Music Programs

 

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Two degrees to choose from:

Music Industry Studies Degree

The Music Industry Studies program provides lower division preparation for students wishing to transfer to a four-year program in Music Industry Studies. The program combines training in music theory, literature, and performance with studies in music technology and business.

 

Downloadable PDF Music Industry Brochure

 

Music Education Transfer Degree 

The Music Education Transfer Degree program provides lower division preparation for students who want to pursue a bachelor's degree in Music Education and a California teaching credential in music. The primary emphasis is to prepare students for transfer to four-year music education programs.

 

Downloadable PDF Recommended Course Sequence


Music Industry Studies Degree

Program Requirements:

MUS 104 Introduction to the Music Industry

MUS 105 Music Theory and Practice I

MUS 106 Music Theory and Practice II

MUS 120 Introduction to Music Technology

MUS 121 Music Industry Seminar

MUS 122 Music Industry Seminar

MUS 132 Class Piano I

MUS 133 Class Piano II

MUS 161 Cooperative Work Experience in the Music Industry

MUS 221 Music Industry Seminar

MUS 222 Music Industry Seminar

 

Music Electives (2 from the following)

MUS 110 Great Music Listening

MUS 111 History of Jazz

MUS 115 History of Rock Music

MUS 116 Introduction to World Music

MUS 123 History of Hip-Hop Culture

MUS 184 Digital Audio Recording

 

Performance Electives (4 from the following)

MUS 108 Rock Pop & Soul Ensemble

MUS 109 Rock Pop & Soul Ensemble

MUS 152 Concert Band

MUS 153 Concert Band

MUS 158 Chorus

MUS 159 Chorus

MUS 190 Performance Studies

MUS 191 Performance Studies

MUS 208 Rock Pop & Soul Ensemble

MUS 209 Rock Pop & Soul Ensemble

MUS 252 Concert Band

MUS 253 Concert Band

MUS 258 Chorus

MUS 259 Chorus

MUS 290 Performance Studies

MUS 291 Performance Studies

 

Business Electives (1 from the following)

BUS 120 Financial Accounting

BUS 125 Business Law


Music Education Degree

Program Requirements:

MUS 105 Music Theory and Practice I

MUS 106 Music Theory and Practice II

MUS 110 Great Music Listening

MUS 116 Introduction to World Music

MUS 119 Cooperative Work Experience in Music Education

MUS 120 Introduction to Music Technology

MUS 126 Class Guitar I

MUS 132 Class Piano I

MUS 133 Class Piano II

MUS 190 Performance Studies

MUS 191 Performance Studies

MUS 232 Class Piano III

MUS 233 Class Piano IV

MUS 290 Performance Studies

MUS 291 Performance Studies

 

Performance Electives (4 from the following)

MUS 108 Rock Pop & Soul Ensemble

MUS 109 Rock Pop & Soul Ensemble

MUS 152 Concert Band

MUS 153 Concert Band

MUS 158 Chorus

MUS 159 Chorus

MUS 208 Rock Pop & Soul Ensemble

MUS 209 Rock Pop & Soul Ensemble

MUS 252 Concert Band

MUS 253 Concert Band

MUS 258 Chorus

MUS 259 Chorus

 

General Education Courses

The following courses may be used to meet general education requirements in Area C (Cuyamaca and Grossmont Colleges), Area C2 (CSU) and Area B (UCSD).

 

MUS 110 Great Music Listening

MUS 111 History of Jazz

MUS 115 History of Rock Music

MUS 116 Introduction to World Music

MUS 123  History of Hip Hop Culture

 

Additional Music Courses

MUS 001 Music Fundamentals

MUS 090 Preparatory Performance Studies
MUS 091
Preparatory Performance Studies


 

Course Descriptions

 

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MUS 001 - Music Fundamentals

Basic elements of music. Notation, major and minor keys, intervals, triads and 7th chords with inversions. Musical terms and analysis of chord structures. Keyboard application.

