MUS 132F-832F (Applied Guitar Syllabi)

Academic Apparatus

Course Rationale * Prerequisites * Learning Objectives * Student Assessment * Required Materials * Grading Policy * Attendance Policy * Reserve Materials * University Policies


Course Specifics

Credo * Practice Requirements * Lesson Assignments * Required Meeting Times * Lesson Preparation * Attire * Ensemble Requirements * Performance Requirements * Musicianship/Professionalism * EKU Guitar Society * Mus 132F (Freshman) * Mus 232F (Sophomore) * Mus 332F (Junior) * Mus 432F (Senior) * Mus 832F (Graduate)

 


Course Rationale:

  • Aspiring professional guitarists need preparation and training in guitar technique, pedagogy, literature, performance practice, theory, and history.

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Prerequisites:

  • Private lessons are restricted to EKU guitar majors and minors. Students must audition and be accepted by Dr. Davis to become a guitar major or minor at EKU. All other students are encouraged to take or repeat MUS 107 (Guitar Class). Guitar majors are required to successfully complete MUS 107 during their first semester at EKU. Students interested in learning more about becoming a guitar major or minor need to contact Dennis Davis.

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Learning Objectives:

  • Students will learn musicianship.
  • Students will learn proper guitar technique.
  • Students will learn how to present historically informed and creatively expressive performances of literature for the guitar from every major style period..
  • Students will learn guitar history and pedagogy.
  • Students will learn and utilize music technology, including audio and video assessment.
  • Students will learn the importance of professional organizations for guitar and will be required to join the EKU Guitar Society and participate in Fund-Raising activities. (Dues are $25 per semester and are due during the first week of classes when announced).

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Student Assessment:

  • Students will present assignments in lesson and masterclass as required, including recordings, performances, and written assignments. It is important to note that required weekly practice recordings constitute 50% of the weekly grade.
  • Students will take an aural and written midterm and final. Guitar specific research papers are due as assigned.
  • Students will perform as required during the semester and both the student and the instructor will assess those performances.
  • Students will participate in several public recital performances each semester. Students are required to perform in convocation each semester (the frequency depends upon the student/major). Other performances will also be required (on and off campus). A recording session will occur the week before or after each recital.
  • Concert video and Audio recordings will assist the assessment process. All recordings are the exclusive property of the EKU Department of Music.
  • Please refer to the EKU Guitar Department Handbook (see Blackboard) for clarification and related requirements. Demerits lower the final grade by 1% per incident. See the EKU Guitar Handbook for clarification, especially the section entitled "Professionalism."

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Required Materials:

  • Students will purchase requested items and be given a reasonable time to acquire those items, depending upon the item. "Lack of Money" will not be accepted as an excuse for not purchasing required items. Penalties for not acquiring required items may include being "administratively dropped" from all guitar courses, grade reductions, or an "I" grade for the semester.
  • Students will join the EKU Guitar Society and pay their $25 membership dues each semester.
  • Instruments: All students should own a quality classical guitar (as determined by Dr. Davis according to the standards set for their respective degree option) and a versatile electric suitable for jazz (humbucking pickups in neck and bridge position--preferably splitable).
  • Accessories: footstool, small music stand, concert attire, metronome, music dictionary, nail care kit (diamond file, buffing board, 600 grit or equivalent sand paper, replacement nails, silk mesh, and superglue), cables, recording device (or similar device - tape deck, minidisc, etc...), volume pedal, amplifier (Roland Cube 40 preferred), extension cord, power strip, and picks.
  • Texts: Specific literature and etude requirements depend upon the student/major. Other texts, such as Studying Music History, A Concise History of the Classical Guitar, Guitar Pedagogy, Pumping Nylon, The Real Book, and others as specified by the instructor, are required. Students have one week to acquire assigned materials.
  • Scores, books, and other materials: It is the student's responsibility to quickly (by their next lesson) purchase or copy music as requested by the instructor. Materials may be purchased from local stores, guitar supply houses (Guitar Solo Publications), the music office, or occasionally from the teacher when available. Guitar majors should set aside $100-$150 per year for music. Note - music and materials should be purchased promptly. Visit the required repertoire site for more information.

