Music Courses

101 Theory I (1)
Prerequisite: Open only to music majors, or with permission of instructor.
An introduction to Western musical language through studies in fundamentals (key signatures, intervals, scales, rhythmic notation, etc.), chordal and melodic structures, and basic four-part harmonization. Focuses on intensive training in sight-singing (with solfege) and ear-training activities, an introduction to music software for notation and ear training, and development of keyboard proficiency through participation in a required weekly keyboard laboratory. Keyboard laboratory sessions concentrate on basic reading and harmonization skills at the keyboard, as well as development of the technical ability to perform elementary repertoire. Lecture and keyboard laboratory. Jensen-Abbott.

102 Theory I (1)
Prerequisite: Music 101 or advanced placement by means of a departmental examination.
A continuation of studies begun in Music 101, with emphasis on further exercises in and analysis of four-part harmonization, secondary chord function, musical form and exercises in stylized composition. Sight-singing, ear-training and technology application continue. Keyboard laboratory sessions continue to develop reading, harmonization, and basic theory skills as related to piano playing. Further development of technical skills allows the study of early intermediate repertoire. Lecture and keyboard laboratory. Jensen-Abbott.

110 The History of Rock (1)
Study of the origins, characteristics and stylistic development of rock-and-roll music from the early 1950s to the present. Designed for the non-music major. McIlhagga.

111 Music Appreciation (1)
Designed for the non-music major who wishes to gain an appreciation of music as a fine art. The musical elements of style, form and design are investigated primarily through listening. Not open to music majors. Webb.

113 Introduction to Opera (1)
An introductory course designed for both the music major and non-major. Concentrates on the most frequently performed operas of Mozart, Puccini, Verdi and Wagner. Extensive use of video tapes of opera performances with sub-titles. Offered in alternate years. Balke.

119 Evolution of Jazz (1)
An exploration of the rich cultural background and evolution of jazz music through discussion of important performers, composers, educators and critics with respect to their contribution to the development of the art form. Emphasis is placed on developing critical listening skills through the extensive use of landmark recordings and live performances. Ball.

120 Music Performance as a Creative Process (1)
Prerequisites: Music 121, 122, 124, 125, 131 or 132.
Designed to give students the tools necessary to think, discuss and write critically about music both within and outside of their respective ensemble "labs." Through reading, writing and listening assignments, students will become more aware of the elements involved in musical interpretation. McIlhagga.

133 Opera Workshop (1/2)
Provides opportunity for involvement in the production of operas or opera scenes from auditions through performance. Covers all aspects of opera from vocal roles to technical support. Offered in alternate years. Staff.

137 Piano Chamber Music Ensemble (1/2)
Prerequisites: Music major and permission of instructor.
Develops ensemble skills for pianists playing in duos with a second pianist or in mixed ensembles such as trios for piano and strings, etc. Topics include balance, rhythmic precision and pedaling, as well as overall phrasing and interpretation. Abbott, Jensen-Abbott.

192 Guitar Class I (1/4)
Basic development of both classical and plectrum guitar skills. Intended for students with little or no previous training. No applied music tuition fee charged. Williams.

193 Guitar Class II (1/4)
Prerequisite: Guitar Class I or permission of instructor.
A continuation in the development of music reading skills using easy classical, traditional tunes and technical exercises. No applied music tuition fee charged. Williams.

194 Guitar Class III (1/4)
Prerequisite: Guitar Class II or permission of instructor.
A continuation of Guitar Class II. No applied music tuition fee charged. Williams.

197 Piano Class (1/4)
Open only to music majors. Required of vocal music education majors. (While not required for instrumental music education majors, it is highly recommended.) Focuses on accompanying choral rehearsals. Demonstrates how accompaniments can be reduced and simplified in order to lead a choral rehearsal from the piano. Staff.

198 Voice Class (1/4)
Open only to music majors. Required of instrumental music education majors. (While not required for vocal music education majors, it is highly recommended.) A study of the vocal mechanism and practice in the techniques of teaching vocal production and breath support/management as applied to solo and choral singing. Staff.

