COLUMBIA COLLEGE CHICAGO

Fundamentals of Musical Literacy 32-1020-01 Credits -3 Fall 2015

600 S. Michigan Ave Chicago, IL 60605

Music Department: Phone Number: 312 369-6145

Class Time & Day: ONLINE (Each Topic is activated Tuesday at 9am)

Instructor: James-Kimo Williams

Contact phone number: 312 369-7664

Office Hours: Office Hours: Virtually everyday, 9am to 9pm (via internet). I usually respond within 4 hours. If not please do send a follow-up email. All email must have a salutation and you need to identify the class and section you are in.

Important Dates: ADD DROP WITHDRAWAL: http://students.colum.edu/records/Registration/important-dates.php


REQUIRED TEXT: Kimo Williams - Applied Music Theory for Managers, Engineers, Producers and Artists By, ISBN 978-0-9711360-4-5

available as a TOP HAT Online Topic Module.


The Top Hat online Topic Modules (coupon codes) are available for purchase at the school bookstore. If the codes/cards are not available at the time that you need them you can also purchase your e-text directly from Top Hat as indicated below.


You will need to purchase the Top Hat online Topic Module in order to take the Exam #1, the Midterm and Final


Instructions to access your text:


  1. Click on the “Have a Coupon” link and enter a code from the card that you purchased from the bookstore.

  2. Use a credit card and provide payment directly to Tophat as requested.


If you have any have any questions or trouble with this process or Top Hat in general, please contact Top Hat at support@tophat.com so that they can provide assistance.


COURSE DESCRIPTION: This introductory course addresses foundational skills for developing musical literacy. Course focuses in equal parts on critical listening, basic musical notation, and skills required for clear and idiomatic verbal and written communication about the details of musical performances. It is intended as an introduction to musical language for non-music majors.


PREREQUISTES: NONE


COURSE RATIONALE: Fundamentals of Musical Literacy is designed to be an introductory music course for non-music majors, tied to liberal arts degree outcomes that emphasize breadth rather than depth of learning. Fundamentals places emphasis on genres, ensembles, score reading, discussion and written assignments. The goal is to provide an overview of those skills and experiences that will help students apply additional knowledge to their interaction with music in other fields, such as recording, management, film, TV. This course is recommended for students who have no experience with music theory or reading music.


LEARNING OUTCOMES, GOALS AND OBJECTIVES:

In order to pass the course with a C or better, a student will need to be able to do the following by the end of the semester:

  1. Identify basic theoretical components of music, including intervals, chords, key signatures, scales, rhythmic organization, and phrase.

  2. Identify and define musical signs and terminology.

  3. Demonstrate a fundamental understanding of the rhythmic, melodic, and harmonic components of music.

  1. Recognize and explain different genres of music from a contemporary and a historical perspective.

  2. Differentiate, compare and contrast musical instruments and ensembles and place them in a historical and genre-specific context.

  3. Express and explain the formal structures of music from many genres using basic stylistic and theoretical terminology.

  4. Develop the ability to follow musical scores of various types through the application of theoretical, formal, and instrumental knowledge.

  5. Develop the tools and techniques for the study of material covered in class, and to apply that material in the students’ interaction with music outside of class.


NOTE: You are not only graded as relates to memorization of content but also on meeting deadlines and following precise instructions as provided by this syllabus and your online Modules. Students who meet these basic timed requirements and do each assignment as prescribed in this course usually receive an A.


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GRADING SCALE (points) 93-100 = A 77-79 = C+

90-92 = A- 73-76 = C

87-89 = B+ 70-72 = C-

83-86 = B 60-69 = D

80-82 = B- 0-59 = F


GRADE BREAKDOWN:

Forums (30pts), Essay Paper (25pts), Exam # 1 (5pts), Midterm Exam (15pts), Final Exam (25pt). Each Topic module will be available at 9am on the CLASS date.

FORUMS: You are to sign into the required Forum as indicated.

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You must have at least two responses (at a minimum) to the subject at hand.

Your first response to a Forum must be your comment to the subject and posted within four days (Tuesday to Saturday) from the date the Forum is posted.

