Music (MUS)

MUS-100  Introduction and Appreciation of Music  

3 Units (LEC 48-54)

This course provides students with a survey of European music, tracing its development through the Middle Ages, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Contemporary eras. The purpose of the course is to cultivate an understanding of the basic elements of music and their combination into various forms, styles, and genres, while encouraging the appreciation of musical aesthetics and enjoyment of music from multiple historical periods.

Transfers to both UC/CSU

C-ID: MUS 100

IGETC Area(s): 3A

CSU Area(s): C1

AA/AS General Education: AA/AS C

MUS-100H  Honors Introduction and Appreciation of Music  

3 Units (LEC 48-54)

This course provides students with a survey of European music, tracing its development through the Middle Ages, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Contemporary eras. The purpose of the course is to cultivate an understanding of the basic elements of music and their combination into various forms, styles, and genres, while encouraging the appreciation of musical aesthetics and enjoyment of music from multiple historical periods.

Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Honors Enrichment Program.

Transfers to both UC/CSU

C-ID: MUS 100

IGETC Area(s): 3A

CSU Area(s): C1

AA/AS General Education: AA/AS C

MUS-101  Music Fundamentals  

3 Units (LEC 48-54)

This course introduces the primary elements of music. It develops beginning-level skills in handwritten musical notation. Students will be introduced to the arrangement of the keyboard and musical staff, the basic properties of sound, intervals, diatonic scales and diatonic chords.

Transfers to both UC/CSU

C-ID: MUS 110

CSU Area(s): C1

AA/AS General Education: AA/AS C

MUS-103  Music Theory I  

3 Units (LEC 48-54)

This course introduces and develops the basic concepts of music theory including rhythm and meter, basic properties of sound, intervals, diatonic scales and triads, diatonic chords, basic cadential formulas and phrase structures, the dominant seventh chord, figured bass symbols, and non-harmonic tones. Students develop fluency with the language of music and handwritten notation through guided composition and analysis.

Recommended Preparation: MUS-101 and concurrent enrollment in MUS-175 and concurrent enrollment in one of the following performing ensemble courses: MUS-201, MUS-203, MUS-205, MUS-206, MUS-210, MUS-211, MUS-212, or MUS-214 and concurrent enrollment in one of the following piano courses: MUS-111 or MUS-112.

Transfers to both UC/CSU

C-ID: MUS 120

CSU Area(s): C1

AA/AS General Education: AA/AS C

MUS-104  Music Theory II  

3 Units (LEC 48-54)

This course builds upon the material learned in Music Theory I. The course will focus on an introduction to two-part counterpoint, four-part chorale voice leading, diatonic harmony, and an introduction to secondary harmonies and modulation.

Prerequisite: MUS-103 (with a grade of C or better).

Recommended Preparation: Concurrent enrollment in MUS-176 and concurrent enrollment in one of the following piano courses: MUS-111 or MUS-112 and concurrent enrollment in one of the following performance ensemble courses: MUS-201, MUS-203, MUS-205, MUS-206, MUS-210, MUS-211, MUS-212 or MUS-214.

Transfers to both UC/CSU

C-ID: MUS 130

CSU Area(s): C1

MUS-106  History of Rock & Roll  

3 Units (LEC 48-54)

This course focuses upon the evolutionary development of Rock & Roll music from the 1950s to today and is designed to assist students in developing historical understanding, appreciation, and respect for Rock & Roll and related musical styles. Basic musical concepts will be discussed as will the contributions of Rock's innovators and artists.

Transfers to both UC/CSU

IGETC Area(s): 3A

CSU Area(s): C1

AA/AS General Education: AA/AS C

MUS-107  Introduction and Appreciation of American Music  

3 Units (LEC 48-54)

This course is a survey of American musical styles including jazz, popular, and art music from colonial days to the present. The purpose of the course is to develop knowledge of music history, an understanding of elements of music, and an aesthetic appreciation of various styles.

Transfers to both UC/CSU

IGETC Area(s): 3A

CSU Area(s): C1

AA/AS General Education: AA/AS C

MUS-107H  Honors Introduction and Appreciation of American Music  

3 Units (LEC 48-54)

This course is a survey of American musical styles including jazz, popular, and art music from colonial days to the present. The purpose of the course is to develop knowledge of music history, an understanding of elements of music, and an aesthetic appreciation of various styles.

Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Honors Enrichment Program.

