Music

Division: Fine Arts

Division Dean 

Dr. Katy Realista

Faculty

Gary Gopar
Terra Hurdle
Marcus McMillan

Counselors

Renay Laguana-Ferinac
Renee Ssensalo

Course Repeatability Limitations

Effective 2013, most active participatory courses in Art, Dance, Theater, Music, and Physical Education are no longer repeatable. The courses in the table below are related in content and therefore have been identified in distinct “family” groupings in which students are limited to a maximum of 4 course enrollments per family (withdrawals and substandard grades will be counted towards the 4 enrollment maximum). Note: Exceptions for courses still designated as repeatable are indicated in course descriptions of the college catalog and class schedules with the statement, “May be taken for credit ____ times.” If students are majoring in any of these disciplines, they are advised to see their counselor to discuss options.

Discipline Family/Related Courses Courses Related in Content
Music Jazz Voice MUS 157 C, MUS 229 C
Classical Instrumental MUS 130 C, MUS 131 C, MUS 143 C, MUS 146 C
Applied Music Applied Piano MUSA 130 C, MUSA 238 C
Applied Keyboard MUSA 131 C, MUSA 132 C, MUSA 231 C, MUSA 232 C
Applied Concert MUSA 104 C, MUSA 105 C, MUSA 106 C, MUSA 107 C
Applied Voice (Classical) MUSA 111 C, MUSA 112 C, MUSA 210 C
Applied Guitar MUSA 120 C, MUSA 121 C, MUSA 221 C
Music Exceptions Courses Maintaining Repeatability CSU, UC, Required courses 1 Plus 3 Repeats MUS 225 C, Music Ensemble Courses: MUS 163 C, MUS 175 C, MUS 260 C, MUS 261 C, MUS 273 C, MUS 274 C, MUS 276 C, MUS 279 C, MUS 280 C, MUS 281 C, MUS 282 C, MUS 283 C, MUS 285 C, MUS 287 C

Music Transfer Program

Students should consult a counselor or www.assist.org for lower division major requirements for most California public universities. (See the Standard Definitions section of the catalog for a description of ASSIST.) Students transferring to an independent college/university should consult the catalog of the individual school and a counselor for lower division major requirements.

MUS 101 C Music Fundamentals 3 Units

Term hours: 54 lecture. This cross cultural course covers the elements of sound, their application and effect in musical structures. The historical evolution of music, notation, and its understanding and application are presented in an international societal context. It is open to all students Note: No UC credit if taken after MUS 103AC. (UC Credit Limitation/CSU, AA GE/CSU GE/C-ID: MUS 100)

MUS 102 C Music Reading 3 Units

Term hours: 54 lecture. This course is designed to teach students how to read music from the printed page. Participants will learn basic skills, such as identifying note names and rhythm values, and will progress to the primary levels of sightsinging and developing the inner ear, a skill vital to every musician. (UC/CSU)

MUS 103 C Theory I 3 Units

Advisory: MUS 101 C and MUSA 131 C. Students should have a practical understanding of

Corequisite: MUS 104 C with a grade of C or better. Students should have a practical understanding of music fundamentals, and basic keyboard skills. Term hours: 54 lecture. This is the first course in music theory for music majors. 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. (UC/CSU, AA GE, CSU GE, IGETC/C-ID: MUS 120)

MUS 104 C Musicianship I 1 Unit

Advisory: MUS 101 C and MUSA 131 C or student should have a practical understanding of music fundamentals, and basic keyboard skills.

Corequisite: MUS 103 C with a grade of C or better. Term hours: 18 lecture and 18 laboratory. This course applies and develops the rhythmic, melodic, and harmonic materials of Music Theory I through ear training, sight singing, analysis, and dictation. (UC/CSU/C-ID: MUS 125)

MUS 105 C  Theory II (formerly MUS 103BC) 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): MUS 103 C with a grade of C or better.

