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Peformance hall with piano on stage

Courses Offered: 

MUSC 101 (4)
Music Theory I
Introductory course designed to develop a thorough foundation in aural
and music reading skills. Includes key signatures, time signatures,
intervals, major and minor scales, triads, and other essential elements for
music study.
May not be taken for credit by students who received credit for MUSC 203.

MUSC 102 (4)
Music Theory II
Provides more advanced work in aural and music reading skills. Includes
triads, formal analysis, basic harmonic analysis and other elements for
music study.
May not be taken for credit by students who received credit for MUSC 205.
Prerequisite: MUSC 101 or consent or instructor.

MUSC 120 (3)
Introduction to Music
Comparative study of various musical styles and cultures. Emphasis on
basic musical materials, how music is constructed and performed, and
the social and cultural milieu in which it is created. Includes concert,
folk and popular music from Western Europe, America, Indonesia, North
India, Japan, and West Africa, among others. Through listening and
analysis, students will learn the fundamentals of music and search for
relationships between and commonalities among musical cultures.

MUSC 140 (3)
Beginning Guitar
An introduction to guitar performance. Students will learn to read, write,
and perform guitar music of progressive difficulty. Emphasis on basic
music theory, different levels of guitar technique, scales, chord-building
and sight-reading skills.
May not be taken by students who have received credit for VPA 380L.

MUSC 145 (3)
Beginning Piano
An introduction to piano performance. Students will learn to read, write,
and perform piano music of progressive difficulty. Emphasis on basic
music theory, different levels of piano technique, scales, chord-building
and sight-reading skills.
May not be taken by students who have received credit for VPA 380M and MUSC 130.

MUSC 146 (3)
Intermediate Piano
Continuation of the study of piano performance. Completion of intermediate
work in piano technique, scales, chord-building and sight-reading
skills. The course assumes mastery of all the work in MUSC 145 and will
continue with more advanced repertoire.
May not be taken for credit by students who received credit for MUSC 180-1.
Enrollment Requirement:MUSC 145 or consent of instructor.

MUSC 180 (3)
Topics in Music
Selected topics in music.
May be repeated for credit as topics change for a total of six (6) units.
Students should check the class schedule for listing of actual topics.

MUSC 194 (1)
Vocal Ensemble
Vocal ensemble specializing in many different musical styles.
Performances will include works from jazz, traditional, popular and
classical repertoires. Emphasis placed on correct vocal and performance
techniques and improvement of musical skills.
May be repeated; a total of four (4) units may be counted toward graduation requirements.

MUSC 195 (1)
Javanese Gamelan Ensemble
Exploration of performance practice in traditional Javanese Gamelan
music through organized performances of select musical types and
forms. Introduces various techniques as a basis for the integration of
music, dance, and drama in traditional Indonesian societies.
May be repeated; a total of four (4) units may be counted toward graduation requirements.

MUSC 196 (1)
Jazz Ensemble
Performance group consisting of both traditional and contemporary
instrumentation and “jazz” literature, e.g., Ellington, Gillespie, Nestico,
Monk, and Davis. Organized performances on CSUSM campus and
the broader San Diego County. Study of “jazz” theory and improvisation,
transcription, and listening assignments. Students must be able
to read music.
May be repeated for a total of four (4) units.
Enrollment Requirement: MUSC 101 or consent of instructor.

MUSC 201 (4)
Music Theory III
Introduction to counterpoint, and advanced chromatic harmony. 
Enrollment Requirement: MUSC 102, or equivalent.
Prerequisite: MUSC 102.

MUSC 202 (4)
Music Theory IV
An extension of topics presented in Music 201. Introduction to arranging,
composing and analysis - with an emphasis on 20th Century techniques.
Enrollment Requirement: MUSC 201 or equivalent.

MUSC 210 (3)
Introduction to Music Technology
Introduction to computers and their use in a musical context. Includes
an historical overview
of the field and in-depth investigation of the use
of computers and synthesizers in creating musical compositions (both
printed and recorded). Students will learn the basics of synthesis, MIDI
(Musical Instrument Digital Interface, the language by which computers
and synthesizers can “talk” to each other), sequencing, computer music
notation, and random computer-generated compositional
processes.
Computer ethics and word processing will also be covered. Projects will
be completed in Microsoft Word (word processing), Vision (sequencing),
Finale (notation), and M (random compositional processes.)
Two hours of lecture and two hours of laboratory.
May not be taken by students who have received credit for MUSC 302.

MUSC 220 (3)
Survey of Western Music
Chronological survey of the concert music of Western Europe with
emphasis on the Baroque, Classical and Romantic Periods. Includes
study of composers and their works, instrumentation, form, performance
practices and historical context.


