Course

University Choir

Course Details

Course Number
MUSC 1001, 2001, 3001, 4001
Section Number
MUSC 1001, 2001, 3001, 4001
Semester
Spring 2018
Location
Fain Fine Arts Center
Classroom Number
C117C
Days & Times

 

MUSC 1001, 2001, 3001, 4001-101

Spring 2018, MWF 2:00-2:50

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

Textbooks

Course Objectives

 

Course Description

University Choir is the premier college choral ensemble at Midwestern State University. This mixed ensemble consists equally of music and non-music majors. We will sing challenging music and create a high-quality musical experience. Student enrollment is mandatory to participate in this class. The student in this class need not have any prior music or singing experience. This course is a performing course. Grades will be based on accumulation of points from class attendance, class participation, singing quizzes, and concert participation.

Course Expectations

Attendance

Punctual attendance at all rehearsals is mandatory. Every singer in University Choir is vital to the ensemble and rehearsal time cannot be made up. Each singer is expected to be seated, with music and pencil in hand, ready to sing punctually at 2:00 PM. Tardiness is not accepted. One tardy is equivalent to half (.5) of an absence, i.e. two tardy instances equal one absence. Two or more unexcused absences or five excused absences during the semester will result in a lower grade and will result in your participation in University Choir concerts and/or removal from University Choir. Classes missed due to illness, family emergency, etc. will be excused at the instructor’s discretion. Requests for excuse should occur before the class meeting whenever possible. If prior notification is not possible, contact the instructor as soon as possible. Requests for excuse for illness must be accompanied by some official documentation stating the extent of the illness. Appointments such as medical, dental, etc. must not be made during class meeting times. In accordance with University policy, students observing religious holidays will not be disadvantaged when advanced arrangements are made with their instructors to make up course work missed. Note bene: Absences during the week leading up to a concert must be avoided and will jeopardize your participation in the concert and/or result in removal from University Choir. Your attendance at all dress rehearsals and performances is required.

Final Exam

University Choir does not have a written Final Exam. Students will not meet during the University Final Exam week.

Grading

Students participating in University Chorus receive 1.000 academic credits per semester. The semester grade in University Chorus is based upon daily attendance, assignments, quizzes, participation, mastery of concert repertoire, and concert participation. Please prepare yourself as best you can; come to every rehearsal prepared, learn your music, practice outside of class, and stay focused during rehearsal. Within the first week of class, Section Leaders will arrange a Sectional Rehearsal once a week. Each singer should attend his/her Sectional Rehearsal. If you need additional assistance, ask help from the instructor, your section leader, or another singer. It is not acceptable to be unprepared for a rehearsal or a concert; any student who is not prepared for a rehearsal or a concert may be asked not to participate.

 

Table 1: Percentage allocation

 

 

 

Assignments

Percentages

Singing Quizzes

10%

Daily Attendance & Participation

15%

Performance Attendance

75%

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%

 

 

Grading Standards

  

Attendance

Punctual attendance at all rehearsals is mandatory. Every singer in University Choir is vital to the ensemble and rehearsal time cannot be made up. Each singer is expected to be seated, with music and pencil in hand, ready to sing punctually at 2:00 PM. Tardiness is not accepted. One tardy is equivalent to half (.5) of an absence, i.e. two tardy instances equal one absence. Two or more unexcused absences or five excused absences during the semester will result in a lower grade and will result in your participation in University Choir concerts and/or removal from University Choir. Classes missed due to illness, family emergency, etc. will be excused at the instructor’s discretion. Requests for excuse should occur before the class meeting whenever possible. If prior notification is not possible, contact the instructor as soon as possible. Requests for excuse for illness must be accompanied by some official documentation stating the extent of the illness. Appointments such as medical, dental, etc. must not be made during class meeting times. In accordance with University policy, students observing religious holidays will not be disadvantaged when advanced arrangements are made with their instructors to make up course work missed. Note bene: Absences during the week leading up to a concert must be avoided and will jeopardize your participation in the concert and/or result in removal from University Choir. Your attendance at all dress rehearsals and performances is required.

Final Exam

University Choir does not have a written Final Exam. Students will not meet during the University Final Exam week.

Grading

Students participating in University Chorus receive 1.000 academic credits per semester. The semester grade in University Chorus is based upon daily attendance, assignments, quizzes, participation, mastery of concert repertoire, and concert participation. Please prepare yourself as best you can; come to every rehearsal prepared, learn your music, practice outside of class, and stay focused during rehearsal. Within the first week of class, Section Leaders will arrange a Sectional Rehearsal once a week. Each singer should attend his/her Sectional Rehearsal. If you need additional assistance, ask help from the instructor, your section leader, or another singer. It is not acceptable to be unprepared for a rehearsal or a concert; any student who is not prepared for a rehearsal or a concert may be asked not to participate.

