Theory & Musicianship

MUSC 3A: Music Theory Level 1

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 unit

Advisory: MUSC 5: Fundamentals of Music. Music majors are required to take MUSC 20A concurrent with this course. Non-majors are encouraged but not required to take MUSC 20A concurrent with this course.

Concurrent enrollment in MUS 30A/B Beginning Piano or 31A/B Intermediate Piano is strongly encouraged for all students.

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

C-ID MUS 120

This course incorporates the following concepts, through guided composition and analysis: 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. Music majors are required to take MUS 20A concurrent with this course. Non-majors are encouraged but not required to take MUS 20A concurrent with this course. Pass/No Pass Option

MUSC 3B: Music Theory Level 2

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Advisory: MUSC 3A

Concurrent enrollment in MUSC 30A/B Beginning Piano or 31A/B Intermediate Piano is strongly recommended.

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

C-ID MUS 130, MUS 135

This course continues the concepts presented in MUS 3A Music Theory Level I. Through guided composition and analysis, the course includes: an introduction to two-part counterpoint; voice leading involving four-part chorale writing; diatonic harmony; and an introduction to secondary/applied chords and modulation. Music majors are required to take MUS 020B concurrent with this course. Non-majors are encouraged but not required to take MUS 020B concurrent with this course. Concurrent enrollment in MUS 30A/B Beginning Piano is strongly encouraged for all students. Pass/No Pass Option

MUSC 4A: Music Theory Level 3

4 units: lecture 3.5 units; lab 0.5 units

Prerequisite: MUSC 3B

Concurrent enrollment in MUSC 30A/B Beginning Piano or 31A/B Intermediate Piano is strongly recommended.

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

C-ID MUS 140, MUS 145

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. This course incorporates the study of advanced harmonic, rhythmic and melodic materials, with emphasis on chromatic harmony, survey and analysis of musical styles and period techniques, with four-part writing of diatonic and chromatic chords. The lab focuses on performance skills in advanced sight singing and rhythmic exercises, one and two parts, and dictation of advanced melodic and harmonic elements.

Concurrent enrollment in MUS 30A/B Beginning Piano or 31A/B Intermediate Piano is strongly recommended. Pass/No Pass Option

MUSC 4B: Music Theory Level 4

4 units: lecture 3.5 units; lab 0.5 units

Prerequisite: MUSC 4A

Concurrent enrollment in MUSC 30A/B Beginning Piano or 31A/B Intermediate Piano is strongly recommended.

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

C-ID MUS 150, MUS 155

This course incorporates further study of advanced harmonic, rhythmic and melodic materials, with emphasis on chromatic harmony, modulation, survey and analysis of musical styles and period techniques, including the 20th century, and four-part writing using secondary dominants, the Neapolitan, French, German and Italian sixths. The lab focuses on advanced sight singing in one and two parts, and melodic and harmonic dictation using advanced chromatic materials.

Concurrent enrollment in MUS 30A/B Beginning Piano or 31A/B Intermediate Piano is strongly recommended. 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. Pass/No Pass Option

MUSC 5: Fundamentals of Music

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

This course is designed for the student who wants a beginning background in the theory of music. The course includes: basic musical notation, rhythm and meter, major and minor scales, major and minor key signatures, intervals and inversions, triads (major, minor, diminished and augmented), some seventh chords, inversions of triads and seventh chords, elementary formal and harmonic analysis, and ear training for all of the above, plus some sight singing and melodic dictation. This is NOT a music major course.

MUSC 20: Ear Training Fundamentals

1 unit: lecture 0 units; lab 1 unit

Advisory: MUSC 5

Students must be able to read music and understand basic structures of music to be successful in this course.

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

This course is a laboratory in ear training and sight-singing for those whose background in music has not included systematic training of the ability to hear and perform pitches, intervals, triads, progressions, rhythmic patterns, etc. Correlated with, and supplementary to, Music Theory 3AB and 4AB, this laboratory will provide more time to concentrate on the difficulties many students experience at this stage in music study, apart from the written and keyboard aspects of their formal study. Students should have a basic ability in reading music notation. Pass/No Pass Option

MUSC 20A: Musicianship Level 1

1 unit: lecture 0 unit; lab 1 unit

Advisory: MUSC 5

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

C-ID MUS 125

Music majors are required to take MUSC 3A concurrent with this course.

