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Music Program

2016-2017

Description

The academic program in Music is designed to provide students with the fundamental skills for most musical pursuits while remaining flexible so that students may determine which music courses are most suitable to meet their individual goals. It is recommended that students seek advice from a member of the Music faculty.

Program Goals

This program will prepare students to transfer to four-year universities as a music major, to receive the Associates Degree in Music Studies, and to develop basic skills that relate to the music industry.

Program Emphasis

An Associate of Arts in Music Studies degree emphasizes transfer preparation for music majors.

Award Type Units
Certificate of Performance:
Music Composition 17.5
Music Technology 17.5
Music Theory 17.5
Associate of Arts Degree:
Music Studies 27*

*and courses to meet graduation requirements, general education and electives as needed to meet the minimum of 60 units required for the degree.

Career Options

Most careers in music require education beyond the associate degree and some require a graduate degree.

program Learning Outcomes

Students who complete the Music Program will be able to:

  • Demonstrate critical thinking through musical performances, reading music notation, using music technology, and communicating musical concepts using correct terminology.
  • Demonstrate aural, aesthetic and cultural awareness through recognizing elements of music which are the product of and response to cultural values, traditions, and norms.
  • Demonstrate aural, aesthetic, and cultural awareness through recognizing, comparing and discussing distinguishing elements of music and music literature.

Students will be assessed through a combination of performance evaluations, written assignments, and written tests and quizzes.

Certificate of Performance

Music Composition*

Students may take the following selected courses considered necessary by the Music Department to pursuing music composition as a specialty within the discipline of music.

Courses: Units
MUSI 123 Recital Hour 0.5
MUSI 190 The Electronic Music Studio 3
MUSI 202 Computer Music 3
MUSI 206A Project in Composition 3
MUSI 206B Project in Composition 3
Select one course from:
MUSI 158A Music Theory I 4
MUSI 158B Music Theory II 4
MUSI 213A Jazz Theory for Piano I 4
MUSI 213B Jazz Theory for Piano II 4
MUSI 258A Music Theory III 4
MUSI 258B Music Theory IV 4
Select one course from:
MUSI 268A Beginning Ear Training Laboratory I 1
MUSI 268B Beginning Ear Training Laboratory II 1
MUSI 269A Advanced Ear Training Laboratory III 1
MUSI 269B Advanced Ear Training Laboratory IV 1
Total Units = 17.5

Music Technology*

Students may take the following selected courses considered necessary by the Music Department to pursuing careers in the music recording industry or in music production as a specialty within the discipline of music.

Courses: Units
MUSI 123 Recital Hour 0.5
MUSI 150A Basic Musicianship 3
MUSI 190 The Electronic Music Studio 3
MUSI 201 Recording Arts 3
MUSI 202 Computer Music 3
Select one course from:
MUSI 205A Projects in Electronic Music
MUSI 205B Projects in Electronic Music
MUSI 206A Projects in Composition
MUSI 206B Projects in Composition
3
Select two units from:
MUSI 116A College Piano I
MUSI 116B College Piano II
MUSI 216 College Piano III
2
Total Units = 17.5

Music Theory*

Students may take the following selected courses considered necessary by the Music Department to pursuing music composition as a specialty within the discipline of music. Satisfactory completion of MUSI 150A or equivalent is required as a prerequisite to enter the sequence of Music Theory courses beginning with MUSI 158A.

*A Certificate of Performance is a departmental award that does not appear on the student’s transcript. All courses must be completed within the San Diego Community College District.

Courses: Units
MUSI 123 Recital Hour 0.5
Select three courses in sequence from:
MUSI 150A Music Theory I 4
MUSI 190 Music Theory II 4
MUSI 258A Music Theory III 4
MUSI 258B Music Theory IV 4
Select three courses in sequence from:
MUSI 268A Beginning Ear Training Laboratory I 1
MUSI 268B Beginning Ear Training Laboratory II 1
MUSI 269A Advanced Ear Training Laboratory III 1
MUSI 269B Advanced Ear Training Laboratory IV 1
Select one course from:
MUSI 116A College Piano I 2
MUSI 116B College Piano II 2
MUSI 216 College Piano III 2
Total Units = 17.5

Associate of Arts Degree

Music Studies

Note: Students may design their own Associate of Arts degree by choosing the appropriate number of units from the following two lists. Music majors planning to transfer to a four-year college as juniors are strongly urged to take the Recommended Electives.

MUSIC MAJORS PLANNING TO TRANSFER

Music course requirements can vary from school to school; students are strongly urged to contact the four-year institution of their choice prior to transferring to verify required coursework. Because the curriculum at many four-year colleges expect that students’ first two years of study include 1) two semesters of music history, 2) four semesters of music theory, 3) four semesters of ear-training, 4) four semesters of individual applied music study, 5) piano proficiency and 6) four semesters of participation in a performance group, it is recommended that students planning to transfer as a junior select from the following courses:

