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Due to the unhealthy air quality, classes will be canceled at 4 p.m. TODAY (Monday, Nov 19). There will be no classes on Tues, Nov 20 or Wed, Nov 21 along with the pre-scheduled holiday break on Thursday and Friday. Classes, office and business operations will resume as usual on Monday, November 26.

Courses Offered

MUS. 100 Fundamentals of Music (3 units)

How to read music notes, rhythms, key signatures, scales, and chords; occasional concert attendance may be required

MUS. 105 Music Theory I (3 units)

Extended practice in and application of written music theory skills incorporating and developing music fundamentals. Through guided composition and analysis, students begin study of functional tonal harmony. Topics include chord function theory, phrase structures and cadences, two-voice counterpoint, and four-part voice leading principles.

MUS. 106 Music Theory II (3 units)

Incorporates and builds on concepts introduced in MUS 105. Through four-part chorale writing, analysis and music composition, students continue studies in functional tonal harmony. Topics include: non-dominant seventh chords, III and VII chords, diatonic sequences, applied chords, diatonic modulation and formal analysis of binary and ternary forms.

MUS. 107 Music Theory III (3 units)

Incorporates and builds on concepts introduced in MUS. 106. Through four-part chorale writing, analysis and music composition, students continue studies in functional tonal harmony. Topics include: introduction to advanced chromatic harmony; secondary/applied chords; modulation; borrowed chords; introduction to Neapolitan and augmented-sixth chords.

MUS. 108 Music Theory IV (3 units)

Incorporates and builds on concepts introduced in MUS. 107. Through four-part chorale writing, analysis and music composition, students study late-Romantic techniques such as borrowed chords and modal mixture, chromatic mediants, Neapolitan and augmented-sixth chords, 9th, 11th and 13th chords, altered chords, and enharmonic modulation. Through analysis and music composition, students study twentieth-century techniques such as: Impressionism, tone rows, set theory, pandiatonicism and polytonalism, and advanced approaches to meter and rhythm.

MUS. 111 Musicianship I (1 units)

Extended practice and application of rhythmic, melodic and harmonic materials of Music Theory I through ear training, sight singing, analysis, and dictation skills. Topics include: tonality, meter, rhythmic and pitch notation, intervals, triads.

MUS. 112 Musicianship II (1 units)

Incorporates and builds on concepts introduced in MUS. 111. Further development of ear training and sight singing skills. Topics include: sight singing of triads and seventh chords, second-layer subdivision, and harmonic dictation of diatonic progressions.

MUS. 113 Musicianship III (1 units)

Incorporates and builds on concepts introduced in MUS. 112. Further development of ear training and sight singing skills. Topics include: triplets/duplets, syncopations, chromatic alterations, and modulation to closely-related keys.

MUS. 114 Musicianship IV (1 units)

Incorporates and builds on concepts introduced in MUS. 113. Further development of ear training and sight singing skills. Topics include: advanced chromaticism including modulation to distantly-related keys, diatonic modes, non-diatonic and synthetic scales, pitch sets and tone rows, irregular beat division, polyrhythms, asymmetrical meters, mixed meters.

MUS. 115 Music, Art and Ideas (3 units)

An integrated consideration of art and music as reflections of the philosophies and traditions of cultures. The understanding of the various elements common to the creative efforts of art and music are emphasized as a means to enhance and extend a student’s recognition, involvement, and ultimately, appreciation of these efforts. Diverse media are examined to demonstrate the realizations of ideas into works of art and music.

MUS. 202 Music Appreciation (3 units)

Learn effective music listening skills to enhance musical enjoyment. Learn musical terms and devices and apply to various styles of music such as popular, folk, classical, and jazz. Consider the different meanings music can have in history, ritual, entertainment, film and other contexts. Concert attendance may be required.

MUS. 204 Music History (3 units)

A guided tour through the history of the music of Western Civilization with the aim of broadening and deepening student awareness and appreciation of changing modes of musical expression across the centuries. Covers Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Modern, and Popular music genres. Concert attendance may be required.

