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Course Syllabus

Course: MUSC 1800

Division: Fine Arts, Comm, and New Media
Department: Music
Title: Percussion Methods and Pedagogy I

Semester Approved: Spring 2016
Five-Year Review Semester: Spring 2021
End Semester: Spring 2022

Catalog Description: This course teaches students the fundamentals of playing all of the instruments in the percussion family. It will be taught every other year, alternating with MUSC 1700. It is optional but strongly encouraged, as it satisfies the instrumental music education major's similar requirements at transfer institutions.

Semesters Offered: Fall
Credit/Time Requirement: Credit: 1; Lecture: 0; Lab: 2

Justification: This course is an important requirement in an instrumental music education degree. All other institutions in the state offer this course beginning in the freshman year, generally at the 1000 or 2000 level. Students may take this course at any time during their four-year career. However, offering this course at Snow enables students to be further ahead when they transfer.

Student Learning Outcomes:
As a result of taking this course students will:  

be able to perform basic rudiments and techniques on all of the percussion instruments.  

know how to teach the fundamentals on these instruments to others. 

feel confident about their knowledge in this area. All outcomes are assessed in course written and performance exams. 

The following topics will be covered in this course:
A. Correct hand positions and sticking techniques.
B. How to read percussion notation.
C. Selection process of high quality literature for the different percussion instruments.
D. Pedagogical methods and strategies for instrumental music educators as they relate specifically to high school and middle school instrumental music programs.

Key Performance Indicators:
Students will demonstrate teaching competence through three performance examinations (60%-80%) and through regular and prompt attendance (20%-30%). Percentages are approximate.











Pedagogy Statement:

Maximum Class Size: 15
Optimum Class Size: 12