I began teaching at the City College of New York in 1964 when I was a 22 year-old hot shot composer and trumpet player. I've learned an awful lot about music and people in the intervening period, but mostly I have gained some measure of humility and for that I am most grateful.
From 2002 to 2014 I was chairman of the Music Department. When that uncompensated burden was lifted from my shoulders I returned to the classroom. After 55 years of teaching I retired in August 2019 whereupon I became an adjunct professor teaching one section of Music 10100 on Friday afternoons during nap time until Covid-19 showed up and sent everyone home. At the end of May 2020 I and hundreds of other adjunct faculty were fired so I have not been back to the campus since then. No more commuting and alternate side parking.
This is something I developed for the students in my freshman Introduction to Music class many years ago, but its contents are so important that I share it with all my classes and all my faculty, and has been adopted by many colleges around the country.
A Student’s Credo
I recognize that I am a professional student. That means that I will earn the grades for the courses in which I am enrolled. As a professional student I understand that:
1. I must successfully pass prerequisite courses in order to prepare for the work in sequential ones. Any incomplete grades will be made up in a timely manner.
2. I must attend my classes regularly, understanding that I am only allowed two weeks of absences before I may be dropped from any course. I will transfer the data from the academic calendar to my personal calendar.
3. I must come to class on time as my punctuality reflects on my seriousness of purpose. Coming late disrupts the class and is impolite.
4. I must come to class prepared to work. I will bring with me the appropriate writing instruments, notebooks, and textbooks.
5. I will hand in all assignments on time and I will make sure that they represent my best work. I understand how important it is to edit.
6. I will let my instructors know when there is something I do not understand, either from what goes on in class or from the homework.
7. I will prepare for examinations by studying sufficiently far in advance that I do not need to cram at the last minute.
8. I will take organized and complete notes from both classroom lectures and homework readings.
9. If I am absent from class I will contact one of my fellow students to find out what I have missed.
10. I will remember that I will only get out of the course what I put into it.
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