Music Department

Back to SBCC

Courses


MUS 007: Intermediate A Applied Music
(3) S
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 103

Studio lessons in voice or on a specific woodwind, brass, string or percussion instrument. Emphasis on intermediate-level technical and literature studies.

MUS 008: Intermediate B Applied Music
(3) F, S - CSU
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 103.

Studio lessons in voice or on a specific woodwind, brass, string or percussion instrument. Emphasis on technical and literature studies.

MUS 009: Quire Of Voyces Renaissance
(1) F, S
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 103

Extensive audition. Study, performance and recording of sacred a cappella choral music of Renaissance era. Frequent public appearances.

MUS 100: Fundamentals Of Music Techniques

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 103.

Learning to read music, developing aural perception, fundamentals of music theory and keyboard skills. (Primarily for non-Music majors)

MUS 102A: Basic Musicianship

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 103.
Corequisites: MUS 104A.

Musicianship fundamentals for college freshmen or sophomores. Beginning aural and dictation skills are developed to allow the student to solve practical as well as theoretical musical problems. Music majors only; non-majors, see MUS 100.

MUS 102B: Basic Musicianship

Prerequisites: MUS 102A.
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 103.
Corequisites: MUS 104B.

Musicianship fundamentals for college freshmen or sophomores. Beginning aural and dictation skills are developed to allow the student to solve practical as well as theoretical musical problems. Music majors only; non-majors, see MUS 100.

MUS 104A: Beginning Theory

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 103.
Corequisites: MUS 102A.

Intervals, keys, scales, chord structure and relationship of diatonic harmonies and non-chordal tones, cadences, harmonization of melodies. Music majors only; non-majors see MUS 100.

MUS 104B: Beginning Theory

Prerequisites: MUS 104A.
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 103.
Corequisites: MUS 102B.

Intervals, keys, scales, chord structure and relationship of diatonic harmonies and non-chordal tones, cadences, harmonization of melodies. Music majors only; non-majors see MUS 100.

MUS 110: Music Appreciation

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 103.

Survey of music history and literature; its elements, construction, forms, styles and composers from Medieval through contemporary periods. Guided listening to masterpieces. Concert attendance. Primarily for non-Music majors.

MUS 110H: Music Appreciation, Honors

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or 110H.

Survey of music history and literature; its elements, construction, forms, styles, and composers from Medieval through contemporary periods. Guided listening to masterpieces. Concert attendance. (Primarily for non-Music majors.)

MUS 111: Classical Music Performance

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 98 and ENG 103.

Live performances of world-class artists and orchestras presented by the Community Arts Music Association. Study of musical literature performed at these concerts.

MUS 112: History And Appreciation Of Contemporary Jazz And 20th Century American Music

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 103.

LIMITATION ON ENROLLMENT: Audition with instructor. Study and performance of vocal jazz, with emphasis on the Swing style. Students work on a wide variety of vocal jazz techniques. Public concerts scheduled for this ensemble each semester.

MUS 114A: Survey Of Music History

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 103.

Survey of music history and literature Classic to Modern. A Music major course also open to non-majors that requires some music theory background. One hour a week of outside listening or reading is required.

MUS 114B: Survey Of Music History

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 103.

Survey of music history and literature. A music major course also open to non-majors that requires some music theory background. One hour a week of outside listening or reading is required.

MUS 115: History And Appreciation Of Rock And Popular Music

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 103.

General survey of rock and popular music, concentrating on the period from the late 1940s to the late 1990s. (Primarily for non-Music majors).

MUS 118: World Music

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 103.

Survey of world music traditions, including the style and performance practice of various cultures and the resulting social, cultural and historical role of the music and musicians.

MUS 119: Middle Eastern Music, Dance and Culture

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 103.

Introduction to Middle Eastern music and dance in both lecture and practical settings, emphasizing combinations and choreographies for various folk and classical dances, as well as aspects of music performance in singing and on percussion instruments. Attendance at one outside performance required.

MUS 120A: Sound Recording And Electronic Music

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 103.

Concepts and procedures of sound recording and electronic music production, utilizing synthesizers, samplers, computers, etc.

MUS 120B: Sound Recording And Electronic Music

Prerequisites: MUS 120A.
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 103.

Intermediate-level continuation, with emphasis on composition/analysis.

MUS 122: Music Technology For Musicians

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 103.
Course Advisories: MUS 100.

Introduction to the basic techniques of computer- based composition, notation, digital audio editing and encoding techniques for musicians. Recommended for Music majors.

