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Center for Curriculum and Transfer Articulation
Introduction to Music Theory
Course: MTC101

First Term: 1994 Spring
Lecture   3 Credit(s)   3 Period(s)   3 Load  
Subject Type: Academic
Load Formula: S

Description: Designed to develop written and aural skills necessary for advanced study of music theory and skills. Recommended for music majors

MCCCD Official Course Competencies
1. Identify pitch names on the grand staff. (I)
2. Identify pitch names of notes on ledger lines. (I)
3. Identify and notate the clef symbols. (I)
4. Explain the significance of the top and bottom number in a meter signature. (I)
5. Define compound meters. (I)
6. Demonstrate the placement of barlines in a line of music. (I)
7. Compare the difference between a slur and a tie. (I)
8. Describe the accumulative effect of dot(s) on note value. (I)
9. Identify and notate a major scale. (II)
10. Identify and notate a minor scale. (II)
11. Explain the role of the leading tone note in the harmonic minor scale. (II)
12. Notate a chromatic scale. (II)
13. List the modal scale names. (II)
14. Identify and notate given modal scales. (II)
15. Describe how a scale may be transposed to any pitch level. (II)
16. Describe how intervals are identified. (III)
17. List two aids used in identifying intervals. (III)
18. Identify and notate any given interval. (III)
19. List five song associations with interval names. (III)
20. Explain concepts used in determining consonance and dissonance among intervals. (III)
21. Describe how intervals are used to construct triads. (IV)
22. Identify each tone placement name (member) of a triad. (IV)
23. Define how a triad is inverted. (IV)
24. Identify and notate an open position triad. (IV)
25. Identify the primary triads in a given key, labeling each with the appropriate Roman numeral. (IV)
MCCCD Official Course Outline
I. Notational System
   A. Staff
      1. Line and spaces
      2. Grand staff
      3. Ledger lines
   B. Clefs
      1. Treble
      2. Bass
      3. Movable C clef
   C. Meter Signatures
      1. Organization scheme
      2. Simple, compound, and complex meters
      3. Measures and barlines
   D. Note Values
      1. Common notes used in simple meters
      2. Common notes used in compound meters
      3. Dots and ties
II. Scales
   A. Major Scales
      1. Whole step and half step concepts
      2. Transposition of the C major scale
      3. Key signatures
   B. Minor Scales
      1. Pure or natural minor
      2. Harmonic form
      3. Melodic form
   C. Other Scales
      1. Chromatic
      2. Wholetone
      3. Pentatonic
   D. Modal Scales (Secular)
III. Intervals
   A. Identification
      1. Distance
      2. Qualities
   B. Analyzation and Labeling
   C. Sounds of Intervals
   D. Consonant and dissonant intervals
IV. Triads
   A. Root position
   B. First inversion
   C. Second inversion
   D. Open and closed position
   E. Tonic, subdominant, and dominant triads
      1. Use of primary triads
      2. Voicing of triads in four parts
      3. Voicing of triads in piano style
MCCCD Governing Board Approval Date: 11/23/1993

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