Music Course Descriptions
MUS100 Music Fundamentals
Covers the basics of music, including pitch, rhythm, notation, intervals, scales, harmony, the keyboard, key signatures, the circle of fifths, and triads. Develops basic aural skills through listening, singing, and clapping. Intended for non-music majors and students with little or no experience in music. Offered as needed
MUS105 History of Rock and Roll
Examines the relationship between rock music and society, and emphasizes the musical and lyrical significance of rock music as contemporary social commentary. Offered as needed.
MUS111 Intro to Music Theory
Introduces Western European music practices, including fundamentals of music notation, terminology, analysis, sight-singing, and listening. Covers clefs, intervals, scales, modes, circle of fifths, triads and more. Emphasizes terminology and basic musical concepts. F
MUS112 Music Theory 1
Focuses on the detailed exploration of Western European music practices, including music notation, terminology, analysis, sight-singing, aural dictation, part-writing, and aural analysis. Covers clefs, intervals, scales, modes, circle of fifths, triads, and more. Emphasizes terminology and basic musical concepts. Prerequisite: MUS111 with a grade of C or better; or consent of instructor. W
MUS113 Music Theory 2
Continues detailed exploration of Western European music practices, including music notation, terminology, analysis, sight-singing, aural dictation, four-part writing, and aural analysis. Covers advanced musical practices including figured bass realization, harmonic progressions, modulation, cadences, transposition, and Twelve-tone Theory. Emphasizes advanced terminology and compositional concepts. Prerequisite: MUS112 with a grade of C or better within the year; or consent of instructor. Sp
MUS161 Music Appreciation
Highlights 17th to 20th century instrumental and vocal music and the growth of the orchestra. Covers acknowledged masters such as Mozart, Haydn, and Beethoven. Offered as needed.
Offers singing in a choral ensemble, in a mixed voice (soprano, alto, tenor, bass) chorus. Includes proper singing habits, basic musical terms and expressions, rehearsal techniques procedures, and exposure to a wide variety of music literature, culminating in a final performance. Course may be repeated for a maximum of 8 credits. Recommended: Previous experience singing with a school, civic, or church choir. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. F, W, Sp
MUS198A Independent Studies: Music
MUS198B Independent Studies: Music
MUS198C Independent Studies: Music
MUS199B History of Latino Music in US
Traces the background of various regional Latin music that crossed borders to the United States. Discusses the different styles, importance, effects and acceptance of this music from the 19th century to today. Includes the conventions and techniques of: Tejano - music of the Tex-Mexicans; Mariachi - music brought from Mexico for weddings, quinceaneras and parties; Chicano - East L.A. sound; and Salsa - brought from Puerto Rico to New York and beyond. Offered as needed.
MUS201 Intro to Music Literature
Focuses on the music of the 17th and 18th centuries, including early vocal music, the origins of opera and sacred music, and the early instrumental forms of music that led to the classical symphony of Hayden, Mozart, and Beethoven. Offered as needed
MUS202 Music History 1
Focuses on the elements of music, musical instruments and ensembles, significant composers and their works, and the development of heightened listening skills from the Medieval Era through the Classical Era (c. 476 C.E. to 1825 C.E.). Offered as needed
MUS203 Music History 2
Focuses on the elements of music, musical instruments and ensembles, significant composers and their works, and the development of heightened listening skills from the Romantic Era through the present (1825 C.E. to present). Offered as needed
XMUS0001C Music Heritage
The musical heritage of America is its fold songs, from the mountain songs of Virginia to the wail of the lonesome cowboy. This class will share through sharing singing and playing old fold music.
XMUS0001E Music and Memories
Introduces music activities for older adult students with varied physical and cognitive abilities. Builds on listening and communication skills. Enhances personal esteem and well-being. Promotes memory retention and self-expression.
Designed for both enjoyment and to encourage community participation in choral signing. Provides basic instruction necessary to establish a community chorus.
XMUS0001H Community Choir
Three and Four part choral music ranging from classical to contemporary, sacred and popular.
XMUS0001J Community Chorus
Provides structured singing in a group with leadership from the instructor. Includes critique of personal and group performance, suggestions for improvement, and practice of a variety of musical styles for possible performance.
XMUS0001P Guitar, Advanced
Focuses on interpreting published and recorded music. Covers notation, beginning must theory, transposing, and playing by ear. Prerequisite: XMUS0527C
XMUS0001X Chamber Chorus
Offers a choral ensemble experience that specializes in performing literature of many styles appropriate for a small chamber group. Emphasizes ensemble skills, musicality and expertise in various choral performance practices. Requires audition for participation; also requires purchase of performance apparel. Prerequisite: Minimum one term of vocal ensemble experience;and approval of instructor.
XMUS0002K Intro to Clawhammer Banjo
Introduces the history and beginning skills of clawhammer banjo-playing.