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Music Industry Studies Downloadable PDF Version

The Music Industry Studies program provides lower division preparation for students wishing to transfer to a four-year program in Music Industry Studies. The program combines training in music theory, literature, and performance with studies in music technology and business.

Music Education Transfer Degree Downloadable PDF Version

The Music Education Transfer Degree program provides lower division preparation for students who want to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Music Education and a California teaching credential in music. The primary emphasis is to prepare students for transfer to four-year music education programs.

General Education Courses
Additional Music Courses

Theater Arts

General Education Courses
Additional Theatre Arts Courses

Course Descriptions


Music Industry Studies Program

 
Program Requirements
Course Title Units
MUS 104 Introduction to the Music Industry 3
MUS 105 Music Theory and Practice I 4
MUS 106 Music Theory and Practice II 4
MUS 120 Introduction to Music Technology  3
MUS 121 Music Industry Seminar 1
MUS 122 Music Industry Seminar 1
MUS 132 Class Piano I 3
MUS 133 Class Piano II 3
MUS 161 Cooperative Work Experience in the Music Industry 1
MUS 221 Music Industry Seminar 1
MUS 222 Music Industry Seminar 1
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Music Literature Electives (6 units from the following)
MUS 110 Great Music Listening 3
MUS 111 History of Jazz 3
MUS 114 Music in the United States 3
MUS 115 History of Rock Music 3
MUS 116 Introduction to World Music 3
MUS 117 Introduction to Music History and Literature 3
MUS 184 Digital Audio Recording and Production 3
 
 
Business Electives (1 course from the following)
BUS 120 Financial Accounting                                             4
BUS 125 Business Law                                                       3
 
Performance Electives (4 units from the following)
MUS 108 Rock Pop & Soul Ensemble 1
MUS 109 Rock Pop & Soul Ensemble 1
MUS 136 Chamber Singers 1
MUS 137 Chamber Singers 1
MUS 152 Concert Band 1
MUS 153 Concert Band 1
MUS 156 Jazz Ensemble 1
MUS 157 Jazz Ensemble 1
MUS 158 Chorus 1
MUS 159 Chorus 1
MUS 190 Performance Studies 1
MUS 191 Performance Studies 1
MUS 208 Rock Pop & Soul Ensemble 1
MUS 209 Rock Pop & Soul Ensemble 1
MUS 236 Chamber Singers 1
MUS 237 Chamber Singers 1
MUS 252 Concert Band 1
MUS 253 Concert Band 1
MUS 256 Jazz Ensemble 1
MUS 257 Jazz Ensemble 1
MUS 258 Chorus 1
MUS 259 Chorus 1
MUS 290 Performance Studies 1
MUS 291 Performance Studies 1
  Total Music Industry Studies Units 38-39
  General Education Requirements 22
  Total Units Required for Associate's Degree 60-61

 

 

Music Education Transfer Degree

This degree program offers lower division preparation for students who want to pursue a bachelor's degree in music and a California teaching credential in music. The primary emphasis is to prepare students for transfer to four-year music education programs.

 

 
Program Requirements
Course Title Units
MUS 105 Music Theory and Practice I 4
MUS 106 Music Theory and Practice II 4
MUS 110 Great Music Listening 3
MUS 116 Introduction to World Music 3
MUS 119 Cooperative Work Experience in Music Education 1
MUS 120 Introduction to Music Technology 3
MUS 126 Class Guitar I 2
MUS 132 Class Piano I 3
MUS 133 Class Piano II 3
MUS 170 Class Voice 2
MUS 190 Performance Studies 1
MUS 191 Performance Studies 1
MUS 232 Class Piano III 3
MUS 233 Class Piano IV 3
MUS 290 Performance Studies 1
MUS 291 Performance Studies 1
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Select 4 units from the following
MUS 108 Rock Pop & Soul Ensemble 1
MUS 109 Rock Pop & Soul Ensemble 1
MUS 136 Chamber Singers 1
MUS 137 Chamber Singers 1
MUS 152 Concert Band 1
MUS 153 Concert Band 1
MUS 156 Jazz Ensemble 1
MUS 157 Jazz Ensemble 1
MUS 158 Chorus 1
MUS 159 Chorus 1
MUS 208 Rock Pop & Soul Ensemble 1
MUS 209 Rock Pop & Soul Ensemble 1
MUS 236 Chamber Singers 1
MUS 237 Chamber Singers 1
MUS 252 Concert Band 1
MUS 253 Concert Band 1
MUS 256 Jazz Ensemble 1
MUS 257 Jazz Ensemble 1
MUS 258 Chorus 1
MUS 259 Chorus 1
  Total Music Education Units  42
  General Education Requirements 22
  Total Units Required for Associate's Degree 64

