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MUS-Music

Lower Division Collegiate

MUS101 (3 credits)
Music Fundamentals

Focuses on reading and writing basic music notation including note names, scales, key signatures, intervals, basic rhythms, meters, and the spelling of triads and seventh chords. Prerequisite: WR115 or designated placement score.

MUS105 (3 credits)
Music Appreciation

Introduces a wide variety of genres and styles of music including, but not limited to, classical music, jazz, American popular music, American Musical Theater.   Through guided listening, students will develop a basic understanding of the style and sound of the musical genre.

MUS108 (4 credits)
Music in World Cultures

Introduces music from various cultures with an international and cross-cultural perspective. Explores both commonalties and differences in how music is defined, valued, and utilized in many cultures around the world. Prerequisite: WR115 or designated placement score.

MUS111 (3 credits)
Music Theory I

Examines the fundamentals of music theory including pitch and pitch class, simple meter and compound meter, scales including major and minor scales and diatonic modes, intervals, chords, and voice leading. Prerequisite: MUS101 and WR115 or designated placement score.

MUS112 (3 credits)
Music Theory II

MUS112 continues the examination of music theory including harmonic analysis in a key/tonal context, harmonic progressions, counterpoint, voice leading, part-writing procedures, non-chord tones, and cadences. Prerequisite: MUS111.

MUS113 (3 credits)
Music Theory III

MUS113 continues the examinations of music theory including Chromatic Harmony; Motives, Phrases and Periods; Harmonic Functions; Harmonic Progressions and Circle of Fifths; Secondary Chords and Tonicization; Mode Mixture; and Modulation. Emphasis is on concepts of contextual analysis. Prerequisite: MUS112.

MUS114 (1 credit)
Aural Skills I

This first of a three-term sequence of courses provides instruction and practice in beginning sight-reading, sight-singing, and ear-training. It includes melodic and rhythmic dictation as well as intervallic recognition. It covers the fundamental concepts of rhythm, meter, major and minor tonalities, diatonic and modal scales, triads and seventh chords, and cadences. MUS114/115/116 must be taken in sequence, unless Instructor permission is granted. Prerequisites: WR115 or designated placement score; and completion of MUS101 or equivalent knowledge. Corequisite: MUS111.

MUS115 (1 credit)
Aural Skills II

This second of a three-term sequence provides instruction and practice in intermediate sight-reading, sight-singing, and ear-training. It includes melodic and rhythmic dictation as well as intervallic recognition. It covers more variety of rhythm, simple and compound meter, major and minor tonalities, diatonic and modal scales, triads and seventh chords, and cadences. This course is designed to be taken with MUS112 concurrently. Prerequisite: MUS114. Corequisite: MUS112.

MUS116 (1 credit)
Aural Skills III

This third of a three-term sequence provides instruction and practice in more advanced sight-reading, sight-singing, and ear-training. It includes more complex melodic and rhythmic dictation as well as wider intervallic recognition. It covers more variety of rhythm, simple and compound meter, major and minor tonalities, diatonic scales and modal scales, triads and seventh chords, and cadences. Non-chord tones and secondary dominant chords will be explored. This course is designed to be taken with MUS113 concurrently. Prerequisite: MUS115. Corequisite: MUS113.

MUS118 (1 credit)
Commercial Music Ensemble

Commercial Music Ensemble is a performance and recording based ensemble that rehearses and performs repertoire from popular music styles. The ensemble includes vocalists, guitarists, bassists, keyboard/pianists, drummers/percussionists, strings, horns, and more. Membership in the ensemble is open to all students and those in the community. Students will have the opportunity to learn the language of popular music style, chart arranging and stylistic interpretation. Performances will occur at RCC and in the community. Course can be repeated for up to 12 credits. Prerequisite: Ability to read music or play by ear. Some instruments are provided but many will need to be supplied by the student. Please check with the instructor on equipment that is available or can be checked out.

MUS119 (1 credit)
Jazz Combo

Jazz Combo is a performance-based ensemble that rehearses and performs repertoire from jazz and popular music styles in the jazz idiom. The ensemble includes saxophones, trumpets, trombones, pianists, bassists, guitarists, drummers/percussionists, strings, vocalists and more. Students will explore the language of jazz in small sized combos, improvisation, chart arranging and stylistic interpretation. Membership in the ensemble is open to all students and those in the community. Performances will occur at RCC and in the community. Course can be repeated up to 12 credits. Prerequisite: Ability to read music. Basic understanding of musical terms and markings. Basic skills in playing one’s instrument.

