This course develops students’ aural perception of melodic, harmonic and rhythmic ear training through recognition, singing at sight and transcribing diatonic and non diatonic melodies in major keys; triads and seventh chords in root position and inversions; and simple syncopated rhythm studies, while conducting the rhythm patterns.
FP101 – Fundamentals of Music Theory
This course teaches the fundamentals of music theory with emphasis on the application of form, melody, harmony and rhythm in contemporary popular music. Students will learn to read and write scales, construct triads and seventh chords, identify intervals, and recognize common musical terms and signs. Students will also study bass line motion, chord function, groove, melody- harmony relationship, and notation for the rhythm section to create original compositions.
FP102 – Music Performance Lab
This course teaches lead sheet preparation, rehearsal techniques, and an emphasis on the leadership, supportive and collaborative role of band members to stage live performances. Students will build and retain a functional repertoire of 5 songs/tunes through skills development in memorizing melody, harmony and rhythm of selected repertoire, with emphasis on style integrity.
GE001 – Preparatory English for College
This module teaches students the fundamentals of English language and covers core aspects of grammar, vocabulary, reading, writing, listening and speaking.
HM010 – Survey of Pop Music
This course is a survey of pop music from the birth of the Blues through present day. Students will explore the genres, artists and compositions, and learn about pop music’s impact on society in different times across the decades.
MT010 – Music Technology and MIDI Systems
This course teaches students about sound and how it is generated, processed, stored, and transmitted using recording and performance tools with an emphasis on current and future technological applications in music. Students will also learn the basic architecture of commonly used synthesis devices such as controllers, synthesizer modules, and the theory of MIDI, and how to manipulate these to create musical sounds. The study will include the use of music software in the creation of musical works.
PI0XX – Private Instruction 0
This course is an individualized instruction in a principal instrument, which introduces fundamental instrument playing or singing techniques such as posture, tone production, time keeping, phrasing and articulation. Students will also learn appropriate music repertoire ranging from traditional/classical to modern contemporary music according to students’ personal interest and/or instructor’s recommendation for area of development. Students will learn style interpretation, improvisation and musicianship skills to enhance performance skills.
PF011-031 – Performance Seminar
This is a non-credit performance seminar, required of all students where each student will stage a music performance once during a semester. Students discuss with a Performance Department tutor on selection of repertoire, planning and rehearsal of performance, stage presentation and overall mental preparation for their performance. The overall planning and rehearsals for performances are self-managed by students, with the exception of sound check which is coordinated with the support from student engineers. An audience comprising of their peers will critique their performance based on proficiency in instrumental/vocal skills, overall musicianship and stage presentation. The result of weekly peer critiques will be posted on the bulletin board. The performer with the highest vote for best performance during a week will compete for the “Best Student Performer of the Term” award held at the end of semester.