Non-majors are encouraged but not required to take MUS 3A concurrent with this course. Concurrent enrollment in MUS 30A/B Beginning Piano or 31A/B Intermediate Piano is strongly encouraged for all students.

Required for music majors, this course is a laboratory in ear training and sight-singing correlated with MUSC 3A. This class provides a systematic training in the ability to hear music elements of melody, harmony and rhythm, and to perform melodic, harmonic and rhythmic elements, dictation and analysis. Pass/No Pass Option

Ensembles

MUSC 40A: Chamber Singers – Early Music

2 units: lecture 1 unit; lab 1 unit

Advisory: MUSC 32A and/or MUSC 42A

Prerequisite: Audition Required

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

Chamber Singers is a choral ensemble open to all students by audition. The ensemble performs a wide range of music in concerts and choral festivals throughout the region. The literature performed in this class is primarily from the early eras of music history (Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque), encompassing cultures of Eurasia and the Americas. Pass/No Pass Option.

MUSC 40B: Chamber Singers – Classical Music

2 units: lecture 1 unit; lab 1 unit

Advisory: MUSC 32A and/or MUSC 42A

Prerequisite: Audition required

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

Chamber Singers is a choral ensemble open to all students by audition. The Chamber Singers perform a wide range of music in concerts and choral festivals throughout the region. The literature performed in this class is primarily from the classical eras of music history (Classical, Romantic), though other literature may also be programmed.

MUSC 40C: Chamber Singers – Modern Music

2 units: lecture 1 unit; lab 1 unit

Advisory: MUSC 32A and/or MUSC 42A

Prerequisite: Audition required

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

Chamber Singers is a choral ensemble open to all students by audition. The Chamber Singers perform a wide range of music in concerts and choral festivals throughout the region. The literature performed in this class is primarily from the recent eras of music history (Impressionist, 20th Century, 21st Century), though other literature may also be programmed. Pass/No Pass Option

MUSC 40D: Chamber Singers – World Music

2 units: lecture 1 unit; lab 1 unit

Advisory: MUSC 32A and/or MUSC 42A

Prerequisite: Audition required

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

Chamber Singers is a choral ensemble open to all students by audition. The Chamber Singers perform a wide range of music in concerts and choral festivals throughout the region. The literature performed in this class is primarily from non-Western cultures, though other literature may also be programmed. Pass/No Pass Option

MUSC 42A: Concert Choir – Early Music

1 units: lecture 0 unit; lab 1 unit

Prerequisite: Audition is required

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

This course focuses on the study, rehearsal, and public performance of early choral music literature, with an emphasis on the development of skills necessary to sing in a large ensemble. Study includes music reading skills, the building of technical skills, the creation of a beautiful tone, aesthetic awareness, and responsible rehearsal habits in a large ensemble. The literature performed in this class is primarily from the early eras of music history (Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque), though other literature may also be programmed. Audition is required. This course is required for vocal music majors. Pass/No Pass Option

MUSC 42B: Concert Choir – Classical Music

1 unit: lecture 0 unit; lab 1 unit

Prerequisite: Audition is required

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

This course focuses on the study, rehearsal, and public performance of classical choral music literature, with an emphasis on the development of skills necessary to sing in a large ensemble. Study includes music reading skills, the building of technical skills, the creation of a beautiful tone, aesthetic awareness, and responsible rehearsal habits in a large ensemble. The literature performed in this class is primarily from the classical eras of music history (Classical and Romantic), though other literature may also be programmed. Audition is required. This course is required for vocal music majors. Pass/No Pass Option