MUSC 240 (1)
Vocal and Instrumental Instruction
Private or small group music lessons. Students approved for MUSC
240 must be co-enrolled in appropriate ensembles at CSUSM.
May be repeated; a total of eight (8) units may be counted toward graduation
requirements.
May not be taken for credit by students who received credit for MUSC 293.

MUSC 301 (3)
Orchestration
Study of the instruments of the orchestra and their use in the orchestral
repertoire. Covers instrument ranges, transposition, technical capabilities,
and scoring of vocal ensembles, band, and orchestra instruments.
Projects include arranging of piano and chamber pieces for orchestra.
Enrollment Requirement: MUSC 202 or equivalent.

MUSC 303 (3)
Music Analysis
Advanced work in the analysis of music and the application of current and
historical theories. Study of the elements, genre and structures of music
using examples drawn from a broad historical and cultural spectrum.
Enrollment Requirement: MUSC 202 or equivalent.

MUSC 305 (3)
Songwriting
Study of classic forms of songwriting, including Tin Pan Alley and the
Blues. Conducted as workshop sessions in which works of students
are examined and discussed in depth, then performed utilizing student
ensembles. Analysis of important contemporary works, trends, and
techniques. Utilizes current music software.
Enrollment Requirement: MUSC 202 or equivalent.

MUSC 306 (3)
Studio Composition
Study and analysis of 20th Century and more recent compositional
techniques and trends. Students compose works for chamber ensemble
and present them in a final concert.
Enrollment Requirement: MUSC 202 or equivalent.

MUSC 307 (3)
Scoring for Film
Composition in the context of music for film. Includes a short history
of film music, study of composers’ approaches and current technology
involved in composing for film.
Enrollment Requirement: MUSC 202 and 210.

MUSC 308 (3)
Arranging Music
Introduction to the study of techniques used in arranging music for jazz,
pop, and chamber ensembles, including orchestration, notation, rhythmic
embellishment, melodic ornamentation, chord substitution, and harmonization
techniques.
Enrollment Requirement: MUSC 202 or equivalent.

MUSC 310 (3)
Recording Techniques
A technical review of the art of studio and field recording techniques.
Students will learn basic and advanced microphone techniques, the uses
of analog and digital recording devices, special signal processing, and
digital and analog mixing.
May not be taken by students who have received credit for MUSC 304.
Enrollment restricted to students who have obtained consent of instructor.

MUSC 311 (3)
Advanced Recording Techniques
Continuation of the study of recording techniques. Includes advanced
use of Pro Tools editing software and WAVES plug-in effects, microphone
placement, and recording in both a studio and concert setting. Particular
attention to advanced editing, mixing and mastering techniques.
Enrollment Requirement: MUSC 310.

MUSC 312 (3)
Electronic Music Synthesis
Covers the elements of analog and digital synthesis with emphasis
on additive, FM and wavetable synthesis. Includes a history of the
use of synthesizers in the creation of music in the 20th and early 21st
Centuries.
Enrollment Requirement: MUSC 210 or equivalent.

MUSC 313 (3)
Sampling and Sound Design
Covers the elements of digital sampling technique with emphasis on
proper mic techniques, sampling editing, sample instrument design
and implementation. Includes a history of the use of sampling in the
creation of music and sound design in the 20th and early 21st Centuries.
Enrollment Requirement: MUSC 210 or equivalent.

MUSC 321 (3)
Survey of World Folk Songs
Study of selected folk songs from the Americas, Europe, Africa and Asia.
Explores issues associated with the context of the songs, their social
function, gender, status, and age differences of the performer/composer.
Requires students to learn to sing songs in their original language,
complete group research projects that focus on a single cultural group,
learn the techniques of song analysis, and complete an ethnographic
case study with a local folk musician.

MUSC 322 (3)
Survey of World Music I
Explores the music of Native Americans,
Black music in America, West African music, European folk music, and
the music of India. Students will be required to complete an anthropological/
ethnomusicological field work study in one of the indigenous
music styles in Southern California. The project will include interviews
with native informants, field recordings, and other appropriate research.
May not be taken for credit by students who have received credit for MUSC 421.

MUSC 323 (3)
Music in Ritual and Religion
Cross-cultural studies of the music identified with worship. Examples
drawn from Africa, Europe, United States, the Caribbean, South America,
Islam, East Asia, and India.

