CCOG for MUC 130C Spring 2024

Course Number:
MUC 130C
Course Title:
Rhythm Training III
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Course Description

Covers advanced-level rhythmic theory, notation, and reading skills as well as rhythmic theory from around the world. Includes the history of clave rhythm, polyrhythm, and polymeter, advanced-level usage of tuplets, advanced-level time signatures, and improved sight reading skills. This is the third course in a three-course sequence. Prerequisites: MUC 130B or instructor permission. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon completion of the course students should be able to:

  • Recognize and perform rhythmic notation in complex meter signatures.
  • Read and write advanced-level rhythmic content in all time signatures.
  • Understand and use various clave rhythms in different genres.
  • Understand and recognize different polyrhythms and polymeters.
  • Explain use of dots in uneven rhythms (such as triple- and quadruple-dotted notes).
  • Understand metric modulation.
  • Contrast rhythmic styles and patterns between traditional African and Indian music.

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)

  • Irregular hypermeter
  • Esoteric rhythmic symbols
  • Advanced rhythmic notation
  • Irrational dotted notation
  • Rhythmic tension and resolution
  • Advanced sight reading
  • Listening and speaking projects
  • Reading & writing projects
  • Final exam, Final performance