MUsic Department

Music Department - Class Offerings

Music Theory - MUS 1101, MUS 1601, MUS 2101, and MUS 2601

4 units, 5 hours (AA, CSU, UC)
This four semester course includes intervals, chords, basic diatonic harmony and part writing in the first semester. The second semester includes diatonic harmony, chromatic harmony, melodic writing, basic improvisation and introduces musical form. The third semester emphasizes secondary seventh, dominant seventh, dimished seventh, chords of ninth, eleventh and thirteenth, modal alteration, advanced modulation and chromatic alteration. The fourth semester course introduces twentieth century melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic practices, the twelve tone technique, digest of form and counterpoint. Each semester includes 3 hours of theory and 2 hours of eartraining.
Prerequisite: MUS 1004 or permission of the instructor

*This series of courses is required for all music majors and must be taken in order.

Fundamentals of Music - MUS 1004

5 units, 5 hours
This course covers the basics of music theory including music notation, its history and development, keys, scales, intervals and an introduction to chords.. It is designed, in part, as a preparatory course for MUS 1101. It will also be of interest to anyone interested in learning to read music. This class includes 3 hours of theory and 2 hours of eartraining.

Concert Choir - MUS 1105

1 unit, 3 hours (AA, CSU, UC)
This course includes the study and performance of standard choral literature. Music from the 16th Century to the modern will be prepared for public performance. This course may be taken for credit a total of 4 times.
Required Prerequisite: None. Advisory: None.

Chamber Singers - MUS 1507

1 unit, 3 hours (AA, CSU, UC)
A select choral ensemble of experienced women singers who perform at various college and community functions. Repertoire includes folk songs, madrigals, spirituals, and additional music, all of which require more advanced singing ability than is expected in MUS 1105. This course may be taken for credit a total of 4 times.
Required Prerequisite: None. Advisory: None.

Chamber Music Ensemble - MUS 1508

1 unit, 3 hours
This course prepares students in the participation of smaller, primarily instrumental ensembles, with intensive preparation toward performance. Includes but not limited to diverse duet combinations, trios, string trios, quartet, woodwind and brass quintets. Available for most instruments and vocalists.
Required Prerequisite: None. Advisory: Ability to play an instrument at a minimum of high school level.

Concert Band - MUS 1111

1.5 units, 3 hours (AA, CSU, UC)
This large concert band rehearses and performs concert band literature. The group may make several public appearances during a semester. This performance group is open to all musicians who play an instrument appropriate to band literature. This course may be taken for credit a total of 4 times.
Required Prerequisite: None. Advisory: None.

Vocal Jazz Ensemble - MUS 1512

2 units, 4-6 hours (AA, CSU, UC)
A course designed to enable the students to advance in technical ability, stylistic understanding and appreciation in the organization, training procedures, arranging, staging, and other phases of vocal jazz ensemble work. Music performed will consist of jazz, jazz rock, Top 40, and pop materials. Many public performances. This course may be taken for credit a total of 4 times. Required Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in MUS 1105, MUS 1507, MUS 1004, or MUS 1025, MUS 1525, MUS 2025, and MUS 2525; a solo audition with the instructor to review the student's basic skills in sight reading and stylistic interpretation. Auditions occur in the spring for the following fall. There will also be fall auditions if there are still places to be filled. Students registering for Vocal Jazz Ensemble are expected to make a year commitment.

Jazz and Pop Improvisation - MUS 2013

2 units, 3 hours
This course provides techniques and skill development for improvisation by the pop and jazz vocalist or instrumentalist. It includes the study and performance of the blues, as well as jazz standards and their stylization. In addition, instrumental improvisation and "scat" singing over the associated harmonic changes will be included.
Advisory: Music Fundamentals, equivalent or instructor's permission.

Applied Instrumental Music - MUS 1014

1 unit, 1 hour (AA, CSU)
This course offers specialized individual instruction for music majors on their major instrument. A weekly private lesson. Study of techniques, music literature, and the problems of performance. Performance in a recital each semester is required. This course maybe taken for credit a total of 4 times.
Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor. *The student must also be registered in MUS 1101 or 1004, MUSI 1510 and a performance class to qualify for private lessons.