Your second response must be in reply to a comment posted by one of your classmates and can be anytime before the due date.

The quality of your comments and responses will be reflected in your grade. Responses such as “I agree” or I see what you mean” is not considered gradable.


You will have practical exercises (quizzes) to test your knowledge after each Topic these are not graded but your participation in doing the exercises will be considered as part of your final grades.


Exam #1, the MidTerm and Final are available only on Tophat!!!


ATTENDANCE: Attendance is expected through your participation in forums and taking the quizzes. There are three forums and participations grades are associated with each.

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY POLICY: The College prohibits the following conduct: all forms of academic dishonesty including cheating; plagiarism; knowingly furnishing false information to the College: forgery; alteration or fraudulent use of College documents, instruments or identification.


STUDENTS WITH DISABILITES STATEMENT: Columbia College Chicago seeks to maintain a supportive academic environment for students with disabilities. Students who self-identify as having a disability should present their documentation to the Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) office. After the documentation has been reviewed by the SSD office, a Columbia College accommodation letter will be provided to the student. Students are encouraged to present their Columbia accommodation letters to each instructor at the beginning of the semester so that accommodations can be arranged in a timely manner by the College, the department, or the faculty member, as appropriate. Accommodations will begin at the time the letter is presented. Students with disabilities who do not have accommodation letters should visit the office of Services for Students with Disabilities, Room 304 of the 623 S. Wabash building (312-369-8296).


COUNSELING SERVICES: 731 S. Plymouth Court, suite 112 312.369.8700 counselingservices@colum.edu - Services are designed to help students address concerns and increase self-awareness, while empowering to manage challenging areas in their lives. All counseling staff follows professional standards of confidentiality. Information discussed within a counseling relationship will not be disclosed without written permission of the individual. Counseling Services are provided free of charge. Services include individual, couple, and group therapy for students. All currently enrolled students are eligible to receive services.

Counseling Service provides students with 10 free individual counseling sessions per academic year.


COLLEGE ADVISING: 623 S Wabash, suite 300 312.369.7645 collegeadvising@colum.edu - The College Advising Center provides undergraduate students with information, guidance, and support to create and implement an integrated educational and professional plan in the arts and media fields. College advisors assist students with all transitional issues to help them navigate the entire college experience. The Advising Center helps students clarify and take responsibility for their academic and career goals. First-year students are expected to meet with their college advisor at least once a semester during their first year. THE


LEARNING STUDIO: 618 S. Michigan, first floor 312.369.8130 www.colum.edu/learningstudio - The Learning Studio is an excellent resource for academic progress and success for all students at any level. The Learning Studio provides tutoring in a number of disciplines including Accounting, the Science and Math Learning Center, the Foreign Languages Lab and the Writing Center. Students are encouraged to go to the Learning Studio and work with the tutors. Students can make an appointment through Oasis (using the “Make Appointments” tab) or call the Learning Studio.


How to Use your Web-based text

Information for once you have signed in to the “Fall2015 Applied Music Theory Text (class).


On the left hand side you will find the Topics associated with this class. Click the name or the green icon (try both). This will open up the Topic into the main viewing window. You can collapse these windows with the up or down carrot to the right of the page title in the main window. (on your smart phone or tablet the Topic content will be displayed as a viewing page with a “dot” at the top that takes you from one Topic to the next). Note: On your app, each Topic will have several pages so remember that the “dot” takes you to a new Topic. Within the Topic you scroll from page to page using the “Next” and “Prev” blue buttons.


*Special Note: The audio and video components of your Topics are best implemented with a Laptop or desktop computer. Additionally, many of the score pages can be viewed best with a computer. If utilizing a smart phone or a tablet the image would need to be scrolled. Also if using a tablet or your phone you have the option to use the “app” or the browser (connected via

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WIFI). If you have any issues with the app please use the browser. Some of the interactivity associated with TopHat will not execute properly with the stand alone “app”. Always try the browser or use a computer.


The online textbook is divided into eight chapters and thirteen Topics. Content is written in short window paragraphs to accommodate easy viewing on smart phones without scrolling. Additionally, each Topic is available as a full PDF document and a URL to the full-page text is provided at the end of each Topic. Each Topic presents new material with a quiz at the end to help reinforce the information presented. Approach Topics methodically. Do all Topic quizzes.


