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Final Exam Information

The week of June 26-June 30 is final exams week at the college. During finals week students and teachers are required to meet according to the official college final exam schedule. These dates and times are listed in the course calendars connected to my syllabi, but I am also listing them below.

Be sure to put final exam session days/times in your calendar, with audible alarms to alert you a day or two ahead of time and then a few hours before the exam. 

MUSIC 1A: INTRODUCTION TO MUSIC FINAL EXAMS

  • The final exam session for my Monday/Wednesday 9:30 Music 1A class is
    MONDAY, JUNE 26 AT 9:15AM-11:15AM (Note the earlier start time)
  • The final exam session for my Tuesday/Thursday 9:30 Music 1A class is
    TUESDAY, JUNE 27 AT 9:15AM-11:15AM (Note the earlier start time)

MUSIC 51: INTRODUCTION TO ELECTRONIC MUSIC FINAL EXAM

  • The final exam session for my Monday/Wednesday Music 51 class is
    WEDNESDAY, JUNE 28 AT 11:30AM-1:30PM (Note earlier start time)

MUSIC 8: INTERMEDIATE ELECTRONIC MUSIC FINAL EXAM

  • The final exam session for my Tuesday/Thursday Music 8 class is
    THURSDAY, JUNE 29 AT 11:30AM-1:30PM (Note earlier start time)

I plan to turn in final course grades fairly soon after the final exam sessions. Watch this website for information about course grade posting. Contact me immediately if you think that there are any errors on your posted grades — I may not be able to make changes if you wait, as per your syllabus.

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Music 1A: Advice and Hints for Test #3

We are about a week away from test #3, scheduled for your class’s final exam session. The following list includes some reminders and some advice and a few hints. (If you see this on my home page, please click through to read the rest.) (more…)

Electronic Music Classes — Final Weeks

WEEK ELEVEN: 6/19-6/23

Important: All electronic music students should check online grade reports during week 11 and immediately alert your teacher if you still need to have assignments evaluated.

  • Music 51: Test #2. Complete final project
    • Monday: Work on final projects.
    • Wednesday: COMPLETE final projects. Test #2.
  • Music 8: Class presentations continue. Complete final projects.
    • Tuesday: Class presentations. Work on final project.
    • Thursday: Class presentations. COMPLETE final project.

WEEK TWELVE: FINAL EXAMS WEEK 6/26-6/30

  • FINAL EXAM SESSIONS — FINAL PROJECTS DUE — ATTENDANCE REQUIRED
    • MUSIC 51: Intro to Electronic Music: Wednesday, June 28 at 11:30am-1:30pm
    • MUSIC 8: Intermediate Electronic Music: Thursday, June 29 at 11:30am-1:30pm
  • Possible open lab time on Monday and/or Tuesday to be announced during finals week. UPDATE below…

    • MONDAY open lab — I am certain that there will NOT be open labs on Monday, June 26 at 12:30. I just confirmed a conflict. I MAY be able to open the lab a bit later that afternoon, perhaps around 2:00.
    • TUEDAY open lab — I am almost certain that there WILL be open lab on TUESDAY, JUNE 27 AT ABOUT 12:30.
  • (See your class calendar and syllabus for more details.)

Electronic music students often wish that they had more lab time than we actually have. With that in mind, if you think you might be ahead of schedule, “front-load” your work — finish the project early and you can always coast at the end a bit. (Coast too early and you may not finish!)

Opportunities For Additional Lab Time

Electronic Music students: As you work on your final projects you may discover that the time you need to complete them seems to expand the closer you get to the deadline! With that in mind, a few important points.

  1.  If you feel that you have plenty of time to complete the project, you may be surprised at the end to find out that you needed more. Better to front load your work on the project and work hard early on — and worse to miss labs early on only to discover later that you really did need that time. If you do finish early, at the end you could leave a class early or complete an earlier assignment that you have not yet turned in.
  2. All electronic music students in both classes may attend any electronic music class to work on projects between now and the final sessions. This means that the lab is available on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 12:30-2:45. (I’ll likely allow you to stay later during week 11, too.)
  3. There may be additional lab time at the beginning of final exam week — it will likely be on Monday and/or Tuesday at around 12:30. I can’t guarantee this, nor can I tell you for sure when it will be until that week. Watch the website for updates. UPDATE: There will NOT be Monday, June 26 open lab at 12:30. I now have a schedule conflict. I may open the lab on Monday at about 1:30 or 2:00. There almost certainly WILL BE open lab on TUESDAY, JUNE 27 at around 12:30.

Word to the Wise #1

When a Music 1A listening assignment asks you about features in an assigned piece of music and those features are described clearly in the text, providing an answer that completely omits what the text says tends to suggest that…

… maybe you didn’t study the text before answering.

Right?

Patnoe Jazz Festival And Concert

36th Annual Herb Patnoe Jazz Festival — Scholarship Fundraiser. June 17th, 7:30 pm, Visual and Performing Arts Center, De Anza College, Cupertino. $15, $10 students/seniors.

36th Annual Herb Patnoe Jazz Festival — Scholarship Fundraiser. June 17th, 7:30 pm, Visual and Performing Arts Center, De Anza College, Cupertino. $15, $10 students/seniors.

Attendance — Word To The Wise #1

It is tempting to miss classes near the end of the term — especially the end of the spring term.

In fact, this is perhaps the best time to NOT miss classes!

(Electronic Music students: If you finish early you can either make your project even better, or hold the option to leave a lab early at the very end of the term if you need a bit of extra time for another class.)

Music 1A: Test #2 Graded

I have scored and posted grades for test #2 in the Music 1A classes. The news is good!

  1. The overall performance on the second test this quarter was significantly better than that in average classes. In fact, not one person failed this test and there were a lot of A and B grades. Congratulations.
  2. I also took a look at where you are headed regarding your final course grades. Almost everyone in the class has already earned enough credit to pass — as long as you keep doing the remaining work. Only a very small number of students have not yet reached this threshold… but the news is good for them, too. In all of the latter cases the students have enough graded work left plus things like extra-credit reviews, resubmitted homework, optional second concert reports, and the option to retake one test that they are also almost certain to at least pass and they could even do better than that.

Music 1A: Quiz #5 Grades

We discovered an error on some scores for the retake of quiz #5 in the Tuesday/Thursday class only. The result was that a few of you have had your quiz #5 grade adjusted upwards by one grade. Check the online grades to see if this affects you.

Music 1A: Schedule Changes for Week Eight

As announced recently in class, there have been changes to the Music 1A schedule this week and next. Below I have highlighted changes for the current week, May 30-June 2.

MONDAY/WEDNESDAY CLASS

  • The quiz that was originally scheduled for this week will now be next Monday, June 5
  • You have a choice regarding when you turn in the homework assignment originally scheduled for this week. You may turn it in this Wednesday, May 31 (the original due date) or you may wait and turn it in next Monday, June 5. 
  • Test #2 is still this Wednesday, May 31 as originally scheduled.
  • See the course calendar for additional information including other changes that affect week nine quiz and homework dates.

TUESDAY/THURSDAY CLASS

  • The quiz that was originally scheduled for this week will now be next Tuesday, June 6
  • You have a choice regarding when you turn in the homework assignment originally scheduled for this week. You may turn it in this Thursday, June 1 (the original due date) or you may wait and turn it in next Tuesday, June 6
  • Test #2 is delayed until this Thursday, June 1 — it was originally on Tuesday, May 30.
  • See the course calendar for additional information including other changes that affect week nine quiz and homework dates.