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MUSI 1 MUSIC APPRECIATION

3 units • LG-P/NP • Three hours lecture

A survey of art music in western civilization. Topics studied include but are not limited to elements of music, basic musical forms, music periods, styles, and the role of music and musicians in the western world.

  • Credit transferable: CSU, UC
  • General Ed. Credit: CSU, Area C1; IGETC, Area 3A; MPC, Area C


MUSI 2 INTRODUCTION TO BROADWAY MUSICALS

3 units • LG-P/NP • Three hours lecture

Guided listening in understanding the history and development of the American musical stage. Emphasis on music by American composers.

  • Advisories: Eligibility for ENGL 111 or ENSL 110
  • Credit transferable: CSU, UC
  • General Ed. Credit: CSU, Area C1; IGETC, Area 3A; MPC, Area C


MUSI 3 INTRODUCTION TO JAZZ AND POP

3 units • LG-P/NP • Three hours by arrangement

This course covers the development of American jazz with emphasis on musical elements, major innovators, stylistic changes, and the criteria to rate a good performance. Also offered online.

  • Advisories: Eligibility for ENGL 111 and 112 or ENSL 110 and 155
  • Credit transferable: CSU, UC
  • General Ed. Credit: CSU, Area C1; IGETC, Area 3A; MPC, Area C


MUSI 4 THE CONTEMPORARY MUSICAL THEATRE

3 units • LG-P/NP • Three hours lecture

This course assists the student through guided listening/viewing to facilitate understanding the contemporary Broadway musical with emphasis on the non-American composers.

  • Advisories: Eligibility for ENGL 111 or ENSL 110
  • Credit transferable: CSU, UC
  • General Ed. Credit: MPC, Area C


MUSI 10A MUSIC THEORY AND MUSICIANSHIP I

4 units • LG • Five hours lecture

This course, through guided composition and analysis, incorporates the following concepts: rhythm and meter; basic properties of sound; intervals; diatonic scales and triads; diatonic chords, basic cadential formulas and phrase structure; dominant seventh; figured bass symbols; and non-harmonic tones. Development of skills in handwritten notation is expected. This course also applies and develops the rhythmic, melodic, and harmonic materials through ear training, sight singing, analysis, and dictation.

  • Credit transferable: CSU, UC
  • General Ed. Credit: CSU, Area C1; IGETC, Area 3A; MPC, Area C


MUSI 10B MUSIC THEORY AND MUSICIANSHIP II

4 units • LG • Five hours lecture

This course incorporates the concepts from Music Theory and Musicianship I. In addition, through guided composition and analysis, the course will include: an introduction to two-part counterpoint; voice-leading involving four-part chorale writing; diatonic harmony; and an introduction to secondary/applied chords and modulation. This course also applies and develops the rhythmic, melodic, and harmonic materials of Music Theory and Musicianship I through ear training, sight singing, analysis, and dictation.

  • Prerequisites: MUSI 10A
  • Credit transferable: CSU, UC
  • General Ed. Credit: CSU, Area C1; IGETC, Area 3A; MPC, Area C


MUSI 10C MUSIC THEORY AND MUSICIANSHIP III

4 units • LG • Five hours lecture

This course incorporates the concepts from Music Theory and Musicianship II. In addition, through writing and analysis, the course will include: introduction to chromatic harmony; secondary/applied chords; modulation; borrowed chords; introduction to Neapolitan and augmented-sixth chords. This course also applies and develops the rhythmic, melodic, and harmonic materials of Music Theory and Musicianship II through ear training, sight singing, analysis, and dictation.

  • Prerequisites: MUSI 10B
  • Credit transferable: CSU, UC


MUSI 10D MUSIC THEORY AND MUSICIANSHIP IV

4 units • LG • Five hours lecture

This course incorporates the concepts from Music Theory and Musicianship III. In addition, through writing and analysis, the course will include: post-Romantic techniques such as borrowed chords and modal mixture, chromatic mediants, Neapolitan and augmented-sixth chords, 9th, 11th and 13th chords, altered chords and dominants; and 20th century techniques such as: Impressionism, tone rows, set theory, pandiatonicism and polytonalism, meter and rhythm. This course also applies and develops the rhythmic, melodic, and harmonic materials of Music Theory and Musicianship III through ear training, sight singing, analysis, and dictation.

  • Prerequisites: MUSI 10C
  • Credit transferable: CSU, UC


MUSI 11 SIGHT READING AND EAR TRAINING

1 unit • LG-P/NP • Two hours lecture

This course offers lectures and exercises designed to develop the ability to recognize, read, and interpret symbols of music at sight.