Advisory: MUSA 132 C

Corequisite: MUS 106 C with a grade of C or better. This course incorporates the concepts from Music Theory 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. (UC/CSU/C-ID: MUS 130)

MUS 106 C Musicianship II 1 Unit

Prerequisite(s): MUS 104 C with a grade of C or better.

Advisory: MUS 132 C or proficiency audition.

Corequisite: MUS 105 C with a grade of C or better. This course applies and develops the rhythmic, melodic, and harmonic materials of Music Theory II through ear training, sight singing, analysis, and dictation. (UC/CSU/C-ID: MUS 135)

MUS 108 C  Introduction to Music Technology 3 Units

Term hours: 36 lecture and 72 laboratory. This course covers the following basic aspects of music technology: computer skills, software-based sequencing, synthesis, MIDI, sampling, notation, principles of sound, microphones, introduction to digital audio, signal processing, mixers and mixing, recording principles, cables and interconnects, and audio in live performance. (CSU)

MUS 111 C The Music Business 3 Units

Term hours: 54 lecture. From copyrights to contracts, this course covers the essential elements of the music industry for performers, songwriters, producers, and managers. Topics include intellectual property law (copyrights), management contracts, publishing companies, performance rights societies, licensing procedures, record manufacturing and distribution, and an overall look at the dynamics of the music and entertainment industries. Guest speakers will appear according to availability. (CSU)

MUS 113 C Jazz History 3 Units

Term hours: 54 lecture. This is a survey course which traces the history and development of jazz music from its inception to the present day. The music, both live and from recordings, is studied from a cultural, musical, historical, and sociological standpoint. Concert attendance is required. Open to all students. (UC/CSU, AA GE, CSU GE, IGETC, CUL DIV)

MUS 114 C History of Hip Hop - Rap 3 Units

Term hours: 54 lecture. This survey course traces hip hop rap music from its inception to the present day. The music, both live and from recording, is studied from a cultural, musical, historical and sociological standpoint. Concert attendance is required. (UC/CSU)

MUS 116 C Music Appreciation 3 Units

Term hours: 54 lecture. This course is a survey of music literature from the Middle Ages to the present. Students will gain an understanding of music as an art form through listening and discussion of choral, orchestral, solo, opera, chamber and jazz works. Concert attendance is required. Open to all students, but designed for the non-music major. (UC/CSU, AA GE, CSU GE, IGETC/C-ID: MUS 100)

MUS 117 C American Popular Music 3 Units

Term hours: 54 lecture. This course is a historical and musical study of American popular music from its origin to the present. The primary focus will be on musical styles with secondary emphasis on sociological, political and economic conditions which influenced the music of America. Concert attendance required. Pass/No Pass/Letter Grade Option. (UC/CSU, AA GE, CSU GE, IGETC)

MUS 118 C Introduction to Opera 3 Units

Term hours: 54 lecture. This course is an introduction to the standard operatic repertoire in terms of development of musical style, dramatic structure, and performance tradition. Emphasis is on elements of the art of operatic singing, voice classification, vocal range and technique, and dramatic values. Opportunities for attendance at operatic performances will be provided. Cost of music concert will not exceed $30.00. Duplicate credit not granted for MUS 118HC. Pass/No Pass/Letter Grade Option. (UC/CSU, AA GE, CSU GE, IGETC)

MUS 118HC Honors Introduction to Opera 3 Units

Term hours: 54 lecture. This course offers an Introduction to Opera course enhanced for honors students in a seminar type setting. Students will survey the standard operatic repertoire in terms of development of musical style, dramatic structure and performance tradition with emphasis on the appreciation of the art of operatic singing, voice classification, vocal technique and dramatic values. Opportunities for field trips and seminars with performers and directors are included. Cost of music concert will not exceed $30. Duplicate credit not granted for MUS 118 C. (UC/CSU, AA GE, CSU GE, IGETC)

