Music Courses

MUS 188:  SPECIAL STUDIES: MUSIC
Credits: 1 to 3

MUS 101:  MUSIC FUNDAMENTALS
Presents fundamentals of music, including notation of pitch, rhythm, music terminology, scales, key signatures, intervals and chord spelling. Requires no previous musical experience. This course is an ideal preparation for students who intend to enroll in MUS 111 Music Theory.
Credits: 3 Lecture: 3

MUS 111:  MUSIC THEORY IA
Harmony of the common-practice period with attention to part writing (the melodic aspects of music). An entrance placement exam will be given during the first class session. This sequence course should be taken by all students who intend to major or minor in music. Recommended prerequisite: MUS 101 or equivalent. Recommended co-requisite: MUS 114.
Credits: 3 Lecture: 3

MUS 112:  MUSIC THEORY IB
Harmony of the common-practice period with attention to part writing (the melodic aspects of music). This sequence course should be taken by all students who intend to major or minor in music. Recommended prerequisite: MUS 111. Recommended co-requisite: MUS 115.
Credits: 3 Lecture: 3

MUS 113:  MUSIC THEORY IC
Harmony of the common-practice period with attention to part writing (the melodic aspects of music). This sequence course should be taken by all students who intend to major or minor in music. Recommended prerequisite: MUS 112. Recommended co-requisite: MUS 116.
Credits: 3 Lecture: 3

MUS 114:  MUSICIANSHIP IA
Focuses on developing practical skills necessary for any musician.  Builds aural acuity through drill and practice in ear training, sight singing and dictation. Keyboard (piano) exercises will be an important part of the work. Course is designed to be taken concurrently with MUS 111.
Credits: 2 Lecture: 2

MUS 115:  MUSICIANSHIP IB
Focuses on developing practical skills necessary for any musician. Builds aural acuity through drill and practice in ear training, sight singing and dictation. Keyboard (piano) exercises will be an important part of the work. Course is designed to be taken concurrently with Music Theory IB. Recommended prerequisite: MUS 114.
Credits: 2 Lecture: 2

MUS 116:  MUSICIANSHIP IC
Focuses on developing practical skills necessary for any musician. Builds aural acuity through drill and practice in ear training, sight singing and dictation. Keyboard (piano) and computerized drill and exercises will be an important part of the work. Course is designed to be taken concurrently with Music Theory IC. Recommended prerequisite: MUS 115.
Credits: 2 Lecture: 2 

MUS 199:  SELECTED TOPICS: MUSIC
Credits: 1 to 3

MUS 201:  UNDERSTANDING MUSIC
Introduces music and its literature. Encompasses the study of musical vocabulary, style, form, principal composers and the historical development of music from the Middle Ages through the 20th century. It is recommended that the sequence be taken in order: MUS 201, MUS 202 and MUS 203.
Credits: 3 Lecture: 3

MUS 202:  UNDERSTAN DING MUSIC
Introduces music and its literature. Encompasses the study of musical vocabulary, style, form, principal composers and the historical development of music from the Middle Ages through the 20th century. It is recommended that the sequence be taken in order: MUS 201, MUS 202, MUS 203.
Credits: 3 Lecture: 3

MUS 203:  UNDERSTAN DING MUSIC
Introduces music and its literature. Encompasses the study of musical vocabulary, style, form, principal composers and the historical development of music from the Middle Ages through the 20th century. It is recommended that the sequence be taken in order: MUS 201, MUS 202, MUS 203.
Credits: 3 Lecture: 3 

MUS 205:  INTRODUCTION TO JAZZ HISTORY
Covers the history of jazz. Styles and significant artists are studied in depth. No previous musical knowledge required. Not offered every year.
Credits: 3 Lecture: 3

MUS 211:  MUSIC THEORY IIA
A continuation of common practice period harmony (Music Theory I) with stress on chromatic resources and style analysis including an introduction to harmonic practices of the 20th century. Recommended prerequisite: MUS 113. Recommended co-requisite: MUS 214.
Credits: 3 Lecture: 3

MUS 212:  MUSIC THEORY IIB
A continuation of common practice period harmony (Music Theory I) with stress on chromatic resources and style analysis  including an introduction to harmonic practices of the 20th century. Recommended prerequisite: MUS 211. Recommended co-requisite: MUS 215.
Credits: 3 Lecture: 3