  • Credit transferable: CSU, UC


MUSI 12 COMPUTER APPLICATIONS IN MUSIC

3 units • LG • Three hours lecture

This course provides an overview of computer applications in music with emphasis on notation programs, sampling and digital editing technologies. It is recommended that students take MUSI 10A and 10B or demonstrate to the instructor an intermediate knowledge of music notation.

  • Credit transferable: CSU, UC


MUSI 14A RECORDING ARTS I

3 units • LG-P/NP • Two hours lecture; three hours lab

This is an introduction to multi-track recording. The emphasis is on small studio setup and techniques. Lecture and labs cover the physics of sound, studio design, microphone applications, mixing, signal processing, principles of digital recording, and careers in audio.

  • Advisories: Eligibility for ENGL 1A
  • Credit transferable: CSU
  • General Ed. Credit: MPC, Area C


MUSI 14B RECORDING ARTS II

3 units • LG • Two hours lecture; three hours lab

This course is a continuation of MUSI 14A, with emphasis on current industry production techniques, including digital recording and mastering.

Individual projects and field trips are required.

  • Prerequisites: MUSI 14A
  • Credit transferable: CSU


MUSI 20 COLLEGE CHOIR

1 unit • LG • Two hours lab

This course is for the study, rehearsal, and public performance of literature appropriate to the college choir ensemble, with an emphasis on the development of skills needed to perform within a college choir ensemble. Different literature is studied each semester. Choice of ensemble is based on each student’s identified major instrument or voice. This course is designed for the entry-level singer and performs college choir repertoire that can be mastered in that time frame and that stresses the musical growth and success of the beginning singer.

May be taken four times for credit.

  • Prerequisites: Audition required
  • Credit transferable: CSU, UC
  • General Ed. Credit: MPC, Area E2


MUSI 21 I CANTORI

1 unit • LG • Three hours lab

This course is for the study, rehearsal, and public performance of literature appropriate to the choral ensemble, with an emphasis on the development of skills needed to perform within a choral ensemble. Different literature is studied each semester. Choice of ensemble is based on each student’s identified major instrument or voice. This course is designed for the advanced singer; it includes demanding choral repertoire that prepares the student for the skill level required for transfer to an upper division music curriculum in vocal performanceor vocal music education. May be taken four times for credit.

  • Prerequisite: Audition required
  • Credit transferable: CSU, UC


MUSI 22 CHAMBER SINGERS

1 unit • LG-P/NP • Three hours rehearsal/performance

This course is a study and performance of vocal chamber music from the sixteenth century to the contemporary period, to include jazz and American musicals.

  • Advisories: Vocal ensemble experience/music reading ability
  • Credit transferable: CSU, UC


MUSI 25 APPLIED MUSIC

.5 unit • LG • One hour lab scheduled; one hour lab by arrangement

This course consists of individualized study of the appropriate techniques and repertoire for the specific instrument or voice being studied. The emphasis is on the progressive development of skills needed for solo performance. Achievement is evaluated through a juried performance. May be taken four times for credit.

  • Advisories: Concurrent enrollment in an appropriate ensemble and in appropriate-level major preparation courses
  • Credit transferable: CSU, UC


MUSI 30 CONCERT BAND

1 unit • LG • Three hours lab

This course is for the study, rehearsal, and public performance of literature appropriate to the concert band ensemble, with an emphasis on the development of skills needed to perform within such an ensemble. Different literature is studied each semester. Choice of ensemble is based on each student’s identified major instrument. This course is designed for students whose performance medium is a woodwind, brass, or percussion instrument; it performs repertoire for the large
symphonic band. Because individual parts are tiered by difficulty level, this course can accommodate intermediate and advanced students.

This course is appropriate for students seeking transfer to an upper division curriculum in instrumental performance or instrumental music education. May be taken four times for credit.

  • Prerequisites: Audition required
  • Credit transferable: CSU, UC


MUSI 32 JAZZ ENSEMBLE

1 unit • LG • Three hours lab

This course is for the study, rehearsal, and public performance of literature appropriate to the contemporary jazz ensemble, with an emphasis on the development of skills needed to perform within a jazz ensemble. It covers understanding basic concepts of style, phrasing, and interpretation. Different literature is studied each semester. Choice of ensemble is based on each student’s identified major instrument or voice. This course studies and performs repertoire of the large jazz band or “stage band.” This course enhances students’ performance skill levels for transfer to an upper division jazz studies curriculum. May be taken four times for credit.

  • Prerequisites: Audition required
  • Credit transferable: CSU, UC


MUSI 33 STUDIO REHEARSAL BAND

.5-1 unit • LG-P/NP • One and one-half hours rehearsal/performance for each .5 unit of credit

Study and performance of contemporary jazz literature. Performance goals are those of a professional organization and a high degree of competency in the execution and interpretation of the literature is required.

