MUSC100 Music Fundamentals

Department of The Arts: Music

I. Course Number and Title
MUSC100 Music Fundamentals
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Minimum Number of Instructional Minutes Per Semester
2250 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. Learning Goals:

    1. Course Learning Goals

    2. 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. dpply basic music reading skills in both an aural context and at the keyboard.

    3. Core Learning Goals

    4. This course is not in the Core
  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 Core Learning Goals:

    1. Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals
    2. 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.

    3. Assessment Methods for Core Learning Goals

    4. This course is not in the Core.
  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Students:

    A departmentally selected textbook and workbook are required for this course. (See course format.)
VIII. Teaching Methods Employed
Teaching methods employed may include, but are not limited to, specific topics, projects, assignments, approaches, time frames, A-V, etc.

In-class drill/practice tasks
Computer-based drill
Demonstration and live performance
Reading assignments from textbooks
Homework assignments (workbook and instructor-generated)
Score reading and analysis
Quizzes and exams

Review/Approval Date - 4/08