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MUS. 100 FUNDAMENTALS OF MUSIC (C-ID MUS 110)

Units (Grade Option) 3; Class Hours: Minimum of 48 lecture hours/semester; Recommended: Eligibility for READ 836, and ENGL 836 or ESL 400; Prerequisite(s): None.

Description: Learn basic musical skills: reading music notation, sight-singing and ear training, using scales, chords and key signatures to harmonize simple melodies. Students develop listening techniques and explore musical styles. Does not satisfy requirements for the music major degree. Transfer: CSU: C1, UC*. (IGETC: 3A)

MUS. 115 ART, MUSIC AND IDEAS

Units (Grade Option) 3; Class Hours: Minimum of 48 lecture hours/semester; Recommended: Eligibility for READ 836, and ENGL 836 or ESL 400; Prerequisite(s): None.

Description: An introduction to the understanding and appreciation of art and music, especially in the context of European history. An investigation into the elements of art and music equip the student to see and hear with greater discrimination, as well as recognize how these elements relate to changes in society. Lectures are illustrated with slides, recordings, films, etc., attendance at a live performance and a museum visit required. Transfer: CSU: C1, UC. (IGETC: 3A)

MUS. 120 SONGWRITING WORKSHOP I

Units (Grade Option) 3; Class Hours: Minimum of 40 lecture/24 lab hours/semester; Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 100, and MATH 110 or 111; Prerequisite(s): None.

Description: Combines the study of lyrics, melody, harmony and form to create songs. Simple computer tools are used to aid in creating, hearing and notating student work. Transfer: CSU.

MUS. 202 MUSIC APPRECIATION

Units (Grade Option) 3; Class Hours: Minimum of 48 lecture hours/semester; Recommended: Eligibility for READ 836, and ENGL 836 or ESL 400; Prerequisite(s): None.

Description: Learn about musical terms and ideas and apply that knowledge to many types of music such as popular, classical, jazz, and other forms of music from around the world. Consider different ways of listening to music and learn about the different meanings music can have in entertainment, history, ritual, film and other contexts. Concert attendance required. Transfer: CSU: C1, UC. (IGETC: 3A)

MUS. 210 HISTORIES OF POPULAR MUSIC AND ROCK

Units (Grade Option) 3; Class Hours: Minimum of 48 lecture hours/semester; Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 110; Prerequisite(s): None.

Description: Join the argument over what is more significant in popular music -- that which is most popular, or that which is the most influential? This course explores the various intersections of music and American culture in the blues, rock, heavy metal, jazz, soul, R&B, disco and dance music, and hip-hop. Transfer: CSU: C1, UC. (IGETC: 3A)

MUS. 230 BEETHOVEN

Units (Grade Option) 3; Class Hours: Minimum of 48 lecture hours/semester; Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 110; Prerequisite(s): None.

Description: Listen to Beethoven's symphonies, piano sonatas, and string quartets in detail. Relate Beethoven and his music to society, and to later 19th-century culture. Bach, Haydn and Mozart are sure to make guest appearances. Ability to read music not required, but scores are used to illustrate details. Concert attendance required. Transfer: CSU: C1, UC. (IGETC: 3A)

MUS. 240 MUSIC OF THE AMERICAS

Units (Letter grade) 3; Class Hours: Minimum of 48 lecture hours/semester; Recommended: Eligibility for READ 836 and ENGL 836; or ENGL 847 or ESL 400; Prerequisite(s): None.

Description: Learn about the rhythms and varieties of music in Latin America and the cultural roots that nurture this exciting form of expression. Music from the Caribbean and South, Central and North America is covered, including genres such as corridos, son, rumba, and tangos. The integral role of Latin influences in the music of the USA and ethnic identities is highlighted. Transfer: CSU: C1, UC. (IGETC: 3A)

MUS. 250 WORLD MUSIC

Units (Letter grade) 3; Class Hours: Minimum of 48 lecture hours/semester; Recommended: Eligibility for READ 836 and ENGL 836; or ENGL 847 or ESL 400; Prerequisite(s): None.

Description: Survey of selected listening and readings about cultures such as India, China, Japan, Indonesia, Europe, North America, and Africa. Students learn to use basic musical terminology in describing that music, and to relate music behaviors to the cultural contexts that surround them. Equal emphasis is placed on music and culture. Transfer: CSU: C1, UC. (IGETC: 3A)

MUS. 260 MUSIC IN FILM, TELEVISION AND MULTIMEDIA

Units (Grade Option) 3; Class Hours: Minimum of 48 lecture hours/semester; Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 110; Prerequisite(s): None.

Description: Appreciate the use of music and sound in film, television and media such as video games for expressive purposes and for the creation of virtual realities. As you analyze scenes, learn about fundamental music, sound design and film concepts and terminology. Transfer: CSU: C1.

MUS. 271 OPERA AND MUSICAL THEATER HISTORY

Units (Grade Option) 3; Class Hours: Minimum of 48 lecture hours/semester; Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 110; Prerequisite(s): None.