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Reserve Materials Include:

  • Recordings, articles, journals, and books explaining various aspects of guitar technique, performance, history, and pedagogy.
  • Various items from my personal collection as necessary.

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Attendance Policy:

  • Applied Lessons: Alternate lesson times will be arranged when the professor has a scheduling conflict. Unexcused student absences will not be rescheduled, and will be treated as a failing grade for that lesson. Warning: each unexcused absence reduces your semester grade by one letter. Verifiable university or medical absences will be accepted and other excuses will be considered on an individual basis at the end of the semester.
  • Recital Attendance: All guitar students, including those in class instruction, are required to attend every EKU Department of Music concert that involves guitar. Missing any guitar related recital lowers the semester grade by one letter. Examples include, but are not limited to, faculty recitals, guest guitar recitals, jazz ensemble, and all ensemble recitals involving guitar. Apart from required recitals per the guitar program, the Department of Music has a recital attendance policy (see the student handbook at the Department website for the complete set of departmental guidelines). Support your fellow students by attending their recitals; they will reciprocate by attending yours - again, if a guitarist is performing, it is required.
  • Guitar concerts will be presented at other venues, including other cities and universities, every academic year. Students need to understand that these events are rare opportunities. The serendipitous nature of these events may conflict with other commitments, but guitar majors are expected to accommodate these events when requested to do so. Exceptions for extreme situations will be given at the discretion of the director.

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Grading Policy:

  • Lessons will be graded weekly, averaged, and combined with a midterm and final jury grade. The semester grade will also include other assignments such as masterclass, pedagogy, history, theory, and research assignments. The first lesson of each semester is used to outline objectives, discuss priorities, and set goals. A lesson/practice sheet is used to record weekly tasks. All grades are based on the degree of improvement, quality of preparation, amount of material covered, attendance, and how effectively semester goals were realized. The grade 'B' indicates progress; 'A' indicates exceptional work. Students receiving less than a B need to reassess their commitment, attitude, priorities, goals, and career choice.
  • The semester grade will be lowered by one letter for each unexcused absence or three tardies. Failing the midterm or final exam will lower the semester grade by one letter. Missing a required concert will lower the semester grade by one letter. Guitar-specific research assignments are required every semester. Demerits lower the final grade by 1% per incident. See the EKU Guitar Handbook for clarification, especially the section titled "Professionalism."
  • Audio (or video) recordings form the primary measurement of your outside preparation. Weekly Dropbox recordings constitute 50% of your weekly lesson grade. I fully expect your recordings to reflect your struggles, abilities, and level of familiarity with the literature. If you have not had the literature for very long, your recordings will reflect that. If you are not an experienced player, your recordings will reflect that. Your recordings may sound very rough when you first receive your assignments, and that is perfectly fine. They allow us to target your difficulties and work to resolve them. If you fail to submit your recordings, I must assume that you failed to practice your literature. And much worse, it impedes my ability to quickly diagnosis your problem areas and help you overcome them.
  • The EKU Guitar Handbook is available on Blackboard. It provides supplemental assessment information and clarification, including EKU Guitar Department requirements, policies, and activities.
  • Scholarships are available to qualified students. Scholarship recipients are expected to be leaders and role models on and off campus. Scholarship students must maintain a 2.75 music-specific GPA. Scholarship students are evaluated at the end of each term by the instructor for continued eligibility and renewal.
  • Final & Weekly Grade Point Distribution (Semester and Weekly Percentages):
    Lesson Activities 20% Includes the completion of lesson assignments and weekly recordings. Weekly recordings (Dropbox) constitute 50% of your weekly lesson grade. Lesson recordings are due every Sunday by 11 a.m.
    Written Assignments 10% Practice Journal entries, Discussion Board postings,  Jury Synopsis, Masterclass Presentations, Concert Program information, Pedagogical Assignments, Quizzes, and other written assignments.
    Etude Recordings 10% Acoustic and Electric Performances of Etude assignments (Midterm: 5%; Final: 5%). These recordings are due weekly and cumulatively (before the end of the stated Midterm and Final Examination Times).
    Scale Recordings 10% Acoustic and Electric Performances of Scale assignments (Midterm: 5%; Final: 5%). These recordings are due weekly and cumulatively (before the end of the stated Midterm and Final Examination Times).
    Text Recordings 10% Acoustic and Electric Performances of Text assignments (Midterm: 5%; Final: 5%). These recordings are due weekly and cumulatively (before the end of the stated Midterm and Final Examination Times).
    Technique Recordings 10% Acoustic and Electric Performances of Technique assignments (Midterm: 5%; Final: 5%). These recordings are due weekly and cumulatively (before the end of the stated Midterm and Final Examination Times).
    Sight-Reading Recordings 10% Acoustic and Electric Performances of Sight-Reading assignments (Midterm: 5%; Final: 5%). These recordings are due weekly and cumulatively (before the end of the stated Midterm and Final Examination Times).
    Improvisational Techniques Recordings 10% Acoustic or Electric Performances (Midterm: 5%; Final: 5%). These recordings are due weekly and cumulatively (before the end of the stated Midterm and Final Examination Times).
    Jury Performance Literature (Performance & Recordings) 10% Performance of the most important literature learned during the semester. This grade also includes proper Jury Sheet completion and submittal, appropriate attire, copies of jury works, and required equipment.
    Total 100%  