MUSC 324 (3)
Survey of World Popular Music
An introduction both to the great diversity of the world’s popular
musics, and to some of the issues involved in the production of popular
music worldwide. Musics addressed will cover a broad geographic
area, including parts of Africa, the Americas, Europe, the Middle-
East, and South, East, and Southeast Asia. Issues of religion, gender,
politics, ethnic or regional identity, cultural property, appropriation, and
mass-media will be examined as influential factors informing popular
music practices across geographic and cultural boundaries.

MUSC 325 (3)
History of Rock Music
An exploration of the history of rock music from its origins in early jazz,
blues and country to the present. Course will not be strictly chronological
but rather an investigation of various rock genres (primarily from the U.S.
and Great Britain), their forms and elements, their development, and their
placement in history. Includes discussion of the elements of musical
language and basic music analysis. Music is studied in the social and
political context in which it was created.

MUSC 340 (1)
Advanced Vocal and Instrumental Instruction
Private or small group music lessons.
Students approved for MUSC 340 must be enrolled in an ensemble at CSUSM.
May be repeated; a total of eight (8) units may be counted toward graduation requirements.
Enrollment Requirement: Normally open only to Music Majors
with at least one year of lower-division studio music study. By audition only.
May not be taken for credit by students who have received credit for MUSC 393.
Enrollment restricted to students who have obtained consent of instructor.

MUSC 380 (3)
Topics in Music
Advanced special topics in music.
May be repeated for credit as topics change for a total of six (6) units.
Students should check the class for listing of actual topics.

MUSC 389 (1)
Chamber Ensemble
Performance of chamber (or small group) music literature from different
periods of Western music history, and an exploration of music from
non-western sources. Includes instrumental groupings of orchestral
instruments, keyboard, guitar, early music instruments, percussion and
voice. Explores some strategies for developing a career as a soloist or
chamber musician.
By audition only.
May be repeated for a total of eight (8) units.
Enrollment restricted to students who have obtained consent of instructor.

MUSC 390 (1)
Andean Ensemble
A performance ensemble specializing in the music of Bolivia, Peru,
Ecuador, and Chile. Students learn to play bamboo flutes, pre-Columbian
instruments, and panpipes. Guitarists and vocalists are welcome. Music
is sung in Spanish, Quechua, and Aymara.
May be repeated; a total of eight (8) units may be counted toward graduation requirements.

MUSC 391 (1)
African Ensemble
Exploration of performance practice in traditional African music through
organized performances of selected musical types and forms. Students
will be introduced to various techniques as a basis for the integration
of music, dance, and drama in traditional African societies.
May be repeated; a total of eight (8) units may be counted toward graduation requirements.

MUSC 392 (1)
World Music Ensemble
Systematical study of the literature, instruments, and techniques of a
selected style of music. Includes research and performance. The topic
and style of music is variable.
May be repeated; a total of eight (8) units may be counted toward graduation requirements.

MUSC 394 (1)
Vocal Ensemble
A vocal ensemble specializing in many different musical styles.
Performances will include works from jazz, traditional, popular, and
classical repertories. Emphasis will be placed on correct vocal and
performance techniques and improvement of musical skills.
May be repeated; a total of eight (8) units may be counted toward graduation requirements.

MUSC 395 (1)
Javanese Gamelan Ensemble
Exploration of performance practice in traditional Javanese Gamelan
music through organized performances of selected musical types and
forms. Students will be introduced to various techniques as a basis
for the integration of music, dance, and drama in traditional Indonesian
societies.
May be repeated; a total of eight (8) units may be counted toward graduation requirements.

MUSC 396 (1)
Jazz Ensemble
Performance group consisting of both traditional to contemporary instrumentation
and “jazz” literature, e.g., Ellington, Gillespie, Nestico, Monk,
and Davis. Organized performances on CSUSM campus and the broader
San Diego County. Study of “jazz” theory and improvisation, transcriptions,
and listening assignments. Students must be able to read music.
Highly recommended: MUSC 101.
May be repeated; a total of eight (8) units may be counted toward graduation requirements.
Enrollment restricted to students who have obtained consent of instructor.

MUSC 402 (3)
Advanced Composition With Computers
A study of the advanced techniques of digital music technology. Includes
digital audio recording and editing, signal processing, alternative MIDI
controllers,
live performance with electronics, advanced synthesis,
sampling, and sequencing techniques. Students will compose works in
several styles with a final project to be presented in concert.
Two hours of lecture and two hours of composition activity are required.
May be repeated for a total of six (6) units.
Prerequisite: MUSC 302 or 304.

MUSC 422 (3)
Andean Music and Culture
An introduction to Andean culture through music performance, listening,
and research. Students will learn to play authentic Andean instruments
from Peru, Chile, Ecuador, and Bolivia. Extensive reading and analytical
listening are a part of this course.
May not be taken for credit by students who have received credit for MUSC 422S.

