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Discipline: Degree: AA - Liberal Arts Emphasis Music A8990
Course Name Course Number Objectives
Advanced Piano MUS 18
  • Students who complete MUS 18 will demonstrate ability to play assigned technical exercises using appropriate technique.
  • Students who complete MUS18 will be able to play two assigned pieces of music from the textbook used in the course.
Chamber Winds MUS 27
  • Students will gain experience in recognizing common classical rhythmic patterns through music preparation.
  • Students will gain experience recognizing common musical stylistic elements, including pitch identification, dynamics, and varied articulation, through music preparation.
  • Play wind repertory in various styles.
  • Develop growth in musical and technical skills as instrumentalists
Chambers Singers MUS 45
  • Students will be able to identify all major key signatures and names of notes in the treble and bass clefs.
  • Students will be able to identify the correct solfege syllable for example notes in any major key.
  • The Mt SAC Chamber Singers will travel to Slovenia to compete in the Gallus Grand Prix Choral Competition in the Spring of 2019. The students will have the opportunity to perform their own concert as well as listening to other choirs from various countries. The students will be asked to come up with differences and similarities between the different performing ensembles and to evaluate each groups performance.
  • Sight read musical pieces.
  • Develop vocalizing skills.
  • Blend with each voice in groups.
  • Harmonize with each voice in groups.
  • Differentiate tone colors needed for effective interpretation of the music.
  • Memorize music and present public performances as a member of an ensemble.
Collegiate Chorale MUS 30
  • Students will gain experience in recognizing common jazz and commercial music rhythmic patterns through music preparation.
  • Students will gain experience recognizing common musical elements (pitch identification, dynamics, and articulation) through music preparation.
  • Demonstrate skills in basic elements of vocalizing, including blend, balance and solfeggio.
  • Demonstrate skills in effectively blending with other voices in section.
  • Demonstrate skill in harmonizing with other voices in the ensemble.
  • Differentiate tone colors to express correct meaning of words in text.
  • Exercise skill in watching and following the conductor.
  • Memorize selected works to be performed by the choir.
  • Prepare and perform a selected solo.
  • Define key musical terms.
  • Student will be able to name the notes as indicated on the music staff in both the treble and bass clefs.
  • Student will be able to hold his/her own part in multi-part harmony, as selected from the ensemble's concert repertoire, when asked to perform in scheduled parts tests. A minimum of 80% accuracy of pitch and rhythm is expected when tested.
  • Students will be able to identify all major key signatures and names of notes in the treble and bass clefs.
  • Students will be able to identify the correct solfege syllable for example notes in any major key.
Concert and Community Band MUS 36
  • Students will gain experience in recognizing common classical rhythmic patterns through music preparation.
  • Students will gain experience recognizing common musical elements, including pitch identification, dynamics, and varied articulation, through music preparation.
Concert Choir MUS 31
  • Students will be able to identify the correct solfege syllable for example notes in any major key.
  • Students will be able to identify all major key signatures and names of notes in the treble and bass clefs.
  • Practice and apply elements of vocalizing.
  • Utilize vocalizing skills to blend effectively with each voice in the section.
  • Utilize vocalizing skills to harmonize with other sections of the choir
  • Apply proper breath support to singing
  • Contrast tone colors to express correct meaning of text.
  • Demonstrate skill in effective group singing and following the conductor at all times.
Conducting MUS 22
  • Students will be able to conduct multiple patterns in varied styles.
  • Students will be able to conduct simple selections utilizing mixed meters.
  • Show use of effective beat patterns.
  • Read music from a full score.
  • Conduct singers and/or instrumentalists in a rehearsal.
  • Demonstrate effective rehearsal techniques.
  • Use music terminology commonly found in musical scores.
  • Apply effective interpretation skills.
  • Demonstrate effective leadership qualities and physical carriage.
Elementary Class Piano MUS 17A
  • Students who complete MUS17A will be able to demonstrate ability to play C, G, D, A, and E major scales with hands together.
  • Students who successfully complete MUS17A will be able to demonstrate ability to play two assigned pieces of music from the textbook used in the course.
Ensemble MUS 38
  • The ensemble course, MUS 38, is comprised of variously sized ensembles on any given semesters. However, students should be able to start, finish, and perform musical excerpts and selections on their own, without the assistance of a conductor.
  • Students participating in MUS 38 will develop the skills necessary to perform in an ensemble, follow a conductor, and perform on stage.
