Foundations of Music III

Course Details

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Spring 2018
Fain Fine Arts Center
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Time:              MWF 10:00-10:50 am, Fain C117C

Dr. Susan Harvey (view Profile)

Course Attachments


Course Objectives

Course Description

This course is designed to develop your knowledge, teaching skills, confidence and interest to teach elementary music. Students learn age appropriate activities that reflect both TEK’s and the National Standards of Music. This includes singing, movement, listening, composition, playing instruments, and reading musical notation. Students learn to write lesson plans, design curriculum, and assess students.

Course Objectives

1.     To develop a philosophy of music education

2.     To organize both orally and written the ability to organize teaching episodes

3.     To teach micro-episodes

4.     To understand a child’s music development (rhythmically, melodically, physically, and harmonically)

5.     To understand Kodály, Dalcroze, Gordon, Orff, Suzuki, Weikert and Laban

6.     To develop the ability to prepare and present lessons, assess your teaching, and assess student learning

7.     To sequence, differentiate, and teach music elements, concepts, notation, movement, and listening activities

8.     To understand classroom management in the general music classroom

9.     To observe off campus teaching in a placement and reflect upon observations

10.  To understand and develop task analysis and assessments 

Course Expectations

Required Textbooks and Materials

  • Shehan Campbell, P. & Scott-Kassner, C. (2010). Music in Childhood: From Preschool through the Elementary Grades (4th edition) Enhanced Edition. Schirmer Cengage Learning.
  • Hammel, A.M. & Hourigan, R.M. (2011). Teaching Music to Students with Special Needs: A Label-Free Approach. Oxford University Press.
  • Tuning Fork A=440 (to be used in all student teaching lessons)
  • 3-Ring Binder

Students Expectations/Conduct

Students are required to participate in all class activities. Students are to read weekly assignments, prepare written responses, and discuss assigned material. All 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 and 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.

Weekly Written Assignments (textbooks)

Textbook review questions are due every Monday. The instructor will assign a grade that represents your ability to satisfactorily complete your homework, weekly reading assignments, 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 written and discussion. Written responses are to be typed.

Observation Placement

Students must observe a total of 30 hours in their field during the Foundations of Music III courses. Students are placed at the request of Dr. Harvey with permission from principals and music teachers in the WFISD. Students have no input into where they are placed. A background check must be completed before their school placement is finalized. Information is included in this packet.

Each week, students answer observation questions to be turned in the following Monday. See attached questions. If placed in a secondary school, the student is to adapt questions for his/her placement. It is a goal that all students will be placed at an elementary school.


Each student is to maintain an organized three-ring binder. Included will be songs, chants, fingerplays, activities for each grade level, lesson plans for each grade, handouts, observation forms, written assignment, class notes, and activities for movement, literacy, improvisation, and composition.

Unit Lesson Plan (Final Exam)

Students select a music concept, a grade level to teach the concept (K-5), and design a pre- and post- assessment. Three lesson plans will be written to teach the music concept as well as other activities that would also be taught in a lesson (7 activities for a 25-minute lesson). This is to prepare students to teach a lesson and to plan concepts over the course of several days. This project also prepares student for the Impact on Student Learning (ISL) during student teaching. The last week of class and the final exam date are reserved for the 15-minute teaching final. The final exam is Wednesday, May 9, 9:30 am.

Teaching Rubric

The Teaching Rubric will be used to grade each teaching presentation. Students are to self-evaluate their teaching by recording themselves by phone, computer, flip camera, etc. Watch the video, fill out the rubric, and give yourself a grade and comments.

Lesson plans will be evaluated separately.

Other Rubrics

Rubrics for the children’s book presentation and the case study will be disseminated a minimum of one week before the project is due. Rubrics will be reviewed prior to teaching episode.

Grading Standards

Course Evaluation  

10%     In-Field Class Observation/Journal including one WFYSO Rehearsal

15%     Students with Special Needs Paper (Case Study)

30%     *Weekly Written textbook Assignments/Discussion (due every Monday)

25%     *Teaching Opportunities with Lesson Plans (every Friday)

15%     Final Exam - Unit Plan including teaching part of the MISL

·       Pre and Post Assessment

·       3 Lesson Plans

·       Task Analysis

·       Accommodations for Case Study

·       25-minute teaching presentation

5%       **Dr. Hammel Presentation and assigned homework

* This class prepares students to pass the music education portion of the TEXES as well as prepare students to successfully teach in a classroom. Competency in these areas are a combination of weekly written textbook assignments and in-class teaching opportunities. Therefore – students must pass the written and teaching, with a minimum of 80% in each of the areas.

** Dr. Alice Hammel will teach class March 26 and 28, 2018. Attendance is mandatory both days. A 5% grade reduction from the final grade will result for missing either day.

*** Students are required to sing on pitch to teach in any music classroom. Students who do not sing melodies, ostinato, etc., on pitch will not pass the class. Any lesson sung incorrectly will earn 0% for that lesson. 

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

Completion of this course is essential for completing teacher certification coursework.

Project Due Dates

Projects, including teaching lessons, are due on designated dates. All projects are to be submitted hard copy and typed. Late assignments and emailed assignments are not accepted.

Lesson plans are to be submitted on teach day (Fridays). Students teach only when a plan is submitted. If a lesson plan is not submitted, then a grade of 0% is earned. The plan is to be written as modeled in class and to be practiced to earn credit. If a lesson presentation is not practiced, a grade of a zero is earned.  

Grading Scale

90-100             A

80-89               B

70-79               C

60-69               D

59-Below        F

Final Exam

05/09/1918 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Submission Format Policy

See Expectations and Grading Standards

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

See Expectations and Grading Standards

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 activities daily that are designed for elementary class instruction. Activities are cumulative in organization, building on previously learned concepts. Therefore, attendance is crucial to personal development. Students may miss class three times without a final grade reduction. Each absence above the one excused absence reduces the final grade ten points. Nonparticipation in class equals one absence for each occurrence. Class participation includes all classroom activities (movement, rhythmic, melodic, play parties, singing, folk dancing, presentations and discussions).

If a student misses a Teach Day, there is no make up day. Be present on Teach Days.

Final Exam Attendance

The final exam is a practice ISL project and teaching segment. Attendance on the final exam date is required for the final project. Missing the final exam results in no credit earned for the final project in addition to counting as an absence.

Final Exam: Wednesday, May 9 10:30-12:30

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. 

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. 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.

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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