The music program is designed for both serious music study and personal enrichment.
Music has different meanings for different people. To a musician, music is their life. They eat, breathe, and live music. For others, music is a hobby, a pastime. The casual fan may learn about music, how to read music, how to sing, or how to play a musical instrument. Music is a means of relaxation for some, while others simply enjoy listening to the sounds, melodies, and rhythms that music brings to their ears, minds, and hearts.
We believe everyone is musical, has a need for musical expression, and that music is essential to a well-rounded education.
|MUC 123||Electronic Media I||2||
Introduces digital recording, sound design and elements of desk top multimedia production in an off-the-shelf software environment. Explores moving images, narrative text, independent research and sound animation. Includes the fundamentals of MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) as well as various industry standard media production tools, i.e. iMovie, Logic Pro and Cakewalk. Personal instruments are welcome in class. Prerequisite: WR 90 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.
|MUC 124||Electronic Media II||2||
Covers computer based recording, synthesis and notation for the composer/arranger. Includes fundamentals in Midi, sequencing, sampling, basic signal processing, and practical production skills using current digital technology. Write original material during labs sessions. Audit available.
|MUS 105||Music Appreciation||3||
Provides an introduction to understanding symphonic music in the vocal and instrumental genres from the ancient period through the contemporary music of our time. Class will be presented using a multi-media format. Prerequisite/concurrent: WR 115 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.
|MUS 108||Music Cultures of the World||3||
Examines musical cultures throughout the world with attention to cultural contexts and musical styles, including but not limited to Africa, the Americas, Asia, Near East, Europe and the South Pacific. Prerequisite/concurrent: WR 121. Audit available.
|MUS 110||Fundamentals of Music||4||
Covers the basic concepts of music: pitch, rhythm, meter, intervals, modes, scales, harmony and music notation. Introduces the science of sound and music theory terminology. Begins development of musical performance skills through singing, clapping and performance on the piano keyboard. Includes basic aural/vocal skills. Course intended for non-music majors and to prepare students for further music theory study. Prerequisite: MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Prerequisite/concurrent: WR 121. Audit available.
|MUS 191||Guitar I||2||
Develops solo and ensemble guitar in a group setting, stressing the finding of one’s musical voice within the panoply of guitar styles. Surveys classical as well as culturally based styles, and includes guitar notation systems. Varied performance levels will be accommodated in the class. Enthusiasm and possession of a nylon stringed acoustic guitar is the only prerequisite. Audit available.
|MUS 202||Introduction to Music and Its Literature||3||
Covers music of the Classic and Romantic eras of music history. Prerequisite/concurrent: WR 115 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.