MUSC 42C: Concert Choir – Modern Music

1 unit: lecture 0 unit; lab 1 unit

Prerequisite: Audition is required

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

This course focuses on the study, rehearsal, and public performance of modern choral music literature, with an emphasis on the development of skills necessary to sing in a large ensemble. Study includes music reading skills, the building of technical skills, the creation of a beautiful tone, aesthetic awareness, and responsible rehearsal habits in a large ensemble. The literature performed in this class is primarily from the modern eras of music history (Impressionist, 20th Century, 21st Century), though other literature may also be programmed. Audition is required. This course is required for vocal music majors. Pass/No Pass Option

MUSC 42D: Concert Choir – World Music

1 unit: lecture 0 unit; lab 1 unit

Prerequisite: Audition is required

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

This course focuses on the study, rehearsal, and public performance of modern choral music literature, with an emphasis on the development of skills necessary to sing in a large ensemble. Study includes music reading skills, the building of technical skills, the creation of a beautiful tone, aesthetic awareness, and responsible rehearsal habits in a large ensemble. The literature performed in this class is primarily from the modern eras of music history (Impressionist, 20th Century, 21st Century), though other literature may also be programmed. Audition is required. This course is required for vocal music majors. Pass/No Pass Option

MUSC 48A: Symphony Orchestra

1 unit: lecture 0 units; lab 1 unit

Prerequisite: Audition is required.

Acceptable for credit: California State University

C-ID MUS 180

This course is for the study, rehearsal, and public performance of Classical orchestra literature, with an emphasis on the development of skills needed to perform within an ensemble. Different literature is studied each semester. Attendance at all scheduled performances is required. Audition required. Pass/No Pass Option 

MUSC 49: Symphonic Band

1 unit: lecture 0 unit; lab 1 unit

Advisory: Audition is required.

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

C-ID MUS 180

This course is for the study, rehearsal, and public performance of the standard wind band literature, with an emphasis on the development of skills needed to perform within an ensemble. Different literature is studied each semester. Attendance at all scheduled performances is required. Audition is required. Pass/No Pass Option

MUSC 49A: Symphonic Band – Marches

1 unit: lecture 0 unit; lab 1 unit

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

This course is a study in the great marches written for symphonic and military bands throughout the ages. Attendance at all scheduled performances is required. Audition is required. Pass/No Pass Option

MUSC 49B: Symphonic Band – Chorales

1 unit: lecture 0 unit; lab 1 unit

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

This course covers one of the most beautiful aspects of wind band playing - the chorale. Study, rehearsal and performance of these works is essential to the comprehension of the Symphonic Band literature. Attendance at all scheduled performances is required. Audition is required. Pass/No Pass Option

MUSC 49C: Symphonic Band – Film and Popular Music

1 unit: lecture 0 unit; lab 1 unit

Prerequisite: Audition required.

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

This course is for the study, rehearsal, and public performance of the standard wind band literature, with an emphasis on the development of skills needed to perform within an ensemble. Different literature is studied each semester. Attendance at all scheduled performances is required. Audition is required. Pass/No Pass Option

MUSC 49D: Symphonic Band – Modern Literature

1 unit: lecture 0 unit; lab 1 unit

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

The modern concert band has evolved rapidly and this course focuses on the changes in the 21st century, by performing modern music by composers such as Ticheli, Balmages Hazo and others. Attendance at all scheduled performances is required. Audition is required. Pass/No Pass Option

MUSC 51A: Jazz Ensemble – Early Dance Band Music

2 units: lecture 1 unit; lab 1 unit

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

This course includes an introduction to the earliest stages of the big band, highlighting the music of Duke Ellington, Mary Lou Williams, Fletcher Henderson and others. There is emphasis on group participation/rehearsals and public performances. Attendance at performances is required. Pass/No Pass Option

MUSC 51B: Jazz Ensemble – The Swing Era

2 units: lecture 1 unit; lab 1 unit

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

This course focuses on the 40’s, when big band jazz was almost an exclusively dance oriented art, featuring the music of Benny Goodman, Chic Webb, Glen Miller and others. There is emphasis on group participation/rehearsals and public performances. Attendance at performances is required. Pass/No Pass Option

MUSC 51C: Jazz Ensemble – Evolution of the "Stage Band"

