• General Information
• Music Degree Requirements
• Music Curricula
• Music Course Descriptions
• Music Career Guide
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LetteR of IntRoDuCtIon . . . . 2
MIssIon stateMent Statement of Strategy . . . . 3
MusIC MajoR LoGIstICs History of the Music Center . . . . 4
Practice Rooms . . . . 4
Music laboratories . . . . 4
Hours of Operation . . . . 4
Concert and Recital Attendance . . . . 4
College Owned Instruments . . . . 4
Academic Honesty . . . . 4
MusIC sCHoLaRsHIps Grand Rapids Community College Foundation . . . . 5
Music Scholarship Descriptions . . . . 5
tHe assoCIate In MusIC DeGRee Remedial Course Requirements . . . . 6
Audition and Placement Requirements . . . . 6
Music Theory . . . . 6
Music History . . . . 6
Applied Music–Principal . . . . 7
Applied Music–Secondary . . . . 7
Applied Music Policy . . . . 7
Applied Performance Class . . . . 8
Piano Techniques . . . . 8
Piano Techniques (for Recording Technology Majors) . . . . 9
Major ensemble Requirement . . . . 9
Recording Technology Specific . . . . 9
Non-Music Requirements . . . . 9
Non-Music electives . . . . 9
The MACRAO Option . . . . 10
GRCC/GVSU Articulation Agreement . . . . 10
Music Therapy Majors . . . 10
eDuCatIonaL pLannInG GuIDe for Associate in Arts Degrees with MACRAO . . . . 11-12 MusIC CouRse DesCRIptIons . . . . 13-18 MusIC CuRRICuLa WoRksHeets Music education: Instrumental (Code 206) . . . . 19
Music education: Choral (Code 207) . . . . 20
Performance: Instrumental (Code 208) . . . . 21
Performance: Vocal (Code 209) . . . . 22
Performance: Piano/Organ (Code 210) . . . . 23
Music Merchandising (Code 211) . . . . 24
Recording Technology (Code 212) . . . . 25-26 Associate in Arts with a Music Major–MACRAO . . . . 27
MusIC CaReeR GuIDe . . . .28-29 MusIC DepaRtMent Faculty and Staff . . . .30-31 Applied Music Faculty . . . 31
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Letter of IntroductionMusIC DepaRtMent
On behalf of the faculty and staff of the GRCC Music Department, I welcome you to Grand Rapids Community College. Our faculty is committed to helping you receive the finest music education possible and we stand ready to help you find the best path to achieve your goals.
Grand Rapids Community College is an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Music, and offers the Associate in Music Degree with emphasis in Music Education, Music Performance, Music Merchandising, and Recording Technology. For those students interested in transferring to a senior institution, we also offer the Associate in Music Degree with the MACRAO Stamp. This option allows students to complete all of the general education requirements for the Associate in Arts degree as well as the course work for the Associate in Music.
The purpose of this handbook is to guide you through the process of selecting the correct courses for your major emphasis in music as well as answering the most common questions that music majors have when starting college. We hope that you find it helpful. If you desire additional information I will gladly assist you in any way that I can.
Please contact me at (616) 234-4188 or via email at email@example.com. Sincerely,
Kevin J. Dobreff
Director, Music Department
Welcome to the
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Mission Statement and Statement of Strategy Grcc MuSIc AcAdeMIc InforMAtIon
The mission of the Music Department is to: 1. Provide an excellent music education.
2. Encourage and nurture creativity and appreciation in all areas of musicianship.
3. Enhance lives through quality musical experience. 4. Further the evolution and development of the arts,
through faculty member contributions to their discipline.
We work to accomplish our mission by placing a high value on:
1. a Mission and Vision Driven by our students’ expectations
Our success depends on how effectively we meet the needs of our students as we develop the listening tools necessary to gather and understand their different perspectives. Their expressed expectations inevitably form part of an ongoing discussion and refinement of the mission and vision. We work to ensure that faculty understand the music unit’s mission, goals and direction, and can use their understanding to inform their individual work goals and decision-making strategies.
