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Discipline: Degree: AA - Liberal Arts Emphasis Music A8990
Course Name Course Number
Individual Instruction MUS 160
  • Perform representative repertoire using good stage presence.
  • Memorize music for performance
  • Students who complete MUS 16 will be able to demonstrate proficiency at playing technical exercises as assigned by the private teacher.
  • Demonstrate regular practice habits.
  • Demonstrate interpretative skills.
  • Use appropriate playing or singing techniques.
  • Students who complete MUS 16 will be able to preform from one to three pieces of music or songs learned during the semester, as requested by the faculty jury.
Advanced Piano MUS 18
  • Students who complete MUS 18 will demonstrate ability to play assigned technical exercises using appropriate technique.
  • Students who complete MUS18 will be able to play two assigned pieces of music from the textbook used in the course.
Chamber Music MUS 27
  • Students will gain experience in recognizing common classical rhythmic patterns through music preparation.
  • Play wind repertory in various styles.
  • Students will gain experience recognizing common musical stylistic elements, including pitch identification, dynamics, and varied articulation, through music preparation.
  • Develop growth in musical and technical skills as instrumentalists
Chambers Singers MUS 45
  • Memorize music and present public performances as a member of an ensemble.
  • Differentiate tone colors needed for effective interpretation of the music.
  • Harmonize with each voice in groups.
  • Blend with each voice in groups.
  • Develop vocalizing skills.
  • Sight read musical pieces.
  • The Mt SAC Chamber Singers will travel to Cincinnati, Ohio to perform at the ACDA National Conference in the Spring of 2023. The students will have the opportunity to perform their own concert as well as listen to other choirs from around the United States and various countries. The students will be asked to come up with differences and similarities between the different performing ensembles and to evaluate each groups performance.
  • Students will be able to identify all major key signatures and names of notes in the treble and bass clefs.
  • Students will be able to identify the correct solfege syllable for example notes in any major key.
Collegiate Chorale MUS 30
  • Student will be able to hold his/her own part in multi-part harmony, as selected from the ensemble's concert repertoire, when asked to perform in scheduled parts tests. A minimum of 80% accuracy of pitch and rhythm is expected when tested.
  • Student will be able to name the notes as indicated on the music staff in both the treble and bass clefs.
  • Define key musical terms.
  • Prepare and perform a selected solo.
  • Memorize selected works to be performed by the choir.
  • Exercise skill in watching and following the conductor.
  • Differentiate tone colors to express correct meaning of words in text.
  • Demonstrate skill in harmonizing with other voices in the ensemble.
  • Demonstrate skills in effectively blending with other voices in section.
  • Demonstrate skills in basic elements of vocalizing, including blend, balance and solfeggio.
  • Students will gain experience recognizing common musical elements (pitch identification, dynamics, and articulation) through music preparation.
Concert Choir MUS 31
  • Students will be able to identify all major key signatures and names of notes in the treble and bass clefs.
  • Students will be able to identify the correct solfege syllable for example notes in any major key.
  • Demonstrate skill in effective group singing and following the conductor at all times.
  • Contrast tone colors to express correct meaning of text.
  • Apply proper breath support to singing
  • Utilize vocalizing skills to harmonize with other sections of the choir
  • Utilize vocalizing skills to blend effectively with each voice in the section.
  • Practice and apply elements of vocalizing.
Conducting MUS 22
  • Students will be able to conduct simple selections utilizing mixed meters.
  • Students will be able to conduct multiple patterns in varied styles.
  • Demonstrate effective leadership qualities and physical carriage.
  • Apply effective interpretation skills.
  • Use music terminology commonly found in musical scores.
  • Demonstrate effective rehearsal techniques.
  • Conduct singers and/or instrumentalists in a rehearsal.
  • Read music from a full score.
  • Show use of effective beat patterns.
DJ Performance MUS 180
  • Improvise in realtime using Musical Instrument Digital Interface and Disc Jockey controllers
Ensemble MUS 38
  • Students participating in MUS 38 will develop the skills necessary to perform in an ensemble, follow a conductor, and perform on stage.