MUS 123: Business of Music

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 103.

Designed to give students information on all aspects of the business of music, including entrepreneurial opportunities, management and promotion skills, basic elements of copyright, publishing, and management contract laws.

MUS 128A: Songwriting I

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 98 and ENG 103.

Study of the skills and techniques of popular song writing in a variety of genres. Topics include lyrics, song structures, chord progressions, melodies, and analysis of popular songs.

MUS 128B: Songwriting II

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 98 and ENG 103.

Study and practice of the skills and techniques of popular song writing in a variety of genres. Second semester includes more commercial applications for advertising, writing for instruments and arranging.

MUS 129: Commercial Music Projects

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 103.

Songwriting in specific styles and genres including movie and TV songs, country, ballades, alt country, dance music, alternative.

MUS 129A: Intermediate Songwriting I

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 103.

Continued study and practice of the skills and techniques of popular song writing in a variety of genres. Emphasis on commercial applications for advertising, writing for instruments and arranging.

MUS 129B: Intermediate Songwriting II

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 103.

Commercial applications including songwriting for advertising, writing for instruments, and arranging.

MUS 132A: Summer Jazz Seminar

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 103.

Exploratory courses in jazz designed to supplement regular college and school programs with training in the areas of instrumental jazz performance. Open to students performing on jazz instruments.

MUS 132B: Summer Jazz Seminar II

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 103.

Exploratory courses in jazz, with continued training in instrumental jazz performance. Open to students performing on jazz instruments.

MUS 133: Summer Jazz Seminar: Intermediate

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 103.
Course Advisory: MUS 132.

Intermediate courses in jazz designed to supplement regular school and college programs with training in instrumental jazz performance. Open to students performing on jazz instruments.

MUS 140A: Beginning Piano

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 103.

Beginning piano technique for adults. Scales, chords, sight reading and musical interpretation of simplified arrangements of the standard classics.

MUS 140B: Beginning Piano

Prerequisites: MUS 140A.
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 103.

Beginning piano technique for adults. Scales, chords, sight reading and musical interpretation of simplified arrangements of the standard classics.

MUS 142A: Intermediate Piano

Prerequisites: MUS 140B.
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 103.

Class piano techniques for intermediate students; designed to provide pleasure in playing the piano. Development of skills in sight reading, melody harmonization, improvisation, transposition and musical interpretation of the standard classics.

MUS 142B: Intermediate Piano

Prerequisites: MUS 142A.
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 103.

Class piano techniques for intermediate students; designed to provide pleasure in playing the piano. Development of skills in sight reading, melody harmonization, improvisation, transposition and musical interpretation of the standard classics.

MUS 146: Beginning Guitar

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 103.

Class method for beginning guitar students to provide pleasure in playing the guitar. Development of skills in note-reading, sight-reading, chord symbols and understanding music theory.

MUS 148: Intermediate Guitar

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 103.
Course Advisories: MUS 146.

For intermediate guitarists. Skills in reading more complex chord symbols, chord progressions, voice leading, major scales in all positions, inversions of triads, and right-hand finger-picking patterns.

MUS 150: Beginning String Techniques

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 103.

Instruction in the fundamentals of playing an orchestral string instrument (violin, viola, cello and string bass). Any student may enroll, but Music majors are given first priority on use of college instruments.

MUS 151: Intermediate String Techniques

Prerequisites: MUS 150.
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 103.

Continuation of instruction in the fundamentals of playing an orchestral string instrument (violin, viola, cello and string bass). Any student may enroll, but Music majors are given first priority on use of college instruments.

MUS 152: Beginning Wind And Percussion Techniques

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 103.

Introduction to the basic techniques of instrumental performance-brass, woodwind and percussion. Recommended for Music majors.

MUS 153: Intermediate Wind And Percussion Techniques

Prerequisites: MUS 152.
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 103.

Continuation of instruction in the basic techniques of instrumental performance - brass, woodwind and percussion. Ensemble experience for Music majors and others on their secondary instruments.

MUS 154: Vocal Techniques I

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 103.

Development of fundamental singing skills, including stage presence, posture, breath control, tone production, diction, musical interpretation and preparation of musical selections for performance.

MUS 155: Vocal Techniques II

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 103.
Course Advisories: MUS 154.

Development of skills in singing. Emphasis placed on solo performance.

MUS 156: Bebop Vocal Jazz Ensemble

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 103.

Study and performance of vocal jazz with emphasis on the Bebop style. Students work on a wide variety of vocal jazz techniques. Public concerts scheduled for this ensemble each semester.

