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Course Descriptions

Music (MUSC)


MUSC 101  Fundamentals of Music  (5)
Covers basic note and rhythm reading, chords and scales, aural skills and fundamentals of songwriting. Includes an examination of chord symbols and progressions, melody, lyrics and form. Satisfies a humanities/fine arts/English requirement for AA degree.
MUSC 103  American Popular Music  (5)
Discusses the study of the history and genesis of American popular music from its birth to the present day. Students study and listen to folk music, Dixieland and jazz, Broadway shows, rock and roll and current musical trends. Satisfies a humanities/fine arts/English requirement for AA degree.

MUSC 104  Music in World Culture  (5)
Introduces the traditional and popular music of cultures from around the globe, including Africa, Asia, Europe, and North and South America. Explores a number of rich and fascinating musical traditions as well as the roles of musical practices in larger cultural contexts. Satisfies a humanities/fine arts/English requirement for AA degree.
MUSC 107  History of Jazz  (5)
Jazz is the first uniquely American music and has a rich and exciting history, as well as a profound impact on American and world culture. Introduces the students to jazz as a body of music and as a product of a fascinating dialog within and between cultural spheres: African diasporic, American, and African-American. Satisfies a humanities/fine arts/English requirement for AA degree.

MUSC 108  Introduction to Computer Music  (5)
Introduction to computer assisted notation, composition and performance using a computer, digital keyboard, and software for notation (Finale) and digital sequencing (Reason). Satisfies a humanities/fine arts/English requirement for AA degree.
MUSC 109  Intermediate Computer Music  (5)
A continuation of MUSC 108 with more in-depth study of sequencing software (Reason), including the construction of unique combinations, drum patters and fills, and advanced study of mix-down procedures and use of multiple effects processors. PREREQUISITE: MUSC 108 or instructor's permission. Satisfies a humanities/fine arts/English requirement for AA degree.

MUSC 110  Advanced Computer Music  (5)
A continuation of MUSC 109 with advanced study of sequencing software (Reason) including construction of patches from basic (raw) synthesized sounds, incorporation of various external sampling techniques, and advanced study of each of the individual onboard synthesizers and sample players. PREREQUISITE: MUSC 109 or instructor's permission. Satisfies a humanities/fine arts/English requirement for AA degree.
MUSC 118  Concert Choir 1  (1-3)
Students prepare and present selected choral works. Gives an in-depth study of fundamentals of vocal production. One required evening performance each quarter. Satisfies an activity or a humanities/fine art/English requirement for AA degree.

MUSC 119  Concert Choir 2  (1-3)
Continuation of MUSC 118. Students prepare and present selected choral works. Gives an in-depth study of fundamentals of vocal production. One required evening performance each quarter. PREREQUISITE: MUSC 118. Satisfies a humanities/fine arts/English requirement for AA degree.
MUSC 120  Concert Choir 3  (1-3)
Continuation of MUSC 119. Gives an in-depth study of fundamentals of vocal production. One required evening performance each quarter. PREREQUISITE: MUSC 119. Satisfies a humanities/fine arts/English requirement for AA degree.

MUSC 124  Musical Rehearsal and Performance  (5)
Students participate in a musical comedy or drama as a performer or technician. Satisfies an activity or a humanities/fine arts/English requirement for AA degree.
MUSC 127  Green River Jazz Voices 1  (1-5)
Prepares and presents choral music in classical, jazz, and pop idioms. Some students may be involved as rhythm section players or sound technicians. Requires extensive performance demands and additional hours for rehearsals and concerts. BY AUDITION ONLY. PREREQUISITE: Instructor’s permission. Satisfies an activity or a humanities/fine arts/English requirement for AA degree.

MUSC 128  Green River Jazz Voices 2  (1-5)
Prepares and presents classical, jazz, and pop idioms. Some students may be involved as rhythm section players or sound technicians. Requires extensive performance demands and additional hours for rehearsals and concerts. BY AUDITION ONLY. PREREQUISITE: MUSC 127 and instructor's permission. Satisfies a humanities/fine arts/English requirement for AA degree.
MUSC 129  Green River Jazz Voices 3  (1-5)
Prepares and presents choral music in classical, jazz and pop idioms. Some students may be involved as rhythm section players or sound technicians. Requires extensive performance demands and additional hours for rehearsals and concerts. BY AUDITION ONLY. PREREQUISITE: MUSC 128 and instructor's permission. Satisfies a humanities/fine arts/English requirement for AA degree.

