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Music

In our music classes, you will receive the skills and attention that you need to succeed as a performer and as a member of a group. You'll get personal direction in your private lessons and interact with other performers in classroom and large ensemble settings.

The music program emphasizes ensemble and solo performance with additional study of music theory and history.
Musicians of all capabilities and experience can prepare for their particular musical goals whether you are a seasoned professional or a talented beginner.

Music majors pursue careers in performance, education, composition, audio recording, concert sound reinforcement, commercial production, church music, musical instrument service and sales, or arts management.

Earn an Associate Degree or take a Course or two

Degree Programs

Courses


MUS*H101
Music History & Appreciation I
3 cr. Credits

The course surveys historically significant music from the medieval period to the 20th century, emphasizing stylistic characteristics found in great music, art, and architecture.

MUS*H111
Fundamentals of Music I
3 cr. Credits

This course begins the study of notation and forms that musicians use to arrange, compose and perform music. Topics include musical instruments, clefs, key signatures, time signatures, scales, musical styles and forms.

MUS*H115
Music Theory I
3 cr. Credits

Music Theory I is a study of melodic writing leading to four-part diatonic harmony. Topics include four-part writing, non-chord tones, cadences, and seventh chords. Music analysis, reading, and aural skills are reinforced together with the Theoretical material presented.

MUS*H116
Music Theory II
3 cr. Credits

Prerequisite: Grade of “C” or better in MUS*H115 or permission of instructor. This is a continuation of MUS*H115 with a study of secondary functions, modulation, form and counterpoint. Music analysis, reading, and aural skills are developed together with the theoretical material presented.

MUS*H156
Guitar Ensemble
1 cr. Credits

This is an opportunity for guitarists and bassists to experience reading and improvising in the context of a section, rather than the traditional rock or jazz band format. The goal is to raise sight reading levels while learning the art of ensemble playing. Special attention is paid to dynamics, phrasing, intonation, ensemble playing, and general musicianship. This course may be repeated for credit.

MUS*H157
Jazz Ensemble
1 cr. Credits

Students and community members will perform in a small instrumental group jazz and contemporary charts from the Big Band Era to Fusion Rock. Instruments featured are percussion, bass, key board, guitar, saxophone, trumpet, and trombone. The course is open to all students with the consent of the instructor, and may be repeated for credit.

MUS*H161
Chorale I
2 cr. Credits

Performance of choral repertoire from all stylistic periods is studied. Performances occur at the College and in the community. The course is open to all students as well as members of the community, with the consent of the instructor and may be repeated for credit.

MUS*H173
Class Voice
1 cr. Credits

Principles of voice placement and development, breathing, diction and production are practiced. Solo and duet repertoire are explored. This is designed as a beginner class for students with little or no experience. The course may be repeated for credit.

MUS*H183
Applied Private Music Lessons I
1 cr. Credits

MUS*H184
Applied Private Music Lessons II
2 cr. Credits

These courses provide for private vocal or instrumental lessons. Fees for lessons are in addition to regular tuition and arranged between student and the teacher, who must be approved by the Music Director. Applied lessons are intended for students with some musical experience or background.

MUS*H208
Introduction to Music Therapy
3 cr. Credits

Prerequisites: MUS*H111 Fundamentals of Music with a grade of “C” or better, or permission of instructor. Introduction to Music Therapy provides a historical, theoretical, and clinical basis for defining and understanding music therapy and/or continuing its study. It is designed as a survey course to give historical background to the development of the profession, as well as basic understanding of techniques and populations now served by music therapists. Basic music proficiencies are helpful but not required for enrollment in this course.

MUS*H213
Music Theory III
3 cr. Credits

Prerequisites: MUS *H116 with a grade of “C” or better, or permission of instructor. Music Theory III provides training and supervised practice of analyzing, performing, and composing music. Music Theory III is a continuation of Music Theory II and should be taken concurrently with Ear Training III. Secondary chords, altered 6th chords, chromatic harmony, and modulation are mastered. Song writing is pursued as a means of understanding harmonic rhythm, progressions, accompaniment patterns, and small form structure. Keyboard proficiency is included.

MUS*H214
Music Theory IV
3 cr. Credits

Prerequisites: MUS *H213 with a grade of “C” or better, or permission of instructor. Music Theory IV provides training and supervised practice of analyzing, performing, and composing music. Music Theory IV is a continuation of Music Theory III and should be taken concurrently with Ear Training IV. Enharmonic modulation is introduced along with extended and chromatic harmony. Larger formal patterns are discussed (sonata form, rondo, and variation). 20th-century harmony is introduced, including non-functional harmony, dodecaphony, and set theory. Keyboard proficiency is included.

