MUS-134: Music Fundamentals

Liberal Arts
Fine & Performing Arts
Academic Level
Course Subject
Course Number
Course Title
Music Fundamentals
Credit Hours
Instructor Contact Hours Per Semester
47.00 (for 15-week classes)
Student Contact Hours Per Semester
47.00 (for 15-week classes)
Grading Method
Catalog Course Description

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

Goal Statement

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

Core Course Topics
  1. Pitch notation reading
  2. Rhythm notation reading
  3. Rhythm reading (performance)
  4. Intervals
  5. Scales
  6. Triads
  7. Keyboard fundamentals
Core Course Learning Objectives (Separated)
  • 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

Assessment of Academic Achievement
  • 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


General Education Categories
  • Humanities and Fine Arts
Institutional Outcomes
  • Humanities
MTA Categories
  • Category 5: Humanities and Fine Arts

Credit for Prior College-Level Learning

Options for Credit for Prior College-Level Learning
Other Details

Determined by department

Approval Dates

Effective Term
Fall 2014
ILT Approval Date
AALC Approval Date
Curriculum Committee Approval Date
Review Semester
Fall 2014