Music Department

Music Department - Class Offerings

MUS 0506 - Community Choir

0 units, 22.4-25.2 lecture hours / 25.6-28.8 lab hours
Pass/No Pass

This course includes the study and performance of standard choral literature. Music from the 16th Century to the modern will be prepared for public performance. (NDA)

MUS 0507 - Community Chamber Singers

0 units, 22.4-25.2 lecture hours / 25.6-28.8 lab hours
Pass/No Pass

A select choral ensemble of experienced singers who will perform at various college and community functions. Repertoire includes folk songs, madrigals, spirituals, and additional music, all of which requires advanced singing ability. Specific attention will be paid to the aging voice regarding vocal production. The final musical goal will be performances enjoyable to both the performers and audience members. (NDA)

MUS 0508 - Community Barbershop Chorus for Older Adults

0 units, 22.4-25.2 lecture hours / 25.6-28.8 lab hours
Pass/No Pass

MUS 0508 is a performing ensemble that seeks to understand, perform, and preserve 4-part, acapella music in the style popularized beginning at the turn of the 20th Century. Other 4-part acapella music will be explored as well. Vocal production and care for the aging voice, understanding of proper tuning, balance, blend and harmonizing will be the musical focus with the final goal being performances enjoyable and appropriate to aging performers and all audience members. (NDA)

MUS 0511 - Community Concert Band

0 units, 5.76-25.2 lecture hours / 6.24-28.8 lab hours
Pass/No Pass

This is a traditional "Concert Band" ensemble. Various styles of music will be studied including marches, overtures, novelty works, and contemporary compositions. Learners develop skills playing instruments of personal interest as well as enhance fine motor skill development for the later life learner. (NDA)

MUS 0516 - Community Jazz Band

0 units, 22.4-25.2 lecture hours / 25.6-28.8 lab hours
Pass/No Pass

A traditional "Big Band" style ensemble. Contemporary arrangements will be rehearsed and performed utilizing five saxophones, four/five trumpets, four/five trombones, one piano player; one bass player, one guitar player and one or two jazz drum set players. Jazz, Latin, rock, funk and other styles will be learned with an emphasis on Jazz Improvisation. Learners develop skills playing instruments of personal interest as well as enhance fine motor skill development for the later life learner. (NDA)

MUS 0583 - Community Orchestra

0 units, 22.4-25.2 lecture hours / 25.6-28.8 lab hours
Pass/No Pass

MUS 0583 is a full symphonic orchestra that seeks to understand and perform orchestral works from various periods and styles including Classical, Romantic, Modern and Contemporary. Various individual instrumental techniques will be explored and refined as well as ensemble techniques such as balance, blend, intonation and interpretation of performance markings. Learners develop skills playing instruments of personal interest as well as enhance fine motor skill development for the later life learner. (NDA)

MUS 0588 - Community Chamber Music Ensemble

0 units, 22.4-25.2 lecture hours / 25.6-28.8 lab hours
Pass/No Pass

MUS 0588 prepares students in the participation of smaller instrumental and vocal ensembles, with intensive preparation toward performance. Small ensemble music is available for most instruments, and vocalists. Emphasis is on the active participation, and performance of small diverse instrumental combinations, including, but not limited to: duets, trios, string, vocal, woodwind, and brass quartets, quintets, etc. Learners develop skills singing or playing instruments of personal interest as well as enhance fine motor skill development for the later life learner. (NDA)

MUS 0853 - Fundamentals of Piano

1 unit, 16-18 lecture hours / 16-18 lab hours
Graded

This course is offered to students with no piano experience or music reading skills. Course content includes piano study at the beginning level along with the study of music fundamentals. (NDA)

MUS 0958 - Siskiyous Seneraders Barbershop Chorus

1.5 units, 22.4-25.2 lecture hours / 25.6-28.8 lab hours
Graded

MUS 0958 is a performing ensemble that seeks to understand, perform, and preserve 4-part, acapella music in the style popularized beginning at the turn of the 20th Century. Other 4-part acapella music will be explored as well. Good vocal production, understanding of proper tuning, balance, blend and harmonizing will be the musical focus with the final goal being performances enjoyable to both the performers and the audience members. (AA)