 

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General Education Courses

The following courses may be used to meet general education requirements in Area C (Cuyamaca and Grossmont Colleges), Area C2 (CSU) and Area B (UCSD).

Course Title Units
MUS 110 Great Music Listening 3
MUS 111 History of Jazz 3
MUS 114 Music in the United States 3
MUS 115 History of Rock Music 3
MUS 116 Introduction to World Music 3
MUS 117 Introduction to Music History and Literature 3

 

Additional Music Courses

Course Title Units
MUS 001 Rudiments of Music and Musicianship 4
MUS 090
MUS 091
Preparatory Performance Studies 1
MUS 118 Introduction to Music 4
MUS 126 Class Guitar I 2
MUS 127 Class Guitar II 2
MUS 199 Special Studies or Projects in Music 1-3
MUS 226 Class Guitar III 2
MUS 227 Class Guitar IV 2
MUS 298 Selected Topics in Music 1-4
MUS 299 Selected Topics in Music 1-4

 

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Theatre Arts

General Education Courses

Course Title Units
THTR 110 Introduction to Theatre 3
THTR 120 History of the Theatre I 3
THTR 121 History of the Theatre II 3

 

Additional Theatre Arts Courses

Course Title Units
THTR 199 Selected Studies or Projects in Theatre Arts 1-3
THTR 298 Selected Topics in Theatre Arts 1-3
THTR 299 Selected Topics in Theatre Arts 1-3


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Course Descriptions

MUS 001 – Rudiments of Music and Musicianship
Basic elements of music. Notation and major and minor keys, triads and inversions, musical terms and analysis involving intervals and simple chord structures. Sight-singing and dictation of basic music materials. Some keyboard activity.

MUS 090-091 - Preparatory Performance Studies
A course designed to prepare the student for entrance exams in Music 190, Performance Studies.  This course will enhance the musical progress of students who are currently receiving the equivalent of fifteen one-half hour lessons per semester of individual vocal or instrumental instruction.  This course is offered on a Credit/No Credit basis only.

MUS 104 – Introduction to the Music Industry
This course is a survey of the music industry with emphasis on individual career options, roles and responsibilities. Includes interaction with industry components, and relationships between business personnel and the music artist.

MUS 105 - Music Theory and Practice I
An introduction to music theory and ear-training. Study of harmonic concepts of the 18th and 19th centuries. Rhythmic and melodic ear-training. Keyboard application and sight singing.

MUS 106 - Music Theory and Practice II
Continuation of MUS 105. Four-part writing, 7th chords, cadences and non-chord tones. Rhythmic and melodic dictation and harmonic ear-training. Sight singing. Analysis of Bach chorales and binary and ternary forms.

MUS 108-109-208-209 - Rock Pop & SoulEnsemble
Study and performance of representative popular music compositions from the second half of the 20th century, with emphasis on rock, R&B, and pop music. Open to instrumentalists and singers.

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MUS 110 – Great Music Listening
Listening and reading survey course to acquaint students with fundamental elements of musical style. Covers repertoire from a variety of cultures and periods with primary emphasis on the Western concert tradition.

MUS 111 – History of Jazz
Listening and reading survey course covering the history of jazz from its origins to the present. Includes style periods, significant artists, the broad cultural context of jazz, and the development of critical listening skills.

MUS 114 – Music In the United States
Music in the United States from pre-Colonial times to the present. Coverage includes the music of Native Americans, the Colonies, the 1800s, distinctive regions and subcultures, jazz, art music, popular music styles, and nonwestern influences.

MUS 115 – History of Rock Music
Presents an overview of rock and rock-related musical styles from the early 1950s to the present. Coverage includes related social and cultural trends, outstanding artists, the influence of technology on popular music, and relevant trends in the music industry. In addition, basic musical concepts such as pitch, rhythm and form will be introduced and applied to the music under consideration.