MUSC 130.1  Private Instruction 1  (1)
Individual instruction in voice or on any common instrument. PREREQUISITE: Instructor's permission. Satisfies an activity or a humanities/fine arts/English requirement for AA degree.
MUSC 130.2  Private Instruction 2  (1)
Individual instruction in voice or on any common instrument. PREREQUISITE: MUSC 130.1 or instructor's permission. Satisfies a humanities/fine arts/English requirement for AA degree.

MUSC 130.3  Private Instruction 3  (1)
Individual instruction in voice or on any common instrument. PREREQUISITE: MUSC 130.2 or instructor's permission. Satisfies a humanities/fine arts/English requirement for AA degree.
MUSC 140  Class Piano 1  (2)
Offers basic piano pedagogy in a group classroom situation. Teaches hand positions, fingering, and basic chord structure. Beginning music majors or minors who do not meet piano proficiency must enroll in Class Piano until they meet requirements. Satisfies an activity or a humanities/fine arts/English requirement for AA degree.

MUSC 141  Class Piano 2  (2)
Offers basic piano pedagogy in a group classroom situation. Covers hand positions, fingering, and basic chord structure. Beginning music majors or minors who do not meet piano proficiency must enroll in Class Piano until they meet requirements. PREREQUISITE: MUSC 140. Satisfies a humanities/fine arts/English requirement for AA degree.
MUSC 142  Class Piano 3  (2)
Offers basic piano pedagogy in a group classroom situation. Covers hand positions, fingering, and basic chord structure. Beginning music majors or minors who do not meet piano proficiency must enroll in Class Piano until they meet requirements. PREREQUISITE: MUSC 141. Satisfies a humanities/fine arts/English requirement for AA degree.

MUSC 218  Concert Choir 4  (1-3)
Continuation of MUSC 120. Students prepare and present selected choral works. Students study the basics of vocal production. One required evening performance each quarter. PREREQUISITE: MUSC 120. Satisfies a humanities/fine arts/English requirement for AA degree.
MUSC 219  Concert Choir 5  (1-3)
Continuation of MUSC 218. Students study the basics of vocal production. One required evening performance each quarter. PREREQUISITE: MUSC 218. Satisfies a humanities/fine arts/English requirement for AA degree.

MUSC 220  Concert Choir 6  (1-3)
Continuation of MUSC 219. Students prepare and present selected choral works. Students study the basics of vocal production. One required evening performance each quarter. PREREQUISITE: MUSC 219. Satisfies a humanities/fine arts/English requirement for AA degree.
MUSC 227  Green River Jazz Voices 4  (1-5)
Students prepare and present choral music in classical, jazz and pop idioms. Some students may be involved as rhythm section players or sound technicians. Requires extensive performance demands and additional hours for rehearsals and concerts. BY AUDITION ONLY. PREREQUISITE: MUSC 129 and instructor's permission. Satisfies a humanities/fine arts/English requirement for AA degree.

MUSC 228  Green River Jazz Voices 5  (1-5)
Students prepare and present choral music in classical, jazz and pop idioms. Some students may be involved as rhythm section players or sound technicians. Requires extensive performance demands and additional hours for rehearsals and concerts. BY AUDITION ONLY. PREREQUISITE: MUSC 227 and instructor's permission. Satisfies a humanities/fine arts/English requirement for AA degree.
MUSC 229  Green River Jazz Voices 6  (1-5)
Students prepare and present choral music in classical, jazz and pop idioms. Some students may be involved as rhythm section players or sound technicians. Requires extensive performance demands and additional hours for rehearsals and concerts. BY AUDITION ONLY. PREREQUISITE: MUSIC 228 and instructor's permission. Satisfies a humanities/fine arts/English requirement for AA degree.

MUSC 230.1  Private Instruction 4  (1)
Individual instruction in voice or on any common instrument. PREREQUISITE: MUSC 130.3 and instructor's permission. Satisfies a humanities/fine arts/English requirement for AA degree.
MUSC 230.2  Private Instruction 5  (1)
Individual instruction in voice or on any common instrument. PREREQUISITE: MUSC 230.1 and instructor's permission. Satisfies a humanities/fine arts/English requirement for AA degree.