MUS 157: Swing Vocal Jazz Ensemble

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 103.

LIMITATION ON ENROLLMENT: Audition with instructor. Study and performance of vocal jazz, with emphasis on the Swing style. Students work on a wide variety of vocal jazz techniques. Public concerts scheduled for this ensemble each semester.

MUS 158: Quire Of Voyces Medieval

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 103.

Limitation on Enrollment: Auditions for public performance. Study, performance and recording of sacred a cappella choral music of the Medieval era. Frequent public appearances.

MUS 159: Men's Chorus

Study and performance of standard choral literature. Public concert appearances.

MUS 160: College Choir

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 103.

Study and performance of standard choral literature. Public concert appearances.

MUS 160B: College Choir B

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 103.

Limitation on Enrollment: Audition. Performance and rehearsal of choral literature. Public concerts.

MUS 160C: College Choir C

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 103.

Performance and rehearsal of choral literature. Public performances.

MUS 160D: College Choir D

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 103.

Performance and rehearsal of choral literature. Public concerts.

MUS 161: Women's Chorus

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 103.

Study and performance of standard choral literature. Public concert appearances.

MUS 162: Chamber Singers

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 103.

Limitation on Enrollment: Audition with instructor. Three hours lecture, plus one hour weekly for public performances. Study and performance of standard choral literature for the small ensemble. Frequent public appearances. Study and performance of standard choral literature for the small ensemble. Frequent public appearances.

MUS 162B: Chamber Singers Modern

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 103.

Limitation on Enrollment: Audition. Study and performance of Modern choral literature for the small ensemble. Several Concert performances.

MUS 162C: Chamber Singers Classic

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 103.

Study and performance of classical choral literature for the small ensemble. Several Concert performances.

MUS 162D: Chamber Singers Romantic

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 103.

Study and performance of Romantic Era choral music for the small ensemble.

MUS 163: Quire Of Voyces

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 103.

Limitation on Enrollment: Extensive audition. Study, performance and recording of sacred a cappella choral music of William Byrd. Frequent public appearances.

MUS 163B: Quire of Voyces Modern

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 103.

Limitation on Enrollment: Audition. Extensive audition. Study, performance and recording of sacred a cappella choral music of the Modern Era. Frequent public appearances.

MUS 164: Vocal Jazz Ensemble

Limitation on Enrollment: Audition with instructor. Skills Eligibility: Eligibility for English 103. Study and performance of vocal jazz. Students will work on a wide variety of vocal jazz styles and techniques. There will be public concerts with this ensemble each semester.

MUS 165: Beginning Jazz Improvisation

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 103.

Limitation on Enrollment: Performance experience on a wind, string, or percussion instrument. Beginning individual and small group improvisational techniques. Combo performance. Course placement level determined by interview/audition.

MUS 165B: Beginning Jazz Improvisation B

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 103.

Continued development of Jazz Improvisation Skills. Use of chord substitutions, ii - V7 turnarounds.

MUS 166: Intermediate-Advanced Jazz Improvisation

Prerequisites: MUS 165.
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 103.

Intermediate-advanced individual and small group jazz improvisation.

MUS 166B: Intermediate Jazz Improvisation B

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 103.

Intermediate Jazz Improvisation, including individual and small group performance.

MUS 167: Beginning Jazz Ensemble

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 103.

Limitation on Enrollment: Previous jazz ensemble performance experience, or audition with instructor. Performance of jazz ensemble literature. Beginning large ensemble performance techniques and pedagogy. Open to students with jazz ensemble experience.

MUS 167B: Beginning Jazz Ensemble B

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 103.

Limitation on Enrollment: Audition. Performance class for students with beginning level big band jazz experience. Class includes public performances and participation in festivals.

MUS 167C: Beginning Jazz Ensemble C

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 103.

Performance Class for students with Beginning Level big band jazz experience. Class includes public performances and participation in festivals.

MUS 168: Intermediate Jazz Ensemble

Prerequisites: MUS 167.
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 103.

Limitation on Enrollment: Audition. Performance of jazz ensemble literature. Intermediate techniques and pedagogy. Public performance and festival participation. Open to students with jazz ensemble experience.

MUS 168B: Intermediate Jazz Ensemble B

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 103.

Limitation on Enrollment: Audition. Performance class for students with intermediate level big band jazz experience. Class includes public performances and participation in festivals.

MUS 168C: Intermediate Jazz Ensemble C

Skills Advisories: ENG 103.

