Course

Applied Voice

Course Details

Course Number
AMUS 1201, 2201
Section Number
AMUS 1201, 2201
Semester
Spring 2018
Location
Fain Fine Arts Center
Classroom Number
C117I
Days & Times

TBA

Professor
Dr. Dale Heidebrecht D.M.A. (view Profile)

Course Objectives

 

Course Description

Welcome to Voice! I hope we have a great semester and sing some beautiful music with your beautiful voice! The general primary objectives are for the students to study and perform vocal music from various musical styles, and to consistently demonstrate improvement in independent musical decision making and performance level. Voice training is a long and sometime difficult process. It is the hope of the instructor that each student improves throughout the semester. It is the wish of the instructor that each student work diligently on their vocal assignments. It is the intent of the instructor that each student learns to become his/her own voice teacher. 

Course Expectations

  

Textbook & Instructional Materials

Five songs will be assigned for the semester. The instructor will assign vocal music for you to sing.  There are various ways to attain your music; you may purchase a song-book with the assigned literature, borrow the book from the library, or borrow from an instructor or fellow student. Students are required to maintain a notebook with: Voice Syllabus, weekly notes from instructor, repertoire assigned, detailed practice log, and any other additional material disbursed or assigned during the semester. The student will memorize the assigned music. The student should come to his/her voice lesson with the assigned song already memorized. If your song is memorized you will receive a grade for the song. If your song is not memorized you will immediately receive a lower grade

 

Student Handbook

Refer to: https://mwsu.edu/Assets/documents/student-life/2014-2015-student-handbook.pdf

Academic Misconduct Policy & Procedures

Academic Dishonesty: Cheating, collusion, and plagiarism (the act of using source material of other persons, either published or unpublished, without following the accepted techniques of crediting, or the submission for credit of work not the individual’s to whom credit is given). Additional guidelines on procedures in these matters may be found in the Office of Student Conduct.

Grading

A grade will be assigned for each lesson received by the student. A high grade will be obtained by: coming prepared to your lesson, turning in your Weekly Goal Sheet, and making satisfactory progress throughout the semester. Additionally, a grade will be given for various exams, assignments, benchmarks, public performances, and other assignments that may be required by the instructor. There will be a significant comprehensive scale and jury exam at the end of the semester. Students are invited to schedule an appointment to discuss grades received or grading policies at any time throughout the semester. 

Table 1: Percentage allocation

 

 

Assignments

Percentages

Jury Grade

20%

Benchmarks

30%

Weekly Performance-Based Attendance

50%

Total Percentage

100%

 

 

Table 2: Total percentages for final grade.

 

 

Grade

Percentage

A

90% to 100%

B

80% to 89%

C

70% to 79%

D

60% to 69%

F

Less than 60%

 

 

Privacy Statement

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 or others. Please do not have your parents 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.

 

Recital Class

All students are required to attend Recital Class, and guest artist recitals unless arrangements are made with the instructor at least one week prior to the event.  Unexcused absences will be recorded and will have the effect of lowering the final grade.  Attendance will be taken at the beginning of each recital. 

Grading Standards

 

Grading

A grade will be assigned for each lesson received by the student. A high grade will be obtained by: coming prepared to your lesson, turning in your Weekly Goal Sheet, and making satisfactory progress throughout the semester. Additionally, a grade will be given for various exams, assignments, benchmarks, public performances, and other assignments that may be required by the instructor. There will be a significant comprehensive scale and jury exam at the end of the semester. Students are invited to schedule an appointment to discuss grades received or grading policies at any time throughout the semester. 

Table 1: Percentage allocation

 

 

Assignments

Percentages

Jury Grade

20%

Benchmarks

30%

Weekly Performance-Based Attendance

50%

Total Percentage

100%

 

Table 2: Total percentages for final grade.

 

 

Grade

Percentage

A

90% to 100%

B

80% to 89%

C

70% to 79%

D

60% to 69%

F

Less than 60%

 

Privacy Statement

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 or others. Please do not have your parents 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.