2 units: lecture 1 unit; lab 1 unit

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

This course exposes students to the music of Woody Herman, Count Basie, Stan Kenton and other luminaries of the 1960’s and 70’s when the dance band genre was transformed into a more of a concert like a setting. There is emphasis on group participation/rehearsals and public performances. Attendance at performances is required. Pass/No Pass Option

MUSC 51D: Jazz Ensemble – Modern Composers

2 units: lecture 1 unit; lab 1 unit

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

This course covers the musical changes in the modern Jazz band with performances and analysis of 21st century composers such as as Gordon Goodwin, Maria Schneider. Participation in rehearsals and public performances is required. Pass/No Pass Option

MUSC 61A: Vocal Jazz Ensemble: Blues

2 units: lecture 1 unit; lab 1 unit

Prerequisite: Audition required prior to placement in class

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

Vocal Jazz Singers is a choral ensemble open to all students by audition. The ensemble performs a wide range of music in concerts and choral festivals throughout the region. The literature performed in this class focuses on the study and performance of vocal jazz literature in the Blues style. Pass/No Pass Option

MUSC 61B: Vocal Jazz Ensemble: Blues

2 units: lecture 1 unit; lab 1 unit

Prerequisite: Audition required prior to placement in class

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

Vocal Jazz Singers is a choral ensemble open to all students by audition. The ensemble performs a wide range of music in concerts and choral festivals throughout the region. The literature performed in this class focuses on the study and performance of vocal jazz literature from the Swing Era. Pass/No Pass Option

MUSC 61C: Vocal Ensemble: Latin Jazz

2 units: lecture 1 unit; lab 1 unit

Prerequisite: Audition required prior to placement in class

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

Vocal Jazz Singers is a choral ensemble open to all students by audition. The ensemble performs a wide range of music in concerts and choral festivals throughout the region. The literature performed in this class focuses on the study and performance of Latin vocal jazz literature. Pass/No Pass Option

MUSC 61D: Vocal Jazz Ensemble: Pop and A Cappella

2 units: lecture 1 unit; lab 1 unit

Prerequisite: Audition required prior to placement in class

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

Vocal Jazz Singers is a choral ensemble open to all students by audition. The ensemble performs a wide range of music in concerts and choral festivals throughout the region. The literature performed in this class focuses on the study and performance of vocal jazz literature in the Pop and a cappella styles. Pass/No Pass Option

Applied Music

MUSC 39: Applied Music

0.5 units: lecture 0 units; lab 0.5 units

HBA 0.5 hr/wk

Prerequisite: Audition to demonstrate college-level achievement on an instrument or voice.

Corequisite: MUSC 042 by audition with WVC Music faculty or MUSC 048A by audition with WVC Music faculty or MUSC 049 by audition with WVC Music faculty

Acceptable for credit: California State University

C-ID MUS 160

This course, intended for music majors, focuses on the individualized study of appropriate techniques and repertoire for specific instruments or voice. Instruction takes place in one studio class and one private lesson per week. Emphasis is placed on the progressive development of skills needed for solo performance. Achievement is evaluated through a performance before a jury of music faculty. Required for Music AA-T.

Commercial

MUSC 63A: Introduction to Music Technology

3 units: lecture 2 units; lab 1 unit

Acceptable for credit: California State University

This is a project based course providing specific training in Digital Audio Workstation audio and music production. The course covers MIDI, digital audio, computer based sequencing, signal processing, recording and score editing with computer-related instruments in an industry standard Digital Audio Workstation environment.

This class is an introduction to a thorough understanding of the basic concepts and terminology specific to producing music with state-of-the-art music technology. In this class we use Propellerhead’s Reason and Logic Pro to demonstrate and teach MIDI, digital audio, sampling, sequencing, analogue synthesis, signal flow, basic engineering, some composition and sound design.

MUSC 63B: Commercial Music Production

3 units: lecture 2 units; lab 1 unit

Acceptable for credit: California State University

This is a project based course providing appropriate training in intermediate MIDI performance techniques. The course covers intermediate-advanced computer based sequencing, original processing, recording and score editing with computer-related instruments in an intermediate-advanced MIDI environment.