MUS. 205 History, Theory and Practice: Piano and the Keyboard (3 units)

An introductory exploration of piano and keyboard music in Western classical and popular music cultures, with a focus on historical context, music theory, and beginning piano literature. Students will develop critical thinking skills through exploration of cultural and historical contexts that influenced the creation of specific genres and/or pieces of keyboard music. In addition, students will learn beginning piano performance skills for a "hands on" experience of the traditions they explore, with an emphasis on creative problem solving skills. Concert attendance may be required.

MUS. 250 World Music (3 units)

Survey of selected listening and readings from the music of India, China, Japan, Korea, Indonesia, Pacific Islands, Americas, Africa, and Middle East. A variety of media, guest speakers, and/or performers may be included. Required concert attendance.

MUS. 275 History of Jazz (3 units)

Understanding and enjoying music by studying the historical development of jazz from a musical and sociological perspective. Topics include discussion of musical elements, vocal and instrumental ensembles, artistic values, and the role of jazz in our culture. Concert attendance may be required. Partially fulfills general education requirement for the Humanities.

MUS. 276 Hip Hop: Culture and Politics (3 units)

Examination of all aspects of the culture and politics of Hip Hop through the lens of Urban Music. Influences from Funk and Jazz are covered.

MUS. 277 African American Music (3 units)

Explores the history, stylistic richness, and variety of African American music in the United States from the 17th century to the present. Examines the character and influence of traditional West African music on the development of American musical genres including: Spirituals, Blues, Jazz, R&B, Soul, Funk and Hip-Hop. Includes discussion and analyses of the critical issues, creative ideas and social events which informed and shaped its development and its impact and influence on contemporary American culture, race relations, and politics. Works of major black composers and performers will be studied including their influence on composers of other cultures.

MUS. 290 Introduction to MIDI Music (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) (3 units)

Create music using current MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) technology and recording studio hardware and software including: DAW (Digital Audio Workstation), audio and MIDI editing, audio effects processing, mixing, sampling, synthesizers, drum machines, and sound design.

MUS. 301 Piano I (2 units)

Beginning piano with emphasis on music reading fluency, technical facility, and performance of beginning piano literature. Concert attendance may be required.

MUS. 302 Piano II (2 units)

Continuation of MUS. 301 with emphasis on music reading fluency, technical facility and performance of advanced-beginning piano literature.

MUS. 303 Piano III (2 units)

Continuation of MUS. 302 with emphasis on music reading fluency, technical facility and performance of intermediate piano literature.

MUS. 304 Piano IV (2 units)

Continuation of MUS. 303 with emphasis on music reading fluency, technical facility and performance of advanced-intermediate piano literature.

MUS. 355 Violin/Viola I (2 units)

Introduction to the fundamentals of playing the violin or viola. Students will learn proper posture and basic playing techniques through the practice of exercises and short pieces. Elements of music notation and music theory will be introduced. Students must provide their own instrument.

MUS. 356 Violin/Viola II (2 units)

Continued development of basic playing skills appropriate for the advanced beginner. Students will expand upon and strengthen skills (bowing and left hand technique) learned in MUS. 355. Musical expression, sight-reading, and ensemble skills will be introduced. Skills will be developed through exercises and short pieces. Students must provide their own instrument.

MUS. 357 Violin/Viola III (2 units)

Refinement of basic playing skills, and development of technique appropriate for the intermediate player. Students will expand upon and strengthen skills (bowing and left hand technique) learned in MUS. 356. Technique, musical expression, sight-reading, ensemble skills, and third position will be developed through exercises and short pieces. Students must provide their own instrument.

MUS. 358 Violin/Viola IV (2 units)

Further refinement of basic playing skills, and development of technique appropriate for the advanced intermediate player. Students will expand upon and strengthen skills (bowing and left hand technique) learned in MUS. 357. Musical expression, sight-reading, ensemble skills, and vibrato will be developed through exercises and short pieces. Students must provide their own instrument.

MUS. 377 Guitar I (2 units)

Introduction to guitar technique and performance. Areas covered included stringing, tuning, fingering, playing techniques, notation, chords and chord progressions, reading guitar music, strum techniques, fingerpicking, playing simple melodies and accompaniment. Emphasis on popular and folk music literature. Introduction to music theory for the guitar. Students must provide their own instrument.

MUS. 378 Guitar II (2 units)

Continuation of guitar technique and performance skills begun in MUS 377. Areas covered include barre-chords, CAGED chord/scale theory, blues scales, accompaniment techniques, and major and minor scale patterns. Emphasis on popular music literature. Advanced beginning music theory for the guitar. Students must provide their own instrument.