Attendance

Attendance is mandatory. Unexcused absences will not be tolerated. In the event of an unexcused absence during a scheduled meeting time, a failing grade will be assigned for that respective lesson time.  In the event of an illness or unavoidable delay, please call the instructor before your scheduled lesson time. Classifying an absence as excused or unexcused is at the instructor’s discretion.  In most cases, neglect to provide prior notice of an absence will be considered unexcused.  A student’s tardiness will be recorded and will have the effect of lowering the grade for that particular lesson. Two unexcused absences will lower the final grade by one letter – four unexcused absences, two letter grades, etc. A student with excessive absences may be dropped from the course by the instructor. There are 16 Weeks in the Semester = 15 lessons

Lesson attended

15 = 100%

14=93%

13=87%

12=80%

11=73%

10=67%

9=60%

8=53%

7=47%

6=40%

5=33%

4=27%

3=20%

2=13%

1=6.7%

Final Exam

05/07/2018 TBD

Submission Format Policy

 

Final Exam

Applied Voice students will perform on the Voice Juries during the week of Finals. Please sign up for your Jury time when your accompanist is available.

 

Performance Attire:

When you are performing, please dress appropriate to the weather and appropriate to the performance situation. It is the instructor’s opinion that the performer should always appear in nice, clean attire. If you have questions about this, please ask.


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

 

Make Up Work/Tests

If a student misses a lesson, that class cannot be made up. If a student misses a quiz, the quiz cannot be made up. If a student misses a Rehearsal, the Rehearsal cannot be made up. If a student misses a Performance, the Performance cannot be made up.

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

 

Grading

A grade will be assigned for each lesson received by the student. A high grade will be obtained by: coming prepared to your lesson, turning in your Weekly Goal Sheet, and making satisfactory progress throughout the semester. Additionally, a grade will be given for various exams, assignments, benchmarks, public performances, and other assignments that may be required by the instructor. There will be a significant comprehensive scale and jury exam at the end of the semester. Students are invited to schedule an appointment to discuss grades received or grading policies at any time throughout the semester. 

Table 1: Percentage allocation

 

 

Assignments

Percentages

Jury Grade

20%

Benchmarks

30%

Weekly Performance-Based Attendance

50%

Total Percentage

100%

 

Table 2: Total percentages for final grade.

 

 

Grade

Percentage

A

90% to 100%

B

80% to 89%

C

70% to 79%

D

60% to 69%

F

Less than 60%

 

Privacy Statement

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 or others. Please do not have your parents 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.

Attendance

Attendance is mandatory. Unexcused absences will not be tolerated. In the event of an unexcused absence during a scheduled meeting time, a failing grade will be assigned for that respective lesson time.  In the event of an illness or unavoidable delay, please call the instructor before your scheduled lesson time. Classifying an absence as excused or unexcused is at the instructor’s discretion.  In most cases, neglect to provide prior notice of an absence will be considered unexcused.  A student’s tardiness will be recorded and will have the effect of lowering the grade for that particular lesson. Two unexcused absences will lower the final grade by one letter – four unexcused absences, two letter grades, etc. A student with excessive absences may be dropped from the course by the instructor. There are 16 Weeks in the Semester = 15 lessons

Lesson attended

15 = 100%

14=93%

13=87%

12=80%

11=73%

10=67%

9=60%

8=53%

7=47%

6=40%

5=33%

4=27%

3=20%

2=13%

1=6.7%

Other Policies

 

Course Syllabus: Applied Voice

Lamar D. Fain College of Fine Arts

MUSC 1201 & 2201

Spring 2018

 

Contact Information

Instructor:  Dr. Dale Heidebrecht

Office:       C117I

Office hours: Posted outside C117I, or by appointment

Office phone: (940) 397.4268

Cell Phone: 720.378.2601

E-mail:      dale.heidebrecht@mwsu.edu

 

Course Description

Welcome to Voice! I hope we have a great semester and sing some beautiful music with your beautiful voice! The general primary objectives are for the students to study and perform vocal music from various musical styles, and to consistently demonstrate improvement in independent musical decision making and performance level. Voice training is a long and sometime difficult process. It is the hope of the instructor that each student improves throughout the semester. It is the wish of the instructor that each student work diligently on their vocal assignments. It is the intent of the instructor that each student learns to become his/her own voice teacher. 