MUS 1004 - Fundamentals of Music

5 units, 80-90 lecture hours
Graded
Prerequisite:
MATH 0830 or qualification through assessment

This course covers the basics of music theory including music notation, its history and development, keys, scales, intervals and an introduction to chords. It also provides ear training in the rhythmic and melodic areas of music. The student will learn to sight-read simple rhythms and melodies and to take rhythmic and melodic dictation. It is designed, in part, as a preparatory course for MUS 1101. (AA, CSU, UC) (C-ID: MUS 110)

MUS 1014 - Applied Music - Technique

2 units, 32-36 lab hours / 80-90 other hours
Graded
Prerequisite:
Assessment by audition or completion of a previous semester of MUS 1014
Corequisite: Presently registered in or have completed MUS 1004 or Music Theory, and be registered in two performance groups with faculty approval

Specialized individual instruction for music students on their major focus. A weekly private lesson. Study of techniques and problems of performance. Study of scales, appropriate technical exercises and solo literature at the intermediate level. Performance in a recital each semester is required. This course is required for all instrumental music majors and minors and may be taken for credit a total of four times. (AA, CSU, UC) (C-ID: MUS 160)

MUS 1022 - Introduction to the Music Major

2 units, 32-36 lecture hours
Graded

This course is designed to give the student, who is considering majoring in music, skills which will improve his/her chances of succeeding in the major along with career exploration in the area of music. The course covers behavior expectations, practice skills, time management, career exploration, college and university music program exploration, and a final career project. Field trips required. The UC accepts transfer credit for either GUID 1005 or MUS 1022 but not both. (AA, CSU, UC)

MUS 1025 - Beginning Voice I

1 unit, 16-18 lecture hours / 16-18 lab hours
Graded

This course is designed to provide voice training for Music and Theatre majors and minors. Other students wishing to improve their singing voices are also welcome. All instrumental majors are required to take one year of Beginning Voice. MUS 1025 & 1525 are highly recommended for Theatre majors. (AA, CSU, UC)

MUS 1035 - Beginning Piano

1 unit, 16-18 lecture hours / 16-18 lab hours
Graded

This course is the study of piano at the beginning level. The student may progress from the student’s ability level and advance through two semesters of study. All music majors are required to play piano to satisfy qualifications for the degree in music. Non-music majors are also welcome. This course may be taken for credit a total of two times. (AA, CSU, UC)

MUS 1041 - Orchestra

1.5 units, 22.4-25.2 lecture hours / 25.6-28.8 lab hours
Graded

MUS 1041 is a full symphonic orchestra that seeks to understand and perform orchestral works from various periods and styles including Classical, Romantic, Modern and Contemporary. Various individual instrumental techniques will be explored and refined as well as ensemble techniques such as balance, blend, intonation and interpretation of performance markings. May be taken for credit a total of four times. (AA, CSU, UC)

MUS 1101 - Music Theory I

4 units, 64-72 lecture hours / 16-18 lab hours
Graded
Prerequisite:
MUS 1004 or qualification through assessment

This course includes notation in all clefs, all major, minor, chromatic, and modal scales and key signatures as well as simple, compound and complex rhythms and time signatures. All forms of intervals, triads, seventh chords and inversions will be studied and recognized aurally as well as notationally. Sight singing will be accomplished using solfegge syllables and rhythms and intervals studied. Melodic dictation will be emphasized and keyboard technique will be developed as it relates to materials covered in the course. (AA, CSU, UC) (C-ID: MUS 120 & MUS 125)

MUS 1105 - Concert Choir

1.5 units, 22.4-25.2 lecture hours / 25.6-28.8 lab hours
Graded

This course includes the study and performance of standard choral literature. Music from the 16th Century to the modern will be prepared for public performance. May be taken for credit a total of four times. (AA, CSU, UC)

