Music Fundamentals | Arts and Science ONLINE

Music Fundamentals

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MUSC 104/3.0

An introduction to musical notation, ear training, theory and analysis.

Please note: This course is typically offered in the summer term

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Explain fundamental elements of musical notation such as the grand staff, notes in treble and bass clefs, accidentals, and note values/rests in order to read/write/perform simple printed music.
  • Identify and build scales, chords and intervals, progressions and cadences in order to analyze, possibly compose, and understand the basic structure of music.
  • Reproduce, by singing and/or playing on a keyboard, the elements of music (scales, chords and intervals) that you have learned in order to reinforce what is written through sound.


This course is an introduction to music notation, rhythm, scales, intervals, triads and chords.  Students successfully completing this course are able to enroll in MUSC-191: Theory and Analysis I [Although to successfully complete MUSC-191, it is advisable to have achieved a Grade of “A” in MUSC-104 and to have also spent some time practicing reading music by singing or playing an instrument.]

Students enrolled in this course always bring with them a large variety of musical ability and experience.  In that sense, this course is very much like a language course.  With virtually no musical experience, this is a very tough course, requiring many hours of practice and drill.  If, however, you have already taken instrumental music lessons, or sung in a choir, your prior familiarity with music will be of great benefit. 


Summer 21: May - July
Course Dates: 
May 10 - July 30 , 2021
Exam Dates: 
August 3 - 7


30% - Individual Assignments
30% - Group Assignments
40% - Proctored Final Exam

**Evaluation Subject to Change**

Live Sessions

This course has optional live sessions (e.g. webinars, synchronous activities).

Final Examination
Students must write their exam on the day and time scheduled by the University. Do not schedule vacations, appointments, etc., during the exam period.

Examity Statement

When you enrol in this online course, you are agreeing to write tests, quizzes, and block theory exams online with remote proctoring. The benefits of this are that you can complete the exam in your own space using your own computer. For each assessment, you will be using exam software developed at Queen’s, which is integrated with an online proctoring system. To ensure a successful exam experience, you are responsible for ensuring that your computer meets the Evaluation and Grading Policies.

8 minimum technical requirements, as described on the course web page, and that you are located in an area with sufficient high speed internet at the time of the exam. You will be given the opportunity to practice the exam initiation process in advance of any quizzes, tests or exams that require the use of this software.


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Time Commitment

Students can expect to spend approximately 10 hours a week (120 hours per term) in study/practice and online activities for the course.

Course Resources


SOLUS is Queen’s Student On-Line University System. You’ll have access to a SOLUS account once you become a Queen’s student. You’ll use SOLUS to register for courses, add and drop courses, update your contact information, view financial and academic information, and pay your tuition.

About OnQ

onQ is Queen's online learning platform. You'll log into onQ to access your course. All materials related to your course—notes, readings, videos, recordings, discussion forums, assignments, quizzes, groupwork, tutorials, and help—will be on the onQ site.

About Credit Units

Queen’s courses are weighted in credit units. A typical one-term course is worth 3.0 units, and a typical two-term course is worth 6.0 units. You combine these units to create your degree. A general (three-year) BA or BSc requires a total of 90 credit units.

Computer Requirements

To take an online course, you’ll need a high speed internet connection as well as a microphone and speakers to be able to watch videos, hear sounds, and participate in interactive online activities. A webcam is recommended but not necessary.

System Requirements:

Computer Specifications

  • Windows 8.1 or newer
  • OSX 10.13 (High Sierra) or newer
  • Dual Core 2 GHz processor
  • 4 GB RAM
  • Soundcard
  • USB Headset
  • Webcam

Supported Browsers

  • Chrome (preferred - latest version)
  • Firefox (latest version)
  • Safari is not recommended as it causes several known issues in onQ
  • Edge is not recommended as it causes several known issues in onQ

Internet Connection

  • Wired high speed access: Cable or better
  • Wifi is not recommended


  • Latest version

Media Player

  • Flash (latest version)

Adobe Reader

  • Latest Version


The deadlines for new applications to Queen’s Arts and Science Online courses are in our Upcoming Application Dates section.

Grading Scheme

The information below is intended for undergraduate students in the Faculty of Arts and Science. Academic Regulations in other Faculties may differ.

Letter Grade Grade Point

GPA Calculators
Have your SOLUS grade report handy and then follow the link to the Arts and Science GPA calculators.

How does this affect my academics?
See the GPA and Academic Standing page.

Follow the link above for an explanation of how the GPA system affects such things as the Dean’s Honour List, requirements to graduate, and academic progression.

Frequently Asked Questions on the Grading Scheme
Please follow this link to the FAQ's

Tuition Fees

Tuition fees vary depending when you start, your year, faculty, and program. Fees for Summer Term 2018 first-year Distance Career Arts & Science Domestic students are as follows: for a 3.0-unit course, $685.90; for a 6.0-unit course, $1371.80 See also Tuition and Fees.

Campus Bookstore

All textbooks can be purchased at Queen’s Campus Bookstore.

Non-Queen’s Students

All Queen’s Arts and Science Online courses are open to students at other universities. Before applying as a visiting student, request a Letter of Permission from your home university that states that you have permission to take the course and apply it to your degree. See also Apply.

Academic Integrity

Please see Queen’s policy statement on academic integrity for information on how to complete an online course honestly.