As an extension of 63A, this class dives into a world-class Digital Audio Workstation, Apple’s Logic Pro. Here we begin exploring the world of music production using an Apple certified textbook that covers a variety of lessons furthering the concepts learned in 63A. This class involves industry specific projects ranging from creating a commercial, creating a re-mix of a popular song, audio for video, composition and mixing concepts

This course will prepare the student for basic Apple Logic Pro certification.

MUSC 64: Sound Design

3 units: lecture 2 units; lab 1 unit

Acceptable for credit: California State University

This course is an introductory survey of sound types, techniques and the methods of their application for appropriate accompaniment to computer animation and multi-media presentations. Pass/No Pass Option

This class involves creating audio, sound effects, music and voice over, for synchronization and placement into visual media i.e. films, video, computer animation, computer games etc. We explore sound design from an analogue model, sampling, Foley, ADR and field/location recording.

MUSC 65A: Recording Arts I

3 units: lecture 2 units; lab 1 unit

Acceptable for credit: California State University

This is the first of a 3-part series of recording arts classes. It is an introductory class to the audio recording arts, covering basic recording studio skills including analog audio theory, signal flow, gain staging, microphones, mic placement and tracking. Pass/No Pass Option

Using Logic Pro, this class thoroughly covers the basics of analogue audio, digital audio, microphones, mic placement, signal flow, gain structure and recording the individual instruments in a standard rhythm section.

MUSC 65B: Recording Arts II

3 units: lecture 2 units; lab 1 unit

Advisory: MUSC 65A

Acceptable for credit: California State University

This is the second of a 3-part series of recording arts classes. Music 65B is an intermediate class in the audio recording arts, covering multi-track recording & overdubbing, outboard and on-board signal processing, use of patch bays, mixing, automation and commercial music production. Pass/No Pass Option

Using Logic Pro, this class involves multi-track recording of bands, solo performers, and small choirs. It covers tracking, overdubs, manual and auto punching, basic editing and production to prepare the recordings for mixing.

MUSC 65C: Recording Arts III

3 units: lecture 2 units; lab 1 unit

Prerequisite: MUSC 65B

Acceptable for credit: California State University

This is the last of a 3-part series of recording arts classes. It is an advanced course in the audio recording arts, covering mixing, signal processing, comp tracks and mastering. Pass/No Pass Option

MUSC 66: Digital Audio and Notation

1 unit: lecture 0.5 unit; lab 0.5 unit

Advisory: MUSC 5

Acceptable for credit: California State University

This course focuses on the basics of MIDI, music notation, the digital audio workstation and digital audio terminology using industry standard technology. Pass/No Pass Option

MUSC 67A: Scoring for Film, TV, and Gaming: Foundations

3 units: lecture 2 units; lab 1 unit

Acceptable for credit: California State University

For music creators and songwriters, using tools of the modern MIDI studio, this course provides an introductory level of writing music for TV, film, and games. Topics include designing a cue, linear and layering scoring techniques, and the business relationship with clients.

MUSC 67B: Scoring for Film, TV, and Gaming: Action Adventure, Sci-Fi

3 units: lecture 2 units; lab 1 unit

Advisory: MUSC 66, MUSC 3B, MUSC 68

Acceptable for credit: California State University

From the spotting session, to the scoring stage, to delivery, this course covers all of the necessary steps of writing music for film, TV and video games in the style of action, adventure or sci-fi. Topics include linear and layering scoring techniques, and the business relationship with clients.

MUSC 67C: Scoring for Film, TV, and Gaming: Drama, Comedy, Thriller

3 units: lecture 2 units; lab 1 unit

Advisory: MUSC 66, MUSC 3B, MUSC 68

Acceptable for credit: California State University

From the spotting session, to the scoring stage, to delivery, this course covers all of the necessary steps of writing music for film, TV and video games in the style of drama, comedy and thriller. Topics include linear and layering scoring techniques, and the business relationship with clients.