Performance class for students with intermediate-level big band jazz experience. Class includes public performances and participation in festivals.

MUS 168D: Intermediate Jazz Ensemble D

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 103.

Performance class for students with intermediate-level big band jazz experience. Class includes public performances and participation in festivals.

MUS 169: Advanced Jazz Ensemble

Prerequisites: MUS 168.
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 103.

Limitation on Enrollment: Audition. Performance of advanced jazz ensemble literature. Frequent public appearances and festival participation. Open to students with previous collegiate-level jazz ensemble performance experience.

MUS 170: Symphony Orchestra

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 103.

Limitation on Enrollment: Audition with instructor. Performing ensemble open to all students with orchestral instrumental experience. Ensemble performs orchestral literature from all style periods in public performances on campus and in the community. Meets for three hours, one night a week.

MUS 170B: Symphony Orchestra B

Limitation on Enrollment: Auditions for public performance. Skill Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 103. Audition with instructor. Performing ensemble open to all students with orchestral instrumental experience. Ensemble performs orchestral literature from all eras in public performances on campus and in the community. Meets for three hours, one night a week.

MUS 170C: Symphony Orchestra C

Skill Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 103 Audition with instructor. Performing ensemble open to all students with orchestral instrumental experience. Ensemble performs orchestral literature from all eras in public performances on campus and in the community. Meets for three hours, one night a week.

MUS 170D: Symphony Orchestra D

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 103.

Audition with instructor. Performing ensemble open to all students with orchestral instrumental experience. Ensemble performs orchestral literature from all eras in public performances on campus and in the community. Meets for three hours, one night a week.

MUS 171: Chamber Music of the Baroque Era

Skills Advisory: Eligibility for ENG 103.

Ensemble class that provides students the opportunity to perform chamber music of the 17th and 18th centuries Baroque era. Each performer is expected to improve his/her performance level and enhance group performance.

MUS 172: Intermediate Orchestra

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 103.

Limitation on Enrollment: Audition. Ensemble class that continues to develop string techniques taught in Beginning and Intermediate String Techniques and that also develops new techniques. Students study music for various combinations of instruments.

MUS 173: Baroque Instrument Techniques

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 103.

An exploration of baroque instrumental performance techniques as demonstrated through performance of baroque masterworks. Details include: equipment requirements and preparation, leadership considerations, performance practice as it relates to ornamentation, dynamics, phrasing, and presentation.

MUS 173B: Chamber Orchestra Baroque

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 103.

Small Group performance ensemble dedicated to Baroque Music.

MUS 174: Chamber Music

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 103.

Ensemble class that provides an opportunity for students to perform standard chamber music literature from the 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. Individuals expected to improve their performance level and thus perfect the performance of the group.

MUS 175: Chamber Music of the Modern Era

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 103.

LIMITATION ON ENROLLMENT: Audition with instructor. Ensemble class that provides students the opportunity to perform chamber music of the 20th century, the modern era. Each performer is expected to improve his/her performance level and enhance group performance.

MUS 176: Concert Band

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 103.

Performance of concert and symphonic winds literature. Frequent public appearances and festival participation. Open to students with concert band experience.

MUS 176B: Concert Band B

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 103.

Performance of concert and symphonic winds literature. Frequent public appearances and festival participation. Open to students with concert band experience.

MUS 177: Symphonic Band

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 103.
Course Advisories: MUS 176.

Performance of concert and symphonic winds literature. Frequent public appearances and festival participation. Open to students with collegiate-level performance experience.

MUS 177B: Symphonic Band B

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 103.

Performance of concert band and symphonic wind ensemble literature. Public performances.

MUS 178: Wind Ensemble

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 103.

Small ensemble performance (brass quartet, woodwind quintet, etc.). Material selected from many music periods. Open to students with wind and percussion performance experience.

MUS 179: Commercial Music Performance: Jazz And Pop Emphasis

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 103.
Course Advisories: MUS 169 or previous advanced collegiate or pre-professional performance experience.

Experience-centered training in jazz and pops performance. Performances in all commercial music applications.

MUS 181: Commercial Music Performance: Classical Instrumental And Vocal Emphasis

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 103.
Course Advisories: MUS 160 or MUS 162 or MUS 163 or MUS 170 or MUS 176.

Experience-centered training in classical instrumental and vocal performance in all commercial music applications. Open to students with previous advanced collegiate or professional performance experience.

MUS 182A: Chamber Singers Spirtuals

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 103.