Jazz Band - MUS 1516

1.5 units, 3-4 hours (AA, CSU, UC)
This is an an organized large jazz band rehearsing and performing jazz, fusion, and pop material. This is an instrumental group, but a few solo vocalists will be needed. Musicians who play instruments appropriate to a jazz band are welcome. this course may be taken for credit a total of 4 times.
Required Prerequisite: None. Advisory: None.

Computerized Music Notation - MUS 1521

3 units, 3 hours (AA,CSU)
An introduction to computerized music notation utilizing the industry standard software "FINALE". Students will learn basic techniques using FINALE to generate musical scores. Support hour.

Introduction to the Music Major - MUS 1022

2 units, 2 hours
This course is designed to give the student, who is considering majoring in music, skills which will improve their chances of succeeding in the major along with career exploration in the area of music. The course covers behavior expectations, practice skills, time management, career exploration, college and university music program exploration, and a final career project.

Beginning Voice - MUS 1025, MUS 1525

1 unit, 2 hours (AA, CSU, UC)
Designed to provide voice training for Music and Theater majors and minors. Other students wishing to improve their singing voices are also welcome. All instrumental majors are required by most 4 years college and universities to take one year of beginning voice. Although Theater majors are required to take only MUS 1025, MUS 1525 is highly recommended.
Prerequisite: MUS 1025 must be taken before MUS 1525.

INTERMEDIATE VOICE - MUS 2025, MUS 2525

1 unit, 2 hours (AA, CSU, UC)
Designed to provide advanced voice training for music majors and minors. Course inclludes the study of the International Phonetic Alphabet and the singing of Italian, Latin and German art songs.
Prerequisite: MUS 1525 must be taken before MUS 2025. MUS 2025 must be taken before MUS 2525.

Guitar - MUS 1226

1 unit, 2 hours (AA, CSU)
Beginning through advanced guitar students are welcome to register for this class. Emphasis is placed upon the guitar as a total instrument: melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic, as it applies to solo and accompaniment performance. The course includes two semesters of basic theory as it applies to guitar, as well as basic scales, chords, sight reading melodies and chord charts. The third and fourth semesters will emphasize more advanced reading, chording, fingering and improvisation as it applies to all musical forms. Students will be grouped according to abilities.
This course may be taken for credit a total of 4 times.

MUSICAL COMEDY WORKSHOP - MUS 1528

1-2 units, 54-108 hours (AA, CSU, UC) Rehearsal and performance of a musical play. Those instrumentalists wishing to play in the pit orchestra sign up for the one unit class which meets once a week. Those students wishing to be in the cast sign up for the two unit course which rehearses daily. This course may be taken for credit a total of 4 times.

SPECIAL STUDIES - MUS 2929

1-2 units
This course is designed to meet the needs of Music majors and minors which cannot be met with the traditional course offerings. A project must be agreed upon by the student and the music instructor who will mentor the project.

MUSIC APPRECIATION - MUS 1131

3 units, 5 hours (AA, CSU, UC)
this is an introductory couse to arouse the student's interest in classical music and teach him/her to respond intelligently to the great works which constitute our musical heritage. Music 31 will include the study of the materials of music and performing mediums, and a brief study of important compositions by famou composers of the Romantic, Classic, Baroque, and Modern periods. This course provides humanities credit.
Prerequisite: None, Advisory: None

Diversity in American Music - MUS 1234

3 units, 3 hours
An examination of the various types of music from the various cultures of America. The contribution of these cultures to the development of various musical styles will be studied with an emphasis on the oppression of certain cultures and the dominance of others. Students will learn how music helped various cultures and cultural elements persevere through adversity.