MUS 119 C History of Rock Music 3 Units

Term hours: 54 lecture. From its earliest beginnings to the present day, this course surveys the inception, evolution, and development of Rock music in America and abroad. In addition to in-depth studies of Rock music and the artists who created it, students will examine the sociological, political, and economic conditions which influence its development. (UC/CSU, AA GE, CSU GE, IGETC)

MUS 120 C Survey of Music History 3 Units

Term hours: 54 lecture. This course is designed for music majors or non-majors with some musical background. Students will study Western stylistical trends, major forms and theory from antiquity to the present. Recordings, video tapes, and live musical performances are used to emphasize material covered in class discussions. (UC/CSU, AA GE, CSU GE, IGETC)

MUS 124 C Recording Studio I 3 Units

Advisory: MUS 108 C

Term hours: 36 lecture and 54 laboratory. This course covers the fundamental concepts in audio recording technology. Topics include studio business practices, microphones, mixers, signal processors, the sound field, monitors, recording and editing devices, and synchronization. (CSU)

MUS 127 C Music in Film 3 Units

Term hours: 54 lecture. This course traces the history and development of film music through reading, lecture and film viewing. The class studies the process of film scoring and how music and its relationship to film have changed over the last century. Class includes discussion and evaluation of different compositional styles and learning to listen critically to film scores while viewing movies. (UC/CSU, CSU GE)

MUS 131 C Electric Bass 1 Unit

Term hours: 18 lecture and 18 laboratory. This course uses group instruction to teach general techniques for the electric bass guitar. Blues, R&B, rock, pop and jazz styles are emphasized. (UC/CSU)

MUS 143 C Beginning Strings 1 Unit

Term hours: 18 lecture and 18 laboratory. This course teaches the fundamental of string playing for anyone interested in learning to play the violin, viola, violoncello, or string bass. Students must supply their own instruments. Open to all students, no previous experience necessary. (UC/CSU)

MUS 146 C Woodwind Class 1 Unit

Term hours: 18 lecture and 18 laboratory. This is a course for students who wish to play flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, or saxophone. Students must supply their own instruments. Open to all students, no previous experience necessary. (UC/CSU)

MUS 152 C Percussion Class 1 Unit

Term hours: 18 lecture and 18 laboratory. This is a course for students who wish to play drums, timpani, mallet instruments, and other percussion instruments. The class will emphasize basic music reading and rhythmical accuracy. Open to all students, no previous experience necessary. Pass/No Pass/Letter Grade Option. (UC/CSU)

MUS 156 C  Jazz Improvisation - Instrumental 1 Unit

Prerequisite(s): Audition to evaluate and assess the student's qualifications (proficiency) is required for enrollment

Term hours: 18 lecture and 36 laboratory. This course provides intermediate level instrumental students with the tools and techniques for jazz improvisation. Analysis of harmonic and melodic materials, extensive listening, and performance exercises will assist the student in his/her development as an improviser. (UC/CSU)

MUS 157 C Jazz Improvisation - Vocal 1 Unit

Term hours: 18 lecture and 36 laboratory. This course offers vocal students training in jazz song-styling techniques focusing on swing, ballad, Latin, blues, and contemporary styles. Topics include rhythmic and melodic improvisation, microphone technique, and scat singing. (UC/CSU)

MUS 175 C Swing Band 1 Unit

Prerequisite(s): Audition

Term hours: 72 laboratory. This course will involve rehearsal and concert performance of swing music in the style of the "Big Band Era" from the 1930's to 1950's. May be taken for credit 4 times. (UC/CSU/C-ID: MUS 180)

MUS 176 C Popular Songwriting 3 Units

Advisory: MUS 101 C or MUS 103 C

Term hours: 54 lecture. This is an introductory to intermediate course in popular songwriting. Students will learn keyboard skills and notation. They will analyze melody, harmony, song form, rhythm, and lyrics as they apply to popular music. Emphasis will be placed on original compositions and composition by well-known songwriters and recording artists. (CSU)

