Spring 2011 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
This course is an introduction to music fundamentals and basic musicianship. It focuses on developing practical musical
skills through oral, aural, keyboard and written experiences with rhythms, melodies,
intervals, scales, chords, and music notation.
Fundamentals of Music: Rudiments, Musicianship, and Composition, 5/E â€¨by Earl Henry. Webster University Publisher: Pearsonâ€¨ Copyright: 2009
Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:
Prior musical knowledge is helpful but not necessary for this class and there are no pre-requisites or co-requisites. However, students should demonstrate understanding of the course, which is organized pursuant to the textbook ï¿½Fundamentals of Music: Rudiments, Musicianship, and Composition.ï¿½ Students will be expected to learn and identify musical notation, pitch, time, scales, key signatures, time signatures, and intervals, together with their typical uses in melody and harmony. Students will be encouraged to develop basic piano playing and singing skills to be able to work on their keyboard and solfege singing exercises and will be evaluated through tests, quizzes, class participation, home assignments, composition of single line melodies, chord progressions and analysis of examples from classical music literature. This should result in a better understanding, and in turn, a greater comprehension of the fundamentals of music, thus preparing them for more advanced courses in music theory and harmony.