Basic Theory I

Language, Literature & Performing Arts
Course Code
MUSC 1102
Semester Length
15 weeks
Max Class Size
Method Of Instruction
Typically Offered


Course Description
An introduction to the rudiments of music theory. No previous knowledge of music is required. Open to all students, but priority will be given to full-time Basic Musicianship Program students.
Course Content
  1. Pitch Notation
  • The staff, the grand staff
  • Treble and Bass clefs
  • Notes
  • Ledger lines
  • Pitch and the Keyboard
  • Octave registers, 8va, 8vb
  • Accidentals
  • Tones and Semitones
  • Enharmonic Equivalents
  • Time Notation
    • Note values
    • Dots
    • Stems, flags, beams
    • Ties
    • Rests
  • Meter
    • Simple meters
    • Compound meters
    • Anacrusis
    • Guidelines for rhythmic notation
  • Tonality
    • Tonal centre
    • Major scales, key signatures
    • Relationship of major and minor keys (relative, parallel)
    • Minor scales, key signatures
    • Natural, harmonic and melodic forms of minor scale
    • Circle of fifths
    • Scale degrees
  • Intervals
    • Numerical value
    • Quality
    • Inversion
    • Melodic and harmonic
  • Basic Performance Indications
    • Tempo, changes in tempo
    • Dynamics, changes in dynamic
    • Expressive indications
    • Articulation
    Methods Of Instruction

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

    Means of Assessment
    Speed Drills (minimum of 10) 10%
    Homework checks 5%
    Quizzes (minimum of 10) 30%
    Tests (minimum of 2) 10%
    Assignments (minimum of 2) 10%
    Midterm Exam 15%
    Final Examination 20%
    Learning Outcomes

    At the end of the course, the successful student should be able to demonstrate a working knowledge of the basic rudiments of music.

    Textbook Materials

    A required text, such as the current edition of:

    Henry, Earl, Jennifer Snodgrass, and Susan Piagentini. Fundamentals of Music: Rudiments, Musicianship, and Composition. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson.



    No prerequisite courses.



    No equivalent courses.

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    Course Transfers

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    Institution Transfer Details for MUSC 1102
    Athabasca University (AU) AU MUSI 1XX (3)
    Capilano University (CAPU) DOUG MUSC 1101 (3) & DOUG MUSC 1102 (3) = CAPU MUS 109 (3)
    College of New Caledonia (CNC) No credit
    Columbia College (COLU) No credit
    Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) KPU MUSI 1XXX (3)
    Simon Fraser University (SFU) SFU CA 104 (3)
    Thompson Rivers University (TRU) TRU MUSI 1XXX (3)
    Trinity Western University (TWU) TWU MUSI 1XX (3)
    University Canada West (UCW) No credit
    University of British Columbia - Okanagan (UBCO) UBCO MUSC 103 (3)
    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

    There aren't any scheduled upcoming offerings for this course.