MCO Lectures

These aren't really "lectures" in the traditional sense of the term. They are, rather, attempts by me to provide students with information which will help them understand the course's concepts. The textbook is excellent, but it sometimes is hard to understand for some students. These "lectures" try to bridge the gap between the textbook and the beginning music student.

Pre-lecture Material

If these lectures seem too hard for you, of if you feel you need to see some clearer explanations, take a look at The Basics of Reading Music

From the Start of Class to the Midterm:

These are the "lectures" which would apply to the material covered by the Midterm Exam:

  • Introduction
  • Sound: the Loud and the Soft of It
  • Rhythm: The Long and the Short of It
  • Pitch: The High and the Low of It
  • Meter: The Pattern and the Scheme of It
  • Whole Steps and Half Steps
  • How to Build a Major Scale
  • Understanding Counting Numbers
  • Midterm Questions and Answers

    From After the Midterm to the Final:

    These are the "lectures" which would apply to the material covered by the Final Exam:

  • Seconds and Thirds
  • Chords: Major and Minor
  • Syncopation Makes it Move
  • Final Exam Questions and Answers


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