Catalog: 2014–2015 Catalog Year

Course Descriptions

Music (MUS)

Liberal Arts Division

MUS 103: Voice Class I

Units (Credits): 3; Prerequisites: none

Teaches fundamentals of tone production, breath control and practical techniques involved in reading and interpreting songs.

MUS 104: Voice Class II

Units (Credits): 3; Prerequisites: MUS 103

Continues the skills learned in MUS 103.

MUS 107: Guitar Class I

Units (Credits): 2–3; Prerequisites: none

Studies basic guitar technique, and bluegrass, classical and rock styles. No previous musical training required.

MUS 108: Guitar Class II

Units (Credits): 2–3; Prerequisites: MUS 107 or consent of instructor

Continues development of skills learned in MUS 107.

MUS 111: Piano Class I

Units (Credits): 3; Prerequisites: none

Introduces the piano, including instruction in note reading, technique, theory and easy repertoire. Students work in a laboratory setting, each using their own electronic piano.

MUS 112: Piano Class II

Units (Credits): 3; Prerequisites: MUS 111 or consent of instructor

Provides a continuation of MUS 111, a class in basic piano technique and theory.

MUS 119: Harmonica Class I

Units (Credits): 3; Prerequisites: none

Introduces the diatonic harmonica, including instruction in note reading, playing techniques, theory and easy repertoire. Students work in a laboratory setting using their own diatonic harmonica. Note: Non-transferable for an NSHE baccalaureate degree. Non-applicable towards an AA or AS Degree.

MUS 120: Harmonica Class II

Units (Credits): 3; Prerequisites: MUS 119 or equivalent

Continues the skills learned in MUS 119. Note: Non-transferable for an NSHE baccalaureate degree. Non-applicable towards an AA or AS Degree.

MUS 121: Music Appreciation

Units (Credits): 3; Prerequisites: none

Analyzes styles and forms of music from the Middle Ages through the 20th century, and discusses musical instruments and major composers.

MUS 124: History of The American Musical Theatre

Units (Credits): 3; Prerequisites: none

Offers a cultural, musical and theatrical survey of musical theatre in the United States, from the mid-nineteenth century to the present.

MUS 125: History of Rock Music

Units (Credits): 3; Prerequisites: none

Explains how cultural, social, political and economic conditions have shaped rock music's evolution. Familiarizes the student with the history of rock music from its origins in Blues through contemporary rock styles. Prominent players and groups of each era will be covered, as well as sociological, economic and cultural factors that shaped the many styles of rock music. Extensive classroom listening will enhance the student's learning experience.

MUS 134: Jazz Appreciation

Units (Credits): 3; Prerequisites: none

Covers how jazz music's evolution as an art form unique to the United States has both shaped and reflected the construction of our national identity. Teaches how social and cultural events led to the development of jazz music from 1890 through the 1960's. Prominent players and groups of each era will be covered, as well as sociological, economic and cultural factors that shaped the many styles of American Jazz as evolved.

MUS 176: Musical Theatre Practicum

Units (Credits): 2–3; Prerequisites: none

Offers musical theatre techniques for singers, actors, pianist/coaches and stage managers, including production and performance.

MUS 203: Music Theory I

Units (Credits): 3; Prerequisites: none

Introduces students to counterpoint and harmony.

MUS 204: Music Theory II

Units (Credits): 3; Prerequisites: MUS 203

A continuation of the skills learned in MUS 203.

MUS 211: Sightsinging & Dictation I

Units (Credits): 1; Prerequisites: none

Introduces the techniques of reading music at sight and taking musical and rhythmic dictations without the aid of an instrument.

MUS 212: Sightsinging & Dictation II

Units (Credits): 1; Prerequisites: MUS 211

Continues the skills learned in MUS 211.

MUS 215: Technique of Songwriting

Units (Credits): 3; Prerequisites: none

Offers a practical course in composing pop music. Analysis of hit songs and discussion of songs written by the class. Each student will compose melodies and lyrics, helping the poet with music and the musician with poetry.

MUS 224: Special Studies in Music Literature

Units (Credits): 2–3; Prerequisites: pianists should be of intermediate level proficiency

Focuses in depth on a special topic in music literature. Topics might include Baroque, classical, romantic, or 20th century keyboard literature. Students will explore musical topics through both lecture and their own performance of representative works. Class may be repeated for up to six units.

MUS 233: Recording Techniques and MIDI I

Units (Credits): 2; Prerequisites: none

Covers topics such as the job market, mics, consoles, tape recorders, and special effects. Teaches concepts including signal flow, multi-tracking, EQ, signal processing, MIDI, mixing and mastering. Students will learn to turn a Mac or PC into a multi-track studio.

MUS 253: Jazz Improvisation I

Units (Credits): 2; Prerequisites: none

Introduces the techniques of jazz improvisation in a laboratory setting.

MUS 276: Musical Theatre Practicum

Units (Credits): 1–3; Prerequisites: Six units of MUS 176.

Continues skills learned in MUS 176.Repeatable up to nine units.



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