Course Descriptions - Music
MUS100 Basic Ensemble (1-0-1)

This course is designed to develop skills in music reading and ensemble performance. Class time is dedicated to sight-reading music in classical, jazz, and folk styles; reading and performing rhythm and scale exercises; and preparing music for performance.

MUS106 Ear Training and Sight Singing (3-0-3)

This course develops students' vocal competencies that include matching pitches, maintaining a pitch center, sight singing, and rhythmic reading. Ear training skills, including interval and triad identification, are developed. This course is recommended as preparation for a college music degree program audition. F, S

MUS112 Music Notation Software Basics (1-0-1)

This course introduces the essential aspects of music notation using the Sibelius music-writing software program. The course covers the notation of music for single instrument and voice, as well as small and large ensembles, and includes some rudimentary concepts of music arranging. Music-writing rules and traditions for score formats, notation, lyrics, dynamic expression, and text, are studied using various input methods such as the QWERTY keyboard and MIDI keyboard. This course assumes basic music reading and computer skills on the part of the student.

MUS115 Rock Music Style and Development (3-0-3)

This course explores the development of rock music in terms of musical style and societal influence. The course covers the pre-existing styles (pop, country and western, rhythm and blues, jazz, folk, gospel and classical music) that impacted the evolution of rock music. The development of music listening skills is emphasized with directed listening exercises to reinforce concepts of musical style and elements such as rhythm, pitch, dynamics, timbre and form. The role of rock music as a social, cultural, economic and political force is examined.

MUS121 The Enjoyment of Music I (3-0-3)

This course in the appreciation of art music of the Western world examines major styles, examples of the great musical works and composers, and relationships with the other arts. The vocabulary and materials of music are presented with examples from major style periods of music. This is followed by a survey of music beginning in the Middle Ages and continuing into the 21st Century. The development of listening skills is emphasized.

MUS127 Jazz Styles and Development (3-0-3)

This course introduces students to the styles and literature of jazz, a uniquely American art form, and its relationships to popular art music. The course covers jazz development, beginning with pre-jazz styles such as ragtime and blues, and proceeds to swing, bebop, cool, third stream, avant-garde, fusion and contemporary music.

MUS131 African American Music Survey (3-0-3)

This appreciation and literature course is a survey of African American musical genres and styles. Topics of study range from the slave and folk songs of 19th century America to the popular and classical compositions of the 20th and 21st century African Americans. An emphasis will be placed on the development of listening skills.

MUS135 Applied Music I (1-0-2)

Applied Music I is designed to enable the student to achieve basic competencies in performance. Students will study techniques and repertoire (with a private instructor) appropriate to the individual student's instrument or voice. The course is designed for personal musicianship enrichment. The course is also designed to prepare students for a college degree program entrance audition. F, S

MUS136 Applied Music II (1-0-2)

Applied Music II is designed to enable the student to achieve basic competencies in performance. Students will study technique and repertoire (with a private studio instructor) appropriate to the individual student's instrument or voice. The course is designed for personal musicianship enrichment. The course is also designed to prepare students for a college degree program entrance audition. F, S

MUS147 Music Fundamentals (3-0-3)

The basic course in fundamentals of tonal music is designed to develop competencies in the reading and writing of notes, scales, key signatures, intervals, chords, and rhythmic elements. F, S

MUS151 Theory I (2-0-2)

Theory I covers the fundamentals of tonal music, scales, modes, triads, seventh chords and cadences. This course prepares the student for more detailed analysis of rhythm, texture, and form, with an emphasis on basic harmony and eighteenth century voice leading practices. PR: Acceptance into music degree program CR: MUS 155 F

MUS152 Theory II (2-0-2)

Theory II builds on the concepts of Theory I and covers the 18th century voice leading practices, root movements and progressions, and figured bass theory usage. Dominant seventh chords and non-dominant seventh chords are introduced. Also included are secondary dominants, modulation, application of cadential formulas, and dance forms including binary and simple ternary forms. PR: MUS 151 CR: MUS 156 S

MUS155 Aural Skills I (1-1-1)

Aural Skills I is a skills development course designed to enhance performance through the recognition, mental imaging and vocal performance of a broad range of musical structures. The course begins with the fundamentals of tonal music, scales, rhythmic patterns, intervals, modes, triads, seventh chords, cadences, and chord patterns. Students are trained to aurally recognize, notate and vocally reproduce these elements. The course also emphasizes sight singing, harmonic and melodic dictation and the use of solfege as a learning and study tool. PR: Acceptance into music degree program CR: MUS 151 F

MUS156 Aural Skills II (1-1-1)