MUS 177 C Songwriting Workshop 3 Units

Term hours: 54 lecture. This course is an intermediate to advanced workshop in popular songwriting. Students will analyze melody, harmony, song form, rhythm, and lyrics as they apply to popular songs. Emphasis will be placed on original compositions, while studying compositions by well-known songwriters and recording artists. (CSU)

MUS 178 C Digital Music Technology 3 Units

Term hours: 54 lecture and 36 laboratory. This course is a comprehensive study of how digital technology is used in the music industry today. Designed for students with interest in songwriting, recording, audio production, and/or multimedia. Students will get hands-on experience with MIDI, keyboard synthesizers, sound modules, sequencers, sound editors, notation software, audio file formats (.wav, .mp3, .mid, etc.), and mastering to compact disc. (CSU)

MUS 203 C Theory III 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): MUS 105 C with a grade of C or better.

Advisory: MUSA 231 C

Corequisite: MUS 204 C with a grade of C or better. This course incorporates the concepts from Music Theory 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. (UC/CSU/C-ID: MUS 140)

MUS 204 C Musicianship III 1 Unit

Prerequisite(s): Completion of or concurrent enrollment in MUS 106 C with a grade of C or better.

Corequisite: MUS 203 C with a grade of C or better. Advisory: MUSA 231 C Term hours: 18 lecture and 18 laboratory. This course applies and develops the rhythmic, melodic, and harmonic materials of Music Theory III through ear training, sight singing, analysis, and dictation. (UC/CSU/C-ID: MUS 145)

MUS 205 C  Theory IV (formerly MUS 203BC) 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): MUS 203 C with a grade of C or better.

Advisory: MUS 232 C

Corequisite: MUS 206 C with a grade of C or better. Term hours: 54 lecture. This course incorporates the concepts from Music Theory 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. (UC/CSU/C-ID: MUS 150)

MUS 206 C Musicianship IV 1 Unit

Prerequisite(s): MUS 204 C with a grade of C or better.

Advisory: MUS 232 C

Corequisite: MUS 205 C with a grade of C or better. Term hours: 18 lecture and 18 laboratory. This course applies and develops the rhythmic, melodic, and harmonic materials of Music Theory IV through ear training, sight singing, analysis, and dictation. (UC/CSU/C-ID: MUS 155)

MUS 212 C  Music Promotion and Distribution 3 Units

Term hours: 54 lecture. In this course, music entrepreneurs will learn business procedures to form their own company, emphasizing strategies for the sale and promotion of music. This course covers topics such as the music marketing environment, hands-on marketing techniques, online sales and promotion, and the effects of technology in music publishing. (CSU)

MUS 222 C Audio Production for Film I 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Mastery

This course explores audio recording, editing and mixing using digital audio workstations. Topics include an introduction to the process of film production, field recording, sound effects and sound design, and synchronizing audio to video. (CSU)

MUS 223 C Audio Production for Film II 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Mastery, MUS 108 C and MUS 222 C with a grade of C or better.

Term hours: 36 lecture and 72 laboratory. This course explores audio recording, editing and mixing using digital audio workstations. Topics include ADR, Foley, music editing, and final delivery. (CSU)

MUS 225 C Applied Music 1 Unit

Prerequisite(s): Audition and concurrent enrollment in a performing ensemble

Term hours: 27 (Private instruction included). This course is for the student seeking individual instruction on piano, voice, guitar, or any standard band or orchestra instrument. A performance at Faculty Juries is required each semester. Vocal and instrumental students should concurrently enroll in a choir or band class, pianists and guitarists should consult with faculty for an appropriate concurrent course. May be taken for credit 4 times. (UC/CSU/C-ID: MUS 160)

