Foundations of Music I

Course Details

Course Number
Section Number
Spring 2017
Fain Fine Arts Center
Classroom Number
Days & Times

MWF 10 am – 10:50 am, Fain C117C

TR 12:30 pm -1:50 pm, Fain C117C

Dr. Susan Harvey (view Profile)


Teaching Music to Students with Special Needs
by Alice Hammel and Ryan Hourigan

Course Objectives

Course Description

This course is designed to provide the classroom teacher with an overview of elementary general music education. Students will learn age appropriate songs, activities, music concepts, and methods that may be implemented in the elementary class.


Course Objectives

  • To understand the importance of music in child development
  • To understand a music learning sequence as it relates to child development
  • To understand the relationship between music and literacy acquisition in children
  • To develop skills, plans, and methodology to integrate music with other subjects
  • To understand and teach music elements, concepts, notation, movement, and listening activities
  • To experience music in a positive manner and be confident when teaching children music


Required Textbook

Hammel, A.M. & Hourigan, R.M. (2011). Teaching Music to Students with Special Needs: A Label-Free Approach. Oxford University Press.

Course Expectations

Students Expectations/Conduct

Students are required to participate in all class activities. Students are to read weekly assignments, prepare questions, and prepare to answer questions regarding assigned readings. Readings are reviewed in class for clarity and understanding.

Students are to conduct themselves in a professional manner so that all students may learn without distraction or disruption. This includes cell phones turned off and no texting.

College students are adults and are expected to behave accordingly. Classroom behavior that interferes with either the instructor’s ability to conduct class or the ability of the other students to benefit from instruction will result in the instructor’s removing the disruptive student(s) from class.

Grading Standards

Grading Scale

90-100           A

80-89             B

70-79             C

60-69             D

59-Below       F


Course Evaluation             

10%    2 Concert Write-Ups (5% each)

               The Music Series at Akin (free) is mandatory Tuesday, February 14 7:30 pm

               A calendar of events will be handed out or emailed

5%      Mother Goose Rhyme Presentation

5%      Children’s Book Presentation

5%      TEK Project (2 songs for each grade, K-5th)

30%    Textbook Review Questions

15%    Students with Special Needs Project (Case Study)

30%    2 Lesson Plan/Presentations, (2 different grades)     


The instructor reserves the right to cancel or adjust assignments as the course progresses. Students will be informed how this may effect grading. 


Final Exam

Attendance on the final exam date is required:

  • MWF Class Final: Wednesday, May 10, 2017 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
  • TR Class Final: Thursday, May 11, 2017 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

This is the final teaching lesson. Missing the final exam results in no credit earned for that percentage of the project and it counts as an absence.


Submission Format Policy

Project Due Dates

Projects are due on designated dates. All projects are developed over a period of several lessons. Therefore, late assignments are not accepted. All projects are to be typed and submitted hard copy, not emailed. Projects more than one page are to be stapled.

For teaching presentations, students are required to turn in their lesson plan the first day of presentations. Students who do not turn in a lesson plan will earn a 0% for the project and will not teach.

Students are expected to attend class on presentation days.


Weekly Written Assignments (due Monday/Tuesday of each week)

The instructor will assign a grade that represents your ability to satisfactorily complete weekly reading assignments and textbook review questions, and classroom participation. Weekly written assignments from the textbooks may be submitted in outline form when appropriate. Clarity and understanding of material will be assessed through writing and discussion. Written responses are to be typed. Late assignments are not accepted.

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Late Paper Policy

Late assignments are not accepted.

Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception.

Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters.

We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student.

We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed.

Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, (940) 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement

The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor

All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements


Students participate in daily group activities designed for elementary class instruction. Activities are cumulative, building on previously learned concepts. Therefore, attendance is crucial to learning. MWF students may miss class three times without a final grade reduction. TR students may miss class two times without a grade reduction. Each absence above the allotted absences reduces the final grade ten points (one letter grade). Tardies count toward absences. Students who arrive ten minutes late will be marked absent from class. Nonparticipation in class equals one absence for each occurrence. Class participation includes all classroom activities (movement, rhythmic and tonal activities, singing, dancing, presentations and discussions). 

Other Policies

Special Needs

If a student needs class accommodation(s) because of a documented disability, (2) has an emergency medical condition that may interfere with class performance, or (3) requires special handling in case the building must be evacuated, he/she is encouraged to contact the office of Disability Support Services in room 168 Clark Student Center 940(397-4140) and make an appointment with the professor as soon as possible.


Student Privacy

Federal privacy law prohibits the instructor from releasing information about students to certain parties outside of the university without the signed consent of the student. Thus, in almost all cases the professor will not discuss a students’ academic progress or other matters with his/her parents. Please do not have them call. Regardless of these important legal considerations, the professors’ general policy is to communicate with the students, not their parents, even when a student has signed a consent form. College students are adults and are expected to behave accordingly.


Academic Dishonesty

Academic dishonesty including plagiarism and giving or receiving unauthorized assistance is prohibited. Plagiarism is (1) the use of source material of other persons (either published or unpublished, including the Internet) without following the accepted techniques of giving credit or (2) the submission for credit of work not the individual’s to whom credit is given. If a student in the class plagiarizes material, appropriate disciplinary action will be taken. The Student Honor Creed developed and adopted by the MSU Student Government reinforces the discouragement of plagiarism and other unethical behaviors. The first statement of the creed reads, “As an MSU student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so.” Plagiarism is lying, cheating, and stealing.


Social Justice

Social justice is one of Midwestern State University’s stated core values, and the professor considers the classroom a place where students are treated with respect as human beings, regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Moreover, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided the students can agree to disagree. The professor’s expectation is that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.


Campus Carry

Senate Bill 11 passed by the 84th Texas Legislature allows licensed handgun holders to carry concealed handguns on campus, effective August 1, 2016. Areas excluded from concealed carry are appropriately marked, in accordance with state law. For more information regarding campus carry, please refer to the University’s webpage at

Writing Proficiency Requirement

All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed the 6 hours of Communication Core and and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.

Campus Carry

Senate Bill 11 passed by the 84th Texas Legislature allows licensed handgun holders to carry concealed handguns on campus, effective August 1, 2016. Areas excluded from concealed carry are appropriately marked, in accordance with state law. For more information regarding campus carry, please refer to the University’s webpage at

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