Transfers to both UC/CSU

IGETC Area(s): 3A

CSU Area(s): C1

AA/AS General Education: AA/AS C

MUS-108  History of Jazz and Blues  

3 Units (LEC 48-54)

This course assists students in developing an appreciation and respect for jazz and blues music as original American art forms. The focus is on the evolutionary development of the music and artists responsible for its creation. Students will gain an understanding of basic musical concepts, as well as the rich history of a uniquely American music.

Transfers to both UC/CSU

IGETC Area(s): 3A

CSU Area(s): C1

AA/AS General Education: AA/AS C, AA/AS F

MUS-108H  Honors History of Jazz and Blues  

3 Units (LEC 48-54)

This course assists students in developing an appreciation and respect for jazz and blues music as original American art forms. The focus is on the evolutionary development of the music and artists responsible for its creation. Students will gain an understanding of basic musical concepts, as well as the rich history of a uniquely American music.

Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Honors Enrichment Program.

Transfers to both UC/CSU

IGETC Area(s): 3A

CSU Area(s): C1

AA/AS General Education: AA/AS C, AA/AS F

MUS-109  World Music  

3 Units (LEC 48-54)

This course explores the indigenous music of many cultures around the world. It is designed to assist students in developing an appreciation and respect for the cultures and music of Africa, China, Japan, Central Asia, India, Indonesia, Latin America, the Middle East, Eastern and Western Europe, Native America, and the Caribbean as well as American folk traditions. Students will develop basic skills in critical listening, analysis, and writing about music.

Transfers to both UC/CSU

IGETC Area(s): 3A

CSU Area(s): C1

AA/AS General Education: AA/AS C, AA/AS F

MUS-111  Beginning Piano  

1 Unit (LAB 48-54)

This course offers individual piano instruction to students who have little or no previous training. Students will develop basic piano technique, perform easy piano music, and learn basic concepts of music theory, including how to read musical notation.

Transfers to both UC/CSU

C-ID: MUS 170

Course Related Content Group: Keyboard Skills

MUS-112  Intermediate Piano  

1 Unit (LAB 48-54)

This course builds on existing beginning piano technique. Students continue to develop piano technique, perform piano music at an intermediate level, and expand their knowledge of music theory.

Prerequisite: MUS-111 (with a grade of C or better) or demonstrate intermediate-level proficiency on piano by audition.

Transfers to both UC/CSU

C-ID: MUS-171

Course Related Content Group: Keyboard Skills

MUS-114  Jazz Improvisation  

1 Unit (LAB 48-54)

This course introduces the basic concepts and techniques of music improvisation. Students learn to apply principles of jazz theory in real-time by performing improvised solos that are melodically, rhythmically, and harmonically appropriate.

Prerequisite: Demonstrate proficiency on a musical instrument by audition or interview.

Recommended Preparation: MUS-101 or MUS-103. If a student has not successfully completed MUS-103, it is recommended that they enroll in MUS-103 and take it the same semester as MUS-114.

Transfers to both UC/CSU

CSU Area(s): C1

MUS-115  Beginning Voice Class - Breath/Tone  

2 Units (LAB 24-27, LEC 24-27)

This course is one part of a two-semester package of Beginning Voice Classes. The two may be taken in any order. This section focuses on breathing and support, tone production and resonance. Students learn about the physiology of good singing and learn to sing in group and solo settings.

Transfers to both UC/CSU

Course Related Content Group: Group Lessons

MUS-116  Beginning Voice Class - Diction and Expression  

2 Units (LAB 24-27, LEC 24-27)

This course is one part of a two-semester package of Beginning Voice Classes. The two may be taken in any order. This section focuses on diction, style, and expression. Students learn about the physiology of healthy singing through both group and solo performance.

Transfers to both UC/CSU

Course Related Content Group: Group Lessons

MUS-118  Applied Music: Instrumental (formerly Applied Music I: Instrumental)  

1 Unit (LAB 48-54)

This course is designed to provide individualized instruction to the instrumental musician, developing appropriate techniques and repertoire for the student's chosen instrument. Solo performance skills will be progressively developed, and students will be evaluated through a juried performance.

Prerequisite: Demonstrate proficiency on a musical instrument by audition and/or interview. Audition requirement may be satisfied with enrollment in MUS-210, MUS-211, MUS-212 or MUS-214.

Recommended Preparation: Concurrent enrollment in an instrumental performance ensemble (MUS-210, MUS-211, MUS-212 or MUS-214, an appropriate music theory course (MUS-103, MUS-104, MUS-253, MUS-254), an appropriate musicianship course (MUS-175, MUS-176, MUS-177, MUS-178), and a piano course (MUS-111 or MUS-112).

