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The following Music courses are offered:

Music - Fundamentals, History, & Lit (MUFHL)

MUFHL 300
Introduction to Music    3 Units
Prerequisite: None
General Education: AA/AS Area I; CSU Area C1; IGETC Area 3A
Course Transferable to UC*/CSU
*UC limitation, see counselor
Hours: 54 hours LEC
This course is an introduction to music of the Western Tradition. Students will develop analytical listening skills to access and comprehend meanings, functions, and perspectives of music production specific to traditionally understood eras in art history, such as Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Twentieth Century, and Contemporary. Students will learn how social aspects, such as race, age, ethnicity, gender, and socio-economic forces influence the ways in which music is produced and received in a variety of social, historical, and cultural contexts. (C-ID MUS 100)

MUFHL 310

Survey of Music History and Literature
(Greek Antiquity to 1750)    3 Units
Prerequisite: None
General Education: AA/AS Area I; CSU Area C1; IGETC Area 3A
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
This course is a historical survey of Western music from Greek antiquity through the Baroque period (c. 1750), emphasizing the relation of music to social, cultural, economic and political factors involved in creating the music. This course is required for music majors and designed for those students with a music background who are particularly interested in the humanities and the arts.

MUFHL 311

Survey of Music History and Literature
(1750 to the present)    3 Units
Prerequisite: None
General Education: AA/AS Area I; CSU Area C1; IGETC Area 3A
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
This course is a historical survey of Western classical music from the 18th century Enlightenment through modern times. Students use listening exercises and readings to study the development of classical music in historical and cultural contexts. Students study the aesthetic principles and values from various eras to develop their own musical and artistic judgments. The course meets the requirement for music majors.

MUFHL 321

Basic Musicianship    3 Units
Prerequisite: None
General Education: AA/AS Area I; CSU Area C1; IGETC Area 3A
Course Transferable to UC*/CSU
*UC limitation, see counselor
Hours: 54 hours LEC
This course is an introduction to the fundamentals of music. Students will learn basic music terminology and develop skills in music notation, including reading treble and bass clefs, the staff, notes, rhythms, intervals, scales, chords, keys, and key signatures. Musical literacy and creativity will be reinforced by aural and rhythmic drills, the use of music software, and short, creative assignments. Works from classical and commercial music will be used for demonstration purposes. Recommended for students with little or no music experience. (C-ID MUS 110)

MUFHL 330

World Music    3 Units
Prerequisite: None
General Education: AA/AS Area I; AA/AS Area VI; CSU Area C1;
IGETC Area 3A
Course Transferable to UC*/CSU
*No credit if taken after MUFHL 310 or 311
Hours: 54 hours LEC
This course is a comprehensive, comparative listeners' survey of the folk, ethnic, dance, and ceremonial music traditions around the world and in the United States. Concepts of ethnicity, ethnocentrism, racism, ageism, class differences, and gender issues will be addressed. Guided listening presentations will show how traditional forms and styles have combined with musical influences from other cultures to produce acculturated styles of World Music. Music of the Americas, Africa, Asia, Oceania and Europe will be covered.

MUFHL 400

Music Theory and Musicianship I    4 Units
Prerequisite: MUFHL 321 with a grade of "C" or better
Advisory: MUIVI 345
General Education: AA/AS Area I; CSU Area C1; IGETC Area 3A
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB
This course is an introduction to music theory and its applications to classical and commercial music. Students will develop skills in musical analysis, keyboard harmony, dictation, and sight-singing. Short creative assignments will be included to provide students with experience in the application of materials learned in class. (C-ID MUS 125; C-ID MUS 120)

MUFHL 401

Music Theory and Musicianship II    4 Units
Prerequisite: MUFHL 400 with a grade of "C" or better
Advisory: MUIVI 346
General Education: AA/AS Area I; CSU Area C1; IGETC Area 3A
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB
This course is a continuation of MUFHL 400. It provides a more in-depth study of scales, intervals, triads, diatonic harmonies, part writing, rhythms, sight singing, ear training, dictation, history and performance. It includes analysis and composition and is required for music majors. Students will be required to purchase staff paper and media storage. (C-ID MUS 130; C-ID MUS 135)

