Music Course Descriptions

Following are course descriptions. Check the Annual Schedule to plan your schedule.

 

MUSIC 100
Introduction to Music Theory (5)

An introduction to reading and writing music. Topics include standardmusic notation, meter, rhythm, scales and key signatures. May be usedin preparation for MUSC& 141. Previously MUSIC 100. Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in MUSC 120 required for music and music technologymajors. Mandatory decimal grading.

MUSIC & 105
Music Appreciation (5)

Why does music affect us the way it does? There is no escaping music in our society; it's everywhere. Together we will discover how and why music has impacted our culture through the centuries. We will explore music's history, its basic elements, and its power to alter entire societies. Previously MUSIC 107. Prerequisite: Successful completion of ENGL 100 (or equivalent) or test placement into ENGL& 101. Student option grading.

MUSIC 106
Music in American Culture (5)

Explore musical traditions from diverse American cultures through guided listening and analysis of songs, styles, genres and musicians, with emphasis on the role of race, class, gender and sexual-orientation. Previously MUSIC 104. Dual Listed with AES 106. Prerequisite: Successful completion of ENGL 100 or ESL 100 or placement into ENGL& 101. Student option grading.

MUSIC 108
Music in World Cultures (5)

Experience the diversity of music from around the world by examining selected musics in their broad cultural contexts: religious, historical and social. Emphasis on listening skills, music aesthetics, styles, genres, transmission and sociocultural backgrounds of musicians. Prerequisite: Successful completion of ENGL 100 or test placement into ENGL& 101. Student option grading.

MUSIC 109
American Popular Music (5)

Explore American popular music from the 19th century to today including Ragtime, Tin Pan Alley, Jazz, Rock, Country, Blues, Punk, Alternative, and Rap. Previously Music/IASTU 109. Student option grading.

MUSIC 114
Class Instruction-Guitar I (2)

This course is intended for students with little or no background in guitar performance. It presents basic skills and techniques needed toenjoy playing the guitar. Students must supply their own acoustic guitar. Previously MUSIC 114. Student option grading.

MUSIC 115
Class Instruction Electric Bass (2)

Basic skills for the electric bass including reading bass clef, scales and modes, improving technical proficiency. For beginning to intermediate players. Students must provide own instrument. Course may be taken up to six times. Previously MUSIC 115. Student option grading.

MUSIC 118
Class Instruction-Guitar II (2)

This course is intended for intermediate level guitarists. It builds on skills learned in Guitar I and presents more advanced techniques for improved acoustic guitar performance. Students must supply their ownacoustic guitar. Previously MUSIC 118. Prerequisites: MUSC 114-GuitarI, or permission of instructor. Student option grading.

MUSIC 119
Class Piano for General Students (2)

Students with little or no piano background learn basic piano skills and techniques. Previously MUSIC 127. Student option grading.

MUSIC 120
Class Piano for Music 100 Students (2)

Students learn basic skills needed in music reading, music theory and piano performance. Previously MUSIC 120. Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in MUSC 100 is required. Mandatory decimal grading.

MUSIC 135
Shoreline Singers (2)

This advanced a cappella ensemble performs a variety of challenging vocal music including classical, world music, modern music, and jazz. The group tours annually and schedules multiple performances each quarter. Previously MUSIC 131. Prerequisite: Audition required. Also requires concurrent registration in Chorale or special permission of instuctor. Mandatory decimal grading.

MUSIC 136
Jazz Ensemble (2)

The Jazz Ensemble rehearses and performs music in a variety of contemporary jazz styles. Sight reading, jazz interpretation, phrasing and improvisation are stressed. Students present several concerts each quarter and participate in a yearly concert tour, usually in Spring. Prerequisite: Membership in the Jazz Ensemble is by audition. Student option grading.

MUSIC 139
Sibelius Music Notation Software (3)

A fully online course introducing students to the creation of music using music notation software. Basic understanding of music notation is required. Prerequisite: MUSC 100 - Intro. to Music Theory or Instructor Permission. Student option grading.

MUSIC 140
Symphonic Band (2)

Shoreline's Concert Band performs quarterly concerts that include traditional music, contemporary band works, orchestral transcriptions, solo features, Broadway musicals and marches. Rehearses on Monday evenings fall, winter, spring quarters. Previously MUSIC 140. Prerequisite: ability to play a band instrument. Mandatory decimal grading.

MUSIC & 141
Music Theory I: First-Year Music Theory (5)

The course includes sight singing, keyboard training, and the theories and fundamentals of musical structure. Concurrent enrollment in MUSC 151 required. Previously MUSIC 101. Mandatory decimal grading.