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Credo:

  • The study of music demands, as do all the arts, not only natural ability and talents, but also more importantly dedication, sacrifice, self-discipline, inquisitiveness, and the unrelenting desire to achieve excellence. Success requires all of these attributes. Natural ability is not a substitute for any other component. In fact, natural ability often unfairly enjoys the credit earned by hard work and dedication. It is assumed that music students are here to get the most from the Department of Music, its faculty, and resources, and, that music students will work consistently towards advancement in all areas, including those required outside the field of music. Music is a highly competitive art form and success is not guaranteed by tuition and attendance; success requires a self-sacrificing dedication to the field that includes a refusal to quit. The study of music is never finished and never takes extended holidays. Music requires regular practice and consistent effort to simply maintain prior accomplishments and future progress only happens after extended periods of regular practice. Since music is never “finished,” musicians, like athletes, must continue to progress without any extended breaks, especially if they hope to graduate with the skills and abilities to be “drafted” by a professional organization or excellent graduate school. Consider these words by Jascha Heifetz: If I don't practice one day, I know it; two days, the critics know it; three days, the public knows it. (Heifetz). Every successful musician lives by this quote and students who ignore it are ignored by the profession. To prevent this devastating “learning outcome,” guitar students are required to submit recordings regularly and make regular progress during every academic break. It is fine to rest for one day or occasionally two, but more than that thwarts progress, memorization, interpretation, the ability to sight-read, and ultimately, confidence. If a unique event forces a break that is longer than three days, then balance that loss by either submitting extra recordings before, or immediately after, the academic break; but, never think that an academic break exempts any student from progressing and evidencing regular progress via weekly recordings. Some students may wonder about the recourse that follows the failure to make recordings and progress during breaks, and several have learned by having their recitals cancelled, literature changed, and most frequently, one or more extra semesters added to the end of their studies. But, the worse recourse is the self-inflected loss of progress, confidence, and growth that results from taking the break “off.” Everyone is free to make choices, but not from the consequences of their choices. Music is highly competitive and unfortunately, your competition will be thrilled by your mistakes and poor choices. Consider how unique music really is: 
  • Go on; don’t only practice your art, but force your way into its secrets. Art deserves that, for it and knowledge can raise men to the Divine…I will take fate by the throat; it will never bend me completely to its will. (Beethoven)
  • If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music. (Einstein). 
  • Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.  (Plato)

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Practice Requirements:

  • Guitar majors should acquire skills comparable to other instrumental majors (flute, violin, trumpet, and so forth) and should be aware of the national standards for their instrument. They should spend the time necessary to achieve those standards. Performance majors should practice 3 or more hours daily. Music Education, Theory/Composition, and Merchandizing practice less. All deficiencies must be rectified by the end of the first semester. This usually involves improving technique, sight-reading, rhythm, interpretation, and other areas as defined by the instructor. All guitar majors are expected to do the work necessary to become competent, expressive, multi-style guitarists. Musicians who can sight-read perfectly rarely have to practice.

