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Music

Arts Division

Note: Many four-year colleges have a maximum number of acceptable performance course units.

MUS-01 FUNDAMENTALS OF MUSIC
(CSU breadth area C1) 3 units: 3 hours lecture.
Advisory: ENGL-84.
This course is a study of music fundamentals, including principles and procedures of rhythm and pitch notation, scales (major, minor, church, and other) and key signatures, intervals, chord structures and symbols. Harmonic analysis of chords and of simple four-part writing is included. The course is applicable to those who have learned to play and sing without training in fundamentals, and to beginners in music. (2/01)

MUS-02 MUSICAL STAGE PRODUCTION
3 units: 2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab.
Advisories: ENGL-41, ENGL-84.
This course is an intensive study of musical stage productions, including musical theater, musical revues, opera, and operettas. It is open to students interested in singing and acting. A major musical stage production is prepared and performed by students at the end of the semester. Detailed study of mise-en-scene, makeup, stage vocal techniques, and scene staging are included. All students are expected to participate in every aspect of the musical stage production. This course may be repeated three times. (2/01)

MUS-04A MUSIC THEORY I
3 units: 3 hours lecture.
Advisory: MUS-01.
This is the first of four sequential music theory courses. This sequence provides a comprehensive study of lower division music theory. Concurrent studies in melodic and rhythmic analysis and composition, in harmonic analysis, and an analysis of form are included. Principles of counterpoint (modal and tonal), harmony (diatonic and chromatic), and 20th century technique are included in the sequence. The student will also acquire the basis for an intelligent appraisal and study of individual styes of music (17th through 20th centuries), with attention directed toward 19th and 20th century styles. This course provides a thorough study of diatonic harmony found in music literature of the common practice period. This includes harmonic and voice leading principles, use of figured bass, triads and 7th chords, non-harmonic tones, and harmonic progression. (12/04)

MUS-04B MUSIC THEORY II
3 units: 3 hours lecture.
Prerequisite: MUS-04A.
This is the second of four sequential music theory courses. This sequence provides a comprehensive study of lower division music theory. Concurrent studies in melodic and rhythmic analysis and composition, in harmonic analysis, and an analysis of form are included. Principles of Counterpoint (modal and tonal), Harmony (diatonic and chromatic), and 20th century technique are included in the sequence. This course provides a thorough study of chromatic harmony found in music literature of the common practice period from the 20th century. This includes secondary dominants, modulation to closely related keys, modulation to distant keys, modal exchange and mixture chords, the (Neapolitan, German, French, Italian) 6th chord, added-note chords and larger vertical structures (9th, 11th, 13th), dominant prolongation, analysis of simple and complex forms, and chromatic voice leading. (12/04)

MUS-04C MUSIC THEORY III
3 units: 3 hours lecture.
Prerequisite: MUS-04B.
This is the third of four sequential music theory courses. This sequence provides a comprehensive study of lower division music theory. Concurrent studies in melodic and rhythmic analysis and composition, harmonic analysis and an analysis of form are included. Principles of counterpoint (modal and tonal), harmony (diatonic and chromatic), and 20th century technique are included in the sequence. This course provides a thorough study of ear-training and sight-singing as it relates to the music found in the common practice period through the 20th century. Ear-training studies will include dictation (melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic), aural identification of scales, diatonic and chromatic intervals, triads, 7th chords, their functions, inversions, and qualities. An introduction to conducting patterns, fundamentals of acoustics, analysis of musical form as an aid to functional hearing, cadence identification, and error detection will be included. Sight-singing studies will include diatonic and chromatic melodies, and part-singing. The course will use theory taught in MUS-04A and MUS-04B to augment awareness of the ear training and sight-singing student. (12/04)