Aural Skills II is a skills development course designed to enhance performance through the recognition and mental imaging of a broad range of musical structures. It continues work in the fundamentals of tonal music: scales, rhythmic patterns, modes, triads, seventh chords, and chord patterns and introduces modulations, non-harmonic tones, inversions of seventh chords, and four-voice chord progressions and patterns. Students are trained to aurally recognize, notate and vocally reproduce these elements. The course also emphasizes sight singing and the use of solfege as a learning and study tool. PR: MUS 155 CR: MUS 152 S

MUS157 Conducting I (2-0-1)

This course introduces the basic techniques and competencies of conducting: posture and hand position, baton usage, foreign and technical terms, a survey of large ensemble repertoire, metric patterns in two, three, and four, instrumental transpositions, string bowings, score reading, preparation and analysis, preparatory gestures, gestures of syncopation, fermata and caesura problems. Prepare and conduct simple scores in class and analyze orchestral and other scores. Other topics will include rehearsal technique and interpretation. PR: MUS 152, MUS 257 F

MUS158 Conducting II (2-0-1)

This course continues study of the basic conducting techniques with simple, compound, asymmetric and subdivided metric patterns, as well as rehearsal techniques and planning. Separate instrumental and choral conducting techniques are introduced. Students learn a systematic procedure for marking scores and conduct scores in class. Other topics include cuing and left hand independence, changing tempi, concert programming and interpretation. PR: MUS 157 S

MUS161 Performance Organization I (0-0-1)

MUS 161, 162, 261, 262 are the performing ensembles of the SCCC Music Department. They include the Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, Chorus, Percussion Ensemble, Guitar Ensembles, Woodwind Chamber Ensemble and Vocal Chamber Ensemble. Participation in ensembles is open to all students by audition and/or permission of the Department. PR: Audition or permission of the Department F

MUS162 Performance Organization II (0-0-1)

PR: MUS 161 or permission of the Department S

MUS163 Performance Concentration I (2-0-2)

Performance Concentration I-IV are designed to develop the student's performance and teaching skills to the highest possible level through the careful study of techniques appropriate to the individual student's instrument or voice with a private studio instructor. Practical experience in performance and critical analysis will be emphasized in the weekly performance classes with division instructors. Practical experience in formal performance will be provided in the division recital. A final performance examination is administered by a faculty panel, including the instructor, at the conclusion of MUS 164 and MUS 264. Courses must be taken consecutively. PR: Acceptance into a music degree program CR: Appropriate major ensemble

MUS164 Performance Concentration II (2-0-2)

PR: MUS 163 CR: Appropriate major ensemble

MUS167 Percussion Techniques (1-0-1)

This course is designed to familiarize music students with the fundamentals of percussion performance pedagogy. Topics and activities will include snare and other drum techniques, timpani, mallet percussion, Latin and other non-Western styles, accessories and percussion ensembles. Not applicable for percussion concentration students. PR: approved entrance audition for music degree program

MUS169 Guitar Techniques (1-0-1)

This course is designed to develop basic competencies in guitar accompaniment for classroom singing and in teaching a beginning guitar class unit within a public school general music sequence. Not applicable for guitar concentration students. PR: approved entrance audition for music degree program

MUS171 Beginning Voice Class (2-0-2)

This course presents the fundamentals of basic vocal production. Instruction in vocal technique is based upon songs and vocalizes with emphasis upon principles of breathing and placement. Beginning Voice Class is recommended for development of a foundation for the singing voice using classical vocal techniques and repertoire. F, S

MUS178 Audio Recording I (3-0-3)

This course introduces the basic elements of sound as well as sound generation and recording. The course focuses primarily on the routing of sound in a virtual mixing console environment and the principals of recording and tracking. Equipment used for tracking such as preamps, various types of microphones, compressors and limiters are introduced. This course also presents the basic Pro Tools software principles required to complete a recording project from intial set up to final mix. Industry- specific terms used by recording engineers to describe and measure sound levels and frequency content are covered. PR: MUS 147 or admission to music degree program CR: MUS 106 or MUS 151

MUS179 Audio Recording II (3-0-3)

This course builds on and is a continuation of MUS 178 Audio Recording I. Utilizing AVID ProTools software in conjunction with a Pro Control 24 automated mixing console and an Avid M-box, a variety of audio projects such as music, radio commercials, and TV commercials are undertaken. Course projects incorporate mixing and mastering techniques using multi-band compression, equalization and limiting. PR: MUS 178, admission to Music Degree program CR: MUS 152

MUS180 Introduction to Music Therapy (1-0-1)

This course is an orientation to the music therapy field. career field. It presents the historical background and philosophical bases of music therapy and functions of music therapist as a health-field professional.