MUSIC & 142
Music Theory II: First-Year Music Theory (5)

This course continues the study of music fundamentals and structure. Sight singing, keyboard assignments, melodic and elementary dictation are integrated into the class. Course is intended primarily for music majors. Concurrent enrollment in MUSC 152 (Class Piano) is required. Previously MUSIC 102. Prerequisite: MUSC& 141 with a grade of 2.0 or higher. Mandatory decimal grading.

MUSIC & 143
Music Theory III: First-Year Music Theory (5)

This course continues the study of theories and fundamentals of music structure. Sight singing and melodic and harmonic dictation are integrated into the class. This course is intended primarily for music majors. Concurrent enrollment in MUSC 153 (class piano) is required. Previously MUSIC 103. Prerequisites: MUSC& 142 with a grade of 2.0 or higher. Mandatory decimal grading.

MUSIC 144
Funkngroove (2)

Funkngroove is a performance troupe which provides opportunities for students to perform and record song compositions and arrangements in styles typical of commercial radio airplay from the 1970's to the present. Registration requires instructor permission. Previously MUSIC 144. Student option grading.

MUSIC 146
Orchestra (2)

This course is intended for string students who join an approved off-campus community orchestra which rehearses once a week, works on standard orchestral literature and performs in a public concert at least once per quarter. Previously MUSIC 146. Prerequisites: Ability to play a string instrument, permission of a music faculty advisor & the community orchestra conductor. Mandatory decimal grading.

MUSIC 147
Small Ensemble Performance (4)

Designed for intermediate to advanced musicians and singers: Weekly rehearsals focus on small group performance skill. May be repeated 6 times for credit. Ensembles include: Chamber Wind, Vocal, Guitar, Sax, Piano, Studio Musicianship, Percussion, Bluegrass, Strings, iPad, Repertoire Jazz, Creative Music and Brass. Previously MUSIC 147. Student option grading.

MUSIC 150
History of Bluegrass (2)

Bluegrass blends various musical styles, including fiddle tunes, blues, country, old-time string bands and jazz to form a uniquely American art form. This class examines the history and development of the music through reading, listening and online discussion. Previously MUSIC 150. Prerequisite: Successful completion of ENGL 100 or placement into ENGL& 101. Student option grading.

MUSIC 151
Class Piano for Music Theory I Students (2)

Music students with little or no piano background learn basic skills required of all music majors. Previously MUSIC 121. Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in MUSC& 141 is required. Mandatory decimal grading.

MUSIC 152
Class Piano for Music Theory II Students (2)

Music theory students learn basic piano skills and techniques required of music majors. Previously Music 122. Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in MUSC& 142 is required. Mandatory decimal grading.

MUSIC 153
Class Piano for Music Theory III Students (2)

Music theory students learn basic piano skills and techniques required of music majors. Previously Music 123. Concurrent enrollment in MUSC& 143 is required. Mandatory decimal grading.

MUSIC 154
Opera Workshop (1)

Students perform a minor role in a one-act opera and opera scenes in full production in English or the original language. Previously MUSIC161. Prerequisite: Instructor permission based on student audition. Mandatory decimal grading.

MUSIC 155
Opera Workshop (2)

Students perform a secondary role in a one-act opera and opera scenes in full production in English or the original language. Previously MUSIC 162. Prerequisite: Instructor permission based on student audition. Mandatory decimal grading.

MUSIC 156
Opera Workshop (3)

Students perform a major role in a one-act opera and opera scenes in full production in English or the original language. Previously MUSIC 163. Prerequisite: Instructor permission based on student audition. Mandatory decimal grading.

MUSIC 161
Class Voice Instruction - Beginning (2)

Beginning voice students learn the fundamentals and basic techniques needed in vocal performance to enhance their ability to sing in a performing ensemble and/or perform in public. This course may be repeated for credit. Previously MUSIC 137. Student option grading.

MUSIC 162
Class Voice Instruction - Intermediate (2)

Intermediate voice students learn the fundamentals and basic techniques needed in vocal performance to enhance their ability to sing in a performing ensemble and/or perform in public. This course may be repeated for credit. Previously MUSIC 138. Prerequisites: Completion of MUSC 161 or permission of instructor. Student option grading.

MUSIC 163
Class Voice Instruction - Advanced (2)

Advanced voice students learn the fundamentals and basic techniques needed in vocal performance to enhance their ability to sing in a performing ensemble and/or perform in public. This course may be repeated for credit. Previously MUSIC 139. Prerequisites: Completion of MUSC 162 or permission of instructor. Student option grading.

MUSIC 164
Musical Theater Performance (1)

Students perform a minor musical theater role in full production, accompanied by orchestra. Previously MUSIC 164. Prerequisite: Instructor permission based on student audition. Mandatory decimal grading.

MUSIC 165
Musical Theater Performance (2)

Students perform a secondary musical theater role in full production, accompanied by orchestra. Previously MUSIC 165. Prerequisite: Instructor permission based on student audition. Mandatory decimal grading.

