CCOG for MUC 130A Spring 2024

Course Number:
MUC 130A
Course Title:
Rhythm Training I
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Course Description

Covers basic rhythmic theory, notation, and reading skills as well as rhythmic characteristics of different styles and genres. Includes simple and compound meter, dotted notes, basic usage of tuplets, swing rhythm, basic time signatures, and sight reading skills. This is the first course in a three-course sequence. Recommended: concurrent enrollment in MUC 101, MUC 120A, and MUC 140A. Audit available.

Addendum to Course Description


Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon completion of the course students should be able to:

  • Recognize and perform basic rhythmic notation in simple and compound meter.
  • Read and write basic rhythmic content in 4/4 and 3/4 time.
  • Identify and understand all time signatures.
  • Play with a metronome, drum machine, or sequencer.
  • Apply rhythmic theory concepts when using digital audio workstations (DAW) such as Ableton Live and sequencers.
  • Contrast rhythmic styles and patterns between Rock, Jazz, Hip-Hop, and Electronic music.

  • Perform using rhythmic syncopation.
  • Beam rhythmic notation correctly and effectively.

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)

  • Time signatures
  • Rhythmic symbols
  • Rhythmic notation
  • Dotted notation
  • Syncopated rhythms
  • Simple sight reading
  • Listening projects
  • Reading & writing projects
  • Final exam, Final performance