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Lesson Assignments:

  • Goals for the semester are outlined, discussed, and refined with each student during the first meeting of each semester. They include technical exercises, etudes, studies, repertoire from several style periods, and required pedagogy and history readings. Visit the required repertoire site for more detailed repertoire information.

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Required Meeting Times:

  • Applied lessons are arranged each semester at a mutually convenient time.
  • Masterclass meets every MWF at 2:30 pm., unless there is a Friday Convocation (attend the Friday convocation). Friday meetings give students the opportunity to rehearse together at a mutually required time (when there is not a student convocation). 
  • Ensemble/Performance class meets every Tuesday and Thursday from 3:30 - 5:30 pm.
  • Directed and Undirected Ensembles meet weekly as assigned. An unexcused absence from any group rehearsal/masterclass the semester grade by one letter. Three unexcused tardies equal one absence.

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Lesson Preparation:

  • It is assumed that lesson assignments will be practiced and carefully considered. I am fairly adept at assessing whether or not assignments have been practiced. I can also tell the difference between a student nervously struggling to play something they have practiced and a student that is simply unprepared. If a student comes to lesson unprepared they will be sent to the practice room to work on their assignments. Unprepared lessons lower your lesson grade.

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Convocation, Jury, and Solo Concert Attire:

  • Degree Recitals: Concert Black, Tuxedo, or Coat and tie with dress pants, shoes, and socks. The instructor will specify the attire. A performing musician is expected to own a tuxedo. It is the "uniform" of the industry. Tuxedo rental shops frequently sell used tuxedos at reasonable prices.
  • Guitar ensemble: Concert black, tuxedo, or similar approved apparel depending on the situation.
  • Jury (regular and Sophomore comprehensives): Dress shirt and tie with dress pants, shoes, and socks.
  • Convocation: Same as jury.

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Ensemble Requirements:

  • The Eastern Kentucky University Guitar Ensemble: All guitar majors and minors will participate in the EKU Guitar Ensemble for duration of their studies at EKU. The musical skills developed in ensemble playing are indispensable to the professional guitarist. Guitar Ensemble is the primary ensemble experience for all guitar students. The guitar ensemble presents a concert each semester and members are required to perform ensemble works in convocation twice each semester.
  • EKU Jazz Band: All performance majors are expected to participate in jazz band at some point during their studies at EKU. If the student is not accepted into Jazz Band they will satisfy the jazz band component by playing in the Jazz combos. Auditions are held for all ensembles at the beginning of each semester.
  • Chamber Music Ensemble: Students can explore various ensemble opportunities by performing chamber music.

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Performance Requirements and Important Dates:

Guitar majors will present an ensemble and studio concert on the EKU campus every semester.  Other performances will be required on a periodic basis and include concerts at other universities, recording sessions, Friday Student Recitals, and local and regional K-12 schools and music programs. Some concert times are subject to change and more concerts will be added when dates are finalized. Please flexible and willing to accommodate serendipitous performance opportunities. It is critical to your professional development.