MUS 213:  MUSIC THEORY IIC
A continuation of common practice period harmony (Music Theory I) with stress on chromatic resources and style analysis including an introduction to harmonic practices of the 20th century. Recommended prerequisite: MUS 212. Recommended co-requisite: MUS 216.
Credits: 3 Lecture: 3

MUS 214:  MUSICIANSHIP IIA
Focuses on developing practical skills necessary for any musician. Builds aural acuity through drill and practice in ear training, sight singing and dictation. Keyboard (piano) and computerized drill and exercises will be an important part of the work. Recommended prerequisite: MUS 116. Recommended corequisite: MUS 211.
Credits: 2 Lecture: 2

MUS 215:  MUSICIANSHIP IIB
Focuses on developing practical skills necessary for any musician. Builds aural acuity through drill and practice in ear training, sight singing and dictation. Keyboard (piano) and computerized drill and exercises will be an important part of the work. Recommended prerequisite: MUS 214. Recommended corequisite: MUS 212
Credits: 2 Lecture: 2

MUS 216:  MUSICIANSHIP IIC
Focuses on developing practical skills necessary for any musician. Builds aural acuity through drill and practice in ear training, sight singing and dictation. Keyboard (piano) and computerized drill and exercises will be an important part of the work. Recommended prerequisite: MUS 215. Recommended corequisite: MUS 213.
Credits: 2 Lecture: 2

 MUP 105:  JAZZ COMBO
Performance of wide range of jazz styles in a small group setting with an emphasis on developing knowledge and skills in improvising. Students should have some previously developed proficiency on an instrument or voice. Not offered every year.
Credits: 2 Lecture: 2

MUP 111:  WOODWIND ENSEMBLE
The study and performance of chamber music for woodwind instruments in an ensemble such as a woodwind or a clarinet quartet. Instructor approval required. Not offered every year.
Credits: 2 Lecture: 2

MUP 114:  VOCAL ENSEMBLE
A select group of singers that focuses on various jazz idioms: blues, funk, Latin and straight-ahead. Enrollment is by audition. Recommended co-requisite: MUS 197A College Choir. Contact choral program director for information about required audition. 
Credits: 2 Lecture: 2

MUP 146:  STRING ENSEMBLE 
Study and performance of chamber music for bowed string instruments in a group such as string quartet or for string ensembles including a keyboard instrument. Instructor approval required. Not offered every year.  Credits: 2 Lecture: 2

MUS 161:  JAZZ IMPROVISATION 
Introduces students to jazz improvisation in a laboratory (performance) setting. No previous experience or knowledge about jazz or improvisation necessary. Students should have some previously developed proficiency on an instrument or voice. Not offered every year.
Credits: 2 Lecture: 2 

MUS 194:  BIG BAND JAZZ 
Study and performance of music for large jazz band. May be repeated; no limit. Contact ensemble conductor for information about required audition.
Credits: 1 Other: 3

MUS 195:  CONCERT BAND  Study and performance of music for the concert band. One major concert is presented each term. May be repeated; no limit. Contact ensemble conductor for information about required audition.  Credits: 1 Other: 3

MUS 196:  SYMPHONY  
The study and performance of music for symphony orchestra. One major concert is presented each term. Instructor approval required. May be repeated; no limit. Contact ensemble conductor for information about required audition.
Credits: 1 Other: 3

MUS 197:  CASCADE CHORALE
Study, rehearsal and performance of choral literature. Meets Tuesday evenings and welcomes both college students and community members. Performs a major concert each term. May be repeated; no limit. Please note: purchase of concert dress outfit required. Contact choral program director for information about required audition.
Credits: 1 Other: 3

MUS 197A:  COLLEGE CHOIR
Focuses on preparation and performance of choral literature from a wide variety of styles and periods. Performs one major concert each term, and occasionally other concerts, that are often performed off campus. May be repeated; no limit. Contact choral program director for information about required audition.
Credits: 2 L ecture: 1 Lab: 3 

MUS 131:  PIANO CLASS I 
Teaches fundamentals of piano performance in a class format.
Credits: 2 Lecture: 2

MUS 134:  VOICE CLASS I 
Teaches fundamentals of vocal performance in a class format.
Credits: 2 L ecture: 2

MUS 137:  CLASS GUITAR I 
Teaches fundamentals of guitar performance in a class format
Credits: 2 Lecture: 2

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