MUS 1111 - Community Band

1.5 units, 22.4-25.2 lecture hours / 25.6-28.8 lab hours
Graded

This is a large concert band rehearsing and performing concert band literature. The group will make several public performances and is open to all instrumentalists. May be taken for credit a total of four times. (AA, CSU, UC)

MUS 1131 - Music Appreciation

3 units, 48-54 lecture hours
Graded
Advisory:
ENGL 0900

This is an introductory course to arouse the student’s interest in classical music and teach the student to respond intelligently to the great works which constitute our musical heritage. MUS 1131 will include the study of the materials of music and performing mediums, and a brief study of important compositions by famous composers of the Medieval, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Modern periods. (AA, CSU, UC) (C-ID: MUS 100)

MUS 1226 - Guitar

1.5 units, 22.4-25.2 lecture hours / 25.6-28.8 lab hours
Graded

This is a course offering beginning instruction for the guitar. You will learn open chords, power chords, moveable chords, accompaniment techniques and a variety of playing techniques and styles including both the pick style and the finger style approaches to the guitar. The course also includes music fundamentals, theory, songs, performance, listening, composing, improvising, analyzing and learning how to read standard music notation and tablature. This course may be taken for credit a total of four times. (AA, CSU, UC)

MUS 1234 - Diversity in American Music

3 units, 48-54 lecture hours
Graded
Advisory:
ENGL 1001 or qualification through assessment

Students will learn how music helped various cultures and cultural elements persevere through adversity. Students will examine various types of music from the various cultures of America. The contributions of these cultures to the development of various musical styles will be studied with an emphasis on the oppression of certain cultures and the dominance of others. (AA, CSU, UC)

MUS 1507 - Chamber Singers

1.5 units, 22.4-25.2 lecture hours / 25.6-28.8 lab hours
Graded

A select choral ensemble of experienced singers who will perform at various college and community functions. Repertoire includes folk songs, madrigals, spirituals, and additional music, all of which require more advanced singing ability than is expected in MUS 1105. (AA, CSU, UC)

MUS 1508 - Chamber Music Ensemble

1.5 units, 22.4-25.2 lecture hours / 25.6-28.8 lab hours
Graded

MUS 1508 prepares students for participation in smaller instrumental and vocal ensembles, with intensive preparation toward performance. Available for most instruments, and vocalists. Emphasis is on the active participation, and performance of small diverse instrumental combinations, including, but not limited to: duets, trios, string, vocal, woodwind, and brass quartets, quintets, etc. (AA,CSU,UC)

MUS 1512 - Vocal Jazz Ensemble

2 units, 27.2-30.6 lecture hours / 36.8-41.4 lab hours
Graded
Prerequisite:
Assessment by audition; a solo audition with the instructor to review the student’s basic skills in sight reading and stylistic interpretation
Advisory: MUS 1004, MUS 1105, or MUS 1507

A prolific performing ensemble designed to enable the students to advance in the genre of vocal jazz. Stylistic understanding and appreciation of the organization, training procedures, arranging, staging, and other phases of ensemble work will be emphasized. Vocal improvisation will be explored as well. Music performed will consist of jazz, jazz rock, top 40, and pop materials. May be taken for credit a total of four times. (AA, CSU, UC)

MUS 1516 - Jazz Band

1.5 units, 22.4-25.2 lecture hours / 25.6-28.8 lab hours
Graded

This is an organized large jazz band rehearsing and performing jazz, fusion, and pop material along with improvisational techniques. (AA,CSU,UC) (C-ID: MUS 180)

MUS 1521 - Computerized Music Notation

2 units, 16-18 lecture hours / 48-54 lab hours
Graded
Advisory:
MUS 1004

An introduction to computerized music notation utilizing the industry standard software. Students will learn basic techniques to generate musical scores. May be taken for credit a total of four times. (AA,CSU,UC)

MUS 1525 - Beginning Voice II

1 unit, 16-18 lecture hours / 16-18 lab hours
Graded
Prerequisite:
MUS 1025

This course is designed to provide voice training for Music and Theater majors and minors in the music of Broadway musicals. Other students wishing to improve their singing voice are also welcome. All instrumental and vocal music majors are required to complete this course. MUS 1025 and 1525 are highly recommended for theater majors and are required for all music majors. (AA,CSU,UC)