Transfers to both UC/CSU

C-ID: MUS 160

MUS-125  Guitar I  

1 Unit (LAB 48-54)

This course offers individual guitar instruction to students who have little or no previous training. Students will develop basic guitar technique and learn basic concepts of music theory, including how to read musical notation. A variety of music styles are covered, including folk, blues, pop, rock, and beginning classical pieces.

Other Enrollment Criteria: The student must provide and maintain a classical or acoustic guitar for his or her own use for the duration of this course.

Transfers to CSU only

Course Related Content Group: Group Lessons

MUS-127  Guitar II  

1 Unit (LAB 48-54)

This course builds on beginning guitar technique. Students develop skills to the intermediate level and learn music from a variety of genres that reinforces various techniques and left hand positions.

Prerequisite: MUS-125 (with a grade of C or better) or demonstrate intermediate-level proficiency on guitar by audition.

Other Enrollment Criteria: The student must provide and maintain a classical or acoustic guitar for his or her own use for the duration of this course.

Transfers to both UC/CSU

Course Related Content Group: Group Lessons

MUS-140  Beginning Studio Recording  

3 Units (LEC 48-54)

This course offers instruction in the basic concepts of multi-track recording. Instruction includes an examination of basic acoustics, microphones, mixers, monitors, signal processors, and recording techniques. *Cross-listed as AUD-140.

Transfers to CSU only

CSU Area(s): C1

MUS-141  Intermediate Studio Recording  

3 Units (LEC 48-54)

This course offers instruction in multitrack recording techniques, equalization, mixing, microphone techniques, Foley, signal processing, and 3-dimensional recording. *Cross-listed as AUD-141.

Prerequisite: MUS-140/AUD-140 and MUS-143/AUD-143 (with a grade of C or better).

Transfers to CSU only

CSU Area(s): C1

MUS-142  Advanced Studio Recording I  

3 Units (LEC 48-54)

This course is the study of techniques used for audio-for-video and film. Study will include: multi-track recording, mixing, Foley, signal processing and ADR. *Cross-listed as AUD-142.

Prerequisite: MUS-141/AUD-141 (with a grade of C or better).

Transfers to CSU only

MUS-143  Pro Tools 101 (formerly Computer Audio Editing)  

3 Units (LEC 48-54)

This course is the introduction to audio editing techniques using Avid's Pro Tools software. Students will learn interface layout and organization, editing tools, input/output routing, mix and editing windows, clip organization, and audio effects usage and hierarchy. This course is part of the Avid Learning Partnership standards for a Pro Tools, User-level certificate (This is a third-party certificate and not related to Mt San Jacinto College or the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office) *Cross-listed as AUD-143.

Transfers to CSU only

MUS-145  Pro Tools 110 (formerly Midi & Computer Recording)  

3 Units (LEC 48-54)

This course offers instruction based on Avid's Pro Tools software. Instruction includes expanded hardware and software configurations; an in-depth study of tools for manipulating and editing audio and MIDI data; and applying various set-up techniques to accommodate larger, sophisticated mixing situations. *Cross-listed as AUD-145.

Prerequisite: MUS-143/AUD-143 (with a grade of C or better).

Transfers to CSU only

MUS-147  The Music & Audio Business  

3 Units (LEC 48-54)

This course acquaints students with business practices in the music and audio industries. Students taking this course will be educated in areas such as contracts, copyrights, publishing and industry trends. Other topics covered by this course include digital audio and music technologies such as streaming. *Cross-listed as AUD-147 and BADM-147.

Transfers to CSU only

MUS-151  Applied Music: Voice (formerly Applied Music: Voice I)  

1 Unit (LAB 48-54)

This course consists of individualized study of the appropriate techniques and repertoire for the voice. The emphasis is on the progressive development of skills needed for performance. It prepares students for a performance exam for university entry and for public performance. Achievement is evaluated through a juried performance.

Prerequisite: Demonstrate proficiency by audition and/or interview. Audition requirement may be satisfied by enrollment in MUS-205 or MUS-206.

Recommended Preparation: Concurrent enrollment in a vocal performance ensemble (MUS-205 or MUS-206) and an appropriate music theory course (MUS-103, MUS-104, MUS-253, MUS-254) an appropriate musicianship course (MUS-175, MUS-176, MUS-177, MUS-178) and a piano course (MUS-111 or MUS-112).

Transfers to both UC/CSU

C-ID: MUS 160

MUS-175  Musicianship I  

1 Unit (LAB 48-54)

This course applies and develops the rhythmic, melodic, and harmonic materials of Music Theory I through ear training, sight singing, analysis, and dictation. The course includes dictation of simple diatonic melodies, chords, basic rhythms, and singing of diatonic melodies.

