine Arts. This decision will be mine in consultation with the department head. 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
The number for the Blackboard help desk is 254/968-1960. Please contact them if you have Blackboard issues! They are there to help you. Here again is a webpage with several links to help you.
Online Help Page
There are links in the lecture notes to streaming audio of the listening selections for the course. Copyright restrictions prevent allowing students to download these selections for their own use. However, there are online services where you may buy or pay a fee to have these for your own library.
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