MUS 1528 - Musical Comedy Workshop

1-2 units, 9-18 lecture hours / 27-54 lab hours
Graded

Rehearsal and performance of a musical play. (AA,CSU,UC)

MUS 1535 - Intermediate Piano

1 unit, 16-18 lecture hours / 16-18 lab hours
Graded
Prerequisite:
Two semsesters of MUS 1035 or consent of instructor

Topics include: technique articulation interpretation and styles. Study of musical pieces from standard piano repertoire of early intermediate through advanced level, depending on students’ skills and prior experience. (AA, CSU, UC)

MUS 1601 - MUS 1601

4 units, 64-72 lecture hours / 16-18 lab hours
Graded
Prerequisite:
MUS 1101

MUS 1601 covers the fundamentals of two part voice leading, melody writing and all the traditional concepts of four-part writing. Secondary functions will be examined both as tonicizations of chords and as part of a study of modulations. Sight singing will focus on melodic materials featuring intervals related to the root movements being studied. Additional ear training materials will include dictation of four-part exercises and will be reinforced by keyboard exercises of similar types. (AA,CSU,UC) (C-ID: MUS 130 & MUS 135)

MUS 1633 - Survey of Jazz and Popular Music

3 units, 48-54 lecture hours
Graded
Advisory:
ENGL 0900 or qualification through assessment

MUS 1633 studies the development of jazz and popular music based on musical and sociocultural influences. The historical roots of American popular music will be examined and explored. The course begins by studying the source material for popular music and then explores each genre beginning with the Blues, Jazz, Rock, Country and Rap in nearly every form. (AA, CSU, UC)

MUS 2101 - MUSIC Theory III

4 units, 64-72 lecture hours / 16-18 lab hours
Graded
Prerequisite:
MUS 1601

MUS 2101 primarily studies late Classical Era, Romantic, Post-Romantic and Impressionist compositional techniques. Specific concepts covered include Neapolitan 6th Chords, Augmented 6th Chords, Extended Harmonies, Altered Dominants, Chromatic Mediants and non-functional techniques from the Romantic, Post-Romantic and Impressionist Periods. (AA, CSU, UC) (C-ID: MUS 140 & MUS 145)

MUS 2523 - Applied Music - Literature

2 units, 32-36 lab hours / 80-90 other hours
Graded
Prerequisite:
Completion of four semesters of MUS 1014
Corequisite: Co-enrollment in MUS 1101 or 1004, and a performance group or completion of MUS 1101 and a performance group

This course includes specialized individual instruction for music majors on their major focus instrument or voice through a weekly one-hour private lesson. The study of appropriate literature from all relevant eras of music history including the Baroque, Classical, Romantic and Modern will be covered through subsequent semesters. Performance in a recital each semester is required. May be taken for credit a total of four times. (AA, CSU, UC)

MUS 2601 - Music Theory IV

4 units, 64-72 lecture hours / 16-18 lab hours
Graded
Prerequisite:
MUS 2101

MUS 2601 is the fourth and final Music Theory Course. In this course, major compositional forms are studied as well as 20th Century techniques. Specific forms include 18th Century Counterpoint, Binary Form, Ternary Form, Variation Technique, Sonata Form, and Rondo Form. 20th Century Techniques studied include Asymmetry, Polytonality, Serialism, and Twelve-tone Technique. (AA,CSU,UC)

MUS 2929 - Special Studies

1 unit, 48-54 lab hours
Graded

This course is designed to meet the needs of music students, which cannot be met with the traditional course offerings. A project must be agreed upon by the student and the music instructor mentoring the project. (AA,CSU)

MUS 2937 - Choir Concert Tour

2 units, 120 lab hours
Graded
Prerequisite:
Assessment by audition

This course is a choir concert tour with performances at selected sites outside our immediate area accompanied by opportunities to visit and study historical sites and participate in cultural events and exchanges. This course may be taken for credit a total of four times. (AA,CSU)

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