MUFHL 410

Music Theory and Musicianship III    4 Units
Prerequisite: MUFHL 401 with a grade of "C" or better
Advisory: MUIVI 351, or placement through the assessment process.
General Education: CSU Area C1; IGETC Area 3A
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
See UC Limitations & Counselor
Hours: 54 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB
This course is a continuation of Music Theory (MUFHL 401). It includes the study of 16th and 18th century counterpoint, fugue, variation, altered chords, borrowed chords, variation technique, sonata form, rondo form, and late 19th and 20th century writing techniques. Practice in rhythmic, melodic, harmonic and contrapuntal sight singing, ear training and dictation is included in the study. This course is required for music majors. (C-ID MUS 140)

MUFHL 411

Music Theory and Musicianship IV    4 Units
Prerequisite: MUFHL 410 with a grade of "C" or better
Advisory: MUIVI 351
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB
This course is a continuation of MUFHL 410. It includes a more in-depth study of 16th and 18th century counterpoint, fugue, variation, altered chords, sonata allegro and rondo forms, and late 19th, 20th, and 21st century writing techniques including; 9th, 11th and 13th chords, altered dominants, chromatic harmony, serial music, current music idioms, and analysis techniques. This course also includes practice in rhythmic, melodic, and harmonic dictation, sight-singing and ear-training. MUFHL 411 is required for music majors. (C-ID MUS 150; C-ID MUS 155)

MUFHL 495

Independent Studies in Music Fundamentals/History and Literature
1-3 Units

Prerequisite: None
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 54-162 hours LAB

MUFHL 499

Experimental Offering in Music Fundamentals/History and Literature
.5-4 Units

Prerequisite: None
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 18 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB


Music - Instrumental/Voice Instruction (MUIVI)

MUIVI 300
Beginning Instruments    1-2 Units
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: MUFHL 321
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 14 hours LEC; 66 hours LAB
This is a beginning-level course for students who wish to study a string, woodwind, brass, or percussion instrument. Topics of study include technique, refining the sound, repertoire, instrument care and maintenance, and performance. A minimum of three additional hours of verified practice a week is required for the two-unit option. Students must provide their own instrument.

MUIVI 310

Voice Class I    2 Units
Prerequisite: None
General Education: CSU Area C1
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 36 hours LEC; 18 hours LAB
This course emphasizes the development of the individual singer's voice. Basic vocal techniques of breathing and mouth position are practiced. Solo repertoire is learned and performed in class. This course is required for vocal music majors but open to all students desiring to begin the study of voice. Students will be required to attend concert performances at their own expense.

MUIVI 311

Voice Class II    2 Units
Prerequisite: MUIVI 310 with a grade of "C" or better;
or placement through the assessment process.
General Education: CSU Area C1
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 36 hours LEC; 18 hours LAB
Students will experience basic training in the correct use of the singing voice, vocal techniques, and repertoire. This course is required for vocal majors, but open to all students desiring to begin the study of voice.

MUIVI 320

Voice Class III    2 Units
Prerequisite: MUIVI 311 with a grade of "C" or better;
or placement through the assessment process.
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 36 hours LEC; 18 hours LAB
This course provides opportunity for vocal exercise and intellectual analysis in the development of efficient singing technique and skill in performing vocal literature. Performance in class and in recital is essential. The course is required for vocal majors. Students may wish to challenge the prerequisite on the basis of equivalent experience.

MUIVI 321

Voice Class IV    2 Units
Prerequisite: MUIVI 320 with a grade of "C" or better;
or placement through the assessment process.
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 36 hours LEC; 18 hours LAB
This course provides opportunity for vocal exercise and intellectual analysis in the development of efficient singing technique and skill in performing vocal literature. Performance in class and in recital is essential. The course is required for vocal majors. Students may wish to challenge the prerequisite on the basis of equivalent experience.

MUIVI 345

Beginning Piano I    1-2 Units
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: MUFHL 321
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 18 hours LEC; 18-54 hours LAB
This course introduces students to basic piano playing and it is required for all general and commercial music majors. This course is the first in a four semester sequence designed to develop the student's keyboard skills at the piano. Students are advised to have basic music reading skills or have completed MUFHL 321. The course prepares students who are transferring for piano proficiency examination. A minimum of two hours a week outside practice is required for the two-unit option.