Study and performance of Spirituals for small vocal ensemble. Frequent public appearances.

MUS 182B: Chamber Singers Broadway

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 103.

Study and performance of Broadway and Musical Theatre literature for the small ensemble. Frequent public appearances. Study and performance of standard choral literature for the small ensemble.

MUS 185: Applied Music

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 103.
Corequisites: MUS 102A and MUS104A or MUS102B and MUS 104B and MUS 160 or MUS 162 or MUS 163 or MUS 165 or MUS 166 or MUS 167 or MUS 168 or MUS 169 or MUS 170 or MUS 172 or MUS 174 or MUS 176 or MUS 177 or MUS 178 or MUS 179.

Studio lessons in voice or on a specific woodwind, brass, string or percussion instrument. Emphasis on technical and literature studies.

MUS 186: Intermediate A Applied Music

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 103.

Studio lessons in voice or on a specific woodwind, brass, string or percussion instrument. Emphasis on intermediate-level technical and literature studies.

MUS 188A: Big Band Jazz Ensemble I

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 103.

Performance class for students with previous big band jazz experience. Class includes public performances and participation in festivals.

MUS 188B: Big Band Jazz Ensemble II

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 103.

Performance-based course for students with previous big band jazz experience. Students must be able to perform collegiate-level big band jazz.

MUS 188C: Big Band Jazz Ensemble III

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 103

Performance class for students with previous collegiate-level big band jazz experience. Class includes public performances and participation in festivals.

MUS 190: Intermediate Choir

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 103.

Study and performance of longer and more complex pieces from the choral literature. Public appearances.

MUS 191: Intermediate Choir B

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 103.

Study and performance of advanced intermediate pieces from the choral literature. Public concert appearances.

MUS 193: Womens Chorus

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 103.

Study and performance of female ensemble choral literature. Public concert appearances.

MUS 202A: Intermediate Musicianship

Prerequisites: MUS 102B.
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 103.
Corequisites: MUS 204A.

Study of musicianship skills necessary to be a professional performer, composer or teacher. Includes development of advanced aural and dictation skills which allow the student to solve practical as well as theoretical musical problems. Music majors only.

MUS 202B: Intermediate Musicianship

Prerequisites: MUS 202A.
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 103.
Corequisites: MUS 204B.

Study of musicianship skills necessary to be a professional performer, composer or teacher. Includes development of advanced aural and dictation skills which allow the student to solve practical as well as theoretical musical problems. Music majors only.

MUS 204A: Intermediate Theory

Prerequisites: MUS 104B.
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 103.
Corequisites: MUS 202A.

Continuation of the harmonic techniques of Music 104A-B, with emphasis on the study of 16th century modal and tonal counterpoint, harmony and form. Study of 18th century harmonic and compositional techniques, as well as the study of chromatic harmonies of the 18th and 19th centuries, with emphasis on form, analysis and creative composition.

MUS 204B: Intermediate Theory

Prerequisites: MUS 204A.
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 103.
Corequisites: MUS 202B.

Continuation of the harmonic techniques of Music 104A-B, with emphasis on the study of 16th century modal and tonal counterpoint, harmony and form. Study of 18th century harmonic and compositional techniques, as well as the study of chromatic harmonies of the 18th and 19th centuries, with emphasis on form, analysis and creative composition.

MUS 205: Quire Of Voyces Renaissance

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 103.

Extensive audition. Study, performance and recording of sacred a cappella choral music of Renaissance era. Frequent public appearances.

MUS 206: Latin Jazz Ensemble

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 103.

Performance class for students emphasizing Latin styles. Class includes public performances.

MUS 285: Applied Music

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 103.
Corequisites: MUS 202A and MUS 204A or MUS 202B and MUS 204B and MUS 160 or MUS 162 or MUS 163 or MUS 165 or MUS 166 or MUS 167 or MUS 168 or MUS 169 or MUS 170 or MUS 172 or MUS 174 or MUS 176 or MUS 177 or MUS 178 or MUS 179.

Studio lessons in voice or on a specific woodwind, brass, string or percussion instrument. Emphasis on technical and literature studies.

MUS 286: Intermediate B Applied Music

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 103.

Studio lessons in voice or on a specific woodwind, brass, string or percussion instrument. Emphasis on technical and literature studies.

MUS 299: Independent Study In Music

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 103.

Limitation on Enrollment: Student must have completed 12 units at SBCC with A G.P.A. of 2.5 and a minimum of 6 units with a G.P.A. of 3.0 in the Department. For complete information, see "Independent Study" in the Catalog Index.

