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Music LPC
MUS 1 Introduction to Music 3.00 Units
Music for enjoyment and understanding through informed listening, analysis, evaluation and discernment of musical elements, forms, and repertoire. Attendance at concerts and listening to a variety of music may be required.
College: Las Positas College
Division: A - H
 
MUS 3 World Music 3.00 Units
The study of the folk and art music of world cultures. Includes the traditional music of Sub-Saharan Africa, Middle East, China, Japan, Indonesia, India, Latin America, Europe, and Native America. Attendance at world music concerts is required.
College: Las Positas College
Division: A - H
 
MUS 4 Jazz in American Culture 3.00 Units
History, trends, and influences of the phenomenon of jazz through integration of the cultures of (but not limited to) African-American, European-American and the Latin-American communities. Required listening, reading and concert attendance will guide the student to value jazz as a form of self-expression and improve the ability to listen and understand the various eras in jazz from pre-Dixieland to present day.
College: Las Positas College
Division: A - H
 
MUS 5 American Cultures in Music 3.00 Units
Music in twentieth century United States through the study of contributions of three selected groups from the following: African-Americans, Latin-Americans, Asian-Americans, European-Americans, and Native Americans. Emphasis on understanding diverse styles, and on integrating these styles into American music. Concert, religious, and folk-pop music will be included.
College: Las Positas College
Division: A - H
 
MUS 6 Basic Music Skills 2.00 Units
Essentials of music through notation, time elements, melody, harmony, and tonality, texture, dynamics and knowledge of the keyboard. Sight singing and ear training.
College: Las Positas College
Division: A - H
 
MUS 8A Theory and Musicianship 1 4.00 Units
Elements of diatonic harmony through part writing and ear training exercises as typified by musical practice from 1600 to the present. Includes keys, modes, scales, tonality, intervals, solfeggio, consonance/dissonance, rhythmic organization, chord structure, chord and interval recognition, melodic and rhythmic dictation, voice leading principles, non-chord tones, four-part voice leading with selected primary and secondary chords, and figured bass realization. Strongly Recommended: MUS 6, MUS 21A with a minimum grade of C
College: Las Positas College
Division: A - H
 
MUS 8B Theory and Musicianship 2 4.00 Units
Continues diatonic harmony through part writing and ear training exercises as typified by musical practice from 1600 to the present, continues solfeggio, chord recognition, melodic and rhythmic dictation, voice leading involving four -part choral writing, and figured bass realization. Introduces harmonic dictation, cadential elaboration, non-dominant seventh chords, and an introduction to secondary/applied chords and modulation Prerequisite: MUS 8A with a minimum grade of C Strongly Recommended: MUS 8A, MUS 21A with a minimum grade of C
College: Las Positas College
Division: A - H
 
MUS 10A Theory and Musicianship 3 4.00 Units
This course incorporates the concepts from the Mus 8 series. In addition, through analysis and composition, the course will include: introduction to chromatic harmony; secondary/applied chords; modulation; borrowed chords; modulation; borrowed chords; introduction to Neapolitan and augmented-sixth chords. Mus 10A also applies and develops the rhythmic, melodic, and harmonic materials of the musicianship portion of Mus 8 series through ear training, sight singing, analysis, and dictation. Prerequisite: MUS 8B with a minimum grade of C
College: Las Positas College
Division: A - H
 
MUS 10B Theory and Musicianship 4 4.00 Units
This course incorporates the concepts from Music 10A. In addition, through writing and analysis, the course will include: post-Romantic techniques such as borrowed chords and modal mixture, chromatic mediants, Neapolitan and augmented-sixth chords, 9th, 11th and 13th chords, altered chords and dominants; and 20th century techniques such as: Impressionism, tone rows, set theory, pandiatonicism and polytonalism, meter and rhythm. This course also applies and develops the rhythmic, melodic, and harmonic materials of Mus 10A through ear training, sight singing, analysis, and dictation. Prerequisite: MUS 10A with a minimum grade of C
College: Las Positas College
Division: A - H
 
MUS 11 Commercial Music Combo 1.00 Unit
For instrumentalists and vocalists who want experience in performing and interpreting small-group commercial music literature. Emphasis will be on articulations, stylistic differences, composition, arranging, and common performance practices. Enrollment by audition only. Strongly Recommended: MUS 18A and MUS 6 with a minimum grade of C
College: Las Positas College
Division: A - H
 
MUS 13 History of Rock and Roll 3.00 Units
A cultural survey of original American music traditions, forms and trends influenced by cultural, socio-economic, socio-political and economic changes including blues, jazz, early rock, the British Invasion, rap, hip hop culture, Latino rock, heavy metal, jazz-rock fusion, electronic, modern rock, and pop.
College: Las Positas College
Division: A - H
 