Recommended Preparation: Concurrent enrollment in MUS-103 and concurrent enrollment in one of the following piano classes: MUS-111 or MUS-112.

Transfers to both UC/CSU

C-ID: MUS 125

MUS-176  Musicianship II  

1 Unit (LAB 48-54)

This course applies and develops the rhythmic, melodic, and harmonic materials of Music Theory II through ear training, sight singing, analysis, and dictation. The course builds on the material of Musicianship I with more challenging melodies, rhythms, and dictation of chord progressions.

Prerequisite: MUS-175 (with a grade of C or better).

Recommended Preparation: Concurrent enrollment in MUS-104 and concurrent enrollment in one of the following piano classes: MUS-111 or MUS-112.

Transfers to both UC/CSU

C-ID: MUS 135

MUS-201  Orchestra  

1 Unit (LBE 48-54)

This course is a conducted musical ensemble, primarily for string players, but may also include winds and percussion. Students develop ensemble performance skills through the study, rehearsal and public performance of standard orchestral repertoire.

Prerequisite: Demonstrate proficiency on a musical instrument by audition and/or interview.

Transfers to both UC/CSU

C-ID: MUS 180

Course Related Content Group: Ensembles: Instrumental

MUS-203  Concert Band  

1 Unit (LBE 48-54)

This course is a conducted musical ensemble for woodwind, brass, and percussion instrumentalists. Students develop ensemble performance skills through the study, rehearsal and public performance of concert band literature.

Prerequisite: Demonstrate proficiency on a musical instrument by audition and/or interview.

Transfers to both UC/CSU

C-ID: MUS 180

Course Related Content Group: Ensembles: Instrumental

MUS-205  College Singers  

1 Unit (LBE 48-54)

This course is a collegiate choral ensemble that rehearses and performs choral music from a range of musical styles, centered on traditional literature from the Renaissance though Twentieth Century, and also including multi-cultural folk songs and select arrangements from Music Theater and Contemporary songs. The choir performs each semester, both on and off campus, including providing opportunities for solo and small ensemble singing.

Prerequisite: Demonstrate singing proficiency by audition and/or interview.

Transfers to both UC/CSU

C-ID: MUS 180

Course Related Content Group: Ensembles: Vocal

MUS-206  Chamber Choir  

1 Unit (LBE 48-54)

This course provides vocal performance experience for singers who have previous choral experience. The literature will be more challenging than in MUS-205 and singers are expected to learn quickly and to be able to memorize music for performance. Music of all styles and practices is performed requiring a variety of vocal performance techniques. The Chamber Choir also may join with other college ensembles, both choral and instrumental, for performances both on and off campus.

Prerequisite: Demonstrate singing proficiency by audition and/or interview. Student must be able to match pitch and sing in tune.

Transfers to both UC/CSU

C-ID: MUS 180

Course Related Content Group: Ensembles: Vocal

MUS-210  Jazz Ensemble I  

1 Unit (LBE 48-54)

This course is a collegiate jazz big band that rehearses and performs jazz ensemble music in a diverse range of traditional and modern musical styles. The ensemble performs every semester, both on and off campus.

Prerequisite: Demonstrate proficiency on a musical instrument by audition or interview.

Transfers to both UC/CSU

C-ID: MUS 180

Course Related Content Group: Ensembles: Jazz

MUS-211  Jazz Ensemble II  

1 Unit (LBE 48-54)

This course is a collegiate jazz ensemble that facilitates the study of jazz performance at an advanced-intermediate level. Jazz music in a variety of historical and modern styles is explored in both large and combo-sized ensembles, with a particular emphasis on developing improvisation and ensemble leadership skills. The ensemble performs each semester, both on and off campus, and may also join with other college ensembles or performers.

Prerequisite: Demonstrate proficiency on a musical instrument by audition and/or interview.

Transfers to both UC/CSU

C-ID: MUS 180

Course Related Content Group: Ensembles: Jazz

MUS-212  Instrumental Chamber Music  

1 Unit (LAB 48-54)

This course is an instrumental music ensemble that performs selections from the standard classical repertoire, as well as modern compositions. Students develop all aspects of instrumental performance including technique, sight-reading, intonation, rhythmic interpretation, ensemble balance, and stylistic interpretation. Musical instruments may include members of the brass, woodwind, string, percussion, and keyboard families.

Prerequisite: Demonstrate proficiency on a musical instrument by audition and/or interview

Transfers to CSU only

C-ID: MUS 180

Course Related Content Group: Ensembles: Instrumental

MUS-214  Guitar Ensemble  

1 Unit (LAB 48-54)

This course is a study of classical guitar technique and performance practice within an ensemble. Various genres of music will be explored through group work, masterclasses and concerts designed to promote the awareness of the guitar through group participation.

