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Course : Strings Instrument Class

Course Number
3181
Section Number
01
Semester
Fall 2022
Location
Fain Instrumental Music Hall,
Days & Times
Final Exam Day/Time
Thursday, December 08, 2022 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Attachments
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Course Description

The focus of this course is to prepare students with the fundamentals of technique, tone production, methods, pedagogical technique, and materials pertaining to teaching violin, viola, cello and string bass in the public schools.


Course Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Course Competencies

 

1.  To provide each student with a firm foundation in the planning and instruction of a strings program. (SBEC 009:C)

2.  To acquire appropriate knowledge, concepts, and diagnostic skills that facilitate the student’s ability to successfully teach a beginning strings class in a public-school setting. (SBEC 009:A-B)

3.  To gain an understanding and working knowledge of how to play one stringed instrument. (SBEC 009:A)

4.  Emphasis will be placed on each student’s diagnostic pedagogical ability of instruction. (SBEC 009:D-E)

5.  Emphasis will be placed on each student’s ability to demonstrate beginning level techniques of a string instrument. (SBEC 009:A-B)

6.  The student will assemble a resource notebook with professional materials for future reference. (SBEC 009:C-E)

See Appendix A for a complete list of standards/competencies



Topics of Discussion

o  Instrument/Bow Anatomy

o  Instrument Care

o  Instrument Sizing

o  Proper Poster/Instrument Set up

o  Bow Hold / Upper and Lower Strings

o  Tone Production

o  Left Hand Technique / Fingerboard geography

o  Tuning

o  String Pedagogy

o  String Terminology

o  Overview of string technique


Assignment Policy


Assignments:

o  Are expected to be on time.

o  Class activities will not be made up due to absences. (Playing tests, quizzes, exams, and peer teaching). 

o  There will be no extra credit assignments.

o  The only exception to missed assignments and tests is a written “excused” absence by the “Provost” of the university.


 

Instructor Class Policies

o  If you are having difficulties with any aspect of this course, please see the instructor as soon as possible.

o  Professional, adult behavior is expected at all times.

o  Be on time, prepared, and ready for work with all materials for class.

o  No eating, texting, or any other distracting behaviors during class.

o  You should be unpacked, ready to play, chair and stand in place, and music out before class begins.


Important Dates

Last day for term schedule changes: Check date on Academic Calendar.

Deadline to file for graduation: Check date on Academic Calendar.

Last Day to drop with a grade of “W:” Check date on Academic Calendar.

Refer to: Drops, Withdrawals & Void


Notice

Changes in the course syllabus, procedure, assignments, and schedule may be made at the discretion of the instructor.

 



Course Schedule


Week

Activities/Assignments/Exams

Week 1

08/22 to 08/28

T-Syllabus, Instrument and Bow Anatomy. Instrument Sizing,

H-Instrument Care, Instrument Assignment, and Instrument Rental. (SBEC 009:B)

Week 2

08/29 to 09/04

T -Instrument Posture, Bow Posture, and Right Hand Set Up.

Learn Open Strings. Beginning Bow Division

H-Written Quiz 1-Lable Instrument and Bow, continue posture of Right (beginning of Class) Hand Set Up and Left Hand Set UP (SBEC 009:A-C)

Week 3

09/05 to 09/11

T- Reinforce Posture, -Beginning Fingerboard Geography. Intro to EE Teacher Guide- Play EE pages 40-44Playing Quiz 1: Instrument Posture: Respective Instrument (hold instruments correctly) End of Class

H-Play EE Pages Check Points on Page 47 (Learn to Tune your own instrument with fine tuners) Playing Quiz 2 Hold Bow Correctly (Grip): Respective Instrument

(SBEC 009:A-C)

Week 4

09/12 to 09/18

T- Play Pages 49-63, (Bowing Techniques) (learn to tune your own instruments with the pegs)

H- Playing Quiz 3 submit video- Lightly Row

(SBEC 009:A-C)

Week 5

09/19 to 09/25

T- Continued Fingerboard Geography -Intonation-Theory of Shifting Written Quiz 2 (beginning of Class)

H-Play EE 66-80 Bowing Techniques

Playing Quiz 4 submit video- D major Scale (beginning of Class)

(SBEC 009:A-C)

Week 6

09/26 to 10/2

T-Review needed material! EE

H- Play EE 83-101Pl Playing Quiz 5 Submit video-Jingle Bells (beginning of Class)

(SBEC 009:A-C)

Week 7

10/3 to 10/9

T-Rehearsal Techniques EE-101-115

H-Continue EE101-115 Playing

(SBEC 009:A-C)

Week 8

10/10 to 10/16

M-EE- 117-129 Written Quiz 3 String Terms (beginning of Class)

W- Playing Quiz 6 Buckeye Salute Reinforce EE 117-129

(SBEC 009:D)

Week 9

10/17 to 10/23

M- Midterm (Written Exam 1)

W- Read and Play EE-130-150 Reinforce new bow techniques. Playing Quiz 7(Baa Baa Black Sheep)Submit Video

(SBEC 009:A-C)

Week 10

10/24 to 10/30

T-Overview of Strings Beginning and Middle School, and a brief introduction to string pedagogy. Playing Quiz 6-

H- Essential Elements 151-175 (Playing Quiz 8 Banana Boat Song)Submit Video (SBEC 009:E)

Week 11

10/31 to 11/6

T-Lesson Plans (format)

H EE- 151-185 Finger Patterns (bowing Patterns)

(SBEC 009:A-B,E)

Week 12

11/7 to 11/13

T- EE 186-215 Playing Quiz 9 Monday’s Melody Submit Video

H Vibrato, Advanced bow Technique (hooked, detached slurs, dynamics)

(SBEC 009:A-E)

Week 13

11/14 to 11/20

T, H- Review Lesson Plans

Written Quiz 4

(SBEC 009:E)

Week 14

11/21 to 11/27

Teaching Demonstrations (10 Minutes Each)

Week 15

11/28 to 12/4

Teaching Demonstrations (10 Minutes Each)

Final Exam

Play Test Minuet I By Recording


Instructor Class Policies

o  If you are having difficulties with any aspect of this course, please see the instructor as soon as possible.

o  Professional, adult behavior is always expected.

o  Be on time, prepared, and ready for work with all materials for class.

o  No eating, texting, or any other distracting behaviors during class.

o  You should be unpacked, ready to play, chair and stand in place, and music out before class begins.

Attendance

o  Attendance is expected for each class as noted in this syllabus.

o  Students are allowed 2 absences (sick or skipping).

o  5% points will be deducted for each unexcused absence beyond the 2 allowable absences.

o  Students without all materials will be counted absent. (Instrument and notebook).

o  Chronic Tardiness is unacceptable and disruptive to class. Students arriving more than 20 minutes late will be considered absent.

o  A student with more than 2 excused or unexcused absences, will be warned by faculty. If truancy continues, a referral will be made to the Office of Student Rights and Responsibility. Students may be dropped from the course for excessive absences (more than 4 for this class) per University Policy.

Assignment Policy


Assignments:

o  Are expected to be on time.

o  Class activities will not be made up due to absences. (Playing tests, quizzes, exams, and peer teaching). 

o  There will be no extra credit assignments.

o  The only exception to missed assignments and tests is a written “excused” absence by the “Provost” of the university.

Grading/Assessment


Table 1: Percentages allocated to each assignment type


Assignment Type

Percentage

Participation

20%

Playing Quizzes

20%

Written Quizzes

10%

Midterm

20%

Teaching Demonstration/Final

20%

Notebook Completion

10%

Final Grade

100%

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