Explains how to read music, including notes, clefs, rhythms, time signatures, scales, intervals, and basic chords. Recommended for the student who has a minimal background in music.
Goals, Topics, and Objectives
The goal of this course is to introduce the fundamentals of music notation, structure and symbols and assist students who are not fully prepared to absorb the full thrust of music theory courses
- Pitch notation reading
- Rhythm notation reading
- Rhythm reading (performance)
- Keyboard fundamentals
- Identify and write notes on treble and bass staves.
- Identify and write all accidentals, including flat, sharp, double flat, double sharp, and natural symbols.
- Identity and write the most common time signatures (2/4, 3/4, 4/4, 6/8, 9/8, 12/8).
- Perform beat and division of beat in the time classifications represented by the time signatures above.
- Construct and identify (utilizing Roman Numerals) triads in major keys.
- Perform major scales in one or more keys at a keyboard.
- Perform major scale vocally utilizing solfeggio.
- Perform "Happy Birthday" in F major three times, playing melody on the piano all three times while singing: note names, solfeggio and lyrics.
- Construct and identify (utilizing Roman Numerals) triads in major keys showing the ability to identify the abstract patterns and apply them in different keys.*
* Fulfills the HFC General Education Outcome for critical thinking and problem solving.
Assessment and Requirements
- Homework assignments
- Written and oral quizzes, tests
Basic Materials in Music Theory, by Harder, P. & Steinke, G., Chapters 1-5, portions of Chapters 8, 10, and 11
Allyn and Bacon/Longman Publishers
- Humanities and Fine Arts
- Category 5: Humanities and Fine Arts
Credit for Prior College-Level Learning
Determined by department