MUIVI 346

Beginning Piano II    1-2 Units
Prerequisite: MUIVI 345 with a grade of "C" or better
Advisory: MUFHL 400
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 18 hours LEC; 18-54 hours LAB
This course continues piano preparation begun in MUIVI 345 (Beginning Piano I). This course is the second in a sequence of four courses designed to develop the student's keyboard skills at the piano. The course prepares students who are transferring to four year degree granting programs for the piano proficiency examination. A minimum of two hours a week outside practice is required for the two-unit option.

MUIVI 351

Piano IV    2 Units
Prerequisite: MUIVI 350 with a grade of "C" or better, or the ability to play all major scales, hands together, two octaves and harmonic minor in A, E, B, F, D, and G.
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 24 hours LEC; 36 hours LAB
This course is the second year of piano study. It is a continuation of MUIVI 350. The course includes the further development of insight into music as an artistic means of communication through the study of scales, chords, melodic harmonization and repertoire. The course also serves to develop the fundamental skills for the non-keyboard music major to prepare them for a profession in music. This course is designed to be taken concurrently with MUFHL 411.

MUIVI 370

Beginning Guitar    2 Units
Prerequisite: None
General Education: CSU Area C1
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 27 hours LEC; 27 hours LAB
This course is designed to provide entry-level students with the fundamentals of guitar playing with emphasis on basic technique and reading music. In addition, students are introduced to the various musical styles in which the guitar is used such as folk, rock, blues, funk, finger style (classical) and jazz. No previous musical study is required for this course. The student must provide their own instrument (preferably a nylon or steel string, acoustic guitar) and accessories, such as a footstool, tuner, and metronome.

MUIVI 371
Intermediate Guitar    2 Units
Prerequisite: MUIVI 370 with a grade of "C" or better;
or placement through the assessment process.
General Education: CSU Area C1
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 27 hours LEC; 27 hours LAB
This course is designed as a continuation of MUIVI 370 Beginning Guitar, and increases the emphasis on reading music, introduces the art of improvisation, and cultivates playing in ensemble settings. Course topics explore, more in depth, the musical styles in which the guitar is heard such as folk, rock, blues, funk, jazz, and classical. Through in-class demonstrations and hands-on laboratory experience, students will improve their practice techniques, augment their technical proficiency, and begin to acquire the skills necessary to perform both in solo and ensemble settings. Performance in class and/or recital is essential. The student must provide their own instrument (preferably a nylon or steel string, acoustic guitar) and accessories, such as a footstool, tuner, and metronome.

MUIVI 372

Advanced Guitar    2 Units
Prerequisite: MUIVI 371 with a grade of "C" or better
Advisory: MUFHL 321
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 27 hours LEC; 27 hours LAB
This course includes higher-level note reading, accompaniment techniques, and ensemble playing. The development of personal style is encouraged. Advanced Guitar allows the student to continue studying the guitar past the first year. Students may wish to challenge the prerequisite on the basis of equivalent experience. Students must provide their own guitar.

MUIVI 410

Applied Music    1 Unit
Prerequisite: None
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 18 hours LEC
This course involves off-campus instrumental or vocal study requiring a minimum of one-half hour per week of individual study with a private instructor (at student's expense) for a minimum of 18 weeks. The course meets one hour per week on campus for instruction and performance. The course may be taken four times for credit.

MUIVI 420

Applied Music    1 Unit
Prerequisite: None
Enrollment Limitation: The student should own a musical instrument appropriate for the applied music field of choice.
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 8 hours LEC; 92 hours LAB
This is the first course in a four-part series and offers individualized instrumental or vocal instruction with a private instructor. It focuses on the development of individual performance skills and solo and ensemble repertoire. Juried performance is required. Required for all traditional performance and jazz music majors.

MUIVI 495

Independent Studies in Music/Instrumental/Voice Instruction
.5-3 Units

Prerequisite: None
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54-162 hours LAB
Independent study designed to provide instrumental training not offered in other music courses. Components of the course may include private or group instructions, solo and ensemble work, accompanying experience, and programmed learning in music fundamentals and music technology. Also for students interested in developing tutorial and/or instructional skills. Each component may be repeated for a total of 3 units, up to a maximum of 9 units.