  • The ensemble course, MUS 38, is comprised of variously sized ensembles on any given semesters. However, students should be able to start, finish, and perform musical excerpts and selections on their own, without the assistance of a conductor.
Intermediate Piano MUS 17B
  • Students who complete MUS17B will demonstrate their ability to play two assigned pieces of music from the textbook used in the course.
  • Students who complete MUS 17B will demonstrate their ability to play natural, harmonic, and melodic minor scales in at least one octave, right hand alone, in the keys of a minor, d minor, and e minor.
Jazz Encemble MUS 47
  • Students will gain experience in recognizing common jazz and commercial rhythmic patterns through music preparation.
  • To measure the benefits of travel with performing ensembles. The Mt SAC Jazz Ensemble will travel to compete at the Reno Jazz Festival. Competition is important in measuring student success as well as gaining recognition for the college as a whole. Students also gain exposure to other community college programs as well a 4 year university programs. This exposure shows the students the level that must be attained to perform with a high level university program. Students will also gain an educational benefit through the various master classes offered throughout the festival.
  • Students will gain experience recognizing common musical elements, including pitch identification, dynamics, and varied articulation, through music preparation.
  • Identify stylistic characteristics related to historical accuracy of arrangements
  • Apply sight-reading skills.
  • Develop growth in musical and technical skills as instrumentalists.
  • Play jazz repertory in various styles.
Laboratory Band MUS 39
  • Identify stylistic characteristics related to historical accuracy of arrangements.
  • Apply sight-reading skills
  • Develop growth in musical and technical skills as instrumentalists.
  • Play jazz repertory in various styles.
  • Students will gain experience recognizing common musical elements (pitch identification, dynamics, and articulation) through music preparation.
  • Students will gain experience in recognizing common jazz and commercial music rhythmic patterns through music preparation.
Men's Vocal Ensemble MUS 48
  • Blend voices and achieve a well balanced sound.
  • Sing music of different styles effectively.
  • Demonstrate skill in sight reading music.
  • Students will be able to identify all chromatic intervals within an octave or chromatic scale.
  • Students will be able to identify the correct solfege syllable for example notes in any major key.
  • Demonstrate professional musicianship skills
  • Perform for the college and community.
Music Fundamentals for Musicians MUS 110A
  • Calculate the beat value, beat division, beat type and meter for any regular time signature.
  • Calculate the duration of notes and rests.
  • Identify pitches and pitch registers when notated on the staff using G, F or C clefs, or when designated on the piano keyboard.
  • MUS 2 students will be able to name the chord quality of all diatonic triads and seventh chords in both the major and minor modes.
  • Students will know, by the number and type of accidentals, all 15 major keys and 15 minor keys.
  • MUS 5A students will be able to sing on sight a short diatonic melody mixing stepwise motion and occasional skips through the tonic harmony.
  • Classify cadences by type
  • Distinguish between consonant and dissonant intervals in music notation.
  • Recognize, calculate and construct intervals between pitches.
  • Calculate interval inversions.
  • Evaluate minor melodies for tonal problems and employ accidentals to correct these problems.
  • Memorize, recall and interpret the circle of fifths
  • Recognize and construct major scales, minor scales and their respective key signatures.
  • Analyze diatonic music for harmony using Roman numerals and bass position figures when the non-chord tones have been omitted or identified for the student
  • Memorize and recall all diatonic triad and seventh chord qualities in major and minor.
  • Identify and construct triads and seventh chords
  • Evaluate two-voice first species tonal counterpoint on the basis of its adherence to style rules and aesthetic guidelines
  • Students will demonstrate, through dictation, an aural understanding of major-mode melodies making use of rhythmic divisions, stepwise motion and occasional leaps through adjacent tones of the tonic and dominant triads.
  • MUS 5A students will be able to transcribe a diatonic melody played four times at the piano. This melody may use stepwise motion only, except for skips through the tonic triad and skips between 're' and 'ti'.
  • Recognize and distinguish the four types of contrapuntal motion.