MUSC 230.3  Private Instruction 6  (1)
Individual instruction in voice or on any common instrument. PREREQUISITE: MUSC 230.2 and instructor's permission. Student pays instructor fee. Satisfies humanities/fine arts/English requirement for AA degree.
MUSC 298  Independent Study-Music 1  (1-5)
Encourages students to study independently in their fields of special interest in music. Each student meets on a tutorial basis with the instructor. PREREQUISITE: Instructor's permission.

MUSC 299  Independent Study-Music 2  (1-5)
Encourages students to study independently in their fields of special interest in music. Each student meets on a tutorial basis with the instructor. PREREQUISITE: MUSC 298 and instructor's permission.
MUSC& 105  Music Appreciation  (5)
Introduces the music of the great master composers beginning with the elements of music and progressing through the common style periods. Includes listening lab. Satisfies a humanities/fine arts/English requirement for AA degree.

MUSC& 121  Ear Training 1  (2)
Students study simple intervals, triads and rhythm through a program designed to train the ear to identify and write down simple musical structures from dictation. Satisfies a humanities/fine arts/English requirement for AA degree.
MUSC& 122  Ear Training 2  (2)
Students continue to study simple and compound intervals, basic four-part harmony, rhythm and pitch through a program designed to train the ear to identify and write down musical structures from dictation. PREREQUISITE: MUSC& 121. Satisfies a humanities/fine arts/English requirement for AA degree.

MUSC& 123  Ear Training 3  (2)
Continues to study simple and compound intervals, triads and seventh chords in four-part harmony and complete melodies through a program designed to train the ear to identify and write down musical structures from dictation. PREREQUISITE: MUSC& 122. Satisfies a humanities/fine arts/English requirement for AA degree.
MUSC& 131  Music Theory 1  (3)
Covers the study of basic music notation with emphasis on intervals, scales, key signatures, triads, principles of rhythm and simple harmonization in four parts on the grand staff. Satisfies a humanities/fine arts/English requirement for AA degree.

MUSC& 132  Music Theory 2  (3)
Continuation of MUSC& 131. Covers the study of diatonic harmony including the dominant seventh chord, non-harmonic tones, cadences and inversions in a variety of choral and keyboard textures in common practice style. Includes analysis, composition and performance. PREREQUISITE: MUSC& 131. Satisfies a humanities/fine arts/English requirement for AA degree.
MUSC& 133  Music Theory 3  (3)
Continues to study diatonic harmony including diminished and half-diminished seventh chords, minor and major seventh chords, simple two- and three-part form, secondary dominants and an introduces tonal counterpoint. PREREQUISITE: MUSC& 132. Satisfies a humanities/fine arts/English requirement for AA degree.

MUSC& 221  Ear Training 4  (2)
Continues where the first-year ear training sequence leaves off. Emphasizes the following skills in rhythmic reading and dictation in one and two parts, aural recognition and analysis of harmonic progressions, and sight singing and melodic dictation. PREREQUISITE: MUSC& 123 with a 2.0 or higher, or instructor's permission, and concurrent enrollment in MUSC 231. Satisfies a humanities/fine arts/English requirement for AA degree.
MUSC& 222  Ear Training 5  (2)
Continues where the MUSC& 221 leaves off. Emphasizes the following skills in rhythmic reading and dictation in one and two parts, aural recognition and analysis of harmonic progressions, and sight singing and melodic dictation. PREREQUISITE: MUSC& 221 with a 2.0 or higher, or instructor's permission, and concurrent enrollment in MUSC& 232. Satisfies a humanities/fine arts/English requirement for AA degree.

MUSC& 231  Music Theory 4  (3)
Continues where the first-year music theory sequence leaves off. Addresses advanced harmony, form, "nonfunctional” harmony, and jazz and popular music harmony. PREREQUISITE: MUSC& 131 with a 2.0 or higher, or instructor's permission, and concurrent enrollment in MUSC& 221. Satisfies a humanities/fine arts/English requirement for AA degree.
MUSC& 232  Music Theory 5  (3)
Continues where MUSIC& 231 left off. Addresses advanced chromatic harmony, form, and jazz and popular music harmony. PREREQUISITE: MUSC& 231 with a 2.0 or higher; or instructor's permission, and concurrent enrollment in MUSC& 222. Satisfies a humanities/fine arts/English requirement for AA degree.