MUS-04D MUSIC THEORY IV
3 units: 3 hours lecture.
Prerequisite: MUS-04C.
This is the fourth of four sequential music theory courses. This sequence provides a comprehensive study of lower division music theory. Concurrent studies in melodic and rhythmic analysis and composition, harmonic analysis, and an analysis of form are included. Principles of counterpoint (modal and tonal), harmony (diatonic and chromatic), and 20th century technique are included in the sequence. This course provides a thorough study of non-tonal harmony (e.g. quartal, pan-diatonic), introduction to set theory and basic twelve-tone technique, jazz harmony, and principles of improvisation. A survey of representative compositions of the 20th century with respect to style and structure is included. (12/04)

MUS-11 HISTORY AND APPRECIATION OF MUSIC
(CSU breadth area C1) 3 units: 3 hours lecture.
Advisory: ENGL-A.
This course is a study of important composers and their works from the Gregorian chant to Bach (600 to 1750 A.D.). Students will develop understanding and appreciation of various types of music from different eras as a medium of cultural development and as a background toward further musical study. (4/00)

MUS-12 HISTORY AND APPRECIATION OF MUSIC
(CSU breadth area C1) 3 units: 3 hours lecture.
Advisory: ENGL-A.
This course provides a study of important composers and their works, a continuation of the post-Baroque era up to the 20th century. Emphasis is on classical, romantic, impressionistic, nationalistic, and contemporary periods in music history. (4/00)

MUS-13 HISTORY AND APPRECIATION OF JAZZ
(CSU breadth area C1) 3 units: 3 hours lecture.
Advisory: ENGL-A.
This course presents jazz literature of the important performance areas, 1890 to present, including analysis of representative works. International influences, including Africa and other non-western regions, will be discussed. The course is a listener's guide to appreciation of jazz and stresses principles of structure and expression, formal design, and stylistic tendencies of the chief historical eras. (11/02)

MUS-14 AMERICAN POPULAR MUSIC
(CSU breadth area C1) 3 units: 3 hours lecture.
Advisory: ENGL-A.
This course presents an introduction to history and literature of the popular music movement in the United States; it is a study of the relationships of popular music to the social history of America. Emphasis is on styles and personalities of folk, blues, jazz, Broadway, country, and rock. This course is designed for the non-music major. (3/00)

MUS-24ABCD APPLIED MUSIC
1 unit: 3 hours lab.
Prerequisite/Advisory for MUS-24A: None.
Prerequisite for MUS-24BCD: A is prerequisite for B, etc.
This course provides for individual instruction in voice, piano, or traditional band or orchestra instruments. It requires one lesson per week with a private instructor approved by the Music Department staff. A minimum of 15 lessons must be verified. A jury examination by the Music Department staff is required at the conclusion of the course. (2/01)

MUS-27A ELEMENTARY PIANO
2 units: 2 hours lecture.
Advisory: ENGL-A.
This course is a sequential program of instruction for the beginning piano student. It is designed to develop sight reading skill and keyboard technique incorporated into solo and ensemble music. (4/00)

MUS-27B INTERMEDIATE PIANO
2 units: 2 hours lecture.
Prerequisite: MUS-27A. Advisory: ENGL-A.
This course is a continuation of MUS-27A, and introduces two octave scales, arpeggios, triads, damper pedal technique, and musical textures and rhythms that are more complex. (4/00)

MUS-27C ADVANCED PIANO
2 units: 2 hours lecture.
Prerequisite: MUS-27B. Advisory: ENGL-A.
This course is designed for the second year of piano instruction at the college level. Studies of diatonic and chromatic chord structures and their voicing (as found in piano literature), and the study of two-, three-,
and four-part textures are included. This course will explore various piano styles found in the common practice period through the 20th century and introduce related piano technique. (4/00)

MUS-27D ADVANCED PIANO
2 units: 2 hours lecture.
Prerequisite: MUS-27C. Advisory: ENGL-A.
This course is a continuation of MUS-27C. It offers a more advanced study of diatonic and chromatic chord structures and their voicing as found in piano literature. This course will continue to examine various piano styles found in the common practice period through the 20th century and introduce related piano techniques. (4/00)