Recommended Electives: Music Listening
MUSI 103 History of Rock Music or
MUSI 105 Music of Our Time or
MUSI 111 Jazz - History and Development 3
Recommended Electives: Piano
MUSI 116A College Piano I 2
MUSI 116B College Piano II 2
MUSI 216 College Piano III 2
Recommended Electives: Music Theory
MUSI 150A Basic Musicianship 3
MUSI 158A Music Theory I 4
MUSI 158B Music Theory II 4
MUSI 258A Music Theory III 4
MUSI 258B Music Theory IV 4
Recommended Electives: Ear Training
MUSI 268A Beginning Ear Training Laboratory I 1
MUSI 268B Beginning Ear Training Laboratory II 1
MUSI 269A Advanced Ear Training Laboratory III 1
MUSI 269B Advanced Ear Training Laboratory IV 1
Recommended Electives: Applied Music
MUSI 174A Individualized Study 1
MUSI 174B Individualized Study 1
MUSI 174C Individualized Study 1
MUSI 174D Individualized Study or 1
MUSI 274A Applied Music 1
MUSI 274B Applied Music 1
MUSI 274C Applied Music 1
MUSI 274D Applied Music 1
Recommended Electives: Performance Groups
MUSI 210A Vocal Ensemble I 2.5
MUSI 210B Vocal Ensemble II 2.5
MUSI 210C Vocal Ensemble III 2.5
MUSI 210D Vocal Ensemble IV or 2.5
MUSI 250A Athletic Concert Band 1
MUSI 250B Athletic Concert Band II 1
MUSI 250C Athletic Concert Band III 1
MUSI 250D Athletic Concert Band IV or 1
MUSI 252 Concert Jazz Band or 1-3
MUSI 253A Ensembles I 1-3
MUSI 253B Ensembles II 1-3
MUSI 253C Ensembles III 1-3
MUSI 253D Ensembles or
MUSI 254 Instrumental Ensemble 1

For graduation requirements see Requirements for the Associate Degree.

Courses Required for the Major: Units
Select 15 units from the following courses:
MUSI 100 Introduction to Music 3
MUSI 103 History of Rock Music 3
MUSI 105 Music of Our Time 3
MUSI 109 World Music 3
MUSI 110 Music for Elementary School Teachers 3
MUSI 111 Jazz - History and Development 3
MUSI 123 Recital Hour 0.5
MUSI 125 Music, The Arts, and Humanity 3
MUSI 150A Basic Musicianship 3
MUSI 158A Music Theory I 4
MUSI 158B Music Theory II 4
MUSI 213A Jazz Theory for Piano I 4
MUSI 213B Jazz Theory For Piano II 4
MUSI 258A Music Theory III 4
MUSI 258B Music Theory IV 4
MUSI 268A Beginning Ear Training Laboratory I 1
MUSI 268B Beginning Ear Training Laboratory II 1
MUSI 269A Advanced Ear Training Laboratory III 1
MUSI 269B Advanced Ear Training Laboratory IV 1
Select 12 units from the following courses:
MUSI 116A College Piano I 2
MUSI 116B College Piano II 2
MUSI 216 College Piano III 2
MUSI 120 Beginning Voice Class 2
MUSI 121 Intermediate Voice 2
MUSI 137 Singers in Ensemble 2
MUSI 190 The Electronic Music Studio 3
MUSI 201 Recording Arts 3
MUSI 202 Computer Music 3
MUSI 205A Projects in Electronic Music 3
MUSI 205B Projects in Electronic Music 3
MUSI 206A Projects in Composition 3
MUSI 206B Projects in Composition 3
MUSI 210A Vocal Ensemble I 2.5
MUSI 210B Vocal Ensemble II 2.5
MUSI 210C Vocal Ensemble III 2.5
MUSI 210D Vocal Ensemble IV 2. 5
MUSI 240 Advanced Voice Class I 2
MUSI 241 Advanced Voice II 2
MUSI 250A Concert Band 1
MUSI 250B Concert Band 1
MUSI 250C Concert Band 1
MUSI 250D Concert Band 1
MUSI 252 Concert Jazz Band 1-3
MUSI 253A Ensembles I 1-3
MUSI 253B Ensembles II 1-3
MUSI 253C Ensembles III 1-3
MUSI 253D Ensembles 1
MUSI 174A Individualized Study 1
MUSI 174B Individualized Study 1
MUSI 174C Individualized Study 1
MUSI 174D Individualized Study 1
MUSI 274A Applied Music 1
MUSI 274B Applied Music 1
MUSI 274C Applied Music 1
MUSI 274D Applied Music 1
Total Units = 27

Transfer Information

Most four-year schools require that students’ first two years of study include 1) music theory, 2) aural skills, 3) music history, 4) private study of voice or an instrument, 5) participation in a performance group, and 6) piano skills. Placement exams are given by these institutions to determine students’ comprehension in these areas. The Music faculty’s goal is to prepare students to transfer at the junior level following two years of attendance at Mesa College.

Computer skills have become an integral means by which to learn, teach, and create music. It is therefore strongly suggested that students first speak with a Mesa counselor. The following program of courses is recommended for transfer students. Students are urged, prior to transferring, to contact the school of their choice to verify required course work.

Students planning to transfer to a four-year college or university should complete courses required for the university major and the general education pattern required by that transfer institution.

Additional courses may be required to meet university lower-division requirements. Course requirements at the transfer institution are subject to change and may be verified by a counselor or by consulting the current university catalog. Many Baccalaureate in Arts degrees require third semester competency in a foreign language. Consult the current catalog of the transfer institution and consult with a counselor.