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Courses

MUS 101 Introduction to Classical Music

Appreciate and enjoy classical music; a study of elements, musical forms, vocal and instrumental styles and the lives and music of great composers. (CSU/UC)

MUS 102 Masterworks

Delve deeply into some of the greatest works of the Classical and Romantic eras.  Close listening, analysis, historical background, and score study.  Ability to read music preferred.   (CSU/UC)

MUS 105 Rock, Pop and Jazz

A multicultural study of the evolution of American musical styles, including blues, jazz, early country and folk, rock, rhythm and blues, soul, and hip hop. (CSU/UC)

MUS 106 Music Fundamentals

Designed for anyone interested in acquiring basic music skills for performance, teaching, or composition. Learn music reading, notation, terminology, keyboard skills, sight singing, and ear training. (CSU/UC)

MUS 111 Theory I Prerequisite: Read simple music

Beginning music theory. Scales, intervals, triads, and harmonic progressions. (CSU/UC)

MUS 112 Theory II

Prerequisite: Music 111. Advisory: concurrent enrollment in Music 122, 172, and one major performing ensemble.
Continued study of diatonic harmony, functional harmony, chorale style composition, and musical analysis.  (CSU/UC)

MUS 113 Jazz Improvisation

An introduction to improvisation for instrumentalists and vocalists who wish to develop their ability to perform jazz solos.  Students learn contemporary harmonic theory including scales, modes, extended and altered chords, and apply this knowledge to the craft of improvisation.  Classroom experience includes playing with a rhythm section and the transcription of representative jazz solos.  (CSU/UC)

MUS 116 Desktop Musician I

Basic concepts of acoustics, techniques and history of electronic music; recording and mixing with digital audio; recording to CD; MIDI (sequencing). (CSU/UC)

MUS 117 Desktop Musician II

Prerequisite: Music 116.
Continued study of digital recording including MIDI. Emphasis on editing, mixing, plug-ins and their application. Course culminates in recording to CD. Performance/ application is a requirement. (CSU/UC)

MUS 121 Ear Training I

Prerequisite: Read simple music; know major scales. Advisory: Music 106.
Instruction includes rhythmic and melodic sight reading; rhythmic, melodic, and harmonic aural perception; and some keyboard harmony, reinforcing practical application of material introduced in Music 106. (CSU/UC)

MUS 122 Ear Training II

Prerequisite: Music 121
Continued study of musicianship, sight reading, rhythm training, and harmonic aural perception, reinforcing practical application of material introduced in Music 111. (CSU/UC)

MUS 163 College Chorus

The rehearsal and performance of a variety of choral music. Techniques of choral singing are emphasized. (CSU/UC)

MUS 165 Piano Ensemble

Prerequisite: Standardized audition.
Study, rehearsal and performance of mu- sic for piano ensemble. Music majors who are pianists may satisfy two semesters of the major performing ensemble with this course. (CSU/UC)

MUS 167 Symphony Orchestra

Prerequisite: Standardized audition.
Symphony orchestra and chamber orchestra, performing music from a wide selection of musical periods and styles. Students must participate in public performances. (CSU/UC)

MUS 168 Community Symphonic Band

Prerequisite: Standardized audition.
This course is an advanced ensemble for wind and percussion players. Public performance required. (CSU/UC)

MUS 169 Marin Oratorio: the Community Chorus at College of Marin

Prerequisite: Standardized audition.
Rehearsal and performance of masterpieces of choral literature, usually with orchestral accompaniment. Public performance required. (CSU/UC)

MUS 171 Piano I

Advisory: MUS 106
Develop mental and physical skills, musicianship, and habits leading to keyboard competence and foundation for further mu- sic studies. (CSU/UC)

MUS 172 Piano II

Advisory: Music 171
Develop mental and physical skills, musicianship, and habits leading to keyboard competence and foundation for further music studies. (CSU/UC)

MUS 177 Jazz Ensemble

Prerequisite: Standardized audition.
The Jazz Ensemble performs a wide variety of styles ranging from the earliest jazz classics to embracing current trends and performing the new "standards" of the future.  There will also be a focus on reaching out to the community and collaborating with the local jazz masters.  Musicians interested in the Big Band should possess strong technical facility on their instruments as well as good sight-reading ability.  Improvisation skills are a plus, but not required. (CSU/UC)

