Applied Clarinet Lesson Syllabus
Composition and Music Education Majors
MUSC 2400, Section 3
Instructor: Stacey Houghton
Office: Music 209, 678-466-4750
Phones: 770-474-9799 (home), 678-907-9799 (cell)
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, HOUGHTONES@aol.com
Lower level private clarinet lessons, 50 minutes in length, at a scheduled time once a week. Lessons
may include applied work on several or all of the following areas, depending on the student’s needs:
scales and arpeggios, tone and technical exercises, etudes, repertoire, sight-reading, and improvisation.
Two credit hours.
Co-requisite: MUSC 1710
The student will demonstrate:
Improvement or mastery of the given appropriate playing techniques.
The ability to perform in lessons one or more compositions from a variety of traditional or jazz
styles, suited to the student’s ability that he or she has not previously studied.
The ability to perform with confidence in public.
The ability to play advanced scales, exercises, and techniques on the clarinet. This area may
include studies in improvisation.
Knowledge and understanding of the style, composer, and characteristics of each work studied.
Demonstrate professional competence in performance including technical mastery, sight-reading
and interpretive skills, and artistic self-expression (BM Learning Outcome No. 2).
Performance skills appropriate to the student’s needs and interests, including competence in
sight-reading and realizing a variety of musical styles (BM Learning Outcome No. 4).
All outcomes are assessed in weekly lessons, public performances, and at jury or the Sophomore
Specific works will be assigned on the basis of each student’s existing repertoire and ability. Students are
expected to perform selections consistent with college level credit, and they should demonstrate progress
and perform music of increasing difficulty. Students must own an original copy of the assigned music by
the fifth week of the semester. The instructor will not provide materials. If any material is assigned
after the fifth week of the semester, the music should be purchased within two weeks of the assignment.
Additional Required Materials
An instrument in proper playing condition. Instruments with playing problems will detract from the
student’s ability to play at a high level of proficiency.
A constant supply of working reeds.
A metronome and portable tuner in good working condition.
A notebook to record lesson activity.
Regular attendance (see Absence/Make-up Policy below).
An applied jury exam (about 15 minutes; two contrasting pieces, technical exercises, all major
scales, harmonic and melodic scales, chromatic scale, sight-reading) or formal recital (see
Handbook for detail). Be prepared to answer questions concerning the compositions you are
playing, their composers, and the musical terms found within the compositions. All major/minor
scales and arpeggios must be learned before going on to MUSC 4400.
At least one performance in a Noon Recital. Students must get approval from the instructor
before performing on a noon recital, and they should only perform material approved by the
Any material borrowed from the instructor during the semester must be returned before the last
day of classes in order to receive a passing grade.
Students must bring their instrument, music, and notebook to each lesson, or an absence will be
assumed for that day.
University Attendance Policy
Students are expected to attend and participate in every class meeting. Instructors establish specific
policies relating to absences in their courses and communicate these policies to the students through the
course syllabi. Individual instructors, based upon the nature of the course, determine what effect excused
and unexcused absenses have in determining grades and upon the student’s ability to remain in the
course. The university reserves the right to determine that excessive absences, whether justified or not,
are sufficient cause for institutional withdrawals or failing grades.
Attendance is crucial in a musical ensemble class. An attendance grade of 100 points is
assumed at the beginning of the semester. After the first unexcused absence, 10 points will be
deducted; each additional unexcused absence results in a deduction of 15 points each.
Any student arriving more than 10 minutes late for a lesson will be assumed as absent for that
A student who arrives to a lesson without music or instruments will be assumed as absent for that
Excused absences must be accompanied by a written document from a doctor or other
competent authority. Excused absences must be addressed with the instructor no later than the
following class period, or an unexcused absence will be assumed.
The instructor is not obligated to make up lessons missed by students, but effort will be made to
do so in cases of excused absences only (documented illness, family emergency or attendance
at a campus-approved function).
Should a student fail to notify the instructor of a scheduling conflict at least twenty-four hours in
advance of the lesson, he or she will forfeit that lesson.
Students must be on time for lessons. If a student arrives more than ten minutes late, the
lesson is forfeited. Lesson forfeits will also result if a student is extremely unprepared or fails to
bring all assigned materials. Forfeited lessons are graded as unexcused absences.
Mid-term Progress Report
The mid-term grade in this course, which will be issued by October 4, reflects approximately 20% of the
entire course grade. Based on this grade, students may choose to withdraw from the course and receive
a grade of “W”. Students pursuing this option must complete an official withdrawal form, available in the
Office of the Registrar, by mid-term, which occurs on October 7.
Computing Requirements and Responsibilities
Each student enrolled at Clayton State University is required to have ready access throughout the
semester to a notebook computer that meets faculty-approved hardware and software requirements for
the student’s academic program. Each student is also responsible for monitoring the Clayton State
issued e-mail address on a regular basis for official communications from faculty and administrators. For
further information on CSU’s Official Notebook Computer policy, please go to
http://itpchoice.clayton.edu/policy.htm. Specific computer and e-mail requirements for this course include:
Conduct Expectations: Students must abide by policies in the Clayton State University Student
Handbook at http://adminservices.clayton.edu/studentaffairs/StudentHandbook/foreward.htm, along with
the Music Department Handbook.
Academic Dishonesty Policy
Any type of activity that is considered dishonest by reasonable standards may constitute academic
misconduct. The most common forms of academic misconduct are cheating and plagiarism. Instances of
academic dishonesty will result in a grade of zero for the work involved. All instances of academic
dishonesty will be reported to the Office of Student Life/Judicial Affairs. Judicial Procedures are
Disruption of the Learning Environment
Behavior which disrupts the teaching-learning process during class activities will not be tolerated. While a
variety of behaviors can be disruptive in a classroom setting, more serious examples include belligerent,
abusive, profane, and/or threatening behavior. A student who fails to respond to reasonable faculty
direction regarding classroom behavior and/or behavior while participating in classroom activities may be
dismissed from class. A student who is dismissed is entitled due process and will be afforded such rights
as soon as possible following dismissal. If found in violation, a student may be administratively withdrawn
and may receive a grade of WF. A more detailed description of examples of disruptive behavior and
appeal procedures is provided at http://a-s.clayton.edu/DisruptiveClassroomBehavior.htm.
Tentative Schedule and Lesson Times
Lessons will be scheduled on campus only on Mondays and Wednesdays at a time convenient for the
student and the instructor. If any other day is needed, lessons will be conducted off campus.
A student must contact the instructor at the beginning of the first week of classes for a lesson time, or
the student will lose the lesson for that week.
Jury: December 3-9. The exact time will be announced later.
Jury exams will be 25% of final grades, and the remaining 75% will be based on studio progress, lesson
attendance, and recital performance. Studio grades are based on the following:
A = Lessons well-prepared, showing consistent improvement, good attendance
B = Lessons occasionally well-prepared, showing some improvement, good
C = Lessons rarely well-prepared, showing little improvement, good attendance
D = Lessons somewhat prepared, showing little improvement, poor attendance
F = Lessons generally unprepared, showing little or no improvement, poor
Individuals with disabilities who need to request accommodations should contact the Disability Services
Coordinator in the Student Center, room 255, 678-466-5445, email@example.com.
The content of this course syllabus correlates to education standards established by national and state education governing
agencies, accrediting agencies and learned society/professional education associations. Please refer to the course correlation
matrices located at the following web site: http://a-s.clayton.edu/teachered/Standards%20and%20Outcomes.htm