 

Table 1: Percentage allocation

 

 

Assignments

Percentages

Singing Quizzes

10%

Daily Attendance & Participation

15%

Performance Attendance

75%

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%

 

 

Final Exam

05/12/2018 10:00 AM

Submission Format Policy

 Final Exam

University Choir does not have a written Final Exam. Students will not meet during the University Final Exam week.


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 class, that class cannot be made up. If a student misses a quiz, the quiz cannot be made up. If a student misses a Sectional, the Sectional cannot be made up. If a student misses a Dress Rehearsal, the Dress 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

 

Attendance

Punctual attendance at all rehearsals is mandatory. Every singer in University Choir is vital to the ensemble and rehearsal time cannot be made up. Each singer is expected to be seated, with music and pencil in hand, ready to sing punctually at 2:00 PM. Tardiness is not accepted. One tardy is equivalent to half (.5) of an absence, i.e. two tardy instances equal one absence. Two or more unexcused absences or five excused absences during the semester will result in a lower grade and will result in your participation in University Choir concerts and/or removal from University Choir. Classes missed due to illness, family emergency, etc. will be excused at the instructor’s discretion. Requests for excuse should occur before the class meeting whenever possible. If prior notification is not possible, contact the instructor as soon as possible. Requests for excuse for illness must be accompanied by some official documentation stating the extent of the illness. Appointments such as medical, dental, etc. must not be made during class meeting times. In accordance with University policy, students observing religious holidays will not be disadvantaged when advanced arrangements are made with their instructors to make up course work missed. Note bene: Absences during the week leading up to a concert must be avoided and will jeopardize your participation in the concert and/or result in removal from University Choir. Your attendance at all dress rehearsals and performances is required.

Singing Quizzes

Each student is expected to attend and participate in each class rehearsal, sectional rehearsal (time to be set by section leaders), dress rehearsals and performances. Several performances may be added during the semester. The instructor will list the music to be rehearsed, if possible place your music in this order before rehearsal begins as to expedite transition between rehearsed pieces. Several times during the semester the students will be quizzed by singing individually or in quartets. The purpose of this is to hear each singer individually to make sure vocal health is being maintained and music is being learned on schedule.

Sectionals

Sectionals may be held at the discretion of the Director and Section Leader. If at all possible, please make a concerted effort to attend sectionals, focus, sing healthily, and work hard for your section.

Final Exam

University Choir does not have a written Final Exam. Students will not meet during the University Final Exam week.

Performance Attire:

Purchase you concert attire early. Anyone without proper attire at the time of a concert will not perform on that concert.

 

Black suit or black tuxedo, black bow tie, black shoes, black socks, and white shirt.

 

The Choir dress can be purchased at sepapparel.com, Lieder Dress, style D223, Black over Claret. Black shoes

 

Please wear conservative jewelry so as not to detract from our uniform look. Please do not wear perfume or cologne!

 

Rehearsal Attire:

During regular rehearsals please dress comfortably and wear comfortable shoes. Occasionally, during University Choir rehearsals we will move around the room, to another rehearsal space, etc.  Closer to concert time consider wearing your concert shoes to rehearse in them.

Other Policies

 

Course Syllabus: University Choir

Lamar D. Fain College of Fine Arts

MUSC 1001, 2001, 3001, 4001-101

Spring 2018, MWF 2:00-2:50

 

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

University Choir is the premier college choral ensemble at Midwestern State University. This mixed ensemble consists equally of music and non-music majors. We will sing challenging music and create a high-quality musical experience. Student enrollment is mandatory to participate in this class. The student in this class need not have any prior music or singing experience. This course is a performing course. Grades will be based on accumulation of points from class attendance, class participation, singing quizzes, and concert participation.

 

Textbook & Instructional Materials

The student should be equipped with a pencil for marking music, a folder for holding music and a vessel of water to lubricate your vocal chords. Sheet Music will be proved by the instructor. This music will be loaned to each singer by the University. Only mark your music with a pencil, do not use a pen or highlighter. Each singer is responsible for taking care of the music that has been assigned to him/her. This music will be turned in at the end of the semester; the singer will pay for lost and/or damaged music. Your assigned music and a pencil will be required at all rehearsals. Please keep your music in respectable condition.

 

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

Students participating in University Chorus receive 1.000 academic credits per semester. The semester grade in University Chorus is based upon daily attendance, assignments, quizzes, participation, mastery of concert repertoire, and concert participation. Please prepare yourself as best you can; come to every rehearsal prepared, learn your music, practice outside of class, and stay focused during rehearsal. Within the first week of class, Section Leaders will arrange a Sectional Rehearsal once a week. Each singer should attend his/her Sectional Rehearsal. If you need additional assistance, ask help from the instructor, your section leader, or another singer. It is not acceptable to be unprepared for a rehearsal or a concert; any student who is not prepared for a rehearsal or a concert may be asked not to participate.

