Music

Course Descriptions for Music

MUS-1 Introduction to Music
CSU and UC (3 units LEC)
An introduction to the fundamentals of music theory, notation, and performance. Topics covered include rhythm and pitch notation; chromatic, whole-tone, major, and minor scales; key signatures for major and minor keys; and the circle of fifths. The course also includes clapping exercises, recorder playing, basic keyboard instruction, and review writing.

MUS-10 Music in History
CSU and UC (3 units LEC)
A survey of Western art music from the Middle Ages through the twentieth century. The course addresses basic musical terminology and concepts, traces changes in styles, genres, and forms through successive historical periods, introduces major composers and representative instruments, and explores the changing social contexts of music in Western culture.
Recommended Prep: ENGL-1A

MUS-100 Songwriting
(1 unit LEC/LAB)
Introduction to the techniques of writing song lyrics, including structure, effective use of language, scansion, and development of “hooks”. The course focuses on the analysis of popular songs in different genres, showing fundamental elements of song structure and techniques of developing material.

MUS-100L Songwriting Lab
(0.5-1 units LAB)Repeatable to a maximum of four enrollments
A concentration on the development of songwriting skills. Students participate in a number of individual and group assignments that cover a variety of songwriting techniques.
Prerequisite: MUS-100

MUS-12 American Popular Music
CSU and UC (3 units LEC)
A survey of American popular music from the mid 1800s to the late 1900s. Includes basic musical concepts and terminology; the evolution of the music industry and music-related media and technology; American popular song and musical theater; African-American traditions (blues, ragtime, jazz); Anglo-American traditions (country and western, urban folk); and rock music.
Recommended Prep: ENGL-150

MUS-14 World Music
CSU and UC (3 units LEC)
A survey of the world’s dominant non-Western musical cultures (the Far East, Indonesia, India, the Middle East, Africa, the Americas). The course addresses basic musical terminology and concepts, examines the style characteristics of each of the world’s major musical traditions, and explores the social and religious uses of music.
Recommended Prep: ENGL-1A

MUS-22 Beginning Band Instruments
CSU (1 unit LAB) Repeatable to a maximum of four enrollments
Class instruction in the fundamentals of performance on brass, woodwind, and percussion instruments commonly used in a concert band setting.

MUS-25 Beginning Class Piano
CSU and UC (1 unit LEC/LAB)
Instruction in piano in both group and individual formats. The course familiarizes students with the keyboard, rhythm notation and counting, note reading in the treble and bass staffs, fingering techniques, simple chord progressions, basic elements of interpretation (tempo, dynamics, phrasing), and development of right hand-left hand independence.

MUS-25L Intermediate Class Piano
CSU and UC (0.5-1 units LAB)Repeatable to a maximum of four enrollments
Continued development of piano skills in both group and individual formats. Use of the pedals is introduced; students continue to develop finger technique, hand-to-hand independence, and subtlety of interpretation through the study of piano literature that introduces a variety of technical and interpretative challenges.
Prerequisite: MUS-25

MUS-26 Beginning Class Voice
CSU and UC (1 unit LEC/LAB)
Group instruction at the beginning level in the development of solo vocal techniques. Breathing techniques, tone quality, and stage presence are covered in a variety of musical styles.

MUS-26L Intermediate Class Voice
CSU and UC (0.5-1 units LAB)Repeatable to a maximum of four enrollments
Group instruction at the intermediate level. Emphasis is placed on further development of solo voice techniques, practice skills, and performance approaches in various musical styles.
Note: Student enrolling should be able to read music and be aware of basic breathing techniques, tone quality, and stage presence.
Prerequisite: MUS-26

MUS-29 Beginning Class Guitar
CSU and UC (1 unit LEC/LAB)
A group instruction course in guitar that will include familiarization with the fretboard, fundamental music notation, common chord progressions, and the development of finger independence.

MUS-29L Intermediate Class Guitar
CSU and UC (0.5-1 units LAB)Repeatable to a maximum of four enrollments
Continued development of guitar skills in both group and individual formats. In addition to continuing to develop finger independence and chord construction abilities, students are introduced to reading notes from the treble clef, improvising over common chord changes, and performance practices appropriate to specific musical styles.
Prerequisite: MUS-29

MUS-2A Beginning Harmony and Musicianship
CSU and UC (3 units LEC)
An introduction to harmony and musical form. Topics addressed include intervals and their inversions, triads (major, minor, diminished, augmented) and their inversions, roman numeral analysis, and part-writing involving the primary triads. The course also includes sight-singing and training in aural recognition of intervals.
Recommended Prep: MUS-1

MUS-2B Intermediate Harmony and Musicianship
CSU and UC (3 units LEC)
An intermediate study in harmony and musical form. Topics addressed include part-writing involving primary and secondary triads, non-harmonic tones, and seventh chords, and the composition and harmonization of short melodies. The course also includes roman numeral analysis of short compositions, sight-singing, and training in the aural recognition of intervals.
Prerequisite: MUS-2A

MUS-44 Opera Production
CSU and UC (1 unit LAB)Repeatable to a maximum of four enrollments
The study and performance of a particular light opera with appropriate accompaniment, costumes, makeup, lighting, and scenery.
Note: Audition required.

MUS-59 Chorale
CSU and UC (1 unit LAB)Repeatable to a maximum of four enrollments
The study and performance of choral selections from the eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth century’s. Course addresses vocal techniques, performance practice issues, and historical background.
Recommended Prep: MUS-26

MUS-61 Concert Band
CSU and UC (1 unit LAB)Repeatable to a maximum of four enrollments
The study and performance of nineteenth and twentieth-century concert band literature. Course addresses rehearsal techniques, development of sight-reading and public performance skills, and historical background of the concert band repertoire.
Recommended Prep: MUS-22

MUS-62 Jazz Orchestra
CSU and UC (1 unit LAB)Repeatable to a maximum of four enrollments
An advanced-level performing ensemble which focuses on the repertoire of the Big Band era. Course addresses development of sight reading, public performance, and improvisation skills.
Recommended Prep: MUS-22

MUS-63 Wind Ensemble
CSU and UC (1 unit LAB)Repeatable to a maximum of four enrollments
The study and performance of traditional and contemporary wind band literature. Course addresses rehearsal techniques, development of sight reading and public performance skills, and historical background.
Recommended Prep: MUS-22

MUS-64 Studio Band
CSU and UC (1 unit LAB)Repeatable to a maximum of four enrollments
An advanced-level performing ensemble that focuses on modern progressive jazz and jazz-rock fusion. Course addresses development of sight reading, public performance, and improvisation skills.
Recommended Prep: MUS-22

MUS-66 Pep Band
CSU (1 unit LAB) Repeatable to a maximum of four enrollments
The study and performance of band repertoire appropriate to athletic events. This ensemble performs at home football and basketball games. Addresses rehearsal techniques, sight reading and public performance skills.
Recommended Prep: MUS-22 or the equivalent

MUS-70 Oratorio Choir
CSU and UC (1 unit LAB)Repeatable to a maximum of four enrollments
The study and performance of oratorio literature and other literature for large chorus. Course addresses vocal techniques, development of sight reading skills, and historical background.
Recommended Prep: MUS-26


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