MUS181 Beginning Piano (2-0-2)

This course provides group instruction for beginning level students. Students learn to read music and develop technical facility at the piano through preparation and performance of progressively difficult music. Keyboard ensemble activities provide additional opportunities for musical development. F, S

MUS182 Intermediate Piano (2-0-2)

This course provides group instruction for intermediate level students. Students further develop music skills and technical facility at the piano through preparation and performance of progressively difficult music. Keyboard ensemble activities provide additional opportunities for musical development. PR: MUS 181 or consent of department F, S

MUS195 Music Experimental (3-0-3)

This course in an introduction to the basic elements of sound as well as sound generation and recording. The course will focus primarily on the routing of sound in a virtual mixing console environment and the principles of recording and and tracking. Equipment used for tracking such as pre-amps, various types of microphones, compressors and limiters will be introduced. This course also presents the basic Pro Tools software principles required to complete a recording project from initial set up to final mix. Industry-specific terms used by recording engineers to describe and measure sound levels and frequency content will be covered. PR: MUS 152, 156

MUS230 Live Sound Reinforcement (3-0-3)

This course introduces concepts and techniques of sound amplification and reinforcement of live music. The course covers equipment selection and use, systems design, aural training for various aspects of live sound, mixing, monitors and microphone selection and placement. PR: MUS 152

MUS231 Music Business (3-0-3)

This course explores practical, legal and procedural problems encountered in the music industry with emphasis upon music merchandising, music publishing, recording, arts management, copyright law and licensing. S

MUS232 Jazz Improvisation I (2-0-2)

This course provides an introduction to the study of jazz improvisation. Topics include chord scales, modes, arpeggios and harmonic formulae. Special emphasis will be placed on common compositional structures including AABA and blues forms. Material to be studied will include jazz standards by Gershwin, Ellington, Charlie Parker, and others. PR: MUS 152

MUS235 Music Business II (3-0-3)

This course continues examination, begun in MUS 231, of practical, legal, and procedural problems encountered in the music industry with emphasis upon music publishing, recording, arts management, emerging trends and technologies, career options, artist management, and the recording industry.

MUS251 Theory III (2-0-2)

Theory III builds on the concepts of Theory II (MUS 152) and covers borrowed chords, extensions (9th, 11th, and 13th chords), Neapolitan 6th chords, augmented 6th chords, variation technique, and rondo forms. The course begins with a review of the basic concepts of Theory II. PR: MUS 152 CR: MUS 255 F

MUS252 Theory IV (2-0-2)

Theory IV builds on the concepts of Theory III (MUS 251) and covers two-voice eighteenth century counterpoint, altered dominants, chromatic mediants, enharmonic modulation, common tone diminished 7th chords. There is a focus on the analysis of sonata form. Twentieth century techniques include Impressionism, twelve-tone technique, and pitch class sets. The course includes a review of classical and romantic forms. PR: MUS 251 CR: MUS 256

MUS255 Aural Skills III (1-1-1)

This course continues with the fundamentals of tonal music, scales, rhythmic patterns, modes, triads, seventh chords, and chord patterns and includes modulations, non-harmonic tones, inversion of seventh chords and four-voice chord progressions and patterns. It adds chromatic and secondary harmonies, ninth chords and non-traditional meters. Students are trained to aurally recognize, notate and vocally reproduce these elements. The course also emphasizes sight singing and the use of solfeggio as a learning and study tool. PR: MUS 156 CR: MUS 251 F

MUS256 Aural Skills IV (1-1-1)

This course continues with the fundamentals of tonal music, scales, rhythmic patterns, modes, triads, seventh chords and chord patterns, and includes modulations, non-harmonic tones, inversion of seventh chords, four-voice chord progressions and patterns, chromatic and secondary harmonies, ninth chords, borrowed chords, altered dominant harmony, chromatic mediant harmonies, foreign modulation, and non-functional harmony. It adds Impressionist devices, 12-tone technique and other 20th century elements. The course also emphasizes sight-singing and the use of solfeggio as a learning a study tool. Preparing for transfer auditions is emphasized. PR: MUS 255 CR: MUS 252 S

MUS257 Literature and Style I (3-0-3)

Literature and Style I is a comprehensive survey of Western art music styles of the Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, and Classic periods. PR: Successful music degree program audition CR: MUS 151, 155

MUS258 Literature and Style II (3-0-3)

Literature and Style II is a comprehensive survey of Romanitic, Twentieth Century, contemporary and jazz art music styles. PR: MUS 257 CR: MUS 152, 156

