SBCC Classes & Degrees

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MUS 100: Fundamentals Of Music Techniques
(3) Units, Offered Fall & Spring - Transferrable to CSU, UC
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
(3) Units, Offered Fall ONLY - Transferrable to CSU, UC
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 103.
Co-requisites: 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
(3) Units, Offered Spring ONLY - Transferrable to CSU, UC
Prerequisites: MUS 102A
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 103.
Co-requisites: 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
(3) Units, Offered Fall ONLY - Transferrable to CSU, UC
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 103.
Co-requisites: 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. (CAN MUS 2 or CAN MUS SEQ A [with MUS 104B])

MUS 104B: Beginning Theory
(3) Units, Offered Spring ONLY - Transferrable to CSU, UC
Prerequisites: MUS 104A
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 103
Co-requisites: 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
(3) Units, Offered Fall & Spring - Transferrable to CSU, UC*
(*UC Transfer Limit: MUS 110 and 110 HR combined: maximum credit, one course.)
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 111: Classical Music Performance
(.5-1.0) Units, Offered Fall & Spring - CSU, UC
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 100 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
(3) Units, Offered Fall & Spring - Transferrable to CSU, UC
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 103.

General survey of jazz music history of the 20th centruy, with emphasis on eclecticism, cultural and ethnic diversity as related to current musical styles. Primarily for non-Music majors.

MUS 114A: Survey Of Music History
(3) Units, Offered Fall ONLY - Transferrable to CSU, UC
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 103.

Survey of music history and literature (114A: Greek to Baroque; 114B: Pre-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
(3) Units, Offered Spring ONLY - Transferrable to CSU, UC
Prerequisites: MUS 114A
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 103

Survey of music history and literature (114A: Greek to Baroque; 114B: Pre-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 115: History And Appreciation Of Rock And Popular Music
(3) Units, Offered Fall & Spring - Transferrable to CSU, UC
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
(3) Units, Offered Fall & Spring - Transferrable to CSU, UC
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 120A: Sound Recording And Electronic Music
(3) Units, Offered Fall & Spring - Transferrable to CSU
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
(3) Units, Offered Spring ONLY - Transferrable to CSU
Prerequisites: MUS 120A
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 103

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

MUS 122: Music Technology For Musicians
(3) Units, Offered Fall & Spring - Transferrable to CSU
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 128A: Songwriting I
(3) Units, Offered Fall & Spring - Transferrable to CSU
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 100 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
(3) Units, Offered Fall & Spring - Transferrable to CSU
Prerequisites: MUS 128A
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 100 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 132: Summer Jazz Seminar
(1) Summer - Transferrable to CSU
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 133: Summer Jazz Seminar: Intermediate
(1) Summer - Transferrable to CSU
Prerequisites: MUS 132
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 103

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
(1) Units, Offered Fall & Spring - Transferrable to CSU, UC
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. (CAN MUS 22)

MUS 140B: Beginning Piano
(1) Units, Offered Fall & Spring - Transferrable to CSU, UC
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. (CAN MUS 24)

MUS 142A: Intermediate Piano
(1) Units, Offered Fall & Spring - Transferrable to CSU, UC
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
(1) Units, Offered Fall & Spring - Transferrable to CSU, UC
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
(1) Units, Offered Fall & Spring - Transferrable to CSU, UC
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
(1) Units, Offered Fall & Spring - Transferrable to CSU, UC
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
(1) Units, Offered Fall & Spring - Transferrable to CSU, UC
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 152: Beginning Wind And Percussion Techniques
(1) Units, Offered Fall & Spring - Transferrable to CSU, UC
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 103.

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

MUS 154: Vocal Techniques I
(1) Units, Offered Fall & Spring - Transferrable to CSU, UC
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
(1) Units, Offered Fall & Spring - Transferrable to CSU, UC
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 103.
Course Advisories: MUS 154

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

MUS 157: Swing Vocal Jazz Ensemble
(1) Units, Offered Fall & Spring - Transferrable to CSU, UC
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 160: College Choir
(1) Units, Offered Fall & Spring - Transferrable to CSU, UC
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 103.

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

MUS 162: Chamber Singers
(1) Units, Offered Fall & Spring - Transferrable to CSU, UC
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 163: Quire Of Voyces
(1) Units, Offered Fall & Spring - Transferrable to CSU, UC
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 164: Vocal Jazz Ensemble
(1) Units, Offered Fall & Spring - Transferrable to CSU, UC

Skills Eligibility: Eligibility for English 103 Limitation on Enrollment: Audition with instructor 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
(3) Units Offered Fall & Spring - Transferrable to CSU, UC
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. Open to students with performance experience.

MUS 166: Intermediate-Advanced Jazz Improvisation
(3) Units, Offered Fall & Spring - Transferrable to CSU, UC
Prerequisites: MUS 165
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 103

Intermediate-advanced individual and small group jazz improvisation.

MUS 167: Beginning Jazz Ensemble
(1) Units, Offered Fall & Spring - Transferrable to CSU, UC
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 168: Intermediate Jazz Ensemble
(1) Units, Offered Fall & Spring - Transferrable to CSU, UC
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 169: Advanced Jazz Ensemble
(1) Units, Offered Fall & Spring - Transferrable to CSU, UC
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
(1) Units, Offered Fall & Spring - Transferrable to CSU, UC
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 174: Chamber Music
(1) Units, Offered Fall & Spring - Transferrable to CSU, UC
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 176: Concert Band
(1) Units, Offered Fall & Spring - Transferrable to CSU, UC
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 202A: Intermediate Musicianship
(3) Units, Offered Fall ONLY - Transferrable to CSU, UC
Prerequisites: MUS 102B
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 103.
Co-requisites: 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
(3) Units, Offered Spring ONLY - Transferrable to CSU, UC
Prerequisites: MUS 202A
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 103
Co-requisites: 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
(3) Units, Offered Fall ONLY - Transferrable to CSU, UC
Prerequisites: MUS 104B
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 103
Co-requisites: 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
(3) Units, Offered Spring ONLY - Transferrable to CSU, UC
Prerequisites: MUS 204A
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 103
Co-requisites: 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.