MUSC100 Music Fundamentals
Department of Arts and Communication: 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
- This course meets the General Education requirement for Arts/Humanities.
- 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
Course Learning Goals
Students will be able to:
- 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.) [Arts/Humanities]; and
- apply basic music reading skills in both an aural context and at the keyboard.
Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities
- define and recognize time signatures and meters in written and aural contexts
- define and recognize rhythmic concepts in written and aural contexts
- define, recognize, and apply key signature concepts in the contexts of the circle of fifths and in parallel and relative key relationships
- define and identify intervals, triads, major and minor scales, and simple harmonic progressions in written and aural contexts
- define and apply in written and aural contexts concepts of pitch, intensity, duration, and timbre
- demonstrate functional keyboard geography skills regarding pitch location, half/whole steps, enharmonic equivalents, intervals, triads, and major and minor scales
Assessment Methods for Course Learning GoalsCourse-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.
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;Revised 5/21