Independent Study Syllabus for 2021-2022
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Instructor Information

Office Location

MB 306

Office Hours

TBD

Course Information

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Course

MUAP-1188-002 Independent Study

Prerequisites

Course Description

One 30-minute lesson per week, minimum three hours of outside practice per week required. Emphasis on basic technique and musicianship, with appropriate literature tailored to the needs/desires of the individual student.

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Notice to Students enrolled in an educational program for preparation of issuance of certain occupational licenses:

Students enrolled in an educational program in preparation for obtaining certain occupational licenses are potentially ineligible for such license if the student has been convicted of an offense. For further information, please contact:

Melodie Graves
Justice Involved Advocate
Student Service Center 117
mgraves24@actx.edu
806-371-5995
Make appointment at https://melodiegraves.youcanbook.me

You can also contact the Legal Clinic, or the faculty member in charge of the educational program that you seek to enroll in. The further information you will receive will include notification to you of your right to request a criminal history evaluation letter from the licensing authority in order to clarify your particular situation.

Hours

(1 sem hr; 1/2 hr lesson, 3 hrs practice)

Class Type

On Campus Course

Syllabus Information

Textbooks

Required texts and other course materials will be determined in conference with the student.

These may include books, scores, and recordings.  

Supplies

Depending on the nature of the project, the student may be required to provide (or gain access to) staff paper, music notation software software, writing utensils, word processor, printer, portable electronic storage device, etc.

Student Performance

***This syllabus is also used for MUAP-1288, MUAP-2188, and MUAP-2288

The Independent Study topic will be mutually agreed upon by the instructor and the student at the beginning of the semester.  Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

  • conducting (choral and/or instrumental)
  • jazz improvisation
  • music composition
  • advanced theory and analysis
  • advanced ear training and sight reading

After studying the material presented in this course of study, the student will be able to demonstrate improvement in the chosen topic area, as evaluated by the instructor.  

In lieu of a final examination, the student will submit a hard and/or electronic copy (at the discretion of the instructor) of the completed project, as well as an accompanying essay (at least 500 words typed) describing challenges, breakthroughs, and take-aways encountered in the course of the project.  The student should reference the process(es) they used to overcome obstacles to completion, and also reflect on interactions with the instructor.

Students Rights and Responsibilities

Student Rights and Responsibilities

Log in using the AC Connect Portal

In order to receive your AC Connect Email, you must log in through AC Connect at https://acconnect.actx.edu .

If you are an active staff or faculty member according to Human Resources, use "Exchange". All other students, use "AC Connect (Google) Email".

Expected Student Behavior

The student will bring to each meeting clean work, an alert mind, and eager questions and observations. 

Grading Criteria

GRADING CRITERIA / GRADE SCALE

Syllabus Quiz  5%

Weekly Work  45%

Final Submission / Essay  50%

Students will be given a letter grade each week based on their performance and improvement from the previous week.  Factors considered will include attendance, attitude, demonstrated practice, and quality of work submitted.  The letter grades will be averaged with the syllabus quiz grade and final submission / essay grade to determine the final grade.  

Daily and final grades will be based on the following point scale:

A:  90-100

B:  80-89

C:  70-79

D:  60-69

F:  Below 60

Attendance

Regular attendance is necessary for satisfactory achievement.  Therefore, it is the responsibility of the student to attend class.

Calendar

Week 1:  Meet with instructor; discuss project and text requirements, receive first practice, writing, listening, and/or reading assignment.

Week 2:  Review previous week's assignments and re-evaluate trajectory of project.

Week 3 & Subsequent Weeks:  Each upcoming week’s assignment will be determined by the progress demonstrated during the previous week’s lesson.

Last week of the term:  By no later than midnight on Wednesday of exam week, turn in project and accompanying essay.  A performance of work resulting from the project may be arranged, if appropriate.

Additional Information

IF THIS COURSE IS TAKEN IN AN 8-WK SESSION, LESSON LENGTH WILL BE DOUBLED.

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Office Hours policy:

Office hours are posted outside MB 306, or by appointment (email njfryml@actx.edu).

Syllabus Created on:

01/17/22 11:22 AM

Last Edited on:

01/17/22 11:24 AM