Music Theory I MUS 120
  • MUS 3A students will be able to analyze a diatonic chorale phrase for harmony and non-chord tones.
  • Realize, in four-part keyboard and SATB style, diatonic figured basses employing the figures 5/3, 6/3, 6/4, 7 and their common variants.
  • Locate and identify contrapuntal errors, voicing errors and line errors in part writing.
  • Locate deviations from normative chord syntax in major and minor chord progressions.
  • MUS 3A students will be able to realize a diatonic figured bass and analyze its figures for harmony (using Roman numerals). This figured bass may include figures for diatonic triads in any inversion and figures for the dominant seventh chord in any inversion.
  • Harmonize in four-part keyboard and SATB style a diatonic melody using diatonic triads in any acceptable inversion and the dominant seventh in root position.
  • Locate and classify passing tones, neighbor tones and suspensions in diatonic music employing a chorale texture.
  • Embellish four-part writing with passing tones, neighbor tones and single suspensions.
  • Analyze, using Roman numerals and bass position figures, diatonic passages from Bach-style chorales employing passing tones, neighbor tones and suspensions.
  • Analyze a diatonic figured bass for harmony using Roman numerals and bass position figures.
  • Compose music in four-part keyboard and SATB style from Roman numerals, outer voices with Roman numerals, basses with Roman numerals, sopranos with Roman numerals and unfigured outer voices.
Music Theory III MUS 140
  • Analyze for harmony, using Roman numerals and bass position figures, any chromatic figured bass.
  • MUS 3C students will be able to analyze a short passage of Classical or Romantic era piano repertoire for harmony and non-chord tones. This passage may incorporate secondary chromaticism, common chord modulation, enharmonic modulation, mode mixture and chromatic "voice leading" chords such as the Neapolitan, augmented sixth and common tone diminished chord.
  • Construct church modes and modes of limited transposition in music notation.
  • Construct mode mixture chords, the Neapolitan, augmented sixth chords and altered dominants in music notation from Roman numerals and bass position figures.
  • Compose phrases in unembellished SAB or SATB format that modulate to foreign keys using chromatic chords and advanced techniques of modulation.
  • Compose music in three or four parts from Roman numerals, outer voices with Roman numerals, basses with Roman numerals, sopranos with Roman numerals and unfigured outer voices using advanced chromatic techniques, including mode mixture, the Neapolitan, augmented sixth chords, the common tone diminished seventh chord, altered dominants, extended dominants and advanced techniques of modulation.
  • Harmonize in three or four parts a chorale tune using advanced chromatic techniques, including mode mixture, the Neapolitan, augmented sixth chords, the common tone diminished seventh chord, altered dominants, extended dominants and advanced techniques of modulation.
  • Realize in three or four parts a figured bass that employs mode mixture, the Neapolitan, augmented sixth chords, common tone diminished chords and advanced techniques of modulation.
  • MUS 3C students will, upon hearing 10 one-minute excerpts of pre-assigned sonata form repertoire, be able to identify the composer, composition and formal section or sections (slow introduction, exposition, development, recapitulation or coda) spanned by each excerpt.
  • Describe the location and function of each section and subsection of Darcy-Hepokoski Type 3 sonata form.
  • Locate and identify on a printed musical score the sections and subsections of sonata form.
  • Identify by ear sonata form sections and subsections for pieces from an assigned listening list.
  • Analyze for harmony, using Roman numerals and bass position figures, any music or musical excerpt from the common practice period, including solo music, keyboard music and ensemble music.
Musicianship I MUS 125
  • MUS 5B students will be able to sing on sight a short diatonic melody mixing stepwise motion and frequent skips through the tonic, subdominant and dominant harmonies.
  • Perform at sight rhythm pieces and rhythm patterns in simple meters that use a quarter note beat and include subdivisions.
  • MUS 5B students will be able to transcribe the soprano voice, bass voice and harmony (using Roman numerals and figures) of a six-chord four-part progression played four times at the piano. This progression may use only diatonic triads in root position.