MUS 178 Strings

Prerequisite: Ability to read simple music. Advisory: Music 106.
Beginning instruction on the violin, viola, cello, or string bass. (CSU/UC)

MUS 180 Chamber Music Ensemble

Prerequisite: Standardized audition.
The study, rehearsal and performance of repertoire for small instrumental ensembles (may include voice with prior approval). (CSU/UC)

MUS 181 Voice I

Advisory: ability to read simple music, or MUS 106.
Instruction in the fundamentals of singing, principles of tone production, voice development, and techniques of song learning. (CSU/UC)

MUS 182 Voice II

Advisory: MUS 181.
Continued instruction in the fundamentals of singing, principles of tone production, voice development, and techniques of song learning. (CSU/UC)

MUS 187 Chamber Orchestra

The Chamber Music elective is a course that challenges students to play at their very best and demonstrate leadership skills in a small ensemble. Students have opportunities to play in small groups and perform some of the most exciting and beautiful pieces in the chamber music canon including string quartets by Beethoven, piano trios by Haydn, and wind quintets by Mozart in addition to contemporary works by living composers.   They are coached weekly by the faculty as well as rehearse with their ensembles in preparation for a final concert. Must have prior playing experience. Open to anyone meeting prerequisite of prior playing experience by informal audition at first class meeting.

MUS 191 Musical Production: Orchestra

Prerequisite: Standardized audition.
Rehearsal and performance of orchestral accompaniment to staged musical productions. Public performance required. Two fully-staged 20th Century Chamber operas sung in English, directed by Paul Smith

MUS 193 Musical Production: Cast

Prerequisite: Standardized audition.
Rehearse and perform all vocal music aspects of staged musical production. Public performance required. Two fully-staged 20th Century Chamber operas sung in English, directed by Paul Smith.

MUS 211 Theory III

Prerequisite: Music 112. Advisory: concurrent enrollment in Music 221, 271, and a major performing ensemble.
Study of diatonic sevenths, and basic chromatic harmony. Exercises, analysis, key- board harmony, and composition are included. (CSU/UC)

MUS 212 Theory IV

Further study of chromatic harmony, including Neopolitan and augmented sixth chords, extended tertian harmony, modulation to foreign keys, and an introduction to twentieth century composition and analysis. (CSU/UC)

MUS 221 Ear Training III

Prerequisite: Music 122.
Instruction includes rhythmic and melodic sight reading; rhythmic, harmonic, and melodic aural perception; and some keyboard harmony, paralleling the concepts and materials taught in Music Theory III (MUS 211). (CSU/UC)

MUS 222 Ear Training IV

Continuation of MUS 221.  The course focuses on practical application, through singing and dictation, of the material presented in Theory IV (MUS 212).  Includes study of secondary harmonies, synthetic and modal scales, chromatic and atonal melody, complex and changing meter, and polyrhythm. (CSU/UC)

MUS 271 Piano III

Advisory: Music 172.
A continuation of Music 172. Further development of functional musical knowledge. Structure, melody, rhythm, harmony, and form. (CSU/UC)

MUS 272 Piano IV

Advisory: Music 271.
Further development of functional musical knowledge. Structure, melody, rhythm, harmony, and form. (CSU/UC)

MUS 281 Voice III

Advisory: MUS 182.
A continuation of MUS 182, Voice II. Fundamentals, principles of tone production, and voice development. (CSU/UC)

MUS 282 Voice IV

Advisory: MUS 281.
A more advanced development and refinement of the fundamentals of singing, principles of tone production, and voice development with emphasis on more advanced vocal literature. May be taken four times for credit. (CSU/UC)

MUS 288 Advanced Voice Workshop

No prerequisite. Advisory: MUS 282.
An advanced practicum on singing vocal literature, highlighting vocal development, style characteristics, and development of performance techniques, with emphasis on advanced vocal literature. (CSU/UC)


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Technical Contact: Joanna Pinckney, Administrative Assistant, 415.485.9460
Content Responsible: Trevor Bjorklund, Chair of Music Department