MUS 229 C Vocal Repertoire 1 Unit

Term hours: 18 lecture and 18 laboratory. This course provides a workshop environment for the study of vocal repertoire at the intermediate-to-advanced level. Repertoire will be drawn from traditional styles such as art songs, lieder, arias, and oratorios, as well as jazz, musical theater, and contemporary music. Students will focus on the development of their lyric diction and performance skills while being exposed to a wide variety of vocal literature. (CSU)

MUS 235 C Commercial Guitar and Bass 1 Unit

Prerequisite(s): Audition

Term hours: 18 lecture and 18 laboratory. This course emphasizes blues, jazz, and rock techniques for intermediate-to-advanced guitarists and bassists. Topics include scales in all positions, chords, arpeggios, accompaniment styles, reading chord charts and sheet music, and practical theory. Students will obtain vocational "real world" experience to prepare them for careers as a professional guitarist and/or bassist. (UC/CSU)

MUS 238 C Popular Piano 1 Unit

Prerequisite(s): MUS 131 C with a grade of C or better or audition.

Term hours: 18 lecture and 18 laboratory. This course deals with the study of basic chords to allow keyboard freedom in improvising and song arranging with the use of melody and accompaniment to develop a creative style of playing, essential in popular music. It is designed for non-music majors as well as music majors. (UC/CSU)

MUS 260 C Classical Guitar Ensemble 1 Unit

Prerequisite(s): Audition

Term hours: 18 lecture and 18 laboratory. This course is dedicated to the rehearsal and performance of standard and contemporary duets, trios, quartets, and large ensemble pieces for the classical guitar. The ensemble participates in a department recital each semester. May be taken for credit 4 times. (UC/CSU)

MUS 261 C String Ensemble 1 Unit

Prerequisite(s): Audition

Term hours: 18 lecture and 18 laboratory. This course is dedicated to the rehearsal and performance of standard and contemporary duets, trios, quartets, and large ensemble pieces for the violin, viola, cello and contrabass. The ensemble participates in a department recital each semester. May be taken for credit 4 times. (UC/CSU)

MUS 273 C Concert Band 1 Unit

Prerequisite(s): Audition

Term hours: 54 hours rehearsal in sectional rehearsals, recording, program production and/or concerts. In this course the student will be involved in the rehearsal and performance of standard wind and band literature. Performances required in the course of the semester may include concerts and tours. May be taken for credit 4 times. (UC/CSU/C-ID: MUS 180)

MUS 276 C Jazz Band 1 Unit

Prerequisite(s): Audition

Term hours: 72 laboratory. The lab hours for this course include sectional rehearsals, recording, program production and/or concerts. This course studies the rehearsal and performance of jazz band literature. Sight reading is emphasized as a musical concept. The band performs in concert each semester, and student compositions and arrangements are encouraged. May be taken for credit 4 times. (UC/CSU/C-ID: MUS 180)

MUS 280 C Jazz/Musical Theater Choir 1 Unit

Prerequisite(s): Audition

Term hours: 54 hours in sectional rehearsals, recording, program production and/or concerts. This course is a vocal ensemble for beginning to advanced singers that focuses on repertoire from jazz, musical theater and popular styles. The ensemble will perform in concerts and may also participate in music festivals appropriate to this type of vocal group. Open to both music majors and non-majors. May be taken for credit 4 times. (UC/CSU, AA GE/C-ID: MUS 180)

MUS 281 C Concert Choir 1 Unit

Prerequisite(s): Audition

Term hours: 54 hours in sectional rehearsals, recording, program production and/or concerts. The students in this course perform an extensive repertoire ranging from Renaissance, Classical, and Baroque selections to contemporary Spirituals, Jazz, and Musical Theater. The choir presents four major concerts each season and participates in regional choral festivals. Open to all singers from the college and neighboring communities. Prospective singers should call for an audition appointment. May be taken for credit 4 times. (UC/CSU)

