Music Fundamentals | Arts and Science ONLINE

Music Fundamentals

music chords and headphones
MUSC 104/3.0

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

Please note: This course is typically offered in the fall and summer terms.

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 western music notation, rhythm, scales, intervals, triads, and chords. Students successfully completing this course are encouraged to enrol in MUSC 105: Foundations in Tonal Music to continue developing their musical skills.

Students are not required to have a musical background to take this course. We begin with the fundamental foundations of music, so students who have never studied music can, with diligent study, achieve excellent results in this class. While one part of this course involves studying, applying, and singing the musical materials, another involves collaborative discussions about many of the diverse ways in which these materials are applied in different musical practices. As such, students with diverse backgrounds, both musical and non-musical, have opportunities to succeed and thrive in this course.

You do not have to have experience playing a musical instrument in this class. We will be singing most of our musical examples, which means everyone has an opportunity to participate.


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

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How does this affect my academics?
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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
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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, if required, 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.