2. the Role of arts in society
We believe the arts to be of primary importance to the survival of the civilization, to the health of the society, and to the quality of life of each individual member. We believe art is not just entertainment; not just a luxury; not just a pleasant past-time; not just momentary gratification; not just activity for the elite. The experience of art allows us to participate in the universal creative process, open hearts and minds, awaken feelings and brings delight and joy. There is no culture without the arts.
3. Music education and the student
We believe that the creative process is fulfilling and gratifying when emphasis is placed on freedom of expression. In the struggle to create, we seek to foster: • Opportunities for individual self-expression
• The development of artistic growth and specific artistic skills
• An understanding of the creative process that can be used in all walks of life
• The expression of one’s inner vision and personal truth • Appreciation for the musical art
• The development of ethics and the ability to recognize what is necessary for creative integrity
• The building of self-confidence
• The joy of communication, and the fulfillment and gratification that can come when artistic works are performed
4. a Learning-Centered Culture
We believe that we can best accomplish our mission when not only the process of student learning is a major focus in all institutional thinking, but also when personal learning by the faculty, staff, and administrators is a major focus as well. Through this we create:
• An empathetic atmosphere in which students are of primary importance
• An understanding of, and appreciation for, the different learning styles of students
• A broad environment that allows students to participate in a variety of musical experiences The ultimate goal of this student-oriented process is to foster appreciation, artistic growth and development. This, in turn, can lead to significant artistic production.
statement oF strateGy
We seek to accomplish our mission by the following strategies:
I. serving students
We provide a learning environment that fosters and nourishes creative thought and provides students the opportunity to:
A. Develop the skills needed to acquire employment in their discipline
B. Develop the skills needed to transfer to other educational institutions
C. Use the arts disciplines to develop life skills (e.g. critical and creative thinking)
II. serving the Community
We support the musical arts in the greater Grand Rapids community and help create demand for this art form by: A. Contributing our experience to the community B. Building and developing community music
organizations and participating in the network of these community organizations
C. Providing opportunities for community members to practice and develop their musical art
D. Providing information to the community as an arts resource
E. Sponsoring and delivering workshops that are open to the community
F. Providing music education to K-12 school districts G. Presenting numerous student, faculty, and guest artist
concerts and recitals, both on campus and in a variety of settings throughout the community.
III. furthering Music as a DisciplineAs professional musicians, we contribute to the
development of our discipline by:
A. Actively participating as professionals in the community
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Music Major Logistics
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history oF the music center
The music department is housed in the Music Center, a brick and masonry structure that was constructed in 1922 as a physical education building. The building continued to be used in its original purpose first by Strong Junior High School and then Grand Rapids Junior College until 1976 when the Ford Field House was completed. The building stood vacant for three years until it was determined structurally sound for conversion into other educational uses. Renovation work began in September 1979, and was completed in August 1980, allowing the Music Department to move into its newly adapted facility.
Like the entire GRCC campus, the Music Center is a smoke free environment. Eating and drinking are allowed in the student lounge area within the Music Center, but never in any room that has a computer or a piano. The Music Center faculty and staff are dedicated to providing the best educational environment possible and are very proud of our facilities. We therefore expect that all persons who use the Music Center to do so with great care and respect.
The Music Center provides thirteen practice rooms for students’ use. All practice rooms are equipped with a piano and a music stand and they are available free of charge. Our current enrollment dictates that practice room use be scheduled each semester by filling out the practice room schedule card posted on each practice room door.
There are specific practice rooms for percussion, and piano majors. In addition, piano majors may schedule the use of the concert grand piano to rehearse for recitals and juries. Music majors will practice at least two hours each day on their primary instrument.
The Music Center houses three Music Laboratories that
are an essential part of our students’ learning.
The Music Lab, located in room 133, is a twenty-one-station Music Processing/Audio Recording lab. Each station is equipped with a state of the art iMac computer and compatible keyboard controllers, as well as headphones and inputs for microphones and electric instruments. Students use the lab for music processing, ear training and digital recording/sequencing. Students may also use the Music lab for required listening in their Music History and Music Appreciation courses. The Music Lab also houses the Smart Music Computer Cart which can be moved into any practice room and used as accompaniment for student rehearsal.
