Foundations of Music I

Course Details

Course Number
Section Number
Spring 2016
Fain Fine Arts Center
Classroom Number
Choir Room Fain Fine Arts C117C
Days & Times

MWF 10:00 - 10:50 am

Tuesday and Thursday 12:30 - 1:50 pm

Dr. Susan Harvey (view Profile)

Course Attachments


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

Textbook: Hammel, A.M. & Hourigan, R.M. (2011). Teaching Music to Students with Special Needs: A Label-Free Approach. Oxford University Press.

Grading Standards


Grading Scale

90-100             A

80-89               B

70-79               C

60-69               D

59-Below         F

Course Evaluation                     

5%      Concert Write Up

5%      Mother Goose Rhyme Presentation

5%      Children’s Book Presentation

15%    TEK Project (2 songs each grade level)

20%    Textbook Review Questions

15%    Semester Exam

15%    Students with Special Needs Project (Case Study)

5%      Lesson Plan K or 1st Grade

5%      Lesson Plan 2nd or 3rd Grade

5%      Lesson Plan 4th or 5th Grade

5%      Final Exam – Teaching Presentation 3rd, 4th, or 5th Grade Lesson (already written during the semester)        

*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.


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

Submission Format 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 typed and submitted hard copy, not emailed. Projects more than one page are to be stapled.

Weekly Written Assignments

The instructor will assign a grade that represents your ability to satisfactorily complete weekly reading assignments and textbook review questions, 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.

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


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

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, building on previously learned concepts. Therefore, attendance is crucial to personal development. MWF students may miss class three times without a final grade reduction. TR students may miss two classes without a final grade reduction. Each absence above the allotment reduces the final grade ten points (one letter grade). Tardy time counts toward absences. Nonparticipation in class equals one absence for each occurrence. Class participation includes all classroom activities (movement, rhythmic, melodic, singing, dancing, presentations and discussions). 

Other Policies

Student Expectations/Conduct

Students are required to participate in all class activities. Students are to read daily assignments, prepare questions, 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. Classroom behavior that interferes with either the instructor’s ability to conduct class or the ability of other students to profit from instruction will result in the instructor’s removing the student(s) from the class and an absence earned.

Special Needs

Students who need course adaptations or accommodations because of a disability, who have emergency medical information that needs sharing, or who 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. 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

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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