MUS 116 – Introduction to World Music
Designed to expand the student’s perspective about the nature of music around the world and demonstrate the relationship between music in different cultures. Highlights elements common to all music. May include music of the cultures of India, China, Japan, Indonesia, Africa, Pacific Islands, the Middle East, Europe and the Americas.

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MUS 117 – Introduction to Music History and Literature
A one-semester survey of art music in Western civilization from the ancient period to the present. Musical styles will be studied within the context of concurrent developments in society, politics and other arts.

MUS 118 – Introduction to Music
Study of basic music theory including notation, rhythms, scales, intervals, triads and sight-singing. Introduction to basic rhythm instruments and development of keyboard facility and vocal skill. Designed for preschool/elementary education majors and non-music majors.

MUS 119 - Cooperative Work Experience in Music Education
Practical application of principles and procedures learned in the classroom to the various phases of music education. Work experience will be paid or unpaid at local middle or high school music programs. Placement assistance will be given. Two on-campus sessions with students will be scheduled.

MUS 120 - Introduction to Music Technology
This course is an introduction to the basic concepts and processes for editing digital audio and using the digital synthesizer and personal computer to perform, notate and record music. Students should have basic computer skills, basic piano or keyboard skills, and be able to read music.

MUS 121-122-221-222 - Music Industry Seminar
In this project-based class students develop and create a set of promotional materials for a local musical artist or group. Course content combines work in recording, print, and electronic media.

MUS 126 – Class Guitar I
Beginning course in guitar for non-music majors. Fundamentals of music as related to the guitar including scales, chords, and reading staff notation.

MUS 127 – Class Guitar II
Guitar for non-music majors. Continuation of MUS 126 with emphasis on reading staff notation in closed positions, playing scales and chords in major and minor keys, and developing both left and right hand technique.

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MUS 132 - Class Piano I
Note reading in treble and bass clefs. Major and minor key signatures. Scales, arpeggios and primary triads in major and minor keys. Transposition, improvisation and harmonization. Development of sight reading ability, two-handed coordination, correct fingering techniques and proper use of weight and relaxation in production of tone.

MUS 133 - Class Piano II
Continuation of MUS 132. Scales in minor keys. Scales with hands together. Music literature performed in major and minor keys. Harmonization and sight reading in major and minor keys. Piano pieces in binary form with mixed texture including parallel, contrary and oblique motion.

MUS 136-137-236-237 - Chamber Singers
The study of standard and contemporary choral literature (classics to jazz) for small choral ensemble. Performances on campus and in local schools and communities. Enrollment open to all singers in the community and to students of the college.

MUS 152-153-252-253 - Concert Band
The study of representative concert band compositions in a wide variety of styles at regular rehearsals and public performances

MUS 156-157-256-257 - Jazz Ensemble
Study of representative jazz ensemble compositions in a wide variety of styles at regular rehearsals and public performances.

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MUS 158-159-258-259 - Chorus
Study and performance of standard and contemporary choral literature for choral ensemble. Open to all singers in the community and students of the college.

MUS 161 - Cooperative Work Experience in Music Industry
Practical application of principles and procedures learned in the classroom to the various phases of the music industry. Work experience will be paid or unpaid at local businesses that are part of the music industry, such as recording studios, booking agencies, and music equipment manufacturers/retailers. Placement assistance will be given. Two on-campus sessions with students will be scheduled.

MUS 170-171-270-271 – Class Voice
Designed to help the student learn to use the voice correctly. Principles of vocal placement, posture, balance, breath control and vocal tone are emphasized through individual performances.

MUS 184 – Digital Audio Recording and Production
In-depth presentation of digital audio recording, editing and processing. Students will learn techniques for in-studio and live recording and will record and edit new musical recordings. Students should have a basic understanding of digital audio vocabulary and basic experience with using a computer to make/record music.

MUS 190-191-290-291 - Performance Studies
Primarily for music majors. Designed to enhance the musical progress of students who are currently receiving the equivalent of fifteen one-half hour lessons per semester of individual vocal or instrumental instruction. In-depth study of performances and techniques. Participation in class performances and student recitals is required.