The Piano Lab, located in room 206, is used primarily for
Piano Techniques. This lab contains twelve digital piano workstations, and a teacher’s console. This lab enables the instructor to work with students individually or in groups. Open lab tutorial is scheduled in this lab each week.
The Recording Technology Lab is located in room 204 of
the Music Center. The lab contains five digital audio workstations and shares space with the Recording Technology classroom and Recording Studio.
hours oF operation
Monday-Thursday . . . 7:00 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Friday . . . 7:00 a.m.-9:30 p.m.
Weekend: . . . Determined by course offerings
concert and recital attendanceAll students who are enrolled in applied music are required to attend at least five concerts each semester.
You will attend three types of concerts:
1. A classical concert is, for example, one presented by the
Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra or Opera Grand Rapids. Other examples might be a recital presented by faculty members from GRCC or another college/ university in the area.
2. A pop or jazz concert is a presentation held at the arena or The B.O.B., for instance. The GRCC Jazz Night concerts or similar concerts presented at other universities would also work well for this genre. 3. An educational concert is any performance presented by
the GRCC choral or instrumental ensembles and those of any other college or university. Sophomore recitals at GRCC and Junior/Senior Recitals at our transfer institutions would also fulfill this requirement.
You will compose three scholarly essays:
Students who are studying Applied Music and enrolled in Performance Class are required to write three scholarly
essays each semester discussing three of the concerts that they attend. These papers require that the student research the performers, repertoire, conductor and genre being presented so that the paper becomes more than just a subjective statement of the author’s likes and dislikes about the concert. Instructions for preparing these papers will be discussed and presented to music students at the first meeting of Performance Class each semester.
Music majors and minors who play large or exotic instruments may be assigned to one of the college owned instruments for use in any of the college ensembles. These instruments will be issued to students free of charge throughout the period of time that they are enrolled in that ensemble. Students must complete an instrument use form that is available in the main music office and will be held responsible for the returned condition of the instrument.
Grand Rapids Community College holds to high ideals of academic and personal honesty and expects every student to do likewise. Dishonest acts such as cheating, lying, and plagiarism will not be tolerated.
The policy of the College is such that each instructor, department or division shall create classroom policies for dealing with academic dishonesty that will best help the offenders. The academic grievance procedure may be used by students who feel they have been treated unfairly.
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Music Scholarship descriptions
the Grand rapids community
The Grand Rapids Community College Foundation provides scholarships, loans, and grants to students and staff at Grand Rapids Community College. The funds presented
here are for the music department only.
Scholarship funds provide tuition assistance directly to students. These awards may be used for tuition, books, or private lessons. The College’s Financial Aid Office staff will help students apply for specific grants, loans, and scholarships administered through the Foundation. The Music Department should be contacted concerning any music scholarship questions.
Music scholarships are awarded based on an audition procedure held each fall semester. These scholarships will be awarded on performance, not need.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT THE MUSIC OFFICE AT (616) 234-3940.
Franklin O. Asper Trumpet Scholarship: This scholarship
is made in the memory of Franklin O. Asper and will be awarded to GRCC music majors concentrating their studies in trumpet. All recipients must perform in both the Wind Ensemble and the College Orchestra, and maintain a 3.0 GPA.
Budres Foundation Scholarship: A $1000 scholarships will be
awarded to sophomore music majors who have expressed financial need and have demonstrated talent and
leadership in voice or instrumental music.
Closson-Jones String Scholarship: One annual scholarship
will be awarded to an outstanding full-time freshman or sophomore string major. This scholarship is renewable by maintaining a 3.0 GPA.
Crescendo Scholarship: This award will be presented to
selected instrumentalists who have demonstrated significant proficiency on their band and/or orchestral instrument and who are currently enrolled in campus band, wind ensemble, or the orchestra. The award amount will be equal to the tuition for a three contact hour class. Music Department faculty will determine additional selection criteria.
