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SUSAN PARRISH

Music Fundamentals Online (MUS 6)

COURSE ORIENTATION

Welcome to the course orientation for Music Fundamentals Online (MUS 6), an online class taught by Susan Parrish at Cabrillo College. Susan Parrish developed and has been teaching this online music theory course since 2007.

This course introduces you to the language of musical notation (what all those little dots and marks on the paper mean) and assumes that students have no experience reading music. If you have prior experience with music (reading, singing, or playing an instrument), this course will expand your understanding and knowledge. After completing this class, you will be able to read and notate your own music, and better understand any instrument you play or the music you listen to.

This is an "online" class, and is presented entirely via the Internet. You will NOT come to campus for orientation. You will complete all of your assignments, quizzes, and exams online. You are NOT required to attend any meetings on campus.

YOU MUST HAVE A WORKING COMPUTER TO SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETE THIS CLASS!

The software used to do the required assignments (Practica Musica) CANNOT be completed using a Chromebook computer, an iPhone or iPad, Android phone or Tablet, or an app for these. If you do not have regular access to a suitable computer with access to the internet, you should not register for this class.

This is a college level class worth 3 credits, and as such, demands consistent time and energy to do well. In past semesters, students who received an A in this class spend an average of 7 hours/week on the coursework.

If you wish to be added to the class, YOU MUST do the following:

  1. Read the technical requirements below to ensure your computer meets the minimum computer requirements. Take time to read the Cabrillo Online Course Expectations. This class requires good working knowledge of your computer and ability to install and use new software.
  2. Send me an email with your request to add the Mus 6 class. Your email must include the folowing:
    • The statement, "I have read and understand the information about the Music 6 class and its requirements."
    • your student ID number

I will then email you an add code for the class on the first day of the semester. After you register for the class using the add code, it can take 2-3 days before you will be given access to the course in Canvas.

If WebAdvisor shows that you successfully registered for the class but do not see the MUS 6 class listed in Canvas, contact the TLC for help at 831.479.5030

This is a web-based course and you must have a working computer to successfully complete this class! The software used to do the required assignments (Practica Musica) cannot be completed using on a Chromebook computer, an iPhone or iPad, Android phone or Tablet, or an app for these. If you do not have regular access to a working computer with access to the internet, you should not register for this class.

Technical Requirements

Your computer configuration must meet these minimum hardware and connection requirements:

1.

Windows Vista thru Windows 10

Mac OS X 10.4 or later (Intel or PPC)

Chromebook computers, older computers and operating systems are not compatible with the required software and students should not take this course unless they have reliable access to a suitable computer.

2.

Internet access with broadband or high speed modem. Students with dial-up service will experience extremely long download times of web pages due to their rich media content.

3.

An updated Internet browser for your operating system.

Please refer to the Canvas support page for information on supported browsers.

4.

A functioning email account

Canvas uses your Webadvisor email account for all communication. Please use an email account you check on a daily basis.

5.

**If you are using a computer at work, a network firewall will cause difficulty with downloading some of the course files and submitting your Practica Musica assignments. Check with your system administrator for solutions. Some security settings, and browser add-ons may also block access to the materials in this course. You are responsible for solving these problems.

Course Software Requirements

You must have the following software installed on your computer:

1. Practica Musica 6, Student Version Software is REQUIRED.

The software is now only available as a download from Ars Nova

You can also download it directly from Ars Nova for $45.

Select "Webstudents" from the home page, then "For Students", then "Order Student Edition Download", and on the next screen enter the Webstudent account "cabrillomus6s" as requested.

You are buying a copy of Practica Musica for your own permanent use. It is a piece of licensed software supporting only one non-transferable user. The software cannot be transferred or sold to another student. You will be able to continue to use the software after the semester ends and it is installed on your computer.

IMPORTANT! PC users must be using Windows Vista, Windows 7, 8, or 10 to run this program. MAC users must be using Max OS 10.4 - 10.7.x . The program will not run on older operating systems.

IT DOES NOT work on Chromebook computers!!

2.