MUS. 379 Guitar III (2 units)

Refinement of intermediate guitar performance skills begun in MUS. 377 & 378. Areas covered include principles of moveable chord and scale structure (CAGED), advanced strumming and fingerpicking patterns, intermediate theory (scale, secondary dominants, and motif development), improvisation, arpeggios and reading music. Emphasis on American music literature. Students must provide their own instrument.

MUS. 380 Guitar IV (2 units)

Further refinement of advanced intermediate guitar technique and performance skills begun in MUS. 377, 378, & 379. Areas covered include motif development, improvising, three notes per string scales, blues techniques, counterpoint, walking bass, modern rhythmic techniques and other advanced intermediate guitar techniques. Additional techniques from Doo-Wop, Rhythm and Blues, and Rock in a small ensemble. Students must provide their own instrument.

MUS. 383.1 Guitar Ensemble I (1 units)

A course for guitarists in techniques from Doo-Wop to Rhythm and Blues to Rock in a small ensemble at the beginning level. Students work extensively on these styles and within the application with the intention of public performance. Public performance required.

MUS. 383.2 Guitar Ensemble II (1 units)

A course for guitarists in techniques from Doo-Wop to Rhythm and Blues to Rock in a small ensemble at the advanced beginning level. Students work extensively on these styles and within the application with the intention of public performance. Public performance required.

MUS. 383.3 Guitar Ensemble III (1 units)

A course for guitarists in techniques from Doo-Wop to Rhythm and Blues to Rock in a small ensemble at the intermediate level. Students work extensively on these styles and within the application with the intention of public performance. Public performance required.

MUS. 383.4 Guitar Ensemble IV (1 units)

A course for guitarists in techniques from Doo-Wop to Rhythm and Blues to Rock in a small ensemble at the advanced intermediate level. Students work extensively on these styles and within the application with the intention of public performance. Public performance required.

MUS. 401 Voice I (2 units)

Basic training in vocal technique and performance skills for the beginning singer. Course content includes introductions to vocal technique (posture, initiating tone), singing anatomy (vocal tract), song preparation (practicing), music theory fundamentals (basic pitch and rhythm notation), and English diction (primary vowels).

MUS. 402 Voice II (2 units)

Continuation of training in vocal technique and performance skills begun in Music 401. Course content includes vocal technique (breathing techniques), singing anatomy (breathing musculature), song preparation and interpretation (text, emotional expression), music theory fundamentals (major scales/keys, 16th notes), and English diction (secondary vowels).

MUS. 403 Voice III (2 units)

Refinement of vocal technique and performance skills begun in Music 401 & 402. Course content includes vocal technique (more breathing methods), singing anatomy (larynx), song preparation and interpretation (facial expression, gesture), music theory fundamentals (intervals, triads), and English diction (diphthongs, consonants).

MUS. 404 Voice IV (2 units)

Further refinement of vocal technique and performance skills begun in Music 401, 402 & 403. Content includes vocal technique (resonance), singing anatomy (resonating spaces), song preparation and interpretation (style elements), music theory fundamentals (minor scales/keys, triplets), and English diction (glides, more work with consonants).

MUS. 410.1 Voice for the Musical Theater Production I (2 units)

Beginning level theory and practice in vocal performance and theatrical production, designed to prepare students to perform in a musical theater production. Activities include learning vocal technique, acting technique, and song repertoire that will be utilized in performance. Lecture subjects include the historical context of the libretto and the musical style and song structure specific to the production.

MUS. 410.2 Voice for the Musical Theater Production II (2 units)

Intermediate level theory and practice in vocal performance and theatrical production, designed to prepare students to perform in a musical theater production. Activities include learning vocal technique, acting technique, and song repertoire that will be utilized in performance. Lecture subjects include the historical context of the libretto and the musical style and song structure specific to the production.

MUS. 410.3 Voice for the Musical Theater Production III (2 units)

Advanced intermediate level theory and practice in vocal performance and theatrical production, designed to prepare students to perform in a musical theater production. Activities include learning vocal technique, acting technique, and song repertoire that will be utilized in performance. Lecture subjects include the historical context of the libretto and the musical style and song structure specific to the production.