MUS-28 JAZZ IMPROVISATION
2 units: 2 hours lecture.
Limitation on enrollment: Audition by instructor.
This course is an introduction to theory and performance of basic jazz improvisation. The study of scales, chords, major and minor keys, modes, and various jazz styles is included. (3/00)

MUS-36A BEGINNING GUITAR
2 units: 2 hours lecture.
Advisory: ENGL-A.
This course provides for group instruction on the guitar. The course presents opportunity to learn basic techniques of guitar performance. Instruction will be predominantly in the area of folk and classical techniques. (2/01)

MUS-36B INTERMEDIATE GUITAR
2 units: 2 hours lecture.
Prerequisite: MUS-36A. Advisory: ENGL-A.
This course is a continuation of skills and techniques learned in MUS-36A. Additional emphasis will be placed upon classical techniques. (2/01)

MUS-36C ADVANCED GUITAR
2 units: 2 hours lecture.
Prerequisite: MUS-36B. Advisory: ENGL-A.
This course is a study of advanced guitar techniques, including classical methods, scale forms, picking variations, extended chord forms, and development of individual style. (2/01)

MUS-41A CONCERT BAND I
2 units: 1 hour lecture, 3 hours lab.
Limitation on enrollment: Audition by instructor.
This course provides experience in performing concert and symphonic band literature. Public performance and exchange concerts are scheduled in addition to class rehearsals. (2/01)

MUS-41B CONCERT BAND II
2 units: 1 hour lecture, 3 hours lab.
Prerequisite: MUS-41A.
Limitation on enrollment: Audition by instructor.
This course provides experience in performing concert and symphonic band literature. Public performance and exchange concerts are scheduled in addition to class rehearsals. (2/01)

MUS-41C CONCERT BAND III
2 units: 1 hour lecture, 3 hours lab.
Prerequisite: MUS-41B.
Limitation on enrollment: Audition by instructor.
This course provides experience in performing concert and symphonic band literature. Public performance and exchange concerts are scheduled in addition to class rehearsals. (2/01)

MUS-41D CONCERT BAND IV
2 units: 1 hour lecture, 3 hours lab.
Prerequisite: MUS-41C.
Limitation on enrollment: Audition by instructor.
This course provides experience in performing concert and symphonic band literature. Public performance and exchange concerts are scheduled in addition to class rehearsals. (2/01)

MUS-42A JAZZ ENSEMBLE I
2 units: 1 hour lecture, 3 hours lab.
Limitation on enrollment: Audition by instructor; student must be able to sight read and have some ensemble experience.
This course is a study of jazz music in the big band tradition. The course emphasizes individual, sectional, and ensemble instrumental performance. Tone, intonation, balance, precision, breath control, articulation, style, and improvisation are included. The jazz ensemble makes several public performances each year. (2/01)

MUS-42B JAZZ ENSEMBLE II
2 units: 1 hour lecture, 3 hours lab.
Prerequisite: MUS-42A. Limitation on enrollment: Audition by instructor; student must be able to sight read and have some ensemble experience.
This course is a study of jazz music in the big band tradition. The course emphasizes individual, sectional, and ensemble instrumental performance. Tone, intonation, balance, precision, breath control, articulation, style, and improvisation are included. The jazz ensemble makes several public performances each year. (2/01)

MUS-42C JAZZ ENSEMBLE III
2 units: 1 hour lecture, 3 hours lab.
Prerequisite: MUS-42B. Limitation on enrollment: Audition by instructor; student must be able to sight read and have some ensemble experience.
This course is a study of jazz music in the big band tradition. The course emphasizes individual, sectional, and ensemble instrumental performance. Tone, intonation, balance, precision, breath control, articulation, style, and improvisation are included. The jazz ensemble makes several public performances each year. (2/01)

MUS-42D JAZZ ENSEMBLE IV
2 units: 1 hour lecture, 3 hours lab.
Prerequisite: MUS-42C. Limitation on enrollment: Audition by instructor; student must be able to sight read and have some ensemble experience.
This course is a study of jazz music in the big band tradition. The course emphasizes individual, sectional, and ensemble instrumental performance. Tone, intonation, balance, precision, breath control, articulation, style, and improvisation are included. The jazz ensemble makes several public performances each year. (2/01)

