Foundations of Music III

Course Details

Course Number
MUSC 4873
Section Number
MUSC 4873
Fall 2012
Fain Fine Arts Center
Classroom Number
Days & Times

MWF 10:00 am - 10:50 am

Dr. Susan Harvey (view Profile)

Course Attachments


Course Objectives


Course Description

This course is designed to develop your knowledge, ability, confidence and interest to teach elementary music. Students will 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.


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, and physically)
  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 (3rd 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

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.


Grading Standards


Course Evaluation

5%              Philosophy of Music Education Paper           

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

10%            Students with Special Needs Project (Case Study)

25%            Weekly Written Assignments/Discussion

25%            Teaching Opportunities with Lesson Plans (10)

10%            Task Analysis/Assessment (Report Cards)

5%              Notebook with all materials from class

10%            Final Exam - Unit Plan including teaching part of the MISL (In preparation for the MISL)


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

Project Due Dates

Projects are due on designated dates. All projects are developed over a period of several lessons. Therefore, late assignments are not accepted. All projects are to be submitted hard copy and not emailed.

Grading Scale

90-100                      A

80-89                        B

70-79                        C

60-69                        D

59-Below                 F


Weekly Written Assignments

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 between Classroom Management and Foundations of Music III courses. During one weekly observation, students are to answer music questions regarding observations. See attached music questions. If placed in a secondary school, the student is to adapt questions for his/her placement.


Each student is to maintain an organized three ring binder. Included will be songs, chants, and fingerplays and games 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 will pick a music concept, a grade to teach the concept, and design a pre- and post- assessment. Three lesson plans to will be written to teach the concept as well as other activities that would also be taught in a lesson (7 activities for a 30 minute lesson).

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.

Submission Format Policy


Course Evaluation

15%            Class Participation           

15%            Quizzes and Online Assignments

10%            In-Field Class Observation/Journal

15%            Students with Special Needs Project (Case Study)

20%            Teaching Opportunities

15%            Midterm

10%            Final 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

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


Project Due Dates

Projects are due on designated dates. All projects are developed over a period of several lessons. Therefore, late assignments are not accepted. All projects are to be submitted hard copy and not emailed.

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

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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

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Attendance Requirements



Students participate daily in group activities 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). 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. 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.


Writing Proficiency Requirement

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