Description: Explore the highlights in the history of opera from its invention in the Baroque era to contemporary experiments with musical theater included along the way. Class lectures emphasize listening and viewing opera excerpts. Some lectures are planned around attending a live performance. Transfer: CSU: C1, UC. (IGETC: 3A)

MUS. 290 INTRODUCTION TO MUSIC AND COMPUTERS

Units (Grade Option) 3; Class Hours: Minimum of 32 lecture/48 lab hours/semester; Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 100, and MATH 110 or 111; Prerequisite(s): None.

Description: Introduction to basic concepts used in making music with computers, digital audio and MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface). Fundamentals of digital audio theory and basic concepts of song creation are covered. Transfer: CSU.

MUS. 301.1 PIANO I

Units (Grade Option) 1; Class Hours: Minimum of 48 lab hours/semester; Basic Skills Level: Open Curriculum; Prerequisite(s): None.

Description: This applied music course stresses the basics of piano playing at a beginning level. Students are taught the foundations of piano technique and to read music and to play musically. READ 836 is recommended. Transfer: CSU, UC.

MUS. 301.2 PIANO II

Units (Grade Option) 1; Class Hours: Minimum of 48 lab hours/semester; Basic Skills Level: Open Curriculum; Prerequisite(s): MUS. 301 or 301.1.

Description: This course in applied music stresses the basics of piano playing at an intermediate level. Students develop further the foundations of piano technique, the ability to play musically, and their repertoire. READ 836 is recommended. Transfer: CSU, UC.

MUS. 301.3 PIANO III

Units (Grade Option) 1; Class Hours: Minimum of 48 lab hours/semester; Basic Skills Level: Open Curriculum; Prerequisite(s): MUS. 301.2 or 302.

Description: This course in applied music emphasizes the basics of piano playing at an advanced intermediate/advanced level. Students develop further the foundations of piano technique and the ability to play musically, which were begun in Piano I and II, and expand their repertoire. READ 836 is recommended. Transfer: CSU, UC.

MUS. 301.4 PIANO IV

Units (Grade Option) 1; Class Hours: Minimum of 48 lab hours/semester; Basic Skills Level: Open Curriculum; Prerequisite(s): MUS. 301.3 or 303.

Description: This course in applied music emphasizes the basics of piano playing at an advanced level. Students develop further the foundations of piano technique, the ability to play musically, and their repertoire. READ 836 is recommended. Transfer: CSU, UC.

MUS. 371 GUITAR I

Units (Grade Option) 1; Class Hours: Minimum of 48 lab hours/semester; Recommended: Eligibility for READ 836 and ENGL 836; or ENGL 847 or ESL 400; Prerequisite(s): None.

Description: Techniques of guitar performance and reading music to enable students to play accompaniments to compositions written for the guitar. Students must supply their own instruments. Transfer: CSU, UC.

MUS. 372 GUITAR II

Units (Grade Option) 1; Class Hours: Minimum of 48 lab hours/semester; Recommended: Eligibility for READ 836 and ENGL 836; or ENGL 847 or ESL 400; Prerequisite(s): MUS. 37l.

Description: Continuation of MUS. 371. This course covers the techniques of playing the guitar and making music at the intermediate/advanced level. Students must supply their own instruments. Transfer: CSU, UC.

MUS. 372, 373, 374 GUITAR II, III, IV

Units (Grade Option) 1; Class Hours: Minimum of 48 lecture/lab hours/semester; Recommended: Eligibility for READ 836 and ENGL 836; or ENGL 847 or ESL 400; Prerequisite(s): Possession of a guitar. MUS. 372, 373 and 374 require the previous level.

Description: These courses cover basic techniques of playing the guitar from beginning through advanced levels. Group and individual attention are included. Transfer: CSU, UC.

MUS. 372, 373, 374 GUITAR II, III, IV

Units (Grade Option) 1; Class Hours: Minimum of 48 lecture/lab hours/semester; Recommended: Eligibility for READ 836 and ENGL 836; or ENGL 847 or ESL 400; Prerequisite(s): Possession of a guitar. MUS. 372, 373 and 374 require the previous level.

Description: These courses cover basic techniques of playing the guitar from beginning through advanced levels. Group and individual attention are included. Transfer: CSU, UC.

MUS. 695 INDEPENDENT STUDY

Units (Grade Option) 0.5-3; Class Hours: By Arrangement; Recommended: Eligibility for READ 836 and ENGL 836; or ENGL 847 or ESL 400; Prerequisite(s): None.

Description: Designed for students who are interested in furthering their knowledge via self-paced, individualized instruction provided in selected areas or directed study to be arranged with instructor and approved by the division dean using the Independent Study Form. Varying modes of instruction can be used -- laboratory, research, skill development, etc. For each unit earned, students are required to devote three hours per week throughout the semester. Students may take only one Independent Study course within a given discipline. Transfer: CSU.

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