MUSC100 Music Fundamentals

Department of The Arts: Music

I. Course Number and Title
MUSC100 Music Fundamentals
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Number of Instructional Minutes
IV. Prerequisites
V. Other Pertinent Information
VI. Catalog Course Description
Music Fundamentals introduces basic musical concepts, develops rudimentary skills in musicianship, and functions as a precursor to the study of music theory and ear training.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Course Learning Goals

    Students will be able to:

    1. define, interpret, and construct musical notation with regard to concepts of pitch, duration, dynamics, melody, harmony, and fundamental theoretical structures (such as scales, intervals, triads, key signatures, time signatures, enharmonic equivalents, etc.); and
    2. apply basic music reading skills in both an aural context and at the keyboard.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities

    1. define and recognize time signatures and meters in written and aural contexts
    2. define and recognize rhythmic concepts in written and aural contexts
    3. define, recognize, and apply key signature concepts in the contexts of the circle of fifths and in parallel and relative key relationships
    4. define and identify intervals, triads, major and minor scales, and simple harmonic progressions in written and aural contexts
    5. define and apply in written and aural contexts concepts of pitch, intensity, duration, and timbre
    6. demonstrate functional keyboard geography skills regarding pitch location, half/whole steps, enharmonic equivalents, intervals, triads, and major and minor scales
  3. Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals

    Course-specific content will be assessed via homework assignments (workbook and instructor-generated), quizzes, and exams. A departmentally-generated final comprehensive examination will be administered to assess all subject matter components that are detailed in the Learning Goals for this course.
  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Student:

    A departmentally-selected textbook and workbook are required for this course. See course syllabus.

Review/Approval Date - 4/08; New Core 8/2015