Online Music Courses
Online learning through the department of music is growing every year. We invite you to explore our online courses, courses that you can take when ever from wherever!
Online courses offered by the department of music are entirely online. There are no lectures to attend or registrar scheduled final exams. Instead all content is available online and you work through the material at your own pace. It is a form of distance education that uses computer, video, audio, and networking technologies to deliver course information and allow interactive discussions. There are weekly deadlines for assignments and quizzes to help keep you on track as well as your instructor and teaching assistant.
Our courses were developed and designed by professors, musicians, and instructional designers. Our learner-centered approach produces a rich learning experience for you.
Interaction is a key attribute of well-designed courses. Through live online chats or discussion forums, you can discuss issues or debate ideas with your instructor and fellow classmates. For live chats, both students and the instructor are online at the same time. With discussion forums, the instructor and the students are usually not accessing the course site at the same time, providing time to think and reflect on answers prior to responding online.
Online courses are presented through a web-based format. Our courses are delivered through a password protected website using BlackBoard Learn 9. The course website contain the majority of the content, research resources, expected readings, as well as discussion forums and assignments. In essence, the online course becomes your classroom with built in opportunities for interaction as well as support. Contact with the instructor is through email or videoconference.
Participation is not optional! To learn online, you have to be actively involved in your course. Imagine a face-to-face class discussion where no one said a word. Online discussions would be just like that if people did not participate. Our online courses have large discussion components that rely heavily on your input at specific points within the course.
Music 101 is a concise introduction to music theory that aims to develop both your practical and intellectual fluency with musical skills and concepts. Through weekly assignments, exercises, and online discussions, you will develop your ability to hear basic musical processes and will acquire concepts and terminology to help you understand and describe fundamental aspects of both art and popular music. Musical materials used in this course range from Western art music from the baroque period through the twentieth century, popular music repertoire, and music of the non-western world. Course topics include: rhythm and metre, pitch, major and minor scales, intervals, and triads.
This course is designed for students with little to no previous training in music.
By the end of this course, you should acquire the following:
There is no textbook or additional software required for Music 101.3.
This course provides an introduction to popular music of the United States and Canada. Organized chronologically, the course examines popular music from 1840 to 1990 in a historical context. Previous music knowledge is not necessary, however the course does include a directed listening component, where the student will be required to provide commentary on specific musical elements on various recordings.
Music 111 is open to all students without prerequisite. Students majoring in music may not take this course as an open music elective, but may take this course as an Art elective.
By the end of this course, you should be able to:
There is a textbook required for MUS111.3 as well as about 40 complete songs and an equal number of song clips. Please visit the university bookstore for information about ordering the textbook.
To help you access the music, songs are linked to an iTunes playlist (one list for each module) from the iTunes store. You are not required to use iTunes if you have other sources for the music. However, the playlists will make your listening easier. You can make the purchase with a credit card or an iTunes purchase card. These cards are available at 7-11, Wal-Mart and other convenience stores.
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