 

Table 1: Percentage allocation

 

 

Assignments

Percentages

Singing Quizzes

10%

Daily Attendance & Participation

15%

Performance Attendance

75%

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.

Singing Quizzes

Each student is expected to attend and participate in each class rehearsal, sectional rehearsal (time to be set by section leaders), dress rehearsals and performances. Several performances may be added during the semester. The instructor will list the music to be rehearsed, if possible place your music in this order before rehearsal begins as to expedite transition between rehearsed pieces. Several times during the semester the students will be quizzed by singing individually or in quartets. The purpose of this is to hear each singer individually to make sure vocal health is being maintained and music is being learned on schedule.

 

Sectionals

Sectionals may be held at the discretion of the Director and Section Leader. If at all possible, please make a concerted effort to attend sectionals, focus, sing healthily, and work hard for your section.

 

Make Up Work/Tests

If a student misses a class, that class cannot be made up. If a student misses a quiz, the quiz cannot be made up. If a student misses a Sectional, the Sectional cannot be made up. If a student misses a Dress Rehearsal, the Dress 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

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Attendance

Punctual attendance at all rehearsals is mandatory. Every singer in University Choir is vital to the ensemble and rehearsal time cannot be made up. Each singer is expected to be seated, with music and pencil in hand, ready to sing punctually at 2:00 PM. Tardiness is not accepted. One tardy is equivalent to half (.5) of an absence, i.e. two tardy instances equal one absence. Two or more unexcused absences or five excused absences during the semester will result in a lower grade and will result in your participation in University Choir concerts and/or removal from University Choir. Classes missed due to illness, family emergency, etc. will be excused at the instructor’s discretion. Requests for excuse should occur before the class meeting whenever possible. If prior notification is not possible, contact the instructor as soon as possible. Requests for excuse for illness must be accompanied by some official documentation stating the extent of the illness. Appointments such as medical, dental, etc. must not be made during class meeting times. In accordance with University policy, students observing religious holidays will not be disadvantaged when advanced arrangements are made with their instructors to make up course work missed. Note bene: Absences during the week leading up to a concert must be avoided and will jeopardize your participation in the concert and/or result in removal from University Choir. Your attendance at all dress rehearsals and performances is required.

Final Exam

University Choir does not have a written Final Exam. Students will not meet during the University Final Exam week.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Performance Attire:

Purchase you concert attire early. Anyone without proper attire at the time of a concert will not perform on that concert.

 

Black suit or black tuxedo, black bow tie, black shoes, black socks, and white shirt.

 

The Choir dress can be purchased at sepapparel.com, Lieder Dress, style D223, Black over Claret. Black shoes

 

Please wear conservative jewelry so as not to detract from our uniform look. Please do not wear perfume or cologne!

 

Rehearsal Attire:

During regular rehearsals please dress comfortably and wear comfortable shoes. Occasionally, during University Choir rehearsals we will move around the room, to another rehearsal space, etc.  Closer to concert time consider wearing your concert shoes to rehearse in them.

 

Singer’s Health:

Please take care of yourself. Each singer in University Choir is an important contributor to our Choir! Being a member of this ensemble is a responsibility that you have accepted, which means you must take care of yourself by drinking plenty of water, getting enough sleep (and rest), brushing your teeth, doing your homework early (for all of your classes ) so you don’t have to cram it in at the last moment! If you are slightly under the weather, come to rehearsal to participate as much as you are able; this may mean sitting and listening while marking your music, possibly sitting apart from the other singers as to not pass on your illness. If you are extremely ill, please stay home and get better, you are too important to this ensemble to be ill; particularly if you are running a fever, stay away, do not infect other singers in the ensemble.


 

Course Schedule

 

 

Week

Required Attendance for University Choir 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

Dress Reh., Akin, Set-up prior

Performance, Akin, w/ Singers

 

Holiday Break

March 26, 6 PM

March 27, 6 PM Call   . . ……..      7:30 Concert

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

Dress Reh., Akin, Set-up prior

Performance, Akin, w/ Oratorio

April 28, time TBD

April 29, 2:00 Call,

…          ..3:00 Concert

Week 15

04/30-05/06

Last Day of Classes

05/04

 

Week 16

05/07 – 05/13

Voice Juries

Commencement Rehearsal

Commencement

05/07, 08, or 09

Fri, May 11, 11:30am

Sat, May 12, Time TBD

 

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.