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SUFFOLK COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE

LETTER-OF-INTENT TO EXECUTIVE DEAN(S)
PROPOSER E-MAILS LETTER-OF-INTENT AS WORD DOCUMENT TO DR. CANDICE FOLEY, COLLEGE ASSOCIATE DEAN FOR CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT. Dr. Foley determines which campuses are affected by proposal and forwards the Letter-of-Intent to the appropriate Executive Dean(s) for Letters-of- Support.
Proposer____Alice Cavanaugh____ Campus: A__X__ E____ G_____

(name)


Department/Discipline_____Music/Humanities_________________________
Telephone_____451-4779______________ E-mail__cavanaa@sunysuffolk.edu
Name of Curriculum/Course Proposal: MUS 123 Aural Skills I

MUS 127 Aural Skills II

MUS 204 Aural Skills III

MUS 209 Aural Skills IV


See description and rationale below.
Date_______September 17, 2009_____________________________

See description below.



College Associate Dean for Curriculum Development completes form below this line.

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Type of Proposal
Course
New_________________________________
Revised_______________________________
Adoption______________________________
Curriculum
New__________________________ A.A._____ A.S. ___X__ A.A.S _____
Revised________________________ Certificate
Expedited Revision____x___________

This proposal requires the following approval(s)


Single Campus _____ *College__x___
Revision: Change the credits of Aural Skills I, II, III, IV (MUS 123, 127,

204, 209) from 3 credits to 2 credits each.


Rationale: Changing the credits for Aural Skills courses will better align

them with identical courses at the colleges/universities to which

our students regularly transfer. No changes will be made to the

content or contact hours.


Of the colleges listed below, eight offer Aural Skills for 2 credits

and the remainder offer the course for 1 to 1.5 credits. None of



these schools offer the course for 3 credits. The class hours

were, on average, the same as Suffolk’s (2.5 hours per week). Half of the colleges met for 2.5 or more hours per week. Since Suffolk’s Aural Skills does not cover material above and beyond what is taught in typical Aural Skills courses and does not meet for more hours, we should bring the credits in alignment with other schools. This will facilitate transfer both from and to Suffolk’s music program.


A large part of the Aural Skills courses is individual practice and

testing must be done one-on-one. Therefore, the students have less lecture time with the professor than in the other 3-credit music courses such as Music Theory and Music History. This is similar to Piano I and II, which also require a large amount of individual practice and one-on-one testing. The focus of the Music Department’s 2-credit courses (Piano I, II, and all the performance ensembles) is practice and performance.


Aural Skills Credits at Four Year Colleges/Universities

School

Number of Credits for Aural Skills

Number of class hours per week

Suffolk


3

2.5

SUNY Fredonia

2

2.5

SUNY Stony Brook

2

2.3

Five Towns College

2

2

Hofstra University

2

1.83

SUNY Purchase

2

1.6

Queens College

2

3

CUNY Brooklyn

2

2

Ithaca College

1.5

2.5

CW Post

1

2.6

Adelphi University

1

1.6

SUNY Potsdam

1

1.6

SUNY New Paltz

1

2.5

Statistics are from the summer of 2008.

Applied Music I, II, III, IV

Description of Revision


In an effort to improve the transferability of the A.S. degree in music and to increase both enrollment and graduation rates, we propose that Applied Music I, II, III, IV be added to the music curriculum (1 credit each). Applied Music is private one-on-one lessons on piano, guitar, voice, woodwinds, strings, percussion, or brass instruments. Students take 45-minute lessons and practice five hours weekly, preparing solo repertoire for a jury examination (Applied Music I, II, III) or recital (Applied Music IV) at the end of the semester. They also must attend three 1-hour recitations.


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