Enrollment limitation: Demonstration of instrumental ability

  • Credit transferable: CSU


MUSI 34 SWING BAND

1 unit • LG-P/NP • Three hours rehearsal/performance

Study and performance of swing/dance music from the era of “Big Bands.” Performance goals are those of a professional organization. It is recommended that students demonstrate instrumental ability before enrolling.

  • Credit transferable: CSU, UC


MUSI 40 VOICE FUNDAMENTALS

1 unit • LG-P/NP • Two hours rehearsal/performance

Designed to assist in the development of the solo voice. Attention given to the fundamentals of voice production. Songs in standard literature for solo voice studies.

  • Credit transferable: CSU, UC


MUSI 44 WOODWIND INSTRUMENT: FLUTE – BEGINNING/INTERMEDIATE

1 unit • LG-P/NP • Two hours rehearsal/performance

Materials and techniques of appropriate level studied in detail.

  • Credit transferable: CSU, UC
  • General Ed. Credit: MPC, Area E2


MUSI 46 PERCUSSION INSTRUMENTS

1 unit • LG-P/NP • Two hours rehearsal/performance

Materials and techniques of appropriate level studied in detail. Study offered in standard percussion instruments.

  • Credit transferable: CSU, UC


MUSI 48A STRING INSTRUMENTS: BEGINNING GUITAR

1 unit • LG-P/NP • Two hours rehearsal/performance

Materials and techniques of appropriate level studied in detail.

  • Credit transferable: CSU, UC
  • General Ed. Credit: MPC, Area E2


MUSI 48B STRING INSTRUMENTS: INTERMEDIATE GUITAR

1 unit • LG-P/NP • Two hours rehearsal/performance

Continuation of MUSI 48A.

  • Prerequisites: MUSI 48A
  • Credit transferable: CSU, UC


MUSI 50A BEGINNING PIANO I

1 unit • LG-P/NP • Two hours rehearsal/performance

Piano instruction for the beginning student. Emphasis on keyboard familiarity; basic note and chord reading, with some ear-training.

  • Credit transferable: CSU, UC
  • General Ed. Credit: MPC, Area E2


MUSI 50B BEGINNING PIANO II

1 unit • LG-P/NP • Two hours rehearsal/performance

A continuation of MUSI 50A. It is recommended that students complete MUSI 50A or demonstrate to the instructor the equivalent keyboard skills.

  • Credit transferable: CSU, UC


MUSI 50C INTERMEDIATE PIANO

1 unit • LG-P/NP • Two hours rehearsal/performance

A continuation of MUSI 50B. It is recommended that students complete MUSI 50B or demonstrate to the instructor the equivalent keyboard skills.

  • Credit transferable: CSU, UC


MUSI 50D ADVANCED PIANO

1 unit • LG-P/NP • Two hours rehearsal/performance

A continuation of MUSI 50C. It is recommended that students complete MUSI 50C or demonstrate to the instructor the equivalent keyboard skills.

  • Credit transferable: CSU, UC


MUSI 55A JAZZ IMPROVISATION I

2 units • LG-P/NP • One hour lecture; two hours rehearsal/performance

For the beginning improvisor. Provides background in the art of improvisation and knowledge of the basic materials and practices necessary for improvising in the jazz idiom. Emphasis is on ear training, chord and scale construction, form, chord substitution, rhythmic, melodic and harmonic dictation and harmonic progressions. Analysis of songs and performances. Students should demonstrate intermediate ability on their chosen instrument.

  • Credit transferable: CSU, UC
  • General Ed. Credit: MPC, Area E2


MUSI 55B JAZZ IMPROVISATION II

2 units • LG-P/NP • One hour lecture; two hours rehearsal/performance

A continuation of MUSI 55A with emphasis on individual and/or group performance, and study of past and present improvisational styles. Students should demonstrate intermediate ability on their chosen instrument.

  • Credit transferable: CSU, UC


MUSI 60.2 PERFORMANCE WORKSHOP: STRING ENSEMBLE

1 unit • LG • Three hours lab

This course is a survey, analysis and performance of college-level string ensemble literature.

  • Prerequisites: Audition only
  • Credit transferable: CSU, UC


MUSI 199.1 TRAVEL STUDY: THE CHORAL MUSIC AND CULTURE OF POLAND, GERMANY, BELGIUM, AND HOLLAND

3 units • LG-P/NP • Total hours: Thirty-one hours lecture; eighty-two hours lab

This travel study course examines the music, culture, and art of Poland, Germany, Belgium, and Holland. It is open to both performers and non-performers. For performers, it includes lectures, tours of cultural sites, and performance of a series of choral concerts. For non-performers, it includes lectures, tours of cultural sites and attendance at concert performances.