201 Theory II (1)
Prerequisite: Music 102 or permission of instructor.
A continuation of the studies begun in Music 101 and 102 with a special emphasis on chromatic harmony. A further study of form and exercises in stylized composition. Sight-singing and ear-training continue. Jensen-Abbott.

202 Theory II (1)
Prerequisite: Music 201 or permission of instructor.
A continuation of the studies begun in Music 101, 102 and 201 with a special emphasis on form. An introduction to the materials and techniques of twentieth and twenty-first-century music. Sight-singing and ear-training continue. A major analysis paper is required. Jensen-Abbott.

205 Jazz Improvisation (1)
Prerequisite: Music 101 recommended.
An introduction to the art and craft of jazz improvisation through a study of the theoretical, historical, philosophical and aesthetic factors surrounding its past, present and future performance practice. Course material is designed to develop thinking and reacting skills needed for performance through assignments in repertoire, scales, keyboard harmony skills and melodic patterns. Staff.

215 Orchestration (1)
Prerequisite: Music 102.
A study of instrumental orchestration techniques and significant score study. The final project will be an orchestration for a large ensemble/or a vocal arrangement. Offered in alternate years. Staff.

230 Introduction to Conducting (1/2)
Prerequisite: Music 102 or permission of instructor.
Fundamentals of conducting vocal and instrumental ensembles. (1) basic beat patterns; (2) score analysis; (3) instrument and voice ranges and transpositions; and (4) some practical aspects of rehearsing. Lecture and laboratory. Ball.

240 Brass Instruments (1/4)
Practical methods in the teaching and playing techniques of the high brass (trumpet and French horn). Offered in alternate years. Staff.

241 Brass Instruments (1/4)
Practical methods in the teaching and playing techniques of the low brass (euphonium, trombone and tuba). Offered in alternate years. Staff.

242 Woodwind Instruments (1/4)
Practical methods in the teaching and playing techniques of single reed woodwinds (clarinet, saxophone) and flute. Offered in alternate years. Staff.

243 Woodwind Instruments (1/4)
Practical methods in the teaching and playing techniques of double reed woodwinds (oboe, bassoon). Offered in alternate years. Staff.

244 Stringed Instruments (1/4)
Practical methods in the teaching and playing techniques of the violin and viola. Offered in alternate years. Staff.

245 Stringed Instruments (1/4)
Practical methods in the teaching and playing techniques of the cello and bass. Offered in alternate years. Staff.

246 Percussion Instruments (1/4)
Practical methods in the teaching and playing techniques of percussion instruments. Offered in alternate years. Staff.

313 Music History I (1)
Prerequisite: Music 201 or permission of instructor.
A course in the history of music designed for junior and senior music majors.
Covers music from the ancient Greeks through the seventeenth century. In addition to regular examinations, assignments stress stylistic characteristics of a period or of an individual composer. There is assigned listening. Abbott.

314 Music History II (1)
Prerequisite: Music 313 or permission of instructor.
A continuation of Music 313 covering music from the eighteenth century to the present. In addition to examinations and analysis assignments, students complete a major research paper by the end of the semester that investigates some aspect of contemporary Western music or deal with non-Western music. Abbott.

322 Teaching of Instrumental Music in the Schools (1)
Prerequisite: Music 230.
Required of all instrumental music education majors. Designed to acquaint the student with all aspects of teaching, developing, planning, directing and administering public school instrumental music programs, K-12. Offered in alternate years. McIlhagga.

325 Teaching of Music in the Elementary School (1)
Prerequisite: Music 230.
Designed to give the student a knowledge of a well-rounded music program for the elementary grades. Creative experiences, demonstrations and practical work in performing and listening are stressed. Lecture and laboratory. Offered in alternate years. Staff.

328 Teaching of Choral Music in the Secondary School (1)
Prerequisite: Music 230; Music 330 is strongly recommended.
An introduction to all aspects of the music program for the secondary school and the techniques for administering the program. Lecture and laboratory. It is strongly recommended that Music 330 (Choral Conducting) be elected prior to 328. Offered in alternate years. Webb.

