MUS 110 : Fundamentals of Music

Covers the basic concepts of music: pitch, rhythm, meter, intervals, modes, scales, harmony and music notation. Introduces the science of sound and music theory terminology. Begins development of musical performance skills through singing, clapping and performance on the piano keyboard. Also includes basic aural skills. Course intended for non-music majors and to prepare students for further music theory study.


Equivalent placement test scores also accepted.

Course Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course the student will be able to:

  • Begin the formal study of music theory as it is applied in the music of the Western World.
  • Use learned applied keyboard, rhythm and singing skills in order to build the foundations of musicianship.
  • Listen critically using the building blocks of music in order to better understand the diverse musical styles of the world and what makes the music of each culture unique.

Additional Information

This course fulfills the following GE requirements: Arts and Letters/AAOT, Arts and Letters/ASOT-B, Arts and Letters/AAS, Arts and Letters/AGS, Arts and Letters/AS.

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Grading Options

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Audit Available