MUSIC 166
Musical Theater Performance (3)

Students perform a major musical theater role in full production, accompanied by orchestra. Previously MUSIC 166. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor after audition. Mandatory decimal grading.

MUSIC 167
Voice-Dance Performance Techniques 1 (2)

Students develop the ability to sing and move simultaneously in preparation for performing on stage in musical roles. Previously MUSIC 167. Student option grading.

MUSIC 170
Private Instruction - Classical Voice 1 (2)

Students sing in a variety of languages, prepare for and give public performances. Students receive one-on-one mentoring to nurture artistic goals and improve vocal technique. This course enables the vocal music major to transfer two years of applied study to universities, colleges, and conservatories. Previously MUSIC 170. Prerequisite: Placement by audition and enrollment in SCC choral ensemble. Instructor approval required. Mandatory decimal grading.

MUSIC 175
Chamber Chorale (2)

Mixed voice ensemble that performs choral music in several concerts each quarter. Usually tours during the year. Membership by audition. For information call the Humanities Division or the Music Department. Previously MUSIC 153. Mandatory decimal grading.

MUSIC 180
Individual Instruction - Classical Piano I (2)

Individual instruction on technique and classical piano literature from various periods of time. Previously MUSIC 172. Prerequisite: Reading knowledge of piano music. Permission of instructor. Mandatory decimal grading.

MUSIC 184
Private Instruction Popular Voice I (2)

Students are coached to sing in a variety of popular music styles preparing them to give public performances. Students receive one-on-one mentoring to nurture artistic goals and improve technique. Vocal exercises safely increase stamina and range while developing stylistic skills matching their genre of choice. Student option grading.

MUSIC 196
Individual Instruction Instrumental (2)

Individual instruction on string, woodwind, brass and percussion instruments. Previously MUSIC 171, 173 through MUSIC 194. Mandatory decimal grading.

MUSIC 204
Improvisation I (2)

Improvisation I covers the basic elements of jazz improvisation, exploring various styles and idioms, and is open to all instrumentalists interested in playing jazz. Previously MUSIC 204. Mandatory decimal grading.

MUSIC 205
Improvisation II (2)

Improvisation II covers intermediate elements of jazz improvisation while exploring various styles and idioms. The class is open to all instrumentalists and vocalists interested in playing jazz. Previously MUSIC 205. Prerequisite: MUSC 204 or instructor permission. Mandatory decimal grading.

MUSIC 206
Jazz History (5)

Examine the history and development of jazz in the U.S. as well as its key historical figures, including Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis and others. Includes the study of issues that parallel the growth of jazz music in American society from 1900 to the present day. Student option grading.

MUSIC 207
The Craft of Songwriting (2)

Students examine the craft of writing a song and investigate how structure, melody, and lyrics function together to create a well-written song. The history of songwriting and the classic work of great songwriters are used to explore the process of songwriting. Previously MUSIC 207. Student option grading.

MUSIC 210
Songwriting Workshop (2)

Explore songwriting techniques in a supportive community with other songwriters. Hone lyrics, sharpen melodies and polish song structure. Students will write and workshop numerous original works and develop their individual voices as songwriters. Prerequisite: MUSC 207 or instructor permission. Student option grading.

MUSIC 211
Diction for Singers-Italian/German (3)

Students perform musical compositions from the past three hundred years in both Italian and German. This course stresses correct pronunciation through use of the International Phonetic Alphabet. Previously MUSIC 208. Prerequisite: MUSC 161 or instructor permission. Mandatory decimal grading.

MUSIC 212
Diction for Singers-French/English (3)

Students perform musical compositions from the past 300 years in both French and English. This course stresses correct pronunciation through use of the International Phonetic Alphabet. Previously MUSIC 209. Prerequisite: MUSC 211 or instructor permission. Student option grading.

MUSIC 224
Survey of Piano Literature (2)

Students learn essential characteristics of piano compositions from the Baroque through the 20th Century. Previously Music 221. Prerequisite: Intermediate reading level of piano music is recommended. Student option grading.

MUSIC 225
Collaborative Piano (2)

Pianists learn the skills and techniques of collaborating with vocal and instrumental soloists and ensembles. Previously Music 222. Intermediate or above reading level of piano music. Instructor permission required. Mandatory decimal grading.

MUSIC 226
Piano Pedagogy (2)

Students will learn repertoire/methods for teaching piano students in individual and group settings. Previously Music 223. Prerequisite: Intermediate reading level of piano music required. Student option grading.

MUSIC & 241
Second-Year Music Theory (5)

This course continues the study of traditional harmony with emphasis on modulation, mode mixture, formal analysis and the Neapolitan sixth. Advanced melodic and harmonic dictation, sight singing and keyboard assignments are included. Previously MUSIC 201. Prerequisite: MUSC& 143 or equivalent with instructor permission. Mandatory decimal grading.