Prerequisite: MUS-125 (with a grade of C or better) or audition.

Other Enrollment Criteria: The student must provide and maintain a classical or acoustic guitar for his or her use for the duration of this course.

Transfers to CSU only

Course Related Content Group: Ensembles: Instrumental

MUS-216  Musical Theater Production: Music  

1-3 Unit (LAB 144-162)

This course is designed for the presentation of a musical. Students develop rehearsal and performance skills in the areas of singing, stage movement and acting, with an emphasis on developing singing/musical technique.

Prerequisite: By audition and/or interview.

Transfers to both UC/CSU

Course Related Content Group: Musical Theater Production

MUS-253  Music Theory III  

3 Units (LEC 48-54)

This course builds upon the material learned in Music Theory II. Students continue analyzing and writing progressively advanced music. Harmonic content extends to chromatic harmony, secondary chords, modulation, borrowed chords, and Neapolitan and augmented-sixth chords.

Prerequisite: MUS-104 (with a grade of C or better).

Recommended Preparation: Concurrent enrollment in MUS-277 and concurrent enrollment in one of the following piano classes: MUS-111 or MUS-112 and concurrent enrollment in one of the following performance ensemble courses: MUS-201, MUS-203, MUS-205, MUS-206, MUS-210, MUS-211, MUS-212, or MUS-214.

Transfers to both UC/CSU

C-ID: MUS 140

CSU Area(s): C1

MUS-254  Music Theory IV  

3 Units (LEC 48-54)

This course builds upon the material learned in MUS 253. It introduces post-Romantic and 20th century techniques through composition and analysis. Topics include borrowed chords and modal mixture; chromatic mediants; Neapolitan and augmented sixth chords; 9th, 11th, and 13th, chords; altered chords and dominants; Impressionism; tone rows; set theory; pandiatonicism and polytonalism; and advanced approaches to meter and rhythm.

Prerequisite: MUS-253 (with a grade of C or better).

Recommended Preparation: Concurrent enrollment MUS-278 and concurrent enrollment in one of the following piano courses: MUS-111 or MUS-112 and concurrent enrollment in one of the following performance ensemble courses: MUS-201, MUS-203, MUS-205, MUS-206, MUS-210, MUS-211, MUS-212, or MUS-214.

Transfers to both UC/CSU

C-ID: MUS 150

MUS-277  Musicianship III (formerly MUS-177)  

1 Unit (LAB 48-54)

This course applies and develops the rhythmic, melodic, and harmonic materials of Music Theory III through ear training, sight singing, analysis, and dictation. The course includes syncopation, triplet rhythms, and melodies and harmonies that incorporate close-key modulation and chromaticism. (formerly MUS 177)

Prerequisite: MUS-176 (with a grade of C or better).

Recommended Preparation: Concurrent enrollment in MUS-253 and concurrent enrollment in one of the following piano classes: MUS-111 or MUS-112.

Transfers to both UC/CSU

C-ID: MUS 145

MUS-278  Musicianship IV (formerly MUS-178)  

1 Unit (LAB 48-54)

This course applies and develops the rhythmic, melodic, and harmonic materials of Music Theory IV through ear training, sight singing, analysis, and dictation. The course includes rhythms, melodies, and harmonies used in Romantic, Impressionist, Modal, and Twentieth-Century music. (formerly MUS 178)

Prerequisite: MUS-277 (with a grade of C or better).

Recommended Preparation: Concurrent enrollment in MUS-254 and concurrent enrollment in one of the following piano classes: MUS-111 or MUS-112.

Transfers to both UC/CSU

C-ID: MUS 155

MUS-299  Special Projects: Music  

1-3 Unit (IS 16-54)

Students with previous course work in the program may do special projects that involve research and special study. The actual nature of the project must be determined in consultation with the supervising instructor.

Prerequisite: Two Music classes must be completed prior to enrollment; a contract must be completed with the instructor prior to enrollment.

Transfers to CSU only

MUS-546  Recording Music and Live Sound (formerly MUS-146)  

3 Units (LEC 48-54)

This course offers instruction in microphone techniques for vocals, acoustic musical instruments and electronic musical instruments. Students will also receive instruction in advanced mixdown techniques and in the use of public address systems as applied to live sound (concert and theater) situations. *Cross-listed as AUD-546. (formerly MUS 146)

Prerequisite: AUD-141/MUS-141 (with a grade of C or better).

Transfers to CSU only