330 Choral Conducting (1/2)
Prerequisite: Music 230.
Laboratory work in choral conducting and score reading with practical experience in techniques of training choral ensembles. Required of all choral music education majors. Offered in alternate years. Webb.

331 Instrumental Conducting (1/2)
Prerequisite: Music 230.
Laboratory work to develop techniques and skills required for instrumental conducting and score reading. Students may be given the opportunity to conduct instrumental ensembles on campus. Required of all instrumental music education majors. Offered in alternate years. Ball.

388, 389 Selected Topics (1/2, 1)
Many courses from the Music Department are offered to meet the evolving needs and interests of students. Examples of topics that have been offered are: Piano Literature, Organ Literature, Song Literature, Piano Pedagogy, Marching Band Techniques, Arranging, Composition, Orchestration, Music since 1945, Diction for Singers, Vocal Pedagogy, Opera Workshop. Staff.

391, 392 Individually Supervised Internships (1/2, 1)
Offered on a credit no credit basis.
Staff.

401, 402 Seminar (1/2, 1)
Staff.

411, 412 Directed Study (1/2, 1)
Staff.

Ensembles

Students performing in ensembles have the option of electing them for credit or not for credit. If credit registration would cause the unit enrollment to exceed four and one-half, the student may elect an audit registration, for which no fee will be assessed. Up to two units of ensemble credit
may be included among the total required for graduation.

121 Marching Band/Symphonic Band (1/4)
Open to all wind or percussion students by audition. Auditions are held one week prior to the beginning of the fall semester during pre-season rehearsals. After marching season, students continue in symphonic band until the end of the semester. McIlhagga.

122 Symphonic Band (1/4)
Available for all wind or percussion students. Admission is by audition given during November and/or the first week of the spring semester. McIlhagga.

123 Jazz Combo (1/4)
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.
Available to student instrumentalists and singers interested in performing in a combo setting within the jazz idiom. Rehearsals are by arrangement. Ball.

124 Jazz Ensemble (1/4)
Available to wind and percussion students interested in playing all styles of jazz. Admission is by audition given during the first week of classes. Ball.

125 Symphony Orchestra (1/4)
Open to all students by audition. Auditions are held the first week of each semester; students should bring one prepared solo. Ball.

126 String Ensembles (1/4)
Open to string students and pianists who are interested in performing chamber music. Rehearsals are by arrangement. Permission of instructor required. Staff.

127 Woodwind Ensembles (1/4)
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.
Available for woodwind students who are interested in performing chamber music from all periods. Rehearsals are by arrangement. Staff.

128 Brass Ensembles (1/4)
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.
Available for brass students who are interested in performing brass chamber music. Rehearsals are by arrangement. Staff.

129 Percussion Ensemble (1/4)
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.
Available for percussion students who are interested in playing music for percussion. Rehearsals are by arrangement. Staff.

130 Guitar Ensemble (1/4)
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.
Open to all guitar students who are interested in performing chamber music. Rehearsals are by arrangement. Williams.

131 Concert Choir (1/4)
Open to all students by audition. Auditions are held during the first four days of classes in the fall. Webb.

132 Briton Singers (1/4)
Members are selected from the Concert Choir by audition during the first week of classes in the fall. Webb.

134 Women’s Chorus (1/4)
Membership is open to all women who enjoy singing. No audition necessary. TenBrink.

Applied Music (Private Lessons)

Students who wish to elect private lessons must register for them during the regular College registration period. The appropriate course numbers for the private lessons are listed in the online Class Schedule. Students may not elect more than 1/2 unit in applied music unless a written request for permission is submitted and approved by the Music Department. All students enrolled in applied music must elect it for credit and take jury examinations at the conclusion of each semester of study. Fees are listed in the Tuition and Fees section. Non-music majors are encouraged to elect applied music. Students enroll for organ study by permission of instructor.

Lessons in piano, voice, organ, guitar, and all other string, percussion, woodwind and brass instruments offered. Each 1/4 or 1/2 unit.

One 1/2-hour lesson per week plus 6 hours practice--1/4 unit.
One one-hour lesson per week plus 12 hours practice--1/2 unit.