Syllabus_Music Fundamentals - University of Arkansas at Little Rock

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MUSIC FUNDAMENTALS MUTH 1310 – 990 online Sec. 990: online

Instructor: Dr. Linda Holzer Prof. of Music e-mail: Please use the Message Tool in Blackboard to contact me during the semester. Office Hours by appointment.

Office: Fine Arts 101-D. [email protected]

Office phone: 501.569.8436

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This online music course is designed to serve as an introductory course, music theory fundamentals for the non-music major. Students will learn basics of rhythm, melody, and harmony in Western music and the notational terms and symbols commonly used to communicate these aspects of musical language in songs and instrumental music. In addition to the study of written music, students will gain basic piano keyboard knowledge through a virtual keyboard, and introductory aural skills (ear training). Three credit hours. PRE-REQUISITES: Must have read the Blackboard Student Support FAQ and have access to a computer with current distance-learning technology. This online course can ONLY be successfully completed using a fully functioning computer onto which you have installed the required music software, MFun. It cannot be successfully completed using the Blackboard app on an iPad, iPhone, or other smartphone, or tablet. Javascript, Cookies, Popups and Java must be enabled on your computer. If you do not have regular access to a working computer with high-speed internet access, you should not register for this online course. Your computer must meet the minimum hardware and connection requirements outlined on the Blackboard Student Support FAQ. Your computer must have high-speed internet access with broadband or high-speed modem. Computers using slower dial-up service are not sufficient for this online course. REQUIRED MATERIALS: MFun software. ($40). This software is the course textbook. It is crossplatform software, and may be used on either an Apple Mac computer or a Windows PC. You may purchase and download the software directly from MacGAMUT, the makers of MFun Music Fundamentals.

If you are using a computer at work, a network firewall may cause difficulty with accessing, downloading and submitting some of the course files. Check with your system administrator for solutions. Some security settings and browser add-ons may also block access to the materials in this course. You are responsible for resolving any such technical problems. MP3 Player: You must have the ability to listen to MP3 files. PDF Reader: You must have the ability to view PDF files. Class Format: Students are expected to use Blackboard, the UALR course management software program, for completing semester assignments. Blackboard becomes available to enrolled students beginning at midnight on the first day of classes. OBJECTIVES: Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to: • Read musical notes on a staff, basic music literacy • Play notes on a virtual keyboard • Write music using the free online notation tool Noteflight or free software Finale Notepad • Construct scales and recognize them by sound • Identify intervals and chords, and recognize them through listening • Write a chord tone melody • Apply musical vocabulary • Develop heightened awareness of creativity in music, and its role in the expressive impact of a musical composition COURSE STRUCTURE: The Class Week begins on Monday at 10 am and runs through the following Monday 10 am (Central Standard Time) unless otherwise specified for the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday and Spring Break. Each Monday morning the current week's readings, homework assignments, quizzes, and discussion topics become available on Blackboard. The course starts with Unit 1 on Blackboard. Always go to the current Unit to see what is due each week. Except for the Unit 1, Week 1a. assignment that is due Friday, Jan. 13 by 10 PM (the 5th day of class), all weekly assignments