  • Dress Rehearsals and Concerts:
  • January 26, 7:30 PM, Guest Guitar Artist Mark Kroos, Gifford Theater.
  • March 26, 7:30 PM, Guest Guitar Artist Luther Enroe, Gifford Theater. 
  • March 28, 7:30 PM,  EKU Guitar Ensemble Concert, Gifford Theater
  • April 24, 7:30 PM, Jon Brewer, Senior Guitar Recital, Gifford Theater.
  • April 25, 7:30 PM, Weller, Ames, Bunch Joint Guitar Recital, Gifford Theater.
  • May 2, 7:30 PM, EKU Guitar Studio Concert, Gifford Theater.  
  • A recording session will occur each semester.
  • All EKU guitar department recordings are the sole property of the EKU department of
    music.
  • Midterm Exams:
    MUSX32F: Performance (during Midterm Lesson). Written 3/2/17 (3:30-5:30).
    MUSX57: Performance and written 3/2/17 (3:30-5:30).

  • Final Exams: 
    MUSX32F: Written 5/8/17, 3:30-5:30 pm, Campbell 327.
    MUSX32F: Performance: Wednesday (Juries), 5/10/17, 1:00-5:00 pm. (15-20 minute slots per student in Campbell 327).
    MUSX57: Written 5/9/17, 1:00-3:00 pm, Campbell 327.

  • Comprehensive Examination: Students must pass a Sophomore Comprehensive Examination at the conclusion of the sophomore year to advance to upper level (300) coursework. All students, except performance majors, may retake this exam if they fail it. SEE BLACKBOARD HANDBOOK.

  • Juries: Students will perform a midterm and final jury examination each semester. 

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Musicianship and Lesson Professionalism* (see Blackboard: Guitar Department Handbook). The Handbook should be read and reviewed at the beginning of each semester. Students are required to follow the procedures outlined in this handbook.

EKU Guitar Society (see Blackboard. All majors are required to join each semester. Failure to pay dues when required, typically the first week of classes EACH SEMESTER, will reduce the final grade by 3% per week.

Applied Lessons
MUS 132F (Freshman Guitar Lessons)

  • Private lessons are restricted to music majors and minors whom have successfully auditioned for the instructor. Non-music majors are encouraged to enroll into Mus 107 (Guitar Class).
  • Students with deficiencies will be accepted provisionally until their deficiencies are corrected.
  • Students should own the required basic equipment and purchase materials as directed by the instructor.
  • Classical, Jazz, and Contemporary repertoire will be assigned according to the abilities and classification of the student.
  • Performance majors need to enroll for 2 credit hours. Other majors should enroll for one credit.
  • MUS 132F may be repeated for a total of 4 credits.
  • The EKU Guitar Handbook is available on Blackboard. It provides supplemental assessment information and clarification, including other EKU Guitar Department requirements, policies, and activities. It should be read and reviewed at the beginning of each semester. Students are required to follow the procedures outlined in this handbook.

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MUS 232F (Sophomore Guitar Lessons)

  • Private lessons are restricted to music majors and minors whom have successfully auditioned for the instructor. Non-music majors are encouraged to enroll into Mus 107 (Guitar Class).
  • Prerequisite: Successful completion of MUS 132F.
  • Classical, Jazz, and Contemporary repertoire will be assigned according to the abilities and classification of the student.
  • Performance majors need to enroll for 2 credit hours. Other majors should enroll for one credit.
  • MUS 232F may be repeated for a total of 4 credits.
  • All Sophomores must pass Sophomore Comprehensives Exams before they may take any 300 level music courses. Sophomores must prepare program notes for the selections performed on their exam. Refer to the Sophomore Comprehensives Exam application for additional requirements.
  • The EKU Guitar Handbook is available on Blackboard. It provides supplemental assessment information and clarification, including other EKU Guitar Department requirements, policies, and activities. It should be read and reviewed at the beginning of each semester. Students are required to follow the procedures outlined in this handbook.

