The Salimpour Teaching Assistant (TA) Training course (300 Level) course has been designed to allow the student to progress through the certification program from the comfort of home. The student will spend twelve weeks reinforcing fundamental technique understanding and explanation. The student can complete assignments on their schedule, without the need to take time off work or the added expense of travel and hotels.
In this course, you begin working on teaching material for Fundamentals 1 and 2 (S1 and J1). The online course is twelve weeks, with coursework and assignments scheduled on a weekly basis. Assignments include questions, written work, and anatomy exercises as well as video submissions that focus on breakdowns, explanations, and combinations.
More details about the TA Training (300 Level) course can be found in the Course Details tab at left.
This course is designed to prepare the student to serve as a Teaching Assistant for Fundamentals 1 and 2 classes and workshops and to prepare the student for teaching by learning to break down warmups movements, finger cymbals, and more. Even though a good deal of material is covered in this course, the student is expected to have worked with level specific material in advance of enrollment. The more the student does to prepare for the course, the more the student will get out of the course. Below are ways that students can prepare for this course:
- Take 100 and 200 Level technique classes as well as Dance Movement and Folkloric Fusion classes. These classes are found in Online Classes at salimpourschoolonline.com, in-person classes with Level 5 instructors, and through ways described in the blog post “5 Ways to Earn CECs at Home.”
- Use the Training Plans available to you in Online Classes.
- Watch 100 Level courses to study the basic warmup elements and movement breakdown explanations.
- Know the Salimpour finger cymbal patterns and be able to play them right hand and left hand dominant, Rx and Lx. Use the Cymbal Jams to guide you.
- Review the Salimpour Format Nomenclature. Practice reading and writing the Nomenclature to prepare for writing assignments.
- Review the Grid Mapping Keys (under Salimpour Format Nomenclature). Gridwork and mapping are both an important part of working with choreography in the School.
- Read the instructions for video recording and Zoom meetings. Learn how to use your equipment, and practice making video recordings of yourself dancing. Practice uploading the videos to Google Drive. Having a process or system in place ahead of time will make submitting videos easier for you once the course begins.
- Students should review, and have available for access during the course, the Salimpour textbooks: Suhaila Level 1 Study Guide, The New Danse Orientale, Jamila’s Article Book, The Salimpour Compendium, and Middle Eastern Music.
- Students will need Dance Anatomy (2017) by Jacqui Haas to complete weekly assignments during the course.
You will need several items at the ready at the start of the course. The following items are required to allow the student to participate in the course:
- Streaming, reliable internet.
- Current monthly or annual subscription to salimpourschoolonline.com.
- Video/film Camera and microphone (can be on a computer or internet TV).
- Camera for photos, or scanner (to submit creativity assignments).
- Digital Storage (on recording device or external) to store/transfer video recordings.
- Zoom account (for video conferencing).
- Gmail account (to access Google Classroom).
- Dance space with good lighting, good sound, and room to move.
- Copy of the books and manuals listed above.
- Copy of the Salimpour Format Nomenclature and Grid Mapping Keys under Documentation.
- 10 to 15 hours each week to devote to the online classes, coursework, and assignments.
To take the Salimpour Teaching Assistant: Fundamentals course, students must have:
- A current subscription to salimpourschoolonline.com.
- Current Foundations 1 Certification (SL2).
- Current Foundations 2 Certification (JL2).
- Paid the enrollment fee in full. The enrollment fee must be received in full before the student will be invited to the Google Classroom, where they will see their weekly coursework and assignments and submit their work.
Weekly assignments take the form of videos of the student teaching warm ups, breakdowns, concepts, combinations, etc.; questions or reports that are submitted online; and assignments requiring documentation in nomenclature. The weekly coursework includes:
- Fundamentals 1 and 2 (S1 and J1) move and step breakdowns and explanations.
- Warmup breakdown and instruction.
- Combination creation for Fundamentals 1 and 2 (S1 and J1) and Foundations 1 and 2 (S2 and J2) focusing on the differences between levels.
- Anatomy exercises from Dance Anatomy by Jacqui Haas (2017).
- Class management and student interaction.
- Finger cymbal breakdowns.
- Each required assignment will be evaluated, and the student will receive feedback via email, audio, and/or video.
- Students are encouraged to submit any questions about the coursework through the classroom interface.
Students receive 30 CECs (continuing education credits) for completion of this course. No partial CECs provided for withdrawals or incompletes.
Teaching Assistant Course Grading
The 300 Level Teaching Assistant course is a requirement for the 400 Level Teaching Assistant course. Students must receive a “pass” on evaluation assignments in this course (as well as achieve Intermediate 1 and 2 certification) before taking the Level 400 Teaching Assistant course. See below for details.
This course has a variety of assignments as outlined in the Details tab. Evaluation assignments, most of which address newly presented concepts, that are graded as “pass or fail”. At the start of the course, a “good faith” effort is typically the standard for “pass”; this provides a baseline of the student’s comprehension of newly presented concepts. As the course progresses, students are graded on their improvement.
Students who do not pass the course may take the course again. In a case where a student only needs a small amount of work to achieve a “pass” grade, they may be given the option to complete the work through private lessons at an additional cost.
Enrolled students will be admitted to their course classrooms 10 days prior to the start date of the course to allow time to review the course content and to submit pre-course assignments. Students may work ahead on assignments, but feedback will be provided by the schedule outlined in the course.
Testers. For students intending to test, turning in all assignments is important. To be approved for testing, student course work is evaluated. If students do not submit assignments, no evaluation happens, and students are not likely to receive approval to test.
Non-Testers. For students who are not intending to test, assignments are optional.
Pass/Fail. Some courses are not specific to testing preparation, but they are required for certification. Students must receive an official “pass” grade on the course (not just complete the course), for the course to apply.
Time Management. Students who are enrolled in this course are expected to manage their schedules and submit their assignments on time. If a student has family vacations, major business trips, or personal commitments within the course’s timeline, this may significantly affect the student’s ability to turn in assignments on time. If enrolling in a course, the student will still be responsible for turning in assignments on time regardless of any travel or work schedule changes (planned or last minute). Use the Time & Priority Assessment Tool to help you determine the best use of your available time during this course, and to plan out a daily schedule.
Filming and Uploading. When enrolling in an online course, students are expected to have already worked out technical matters for filming, video recording, and uploading. If you anticipate traveling at all during the course, then it is expected that you will have a plan for handling your video submission while you are on the road. Many people use their smartphones, and you can still video yourself in hotel rooms, meeting rooms, and other locations as long as you plan and prepare.
Payment Policies. Once a student is enrolled, there are no refunds for withdrawing from the course. Students can find our payment policy here.