MUS261 Performance Organization III (0-0-1)

PR: MUS 162 or permission of the Department F

MUS262 Performance Organization IV (0-0-1)

PR: MUS 261 or permission of the Department S

MUS263 Performance Concentration III (2-0-2)

PR: MUS 164 CR: Appropriate major ensemble

MUS264 Performance Concentration IV (2-0-2)

PR: MUS 263 CR: Appropriate major ensemble

MUS270 Studio Literature (1-0-1)

This course is presented as a series of one-on-one sessions with the student's performance concentration instructor. The student will be guided through the study of historically, theoretically and technically significant literature for the student's concentration. Recorded performances will be studied to reinforce the student's understanding of style and performance practices. This course is intended to prepare the student for MUS 212 (Recital). The student will be guided through the process of selecting an appropriate recital program for performance in a subsequent semester. Aspects of the program may include works that feature a variety of composition and performance styles as wel as works from appropriate historical periods. PR: Approval of music department faculty and studio instructor CR: MUS 163, 164, 263 or 264 F

MUS272 Recital (1-0-1)

This course is presented in a series of one-on-one sessions with the student's performance concentration instructor. The student will be guided through the process of planning, preparing and performing a solo recital. Repertoire selections will be the end result of MUS 270, Studio Literature. In addition to the musical preparation, the student will be guided through the coordination of each aspect of the recital, from the facilities arrangements to the actual performance. PR: MUS 270 CR: MUS 163, 164, 263 or 264

MUS278 Audio Recording III (3-0-3)

This course builds on and is a continuation of MUS 179 Audio Recording II. In a live recording studio environment individual audio recording projects are formulated, designed and completed using AVID ProTools software. Course projects incorporate advanced recording, mixing, mastering, compression, and microphone techniques. PR: MUS 179

MUS280 Music Business Internship (12-0-3)

This course provides students with a structured practical experience in a professional music business environment. The experience may be in audio recording, live sound, music management, or live music production, according to students' interests. The course requires 100 hours of supervised field experience and 12 hours of classroom instruction.

MUS283 Music in Contemporary Education (3-2-3)

This comprehensive overview of the professional world of music in education deals with the process of learning; goals and objectives; bases for selection of strategies, materials, and functional techniques; and evaluative considerations within a consistent philosophical rationale related to contemporary educational environ- ment. Selected teaching opportunities and observations in school music classrooms provide resources for developing teaching foundations. Emphasis is upon school grades K-6. Thirty (30) clock hours of supervised observation in local public schools are an integral part of this course. PR: MUS 152 and 156 F

MUS284 Music in Contemporary Education II (3-1-3)

This course provides an overview of current methods, materials and practices in secondary school music instruction. The course covers all aspects of teaching music at the secondary school level, with emphasis on active learning that engages students and involves them directly in the learning process. Particular attention is given to the developmental needs and interests of secondary school students. Thirty clock-hours of supervised observation in local public schools and in-class teaching opportunities are an integral part of this course. P: MUS 152, MUS 156

MUS285 Brass Techniques (2-0-2)

This course is designed to familiarize music students with the fundamentals of brass instruments pedagogy. Topics and activities include learning to play trumpet and trombone, and class discussions and demonstrations of other instruments including horn, tuba, and euphonium. Special attention will be given to common problems of beginning level students, basic maintenance, and accessories. PR: MUS 152, MUS 156

MUS286 Woodwind Techniques (2-0-2)

This course is designed to develop basic performance and pedagogical skills for woodwind instruments. In addition to performance development, course topics include acoustics, embouchure development, breathing, instrument selection, and basic maintenance and repair. PR: MUS 152, 156 S

MUS287 Keyboard Techniques I (1-0-1)

This course develops functional keyboard skills including harmonization and accompaniment, improvisation and analysis. Course activities include music reading, performance, harmonic progressions, scales, and transposition exercises. PR: successful music degree program audition

MUS288 Keyboard Techniques II (1-0-1)

This course continues the development of functional keyboard skills including pedagogy, harmonization and accompaniment in various styles, improvisation, and analysis begun in MUS 287. Course activities include music reading, performance, harmonic progressions, scales, and transposition exercises. PR: MUS 287

MUS289 Keyboard Techniques III (1-0-1)

This course continues the development of functional keyboard skills including performance preparation, pedagogy, harmonization and accompaniment in various styles, improvisation, and analysis. Course activities include music reading, performance, harmonic progressions, major and minor scales, and transposition exercises. PR: MUS 288

MUS295 Music Experimental (3-0-3)




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