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MUS 332F (Junior Guitar Lessons)

  • Private lessons are restricted to music majors and minors whom have successfully auditioned for the instructor. Non-music majors are encouraged to enroll into Mus 107 (Guitar Class).
  • Prerequisite: Successful completion of MUS 232F and a passing grade on the Sophomore Comprehensive Exam.
  • Classical, Jazz, and Contemporary repertoire will be assigned according to the abilities and classification of the student.
  • Performance majors need to enroll for 4 credit hours. Other majors should enroll for two credits.
  • MUS 332F may be repeated for a total of 8 credits.
  • All Juniors will prepare a solo recital (MUS 399) as part of their degree requirements. This recital will be performed during the final semester of their applied lessons, unless they are majoring in performance. The Program, Program notes, Bio, Powerpoint Presentation, and Concert Poster must be submitted six weeks prior to the recital hearing. Program notes ensure that the student has a musicological understanding of the composers and selections on their program and it fulfills the university writing requirement for this course (MUS 399/499). A recital hearing must be scheduled one month prior to the recital. The recital hearing committee is selected by the instructor. The committee will grade the Recital Hearing, Written Program, Program Notes, Powerpoint Presentation, and Concert Poster. If a student fails the recital hearing, he or she will need to address the needed improvements and consider the time frame for rescheduling their recital hearing (the following semester). If the student passes the hearing, he or she will be expected to make the required revisions to all materials and immediately duplicate and post the Concert Poster. The final grade for MUS 399/499 will include the assessments for the final Recital performance, Written Program, and Program Notes. 
  • The EKU Guitar Handbook is available on Blackboard. It provides supplemental assessment information and clarification, including other EKU Guitar Department requirements, policies, and activities. It should be read and reviewed at the beginning of each semester. Students are required to follow the procedures outlined in this handbook.

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MUS 432F (Senior Guitar Lessons)

  • Private lessons are restricted to music majors and minors whom have successfully auditioned for the instructor. Non-music majors are encouraged to enroll into Mus 107 (Guitar Class).
  • Prerequisite: Successful completion of MUS 332F.
  • Classical, Jazz, and Contemporary repertoire will be assigned according to the abilities and classification of the student.
  • Performance majors need to enroll for 4 credit hours. Other majors should enroll for two credits.
  • MUS 432F may be repeated for a total of 8 credits.
  • All Performance majors will play a solo junior and senior recital (MUS 399 and 499) as part of their degree requirements. The senior recital will be performed during the final semester of applied lessons. The Program, Program notes, Bio, Powerpoint Presentation, and Concert Poster must be submitted six weeks prior to the recital hearing. These items must be posted in Dropbox six weeks before your recital. Program notes ensure that the student has a musicological understanding of the composers and selections on their program and it fulfills the university writing requirement for this course (MUS 399/499). A recital hearing must be scheduled one month prior to the recital. The recital hearing committee is selected by the instructor. The committee will grade the Recital Hearing, Written Program, Program Notes, Powerpoint Presentation, and Concert Poster. If a student fails the recital hearing, he or she will not be allowed to play their recital until the following semester. If the student passes the hearing, he or she will be expected to make the required revisions to all materials and immediately duplicate and post the Concert Poster and publicize their concert. The final grade for MUS 399/499 will include the assessments for the final Recital Performance, Written Program, Program Notes, Powerpoint Presentation, and Concert Poster and Publicity. 
  • The EKU Guitar Handbook is available on Blackboard. It provides supplemental assessment information and clarification, including other EKU Guitar Department requirements, policies, and activities. It should be read and reviewed at the beginning of each semester. Students are required to follow the procedures outlined in this handbook.

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MUS 832F (Graduate Guitar Lessons)