MUS 199 - Special Studies or Projects in Music
Individual study, research, or projects in Music under instructor guidance. Written reports and periodic conferences required. Content and unit credit to be determined by student/instructor conferences and the Office of Instruction. May be repeated for a maximum of 9 units.

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MUS 205 - Music Theory and Practice III
Continuation of MUS 106. Chromatic harmony of the 18th and 19th centuries including secondary dominants, borrowed chords and altered chords. Rhythmic, melodic and harmonic dictation. Sight singing. Analysis of Bach chorales. Form analysis of Sonata-form, Minuet/Scherzo, Rondo, and Theme and Variations.

MUS 206 - Music Theory and Practice IV
Continuation of MUS 205. Harmony of the Post-Romantic and 20th century styles. Expanded tonality. Use of church modes, pentatonic, synthetic and dodecaphonic scales. Parallelism, pandiatonicism, twelve-tone technique, aleatory music and electronic music. Study of the 18th century two-part counterpoint. Ear-training and sight singing.

MUS 212 – Piano III
Piano for non-music majors. Continuation of MUS 113 with emphasis on intermediate level staff notation, piano technique and musicianship.

MUS 213 – Piano IV
Piano for non-music majors. Continuation of MUS 212 with emphasis on advanced staff notation, piano technique and musicianship.

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MUS 226 – Class Guitar III
Guitar for non-music majors. Continuation of MUS 127 with emphasis on high position reading, introductory chord and scale alterations, and technical development.

MUS 227 – Class Guitar IV
Guitar for non-music majors. Continuation of MUS 226 with emphasis on playing solos and accompaniments in various styles and idioms.

MUS 232 - Class Piano III
Continuation of MUS 133. Multiple octave performance of major and minor scales. Authentic and plagal cadences. Reading of four-part chorales. Ensemble playing and accompaniment. Intermediate piano pieces in ternary form.

MUS 233 - Class Piano IV
Continuation of MUS 232. Keyboard harmony and deceptive cadence. Reading an open score. Ensemble playing and accompaniment. Piano literature from the 18th through the 20th centuries.

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MUS 298 - Selected Topics in Music
Selected topics in Music not covered by regular catalog offerings. Course content and unit credit to be determined by the Office of Instruction and faculty. May be offered in a seminar, lecture and/or laboratory format. Credit/No Credit only. Non-associate degree applicable.

MUS 299 - Selected Topics in Music
Selected topics in Music not covered by regular catalog offerings. Course content and unit credit to be determined by the Office of Instruction and faculty. May be offered in a seminar, lecture and/or laboratory format.

THTR 110 - Introduction to Theatre
Designed to give students the analytic tools of theatre to provide a working knowledge of all areas included in the process of producing a play. Through lectures, attendance at selected performances and in-class projects, students will be introduced to theatre arts as it reflects the synthesis of the arts and a definition of the humanities in Western Civilization. Recommended for students interested in theatre who want to have a better understanding of how this art form continues to help shape society.

THTR 120 - History of the Theatre I
This course will survey theatre from Classical Greece through 18th Century France and England.  The social, political, philosophical and religious impact of theatre and drama will be studied in depth.  Exemplary plays from great theatrical periods will be analyzed and critiqued.

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THTR 121 - History of the Theatre II
This course will survey theatre from 19th Century Germany through 20th Century Europe and America.  The social, political, philosophical and religious impact of theatre and drama will be studied in depth.  Exemplary plays from great theatrical periods will be analyzed and critiqued.

THTR 199 - Selected Studies or Projects in Theatre Arts
Individual study, research, or projects in Theatre Arts under instructor guidance. Written reports and periodic conferences required. Content and unit credit to be determined by student/instructor conferences and the Office of Instruction. May be repeated for a maximum of 9 units.

THTR 298 - Selected Topics in Theatre Arts
Selected topics in Theatre Arts not covered by regular catalog offerings. Course content and unit credit to be determined by the Office of Instruction and faculty. May be offered in a seminar, lecture and/or laboratory format. Credit/No Credit only. Non-associate degree applicable.

THTR 299 - Selected Topics in Theatre Arts
Selected topics in Theatre Arts not covered by regular catalog offerings. Course content and unit credit to be determined by the Office of Instruction and faculty. May be offered in a seminar, lecture and/or laboratory format.

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