Foundations of Music I

Course Details

Course Number
MUSC 3183
Section Number
MUSC 3183
Spring 2011
Fain Fine Arts Center
Classroom Number
Days & Times

MWF 10-10:50 am

TTh 12:30-1:50 pm

Dr. Susan Harvey (view Profile)

Course Attachments


Course Objectives


Course Objectives

  1. To understand the importance of music in child development
  2. To understand the sequence of learning music in child development
  3. To understand the relationship between music and literacy acquisition in children
  4. To develop skills, plans, and methodology to integrate music with other subjects
  5. To understand and teach music elements, concepts, notation, movement, and listening activities
  6. To experience music in a positive manner and be confident when teaching children music

Course Expectations


Required Textbook

OnMusic Education for the Non-Music Major 



Students Expectations/Conduct

Students are required to participate in all class activities. Students are to read daily assignments, prepare questions if readings are unclear, and prepare to answer questions regarding assigned readings. 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.

Grading Standards


Course Evaluation

20%            Class Participation           

20%            Quizzes and Online Assignments

 5%            Rhyme Presentation

 5%            Melody Presentation           

 5%            Children’s Book Presentation

15%            Students with Special Needs Project (Case Study)

15%            Semester Exam

15%            Final Exam (Project)

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

Grading Scale

90-100                      A

80-89                        B

70-79                        C

60-69                        D

59-Below                 F

Submission Format Policy


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

Papers/projects are not accepted late. All papers/projects also are class presentations. If extenuating circumstances arise, the student may request a delay for submitting paper/project. The instructor will consider the request. 

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 in organization, building on previously learned concepts. Therefore, attendance is crucial to personal development. MWF students may miss class three times without a final grade reduction. TTh students may miss class two times without a final grade reduction. Each absence above the allotment reduces the final grade ten points (one letter grade). Nonparticipation in class equals one absence for each occurrence. Class participation includes all classroom activities (movement, rhythmic, melodic, play parties, singing, dancing, presentations and discussions). Every absence, including the allotted two, reduces the class participation percentage. 



Final Exam

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.

Other Policies


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 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. College students are adults and are expected to behave accordingly.

Academic Dishonesty

Academic dishonesty including plagiarism and giving or receiving unauthorized assistance is prohibited. Please review the University Honor Code. Any offense is reported to the MSU and the MSU Department of Education.

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

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