Listen to and view all audio and video examples, repeatedly if necessary, even if you feel you understand the written word. If an audio track relates to a particular graphic, listen to the audio at least once while reading/examining the graphic. When you click on a audio track or a video track it will open to a new webpage. Keep that page open and go back to the web Topic page and listen to the track with your Topic page open (or view the video track and return to the Topic. Making the connection between what you hear and what is written is a big part of studying music theory. Make sure you complete each Topic before continuing to the next.


If you have any issues or questions with the use of the Top Hat website or if something is not working or visible, please click on support icon at the bottom of the page (do not email your instructor). Your instructor can only provide limited support for the learning platform. As it relates to content, please feel free to email me with any questions you might have.

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Disclaimer: This syllabus is subject to change as deemed necessary by the coordinator or instructor. Additionally, in the event of a discrepancy between this syllabus and the Moodle LMS content, the Moodle LM S content takes precedence.


CLASS 1 – September 8th

CLASS 1 – September 8th


CHAPTER 1: GENRES IN MUSIC

What you should know


Why you should know it: A correct and clear lead sheet or score is critical to planning and organizing a performance by musicians or its use in recording sessions. It will enable all parties to know what is expected and help meet artistic objectives in an efficient manner, saving time and money. The ability to create and follow such a document is invaluable to give you more input into the performance and recording process.


TOPIC 11: Score Expressions


Reading Assignment: Chapter 7, Topic 11

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QUIZ: Practice Quiz#11


CLASS 12 – December 8th

CLASS 12 – December 8th


CHAPTER 7, TOPIC 12: Following the Music

Understanding the Road Map of Music

An entire set of symbols and instructions direct the musician where to look and when.


Reading Assignment: Chapter 7, Topic 12

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QUIZ: Practice Quiz#12


CLASS 13 – December 15th

CLASS 13 – December 15th


CHAPTER 8 - TECHNOLOGY AND MUSIC


What you should know:

The tools and language used by those working with music utilizing digital technology.


Why you should know it:

As technology impacts on all aspects of life, it also provides for an array of digital resources in the music industry. These tools allow music makers to be effective and above all efficient with creating, expressing, producing and recording music.

Understanding the digital domain in combination with the language of music will enable you to apply your music knowledge in parallel with cutting edge digital technology.


TOPIC 13: Digital Applications

Reading Assignment: Chapter 8, Topic 13


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Forum #3


You are to sign into the required Forum as indicated in Moodle. You must have at least two responses (at a minimum) to the subject at hand. Your first response to a Forum must be within four days (Tuesday to Saturday) from the date the Forum is posted. Your second response can be anytime before the due date. The quality of your comments and responses will be reflected in your grade. Reponses such as “I agree” or I see what you mean” is not considered gradable.


FORUM DISCUSSION: Discuss with your other classmates this class and the web-based text. Be specific as to what worked for you and what did not. What would you like more of or less of? How important do you feel understanding music is to what your professional goals are. This forum is due by TOPIC 14 (May 12th) at 6pm.

You are to sign into the required Forum as indicated in Moodle. You must have at least two responses (at a minimum) to the subject at hand. Your first response to a Forum must be within four days (Tuesday to Saturday) from the date the Forum is posted. Your second response can be anytime before the due date. The quality of your comments and responses will be reflected in your grade. Reponses such as “I agree” or I see what you mean” is not considered gradable.


FORUM DISCUSSION: Discuss with your other classmates this class and the web-based text. Be specific as to what worked for you and what did not. What would you like more of or less of? How important do you feel understanding music is to what your professional goals are. This forum is due by TOPIC 14 (May 12th) at 6pm.


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CLASS 14 –May 12th TAKE FINAL EXAM (Forum #3 Due Today by 6pm today)


Will include: multiple choice, short answer, matching, true false, listening and will cover all material from Topic 1

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through Topic 13. There are 50 questions and you have 90 minutes to complete the exam.


The Exam will be available May 12th from 9am to 12 Midnight.

Please log in to Top Hat and take the exam!!


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