MUSC 3720– Art Song Literature

Course Syllabus – Fall 2014




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| Outcomes | Text | Grading | Mid-term progress report |
Course schedule | Course policies | Concert Reports

Instructor Information:

Instructor:           Dr. Christina Howell

Phone:                 (678) 466-4755

Fax:                        (678) 469-4769

E-mail:                  christinahowell@clayton.edu

Website:              http://faculty.clayton.edu/chowell

Office:                         Music Education Building, Room 226

Office hours:  TBA (after Applied Music teaching schedule set)

Other times available by appointment


Class Meetings:                                                                                                           

Classroom:      Music Education Building, Room 221

Class times:      9:00 – 9:50 Monday/Wednesday/Friday



Textbook Information:

Text:                Kimball, Carol. Song: A Guide to Art Song Style and Literature. Hal Leonard, Corp., 2005. (Revised Edition)
coverage – Entire book.

A History of Song, Revised Edition, Edited by Denis Stevens

ISBN 0-393-00536-4

Other reading as assigned.

                        Podcasts as assigned.

Course Description:

Number and Title:

MUSC 3720 (CRN 80535)
Art Song Literature

Credit Hours: 3.0 semester credit hours

Catalog Description:

A study of the literature of solo song, with paticular attention to the national styles of solo song with piano accompaniment from 1800 to the present. Offered alternate Fall semesters.

Course Prerequisites and Co-requisites:

MUSC 1012 with a minimum US Grade of D


Computer Requirement:

Each CSU student 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. Students will sign a statement attesting to such access.  For further information on CSU's Official Notebook Computer Policy, please go to http://www.clayton.edu/hub/itpchoice/notebookcomputerpolicy.



Course Requirements


Students will be required to:


  1. Read, analyze, and discuss the text according to the topics provided in the course outline.
  2. Listen to a representative piece from each composer.
  3. Post in Discussion Forums for each day of assigned listening (see assignment for details).
  4. Take notes over lectures.
  5. Participate in group discussions
  6. Take objective examinations or quizzes over specified material, including vocabulary.
  7. Attend vocal concerts in Spivey Hall (see below) and complete writing assignments.



This course requires the recognition of the elements of music and the resulting musical styles, forms, and genres. Careful listening to class lectures and musical examples is necessary.

Regular attendance and punctuality will be required for success.


Required Attendance:


Jeffrey Ray, baritone

Susan Tusing, piano

Tuesday, August 26,

7:30 pm

Spivey Hall


Dr. Christina Howell, soprano

Rolando Salazar, piano

Sunday, October 5, 2014

3 pm

Spivey Hall


Dr. Kurt-Alexander Zeller, tenor

Dr. Michiko Otaki, piano

Sunday, October 19, 2014

3 pm

Spivey Hall





The class will be taught primarily through lecture, discussion, reading, videos, internet use, listening to recordings of musical performances, and concert attendance.




Course Requirements/Evaluation

It is expected that students will attend every class and participate fully.

The following system with be used to compute the student’s semester grade:





Points per each assignment


Discussion Forum








In-Class Presentation/Performance




Poster Presentation




Concert Reports























Mid-term Progress Report:

The mid-term grade in this course, which will be issued on October 6, reflects approximately 25% 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 fill out an official withdrawal form, available in the Office of the Registrar, or withdraw on-line using the Swan by mid-term, which occurs on October 5.  Instructions for withdrawing are provided at this link.

The last day to withdraw without academic accountability is Friday, October 10, 2012.

Course Schedule:

(see separate sheet)

Course Policies:

General Policy
Students must abide by policies in the Clayton State University Student Handbook, and the Basic Undergraduate Student Responsibilities.

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 absences have in determining grades and upon students’ ability to remain enrolled in their courses. The university reserves the right to determine that excessive absences, whether justified or not, are sufficient cause for institutional withdrawals or failing grades.



Course Attendance Policy

Come to class.  You will learn more and your grade will be higher. Attendance will be taken.  Come to class and be prepared.  


