MUS-111: Musicianship I (formerly MU-208)

Course Information

Course, prefix, number, & title: MUS-111 Musicianship I (formerly MU-208)

Hours (Class, recitation, Laboratory, studio): 3 class hours, 1 studio hour

Credits: 3

Course Description in college catalog:

A course designed to introduce beginners to the basic elements of music theory and music performance, with a special focus on piano and singing. Topics include developing piano technique, singing notated music, and developing performance and analysis skills with fundamental elements such as meter, rhythm, intervals, scales and chords.

Academic programs for which this course serves as a requirement or an elective:

A.A.S. Music Production

A.S. Music

General Education Outcomes: Below is a listing of General Education Outcome(s) that this course supports.

  1. Communicate effectively in various forms

  2. Use analytical reasoning to identify issues or problems and evaluate evidence in order to make informed decisions

Course-specific student learning outcomes:

1. Construct and diagram from a given tonic any of the major scales using the pattern WWHWWWH

2. List the ‘order of sharps’ and the ‘order of flats’, and use these ‘orders’ to construct and identify the notes of the major scale from a given tonic

3. Construct a chart showing all the tonics of the major scales, both sharps and flats that comprise the circle of fifths in their correct order

4. Use the circle of fifths to construct and identify the key signatures of all the major scales

5. Identify the scale degrees of the major and minor scales by both function and by sollfege

6. Construct and identify the intervals m2 through the P5 from a given note

7. Construct and identify any given root position major, minor or diminished triad

Analyze rhythms that use basic rhythmic concepts in simple meter

Play any given triad and all the major scales from the circle of fifths on the piano

Identify scales, triads, intervals and simple meter rhythms by ear

Sing and play melodies, scales, triads, intervals and simple meter rhythms individually and in groups

Program-specific outcomes

Prepare students who wish to transfer to a four-year institution of higher learning to pursue a career in music by providing a solid foundation in the areas of musicianship and performance.

Provide the general college students with the opportunities to study music in a variety of classes that promotes intellectual inquiry, global awareness and lifelong active learning.

Other program outcomes (if applicable).

  1. Integrate knowledge and skills in the program of study

  2. Make ethical judgments while recognizing multiple perspectives, as appropriate in the program of study

  3. Work collaboratively to accomplish learning objectives

Methods by which student learning will be assessed and evaluated; describe the types of methods to be employed; note whether certain methods are required for all sections:

Homework Worksheets (20 points each)



Piano Lesson Assesments



Piano Proficiency Examination



Midterm Examination



Final Examination



Attendance & Parcipitation






Academic Integrity policy (department or College):
Academic honesty is expected of all students. Any violation of academic integrity is taken extremely seriously. All assignments and projects must be the original work of the student or teammates. Plagiarism will not be tolerated. Any questions regarding academic integrity should be brought to the attention of the instructor. The following is the Queensborough Community College Policy on Academic Integrity: "It is the official policy of the College that all acts or attempted acts that are violations of Academic Integrity be reported to the Office of Student Affairs. At the faculty member's discretion and with the concurrence of the student or students involved, some cases though reported to the Office of Student Affairs may be resolved within the confines of the course and department. The instructor has the authority to adjust the offender's grade as deemed appropriate, including assigning an F to the assignment or exercise or, in more serious cases, an F to the student for the entire course." Read the University's policy on Academic Integrity opens in a new window(PDF).

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