Harmony A MUS 3A
  • MUS 3A students will be able to analyze a diatonic chorale phrase for harmony and non-chord tones.
  • MUS 3A students will be able to realize a diatonic figured bass and analyze its figures for harmony (using Roman numerals). This figured bass may include figures for diatonic triads in any inversion and figures for the dominant seventh chord in any inversion.
  • Locate deviations from normative chord syntax in major and minor chord progressions.
  • Locate and identify contrapuntal errors, voicing errors and line errors in part writing.
  • Realize, in four-part keyboard and SATB style, diatonic figured basses employing the figures 5/3, 6/3, 6/4, 7 and their common variants.
  • Harmonize in four-part keyboard and SATB style a diatonic melody using diatonic triads in any acceptable inversion and the dominant seventh in root position.
  • Compose music in four-part keyboard and SATB style from Roman numerals, outer voices with Roman numerals, basses with Roman numerals, sopranos with Roman numerals and unfigured outer voices.
  • Analyze a diatonic figured bass for harmony using Roman numerals and bass position figures.
  • Analyze, using Roman numerals and bass position figures, diatonic passages from Bach-style chorales employing passing tones, neighbor tones and suspensions.
  • Embellish four-part writing with passing tones, neighbor tones and single suspensions.
  • Locate and classify passing tones, neighbor tones and suspensions in diatonic music employing a chorale texture.
Harmony C MUS 3C
  • MUS 3C students will be able to analyze a short passage of Classical or Romantic era piano repertoire for harmony and non-chord tones. This passage may incorporate secondary chromaticism, common chord modulation, enharmonic modulation, mode mixture and chromatic "voice leading" chords such as the Neapolitan, augmented sixth and common tone diminished chord.
  • MUS 3C students will, upon hearing 10 one-minute excerpts of pre-assigned sonata form repertoire, be able to identify the composer, composition and formal section or sections (slow introduction, exposition, development, recapitulation or coda) spanned by each excerpt.
  • Realize in three or four parts a figured bass that employs mode mixture, the Neapolitan, augmented sixth chords, common tone diminished chords and advanced techniques of modulation.
  • Harmonize in three or four parts a chorale tune using advanced chromatic techniques, including mode mixture, the Neapolitan, augmented sixth chords, the common tone diminished seventh chord, altered dominants, extended dominants and advanced techniques of modulation.
  • Compose music in three or four parts from Roman numerals, outer voices with Roman numerals, basses with Roman numerals, sopranos with Roman numerals and unfigured outer voices using advanced chromatic techniques, including mode mixture, the Neapolitan, augmented sixth chords, the common tone diminished seventh chord, altered dominants, extended dominants and advanced techniques of modulation.
  • Compose phrases in unembellished SAB or SATB format that modulate to foreign keys using chromatic chords and advanced techniques of modulation.
  • Analyze for harmony, using Roman numerals and bass position figures, any chromatic figured bass.
  • Analyze for harmony, using Roman numerals and bass position figures, any music or musical excerpt from the common practice period, including solo music, keyboard music and ensemble music.
  • Identify by ear sonata form sections and subsections for pieces from an assigned listening list.
  • Locate and identify on a printed musical score the sections and subsections of sonata form.
  • Describe the location and function of each section and subsection of Darcy-Hepokoski Type 3 sonata form.
  • Construct mode mixture chords, the Neapolitan, augmented sixth chords and altered dominants in music notation from Roman numerals and bass position figures.
  • Construct church modes and modes of limited transposition in music notation.
Individual Instruction MUS 16
  • Music 16 students will be able to perform the 12 major scales on their instrument.
  • Students who complete MUS 16 will be able to demonstrate proficiency at playing technical exercises as assigned by the private teacher.
  • Students who complete MUS 16 will be able to preform from one to three pieces of music or songs learned during the semester, as requested by the faculty jury.
  • Use appropriate playing or singing techniques.
  • Demonstrate interpretative skills.
  • Demonstrate regular practice habits.
  • Memorize music for performance
  • Perform representative repertoire using good stage presence.
Intermediate Piano MUS 17B
  • Students who complete MUS 17B will demonstrate their ability to play natural, harmonic, and melodic minor scales in at least one octave, right hand alone, in the keys of a minor, d minor, and e minor.
  • Students who complete MUS17B will demonstrate their ability to play two assigned pieces of music from the textbook used in the course.
