CCOG for MUC 130B Spring 2024

Course Number:
MUC 130B
Course Title:
Rhythm Training II
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Course Description

Covers intermediate-level rhythmic theory, notation, and reading skills as well as specific rhythmic characteristics of different styles and genres from around the world. Includes odd meter, dotted notes, intermediate-level use of tuplets, regular and irregular metric phrasing, and sight reading skills. This is the second course in a three-course sequence. Prerequisites: MUC 130A or instructor permission. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon completion of the course students should be able to:

  • Recognize and perform intermediate-level rhythmic notation in simple and compound meters.
  • Read and write basic rhythmic content in 6/8, 9/8, and 12/8 time.
  • Identify and understand odd time signatures.
  • Apply rhythmic theory concepts when using digital audio workstations (DAW) such as Ableton and sequencers.
  • Contrast rhythmic styles and patterns between Reggae, Mambo, Bossa Nova, and Cumbia.

  • Perform rhythms with an intermediate-level use of rhythmic syncopation.

Course Activities and Design

Material for the course will be presented in a lecture format but also includes question and answer sessions as well as discussion of recorded musical examples.

  • In-class exercises
  • Homework assignments 
  • Aural skills training 
  • Projects
  • Quizzes
  • Class participation, small group work, and discussion
  • Constructive critique and feedback to in-class performances

Outcome Assessment Strategies

  • Participation in class discussion and group activities
  • In-class and homework assignments
  • Exams and quizzes
  • Project and assignment performances

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

  • Complex time signatures
  • Intermediate rhythmic notation
  • Dotted notation in various time signatures
  • Rhythmic displacement
  • Intermediate sight reading
  • Listening projects
  • Reading & writing projects
  • Final exam, Final performance