MUS 104 - Fundamentals of Music
This course is for those students having little or no prior knowledge of music theory but desiring to learn and explore the basic tools of music: clefs, note names, scales, rhythm, intervals, key signatures, form and familiarity with the piano keyboard.
3 Class Hours
Objectives of the Course:
1. To introduce students the fundamental elements needed to write and perform music.
2. To develop a sensitivity and appreciation for the creation and analysis of music and how its tenets are grounded in form and structure.
3. To develop in students an understanding of how the algorithmic and affective dimensions of music are balanced when composers create meaningful works of art.
Learning Outcomes of the Course:
Upon successful completion of this course the student will be able to:
1. Aurally distinguish the differences among various scales, keys and chords.
2. Aurally distinguish the differences between simple and compound meter.
3. Correctly identify the key names of the piano keyboard.
4. Identify and construct major and minor key signatures.
5. Correctly identify pitches in all of the commonly used clefs.
6. Construct and identify the basic intervals used in musical composition and performance.
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