Jazz Band MUS 47
  • Play jazz repertory in various styles.
  • Improvise stylistically in the jazz medium.
  • Students will gain experience in recognizing common jazz and commercial rhythmic patterns through music preparation.
  • Students will gain experience recognizing common musical elements, including pitch identification, dynamics, and varied articulation, through music preparation.
  • To measure the benefits of travel with performing ensembles. The Mt SAC Jazz Ensemble will travel to compete at the Reno Jazz Festival. Competition is important in measuring student success as well as gaining recognition for the college as a whole. Students also gain exposure to other community college programs as well a 4 year university programs. This exposure shows the students the level that must be attained to perform with a high level university program. Students will also gain an educational benefit through the various master classes offered throughout the festival.
  • Develop growth in musical and technical skills as instrumentalists.
  • Apply sight-reading skills.
  • Identify stylistic characteristics related to historical accuracy of arrangements
Laboratory Band MUS 39
  • Play jazz repertory in various styles.
  • Improvise stylistically in the jazz medium.
  • Students will gain experience in recognizing common jazz and commercial music rhythmic patterns through music preparation.
  • Students will gain experience recognizing common musical elements (pitch identification, dynamics, and articulation) through music preparation.
  • Develop growth in musical and technical skills as instrumentalists.
  • Apply sight-reading skills
  • Identify stylistic characteristics related to historical accuracy of arrangements.
Men's Vocal Ensemble MUS 48
  • Students will be able to identify the correct solfege syllable for example notes in any major key.
  • Students will be able to identify all chromatic intervals within an octave or chromatic scale.
  • Demonstrate skill in sight reading music.
  • Sing music of different styles effectively.
  • Blend voices and achieve a well balanced sound.
  • Perform for the college and community.
  • Demonstrate professional musicianship skills
Music Literature Survey MUS 11A
  • MUS 11A students will, upon hearing a one-minute excerpt of pre-assigned music repertoire along with the excerpted score between the Medieval and late Classical periods, be able to identify the compositional techniques and stylistic characteristics unique to the period.
  • MUS 11A students will, upon hearing a one-minute excerpt of pre-assigned music repertoire along with the excerpted score between the Medieval and late Classical periods, be able to describe the stylistic characteristics unique to the genre and period.
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  • Define technical musical terms and make use of those terms in written reports.
  • Analyze basic elements of musical sound such as rhythms, melody, tonality, harmony, and counterpoint as those elements apply to a variety of examples both western and non- western
  • Distinguish different instrumental timbres.
  • Analyze and evaluate the development of structure and form in the music of the time periods being studied.
  • Synthesize the contributions of important composers, their works, and formal structures.
Music Theory MUS 2
  • Students will know, by the number and type of accidentals, all 15 major keys and 15 minor keys.
  • MUS 2 students will be able to name the chord quality of all diatonic triads and seventh chords in both the major and minor modes.
  • Identify pitches and pitch registers when notated on the staff using G, F or C clefs, or when designated on the piano keyboard.
  • Calculate the duration of notes and rests.
  • Calculate the beat value, beat division, beat type and meter for any regular time signature.
  • Recognize and construct major scales, minor scales and their respective key signatures.
  • Memorize, recall and interpret the circle of fifths
  • Evaluate minor melodies for tonal problems and employ accidentals to correct these problems.
  • Recognize, calculate and construct intervals between pitches.
  • Calculate interval inversions.
  • Distinguish between consonant and dissonant intervals in music notation.
  • Recognize and distinguish the four types of contrapuntal motion.
  • Evaluate two-voice first species tonal counterpoint on the basis of its adherence to style rules and aesthetic guidelines
  • Identify and construct triads and seventh chords
  • Memorize and recall all diatonic triad and seventh chord qualities in major and minor.
  • Analyze diatonic music for harmony using Roman numerals and bass position figures when the non-chord tones have been omitted or identified for the student
  • Classify cadences by type
Musicianship - Ear Training and Sight Singing MUS 5A
  • MUS 5A students will be able to sing on sight a short diatonic melody mixing stepwise motion and occasional skips through the tonic harmony.
  • MUS 5A students will be able to transcribe a diatonic melody played four times at the piano. This melody may use stepwise motion only, except for skips through the tonic triad and skips between 're' and 'ti'.
  • Students will demonstrate, through dictation, an aural understanding of major-mode melodies making use of rhythmic divisions, stepwise motion and occasional leaps through adjacent tones of the tonic and dominant triads.