MUS*H218
Electronic Music Composition/Audio Technology I (also listed as DAT*H218)
3 cr. Credits

Prerequisite: CSA*H105 and permission of instructor. This course is an introduction to the art and techniques of electronic music and audio production. The history, elements, and tools of electronic music and audio will be defined and explored. Topics will include; acoustics theory, analog and digital audio principles, recording engineering techniques, sound sampling, electronic synthesis, MIDI, and audio for multimedia and the World Wide Web.

MUS*H219
Electronic Music Composition/Audio Technology II
3 cr. Credits

Prerequisite: DAT*H218 or MUS*H218. An in-depth study of the techniques and methodologies used in studio and live recording. In addition to classroom assignments and exercises, students will be expected to complete a minimum of fifteen hours of practicum field work resulting in the recording, editing and mastering of a live or studio project. Topics will include two-track and multi-track recording, studio acoustics and design, analog and digital mixing consoles, microphone placement techniques, signal processors, and studio session procedures.

MUS*H237
Principles of Sound Recording
3 cr. Credits

Corequisite: DAT*H218 or MUS*H218. This course presents an in-depth study of the techniques and methodologies used in studio and live recording. In addition to classroom assignments and exercises, students will be expected to complete field work resulting in the recording, editing, and mastering of a live or studio project. Topics will include two-track and multi-track recording, studio acoustics and design, analog and digital mixing consoles, microphone placement techniques, signal processors, and studio session procedures.

MUS*H254
Concert Band
2 cr. Credits

This is a modern, symphonic concert band featuring woodwind, brass, and percussion instruments. The band performs for college functions (such as commencement) and for the benefit of the college. The band may perform at other off-campus venues and for non-campus organizations. The instructor selects repertoire each semester based on the available instruments and skill level of players, as well as picking repertoire suitable for college activities. The repertoire represents the work of both serious “classical” composers as well as contemporary popular composers. The course is open to all students with the consent of the instructor and may be repeated for credit.

MUS*H263
Ear Training III
1 cr. Credits

Prerequisites: MUS*H164 with a grade of “C” or better, or permission of instructor. Ear Training III provides classroom training and supervised practice of connecting musical sounds to musical notation and harmonic systems. Ear Training III is a continuation of Ear Training II and should be taken concurrently with Music Theory III. Intervals, scales, and chords in all inversions are sung and identified. Melodies for singing and dictation gradually incorporate chromatic alterations and modulation. Keyboard harmony is reinforced.

MUS*H264
Ear Training IV
1 cr. Credits

Prerequisites: MUS*H263 with a grade of “C” or better, or permission of instructor. Ear Training IV provides classroom training and supervised practice of connecting musical sounds to musical notation and harmonic systems. Ear Training IV is a continuation of Ear Training III and should be taken concurrently with Music Theory IV. Sight singing, melodic dictation, keyboard harmony, and harmonic dictation incorporating chromaticism (secondary functions, mode mixture, N6, and augmented sixth chords), modulation to both closely and distantly related keys, and advanced rhythmic practices (syncopation, shifting meters, and hemiola).

MUS*H274
Conductor's Lab Ensemble
2 cr. Credits

Prerequisites: MUS*H115 Music Theory I or permission of the instructor. The course must be taken concurrently with MUS*H183 or MUS*H184 Applied Music – Conducting. Learners are members of the College Choir. In addition to singing their particular voice part they also act as assistant conductors and are listed as such in concert programs. During the course of the semester assistant conductors utilize the baton and rehearsal techniques taught in the tutorials with the full choral group, either in the setting of a small group, voice section, or the entire chorus.

MUS*H163
Ear Training I
1 cr. Credits

The goal of Ear Training I is to acquire the skills necessary to make intelligent and competent musicians. This course will focus on three major areas; sight singing, rhythmic reading, and dictation. This course is considered to be an aural lab component of Theory I and is an important course for those wishing to improve their pitch accuracy for the Chorus audition or Voice Lessons.

MUS*H164
Ear Training II
1 cr. Credits

Prerequisite: MUS*H215 or permission of instructor. The goal of Ear Training II is to continue the work done in Ear Training I providing students with advanced training in pitch and rhythm, perception and sightreading. It is considered to be an aural lab component of Theory II courses and is an important course for those wishing to improve their pitch accuracy for Chorus or Voice lessons.