MUIVI 499

Experimental Offering in Music Instrumental/
Voice Instruction    .5-4 Units
Prerequisite: None
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 18 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB


Music - Performance (MUP)

MUP 311
Advanced Orchestra    1-2 Units
Prerequisite: None
Enrollment Limitation: Students may be admitted to this course by audition and permission of the instructor only. Audition times and dates will be announced by the department.
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54-108 hours LAB
This course is the continuing study and performance of orchestral repertoire. Additional topics may include experience in conducting, rehearsal techniques and section leading. Field trips may be required. Students will be expected to supply their own musical instruments in most instances. Some musical instruments may be provided by the college. This course may be taken four times.

MUP 320

Jazz Band    2 Units
Prerequisite: None
Enrollment Limitation: Ability to play at least one instrument commonly used in jazz ensemble; audition required.
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 18 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB
This course is the study and performance of Jazz Band repertoire. Representative repertoire may include selections from Early Jazz to current jazz performance methods. Public performance and field trips are required. This course may be taken four times for credit. (C-ID MUS 180)

MUP 350

Concert Choir I    2 Units
Prerequisite: None
General Education: CSU Area C1
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 18 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB
This course is the study and performance of choral literature which may include the standard repertoire, contemporary works and world music. Students are urged to enter during the freshman year. The course is open to all students. Public performances, festivals and field trips are required. May be taken four times for credit.

MUP 357

College Chorus    2 Units
Prerequisite: None
General Education: CSU Area C1
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 18 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB
This course is designed for the college student who is interested in a musical experience. Singers study and perform standard choral literature. Membership is open to college students, faculty, staff and community. Public performances are required. This course may be taken four times for credit.

MUP 400

Vocal Jazz Ensemble    2 Units
Prerequisite: None
Enrollment Limitation: An audition is required. The audition will include; sight-singing, aural skills, improvisation and the preparation and performance of a short musical excerpt.
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 18 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB
This course is an advanced choral ensemble of limited size performing a wide variety of music in the jazz style. Public performance, festival attendance and field trips are required. An audition for admission into the course is required. This course may be taken four times for credit. (C-ID MUS 180)

MUP 422

Special Ensemble Participation    .5-2 Units
Prerequisite: None
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 27-108 hours LAB
This course is open to all students who sing or play musical instruments. Instrumentation and repertoire of groups will vary, including jazz combos, classical chamber ensembles, guitar ensemble, and other musical ensembles.

MUP 424

Commercial Music Ensemble    2 Units
Prerequisite: None
Enrollment Limitation: Audition required before students may enroll in the class.
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 18 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB
This course involves the rehearsal and performance of contemporary popular and commercial music genre including rock, pop, jazz, r&b, funk, Latin and world. This course may be taken four times for credit. (C-ID MUS 180)

MUP 426

World Music Ensemble    1 Unit
Prerequisite: None
Enrollment Limitation: Ability to play an instrument.
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 18 hours LEC; 18 hours LAB
This course involves the rehearsal and performance of various musical genres from different world cultures, including Celtic, European, Asian, African, Latin American, Native American, Middle Eastern and combinations thereof. This course maybe taken four times for credit.

MUP 495

Independent Studies
in Music Performance    1-3 Units
Prerequisite: None
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 54-162 hours LAB

MUP 499

Experimental Offering
in Music Performance    .5-4 Units
Prerequisite: None
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 18 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB


Music - Specializations in Music (MUSM)

MUSM 110
The Business of Music    3 Units
Prerequisite: None
Hours: 54 hours LEC
This course presents an overview of the rapidly evolving music industry, including the processes of promotion, publicity, merchandising, artist management, talent agents, recording contracts vs. comprehensive contracts, online music sales, licensing, copyrights, and royalties. Students will develop marketing strategies for live performances, recordings, merchandise, tours and online music products, as well as examine career opportunities in music and evaluate advantages and disadvantages of various options.

