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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 commonalties among musical cultures.
MUSC 130 (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.
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 203 (3) - Elements of Music I
Development of aural skills (sight singing, dictation, transcription), scale/cord theory, and part-writing.
MUSC 205 (3) - Elements of Music II
Development of aural skills (sight singing, dictation, transcription), diatonic harmony, modal systems, chromaticism, and elementary composition.
Highly recommended: MUSC 203, or passing score on Theory Diagnostic Exam.
MUSC 293 (1) - Vocal and Instrumental Instruction
Private or small group music lessons.
Prerequisites: Normally open only to Visual and Performing Arts Music Track students with less than one year of lower-division studio music study or who are placed at this level through audition. Students approved for MUSC 293 must be enrolled in appropriate ensembles at CSUSM and be enrolled in appropriate lower-division music courses. May be repeated for a maximum of eight (8)
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
MUSC 302 (1) - Computers and Music
Introduction to computers and their use in musical context. Includes an historical over-view of the field and in-depth investigation of the use of computers and synthesizes 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 synthesizes can “talk” to each other), sequencing, computer music notation, and random computer-generated compositional process. 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.
MUSC 303 (3) - Materials and Structure of Music
Advanced work in the analysis of music and the application of current and historical theories. A study of the elements, genre and structures using examples drawn from a broad historical and cultural spectrum to be taken concurrently with Process of Art I. Prerequisite: Completion of twenty-one (21) units of lower-division music courses and consent of instructor.
MUSC 304 (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. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
MUSC 320 (3) - Critical Listening
Helps the student develop highly honed listening skills. Music from many cultures including Euro-American concert music, music from India, Japan, Africa, South America, Eastern Europe, and the United States form the core of the examples studied. No single historical period or national style dominates. The emphasis is placed on perception of musical elements that are common to all music of the world, the acoustical foundations of music, and aesthetics. Music is viewed within a social and cultural context. Attendance of concerts is a required part of the course.
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 323 (3) - Music in Ritual and Religion
Cross-cultural studies of the music identified with worship. Examples drawn from Africa, Europe, United Sates, 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 music, and to some of the issues involved in the production of popular music worldwide. Music 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 it's 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 390 (2) - 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 for a total of eight (8) units.
MUSC 391 (2) - 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 for a total of eight (8) units.
MUSC 392 (2) - World Music Ensemble
Systematical study of the literature, instruments,
and techniques of a selected style of traditional music. Includes research and performance.
The topic and style of music is variable.
May be repeated for a total of eight (8) units.
MUSC 393 (2) - Advanced Vocal and Instrumental Instruction
Private or small group music lessons.
Prerequisites: Normally open only to Visual and Performing Arts music track students with at least one year of lower-division studio music study. Students approved for MUSC 393 must be enrolled in appropriate ensembles at CSUSM and be enrolled in the core Visual and Performing Arts program. May be repeated for a maximum of eight (8) units. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
MUSC 394 (2) - 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 for a total of eight (8) units.
MUSC 395 (2) - 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 for a maximum of eight (8) units.
MUSC 396 (2) - Jazz Orchestra
A 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.
Highly recommended: MUSC 203.
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 consent of instructor.
MUSC 421 (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.
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. Offered in English or Spanish. When offered in Spanish it will appear as “Música Andina y Cultura” in the Class Schedule and may be taken for credit in the Spanish major, only in the Language and Culture Track. May not be taken for credit by students who have received credit for MUSC 422S.
MUSC 423 (3) - Roots to Reggae: African Music in Dispersion
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 I Latin America. Special emphasis will be place 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 426 (3) - Japanese Music and Culture
An introduction to Japan through the senses, with an emphasis on musical and visual arts. The fine arts are studied through historical and cultural perspective. Students will view films, videos, and photos of famous places in Japan, as well as important works of art. Numerous recordings of Japanese music, together with live music, will be provided for study in the class. Class sessions will be devoted to geography, history, language, literature, society, and religion, in themselves and in relation to music and the visual arts. The aim is to promote a deeper understanding among Americans for the distinctive values of Japanese culture.
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 WW II, the 1960’s, and the present. Additional emphasis will be placed on the role of women in American musical culture and issues of class and race as they influence (and are influenced by) the development of musical styles.
MUSC 480 (3) - Music Activities for Children and Adults
Explores various modes of musical expression within a multicultural context. No back-ground 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 the Fine Arts, and Humanities (Studio Arts).
MUSC 495A (1) 495B (2) 495C (3) - Internship
Intended to provide student with the opportunity to work directly wit selected and approved individual artists or group of artists as field, creative, or studio experience. May be repeated for a total of six (6) units. Graded Credit/No Credit. Prerequisites: Consent of instructor.
MUSC 498A (1) 498B (2) 498C (3) - Independent Study
This course is 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. Prerequisite: 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 eight (8) units. Prerequisites: upper-division courses appropriate to area of proposed study and approved by the Visual and Performing Arts Independent Study Committee, and consent of instructor.