  • Using the moveable-do solfege system, sight sing diatonic melodies and patterns that incorporate stepwise motion and occasional leaps outlining the tonic, dominant and leading tone triads.
  • Using the moveable-do solfege system, sing from memory diatonic melodies, patterns and duets that incorporate stepwise motion and occasional leaps outlining the tonic, dominant and leading tone triads.
  • Perform at sight rhythm pieces in simple meters that incorporate divisions as small as one-quarter of a beat (e.g., sixteenths in 4/4).
  • Perform at sight rhythm pieces in compound meters that incorporate divisions as small as one-third of a beat (e.g., eighths in 6/8).
  • Demonstrate, in written and verbal response, aural recognition of major, natural minor, harmonic minor and melodic minor scales.
  • Demonstrate, in written and verbal response, aural recognition of interval size for melodically played diatonic note pairs less than or equal to the octave where the first note of each pair is tonic.
  • Demonstrate, in written and verbal response, aural recognition of interval quality for note pairs a second, third, sixth or seventh apart when played melodically.
  • Demonstrate, in written and verbal response, aural recognition of interval size for note pairs a perfect fourth, perfect fifth and perfect octave apart.
  • Demonstrate, in written and verbal response, aural recognition of major, minor, diminished and augmented triads.
  • Transcribe, in correct musical notation, simple meter rhythms incorporating quarter-beat divisions and compound meter rhythms incorporating triplet divisions.
  • Transcribe, in correct musical notation, diatonic major and minor melodies consisting of stepwise motion and leaps through the tonic, dominant and leading tone triads.
Musicianship - Ear Training and Sight Singing B MUS 5B
  • MUS 5B students will be able to sing on sight a short diatonic melody mixing stepwise motion and frequent skips through the tonic, subdominant and dominant harmonies.
  • MUS 5B students will be able to transcribe the soprano voice, bass voice and harmony (using Roman numerals and figures) of a six-chord four-part progression played four times at the piano. This progression may use only diatonic triads in root position.
  • Perform at sight rhythm pieces and rhythm patterns in simple meters that use a quarter note beat and include subdivisions.
  • Perform at sight rhythm pieces and patterns in compound meters that use a dotted quarter note beat and include subdivisions.
  • Sing memorized melodies, melodic patterns and duets outlining any diatonic triads and V7 using moveable-do solfege.
  • Sing at sight diatonic melodies, melodic patterns and duets outlining any diatonic triads and V7 using moveable-do solfege.
  • Aurally distinguish between the intervals of the m7, TT and M7 when played melodically.
  • Dictate, in correct music notation, rhythm pieces and patterns that employ a simple beat and values no smaller than the subdivision.
  • Dictate, in correct music notation, rhythm pieces and patterns that employ a compound beat and values no smaller than the subdivision.
  • Dictate, in correct music notation, melodies and melodic patterns that outline any diatonic triads and V7.
  • Dictate, in correct music notation and Roman numerals, the chords, soprano and bass for phrase-length four-part progressions that make use of diatonic triads in any inversion and V7 in root position.
Vocal Jazz Ensemble MUS 44
  • Students will be able to identify all chromatic intervals within an octave or chromatic scale.
  • Students will be able to recognize and differentiate between various song forms, including 12-bar blues, AABA, and 'other.'
  • Perform in different vocal jazz styles.
  • Demonstrate effective techniques for using a microphone in live performance
  • Memorize music and perform in public as a group and as a soloist.
  • Demonstrate an attitude of professionalism and responsible work ethic in rehearsals.
  • Perform concerts for the college and the local community.
Wind Ensemble MUS 49
  • Students will gain experience in recognizing common classical rhythmic patterns through music preparation.
  • Students will gain experience recognizing and identifying common musical stylistic elements including pitch identification, dynamics, and other compulsory musical knowledge.
  • Play wind repertory in various styles.
  • Develop growth in musical and technical skills as instrumentalists
Women's Vocal Ensemble MUS 34
  • Students will be able to identify the correct solfege syllable for example notes in any major key.
  • Students will be able to identify all major key signatures and names of notes in the treble and bass clefs.
  • Demonstrate skill in sight reading music.
  • Sing music of different styles effectively.
  • Blend voices to achieve a well balanced sound.
  • Perform for the college and the community.
  • Demonstrate professional musicianship skills.