Music

course description

​​MUSIC-008A - Music History and Literature I

Students will study the history of Western music from antiquity through the Baroque period including the contributions of other cultures with selected readings and recordings. Attendance at a live performance is required.

Units: 3

Lecture Hours: 3 |  Lab Hours: None |  Repeatable: No |  Grading: L

Advisory Level  —   Read: 3   |  Write: 3  | Math:

Transfer Status: CSU/UC |  Degree Applicable: AA/AS


MUSIC-008B - Music History and Literature II

Students will study the history of Western music from the Classical Period through the present including the contributions of other cultures with selected readings and recordings. Attendance at a live performance is required.

Units: 3

Lecture Hours: 3 |  Lab Hours: None |  Repeatable: No |  Grading: L

Advisory Level  —   Read: 3   |  Write: 3  | Math:

Transfer Status: CSU/UC |  Degree Applicable: AA/AS


MUSIC-010A - Music Theory

This course is the first of a sequence designed to equip the student with the skills necessary to comprehend diatonic harmony. Additionally this course will serve as an introduction to music notation software. Students will learn the construction principles and aesthetic qualities of various scales and chords as well as functional capacities of scale tones, traditional use of triads, voice leading and aspects of rhythm.

Units: 3

Lecture Hours: 3 |  Lab Hours: None |  Repeatable: No |  Grading: L

Prerequisite: MUSIC 099

Corequisite: MUSIC 011A

Advisory Level  —   Read: 3   |  Write: 3  | Math:

Transfer Status: CSU/UC |  Degree Applicable: AA/AS


MUSIC-010B - Music Theory

A continuation of Music 010A, 010B focuses on procedures found in chromatic literature. This includes, secondary dominants, modulations, altered chords, and traditional forms.

Units: 3

Lecture Hours: 3 |  Lab Hours: None |  Repeatable: No |  Grading: L

Prerequisite: MUSIC 010A

Corequisite: MUSIC 011B

Advisory Level  —   Read: 3   |  Write: 3  | Math:

Transfer Status: CSU/UC |  Degree Applicable: AA/AS


MUSIC-011A - Musicianship

Students learn to sing by sight in treble, bass and alto clef. The class is designed for beginners who have limited experience with music but want to learn to read music in order to participate in music classes or choirs.

Units: 1

Lecture Hours: 0 |  Lab Hours: 3 |  Repeatable: No |  Grading: L

Prerequisite: MUSIC 099 with C or better

Corequisite: MUSIC 010A

Advisory Level  —   Read: 3   |  Write: 3  | Math: 0

Transfer Status: CSU |  Degree Applicable: AA/AS


MUSIC-011B - Musicianship

Students learn to sightsing in treble, bass and alto clef. This course focuses on chromatic harmony. The course is required for students taking Music 010B.

Units: 1

Lecture Hours: 0 |  Lab Hours: 3 |  Repeatable: No |  Grading: L

Prerequisite: MUSIC 011A with C or better

Corequisite: MUSIC 010B

Advisory Level  —   Read: 3   |  Write: 3  | Math: 0

Transfer Status: CSU |  Degree Applicable: AA/AS


MUSIC-020 - Class Piano

This course is designed for intermediate pianists to improve technique and interpretive abilities. Study and testing materials are drawn from a graduated series of exercises, etudes, and representative piano works. The student will learn how to assess and provide the stylistic nuances and phrasing concepts required for the performance of repertoire work from the Renaissance through the 20th century. The student will learn approaches to improvisation and other creative activities.

Units: 1

Lecture Hours: None |  Lab Hours: 3 |  Repeatable: No |  Grading: L

Prerequisite: MUSIC 050B, with grade C or better

Advisory Level  —   Read: 3   |  Write: 3  | Math:

Transfer Status: CSU/UC |  Degree Applicable: AA/AS


MUSIC-023 - Class Voice

This course is designed for experienced singers to improve their technique and performance and interpretive skills. Study and testing material are drawn from a graduated series of vocal exercises, etudes and representative vocal solos. The student will learn how to assess and provide the stylistic nuances and phrasing concepts required for the performance of repertoire from the Renaissance to the modern day. The course will also include individualized instruction in folk songs and classical music indigenous to various cultures.