MUS131 (2 credits)
Class Piano I

Provides group instruction for beginning and intermediate piano. Focuses on the development of basic piano skills, note-reading, rhythm, scales, chords, and the introduction to related musical concepts. Contents and expected learning proficiencies of this course may vary from term to term. Not for music majors. No previous piano experience required. May be repeated for up to six credits.

MUS132 (2 credits)
Class Piano II

Provides group instruction for beginning and intermediate piano. Focuses on the development of basic piano skills, note-reading, rhythm, scales, chords, and the introduction to related musical concepts. Contents and expected learning proficiencies of this course may vary from term to term. Not for music majors. May be repeated for up to six credits. Prerequisite: MUS131 or equivalent piano experience.

MUS133 (2 credits)
Class Piano III

Provides group instruction for beginning and intermediate piano. Focuses on the development of basic piano skills, note-reading, rhythm, scales, chords, and the introduction to related musical concepts. Contents and expected learning proficiencies of this course may vary from term to term. Not for music majors. May be repeated for up to six credits. Prerequisite: MUS132 or equivalent piano experience.

MUS135 (2 credits)
Beginning Hand Drums

Provides students hands-on experience with a variety of hand percussion instruments from around the world. Emphasis is on basic techniques and rhythms to facilitate musical performance in a group setting. May be repeated for up to four credits.

MUS136 (2 credits)
Introduction to Ukulele

Introduction to Ukulele covers the basic principles of playing and performing on the ukulele. Students will learn the basic anatomy, how to tune, and the beginning techniques of the instrument. Also covered are reading both music notation and tab as well as fingering methods, right hand-picking styles and techniques specific to the ukulele. Students will learn how to accompany other musicians in various musical settings. May be repeated for up to 6 credits.

MUS137 (2 credits)
Group Guitar: Beginning

Covers the basic construction of the guitar, principles of tuning, maintenance, and treatment of the instrument. Also covered are key signatures, scales, primary chords and their structures, as well as fingering methods, right hand picking styles and techniques specific to the guitar. Students will learn how to accompany solo and group singing, and learn skills needed to translate music and methods for solving problems common to guitar players. May be repeated for up to six credits.

MUS138 (2 credits)
Group Guitar: Intermediate

Enables students to create more complicated common style arrangements to folk, blues, and popular song styles by adding melody notes and bass runs to open chords. Students will also learn accompanying styles to a much broader range of song types, the use of more sophisticated chords and voicings, and the use of barre chords affording the guitarist the ability to play in any key. May be repeated for up to six credits. Prerequisite: MUS137.

MUS142 (3 credits)
Music Technology I

Music Technology I is an introduction to audio and music production. Students will use and develop an understanding of what is a DAW, how to use and manipulate audio files, the use of plugins, outboard gear such as an interface and surface controllers, and production and delivery of music digitally.

MUS143 (3 credits)
Music Technology II: MIDI and Virtual Instruments

Music Technology II: MIDI and Virtual Instruments is a continuation of Music Technology I. This course explores and expands on Daws, plug-ins and audio files editing while starting to explore MIDI and Virtual Instruments. Students will have the opportunity to program, enter and record MIDI, learn to control and operate virtual instruments/plug-ins and integrate it alongside audio files in the DAW. Prerequisite: Music Technology I or permission of Instructor.

MUS144 (3 credits)
Music Technology III: Audio Recording and Mic Techniques

Music Technology III: Audio Recording and Mic Techniques is a continuation of Music Technology II. This course explores and expands on recording our own audio, common practices to capture audio at the source, and audio production and editing after the recording. Students will have the opportunity to record in both live and studio settings, learn to place mics and capture audio, organize a session, cable/audio/session management and post production inside a DAW. Prerequisite: Music Technology II or permission of Instructor.

MUS150 (1 credit)
Rogue Chorus

Rogue Chorus is open to singers of all levels at RCC and from the community.  It provides an opportunity for students to explore choral repertoire of diverse musical styles and genres. No audition required. Repeatable up to 12 credits.

MUS151 (1 credit)
Riverside Chorus

Riverside Chorus open to singers of all levels and provides an opportunity for students to explore choral repertoire of diverse musical styles and genres. No audition required. Repeatable for up to 12 total credits.

MUS152 (1 credit)
Concert Band

Open to students and community members of all ages. The ensemble plays a variety of both standard and non-standard concert band literature. Concert(s) at the end of the term. Repeatable for up to 12 total credits.

MUS153 (1 credit)
Rogue Orchestra

The Rogue Orchestra explores a variety of music from different musical periods. It is open to all the students at Rogue Community College as well as the community members who play string, wind, brass, and percussion instruments. Perform in concert(s) at the end of each term. Repeatable up to 12 credits.