MUSM 111

The Business of Music    3 Units
Prerequisite: MUSM 110 with a grade of "C" or better.
Hours: 54 hours LEC
This course provides an overview of the music business as defined by the publishing and the radio industry. It also includes details and processes of trade and service marks, attorney functions, merchandising, publishing agreement points, and copyright functions.

MUSM 112

The Business of Music/Artist Management    3 Units
Prerequisite: MUSM 111 with a grade of "C" or better.
Hours: 54 hours LEC
This course covers definitions, duties and agreements of artist management. Topics include functions of a personal manager and the relationship with the artist, guidelines to career planning, choosing managers and clients, record company relations and other team players. The course will also analyze the personal manager agreement and organize an artist's tour.

MUSM 306

Live Sound Reinforcement    3 Units
Prerequisite: None
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 18 hours LEC; 72 hours LAB
This course provides an introduction to live sound mixing directed toward employment in the sound reinforcement industry and in operating sound systems in music clubs, theaters, churches, music festivals, and other venues. Students will develop competency in operating mixing consoles, speaker and monitor placement, microphone placement techniques, room equalization, reverb, delay, and other effects (gate/compressor/limiters etc.). Students will learn practical techniques for creating optimal concert sound.

MUSM 320

Contemporary Songwriting    3 Units
Prerequisite: MUFHL 321 or by the department challenge process.
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
This course covers the process of writing popular songs, including writing lyrics, designing instrumental and vocal arrangements, studying melodic and harmonic skills, learning popular song forms, analyzing musical styles, and creating lead sheets.

MUSM 321

Contemporary Songwriting    3 Units
Prerequisite: MUSM 320 with a grade of "C" or better.
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
This course covers advanced processes of popular songwriting, including production and song evaluation, lyrical interpretation, publishing songs, and the songwriters' marketing system.

MUSM 334

Introduction to Musical Instrument
Digital Interface (MIDI)    2 Units
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: MUFHL 321
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 9 hours LEC; 81 hours LAB
This course is an introduction to the rapidly evolving use of professional music software and MIDI electronic instruments. Various music hardware options, including keyboards, synthesizers, samplers, computers and drum machines, will be explored. Through a series of MIDI projects, students learn to use music sequencing, notation, and CAI (computer-assisted instruction) software.

MUSM 356

Pro Tools 101, Introduction to Pro Tools    1.5 Units
Prerequisite: MUSM 334 with a grade of "C" or better
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 27 hours LEC
This is the first course in the AVID Certified Training Location alliance. It is an introductory course to AVID's Pro Tools software application. This course fully trains students in the basic operation of Pro Tools. Students learn how to record, edit, and mix music and Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) within the Pro Tools application. This course is conducted in the Music Department's IDEA (Interdisciplinary Electronic Arts) computer lab.

MUSM 370

Music for Children    3 Units
Prerequisite: None
General Education: AA/AS Area I
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
Experiences and materials for integrating music into pre-school, elementary, and recreational programs. Recommended for elementary and early childhood credential candidates, recreation leaders, and others who use music with children. Required for Teacher Assistant Program. (See Early Childhood Education)

MUSM 495

Independent Studies in Music Specializations
in Music    1-3 Units
Prerequisite: None
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 54-162 hours LAB

MUSM 498

Work Experience in Music Specializations    1-4 Units
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: ENGWR 101 or ESLW 320
General Education: AA/AS Area III(b)
Enrollment Limitation: Student must be in a paid or non-paid internship, volunteer opportunity, or job related to career interests.
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 300 hours LAB
This course provides students with opportunities to develop marketable skills in preparation for employment or advancement within the field of Commercial Music. Course content will include understanding the application of education to the workforce completing required forms which document the student's progress and hours spent at the work site and developing workplace skills and competencies. During the semester, the student is required to attend orientation. Students must complete 75 hours of related paid work experience, or 60 hours of related unpaid work experience, for one unit. An additional 75 hours of related paid work experience or 60 hours of related unpaid work experience is required for each additional unit. The course may be taken for a maximum of 16 units. Students should have access to a computer, the Internet, and some computer media such as a USB drive to store data files. Online students must have an email account. Only one Work Experience course may be taken per semester.

MUSM 499

Experimental Offering in Music Specializations
in Music    .5-4 Units
Prerequisite: None
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 18 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB

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