  • Private lessons are restricted to music majors and minors whom have successfully auditioned for the instructor. Non-music majors are encouraged to enroll into MUS 107 (Guitar Class).
  • Graduate performance majors need to audition.
  • Graduates with deficiencies will be accepted provisionally until their deficiencies are corrected.
  • Prerequisite: Successful completion of an undergraduate degree in music.
  • Classical, Jazz, and Contemporary repertoire will be assigned according to the abilities and classification of the student.
  • Performance majors need to enroll for 2-4 credit hours. Other majors should enroll for two credits.
  • MUS 832F may be repeated.
  • All Performance graduate students will play two full recitals (Mus 899) as part of their degree requirements. The first will be a chamber recital and must include one movement from a concerto. The second recital will be a solo program performed during the final semester of applied lessons. The senior recital will be performed during the final semester of applied lessons. The Program, Program notes, Bio, Powerpoint Presentation, and Concert Poster must be submitted six weeks prior to the recital hearing. Program notes ensure that the student has a musicological understanding of the composers and selections on their program and it fulfills the university writing requirement for this course (MUS 899). A recital hearing must be scheduled one month prior to the recital. The recital hearing committee is selected by the instructor. The committee will grade the Recital Hearing, Written Program, Program Notes, Powerpoint Presentation, and Concert Poster. If a student fails the recital hearing, he or she will not be allowed to play their recital until the following semester. If the student passes the hearing, he or she will be expected to make the required revisions to all materials and immediately duplicate and post the Concert Poster and publicize their concert. The final grade for MUS 899 will include the assessments for the final Recital Performance, Written Program, Program Notes, Powerpoint Presentation, and Concert Poster and Publicity. 
  • The EKU Guitar Handbook is available on Blackboard. It provides supplemental assessment information and clarification, including other EKU Guitar Department requirements, policies, and activities. It should be read and reviewed at the beginning of each semester. Students are required to follow the procedures outlined in this handbook.

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Transfer Students

  • Transfer students need to successfully audition for the instructor.
  • Transfer students with deficiencies may be accepted provisionally until their deficiencies are corrected. They may also be required to take remedial lessons. Transfer students will be assigned a classification for lessons depending upon their skill level (Freshman, Sophomore, etc.).
  • Transfer students need to take the music theory placement examination.
  • All transfer students need to submit the scholarship wavier form.
  • Transfer students will refer to their assigned classification for specific requirements.

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Syllabus Disability Accommodation Statement:

The University strives to make all learning experiences as accessible as possible.  If you are registered with the EKU Center for Student Accessibility (CSA), please obtain your accommodation letters from the CSA, present them to the course instructor, and discuss the accommodations needed. If you believe you need an accommodation and are not registered with the CSA, please contact the office in 361 Whitlock Building by email at disserv@eku.edu or by telephone at (859) 622-2933. Upon individual request, this syllabus can be made available in an alternative format.

A student with a “disability” may be an individual with a physical or psychological impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, to include, but not limited to: seeing, hearing, communicating, interacting with others, learning, thinking, concentrating, sitting, standing, lifting, performing manual tasks, working. Additionally, pregnancy accompanied by a medical condition(s), which causes a similar substantial limitation, may also be considered under the Americans with Disabilities Amendments Act (ADAAA). 

Academic Integrity statement: 
Students are advised that EKU’s Academic Integrity policy will be strictly enforced in this course.  The Academic Integrity policy is available at www.academicintegrity.eku.edu < http://www.academicintegrity.eku.edu/ > . Questions regarding this policy may be directed to the Office of Academic Integrity.

University Writing Requirement:
Baccalaureate degree students must take the exam in the first semester of enrollment after completing the 60th credit hour. Transfer students who transfer 60 credit hours or more must take the exam in the first semester of enrollment.   Students failing to register for, take and pass the UWR in the semester after they complete 60 credit hours will be subject to the enrollment limitation described in the undergraduate catalog.

Email Correspondence:
According to the EKU registrar: "Students who have not yet activated their EKU email account should do so ASAP and monitor that account regularly as it is an official means of communication between students and the university." Unless otherwise advised, I will interpret “regularly” as within five hours of sending it, if sent during business hours, and within twelve hours, if sent outside of business hours. It must be understood that students are expected to check their email regularly in this age of smart device technology, Internet transparency, and rampant social media. 

Smart Devices, Recording Devices, & Computers in the Classroom:
Please power down these devices before class starts. Class disruptions will lower your final grade by one point for each occurrence. Please warn me ahead of time if you might need to take a call for an emergency. Unless I request it, recording devices of any kind, audio or video, are prohibited in this class. You may request to use a smart device for taking notes in this class, but that privilege will be revoked and your grade will be lowered if you are caught doing anything other than work for my class with that device.

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