Lectures will include explanation of material by the instructor and practice by the student in the form of exercises.
- 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.
- Rhythm: rhythmic notation; simple and compound metre; terms for tempo.
- Harmony: triad structure; root position and inversions; dominant seventh chords; chord symbols; basic chord progressions; types of cadences; roman numeral analysis; simple figured bass.
- Form: introduction to phrase structures and basic forms.
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:
- Answer questions on rudiments in musical notation.
- Provide a harmonic analysis of a given passage of music.
- Provide written answers (definitions, explanations, descriptions, etc.) about any area of content.
|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%|
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.