  • Dictate, in correct music notation and Roman numerals, the chords, soprano and bass for phrase-length four-part progressions that make use of diatonic triads in any inversion and V7 in root position.
  • Dictate, in correct music notation, melodies and melodic patterns that outline any diatonic triads and V7.
  • Dictate, in correct music notation, rhythm pieces and patterns that employ a compound beat and values no smaller than the subdivision.
  • Dictate, in correct music notation, rhythm pieces and patterns that employ a simple beat and values no smaller than the subdivision.
  • Aurally distinguish between the intervals of the m7, TT and M7 when played melodically.
  • Sing at sight diatonic melodies, melodic patterns and duets outlining any diatonic triads and V7 using moveable-do solfege.
  • Sing memorized melodies, melodic patterns and duets outlining any diatonic triads and V7 using moveable-do solfege.
  • Perform at sight rhythm pieces and patterns in compound meters that use a dotted quarter note beat and include subdivisions.
Piano I MUS 170
  • Students who successfully complete MUS17A will be able to demonstrate ability to play two assigned pieces of music from the textbook used in the course.
  • Students who complete MUS17A will be able to demonstrate ability to play C, G, D, A, and E major scales with hands together.
Vocal Jazz Ensemble MUS 44
  • Perform concerts for the college and the local community.
  • Students will be able to recognize and differentiate between various song forms, including 12-bar blues, AABA, and 'other.'
  • Students will be able to identify all chromatic intervals within an octave or chromatic scale.
  • Demonstrate an attitude of professionalism and responsible work ethic in rehearsals.
  • Memorize music and perform in public as a group and as a soloist.
  • Demonstrate effective techniques for using a microphone in live performance
  • Perform in different vocal jazz styles.
Western Music History I: Antiquity to 1750 MUS 105
  • Analyze and evaluate the development of structure and form in the music of the time periods being studied.
  • Distinguish different instrumental timbres.
  • Synthesize the contributions of important composers, their works, and formal structures.
  • MUS 11A students will, upon hearing a one-minute excerpt of pre-assigned music repertoire along with the excerpted score between the Medieval and late Classical periods, be able to identify the compositional techniques and stylistic characteristics unique to the period.
  • Analyze basic elements of musical sound such as rhythms, melody, tonality, harmony, and counterpoint as those elements apply to a variety of examples both western and non- western
  • Define technical musical terms and make use of those terms in written reports.
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  • MUS 11A students will, upon hearing a one-minute excerpt of pre-assigned music repertoire along with the excerpted score between the Medieval and late Classical periods, be able to describe the stylistic characteristics unique to the genre and period.
Wind Ensemble MUS 49
  • Develop growth in musical and technical skills as instrumentalists
  • Students will gain experience in recognizing common classical rhythmic patterns through music preparation.
  • Students will gain experience recognizing and identifying common musical stylistic elements including pitch identification, dynamics, and other compulsory musical knowledge.
  • Play wind repertory in various styles.
Wind Symphony MUS 36
  • Students will gain experience recognizing common musical elements, including pitch identification, dynamics, and varied articulation, through music preparation.
  • Students will gain experience in recognizing common classical rhythmic patterns through music preparation.
Women in Music MUS 101
  • Combine subjective and objective responses in order to articulate a critical opinion about selected musicalworks.
  • Identify female composers and musicians, and place their lives and work in an historical and cultural context.
  • Identify the interactions between gender and the social systems which have historically influenced the creation of musical works.
  • Identify stylistic trends, genres, and historical time periods in music.
  • Apply critical listening skills to the analysis of musical performances, in both recorded and live formats.
  • Identify and discuss musical elements, using accurate terminology to describe melody, rhythm, harmony, tonecolor, form, and dynamics.
Women's Vocal Ensemble MUS 34
  • Demonstrate professional musicianship skills.
  • Perform for the college and the community.
  • Blend voices to achieve a well balanced sound.
  • Sing music of different styles effectively.
  • Demonstrate skill in sight reading music.
  • Students will be able to identify the correct solfege syllable for example notes in any major key.
  • Students will be able to identify all major key signatures and names of notes in the treble and bass clefs.