MUSC 68: Synthestration, CG Orchestration

3 units: lecture 2 units; lab 1 unit

Advisory: MUSC 5

Acceptable for credit: California State University

This course offers the basics of orchestration, as well as an introduction to the world of computers, samples, and MIDI to create effective virtual orchestrations for media and composition. This course also covers studio requirements and considerations, such as computer choices, sequencing software, sample libraries, electronic orchestration techniques, and mixing techniques, all with the primary objective of producing facsimiles of electronic and acoustic instrument performances.

MUSC 69: Commercial Music Theory/ Songwriting I

3 units: lecture 2 units; lab 1 unit

Acceptable for credit: California State University

This course gives students the opportunity to learn the theory and techniques relevant to composing in a commercial song format. Pass/ No Pass Option.

This class involves learning music theory by analyzing contemporary songs. We analyze harmony, form, grooves, melody, production techniques, lyrics and even performance concepts.

Music Electives

MUSC 6: Introduction to Music Education

2 units: lecture 2 units; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: California State University

This course covers the basics of teaching music in the public schools. The topics covered include pedagogical methods, classroom control and lesson planning. Pass/No Pass Option

MUSC 26: Techniques of Jazz-Rock Guitar

2 unit: lecture 2 units; lab 0 units

Advisory: Prior experience playing the Guitar is strongly suggested.

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

Students have the opportunity to study, analyze, and perform chord progressions, chord substitutions, scales and modes, guitar picking, improvising, position playing, and chord-solo playing in this intermediate to advanced study of guitar technique. A reasonable proficiency at playing the guitar (basic understanding of the fingerboard) is recommended.

MUSC 27: Introduction to Jazz Piano

2 units: lecture 2 units; lab 0 units

Advisory: Previous piano experience is strongly suggested.

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

This course is a study of basic harmonies and voicings at the keyboard as applied to jazz and “popular music”. Included is in-depth analysis of chord progressions, substitutions, “comping” techniques and solo improvisational playing. Previous piano experience is strongly suggested.

MUSC 30A: Beginning Piano

1 unit: lecture 0.5 unit; lab 0.5 units

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

This course is a beginning keyboard study for students with no previous training in piano. Study of note reading, scales, arpeggios and simple piano works and exercises are included. Pass/No Pass Option

MUSC 30B: Beginning Piano – Level 2

1 unit: lecture 0.5 unit; lab 0.5 unit

Advisory: MUSC 30A

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

This is the second course in the beginning piano series. Study includes: note reading more complex rhythms; one-octave patterns and parallel minor scales; arpeggios and dexterity exercises; and sight reading simple examples. Simple piano pieces equal to the second half of Bartok’s Mikrokosmos Book 1 are assigned. Pass/No Pass Option

MUSC 31A: Intermediate Piano – Level 3

1 unit each: lecture 1 unit; lab 0 units

Advisory: MUSC 30B or One year of private piano lessons or equivalent Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

This course is a continuation of 30A and 30B. It is designed for Music majors and those who wish to continue to improve their keyboard skills through the study of scales, arpeggios, exercises, and keyboard works of different periods and styles. Pass/No Pass Option

MUSC 31B: Intermediate Piano – Level 4

1 unit each: lecture 0.5 unit; lab 0.5 units

Advisory: MUSC 31A or One year of private piano lessons or equivalent Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

This course is a continuation of MUS 31A. It is designed for Music majors and those who wish to continue to improve their keyboard skills. Study includes: one and two-octave scales of all 24 keys; arpeggios and dexterity exercises to build technique; melodic improvisation over a given chord progression; harmonization at sight of a given melody; transposition of a short passage at sight; keyboard works of different periods and styles equal to the second half of Bartok’s Mikrokosmos Book 2. Pass/No Pass Option

MUSC 32A: Beginning Voice: Classical Music

1 unit: lecture 0.5 unit; lab 0.5 units

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

This course offers group instruction in vocal technique using classical solo literature. Topics covered include posture, breath support, articulation, and common vocal problems. Pass/No Pass Option

