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Music 100 - Music Fundamentals - Professor Lori Marie Rios

Course:Music Fundamentals
Professor:Professor Lori Marie Rios
  • OnlineLive
Course Length:
  • 16 Week


Hello Possible Music 100 Students:

Thank you for taking the time to look at this Music 100 - Music Fundamentals Class. My name in Lori Marie Rios and I have been teaching at College of the Canyons for the past 15 years. I teach this class, Music 175 - Voice os the Canyons, Music 176 - Chamber Singers, Music 141 -  Vocal Development, and Music 189/190 - Individual Lessons and Performance Class. This is my 32nd year as a teacher. I have taught music from K - 12 before moving to COC. I continue to sing professionally and travel working with vocalists and choirs all over the world. My husband Bryan and I have two grown children Clayton and Lacey, their partners Karen and Justin and  7 years ago Lacey and Justin blessed us with the most beautiful and tenacious granddaughter Meadow Moon! On my free time I love spending time with my dearest friends drinking wine, going to movies, the theatre and watching Netflix. I love all types of music and can be found going to concerts of past students. 

Music 100 - Fundamentals of Music is wonderful class where we spend time learning this new language called music. It is a CSU/UC Fine Art requirement for transfer. It also meets the prereq. for music majors. Students from past semesters will say that I am extremely patient, kind and funny and that I will do everything in my power to teach you where you are if you attend class, participate and work hard.  

I love teaching and I strive for excellence in myself as well as my students. Setting goals and achieving them is the goal for this class. I hope you decide to sign up and start your musical journey with music theory.

I look forward to meeting you all. 

Professor Lori Marie Rios

Course Description

 "One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain."  Bob Marley

Music 100 introduces the elements of music and musical notation; music reading and sight-singing; scales and intervals. 

What to Expect in this Course

Apply the basic concepts of the musical language.


          Understand the fundamental principles of music notation

  • Accurately notate rhythms and pitch
  • Transcribe simple dictations of rhythm (simple and compound meters)
  • Recognize pitch intervals
  • Classify and compare different scales, major and minor
  • Identify all the key signatures of the tonal system
  • Analyze and identify all triads and 7th chords in root position and inversions

If you attend the class, do the homework, participate in class (fully present) and can commit to those 3 things you will be successful in this class. Learning any new language is difficult but good old hard work and determination will allow you to be brilliant. 

Equipment needed: Computer, Camera, Canvas

Projects and Exams: This class has homework worksheets, some You Tube, Audio work. Quizzes are progressive not comprehensive. 

Types of Assessments

Proctored online exams, quizzes, online discussion boards, and written assignments”. We will also have verbal quizzes in class often.

Textbook Information


Understanding Basic Music Theory, edited by Catherine Schmidt-Jones, 

CONNEXIONS, Rice University, Houston, Texas

Understanding Basic Music Theory is an online educational resource (OER) developed to help students learn the basics of music fundamentals so thoroughly that the interested student will then be able to easily pick up whatever further theory is wanted.  Music history and the physics of sound are included to the extent that they shed light on music theory.

OPEN MUSIC THEORY,  ( is an open-source, interactive, online “text”book for college-level music theory courses.  OMT was built on resources authored by Kris Shaffer, Bryn Hughes, and Brian Moseley.  It is edited by Kris Shaffer and Robin Wharton, and is published by Hybrid Pedagogy Publishing.

Other music theory resources:


Other Relevant Course Information

Please see the overall schedule. This can change.

Weeks 1-2: Simple Meter, building the rhythmic pyramid for a variety of time signatures.  Clapping and counting different rhythmic patterns.  Arithmetic games with note values.

Weeks 3-6:Introduction to the keyboard, half and whole steps, the five accidentals, (sharps, double sharps, flats, double flats, natural sign), pitch notation (treble and bass 

clefs), landmark notes, mnemonic devices for memorizing note names.  Spelling games using pitch identification.  Timed note reading tests.

Weeks 7-9: Circle of 5ths/Spine of 5th, key signatures and major scales.  Learning to write, recognize and sing the 15 major scales by memorizing the number and the order of sharps and flats within each scale, recognizing the tonic of every scale, as well as the pattern of half and whole steps that create a major scale.

Weeks 10-12 Intervals; recognize the quantity and quality of all intervals (Major, Minor, Perfect, Diminished, Augmented) and be able to write them in all keys.  Recognize their specific color and sound on listening exams. 

Weeks 12-14 Primary and secondary triads, 7th chords and figured bass.  Build chord qualities in all keys.  Understand their functions within a scale.  Be able to write all four triad qualities (major, minor, diminished and augmented) and identify them in their inversions using figured bass.  Be able to write and recognize the following 7th chords: Major 7ths, Dominant 7ths, Minor 7ths, Half and Full diminished 7ths.  Aural quizzes on triad and 7th chord qualities.


Week 14-15: Minor scales, (natural, harmonic, melodic).  Aurally recognize these three scale qualities, write minor scales and key signatures in all 15 keys.  Differentiate between major and minor tonalities on listening exams.

Weeks 15: If we have time we will start duple meter, aurally be able to recognize the difference between simple and compound meter.  Identify division units, beat units, metric patterns and time signatures and if we still have time an introduction to musical modes. 

Week 16: Final quiz and class assessment.


Additional Resources


This course can be accessed on the first day of class via Canvas at Log into Canvas using your CanyonsID single sign-on:

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Last updated: 02/15/2024 Sub#: 918