Materials of Music I

Language, Literature & Performing Arts
Course Code
MUSC 1101
Semester Length
15 weeks
Max Class Size
Method Of Instruction
Typically Offered


Course Description
The study of the materials of tonal music from rudiments to the basics of harmony. Minimal musical experience and reading ability are required. Open to all students, but priority will be given to full-time Basic Musicianship Program students. Course content includes all the components of the theory assessment for placement into MUSC 1110.
Course Content

  1. Melody: characteristics of sound; staff notation and clefs; major, minor, and chromatic scales; simple and compound intervals; simple transposition; terms and signs for dynamics and expression.
  2. Rhythm: rhythmic notation; simple and compound metre; terms for tempo.
  3. Harmony: triad structure; root position and inversions; dominant seventh chords; chord symbols; basic chord progressions; types of cadences; roman numeral analysis; simple figured bass.
  4. Form: introduction to phrase structures and basic forms.

Methods Of Instruction

Lectures will include explanation of material by the instructor and practice by the student in the form of exercises.

Means of Assessment
Regular homework checks (minimum of ten) 10%
Regular quizzes (minimum of ten) 30%
Major tests (minimum of four) 40%
Final exam (including theory assessment) 20%


Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course, the successful student should be able to demonstrate a working knowledge of musical rudiments, and basic harmony, as well as music writing skills and analytical techniques, as represented in the following tasks:

  1. Answer questions on rudiments in musical notation.
  2. Provide a harmonic analysis of a given passage of music.
  3. Provide written answers (definitions, explanations, descriptions, etc.) about any area of content.

Textbook Materials

A required text such as the following:

  • Duckworth, William.  A Creative Approach to Music Fundamentals, 10th ed.  Boston: Schirmer, 2010.
  • With Music Fundamentals in Action Printed Access Card for Cengage learning website.



No prerequisite courses.



No equivalent courses.

Course Guidelines

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Course Transfers

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Institution Transfer Details for MUSC 1101
Athabasca University (AU) AU MUSI 1XX (3)
Capilano University (CAPU) CAPU MUS 109 (3)
Capilano University (CAPU) DOUG MUSC 1101 (3) & DOUG MUSC 1102 (3) = CAPU MUS 109 (3)
Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) KPU MUSI 1120 (3)
Simon Fraser University (SFU) DOUG MUSC 1101 (3) & DOUG MUSC 1104 (3) = SFU CA 104 (3) & SFU CA 1XX (3)
Simon Fraser University (SFU) DOUG MUSC 1101 (3) & DOUG MUSC 1104 (3) & DOUG MUSC 1204 (3) = SFU CA 104 (3) & SFU CA 1XX (6)
Simon Fraser University (SFU) SFU CA 1XX (3)
Thompson Rivers University (TRU) TRU MUSI 1XXX (3)
Trinity Western University (TWU) TWU MUSI 110 (3)
University of British Columbia - Okanagan (UBCO) No credit
University of British Columbia - Vancouver (UBCV) No credit
University of Northern BC (UNBC) No credit
University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) UFV MUSC 100 (3)
University of Victoria (UVIC) UVIC MUS 111 (1.5)
Vancouver Island University (VIU) Individual Audition Required

Course Offerings

Summer 2022

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