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Materials of Music I

Course Code: MUSC 1101
Faculty: Language, Literature & Performing Arts
Department: Music
Credits: 3.0
Semester: 15 weeks
Learning Format: Lecture
Typically Offered: Fall
course overview

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.

course prerequisites


MUSC 1104 or MUSC 1103

curriculum guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester/year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

course schedule and availability
course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.


If your course prerequisites indicate that you need an assessment, please see our Assessment page for more information.