SURVEY OF JAZZ AND POPULAR MUSIC - MUS 1631

3 units, 5 hours (AA, CSU, UC)
This is a study of the nature, processes, and history of jazz from its origins to the present day, including influential composers, instrumentalists, singers, and the background and forces shaping popular music. This course provides humanities credit.
Prerequisite: None, Advisory: None

BEGINNING PIANO - MUS 1035

1 unit, 2 hours (AA, CSU, UC)
This course is the study of piano at the beginning level. The students may progress from the student's ability level and advance through four semesters of study. Four semesters of piano are required for a piano major. Proficiancy on the piano is required for all music majors.
Prerequisite: None, Advisory: None

INTERMEDIATE PIANO - MUS 1535

1 unit, 2 hours (AA, CSU, UC)
This course is designed for the advanced piano student. More advanced skills and literature will be emphasized. This course maybe taken for credit a total of 3 times.

Applied Music - Literature - MUS 2523

1 unit, 1 hour (AA, CSU, UC)
This course includes specialized individual instruction for music majors on their major focus instrument or voice through a weekly one-hour private lesson. The study of appropriate literature from all relevant eras of music history including the Baroque, Classical Romantic and Modern will be covered through subsequent semesters. Performance in a recital each semester is required. This course may be taken for credit a total of four times.

Choir CONCERT TOUR - MUS 2937

2.5 units, 120 hours (AA, CSU)
A concert tour with concerts at selected sites accompanied by opportunities to visit and study historical sites and cultural events. This course may be taken for credit a total of 4 times and is not offered every year.
Prerequisite: Evaluation of skills by audition
Advisory: None

ORCHESTRA - MUS 1041

1 unit, 54 hours (AA, CSU)
This course is open to those who wish to participate in an organized and performing orchestral ensemble. The ensemble will perform at the end of the semester. This course may be taken for credit a total of 4 times.
Prerequisite: The ability to play an orchestral instrument.
Advisory: None

MT. SHASTA JAZZ AND SHOW CHOIR CLINIC - MUS 0955

1 unit, 64 hours (AA, CSU)
Summer Camp
A musical camp designed to expose students to a stylistic and interpretive approach to vocal jazz and show choir music; including movement, choreography, and performances. Prerequisite: None, Advisory: None

Siskiyous Serenaders Barbershop Chorus - MUS 0958

1.5 units, 3 hours per week
Semester offered: F/S
A performing ensemble that seeks to understand, perform, and preserve 4 part, a cappella music in the style of Barbershop singing.
Required Prerequisite: None. Advisory: None

Computer Music Technology I - MUSI 1010

2 units, 4 hours per week
Students will learn to create new music using pre-existing loops and live, electric, or digital instruments. Using the Garage Band platform, MIDI interface, microphones, keyboards, and other instruments as inputs, students will explore the computer as a means for the creation of new music and editing of existing musical projects. (AA,CSU)

Live Audio I - MUSI 1011

1 units
Live Audio I is an introductory course covering the use of microphones, mixers, amplifiers, speakers, monitors, and related sound reinforcement equipment. Basics of the set up and use of this equipment, care of this equipment, and sound management techniques will be explored. (AA, CSU)

Computer Music Technology II - MUSI 1510

2 units
This course is an introduction to Digidesign's Pro Tools digital audio workstation software application. Basic Pro Tools principles/skills covered include: how to complete a Pro Tools project from initial set up to final mixdown are covered. It included how to record, edit, and mix music and Music Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) tracks within the Pro Tools LE application. (AA,CSU)

Live Audio II - MUSI 1511

1 unit
Live Audio II covers more advanced sound system techniques as a continuation of Live Audio I. Acoustics, relationships with performers and audiences, and business aspects of sound reinforcement will be among the topics covered in the course. (AA,CSU)

Computer Music Technology III - MUSI 2010

2 units
This is an intermediate course in Digidesign's Pro Tools digital audio workstation hardware and software application. Concepts and skills needed to operate large sessions in a project studio environment are covered. It includes managing large track counts, multiple channels of simultaneous inputs and outputs and the use of specialized plug-ins for specific music and post-production tasks. (AA, CSU)

Practicum Live Audio - MUSI 2010

1 unit
The Practicum is one of two experiential classes in the Live Audio and Recording Program. Students will explore real-world situations in sound reinforcement and live recording situations. (AA, CSU)

Practicum in Studio REcording - MUSI 2941

1 unit
The Practicum is one of two experiential classes in the Live Audio and Recording Program. Students will explore real-world situations in studio recording. (AA, CSU)





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