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Syllabus-100W-Spring-10

Syllabus-100W-Spring-10 - San Jos State University School...

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MUSC 100W: Writing Workshop, 20921, Spring 2010, Page 1 of 11 San José State University School of Music & Dance MUSC 100W, Writing Workshop, Spring 2010 Instructor: Gordon Haramaki Office Location: Music 107 Telephone: (408) 924-4634 Email: [email protected] Please include “MUSC 100W” in the subject line of your email. Office Hours: Monday/Wednesday, 9:30-11:00 Tuesday 11:00-12:00 Class Days/Time: M/W 12:00-1:15 PM Classroom: Music 211 Prerequisites: English 1A and 1B (with a grade of C or better); completion of core GE, satisfaction of Writing Skills Test (WST) and upper division standing. Course Description Examines the process of critique, creative description, research, and professional communications central to the performing arts. Students develop writing skills through the study of varied formats focused on the arts. Writing about music and dance utilizes specialized and challenging set of skills incorporating technical description, cultural contextualization, subjective reaction, and certain stylistic conventions in a unique mix. This course is designed to give you experience and guidance in developing these skills, especially a basic competence in the use of technical musical and dance terminology. Through topics pertinent to the music and dance, students will develop their ability to write creative, well-organized, well-written papers in a variety of formats at an upper-division university level. Course Goals and Student Learning Objectives Students will be able to analyze, express, explain, develop, and criticize concepts and ideas effectively in response to multiple readings and different forms of discourse (such as audio recordings and video performances) both verbally in class discussion, keeping a “Listening Journal,” and in writing through written summaries and responses at an upper-division undergraduate level. Students will be able to illustrate musical and dance performances in writing, both in daily writing assignments and in the final critical essay, through description, utilizing elements
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MUSC 100W: Writing Workshop, 20921, Spring 2010, Page 2 of 11 such as tempo, timbre, range, form, style, and genre to enable their reader to hear and envision the work under discussion. Students will be able to employ and develop the essential steps in the writing process—prewriting, organizing, composing, revising, and editing—in the form of the preparatory steps for a term paper in the form of a proposal, thesis statement, a 500-word and a 250-word abstract, an outline, and an annotated bibliography for a critical essay (term paper). Students will develop, organize, and write a critical essay (term paper) for both a professional and general audience, using correct grammar, appropriate language, constructing effective arguments, using pertinent supporting material, and including appropriate editorial mechanics and standards for citing primary and secondary sources.
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