MUS NC005: Choral Singing: For Older Adults

Older adult students learn vocal techniques, song interpretation, tone, pitch, dynamics and performance technique to effectively perform choral music in front of an audience. Students benefit from breathing and stretching exercises to develop vocal flexibility and lung capacity. Students also increase mental acuity through memorization of musical numbers and sight music reading skills. This class develops self- confidence, socialization skills, and provides an outlet for creative expression.

MUS NC008: Jazz/Pop Piano: For Older Adults

Students learn to improvise and play piano in your own style. They will explore sophisticated ways to use jazz chords and arranging techniques such as swing bass, walking bass, ballad style, Latin rhythms, boogie-woogie and the “New Age” sound. Instruction includes how to play in a combo, how to arrange standards from The Great American Songbook, Jazz Era and more. For anyone with basic piano skills and the rudiments of music reading, and will especially inspire students and enhance their musicianship.

MUS NC011: Basics of Singing I: For Older Adults

Novice or experienced older adult singers learn singing and breathing techniques, vocal support, range, song interpretation, and stage presence. Older adult students will develop enhanced self-esteem and communication skills while participating with and performing for fellow students.

MUS NC017: Playing the Ukulele: For Older Adults

This course teaches older adult students strumming, finger picking, chords, and improvisations needed to successfully play the ukulele. Students will experience the physical and emotional health benefits of music performance, including improved manual strength and dexterity and an improvement in mental focus. This class is for beginners as well as seasoned musicians.

MUS NC019: Developing a Musical Ensemble: For Older Adults

Course for proficient older adult musicians that want to perform as part of an orchestra. Develop individual musicianship skills and techniques while learning how to be part of a larger group. Topics will include achieving a unified sound, following a conductor, taking rehearsal notes and performance conduct. Older adults will share the dynamic experience of playing in a large group creating exciting classical and popular music.

MUS NC043: Beginning Electronic Keyboard: For Older Adults

Older adult students develop knowledge of technology using state of the art electronic keyboards while enhancing their creative, musical, and mental acuity. Older adults will conquer mental and physical challenges by creating their own music using the keyboard functions such as styles, voices, transposition, and recording. Students will enhance socialization skills by playing in ensemble groups. Previous piano/keyboard instruction recommended.

MUS NC045: Jazz Appreciation and History: For Older Adults

Older adults practice critical thinking and self-expression through the demonstration and discussion of Jazz. Students will view archival films and gain insights into American musical & cultural history while expanding their breadth of knowledge of jazz music and musicians. Older adults will experience the mental, physical, and emotional benefits resulting from social engagement and group interaction that build camaraderie through this common interest and shared love of our nation’s music.

MUS NC053: Intermediate Piano: For Older Adults

Older adults expand musicianship skills and improve health and wellbeing through class activities. Students play on digital pianos, perform new music, and study music theory. A year of beginning piano lessons and a piano or keyboard at home is recommended.

MUS NC057: Recorder Playing: For Older Adults

Older adult student learn to play the recorder (or "Old English flute"). Students will receive group and individual instruction and an opportunity to make music with others. Enhanced self esteem and sense of accomplishment as students learn a new skill and have an opportunity to share the experience with peers with similar interests. The first hour will be devoted to beginners. Appropriate for the older adult beginning and continuing student. Please bring a recorder to the first class.

MUS NC061: Music of Our Lives and Times: For Older Adults

This course is designed to promote the mental, emotional, and social well-being of older adults through the enjoyment, discussion and associations of music. Familiar music and stimuli encourage individual responses and reawaken neural connections, resulting in improved recall, sense of self-worth, and mental alertness.

MUS NC085: Essence of Opera: For Older Adults

This course teaches older adults the history of opera. Students will study different opera composers, musical scores, historical backgrounds, and social contexts. Students watch and listen to examples of operatic performances, enhancing memory retention and socialization skills.

MUS NC090: Performance Singing: For Older Adults

Older adult students learn vocal techniques, song interpretation and performance technique to effectively perform songs in front of an audience. Students benefit from breathing and stretching exercises to develop flexibility and lung capacity. Mental acuity is enhanced through memorization of musical numbers and sight music reading skills. Students learn to give and receive constructive criticism. This class develops self confidence, socialization skills and provides an expressive outlet for creative expression.

Back to top


721 Cliff Drive Santa Barbara, CA 93109-2394    Main Campus Phone: 805.965.0581    © 2016 Santa Barbara City College