(4 Credits)

MUS 090 - Prep Performance Studies I

An introductory course designed to begin the preparation of the student for entrance into Music 190, Performance Studies. This course will enhance the musical progress of students who are currently receiving the equivalent of fifteen one-half hour lessons per semester of individual vocal or instrumental instruction. This course is offered on a Pass/ No Pass basis only. (Non-degree credit course.)

(0.5 Credits)

MUS 104 - Intro to the Music Industry

Survey of the music industry with an emphasis on individual career options, roles and responsibilities. Includes interaction with industry components and relationships between business personnel and the music artist.

(3 Credits)

MUS 105 - Music Theory and Practice I

Introduction to music theory and ear training. Study of harmonic concepts of the 18th and 19th centuries. Rhythmic and melodic ear training. Keyboard application and sight singing.

(4 Credits)

MUS 106 - Music Theory and Practice II

Continuation of MUS 105 including both written and aural aspects of music theory. Four-part writing, 7th chords, cadences and nonchord tones. Rhythmic and melodic dictation and harmonic ear training. Sight singing. Analysis of Bach chorales and binary and ternary forms.

(4 Credits)

MUS 108-109-208-209 - Rock Pop & Soul Ensemble

Study and performance of representative popular music compositions from the second half of the 20th century, with emphasis on rock, R&B, and pop music. Open to instrumentalists and singers.

(1 credit)

MUS 110 - Great Music Listening

Listening and reading survey course to acquaint students with fundamental elements of musical style. Covers repertoire from a variety of cultures and periods with primary emphasis on the Western concert tradition.

(3 credits)

MUS 111 - History of Jazz

Listening and reading survey course covering the history of jazz from its origins to the present. Includes style periods, significant artists, the broad cultural context of jazz, and the development of critical listening skills.

(3 credits)

MUS 115 - History of Rock Music

Presents an overview of rock and rock-related musical styles from the early 1950s to the present. Coverage includes related social and cultural trends, outstanding artists, the influence of technology on popular music, and relevant trends in the music industry. In addition, basic musical concepts such as pitch, rhythm and form will be introduced and applied to the music under consideration.

(3 credits)

MUS 116 - Introduction to World Music

Designed to expand the student's perspective about the nature of music around the world and demonstrate the relationship between music in different cultures. Highlights elements common to all music. May include music of the cultures of India, China, Japan, Indonesia, Africa, Pacific Islands, the Middle East, Europe and the Americas.

(3 credits)

MUS 117 - Intro Music Hist & Literature

Survey of art music in Western civilization from the ancient period to the present. Musical styles will be studied within the context of concurrent developments in society, politics and other arts.

(3 credits)

MUS 119 - Cooperative Work Experience in Music Education

Practical application of principles and procedures learned in the classroom to the various phases of music education. Work experience will be paid or unpaid at local middle or high school music programs. Placement assistance will be given. Two on-campus sessions with students will be scheduled.

(1-4 credits)

MUS 120 - Introduction to Music Technology

This course is an introduction to the basic concepts and processes for editing digital audio and using the digital synthesizer and personal computer to perform, notate and record music. Students should have basic computer skills, basic piano or keyboard skills, and be able to read music.

(3 credits)

MUS 121-122-221-222 - Music Industry Seminar

In this project-based class students develop and create a set of promotional materials for a local musical artist or group. Course content combines work in recording, print, and electronic media.

(1 credit)

MUS 123 - History of Hip-Hop

This is a survey course that will examine the origins and rise of Hip-Hop as an artistic form and global cultural phenomenon. It is designed for students who wish to examine and explore Hip-Hop culture, while developing background knowledge of Hip-Hop history from the early 1970's South Bronx to its national and international role today. The connections between rap music and the other elements of Hip-Hop culture will be explored and students will be challenged to think critically about rap music and its place in society. Controversial subjects such as censorship, racism, sexism, and racial politics in America will be discussed as they relate to the subject matter.

