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Effective: Summer 2013

Grade Type: Letter Grade, the student may select Pass/No Pass
Not Repeatable.
FHGE: Non-GE Transferable: CSU/UC
4 hours lecture, 1 hour laboratory. (60 hours total per quarter)

Student Learning Outcomes -
  • The successful student will be able to hear the differences between simple and compound time signatures.
  • The successful student will apply the fundamentals of music theory (meter, composition, major and minor scales, key signatures, and triads) as they listen to pop or classical music.
Description -
Beginning theory course where the basic elements of musicianship and harmony are explored through lecture, listening, and written assignments. Rudiments of music like pitch, rhythm, harmony, style, and form will be examined as rock and roll is analyzed through classical music theory.

Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. Gain a knowledge of music notation, the keyboard, key signatures, time signatures, scales, and triads
  2. Identify basic chord progression in popular songs
  3. Gain the ability to write basic music in treble and bass clefs, using different meters and key signatures.
  4. Develop skills in taking pitch and rhythm dictation and in playing simple keyboard examples.
Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
  1. When taught on campus classroom with pianos and staff lined boards, CD player, and multi-media equipment.
  2. When taught via Foothill Global Access: on-going access to computer with Email software and capabilities; Email address; Java-script enabled internet browsing software.

Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Analysis of rhythmic note values and meter signatures
  2. Metrical groupings in simple and compound meters
  3. Learning to read notes on the treble and bass clefs
  4. Examination of the keyboard with a focus on major and minor scales,
  5. Key signatures and the circle of fifths for major and minor scales
  6. Understanding of intervals within an 8ve, written & oral
  7. Rhythmic dictation
  8. Triad construction
  9. Musical terms and signs
  10. Performance of triads and scales for the final exam performance
Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Writing and Creativity
    1. 3 Focus on Skills units on elements of musicianship
    2. 5 Rhythmic and Melodic Compositions
    3. Notate all Major Scales
    4. Notate the 3 forms of the Minor Scales: Natural, Harmonic, and Melodic
    5. bass accompaniment in the key of C
    6. 12 bar blues melody
  2. Rhythm Project
    1. 4 part rhythm composition in quartets
  3. Tests
    1. 2 written tests
    2. Final written exam
    3. Final performance exam (Major, minor, diminished, and augmented triads, and performance of a major scale and 3 forms of the minor scale
  4. Lab
    1. Written submissions based on weekly lab activities
  5. Assignments
    1. Treble and Bass clef
    2. Simple and Compound Meter
    3. Octave Identification
    4. Locating Major Scales
    5. Major Key Signatures
    6. Circle of 5ths
    7. Perfect Intervals
    8. Major Intervals
    9. Minor Key Signatures
    10. Triads
  6. Class participation and discussions
  7. Listening
    1. interval identification
    2. rhythmic dictation
    3. chord progressions
    4. classical and popular music used for analysis
Representative Text(s) -
Duckworth, William. A Creative Approach to Music Fundamentals.1st Edition, 2009.

Disciplines -
Method of Instruction -
  1. Lecture
  2. Discussion
  3. Cooperative learning exercises
  4. Self-paced
  5. Oral presentations
  6. Electronic discussions/chat
  7. Independent study
  8. Laboratory
  9. Demonstration
Lab Content -
Lab activities will include activities on a virtual keyboard, song comparisons on YouTube, and websites on note reading, scales, time signatures, intervals, and triads.
Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
Rhythm in 4 parts project:
  1. Compose a 4 part rhythmic composition made up of 6 measures in 4/4 meter using appendix B (world rhythms in two and three parts) on page 302 as a model.
  2. One person from each group needs to compose the first part. A second person will compose the 2nd line that will add musical interest and use rests or subdivisions that will compliment the first line. The third and fourth lines will do the same.
  3. To perform this composition you may clap, tap, chant, or use other percussive sounds or instruments.