MU-101 Introduction to Music

Course Description: 
A practical (applied) music course providing students with an understanding of the fundamentals of music, basic skills in note reading and instrumental performance

A.  PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES (PLOs):
The students will be able to:

  1. Enrich and deepen self-knowledge by exploring different academic experiences.
  2. Articulate and understand their experiences through effective writing, reading, speaking, and various modes of artistic expression.
  3. Demonstrate fundamental knowledge and basic skills appropriate to their personal and professional goals in their chosen area of specialization.

B.  STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES (SLOs) – GENERAL:
The students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the elements of music: melody, harmony, rhythm and simple compositional forms.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to use basic skills in operating a keyboard and other instruments for beginners if available such as harmonica, guitar, ukulele, and recorder.
  3. Increase and broaden knowledge and appreciation of music with exposure to a variety of styles and musicians.
  4. Perform appropriately in public with self-confidence through the creation of music, playing and/or singing in a concert performance.

SLO

PLO1

PLO2

PLO3

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ID

IDM

2

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ID

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3

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4

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ID

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I = Introduced
D = Demonstrated
M = Mastered

C.   STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES (SLOs) - SPECIFIC:
The students will be able to:

General SLO 1: Demonstrate an understanding of the elements of music: melody, harmony, rhythm     and simple compositional forms.

Student Learning Outcomes  Assessment Strategies

1.1.  Identify and define basic music elements including melody, harmony, rhythm, beat, sound, vibration, along with basic music theory of scales, major chords, etc.

Vocabulary quizzes; discussion Question and Answer sessions as measured by grading rubric.

1.2. Demonstrate understanding and knowledge of music terms and symbols used in music notation.

Vocabulary and symbol quizzes

Piano playing quizzes judged with a performance rubric.

General SLO 2: Demonstrate the ability to use basic skills in operating a keyboard and other  instruments for beginners if available such as harmonica, guitar, ukulele, and recorder.          

Student Learning Outcomes Assessment Strategies
2.1.   Sight-read notated music and play keyboard pieces Solo and group piano demonstrations assessed with a performance rubric; quizzes.
2.2.   Demonstrate rhythm reading and techniques for playing a variety of small percussion instruments (when available) Performance of rhythm exercises and counting assessed with a performance rubric ; original music pieces; quizzes and homework

General SLO 3: Increase and broaden appreciation of music with exposure to a variety of styles and musicians.

Student Learning Outcomes  Assessment Strategies
3.1 Recognize and identify the names of orchestral and/or style of a variety of composers Written  and verbal quizzes
3.2 Demonstrate the ability to listen to, recognize and discuss repertoire and/or style of a variety of composers Group activities and discussions using music vocabulary checklist
3.3  Demonstrate proper use of solfeg (syllable singing & hand signals) to augment singing practice and scale learning Small group practice sessions/individual performance activities as assessed by rubric.

General SLO 4: Perform appropriately in public with self-confidence through the creation of music, playing and/or singing in a concert performance.

Student Learning Outcomes  Assessment Strategies
4.1 Compose an original piece of music for solo piano and/or voice (also possible on recorder, harmonica, guitar, etc.) with or withouor lyrics to record or perform for class

Class presentations of composition assessed with rubric

Written or recorded documents of original composition; final project and final performance

4.2 Model or demonstrate appropriate performance practice and concert etiquette through participation in public recitals Participation in organizing, rehearsing and performing in a public class concert as assessed by a checklist; final project and final performance

D.  COURSE CONTENT
Keyboard performance techniques
Music terminology and music literacy
Music composers and various styles of music.
Fundamentals of music
Performance etiquette

E.  METHODS OF INSTRUCTION
Lectures
Demonstrations
Class discussions
Guided individual practice
Listening activities
Performance activities
Homework assignments
Reading or writing activities
Creative music or composition projects

F.  REQUIRED TEXT(S) AND COURSE MATERIALS
      Lancaster, E.L. and Kenon D. Renfrow.   Piano 101. Van Nuys, CA: Alfred, 1999. (or most recent edition).
     Small beginner harmonica in C

G.  REFERENCE MATERIALS
None

H.  INSTRUCTIONAL COSTS
None

I.   EVALUATION
None

J.   CREDIT BY EXAMINATION
None

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