Small Chamber Music Ensemble Syllabus Fall 2020

Instructor: Dr. Kristin Leitterman

Office Location: Fine Arts 117

Email: kleitterman@astate.edu

Phone: 870-680-8054

Office Hours: By appointment

Course Description

From the Undergraduate Bulletin:

SMALL ENSEMBLES (MUS 3370 & 3371): Vocal, woodwind, brass, handbell, guitar, and percussion performance ensembles. Periodic tours. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. May be repeated for credit.

Course Objectives

The primary goal of this course is to rehearse and perform the highest quality chamber literature from all periods of classical music as well as popular idioms.

Students will demonstrate improvement in performance skills related to:

  • Tone, blend, balance, and intonation
  • Tempo, dynamics, articulation, and phrasing
  • Clefts, key signatures, rhythmic patterns
  • Proper application of musical terms
  • Following instructions of the conductor and section leaders

Program Level Outcomes

Bachelor of Instrumental Music Education Degree

  • The student will interpret music from a cross-section of musical styles.
  • The student will perform music from a cross-section of musical styles in the major performance area.
  • The student will display instructional skills sufficient to teach and/or assist instrumentalists in school ensembles.

Bachelor of Music Degree

  • The student will work independently to prepare performances at the highest possible level as a performer or a composer.
  • The student will apply aural, improvisational, and language skills, knowledge of styles and performance practices, and general historical and cultural knowledge as required by the focus of the major.
  • The student will utilize basic concepts, tools, techniques, and procedures to perform and/or develop a composition.

Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music

  • The student will read and realize musical notation.
  • The student will hear, identify, and work conceptually with the elements of music such as rhythm, melody, harmony, structure, timbre, texture.
  • The student will recognize a wide selection of musical literature, the principal eras, genres, and cultural sources.

Course requirements and evaluation procedures

Membership is encouraged of all music majors. Others are made on the recommendation of the instructor.

Grading will be based on attendance and preparedness for rehearsals and concerts. Attendance at all rehearsals and concerts is required. Individual preparation of music is the responsibility of the student. With only one rehearsal per week it is imperative that the ensemble members spend time practicing parts outside of rehearsal. A weekly 60 minute coaching will be schedule between the ensemble and the instructor. It is expected that the small ensemble will schedule another regular weekly rehearsal time as well without the instructor. Each lesson and performance will be assigned a grade based on the guidelines below (taken directly from the Undergraduate Bulletin.)

  • A - Excellent: For outstanding achievement
  • B - Good: For less that outstanding but demonstrating better performances than the normal competency required for satisfactory progress toward graduation
  • C - Satisfactory: For performance that demonstrates the normal competency required for satisfactory progress toward graduation
  • D - Poor: For performance that meets minimum course requirements but is below standards required for satisfactory progress toward graduation
  • F - Failure: For performance that does not meet minimum course requirements and for which no degree credit is justified

Weight of Grades

  • 50% - Weekly Lesson Grades
  • 10% - Studio/Reed Class Participation
  • 15% - TMR/Studio Recital Performance
  • 25% - Jury Exam/Recital Performance

Grading System

  • A: 90–100%
  • B: 80–89%
  • C: 70–79%
  • D: 60–69%
  • F: 0–59%

University and Classroom Policies

Instrument Syllabus Statement

University-owned instruments are provided to students in this course at the discretion of the course instructor and in collaboration with our department faculty. All instruments must be checked out and checked in with oversight from a music department faculty member using the QR code found on each instrument. All accessories distributed with the instrument must also be accounted for upon check out and check in. Instructors may ask that students provide their own instrument accessories. Instruments must be returned at the conclusion of the course or needed use (i.e. last concert of the semester or last cycle of techniques). Failure to return an instrument and any distributed accessories at the designated time will result in a hold being placed on the student’s account for the retail replacement cost of the instrument and/or accessories or those of equal function until the instrument and/or accessories are returned.

