Foundations of Popular and Commercial Music
0.5 Credit

Hours per week:
  • Lecture/Discussion: 3

The course provides foundations in music theory to prepare students for further work in popular music and jazz. Students will learn the elements of harmony (intervals, chords, progressions, voicing), melody (scales, modes), rhythm (groove), and form, and takes lead sheet notation as the principal mode of notation. Students will work primarily with chord symbols, but the course will also facilitate an introductory-level competency with roman numeral notation and the Nashville number system.