MUSC 32B: Beginning Voice: Folk Music

1 unit: lecture 0.5 unit; lab 0.5 units

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

This course offers group instruction in vocal technique using solo and small ensemble folk literature from around the world. Topics covered include posture, breath support, articulation, and common vocal problems. Pass/No Pass Option

MUSC 32C: Beginning Voice: Musical Theater

1 unit: lecture 0.5 unit; lab 0.5 units

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

This course offers group instruction in vocal technique using Musical Theater solo literature. Topics covered include posture, breath support, articulation, and common vocal problems. Pass/ No Pass Option

MUSC 33A: Intermediate Voice – Classical Music

1 unit: lecture 0.5 unit; lab 0.5 units

Advisory: MUSC 32A or MUSC 32B or MUSC 32C or Private voice lessons for 6 months or participation in choir for more than 2 years

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

This course explores the elements of vocal production, song interpretation, resonance, and basic music theory for singers. Students may have the opportunity to learn and perform literature from folk song and musical theater repertoire, but the primary focus of the course is on aria and art song repertoire. Pass/No Pass Option

MUSC 33B: Intermediate Voice – Musical Theater

1 unit: lecture 0.5 unit; lab 0.5 units

Advisory: MUSC 32A or MUSC 32B or MUSC 32C or Private voice lessons for 6 months or participation in choir for more than 2 years

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

This course explores the elements of vocal production, song interpretation, resonance, and basic music theory for singers. Students may have the opportunity to learn and perform literature from art song, aria, and folk repertoire, but focus primarily is on musical theater repertoire. Pass/No Pass Option

MUSC 36A: Beginning Guitar – Level 1

1 unit: lecture 0.5 unit; lab 0.5 units

Acceptable for credit: California State University

This course is a beginning course in guitar. Emphasis is placed on music reading, playing in first position, scales, chords and major and minor keys. Pass/No Pass Option

MUSC 36B: Beginning/Intermediate Guitar – Level 2

1 unit: lecture 0.5 unit; lab 0.5 units

Advisory: MUSC 36A or Basic Guitar skills beyond 1 year of study.

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

This beginning-intermediate level course emphasizes reading music and playing in first through third position. The course also offers an introduction to and study of 7th chords, inversions and harmonic and melodic minor keys. Pass/No Pass Option

MUSC 36C: Intermediate Guitar – Level 3

1 unit: lecture 0.5 unit; lab 0.5 units

Advisory: MUSC 036B or Prior guitar experience of more than one year

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

This intermediate level course emphasizes further study in reading music and playing in first through seventh position. The course provides opportunities for public performances both on campus and in the community. Pass/No Pass Option

MUSC 36D: Intermediate/Advanced Guitar – Level 4

1 unit: lecture 0.5 unit; lab 0.5 units

Advisory: MUSC 36C and/or Prior guitar experience of a year or more

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

This advanced-intermediate level course, the final in a series of four, emphasizes reading music and playing in first through seventh position. The course introduces studies in modes beyond Ionian and Aeolian and addresses various techniques including arpeggios, inversions, tremolo, and velocity. The course requires public performances on campus and/or in the community. Pass/No Pass Option

MUSC 43A: Techniques of Jazz Improvisation

2 units each: lecture 2 units; lab 0 units

Advisory: Prior experience in Jazz performance is strongly suggested.

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

This course is a study of jazz harmony, melody, and rhythm found in contemporary jazz music, designed to provide knowledge of basic materials and practices necessary for improvising in the jazz idiom. Prior experience in Jazz performance is strongly suggested.

MUSC 43B: Techniques of Jazz Improvisation

2 units each: lecture 2 units; lab 0 units

Advisory: MUSC 43A

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

A study of jazz harmony, melody and rhythm, found in contemporary jazz music, designed to provide knowledge of basic materials and practices necessary for performing in the jazz idiom.