Missed Work/Exams

·         Students will responsible for getting any missed information from a student colleague.

·         Since Discussion Forums and Concert Reports are assigned in advance and will be turned in via online submission, the student will be expected to turn them in by the deadlines even in the rare event that he or she must miss class.

·         Missed exams may be made up at the instructor’s discretion only if reasonable advance notice is given that the student will be absent. The instructor reserves the right to give a student a different exam than the one given in class.


Computer Requirement:

Each student enrolled at <st1:place w:st="on">Clayton <st1:placename w:st="on">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.  Also, each student is responsible for monitoring the <st1:placename w:st="on">Clayton State issued email 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.

Computer Skill Prerequisites:

·         Able to use the WindowsTM operating system

·         Able to use Microsoft Word 2007TM word processing

·         Able to send and receive e-mail

·         Able to attach and retrieve attached files via email

·         Able to use a Web browser.

·         Ability to successfully log on and remain connected to GAView.

Division of Music Statements

Health and Safety
Health and Safety concerns for musicians apply to all music faculty and staff, to all music majors and minors, and to any student enrolled in music classes, particularly applied music and ensembles.  Hearing concerns, vocal health, and muscle injury are an everyday part of the music profession. Musicians must take an active role in making informed decisions to help maintain their own health and safety.

The Division of Music at Clayton State University provides for the benefit of our students, faculty, and staff information regarding best practices in health and safety for musicians.  Information and a list of resources is linked from the Division of Music webpage (http://www.clayton.edu/vpa/music), and additional information will be presented periodically each academic year as part of the MUSC 0890 (Recital Attendance) course.  If you have specific questions or concerns regarding injuries or other music-related health issues, ask your applied instructor or ensemble director for assistance and additional resources.

Program Learning Outcomes:

Music  outcomes:

MUSC 3720 is a required course in the B.M. degree program in music with performance emphasis.  MUSC 3720 supports outcomes of the Music Performance major:

Click here for the Music Learning Outcomes

  • Music Outcome 1: Hear, identify and manipulate in sound and notation the elements of music such as rhythm, melody, harmony, structure, timbre, and texture. 
  • Music Outcome 2:  Demonstrate proficiency in solo and collaborative performance skills including competency in sight reading and realizing a variety of musical styles.
  • Music Outcome 3: Think, speak and write clearly and effectively about music and related fields.

Course Learning Outcomes:

1.       To define art song.

2.       To discover the development of solo song around the world from Renaissance to modern times.

3.       To compare various national styles of solo song.

4.       To gain an awareness of the German Lied and its development and influence during the Romantic period and beyond.

5.      To gain awareness of composers, compositions, style, characteristics, and development of solo song through listening.


In-class Use of Student Notebook Computers:

As a general rule, student notebook computers will not be used in class. Note taking should be made via paper and writing utensil and may be transferred to typed format at the student’s discretion.  PowerPoints, study tips, communication from the professor, and other information will also be made available for this class through GAView.  

Academic Dishonesty
Students are expected to abide by the Clayton State University Student Code of Conduct. 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.  All instances of academic dishonesty will result in a grade of zero for the entire section of work involved (i.e. if one Style Sheet is found to contain plagiarized work, the entire grade for Style Sheets (35%) will be assigned the grade of zero (0)) and will be reported to the Office of Student Conduct/Judicial Affairs.  Judicial procedures are described at


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 to 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: 



Writing Assistance
The Writers’ Studio 224 is located in the A&S building, room 224.  There you can talk with trained writing tutors about your writing projects.  They are available to work with you at any stage of your paper, from generating ideas to organizing your paper to understanding how to format it correctly.  The service is free; you may drop in and wait for a tutor or sign up for a regular appointment.  But remember: you, not your tutor, are ultimately responsible for the quality and content of the papers you submit.




The course outline referenced in this document is tentative and may be subject to change.  Advance notice will be provided to students when possible.   The syllabus is subject to change.  Students will be notified in writing and the most current version may be found on GAView.








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