MUS158 (1 credit)
Chamber Music Ensemble

Provides an opportunity for instrumentalists to explore, practice, and perform chamber music repertoire. Includes conducted and coached rehearsals for public performance. Covers repertoire for chamber group (duo-octet), small ensembles, and chamber orchestra. Requires the ability to read music. Must play a musical instrument. Singers considered. May be repeated for up to 12 credits.

MUS199 (variable credits)
Special Studies: Music

Serves a variety of needs and interests, and is used to develop a music course focused around various themes, in keeping with the department mission to increase students' literacy, awareness of cultures and different cultural values, critical thinking, and self-awareness.  The course is offered in a number of formats: workshop, seminar, or independent study and may be repeated for up to six credits. Prerequisite: Varies by course.

MUS199L (variable credits)
Special Studies: Music (Lab)

Serves a variety of needs and interests, and is used to develop a music course focused around various themes, in keeping with the department mission to increase students' literacy, awareness of cultures and different cultural values, critical thinking, and self-awareness. The course is offered in a number of formats: workshop, seminar, or independent study, and may be repeated for up to six credits. Prerequisite(s): Varies by course.

MUS201 (4 credits)
Exploring Music: Introduction to Music History

Explores the history of Western European music from the Middle Ages to the 20th century. It is an overview of musical genres, styles, forms, and practices that were embraced in each period. Examines the way historical events, cultural trends, or technical inventions affected the musical trend in each era. Emphasis is on cultivating critical listening and comprehension skills through musical examples, learning from lectures, documentaries, recordings, and reading of the textbook. No musical background is required. Prerequisite: WR115 or designated placement score.

MUS205 (3 credits)
History of Jazz

Surveys jazz styles from its origins to the present as revealed through the study of the most innovative and influential artists of this uniquely American musical form. Emphasis is placed on building critical listening and comprehension skills through listening to musical examples, in-class discussion, quizzes, class assignments, research, and reading of the text. Prerequisite: WR115 or designated placement score.

MUS206 (3 credits)
Introduction to Rock Music

Offers a survey of history of rock music as the unique and prominent musical genre of the United States from its origins to the present. Explores the most innovative and influential artists of rock music as well as their performing and compositional style. Emphasis is placed on building critical listening and comprehension skills through listening to musical examples, in-class discussion of the music, quizzes, assignments, research, and reading of the text. Prerequisite: WR115 or designated placement score.

MUS207 (3 credits)
Songwriting

Songwriting is an introduction to the techniques and styles of popular music songwriting. This course provides students the opportunity to freely explore lyric writing, crafting melodies and hooks, effective use of harmony, and common song structures to successfully create their songs. Students will create their own works through basic lead sheets and workshop them with the class. Prerequisite: MUS101 or MUS111 or permission of Instructor.

MUS208 (3 credits)
Film Music

Explores the capacity of music to enhance drama and affect our emotions in the medium of film. Examines different ways in which music has been used in film since the birth of cinema to the present. No prior knowledge of music is necessary. Prerequisite: WR115 or designated placement score.

MUS211 (3 credits)
Music Theory IV

Continues MUS111, 112 and 113. Offers students a clear and thorough introduction to the resources and practice of Western music with a focus on formal and harmonic analysis. Examines a variety of compositional forms of Baroque & Classical eras and explores the ways that their renderings live in the music of our time. Topics include the study of binary, ternary, rounded binary, sonata-allegro (or first movement form), rondo, and fugue. Prerequisites: MUS113 or equivalent knowledge.

MUS212 (3 credits)
Music Theory V

Offers students a clear and thorough introduction to the resources and practice of Western music with a focus on the music of the Classical and Romantic periods and the ways that their renderings apply to music of our time. Forms to examine include rondo and variation. Includes study of extended tertial harmony (9th, 11th, 13th chords), altered dominants, chromatic mediants, and enharmonic modulation. Prerequisite: MUS211 or equivalent knowledge.

MUS213 (3 credits)
Music Theory VI

Expands upon the elements of the practice of Western music harmony and introduces concepts, styles, and techniques of post-tonal theory of the 20th century music. MUS211/212/213 courses must be taken in sequence, unless Instructor permission is granted. Prerequisite: MUS212 or equivalent knowledge.