(3 credits)

MUS 126 - Class Guitar I

Beginning course in guitar for non-music majors. Fundamentals of music as related to the guitar including scales, chords, and reading staff notation.

(2 credits)

MUS 127 - Class Guitar II

Guitar for non-music majors. Continuation of MUS 126 with emphasis on reading staff notation in closed positions, playing scales and chords in major and minor keys, and developing both left and right hand technique.

(2 credits)

MUS 132 - Class Piano I

Note reading in treble and bass clefs. Major and minor key signatures. Scales, arpeggios and primary triads in major and minor keys. Transposition, improvisation and harmonization. Development of sight reading ability, two-handed coordination, correct fingering techniques and proper use of weight and relaxation in production of tone.

(3 credits)

MUS 133 - Class Piano II

Continuation of MUS 132. Scales in minor keys. Scales with hands together. Music literature performed in major and minor keys. Harmonization and sight reading in major and minor keys. Piano pieces in binary form with mixed texture including parallel, contrary and oblique motion.

(3 credits)

MUS 152-153-252-253 - Concert Band

The study of representative concert band compositions in a wide variety of styles at regular rehearsals and public performances.

(1 credit)

MUS 158-159-258-259 - Chorus (Choir)

Study and performance of standard and contemporary choral literature for choral ensemble. Open to all singers in the community and students of the college.

(1 credit)

MUS 161 - Cooperative Work Experience in Music Industry

Practical application of principles and procedures learned in the classroom to the various phases of the music industry. Work experience will be paid or unpaid at local businesses that are part of the music industry, such as recording studios, booking agencies, and music equipment manufacturers/retailers. Placement assistance will be given. Two on-campus sessions with students will be scheduled.

(1-4 credits)

MUS 184 - Digital Audio Recording and Production

In-depth presentation of digital audio recording, editing and processing. Students will learn techniques for in-studio and live recording and will record and edit new musical recordings. Students should have a basic understanding of digital audio vocabulary and basic experience with using a computer to make/record music.

(3 credits)

MUS 190-191-290-291 - Performance Studies

Primarily for music majors. Designed to enhance the musical progress of students who are currently receiving the equivalent of fifteen one-half hour lessons per semester of individual vocal or instrumental instruction. In-depth study of performances and techniques. Participation in class performances and student recitals is required.

(0.5 credit)

MUS 205 - Music Theory and Practice III

Continuation of MUS 106. Chromatic harmony of the 18th and 19th centuries including secondary dominants, borrowed chords and altered chords. Rhythmic, melodic and harmonic dictation. Sight singing. Analysis of Bach chorales. Form analysis of Sonata-form, Minuet/Scherzo, Rondo, and Theme and Variations.

(4 credits)

MUS 206 - Music Theory and Practice IV

Continuation of MUS 205. Harmony of the Post-Romantic and 20th century styles. Expanded tonality. Use of church modes, pentatonic, synthetic and dodecaphonic scales. Parallelism, pandiatonicism, twelve-tone technique, aleatory music and electronic music. Study of the 18th century two-part counterpoint. Ear-training and sight singing.

(4 credits)

MUS 232 - Piano III

Continuation of Music 133. Multiple octave performance of major and minor scales. Authentic and plagal cadences. Reading of four-part chorales. Ensemble playing and accompaniment. Intermediate piano pieces in ternary form.

(3 credits)

MUS 233 - Piano IV

Continuation of MUS 232. Keyboard harmony and deceptive cadence. Reading an open score. Ensemble playing and accompaniment. Piano literature from the 18th through the 20th centuries.

(3 credits)

MUS 222 - Music Industry Seminar

In this project-based class, students will develop and create promotional materials for a local musical artist or groups, and will collaborate to produce concerts of popular music. The course content combines work in recording, print, and electronic media as well as concert production.

(1 credit)

 

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