 

Textbook & Instructional Materials

Five songs will be assigned for the semester. The instructor will assign vocal music for you to sing.  There are various ways to attain your music; you may purchase a song-book with the assigned literature, borrow the book from the library, or borrow from an instructor or fellow student. Students are required to maintain a notebook with: Voice Syllabus, weekly notes from instructor, repertoire assigned, detailed practice log, and any other additional material disbursed or assigned during the semester. The student will memorize the assigned music. The student should come to his/her voice lesson with the assigned song already memorized. If your song is memorized you will receive a grade for the song. If your song is not memorized you will immediately receive a lower grade

 

Student Handbook

Refer to: https://mwsu.edu/Assets/documents/student-life/2014-2015-student-handbook.pdf

Academic Misconduct Policy & Procedures

Academic Dishonesty: Cheating, collusion, and plagiarism (the act of using source material of other persons, either published or unpublished, without following the accepted techniques of crediting, or the submission for credit of work not the individual’s to whom credit is given). Additional guidelines on procedures in these matters may be found in the Office of Student Conduct.

 

Grading

A grade will be assigned for each lesson received by the student. A high grade will be obtained by: coming prepared to your lesson, turning in your Weekly Goal Sheet, and making satisfactory progress throughout the semester. Additionally, a grade will be given for various exams, assignments, benchmarks, public performances, and other assignments that may be required by the instructor. There will be a significant comprehensive scale and jury exam at the end of the semester. Students are invited to schedule an appointment to discuss grades received or grading policies at any time throughout the semester. 

Table 1: Percentage allocation

 

 

Assignments

Percentages

Jury Grade

20%

Benchmarks

30%

Weekly Performance-Based Attendance

50%

Total Percentage

100%

 

Table 2: Total percentages for final grade.

 

 

Grade

Percentage

A

90% to 100%

B

80% to 89%

C

70% to 79%

D

60% to 69%

F

Less than 60%

 

Privacy Statement

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 or others. Please do not have your parents 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.

 


 

 

Attendance

Attendance is mandatory. Unexcused absences will not be tolerated. In the event of an unexcused absence during a scheduled meeting time, a failing grade will be assigned for that respective lesson time.  In the event of an illness or unavoidable delay, please call the instructor before your scheduled lesson time. Classifying an absence as excused or unexcused is at the instructor’s discretion.  In most cases, neglect to provide prior notice of an absence will be considered unexcused.  A student’s tardiness will be recorded and will have the effect of lowering the grade for that particular lesson. Two unexcused absences will lower the final grade by one letter – four unexcused absences, two letter grades, etc. A student with excessive absences may be dropped from the course by the instructor. There are 16 Weeks in the Semester = 15 lessons

Lesson attended

15 = 100%

14=93%

13=87%

12=80%

11=73%

10=67%

9=60%

8=53%

7=47%

6=40%

5=33%

4=27%

3=20%

2=13%

1=6.7%

 

Recital Class

All students are required to attend Recital Class, and guest artist recitals unless arrangements are made with the instructor at least one week prior to the event.  Unexcused absences will be recorded and will have the effect of lowering the final grade.  Attendance will be taken at the beginning of each recital. 

 

Make Up Work/Tests

If a student misses a lesson, that class cannot be made up. If a student misses a quiz, the quiz cannot be made up. If a student misses a Rehearsal, the Rehearsal cannot be made up. If a student misses a Performance, the Performance cannot be made up.

 

Important University Dates

Last day for term schedule changes: January 18.

Deadline to file for graduation: February 19 for May graduation.

Last Day to drop with a grade of “W:” is March 26.

        Refer to: https://mwsu.edu/student-life/development/learning/index

College Policies

Smoking/Tobacco Policy:

College policy strictly prohibits the use of tobacco products in any building owned or operated by WATC.  Adult students may smoke only in the outside designated-smoking areas at each location. 

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.