MP3 Player -You must have the ability to listen to embedded MP3 files. You can use Apple QuickTime, RealPlayer, Windows Media Player, or which ever plug-in works best for you. If you are using Internet Explorer you must enable Active Scripts or the MP3 files won't play.

3.

You must be able to view PDF files. You can download the free Adobe Acrobat reader at http://www.adobe.com/downloads. If you have a scanner, you will also find it useful to create PDF files for submitting some of your handwritten homework assignments online in Blackboard You can download the free PDF reDirect v2.5.2 at http://www.exp-systems.com/.


CANVAS

I use the Cabrillo Canvas Online Server as the delivery and communication system for this course. Canvas is managed by the Teaching Learning Center (TLC) at Cabrillo College. The Canvas pages for this course provide a rich set of tools that make online learning easy, including:

a public bulletin board for sharing thoughts and questions
private email for communicating with classmates and the instructor
a course calendar
class readings and assignments
quizzes and exams

Logging into Canvas

You must access the class site and log into Canvas during the first FIVE days of the semester.

You can log into Canvas at anytime after midnight on the first day of the Cabrillo semester. It's a good idea to refer to Cabrillo's Canvas Guide that shows you how to log into Canvas for the first time. To successfully log in, you must provide your last name, date of birth, and Cabrillo student ID number (not your social security number).

Note that Canvas will issue you a username and will require you to choose a password. Passwords are case-sensitive. Your instructor does not have access to your password. After you are registered, you access the course by supplying your user name and password.

If you require additional help with Canvas, the Cabrillo College web site also includes a number of tutorials.

If you have problems logging into Canvas, be sure that you have not disabled cookies for the site on your computer. Some login problems in the past have been caused by tight security systems installed on student computers; note that AOL users in particular have experienced access problems in other classes.

Using Canvas

You need to check the Canvas course site AT LEAST 2-3 times each week.

You can use your own off-campus computer, or you can access the course on the Cabrillo campus in the Computer Technology Center (room 1400), the Library, or in the Music Lab (room 5131).

Any course changes, additions, or deletions will be posted on the Canvas site. It is your responsibility to access Canvas frequently and make sure that you have current information.

ATTENDENCE

Learning to read and understand music, like any language, requires regular and consistent practice. Expect to spend an average of 7-10 hours per week working on the course; this is the equivalent to spending 3 hours in the classroom plus 4-7 hours per week reading the course content in the Learning Modules and completing the homework assignments.

If you work with the material on a daily basis you are more likely to gain a better understanding and retain what you learn than if you wait until Sunday afternoon every week. It is very important that you complete all the assignments on a timely basis as you are continually building upon your understanding from a foundation of previously learned concepts and skills.

This is a web-based course and you must have a working computer to successfully complete this class! The software used to do the required assignments (Practica Musica) cannot be completed using on a Chromebook computer, an iPhone or iPad, Android phone or Tablet, or an app for these. If you do not have regular access to a working computer with access to the internet, you should not register for this class.

HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENTS

You will have five kinds of homework assignments for MUS 6:

1. Weekly Readings - completed in the Learning Modules
2. Weekly Quizzes - completed in Quizzes
3. Proficiency Exams - completed in Quizzes
4. Practica Musica Activities - completed in Practica Musica
5. Miscellaneous assignments - completed by hand on staff paper

The class week begins on Mondays and all Quizzes, Homework Assignments are due the following Monday 9 am (PST). To receive full credit, all assignments must be completed and submitted by the due date. Late submissions and incomplete assignments will automatically have a reduction of points. NO EXCEPTIONS!

TIME REQUIREMENT

Learning to read and understand music, like any language, requires regular and consistent practice. Expect to spend an average of 7-10 hours per week working on the course; this is the equivalent to spending 3 hours in the classroom (reading the course "lectures" in the Learning Modules) plus 4-7 hours per week completing the homework assignments.

If you work with the material on a daily basis you are more likely to gain a better understanding and retain what you learn than if you wait until Sunday afternoon every week. It is very important that you complete all the assignments on a timely basis as you are continually building upon your understanding from a foundation of previously learned concepts and skills. If you fall too far behind it is very difficult to catch up.

You are required to log into the class at least 2 times a week. The class week begins on Monday and runs through Sunday.