MUS224 (1 credit)
Aural Skills IV

Aural Skills IV is a continuation of Aural Skills III and serves to augment the subject matter in Music Theory IV with an emphasis on musical aural/oral training. Students develop their ability to hear, identify, and sing intervallic, tertial, melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic patterns in music.  Through in-class study and drill, combined with out-of-class computer-assisted learning and self-guided practice, students will develop skills in sight singing and aural transcription with a focus on dominant and non-dominant seventh chords in all positions, leading tone seventh chords in root position, and perceiving tonicization and modulation in chord progressions and melodies.  This course is designed to be taken with MUS211 concurrently. Prerequisite: MUS116. Corequisite: MUS211.

MUS225 (1 credit)
Aural Skills V

Aural Skills V is a continuation of Aural Skills IV and serves to augment the subject matter in Music Theory V with an emphasis on musical aural/oral training.  Students develop their ability to hear, identify, and sing intervallic, tertial, melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic patterns in music.  Through in-class study and drill, combined with out-of-class computer-assisted learning and self-guided practice, students will develop skills in sight singing and aural transcription with a focus on harmonies through secondary dominant and leading tone. This course is designed to be taken with MUS212 concurrently. Prerequisite: MUS224. Corequisite: MUS212.

MUS226 (1 credit)
Aural Skills VI

Aural Skills VI is a continuation of Aural Skills V and serves to augment the subject matter in Music Theory VI with an emphasis on musical aural/oral training.  Students develop their ability to hear, identify, and sing intervallic, tertial, melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic patterns in music.  Through in-class study and drill, combined with out-of-class computer-assisted learning and self-guided practice, students will develop skills in sight singing and aural transcription with a focus on harmonies through secondary dominant and leading tone. This course is designed to be taken with MUS213 concurrently. Prerequisite: MUS225. Corequisite: MUS213.

MUS261 (4 credits)
History of Western Music I: Ancient to Baroque

Studies the history of Western music with a focus on the development of music from the antiquity, the Middle Ages, Renaissance, and Baroque Period.  It will examine musical genres, forms, styles, and practices that were embraced in each period. It will also explore the way that historical events, cultural trend, and/or technical inventions affected the musical trend of each era. The emphasis is on cultivating critical listening and comprehension skills through musical examples, learning from lectures, documentaries, recordings, and reading of the textbook. Prerequisite: MUS101 or knowledge of music fundamentals and the ability to read music, and WR115 or designated placement score.

MUS262 (4 credits)
History of Western Music II: Classical and Romantic

Studies the history of Western music with a focus on the development of music from Classical period to Romantic period.  It will examine musical genres, forms, and styles that were embraced in each period. Explores the way that historical events, cultural trend, and/or technical inventions affected the musical trend of each era.  Emphasis is on cultivating critical listening and comprehension skills through musical examples, learning from lectures, documentaries, recordings, and reading of the textbook. Prerequisite: MUS101 or knowledge of music fundamentals and the ability to read music, and WR115 or designated placement score.

MUS263 (4 credits)
History of Western Music III: 20th Century to Modern Day

Studies the history of Western music with a focus on the development of music from Late Nineteenth Century, Twentieth-Century Modernism, and Postmodernism (Mid-Twentieth Century and Beyond). Examines innovative compositional techniques, musical genres, forms, and styles that were embraced during each period. Explores the way that historical events, cultural trends, and/or technical inventions affected the musical trend or climate in each era. Emphasis is on cultivating critical listening and comprehension skills through musical examples, learning from lectures, documentaries, recordings, and reading of the textbook. Prerequisite: MUS101 or knowledge of music fundamentals and the ability to read music, and WR115 or designated placement score.

MUS264 (3 credits)
History of Rock I: The Roots of Rock

Provides students with an opportunity to explore the musical, social and cultural aspects of rock music from its pre-rock influences and its development through c.1963. Emphasis is placed on building listening and comprehension skills through listening to rock music, in-class discussion of the music, class assignments, research, and reading of the text. Prerequisite: WR115 or designated placement score.

MUS265 (3 credits)
History of Rock II: Rock's Golden Age

Provides students with an opportunity to explore the musical, social and cultural aspects of rock music from its pre-rock influences and its development from 1964-1975. Emphasis is placed on building listening and comprehension skills through listening to rock music, in-class discussion of the music, class assignments, research, and reading of the text. Prerequisite: WR115 or designated placement score.

MUS266 (3 credits)
History of Rock III: Heavy Metal to Hip-Hop

Explores the musical, social and cultural aspects of rock music from c.1975 through the present day. Emphasis is placed on building listening and comprehension skills through listening to rock music, in-class discussion of the music, class assignments, research, and reading of the text. Prerequisite: WR115 or designated placement score.