Course

Chamber Ensemble

Course Details

Course Number
1961, 2961, 3961, 4961
Section Number
1961, 2961, 3961, 4961
Semester
Fall 2017
Location
Fain Fine Arts Center
Classroom Number
C117K
Days & Times

TBD

Professor
Dr. Ruth Morrow (view Profile)

Course Attachments

Textbooks

Course Objectives

Coaching sessions are designed to development your knowledge and understanding of keyboard chamber music as well as further your understanding and presentation of its literature for the piano and its precursors.  Your progress depends on the attitude and awareness you give to the ideas presented in the coaching session during your outside practice time.  The amount of work you feel is being asked of you for these sessions reflect the amount of diligence and discipline to which you are willing to submit.

Course Expectations

Each ensemble will receive one private coaching session per week.  You are expected to procure all music (imslp.org or purchase) studied for the semester.  You will be allowed one absence without any reason necessary.  Please let me know in advance (if possible) that you will not be attending your lesson.  More than one unexcused absence will factor negatively into the semester grade.  Absence at more than three lessons may result in your being dropped from the class.

Additionally, we meet as a class as scheduled in either the piano lab or Akin Auditorium (depending on class assignments/discussion) as part of the regular Piano Studio Class.  Attendance at studio class is expected and will factor into your semester grade. Should you not come to studio class for 5+ weeks, you cannot receive an "A" in piano (unless you have a previously approved class conflict).

 

Grading Standards

Show up

Work on your literature

 Perform as requested

Final Exam

12/13/2017 TBD

Submission Format Policy

n/a


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

n/a

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

Each ensemble will receive one private coaching session per week.  You are expected to procure all music (imslp.org or purchase) studied for the semester.  You will be allowed one absence without any reason necessary.  Please let me know in advance (if possible) that you will not be attending your lesson.  More than one unexcused absence will factor negatively into the semester grade.  Absence at more than three lessons may result in your being dropped from the class.

Additionally, we meet as a class as scheduled in either the piano lab or Akin Auditorium (depending on class assignments/discussion) as part of the regular Piano Studio Class.  Attendance at studio class is expected and will factor into your semester grade. Should you not come to studio class for 5+ weeks, you cannot receive an "A" in piano (unless you have a previously approved class conflict).

 

Other Policies

Academic (Dis)Honesty: Plagiarism is NOT allowed!!!  Doing so can result in penalties ranging from receiving a “0” on an assignment to being dropped from the course with the annotation of “plagiarism” being added to your official MSU transcript, depending on the  severity of the infraction.  Cheating by any means will result in similar actions.

 

Special Needs: If you need course adaptations or accommodations because of a disability, if you have emergency medical information that needs sharing, or if you need special accommodations in case the building must be evacuated, please make an appointment with the professor to discuss these needs as soon as possible.  Please note that in order to qualify for consideration of special accommodations, the student must be registered with the MSU Office of Disability Services, and the professor must receive a memo on file from that office, along with the Special Accommodations Request Form.

 

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 students’ academic progress or other matters with their parents.  Please do not have them call.  Regardless of these important legal considerations, the professor’s general policy is to communicate with the student(s), not their parents, even when a student has signed a consent form.

 

Social Justice: Social justice is stated as one of Midwestern State University’s core values, and the professor considers the classroom to be a place where the students will be 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.  It is the professor’s expectation that ALL students be able to 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 August1, 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 http://mwsu.edu/campus-carry/rules-policies

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 https://mwsu.edu/academics/wpr, 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 https://mwsu.edu/campus-carry/rules-policies.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact MSU Chief of Police Patrick Coggins at patrick.coggins@mwsu.edu.