Duane Shields Davis Vocal/Choral Scholarship: This
scholarship, named for the former director of GRCC choirs, will be awarded to a full time music major who is studying voice and is a member of Shades of Blue. The
recipient of this scholarship must also be a member of the College Choir or Concert Choir and maintain a minimum grade point of 3.0 in music classes.
Deleon D. Dobreff Violin Scholarship: This scholarship is
made in the memory of Deleon D. Dobreff and will be awarded to a full time music major studying violin. All recipients must be a member of the College Orchestra and string quartet and maintain a GPA of 3.0 or above.
Ray Gill Instrumental Jazz Scholarship: This scholarship
is made in the memory of Raymond “Ray” Gill, former director of Jazz Studies at Grand Rapids Junior College. The scholarship will be awarded to a full-time music major who is studying applied music and is a member of the jazz ensemble or jazz combo. The recipient of this scholarship must also be enrolled in either campus band or wind ensemble and maintain a minimum grade point of 3.0 in music classes.
Grand Rapids Community College Music Trust: Scholarships
from this fund are given to music majors in any area of vocal or instrumental music. This scholarship is renewable by maintaining a 3.0 GPA.
Grand Rapids Piano Forum Scholarship: Applicants for the
Piano Forum Scholarship must be full time piano majors at GRCC. Entering students may compete but any continuing student wishing to maintain this scholarship must have a GPA of 3.0 or above. The scholarship may not be continued for longer than one year or two consecutive semesters.
Kent Philharmonia Orchestra Scholarship: This scholarship
will be presented to a full-time student who participates in the Kent Philharmonia Orchestra. The recipient may receive the scholarship on a continuing basis by maintaining a minimum 3.0 GPA.
Kenneth R. Morris Memorial Guitar Scholarship: This
scholarship is awarded to outstanding GRCC music majors who choose guitar as their major instrument. Recipients may be majoring in any music discipline including
Recording Technology and Music Merchandising. Students who are awarded this scholarship must have and maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA and also must participate in the GRCC Guitar Ensemble.
Albert P. Smith Scholarship in Voice: This scholarship is
named for the former chairman of the GRCC Fine and Performing Arts Division and will be awarded to music majors who are studying voice. Recipients of this scholarship must maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA and participate in theCollege Choir or Concert Choir.
Mary Scanlan Piano Scholarship: This scholarship was
established by the Music Department Faculty at Grand Rapids Community College, in honor of retiring music faculty member Dr. Mary Scanlan. This scholarship is for piano majors or minors as stipulated by the music faculty. Students must have a 3.0 GPA and participate in one of the music department major ensembles. Scholarships will be awarded based on scholarship auditions that are held in the fall of each year, and awards will be renewable as long as the student maintains full-time enrollment status and a 3.0 GPA.
Schubert Male Chorus Scholarship: This scholarship will be
awarded each semester in the amount of $1300 or an amount equal to the tuition of a student enrolled in 12 credit hours that semester. No more than two awards will be granted in any academic year. Student must be a Voice Major; currently studying applied voice and participating in the College Choir. A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required. The student, male or female, must be willing to perform with the Schubert Male Chorus at the major concert of that semester (Christmas event or Spring Event). The student must attend all rehearsals leading up to the concert event. The Schubert Chorus will provide the schedule. The GRCC Music Faculty will select the candidate based on an audition process held each year. The Chorus will provide input on the selection.
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the Associate in Music degree
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All music courses must be passed with the grade of C or better.
Remedial Course Requirements
Prior to registering for any music course, all prospective music majors must complete the music theory pre-test, aural acuity test, and piano placement test. The results of these tests will indicate whether the student is permitted to begin with college level courses or if remedial courses in music theory and piano are required.