MUSIC & 242
Second-Year Music Theory (5)

This course continues the advanced study of traditional harmony. Topics include augmented sixth chords, enharmonic reinterpretation, chromatic modulation techniques. Advanced melodic and harmonic dictation, sight singing and keyboard assignments. Previously MUSIC 202. Prerequisite: MUSC& 241 or permission of instructor. Mandatory decimal grading.

MUSIC & 243
Second-Year Music Theory (5)

Late 19th and 20th-century harmonic practice including, chromatic sequence, modes and synthetic scales, serialism and polytonality as well as 20th-century rhythmic techniques. Advanced melodic and harmonic dictation. Sight singing and keyboard assignments. Previously MUSIC 203. Prerequisite: MUSC& 242 or permission of instructor. Mandatory decimal grading.

MUSIC 251
Class Piano for Music Theory IV Students (2)

Music theory students continue to learn piano skills and techniques required of music majors. Previously MUSIC 124. Concurrent enrollment in MUSC& 241 is required. Mandatory decimal grading.

MUSIC 252
Class Piano for Music Theory V Students (2)

Music theory students continue to learn piano skills and techniques required of music majors. Previously Music 125. Concurrent enrollment in MUSC& 242 is required. Mandatory decimal grading.

MUSIC 253
Class Piano for Music Theory VI Students (2)

Music theory students continue to learn piano skills and techniques required of music majors. Previously Music 126. Concurrent enrollment in MUSC& 243 is required. Mandatory decimal grading.

MUSIC 264
Conducting (2)

A beginning class in conducting with emphasis on beat patterns, beat styles, score reading and preparation for conducting vocal and instrumental ensembles. Includes an overview of the history of the art of conducting. Previously MUSIC 291. Prerequisite: Completion of First Year Theory sequence or instructor approval required. Mandatory decimal grading.

MUSIC 268
Voice-Dance Performance Techniques 2 (2)

Students develop further skills in moving and singing simultaneously, including part singing and complex dance combinations. This course is a continuation of MUSC 167 for the more advanced student. Previously MUSIC 168. Prerequisite: Completion of MUSC 167 or instructor permission. Student option grading.

MUSIC 270
Private Instruction - Classical Voice 2 (2)

Students sing in a variety of languages, give public performances, and continue to receive one-on-one mentoring to nurture artistic goals and improve vocal technique. The vocal music major to transfer two years of applied study to universities, colleges, and conservatories. Prerequisite: proval required. Placement by audition. Instructor approval required. Mandatory decimal grading.

MUSIC 280
Individual Instruction - Classical Piano II (2)

Individual instruction on advanced technique and classical piano literature. Previously MUSIC 272. Prerequisite: Intermediate reading knowledge of piano music. Permission of instructor. Mandatory decimal grading.

MUSIC 284
Private Instruction Popular Voice II (2)

Students build on their ability to sing in a variety of popular music styles improving their ability to give public performances. Second-year students continue to receive one-on-one mentoring to nurture artistic goals and improve technique. Vocal exercises safely develop stylistic skills matching their areas of specialization. Student option grading.

MUSIC 291
Special Topics in Music (1)

Classes focus on specific issues and/or topics of interest in music. Previously MUSIC 263.

MUSIC 292
Special Topics in Music (2)

Classes focus on specific issues and/or topics of interest in music. Previously MUSIC 264.

MUSIC 293
Special Topics in Music (3)

Classes focus on specific issues and/or topics of interest in music. Previously MUSIC 265.

MUSIC 294
Special Topics in Music (4)

Classes focus on specific issues and/or topics of interest in music. Previously MUSIC 266.

MUSIC 295
Special Topics in Music (5)

Classes focus on specific issues and/or topics of interest in music. Previously MUSIC 267.

MUSIC 296
Private Instruction Instrumental (2)

Individual instruction on string, brass, woodwind and percussion instruments. Previously MUSIC 271, 273 through MUSIC 294. Prerequisite: MUSC 196 or instructor permission. Mandatory decimal grading.

MUSIC 297
Individual Project in Music (1)

Individual project in a specific area of music. By arrangement with instructor. Previously MUSIC 297. Prerequisite: Instructor permission, based on evaluation of students' educational and work experience. Mandatory decimal grading.

MUSIC 298
Individual Project in Music (2)

Individual project in a specific area of music. By arrangement with instructor. Previously MUSIC 298. Prerequisite: Instructor permission, based on evaluation of students' educational and work experience. Mandatory decimal grading.

MUSIC 299
Individual Project in Music (3)

Individual project in a specific area of music. By arrangement with instructor. Previously MUSIC 299. Prerequisite: Instructor permission, based on evaluation of students' educational and work experience. Mandatory decimal grading.