Units: 1

Lecture Hours: None |  Lab Hours: 3 |  Repeatable: No |  Grading: O

Prerequisite: MUSIC 053B with a C or better

Advisory Level  —   Read:   |  Write:  | Math:

Transfer Status: CSU/UC |  Degree Applicable: AA/AS


MUSIC-047 - All-College Choir

This is a mixed choral ensemble for all college students and faculty. Standard choral works from classical and folk repertoire are studied with a public performance given at the end of the semester. Emphasis is given to accompanied works. Brief audition required.

Units: 1.5

Lecture Hours: None |  Lab Hours: 4.5 |  Repeatable: No |  Grading: O

Recommended: MUSIC 099

Advisory Level  —   Read:   |  Write:  | Math:

Transfer Status: CSU/UC |  Degree Applicable: AA/AS


MUSIC-050A - Beginning Piano

This is an introductory course in piano. The course is designed for students wanting to learn music using the piano as a vehicle for learning. The student will study basic theory concepts such as the 5-finger pattern, intervals, chords, simple chord progressions, and scales. This course reinforces concepts taught in the theory courses. Students will harmonize simple melodies, transpose and improvise simple pieces and patterns.

Units: 1

Lecture Hours: None |  Lab Hours: 3 |  Repeatable: No |  Grading: L

Advisory Level  —   Read: 3   |  Write: 3  | Math:

Transfer Status: CSU/UC |  Degree Applicable: AA/AS


MUSIC-050B - Beginning Piano

This is the second semester introductory course in piano. The course is designed for students wanting to learn music using the piano as a vehicle for learning. Students will expand their knowledge of basic theory concepts such as the 5-finger pattern, intervals, chords, simple chord progressions, and scales. This course reinforces concepts taught in MUSIC 050A. Students will harmonize simple melodies, transpose and improvise simple pieces and patterns.

Units: 1

Lecture Hours: None |  Lab Hours: 3 |  Repeatable: No |  Grading: L

Prerequisite: MUSIC 050A, with grade C or better

Advisory Level  —   Read: 3   |  Write: 3  | Math:

Transfer Status: CSU/UC |  Degree Applicable: AA/AS


MUSIC-052A - Beginning Guitar I

This course introduces students to playing the guitar, including music notation and sight-reading, correct positioning and technique, chords, strums, arpeggios. Students will play and learn basic ensemble and solo pieces and songs.

Units: 1

Lecture Hours: 0 |  Lab Hours: 3 |  Repeatable: No |  Grading: O

Recommended: MUSIC 099; Student must supply their own guitar

Advisory Level  —   Read: 3   |  Write: 3  | Math: 0

Transfer Status: CSU |  Degree Applicable: AA/AS


MUSIC-052B - Beginning Guitar II

Students will further develop their ability to play guitar, including reinforcement and refinement of sight reading, utilize correct technique, and play chords, arpeggios, and strums. Students will play with and for class members and perform ensembles, solo pieces and songs.

Units: 1

Lecture Hours: 0 |  Lab Hours: 3 |  Repeatable: No |  Grading: O

Prerequisite: MUSIC 052A with C or better

Advisory Level  —   Read: 3   |  Write: 3  | Math: 0

Transfer Status: CSU |  Degree Applicable: AA/AS


MUSIC-053A - Beginning Voice

This course provides a basic introduction to voice discipline with an emphasis on the fundamental aspects of singing through breath support and tone placement. Technical exercises and simple vocal pieces of various styles will be learned and performed in a class atmosphere where listening and performing are used as tools of instruction.

Units: 1

Lecture Hours: None |  Lab Hours: 3 |  Repeatable: No |  Grading: O

Recommended: MUSIC 099

Advisory Level  —   Read: 3   |  Write: 3  | Math:

Transfer Status: CSU/UC |  Degree Applicable: AA/AS


MUSIC-053B - Beginning Voice

This course continues building upon the skills acquired in Music 053A and further develops the fundamentals of vocal technique through exercises that require greater depth and ability. Technical exercises and vocal pieces of various styles will be learned and performed in a class atmosphere where listening and performing are used as tools of instruction.

