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Student Learning Outcomes

Course Name: Music Fundamentals for Musicians
Course Number: MUS 110A
  • Students will know, by the number and type of accidentals, all 15 major keys and 15 minor keys.
  • MUS 2 students will be able to name the chord quality of all diatonic triads and seventh chords in both the major and minor modes.
  • Identify pitches and pitch registers when notated on the staff using G, F or C clefs, or when designated on the piano keyboard.
  • Calculate the duration of notes and rests.
  • Calculate the beat value, beat division, beat type and meter for any regular time signature.
  • Recognize and construct major scales, minor scales and their respective key signatures.
  • Memorize, recall and interpret the circle of fifths
  • Evaluate minor melodies for tonal problems and employ accidentals to correct these problems.
  • Calculate interval inversions.
  • Recognize, calculate and construct intervals between pitches.
  • Distinguish between consonant and dissonant intervals in music notation.
  • Classify cadences by type
  • MUS 5A students will be able to sing on sight a short diatonic melody mixing stepwise motion and occasional skips through the tonic harmony.
  • MUS 5A students will be able to transcribe a diatonic melody played four times at the piano. This melody may use stepwise motion only, except for skips through the tonic triad and skips between 're' and 'ti'.
  • Students will demonstrate, through dictation, an aural understanding of major-mode melodies making use of rhythmic divisions, stepwise motion and occasional leaps through adjacent tones of the tonic and dominant triads.
  • Memorize and recall all diatonic triad and seventh chord qualities in major and minor.
  • Analyze diatonic music for harmony using Roman numerals and bass position figures when the non-chord tones have been omitted or identified for the student
  • Recognize and distinguish the four types of contrapuntal motion.
  • Evaluate two-voice first species tonal counterpoint on the basis of its adherence to style rules and aesthetic guidelines
  • Identify and construct triads and seventh chords