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Course Syllabus

Course: MUSC 1901

Division: Fine Arts, Comm, and New Media
Department: Music
Title: Performing Arts Career Exploration

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

Catalog Description: This course provides students the opportunity to explore careers in music. The course is project-based; students will propose and complete projects designed to show their research into areas of occupational interest to them, and present these research projects to class members. This course transfers as music elective credit to 4-year schools.

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

Justification: Entrepreneurship in the arts is an important part of any training program that prepares people to enter this field of endeavor. Those graduating with degrees in music will use this training to explore areas of possible employment, including private teaching, performing, composition and arranging, music technology, and others.

Student Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this class students will: 

be able to demonstrate an understanding of the careers available in their area of interest in the performing arts as assessed by course exams. 

be able to present research findings using traditional and technological presentation tools as assessed by course presentations. 

be able to conduct research into their chosen area of exploration using traditional and online sources as assessed by assigned research papers.  

be able to conduct research into their chosen area of exploration using personal interviews as assessed by course assignments. 

Research techniques
• Sources
• Exploration
• Delivery
• Interviews
Areas of employment
• Performance
• Management
• Representation
• Technology
• Teaching
• Methods of presentation

Key Performance Indicators:
Assessment will be accomplished in the following way:

Quizzes - 20%- 40% 

Attendance and participation - 20%- 40% 

Research presentations and assignments - 30%- 60% 








Representative Text and/or Supplies:
Because students will be presenting research findings, no formal text is required.

Pedagogy Statement:

Maximum Class Size: 24
Optimum Class Size: 20