Alcohol and Drug Policy:

To comply with the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act of 1989 and subsequent amendments, students and employees of Midwestern State are informed that strictly enforced policies are in place which prohibits the unlawful possession, use or distribution of any illicit drugs, including alcohol, on university property or as part of any university-sponsored activity. Students and employees are also subject to all applicable legal sanctions under local, state and federal law for any offenses involving illicit drugs on University property or at University-sponsored activities.

 

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.

 

Refund and Repayment Policy

A student who withdraws or is administratively withdrawn from Midwestern State University (MSU) may be eligible to receive a refund for all or a portion of the tuition, fees and room/board charges that were paid to MSU for the semester. HOWEVER, if the student received financial aid (federal/state/institutional grants, loans and/or scholarships), all or a portion of the refund may be returned to the financial aid programs. As described below, two formulas (federal and state) exists in determining the amount of the refund. (Examples of each refund calculation will be made available upon request).

 


 

 

Disability Support Services

Midwestern State University is committed to providing equal access for qualified students with disabilities to all university courses and programs, and by law all students with disabilities are guaranteed a learning environment that provides reasonable accommodation of their disability. This guarantee is provided through Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act. The ADA reads: “No qualified individual with a disability shall, by reason of such disability, be excluded from participation in or be denied the benefits of the services, programs, or activities of a public entity, or be subject to discrimination by any such entity.” The Director of Disability Support Services serves as the ADA Coordinator and may be contacted at (940) 397.4140, TDD (940) 397.4515, or 3410 Taft Blvd., Clark Student Center 168.

 

Change of Schedule

A student dropping a course (but not withdrawing from the University) within the first 12 class days of a regular semester or the first four class days of a summer semester is eligible for a 100% refund of applicable tuition and fees. Dates are published in the Schedule of Classes each semester.

 

Grade Appeal Process

Update as needed. Students who wish to appeal a grade should consult the Midwestern State University Undergraduate Catalog, Volume LXXVIII, number 1 (2010 to 2012), pp. 75 thru 77.

Notice
Changes in the course syllabus, procedure, assignments, and schedule may be made at the discretion of the instructor.

 

Final Exam

Applied Voice students will perform on the Voice Juries during the week of Finals. Please sign up for your Jury time when your accompanist is available.

 

Performance Attire:

When you are performing, please dress appropriate to the weather and appropriate to the performance situation. It is the instructor’s opinion that the performer should always appear in nice, clean attire. If you have questions about this, please ask.

 

Singer’s Health:

Please take care of yourself.  Being a singer is a responsibility that you have personally taken, which means you must take care of yourself by getting enough sleep, drinking plenty of water, eat healthy foods, wash your hands often, brush your teeth, exercise, and doing your homework for all of your classes early so you don’t have to cram it in at the last moment!  If you are slightly under the weather, come to your lesson and you can “mark” sing.  If you are extremely ill please stay home and get better.  If you are running a fever stay home and do not infect other people.


 

Course Schedule

 

 

Week

Required Attendance for Applied Voice in Bold

 

Due Date

Week 1

1/16 – 1/21

First Day of Class

January 16

Week 2

01/22 – 1/28

 

 

Week 3

01/29 – 02/04

 

 

Week 4

02/05 – 02/11

 

 

Week 5

02/12 – 02/18

 

 

Week 6

02/19 – 02/25

Urinetown performances

February 22 - 25

Week 7

02/26 – 03/04

Urinetown performances

March 1 - 3

Week 8

03/05 – 03/11

Sunken Garden at Dallas Opera

March 6

Spring Break

03/12-18

Spring Break

March 12 – March 16

Week 9

03/19 – 03/25

 

 

Week 10

03/26 – 04/01

University Choir and Midwestern Singers Concert

Holiday Break

March 27, 7:30

 

March 28-30

Week 11

04/2 – 04/08

 

 

Week 12

04/09 – 04/15

Don Giovanni at Dallas Opera

April 10

Week 13

04/16 - 04/22

 

 

Week 14

04/23 - 04/29

University Choir and Oratorio Chorus Performance

April 29, 3:00 PM

Week 15

04/30-05/06

Last Day of Classes

05/04

 

Week 16

05/07 – 05/13

Voice Juries

 

05/07, 08, or 09

 

 

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.