MUSC 423 (3)
Music of the African Diaspora
Students will explore and trace the influences of African culture in
the new world. Exploration of the dispersion of music, religion, social
structure, and culture.

MUSC 424 (3)
African Music and Culture
A survey of traditional and modern cultures on the African continent.
Special attention is given to the development of an understanding of
African religious systems, social structures, and the arts as a manifestation
of the African world view.

MUSC 425 (3)
Latin American Music and Society
An in-depth survey of the music and culture of Latin America as seen
through the lens of history. The materials will be organized in the
following historical periods: the Pre-Columbian Era, the Colonial Era, the
Republican Era, and modern trends in Latin American music. Folkloric,
concert, and popular music will be examined in relation to class strata in
Latin America. Special emphasis will be placed on the music of Mexico,
Brazil, the Andean region, and Cuba.
May not be taken for credit by students who have received credit for MUSC 425S.

MUSC 427 (3)
Music and Culture in the United States
A survey of the music and culture of the United States through study of
the various social strata and ethnic groups which make up the fabric of
American life. Music will be studied in the historical, social, and cultural
context of the time in which it was created with special attention paid to
historical periods such as the Civil War, the turn of the century, the Great
Depression through World War II, the 1960s, and the present.

MUSC 428 (3)
Music Traditions of Southeast Asia
Intended to introduce the student to some of the musical traditions
practiced in Southeast Asia, and to expose him or her to principal
themes and issues that necessarily arise when researching music of
this area. Characteristics of instruments and instrumental ensembles,
sound structures, theatrical traditions, and vocal performance will be
among the major musical topics covered in the course. Historical, sociodemographic,
political, and even western academic factors shaping
contemporary images of Southeast Asian music will also be addressed.
Ultimately, by studying just a few traditions, the course will aim to bring
home the inexhaustible breadth and depth of Southeast Asia’s musical
diversity.

MUSC 430 (3)
Survey of Ethnomusicology
Survey of the history of ethnomusicology, as well as various methodologies
evolving from its practice from the 19th Century to contemporary
trends. Provides an overview of the world’s musical traditions by
examining case studies from each of nine musical world regions: Pacific,
East Asia, Southeast Asia, South Asia, Middle East, Africa, Europe, Latin
America, and the U.S. and Canada.
Prerequisite: MUSC 322.

MUSC 431 (3)
Research Methods in Ethnomusicology
Introduces notions of “non-Western” or “world music” theory,
aesthetics, and musicianship. Study and engagement with musical
systems of selected world cultures through aural and written notations,
vocal and instrumental skills, melodic and rhythmic dictation, improvisation,
and composition. Examines the history and current state of audiovisual
archiving, with an emphasis upon such issues as ethics, copyright,
contracts, fieldwork techniques, preservation, and access and issues
related to technology, space, and budgets.
Prerequisite: MUSC 322.

MUSC 480 (3)
Music Activities for Children and Adults
Explores various modes of musical expression within a multicultural
context. No background in music is required. An emphasis will be
placed on performance, composition, and listening activities that can be
applied to the K-12 classroom.
Two hours of lecture and two hours of laboratory.
This course satisfies the Liberal Studies requirement for work in Studio Arts.

MUSC 490 (3)
Senior Capstone
Senior project that demonstrates mastery in a chosen area of study.
Required of all music majors. Comprises independent study work with
a faculty mentor who meets regularly with the student and approves
and oversees the capstone work. Presented to the campus community
during the student’s last semester in residence.
Enrollment restricted to students with Senior standing in Music Major.
Enrollment restricted to students who have obtained consent of instructor.

MUSC 495A (1) 495B (2) 495C (3)
Internship
Intended to provide students with the opportunity to work directly
with selected and approved individual artist or group of artists as field,
creative, or studio experience.
May be repeated for a total of six (6) units.
Graded Credit/No Credit.
Enrollment restricted to students who have obtained consent of instructor.

MUSC 498A (1) 498B (2) 498C (3)
Independent Study
Intended for students with advanced standing in respective areas of
study. Selected topic(s) must be approved by the Visual and Performing
Arts Independent Study Committee and supervised by a faculty
member or academic advisor.
May be repeated for a total of six (6)units.
Enrollment restricted to students who have obtained consent of instructor.

MUSC 499A (1) 499B (2) 499C (3)
Independent Research
Designed for students with demonstrated capacity for independent
research, field, creative and studio work, and analyses of data.
May be repeated for a total of six (6) units.
Enrollment Requirement: Upper-division courses appropriate to area of proposed study.
Enrollment restricted to students who have obtained consent of instructor.