MUS. 410.4 Voice for the Musical Theater Production IV (2 units)

Advanced level theory and practice in vocal performance and theatrical production, designed to prepare students to perform in a musical theater production. Activities include learning vocal technique, acting technique, and song repertoire that will be utilized in performance. Lecture subjects include the historical context of the libretto and the musical style and song structure specific to the production.

MUS. 420.1 Orchestra for the Musical Theater Production I (2 units)

Music theory and practice at the beginning level in orchestral performance and theatrical production, designed to prepare students to perform in a musical theater production. Activities include learning instrumental technique and song repertoire that will be utilized in performance.

MUS. 420.2 Orchestra for the Musical Theater Production II (2 units)

Music theory and practice at the intermediate level in orchestral performance and theatrical production, designed to prepare students to perform in a musical theater production. Activities include learning instrumental technique and song repertoire that will be utilized in performance.

MUS. 420.3 Orchestra for the Musical Theater Production III (2 units)

Music theory and practice at the advanced intermediate level in orchestral performance and theatrical production, designed to prepare students to perform in a musical theater production. Activities include learning instrumental technique and song repertoire that will be utilized in performance.

MUS. 420.4 Orchestra for the Musical Theater Production IV (2 units)

Music theory and practice at the advanced level in orchestral performance and theatrical production, designed to prepare students to perform in a musical theater production. Activities include learning instrumental technique and song repertoire that will be utilized in performance.

MUS. 430.1 Concert Band I (1 units)

Study and performance of music for concert band at the beginning level. Performance is required. Open to all students of the College.

MUS. 430.2 Concert Band II (1 units)

Study and performance of music for concert band at the advanced beginning level. Performance is required. Open to all students of the College.

MUS. 430.3 Concert Band III (1 units)

Study and performance of music for concert band at the intermediate level. Performance is required. Open to all students of the College.

MUS. 430.4 Concert Band IV (1 units)

Study and performance of music for concert band at the advanced intermediate level. Performance is required. Open to all students of the College.

MUS. 440.1 Symphony Orchestra I (1 units)

Study and performance of music for symphony orchestra with emphasis on rhythmic accuracy. Performance is required. Open to all students of the College. Experience playing string, woodwind, brass, or percussion instrument expected.

MUS. 440.2 Symphony Orchestra II (1 units)

Study and performance of music for symphony orchestra with emphasis on accuracy of pitches. Performance is required. Open to all students of the College. Experience playing string, woodwind, brass, or percussion instrument expected.

MUS. 440.3 Symphony Orchestra III (1 units)

Study and performance of music for symphony orchestra with emphasis on accuracy of articulations and dynamics. Performance is required. Open to all students of the College. Experience playing string, woodwind, brass, or percussion instrument expected.

MUS. 440.4 Symphony Orchestra IV (1 units)

Study and performance of music for symphony orchestra with emphasis on proper instrumental technique and intonation. Performance is required. Open to all students of the College. Experience playing string, woodwind, brass, or percussion instrument expected.

MUS. 450.1 Jazz Band I (1 units)

Students will examine the intricacies of jazz -- including swing, funk, soul, Latin, and ballad -- by studying, organizing, rehearsing, and performing contemporary jazz band repertoire at the beginning level. Performance will be required.

MUS. 450.2 Jazz Band II (1 units)

Students will examine the intricacies of jazz -- including swing, funk, soul, Latin, and ballad -- by studying, organizing, rehearsing, and performing contemporary jazz band repertoire at the advanced beginning level. Performance will be required.

MUS. 450.3 Jazz Band III (1 units)

Students will examine the intricacies of jazz -- including swing, funk, soul, Latin, and ballad -- by studying, organizing, rehearsing, and performing contemporary jazz band repertoire at the intermediate level. Performance will be required.

MUS. 450.4 Jazz Band IV (1 units)

Students will examine the intricacies of jazz -- including swing, funk, soul, Latin, and ballad -- by studying, organizing, rehearsing, and performing contemporary jazz band repertoire at the advanced level. Performance will be required.

MUS. 470.1 Concert Choir I (1 units)

Performance of choral music for accompanied and/or unaccompanied choir at the beginning level. The choir may perform alone or in conjunction with other musical organizations on and off campus. Performance is required. Open to all students of the College.