MUS 14 Jazz Workshop 1.00 Unit
Reading, preparation and performance of contemporary Jazz music. Opportunity to apply improvisation techniques in a group setting.
College: Las Positas College
Division: A - H
 
MUS 15 Jazz Ensemble 1.00 Unit
This course is for the study, rehearsal, and public performance of standard jazz ensemble literature, with an emphasis on the development of skills needed to perform within an ensemble. New literature will be studied each term so that different technical and artistic issues are addressed. Opportunities to arrange and compose for the ensemble as well as to conduct. Opportunity to apply improvisation techniques in a group setting.
College: Las Positas College
Division: A - H
 
MUS 16 Philharmonic Orchestra 1.00 Unit
This course is for the study, rehearsal, and public performance of the standard Classical orchestra literature, with an emphasis on the development of skills needed to perform within an ensemble. Different literature is studied each semester so that different technical, historical and artistic issues are addressed. Attendance at all scheduled performances is required. Audition required.
College: Las Positas College
Division: A - H
 
MUS 17A Jazz Combo 1 1.00 Unit
For instrumentalists who want experience in performing and interpreting small-group literature. The music literature will cover important aspects of Jazz band development and works of all styles and periods. Emphasis will be on articulations, stylistic differences, composition, arranging, and common performance practices of the various periods of music. Enrollment by audition only. Strongly Recommended: MUS 18A, MUS 6 with a minimum grade of C
College: Las Positas College
Division: A - H
 
MUS 17B Jazz Combo 2 1.00 Unit
For intermediate/advanced instrumentalists who want to continue what they learned in 17A by performing, composing, and arranging small-group literature. Enrollment by audition only. Prerequisite: MUS 17A with a minimum grade of C
College: Las Positas College
Division: A - H
 
MUS 18A Jazz/Pop Piano 1 1.00 Unit
Voicings, chords, and guidelines for interpretation of lead sheets in a variety of genres for the contemporary pianist. Emphasis on improvisation, accompaniment, bass lines, grooves, and reharmonization. Strongly Recommended: MUS 21A with a minimum grade of C.
College: Las Positas College
Division: A - H
 
MUS 18B Jazz/Pop Piano 2 1.00 Unit
Building on the content offered in Music 18A, this course offers more advanced voicings, chords, and guidelines for interpretation of lead sheets in a variety of genres for the contemporary pianist. The student learns chords and chord progressions used in jazz and popular music styles as applied to the keyboard, focusing on chromatic seventh chords and sequences, chord extensions and advanced rhythmic concepts. Prerequisite: MUS 18A with a minimum grade of C
College: Las Positas College
Division: A - H
 
MUS 19 Studies in Music Composition 3.00 Units
Presents a technical and historical analysis of works in various music languages. Students will compose individual pieces to be performed by college-based music ensembles. Strongly Recommended: MUS 8A with a minimum grade of B
College: Las Positas College
Division: A - H
 
MUS 21A Beginning Piano 1.00 Unit
Group instruction in piano for the absolute beginner with emphasis on developing technique, reading music, and performing. Strongly recommended: MUS 6
College: Las Positas College
Division: A - H
 
MUS 21B Beginning Piano: Intermediate 1.00 Unit
Development of skills learned in Music 21A. Emphasis on further development of technique and performance. Prerequisite: Mus 21A with a minimum grade of C
College: Las Positas College
Division: A - H
 
MUS 22A Scoring Film and Multimedia 1 3.00 Units
Applications and techniques of composition and sound effects for film and other visual media. Musical and technical elements of producing digital audio tracks are covered. Strongly Recommended: MUS 35 with a minimum grade of C
College: Las Positas College
Division: A - H
 
MUS 22B Scoring Film and Multimedia 2 3.00 Units
Building on material covered in Scoring for Film and Multimedia 1, students will continue to hone compositional technique for film and other visual media. Upon successful completion of this course, students will be prepared to enter the film music industry with necessary skill sets to succeed. Prerequisite: MUS 22A and MUS 36 with a minimum grade of C
College: Las Positas College
Division: A - H
 
MUS 23A Elementary Voice I 1.00 Unit
Group singing with emphasis on solo performance. Tone production, breathing, diction, and interpretation in regard to song literature. Strongly Recommended: MUS 6
College: Las Positas College
Division: A - H
 
MUS 23B Elementary Voice II 1.00 Unit
Development of skills learned in Music 23A. Emphasis on further development of vocal production and performance. Prerequisite: MUS 23A with a minimum grade of C
College: Las Positas College
Division: A - H
 
MUS 28 Keyboard Skills 1.00 Unit
Emphasis on correct harmonization of melodies with various styles of piano accompaniments; transposition; improvisation ; modulation; sight reading; principles of accompanying soloists and groups; ensemble playing; playing by ear. Frequent solo and ensemble performances in class. Intended for piano teachers or classroom music teachers. Strongly recommended: MUS 21B
College: Las Positas College
Division: A - H
 
