If you take this course, you must read and agree to the following policies.
Work on your assignments and final project may be completed in MC 304, the studio for this class. You reserve studio time via our web sign-up calendar. Click the studio link at the top of any course page to go to this calendar.
We use a keypad access code for the studio doors. DO NOT SHARE THIS CODE WITH ANYONE! Do not mention the code or anything about its construction (e.g., number of characters) on social media, or to anyone. Doing so reduces the security of the code, even if you don’t reveal it.
We ask that you respect the equipment and use your best judgment in protecting the security of the studio. Please be sure the door is securely closed and locked when you leave.
This semester, we have special cleaning obligations to protect us all from coronavirus. More details later.
Because of physical distancing requirements, only one person at a time may use the studio.
Please report all broken equipment or software immediately to both Prof. Gibson and Prof. Wang (email links on the course home page).
There are several kinds of work you do that will be graded:
- composition projects,
- practical assignments working with sound,
- listening responses, and
- quizzes and tests.
Some videos you watch will have short, low-stakes quizzes, with the results recorded in Canvas. You’ll be watching a video, and suddenly it will stop and require you to answer a question before continuing to play. These are just to help you check your comprehension of the material. They count toward your grade, but not hugely.
There also will be a series of short, open-book quizzes to help you come to terms with the ideas introduced in the reading assignments.
These two types of quiz are meant to help you prepare for the longer open-book tests, which can cover ideas encountered in the reading, the videos, and the listening assignments.
“Open-book” means that when you take the test, you may consult any of the reading materials and videos while answering the test questions. One reason to do the reading assignments in advance is simply to have enough familiarity with them to find the answers quickly.
You will submit in Canvas Discussions a series of listening responses to assigned pieces. These are graded pass/fail and must be done before the Tuesday class to receive a passing grade on the response.
Assignments, the final project, and the tests receive letter grades.
There are two short pass/fail exercises later in the term.
The descriptions of all the assignments are online, linked from the syllabus page and from Canvas Modules. Assignments are due at your tutorial time, and must be submitted to Canvas by Thursday midnight, with any changes or fixes prompted during the tutorial. Late assignments attract grade penalties.
Timely completion of assignments is an important part of your grade. For those assignments that take longer than a week to do, we expect to see evidence of weekly progress. If you’re having trouble completing your work on time, it is your responsibility to contact Prof. Wang for advice.
Here are the grade weights.
|Quizzes and Listening Responses||25%|
Assignments generally list some technical and musical requirements. How well you satisfy these requirements forms the bulk of your grade. In addition, there is a subjective component of your grade, based on our judgment of the musical quality of your submission.
Incompletes will be granted only as per University policy.
Because much of the material in this class can only be mastered from hands-on experience and in-class observation, we encourage you to attend the classes and tutorials.
Because of our concerns for your health and the health of the entire Bloomington community, attendance will not count toward your grade. If you don’t feel well, please use the IU Health Symptom Checker, and please stay away from the CECM studio.
Please do not assume that you can move freely between different tutorial times to accommodate your changing schedule. Sometimes it’s possible for you to swap with another student, but we want to avoid having too many people in a tutorial.
There is no way to make up for missed assignments. We do not offer extra credit assignments.
We recommend zipping DAW projects before uploading to one of these services. In macOS, some projects that look like single files are actually hidden folders of files. These don’t always survive uploads to cloud services.
You should have multiple versions of every file you’re working on. You should have at least two recent copies of anything irreplaceable. Don’t keep them all on a single flash drive, which might break or get lost. Doing this is a critical part of making music (or doing anything else) with computers.
Also, develop the habit of saving in sequential versions. In other words, make a series of copies that reflects your progress on the project — for example, “my project Oct-10,” “my project Oct-11,” etc.
Catastrophic loss of files is not an acceptable excuse for a late project!
For technical questions, questions about assignments, or to set up individual help, email both Prof. Gibson and Prof. Wang (email links on course home page). We try to provide as much individual help as possible, since we understand this is a difficult subject to master. We ask, however, that you double-check manuals and the readings before contacting us, since either may provide answers to your problem. Don’t get into deep trouble before asking for help! That is what we are here for.
As in all your other courses, you will be held to Indiana University standards covering academic misconduct, as outlined in the Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct.
Every attempt will be made to accommodate qualified students with disabilities (e.g., mental health, learning, chronic health, physical, hearing, vision, neurological, etc.) You must have established your eligibility for support services through the appropriate office that helps students with disabilities. Note that services are confidential, may take time to put into place, and are not retroactive. Please contact Disability Services for Students at disabilityservices.indiana.edu, or 812-855-7578, as soon as possible if you need accommodations. The office is located on the third floor, west tower, of the Wells Library, Room W302. Walk-ins are welcome 8 AM to 5 PM, Monday through Friday. You can also locate a variety of campus resources for students and visitors that need assistance at www.iu.edu/~ada/index.shtml.
As your instructor, one of my responsibilities is to create a positive learning environment for all students. Bias incidents (events or comments that target an individual or group based on age, color, religion, disability, race, ethnicity, national origin, sex, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, or veteran status) are not appropriate in our classroom or on campus. What should you do if you witness or experience a bias incident? See it? Hear it? Report it by submitting a report online at biasincident.indiana.edu, or by calling the Dean of Students Office (812-855-8187).
As your instructor, one of my responsibilities is to create a positive learning environment for all students. Title IX (federal policy) and IU’s Sexual Misconduct Policy prohibit sexual misconduct in any form, including sexual harassment, sexual assault, stalking, and dating and domestic violence. If you have experienced sexual misconduct, or know someone who has, the University can help.
If you are seeking help and would like to speak to someone confidentially, you can make an appointment with:
- The Sexual Assault Crisis Service (SACS) at 812-855-8900 (counseling services)
- Confidential Victim Advocates (CVA) at 812-856-2469 (advocacy and advice services)
- IU Health Center at 812-855-4011 (health and medical services)
It is also important that you know that Title IX and University policy require me to share any information about potential sexual misconduct brought to my attention with the campus Deputy Title IX Coordinator or IU’s Title IX Coordinator. In that event, those individuals will work to ensure that appropriate measures are taken and resources are made available. Protecting student privacy is of utmost concern, and information will only be shared with those who need to know, so that the University can respond and assist.
I encourage you to visit stopsexualviolence.iu.edu to learn more.
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