Units: 1

Lecture Hours: None |  Lab Hours: 3 |  Repeatable: No |  Grading: O

Prerequisite: MUSIC 053A with C or better

Recommended: MUSIC 099

Advisory Level  —   Read: 3   |  Write: 3  | Math:

Transfer Status: CSU/UC |  Degree Applicable: AA/AS


MUSIC-091 - Music Appreciation: Western Civilization

This course provides the opportunity for students with no previous musical experience, to develop an appreciation of the music of western cultures through the development of aural listening skills. The course focuses on the relationships between composers and the times in which they lived. Included in each unit of study is a discussion of the influence of government, philosophy, art, religion, and musical composition. Attendance at a live performance is required.

Units: 3

Lecture Hours: 3 |  Lab Hours: None |  Repeatable: No |  Grading: L

Advisory Level  —   Read: 3   |  Write: 3  | Math:

Transfer Status: CSU/UC |  Degree Applicable: AA/AS


MUSIC-092 - Music Appreciation: American Musical Theater

This course is designed for students interested in developing an appreciation of the American Musical Theater as an art form, and in gaining an understanding of its composition, evolution, philosophical, and multi-cultural basis.

Units: 3

Lecture Hours: 3 |  Lab Hours: None |  Repeatable: No |  Grading: O

Advisory Level  —   Read: 3   |  Write: 3  | Math:

Transfer Status: CSU/UC |  Degree Applicable: AA/AS


MUSIC-093 - Introduction to Film Music

This course serves as an introduction to the study of Hollywood film music from the 1920’s to the present day. The class will explore the relationship between film and sound through original and adopted film scores. This course will explore both historic and technical aspects of film music.

Units: 3

Lecture Hours: 3 |  Lab Hours: None |  Repeatable: No |  Grading: L

Advisory Level  —   Read: 3   |  Write: 3  | Math: 0

Transfer Status: CSU/UC |  Degree Applicable: AA/AS


MUSIC-095 - Music Appreciation: Jazz

The student, who has little or no previous experience in musical performance or listening to the traditions of jazz music, will study the musical elements of jazz and appraise the development of the jazz art form as a product of culture. They will also study how to aurally distinguish the elements of jazz music and trace the evolution of styles and structures of jazz from its inception to the present time.

Units: 3

Lecture Hours: 3 |  Lab Hours: None |  Repeatable: No |  Grading: L

Advisory Level  —   Read: 3   |  Write: 3  | Math:

Transfer Status: CSU/UC |  Degree Applicable: AA/AS


MUSIC-096 - Introduction to Electronic Music

This course is intended to introduce students to the basics of electronic music production, which includes the fundamental techniques of Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) and Digital Audio in the project studio environment. The student will learn the use of keyboard controllers, software synthesizers and instruments, MIDI sequencing and digital audio recording in the making of music. Short technical quizzes and music assignments will be given on material covered in class. Some prior music experience is recommended, but not required.

Units: 3

Lecture Hours: 3 |  Lab Hours: 0 |  Repeatable: No |  Grading: L

Advisory Level  —   Read: 3   |  Write: 3  | Math: 0

Transfer Status: CSU |  Degree Applicable: AA/AS


MUSIC-099 - Introductory Music

This course is designed for the student who wishes to learn the "language" of music; how to read, notate, interpret, perform, and create with those symbols which represent the four properties of sound: pitch, duration, amplitude, and timbre. It includes the study of the fundamentals of Western notated music and how these elements combine to create musical compositions: pitch identification, rhythm and meter, scales, key signatures, intervals, chord construction, harmonic progression and texture. Students will discuss style analysis, ie., what elements of music are organized in various cultures and time periods.

Units: 3

Lecture Hours: 3 |  Lab Hours: None |  Repeatable: No |  Grading: L

Advisory Level  —   Read: 3   |  Write: 3  | Math:

Transfer Status: CSU/UC |  Degree Applicable: AA/AS​

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