MUSC 44A: Musical Theater and Opera Scenes – Comic Opera

2 units: lecture 1 unit; lab 1 unit

Advisory: MUSC 32A or MUSC 32B or MUSC 32C or MUSC 33A or MUSC 33B and THEA 40A

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

This course provides students the opportunity to apply vocal and theatrical skills necessary for a staged performance in the opera and musical theater genres. Literature focuses primarily on comic opera. Audition required. Pass/No Pass Option

MUSC 44B: Musical Theater and Opera Scenes – Verismo Opera

2 units: lecture 1 unit; lab 1 unit

Advisory: MUSC 32A or MUSC 032B or MUSC 32C or MUSC 33A or MUSC 33B and THEA 40A

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

This course provides students the opportunity to apply vocal and theatrical skills necessary for a staged performance in the opera and musical theater genres. Literature focuses primarily on verismo opera. Audition required. Pass/No Pass Option

MUSC 44C: Musical Theater and Opera Scenes – Mid-20th Century Opera

2 units: lecture 1 unit; lab 1 unit

Advisory: MUSC 32A and/or MUSC 32B and/or MUSC 32C and/or MUSC 33A and/or MUSC 33B and/or THEA 40A

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

This course provides students the opportunity to apply vocal and theatrical skills necessary for a staged performance in the opera and musical theater genres. Literature focuses primarily on musicals of the mid-20th Century. Audition required. Pass/No Pass Option

MUSC 44D: Musical Theater and Opera Scenes – Modern Musicals

2 units: lecture 1 unit; lab 1 unit

Advisory: MUSC 032A or MUSC 32B or MUSC 32C or MUSC 033A or MUSC 33B and THEA 40A

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

This course provides students the opportunity to apply vocal and theatrical skills necessary for a staged performance in the opera and musical theater genres. Literature focuses primarily on modern musical theater. Audition required. Pass/No Pass Option

MUSC 52A: Ensemble Performance in Jazz and Popular Music

2 units: lecture 1 unit; lab 1 unit

Advisory: MUSC 51A

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

This course focuses on small group playing. Ensembles may perform many styles including include Jazz, Rock, Hip - Hop, Funk, Ska, Classical, or Vocal. Each group is expected to perform in public.

MUSC 62A: Solo Performance in Jazz & Popular Music

1 unit: lecture 0 units; lab 1 unit

Advisory: Previous Singing experience and ability to match pitch

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

Students study and perform songs in the popular and jazz idiom. Proper vocal technique, stage presence, phrasing and styling, and the use of microphone are explored. Pass/No Pass Option

Online GE

MUSC 1: Music History

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

This course is a chronological study of music from early origins to 1750, with emphasis on stylistic considerations as demonstrated by significant composers and their representative works.

MUSC 2: Music History

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

This course is a chronological study of music from 1750 to the present, with emphasis on stylistic considerations as demonstrated by significant composers and their representative works. 

MUSC 9: Jazz: Past and Present

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

This course introduces the development and evolution of jazz in the United States. Analysis of the elements of jazz with attention to stylistic differences throughout its history (1890 to present). 

MUSC 10: Music Appreciation

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

C-ID MUS 100

This is a basic introductory course for the student without previous training in music listening or performance. The students are given an opportunity for development of enjoyment and appreciation through active and guided listening to such musical forms as symphony, opera, tone poem, ballet, and concerto from early times to the present. The periods of Pre-Baroque (to 1600); Baroque (1600-1750); Classic (1750-1825); Romantic age (1825-1900); Nationalism; Modern (Jazz, Rock, Electronic Music) are covered.

MUSC 54: History of Rock and Roll

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

This course covers the history of Rock and Roll music from its inception in the mid 40’s through the punk movement of the late 70’s and beyond. This course examines the relationship between music, musicians, and society during this period. This course is West Valley College AA/AS degree applicable under area C. Humanities. Pass/No Pass Option

MUSC 55: World Music

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

World Music covers the developments in music from a non-western perspective and the influence of various cultures including African, South American, and Caribbean on the music of today. Course materials are selected from specific styles of folk, popular and art music, which are examined on the basis of the convergence of African, Native, and European elements, the effects of the 20th century developments such as technology and mass media, and the outgrowth of contemporary artistic thought and aesthetics.;

last published: 11/6/18