Students who do not pass the pre-tests will take the following courses prior to enrolling in college level theory, aural comprehension, piano techniques or recording studio classes:
• MUS 112 Basic Music Theory • MUS 120 Introduction to Piano
Students with no previous musical experience may be required to complete MUS 099 Basic Music Immersion, prior to enrolling in MUS 112 and MUS 120. This course is only offered late in the summer semester.
audition and placement Information
Freshman Auditions are scheduled individually by appointment.
All incoming freshmen music majors will be evaluated on their principal-applied instrument/voice during the freshman evaluation. Applied levels will be determined at this time.
Audition Workshop: This workshop is open to all high school
juniors and seniors considering a degree in music. All incoming freshman music majors must register for the
Audition Workshop. See Website at
Guitar Major Specific: Students who declare Guitar as their
Applied Major will be enrolled in MUS 134 Classical
Guitar Class 1 for their first semester. A successful
classical guitar audition may allow a student to begin applied study immediately.
Voice Major Specific: Students who declare Voice as their
Applied Major will be enrolled in MUS 131 Group Vocal
Techniques for their first semester. A successful voice
audition may allow a student to begin applied study immediately.
(Includes Aural Comprehension)
18 Credits (Music Merchandising/Recording Technology)
The theory program at GRCC is designed to provide music majors with an understanding of musical literacy that will allow them to perform at a higher level in their area of applied study. Music theory also prepares students to compose and arrange music so that other musicians can play what they have written.
The theory sequence begins with MUS 112 Basic Music
Theory for those students who lack the fundamental building
blocks such as an ability to read notes on a staff, or an understanding of key signatures and time signatures. MUS 112 prepares the serious music major for the in-depth study of music analysis and counterpoint that is presented in MUS 113. It is important to note that MUS 112 does not fulfill any
requirement for the Associate in Music Degree. Successful
completion of MUS 112 with the grade of C or better is a prerequisite for MUS 113. You must take the music theory pretest to establish placement in either MUS 112 or MUS 113.
MUS 113 Introduction to Music Theory 1, begins with
a review of the fundamentals covered in MUS 112, but then goes far beyond with a study of music composition using the format of species counterpoint. Students will also study figured base and triad inversion. MUS 115 Aural
Comprehension 1 is taken concurrently with MUS 113.
Students will begin to learn basic concepts of ear training, sight-singing, and dictation within the classroom and the Music Laboratory. Aural recognition of intervals, chords, rhythmic patterns as well as harmonic and melodic sequences will enable students to begin writing the music that they hear.
MUS 114 Introduction to Music Theory 2 is a continuation
of the material covered in MUS 113. Successful completion of MUS 113 with a grade of C or better is a prerequisite for MUS 114. Within the MUS 114 structure, students are given the opportunity to master species counterpoint as well as analyze music written by famous composers. Students are encouraged to copy these techniques and use them in their compositions. MUS 116 Aural Comprehension 2 is taken concurrently with MUS 114. A continued emphasis is placed on ear training, sight-singing, and dictation with additional computer assisted instruction using the Music Laboratory.
Students who are pursuing a degree emphasis in Recording Technology or Music Merchandising will meet their theory and aural comprehension requirements by completing the above coursework.
MUS 213 Advanced Music Theory 1 begins with the study
of tonal counterpoint culminating in an examination of the fugue and other common applications of eighteenth century polyphonic compositional techniques. The continuing study of the development of chromatic harmony in the common practice period, which was begun in the freshman year, includes the introduction of augmented sixth chords, Neapolitan sixth chords, altered dominants, chromatic mediants, and various kinds of modulation. All of this is assimilated by the student through extensive analysis of well-known compositions and regular assignments in four-part chorale style writing. The study of compositional techniques for both instruments and voices includes considerations of texture, timbre, blend and contrast of sound and the necessary transposition for instruments. This subject leads to the analysis of longer forms in music, such as variation forms, sonata form, and rondo. Successful completion of MUS 114 with a grade of C or better is a prerequisite for MUS 213.
