MUS 100 - Fundamentals of Music - Dr. Shanon Zusman
|Course:||Fundamentals of Music|
|Professor:||Dr. Shanon Zusman|
Thank you for your interest in my course! I'm a classically-trained bass player who loves all types of music and enjoys introducing music theory to students every semester.
I have written my own Workbook and Answer Key (which is free for you to use in this course), and I hope to de-mystify the language of music, making it accessible to all. Even if you have never tried to read music, you can start at ground zero and work your way up! I'm here to support you and give you the tools you need to succeed.
Here's what we do in Music 100 (from my syllabus):
This course is designed to familiarize students with the rudiments of music notation, including scales, modes, intervals, triads, and seventh chords. Students will become fluent in musical notation in both treble and bass clefs, in addition to understanding basic meter and rhythmic patterns in simple and compound meters. Students will learn to notate all major and minor scales, memorize all key signatures, as well as identify by sight all intervals, triads, and seventh chords. In the process, basic musical terms and formal analysis will be introduced. You will have an opportunity to develop your writing skills in a concert report, describing your experience observing a rock music concert online.
The course is asynchronous. So you move at your own pace through the material, contact me if/when you have questions, and take the exams (+ do Discussion posts) on (or by) specific dates as noted in Canvas.
What to Expect in this Course
Each week you have a short video lecture to watch and a set of exercises in the Workbook to complete.
The five exams require you to:1) print out the test at home and fill it out in pencil; and 2) scan the test and post it on Canvas as a single PDF.
If you are not able to print out the exam, then you need to do so at a nearby Staples or Kinkos, etc. on the day of the exam, and I will allow 30 extra minutes if this is pre-arranged.
The only other option is to use a tablet/stylus (but you must be very neat and precise with your stylus).
Types of Assessments
You take four extensive exams, along with a comprehensive final exam.
Your weekly exercises do not count toward your course grade, but you really must complete them (and check with the Answer Key) in order to succeed in the class.
You are also required to do five short Discussion board posts and comment on five of your classmates' posts (which count as your "participation" in the course).
There is one written online concert report of a rock concert online. I give you a list on YouTube, and you select the one that piques your interest the most.
Textbook Information / Link to ZTC Textbook
I provide a free Workbook and Answer Key for you to use throughout the semester (downloadable on Canvas).
Each week you complete specific exercises in the Workbook and check with the Answer Key. Short video lectures are posted for each chapter to reinforce the material in the Workbook.
Other Relevant Course Information
This music course is challenging and more like a math class at times than a creative arts class! It requires working through exercises, memorization, and patience. It can all be quite abstract at times, and you'll no doubt learn to appreciate the language of music as a science!
But once you have completed it, you will be ready to embark on further studies in musical composition/theory and feel more confident in other music courses.
This course can be accessed on the first day of class via Canvas at https://coc.instructure.com. Log into Canvas using your CanyonsID single sign-on:
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Last updated: 08/04/2022 Sub#: 1438