OnMusic™ Fundamentals

OnMusic Fundamentals is a turn-key solution for your music fundamentals course. Featuring a seamless integration of text, interactivity, listening, and assessment, On Music Fundamentals reviews the foundations of music theory including the keyboard, music notation, accidentals, intervals, key signatures, major and minor scales, rhythm, triads, chords, and basic cadences. Interactive ear training exercises are included to practice intervals, scales, notation and rhythm, from any computer, right inside the web browser.


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OnMusic Fundamentals is a digital music fundamentals textbook for an online, hybrid or face-to-face music fundamentals course that fits in with, and complements existing teaching and learning workflows. OnMusic Fundamentals features a complete, rigorous textbook online, and a comprehensive set of discipline specific learning tools, assignments, and assessments. Built into our fully supported platform, all course elements are integrated and easy-to-use.
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Table of Contents

Music Fundamentals



  • Course Preamble

Class 1: THE KEYBOARD: Introduction

  • THE KEYBOARD: Introduction
  • Intro to the Keyboard
  • Quiz: High and Low sounds
  • Adjacent and Non-Adjacent Keys

Class 2: Note Name Recognition

  • Note Name Recognition
  • Letter Names, Groups, Naming Keys

Class 3: Naming Black Keys

  • Naming Black Keys
  • Naming Black Keys, Accidentals, and Enharmonic Pitches
  • The Octave
  • Designation, Registers, Staff and Keyboard

Class 4: Music Notation: The Staff I

  • Music Notation: The Staff I
  • The Staff: Introduction
  • Keyboard Quiz: Key Identification

Class 5: Music Notation: Staff II: Note Placement

  • Music Notation: Staff II: Note Placement
  • High and Low Notes, and Ledger Lines
  • Treble, Bass, and C Clefs

Class 6: Music Notation: The Grand Staff

  • Music Notation: The Grand Staff
  • The Grand Staff: Treble and Bass Come Together
  • Drag-n-drop Note to the Correct Staff Location
  • Drag-n-Drop the Note – Practice Test Mode
  • Clef Quiz
  • Ledger Lines Quiz

Class 7: SCALES

  • Scales
  • Half Steps Revisited and The Chromatic Scale
  • Whole/Half Steps Quiz

Class 8: The Major Scale

  • The Major Scale
  • The Major Scale Pattern
  • Scale Degree Names and Functions

Class 9: Building Major Scales I

  • Building Major Scales I
  • Building Major Scales I

Class 10: Key Signatures I

  • Key Signatures I
  • Function of Key Signatures, and Sharp Key Signatures
  • Scales Quiz: Degree Functions

Class 11: Building Major Scales and Key Signatures II

  • Building Major Scales and Key Signatures II
  • Building Major Flat Scales
  • Flat Keys and Key Signatures
  • Instructions for Scale Building Exercises
  • Major Scales Test – Practice Mode
  • Descending Major Scales Practice Test

Class 12: Applying Key Signatures

  • Applying Key Signatures
  • Using Key Signatures
  • Major Sharp Scales and Their Key Signatures
  • Major Flat Scales and Their Key Signatures

Class 13: Circle of Fifths

  • Circle of Fifths
  • Interactive Circle of Fifths
  • Key Signatures – Practice Mode
  • Major Scales Quiz
  • Key Signatures Quiz



Class 15: Rhythm and Meter

  • Rhythm and Meter
  • Rhythm I: Introduction
  • Introduction to Meter
  • Beams, Dotted Notes, and Ties
  • Rhythm Quiz

Class 16: Meter II: Simple Meter – Simple Duple Meter

  • Meter II: Simple Meter – Simple Duple Meter
  • Simple Duple Meter
  • Simple Triple Meter
  • Simple Quadruple Meter
  • Compound Duple Meter
  • Compound Triple Meter
  • Compound Quadruple Meter
  • Triplets and Duplets
  • Asymmetric Meter, Mixed Meter, and Syncopation
  • Meter Quiz

Class 17: Rhythm Ear Training Practice Section I

  • Rhythm Ear Training Practice Section I
  • Rhythm Ear Training Practice Section I
  • Rhythm Pattern Recognition Test 1
  • Rhythm Pattern Recognition Test 2

