PERF 185 Fundamentals and Extensions of Music

This course teaches the basics of music theory and standard notation. Topics include familiarity with the staff system, clefs, note placement, pitch names, scale types, key signatures, intervals, basic harmony, rhythmic notation and practice, voice leading, sight singing, and phrase structure. The work of the course will involve worksheets on various theoretical issues, drills of basic pitch and rhythmic concepts, and listening to examples with the goal of improving aural analysis and fundamental musical abilities. In addition to the theoretical and practical aspects of music, the course will also delve into cross-disciplinary issues such as the cultural development of music in humans; music, language, and communication; and the interface of music with sociology, anthropology, mathematics, and physics.



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May be offered concurrently with PERF 330