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MS Exploring Music

What comes to mind when you hear the word ‘music’? Do you think about your favorite band or artist? Or do you think about instruments and scales and chords? The word music means something different to everyone. Which is why in this Music course, there’s a little bit of something for everyone!

You will learn about how we hear music; how music affects our lives; important elements of music like rhythm, pitch, and harmony; different musical genres; singing and your voice; various instruments; music composition; and the history and culture of music over the years. Tune up your understanding and appreciation for all things music by signing up for this course!

Course Details

Course Objectives

By the end of the course, students will be able to

  • Reflect on the different places and times that music is heard
  • Discuss the origin of music in human culture
  • Summarize the roles that music plays in human society
  • Understand the way our brain processes music
  • Examine careers in the music industry
  • Tap the steady beat to any song
  • Recognize note values and rhythms when written
  • Understand how rhythm and melody work together
  • Describe how a piano keyboard can help us understand steps, scales, and chords
  • Use active listening when enjoying a piece of music
  • Apply the listening checklist to any piece of music
  • Discuss the grand staff and how it relates to the musical elements
  • Describe the importance of transcribing for musicians
  • Follow the five steps to reading a new piece of music
  • Find the key signature, time signature, and your vocal part
  • Use solfege syllables to begin singing new music
  • Practice guidelines for vocal health to make sure your voice stays healthy and flexible
  • Identify the different instrument families
  • Define the difference between classical music and world music
  • Become familiar with world instruments
  • Discuss musicianship and musical repertoire
  • Understand why music developed differently in different times and places
  • Summarize the history of music from the ancient period through the 20th century
  • Distinguish the music of various genres
  • Discuss the role of technology in the evolution of music
  • Discuss why preparation and musicianship are essential for an effective musical performance
  • Identify signs of performance anxiety and develop tools to combat it
  • Understand how to hold, tune, and use proper finger positioning on the guitar
  • Practice a simple guitar progression
  • Discuss why the definition of a “good” composition will vary
  • Craft melody and harmony
  • Explain how a melodic motive and chord progression work together
  • Utilize various compositional techniques such as repetition, contrast, and variation

Required Materials

  • LMS Access
  • Standard laptop or desktop computers with Windows or Mac OS
  • High-speed internet connection (Cable, DSL)

Module Topics

  • Unit 1: Good Vibrations (Intro to Music)
  • Unit 2: Elements of Music
  • Unit 3: Start With Your Ears
  • Unit 4: Exploring the Voice
  • Unit 5: Instrumental Skills
  • Unit 6: Musical Cultures
  • Unit 7: Dynamic Performing
  • Unit 8: Composing and Arranging

Accreditation

Laurel Springs meets the highest standard of academic excellence. We are fully Accredited by the Western Association of Schools & Colleges (WASC) and Cognia. We offer a broad catalog of courses approved by the NCAA Division I & II and the University of California A-G.

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