MUS 282 C Cypress Masterworks Chorale 1 Unit

Prerequisite(s): Audition

Term hours: 54 hours in sectional rehearsals, recording, program production and/or concerts. The students in this course (80-110 singers), presents four major concerts each year with emphasis on masterworks for choir and orchestra. The Chorale participates in regional music festivals, performs at numerous locations throughout the Los Angeles basin, and tours internationally. Open to students and members of the community with prior singing experience. May be taken for credit 4 times. (UC/CSU, AA GE/C-ID: MUS 180)

MUS 283 C Cypress Singers 1 Unit

Prerequisite(s): Audition

Term hours: 54 hours in sectional rehearsals, recording, program production and/or concerts. The students in this course are a group of 18 sopranos and altos which rehearse and perform a variety of repertoire ranging from Renaissance madrigals to contemporary music. The Singers perform in concerts and festivals each year as scheduling permits. Open to both music majors and non-majors by audition. May be taken for credit 4 times. (UC/CSU/C-ID: MUS 180)

MUS 285 C Chamber Singers 1 Unit

Prerequisite(s): Audition

Term hours: 54 hours in sectional rehearsals, recording, program production and/or concerts. The students in this course are a select group of 24 mixed voices performing a variety of classical repertoire ranging from Renaissance madrigals to contemporary literature. The ensemble performs four major concerts per year, participates in regional music festivals, and performs at numerous locations throughout the Los Angeles basin. Open to both students and members of the community with extensive singing experience. May be taken for credit 4 times. (UC/CSU/C-ID: MUS 180)

MUS 287 C Vocal Jazz Ensemble 1 Unit

Prerequisite(s): Audition

Term hours: 18 lecture and 36 hours in sectional rehearsals, recording, program production and/or concerts. This course focuses on the rehearsal and performance of traditional and contemporary vocal jazz repertoire accompanied by a small instrumental ensemble. Some emphasis will be placed upon vocal improvisation in the jazz style. The ensemble will perform in concerts and may also participate in jazz and choral music festivals. Student compositions and arrangements are encouraged. May be taken for credit 4 times. (UC/CSU/C-ID: MUS 180)

MUS 295 C Music Internship 1-4 Units

Term hours: 18 lecture and 61.20-241.20 laboratory. This course is designed to give the student credit for work experience at a related occupational worksite, while being concurrently enrolled in a vocational major. For each unit of credit, a minimum of 75 paid or 60 unpaid worksite internship hours is required. The internship allows students to apply knowledge gained in college courses to an actual work setting, sample career choices and improve job-readiness skills. Supplemental reading and course assignments required. May be taken for credit 4 times. Pass/No Pass/Letter Grade option. (CSU)

MUS 298 C Music Seminar 0.5-12 Units

Term hours: 0-216 lecture and/or 0-936 laboratory depending on units attempted. Various classes may be offered which are designed to meet the interests and needs of students. Pass/No Pass/Letter Grade option. (CSU/UC Credit Limitation)

MUS 299 C Music - Independent Study 1-2 Units

Prerequisite(s): Approved Independent Study Learning Contract

Term hours: 16-36 lecture. This course is designed for students who wish to increase their knowledge and experience in performance or applied areas. Unit credit may range from 1 to 2 units in any given semester. Consult the class schedule to verify credit for a particular term. May be taken for credit 4 times. (UC Credit Limitation/CSU)

The courses taught by this department contribute to the General Education and Basic Skills Program Learning Outcomes. Please refer to General Education and Basic Skills Program Learning Outcomes.

Music Department

  • Given a variety of music materials and subject matter, students will be able to critically analyze the content and creation through composition, process, and music historical context.
  • Given a variety of music materials and subject matter, students will be able to discuss the content and creation of music, through composition, process, and music historical context.
  • Given a variety of music materials and subject matter, students will be able to identify the content and creation through composition, process, and music historical context.
  • Given a variety of music materials and subject matter, students will be able to personalize the social and psychological aspects of the content and creation through composition, process and music historical context.