MUS-43A ELEMENTARY VOICE
3 units: 3 hours lecture.
Limitation on enrollment: Must demonstrate ability to match pitch; see instructor. Advisories: ENGL-41, ENGL-84.
This is a course in elementary vocal training. It emphasizes posture, diaphragmatic-intercostal breathing, breath support and control, tonal placement, articulation, stage presence, and overcoming performance anxiety. Critical evaluation, demonstration, and written reviews will be required. A basic understanding of music fundamentals, although not required, would be highly desirable. (3/00)

MUS-43B ADVANCED VOICE
3 units: 3 hours lecture.
Prerequisite: MUS-43A. Advisories: ENGL-41, ENGL-84.
This is a course for those singers who desire more advanced vocal training. In-depth study, discussion, and personal application of vocal technique such as diaphragmatic-intercostal breathing, breath support and control, correct tonal placement and articulation is a regular part of class activities. Correct pronunciation of English, Latin, Italian and German will be studied and performed with selections from classical vocal repertoire. (2/01)

MUS-44 CHORUS
(Formerly MUS-44ABCD) 2 units: 1 hour lecture, 3 hours lab.
Limitation on enrollment: Audition by instructor.
This course is a study of standard choral literature. It emphasizes part-singing, intonation, breath control, vocal development, style, eras, musical devices, etc. The chorus makes several public appearances each year. This course may be repeated three times. (1/05)

MUS-45 CHAMBER SINGERS
(Formerly MUS-45ABCD) 2 units: 1 hour lecture, 3 hours lab.
Limitation on enrollment: Audition by instructor.
This course specializes in the study and performance of choral literature chosen from all major eras and genres of choral writing. Particular focus will be made on literature written or arranged for small vocal ensembles. Emphasis includes part-singing, intonation, breath control, vocal development, blend, tone coloring, and choral balance. The Chamber Singers perform several times throughout the year. This course may be repeated three times. (1/05)

MUS-46 CHORAL AND INSTRUMENTAL CONDUCTING
3 units: 3 hours lecture.
Advisories: ENGL-41, ENGL-84; MUS-01, MUS-27A or MUS-48A.
This course covers the essential personal traits and baton techniques of conducting. Score reading, mastery of elementary patterns and techniques, repertoire for performing vocal and instrumental ensembles, and observance of successful conductors are included. (2/01)

MUS-47 SONG INTERPRETATION: MUSIC THEATER
3 units: 3 hour lecture.
Prerequisite: MUS-43A. Advisories: ENGL-41, ENGL-84.
This is a course for those singers who desire to develop their abilities in song interpretation. Particular emphasis is placed on music theater literature and presentation. Character development, motivation, blocking, facial and body gestures, and emotional discovery are all incorporated into the song interpretation. (2/01)

MUS-48AB SIGHT-SINGING/EAR TRAINING
3 units: 3 hours lecture.
This course is planned to equip the student with the rudiments of rhythm, intervals, notation, and sight-reading. Fundamentals of musicianship, ear training, sight-singing, and facility in reading and singing music are emphasized. The course includes melodic and harmonic dictation. Critical written and vocal evaluation will be given by each student of his/her performance and progress.

MUS-61ABCD (1-4) FINE AND PERFORMING
ARTS -- SPECIAL TOPICS

.5 - 2 units: 0.5 - 1 hour lecture, 1.5 - 6 hours lab.
(Note: The number following the letter designation indicates unit value, ''1'' being for 0.5 unit, ''2'' for 1 unit, etc., in 0.5 unit increments.)
The course covers a variety of topics of current interest to students of music. Different topics will be emphasized each time the course is offered. Sections of this course may vary in unit value depending on subject matter, meeting time, and format. Each letter (i.e., A, B, C or D) may be taken only once.


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