Rudiments

Course Number: P52*/3.0 X 3L (Course Code Explanation)

Open To: non-B.Mus. students

Area(s): Theory and Composition

Instructor(s): Dr. John Burge, Ms. Gisèle Dalbec-Szczesniak

Term(s): A

Day(s) and Time(s): T: 6.30-9.30

Room: WLH Aud.

Calendar Description

An introduction to musical notation, ear-training and analysis for non-B.Mus. students.

NOTE May not be taken by students at Level 4 or who hold the Royal Conservatory Grade II Rudiments with First-Class Honours standing.

Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s) / Exclusion(s)

  • ONE-WAY EXCLUSION May not be taken with or after: MUSC 191/6.0.

Additional Information

Knowledge of musical rudiments is fundamental to a command of music theory. This course provides an introduction to the vocabulary and grammar of music, through the study of music notation, ear-training and analysis. Topics include the fundamentals of musical acoustics, aspects of pitch (scales, intervals, chords) and rhythm. Assessment is based on written assignments and a final exam.

The goal of the course is for students to acquire a familiarity with the basic elements of music – to enable them to write their own music in a more thoughtful way, to allow them to talk with and learn from other musicians, and to give them insight into the diverse compositions that great composers have created from these basic materials.

Non-B.Mus. students take MUSC P52*, which acts as a gateway to other music courses offered by the School of Music that require students to have a fundamental knowledge of musical rudiments.