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MUS200: Becoming Musical

This course is recommended for students with an interest in understanding music but who have little or no prior experience.

This course is recommended for students with an interest in understanding music but who have little or no prior experience. This course examines the elements that are universal in music and develops the practical skills needed to become functioning musicians. Rhythm, pitch, scales, keys, intervals, and triads are the basic material of the course. By studying a variety of both popular and classical styles, students will discover how composers employ the elements of music to create varied moods and expression. The practical skills of ear training, sight-singing, and dictation as well as the notation of music are integrated into the course. The department encourages students to take private lessons (MUS010) along with this course.