MUS 31 Study of Piano 1.00 Unit
Development of functional piano skills. Designed for knowledge and skill of intermediate or advanced level. Prerequisite: MUS 21B with a minimum grade of C
College: Las Positas College
Division: A - H
 
MUS 34 Music in Film 3.00 Units
The class traces the history and development of film music through reading, lecture and film viewing. The class studies the process of film scoring and how music and its relationship to film have changed over the last century. Class includes discussion and evaluation of different compositional styles and learning to listen critically to film scores while viewing movies.
College: Las Positas College
Division: A - H
 
MUS 35 Intro to Music Technology 3.00 Units
This course covers the following basic aspects of music technology: computer skills, software-based sequencing, synthesis, MIDI, sampling, notation, principles of sound, microphones, introduction to digital audio, signal processing, mixers and mixing, recording principles, cables and interconnects, and audio in live performance.
College: Las Positas College
Division: A - H
 
MUS 36 Intermediate Music Technology 3.00 Units
This course is the 2nd level course in the music technology series. Topics include intermediate/advanced computer skills, software-based sequencing, synthesis, MIDI, sampling, notation, principles of sound, microphones, introduction to digital audio, signal processing, mixers and mixing, recording principles, cables and interconnects, and audio in live performance. Prerequisite: MUS 35
College: Las Positas College
Division: A - H
 
MUS 37 Music Industry Career Dev. 3.00 Units
Career opportunities and business practices in the music industry. Focus on career options and development, artist management, unions, music merchandising, music for film and digital media, and concert promotion.
College: Las Positas College
Division: A - H
 
MUS 38 Applied Lessons 1.00 Unit
Individualized study of the appropriate techniques and repertoire for the specific instrument or voice being studied. The emphasis is on the progressive development of skills needed for solo performance. Achievement is evaluated through a juried performance. Enrollment subject to a standardized audition demonstrating basic competencies in technique and musicianship in their major performance medium. Corequisites: MUS 8A or MUS 8B or MUS 10A or MUS 10B or MUS 12 or MUS 14 or MUS 15 or MUS 16 or MUS 44 or MUS 45 or MUS 46A or MUS 46B or MUS 48.
College: Las Positas College
Division: A - H
 
MUS 41 Instrumental Chamber Music 1.00 Unit
This course is an instrumental music ensemble that performs selections from the standard classical repertoire, as well as modern compositions. Students develop all aspects of instrumental performance including technique, sight-reading, intonation, rhythmic interpretation, ensemble balance, and stylistic interpretation. Musical instruments may include members of the brass, woodwind, string, percussion, and keyboard families. Enrollment by audition only.
College: Las Positas College
Division: A - H
 
MUS 44 Concert Choir 1.00 Unit
This course offers an opportunity for students to study, interpret, and perform vocal ensemble music in a variety of styles. Emphasis is placed on building ensemble singing experience and techniques towards a successful audition into higher-level ensembles. Designed for students of all backgrounds and experience levels. Concurrent enrollment in MUS 6 (Basic Music Skills) is highly recommended.
College: Las Positas College
Division: A - H
 
MUS 45 Chamber Choir 2.00 Units
A performance-based class furthering the effective study, interpretation, and presentation of choral literature. Designed for vocalists with previous classical ensemble experience. Performs multiple times per semester. Strongly Recommended: MUS 6, MUS 44 with a minimum grade of C Enrollment Limitation: Audition Required
College: Las Positas College
Division: A - H
 
MUS 46 Vocal Jazz Ensemble 2.00 Units
An advanced performance-based class exploring jazz voice in an ensemble setting. Course emphasizes the study of a variety of jazz and pop/rock styles, overall healthy vocal technique, use of microphones and an active sound system, vocal improvisation, and overall musicianship. Singing and ensemble experience highly recommended, as the class requires strong sense of intonation, rhythm, and vocal blend. Performs multiple times per semester. Strongly Recommended: MUS 6, MUS 44 with a minimum grade of C Enrollment Limitation: Audition Required
College: Las Positas College
Division: A - H
 
MUS 48 Improvisation Lab 1.00 Unit
This course exposes students to the fundamental concepts and skills any improviser needs to succeed in a group setting. The course is open to any instrumentalist or vocalist with no audition or experience in jazz required. The course is intended to prepare students for established advanced jazz ensembles in the department like Jazz Combos, Jazz Band, and Vocal East. Emphasis will be on group activities, independent practice, basic theory concepts, and performance. Strongly Recommended: MUS 6 or MUS 8A with a minimum grade of C
College: Las Positas College
Division: A - H
 

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