COVID-19 University Syllabus Statement Fall 2020

Arkansas State University has made every effort to provide a safe and comfortable learning environment for our return to in-person instruction during the Fall 2020 semester. The University is following the most up-to-date guidelines set forth by the Arkansas Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Given the uncertainty surrounding the continuing threat from the COVID-19 pandemic, we acknowledge there is potential for the interruption of in-person instruction during the course of this semester. While it is the goal of the institution to offer traditionally face-to-face classes, the social distancing measures arising out of the COVID-19 pandemic have caused many of the classes to be offered in a hybrid format this semester (i.e. a combination of face-to-face and remote modes of delivery). This means nearly every course offered will have a component where internet access is essential to course success. Students are strongly encouraged to secure WIFI access they can use for the semester either on or off campus. The purpose for this strategy is to protect our students, faculty, and staff while adhering to social distancing recommendations from public health officials while accomplishing the course learning objectives. If the university transitions to all-online instruction, campus housing will remain available for students who do not have a safe place to move or who do not have access to the internet elsewhere. Students who leave campus will need to ensure that they have reliable access to the internet to continue their course work. Web cameras may also be required by instructors to facilitate remote instruction (please see technology recommendations section). University officials will provide students with as much advanced notice and information as possible if the transition to all-online instruction becomes necessary. Please remember, all official notifications are made through your official A-State email account, the university website, and Blackboard Learn. You are responsible for checking your university email to ensure you receive the latest updates regarding this course.

Procedures to Accommodate Students with Disabilities

Students who require academic adjustments in the classroom or by way of the web due to a disability must first register with Arkansas State Disability Services (870-972-3964). Following registration and within the first two weeks of class, please contact me to discuss appropriate academic accommodations, technology requirements, software and hardware specifics and requirements. Appropriate arrangements can be made to ensure equal access to this course.

Sexual Misconduct Policy

Arkansas State works to provide a safe, productive learning environment. Title IX and university policy prohibit sexual discrimination, when regards sexual misconduct - including harassment, domestic and dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. Sexual violence can undermine students’ academic success. If you have been sexually assaulted, you can immediately speak with someone at NEARK’s Family Crisis Center’s 24-hour Sexual Assault Line: (870) 933-9449. Reports to law enforcement can be made to the University Police Department: (870) 972-2093. If you or someone you know has been harassed or assaulted, support can be provided from the Counseling Center, and Pack Support. The Student Health Center provides Sexual Assault resources. Alleged violations can be reported non-confidentially to the Title-IX and Institutional Equity office. It provides local, state and national resources for counseling, law enforcement, medical treatment, financial assistance, and legal services.

Attendance Policy

Absences eligible for excuse are those such as a university excuse, medical excuse, or extreme weather related problems. These excused absences must be documented and communicated to me either: 1) in advance for the planned absences, or 2) as soon as possible (within 3 days) following the illness or event that led to an unplanned absence; with a doctor’s note, university excuse, or official documents relating to your absence. For further information about A-State’s Attendance Policy:

Academic Misconduct Policy

Plagiarism (the act of taking and/or using the ideas, work, and/or writings of another person as one’s own) is a serious offense against academic integrity, which could result in failure for the paper or assignment, failure for the course, and/or expulsion from Arkansas State University. Plagiarism usually involves passing off the work, words, or ideas of others as your own without giving proper credit. If you have questions about what constitutes plagiarism, please ask your instructor. Cheating is an act of dishonesty with the intention of obtaining and/or using information in a fraudulent manner. For further information, including specifics about what constitutes plagiarism or cheating, see A-State’s Academic Integrity Policy at:

Flexibility Clause

The aforementioned requirements, assignments, and policies are subject to change. Student experiences and needs will be considered in modifying this course syllabus. The instructor reserves the right to make changes as deemed necessary.

Inclement Weather

Information on campus closure can be found on the A-State web page, KASU, and local radio and television stations. If inclement weather prevents you from coming to campus and campus is not closed, please email me at kleitterman@astate.edu or call 870-680-8054.


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