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MUS 280: Basic Theory and Aural Skills (3 credits)

Course Description

Basic Theory and Aural Skills develops students’ skills in music reading and music perception through notation, sightsinging and dictation exercises. Students learn how to notate simple rhythms in simple and compound time; learn to recognize intervals, scales, triads, seventh chords and harmonic functions; and learn how to analyze non-modulating harmonic progressions in root position. (3 hours lecture)

Pre-Requisite(s): Credit for MUS 108


Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to:

  • Explain and use musical terminology at a beginning level
  • Identify and use basic elements of music (pitch, scales, intervals, rhythm, meter) to create music at a beginning level
  • Analyze music for its melodic, harmonic, rhythmic and formal qualities at a beginning level

Degrees and Certificates

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