MUS. 470.2 Concert Choir II (1 units)

Performance of choral music for accompanied and/or unaccompanied choir at the advanced beginning level. The choir may perform alone or in conjunction with other musical organizations on and off campus. Performance is required.

MUS. 470.3 Concert Choir III (1 units)

Performance of choral music for accompanied and/or unaccompanied choir at the intermediate level. The choir may perform alone or in conjunction with other musical organizations on and off campus. Performance is required.

MUS. 470.4 Concert Choir IV (1 units)

Performance of choral music for accompanied and/or unaccompanied choir at the advanced intermediate level. The choir may perform alone or in conjunction with other musical organizations on and off campus. Performance is required.

MUS. 485.1 Vocal Jazz Ensemble I (1 units)

Performance of a wide range of vocal jazz and popular music for accompanied and/or a cappella choir at the beginning level. Performance is required.

MUS. 485.2 Vocal Jazz Ensemble II (1 units)

Performance of a wide range of vocal jazz and popular music for accompanied and/or a cappella choir at the advanced-beginning level. Performance is required.

MUS. 485.3 Vocal Jazz Ensemble III (1 units)

Performance of a wide range of vocal jazz and popular music for accompanied and/or a cappella choir at the intermediate level. Performance is required.

MUS. 485.4 Vocal Jazz Ensemble IV (1 units)

Performance of a wide range of vocal jazz and popular music for accompanied and/or a cappella choir at the advanced level. Performance is required.

MUS. 501 Studio Lessons I (Applied Music I) (1 units)

Individual study of the appropriate beginning undergraduate transfer-level techniques and repertoire for the specific instrument or voice being studied. Emphasis is on the progressive development of skills needed for solo performance. Each week students will take a 30-minute individual lesson and complete appropriate practice hours. Achievement is evaluated through a juried performance. Designed for Music majors who are able to perform at college level. NOTE: Individual lessons (8-9 hours per semester) are provided in addition to the lecture.

MUS. 502 Studio Lessons II (Applied Music II) (1 units)

Individual study of the appropriate advanced-beginning undergraduate transfer-level techniques and repertoire for the specific instrument or voice being studied. The emphasis is on the progressive development of skills needed for solo performance. Each week students will take a 30-minute individual lesson and complete appropriate practice hours. Achievement is evaluated through a juried performance. Designed for Music majors who are able to perform at college level. NOTE: Individual lessons (8-9 hours per semester) are provided in addition to the lecture.

MUS. 503 Studio Lessons III (Applied Music III) (1 units)

Individual study of the appropriate intermediate undergraduate transfer-level techniques and repertoire for the specific instrument or voice being studied. The emphasis is on the progressive development of skills needed for solo performance. Each week students will take a 30-minute individual lesson and complete appropriate practice hours. Achievement is evaluated through a juried performance. Designed for Music majors who are able to perform at college level. NOTE: Individual lessons (8-9 hours per semester) are provided in addition to the lecture.

MUS. 504 Studio Lessons IV (Applied Music IV) (1 units)

Individual study of the appropriate advanced-intermediate undergraduate transfer-level techniques and repertoire for the specific instrument or voice being studied. The emphasis is on the progressive development of skills needed for solo performance. Each week students will take a 30-minute individual lesson and complete appropriate practice hours. Achievement is evaluated through a juried performance. Designed for Music majors who are able to perform at college level. NOTE: Individual lessons (8-9 hours per semester) are provided in addition to the lecture.

MUS. 667 Special Topics in Music Performance (1- 2 units)

Advanced study in specialized areas of the performing arts. Designed for vocalists, pianists, and instrumentalists, this course provides for extended in-depth study of both performance practice and performance art using selected themes as listed in the class schedule. May be offered for 1 unit (8 hours lecture, 24 hours lab) or 2 units (16 hours lecture, 48 hours lab).

MUS. 695 Independent Study in Music (0.5- 3 units)

Designed for students who are interested in furthering their knowledge via self-paced, individualized, directed instruction provided in selected areas to be arranged with instructor and approved by the division dean using the Independent Study Form. Varying modes of instruction can be used -- laboratory, research, skill development, etc. For each unit earned, students are required to devote three hours per week throughout the semester. Students may take only one Independent Study course within a given discipline.

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