Class 18: Rhythm Ear Training Practice Section II

  • Rhythm Ear Training Practice Section II
  • Rhythm Ear Training Practice Section II
  • Rhythm Pattern Recognition Test 3
  • Rhythm Pattern Recognition Test 4

Class 19: INTERVALS: Introduction

  • INTERVALS: Introduction
  • Intervals: Introduction
  • Numeric Size and Quality of Intervals

Class 20: Numerical Size

  • Numerical Size
  • Intervals: Numerical Size

Class 21: Numerical Distance Rules

  • Numerical Distance Rules
  • Interval Size Rules
  • Intervals Quiz 1: Numerical Size

Class 22: Interval Quality

  • Interval Quality
  • Interval Quality Categories and Terms
  • The Intervals of the Major Scale: Major and Perfect Intervals
  • Identifying Perfect Intervals
  • Identifying Major Intervals
  • Instructions for Building Ascending Intervals Practice Exercise 1
  • Intervals Test – Practice Mode
  • Instructions for Building Ascending Intervals Practice Test
  • Intervals Test – Test Mode
  • Interval Quality Quiz
  • Instructions for Ear Training Practice Exercises
  • ET ex. 1
  • ET ex. 2
  • ET ex. 3
  • ET ex. 4
  • ET ex. 5
  • ET ex. 6
  • ET ex. 7
  • ET ex. 8
  • ET ex. 9
  • ET ex. 10

Class 23: The Minor Scale

  • The Minor Scale
  • Minor Scales: Introduction
  • Instructions for Practice Exercises
  • Building Ascending Natural Minor Scales
  • Building Descending Natural Minor Scales

Class 24: Minor Key Signatures

  • Minor Key Signatures
  • Complete Natural Minor Scales and Their Key Signatures
  • Identify the Key Signature – Practice Mode
  • Identify the Major or Minor Key Signature – Test Mode

Class 25: The Harmonic and Melodic Minor Scales

  • The Harmonic and Melodic Minor Scales
  • The Harmonic and Melodic Minor Scales
  • Minor Scales Practice Exercise
  • Minor Scales Test
  • Descending Melodic Minor Scales Practice Exercise
  • Parallel Minor Scales
  • Minor Scales and Key Signatures Quiz

Class 26: Triads

  • Triads
  • Triads: Introduction and Major Triads

Class 27: Minor, Augmented, and Diminished Triads

  • Minor, Augmented, and Diminished Triads
  • Minor, Diminished, and Augmented Triads

Class 28: Triad Inversions

  • Triad Inversions
  • Triad Inversions, Close and Open Positions
  • Practice Exercise: Building Triads
  • Building Triads Practice Exercise
  • Triads Quiz

Class 29: Dominant Seventh Chords

  • Dominant Seventh Chords
  • The Dominant Seventh Chord
  • Dominant Sevenths Quiz

Class 30: FINAL EXAM

  • Music Fundamentals

Contents & Features

OnMusic Fundamentals Table of Contents

OnMusic Fundamentals Features

  • A complete music fundamentals textbook with hundreds of interactive activities, exercises, musical examples, and auto-graded quizzes and tests
  • Linear course structure that maps the content to your specific course calendar and dates and proven to keep students on track and save you tons of work
  • Customizable content, quizzes, exams, grade weights, assignments, calendar, assessment timings, and more to fit your unique teaching style and needs
  • Exclusive integration with the widely used and comprehensive Online Music Dictionary – with definitions and pronunciations
  • Interactive scores and streaming audio that demonstrate musical concepts
  • Off-line content and music examples for use in your face-to-face classes -including print on-demand worksheets, exercises, and quizzes
  • Compatible with Auralia and Musition – the world’s leading software for theory and ear training programs
  • Exceptional and free in-house technical support to instructors and students
  • Numerous effective measures to address student cheating
  • Over ten years experience with college level music online. Thousands of instructors and tens of thousands of students have used our music titles. Their feedback guides our development as we constantly find solutions to problems facing professors (engagement, student success rates and retention, etc.)

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