MUS 215 Aural Comprehension 3 is taken concurrently
with MUS 213 and consists of intensive drill in sight singing and ear training. Sight-singing is done using solfege syllables, and also includes work with atonal melodies. Ear training includes harmonic, melodic and rhythmic dictation, and
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chord recognition. Successful completion of MUS 116 with a grade of C or better is a prerequisite for MUS 215.
MUS 214 Advanced Music Theory 2 follows the
development of traditional harmony to its ultimate complexity and the eventual breakdown of tonality. The process of analysis is expanded to allow the study of post-Romantic and Impressionistic music. The remainder of the semester is devoted to twentieth-century music, including the various styles of tonal composition, the beginnings of atonal music, the wide variety of later compositional methods using serial and aleatoric techniques, and the newer developments using digital and computer technology. Successful completion of MUS 213 with a grade of C or better is a prerequisite for MUS 214.
MUS 216 Aural Comprehension 4 is taken concurrently
with MUS 214 and continues with more advanced study of the skills learned in MUS 215. Successful completion of MUS 215 with a grade of C or better is a prerequisite for MUS 216.
All music theory classes are facilitated and enhanced with computer assisted instruction in the Music Laboratory using state-of-the-art computers and controllers for ear training and for experience in basic composition, sequencing, and computer notation.
music history9 Credits
Music History is a three-semester sequence which traces the development of Western Art Music from antiquity to the present. It does so by looking at important composers and musical developments in the broader context of the artistic, political, social, and intellectual conditions which influenced them.
MUS 251 (WINTER) begins with Antiquity and concludes
at the end of the Baroque era.
MUS 252 (FALL) begins with Pre-Classicism and continues
through early and middle Romanticism.
MUS 253 (WINTER) begins with the late nineteenth century
and continues to the present. Special emphasis is placed on depicting the developments in American music as they occurred within the Western European tradition. The achievements of African-American and Women composers are also included. Students who are pursuing a degree
emphasis in Recording Technology or Music Merchandising are not required to complete the music history sequence.
at Least 8 Credits
at Least 4 Credits (Music Merchandising/Recording Technology)
Applied Music is the sequence of private study on the student’s principal instrument/voice. MUS 151-153 is
pre-college level applied study. Students with no previous formal applied training may be required to complete multiple semesters of pre-college level applied study. MUS161, MUS 162, MUS 261 and MUS 262 correspond to the four required levels of
applied study during the first two years of college.
• Students will be placed at the appropriate applied level following their audition.
• Each student is responsible for completing 13, one-hour private lessons during the semester.
• Each applied music student will be charged an applied music fee of $350 in addition to the regular 2-contact hour tuition.
• At the end of each semester the student will perform a jury exam (final exam performance) that demonstrates their semester progress.
• The MUS 162 Jury (Freshman Hearing) will be performed for the entire music faculty. (See Applied Music Policy IV) • MUS 161-262 must be completed for the AM degree
curriculum codes 206, 207, 208, 209, and 210.
• Students who are pursuing a degree emphasis in Recording
Technology or Music Merchandising must complete the Applied Requirements for MUS 153-162 only.
applied music–secondary0 Credits Required
This applied music area is for students who wish to study an instrument/voice for their own musical enjoyment and musical development, or as a substitute for Piano Techniques. MUS 143, MUS 144, MUS 243, and MUS 244
Applied Music, require thirteen, one-half hour lessons during
• Guitar majors will study jazz guitar as an applied secondary. • Each student is responsible for completing 13, one half
hour private lessons during the semester.
• Each applied music student will be charged an applied music fee of $175 in addition to the regular one contact hour tuition.
• At the end of each semester the student will perform a jury exam (final exam performance) that demonstrates their semester progress.
• No credits in applied secondary are required for the AM degree.
applied music policyI. student Information
• Applied Lesson scheduling will be finalized when students meet with the applied faculty on the first Thursday of each semester. These lessons will be scheduled at a time agreed upon by both the student and the instructor. Most applied lessons will be taught on the GRCC campus in the Music Center.
• In addition to tuition, an applied music fee will be charged to each student. The amount is $350 for applied music principal and $175 for applied music secondary. • Students are to be prompt and consistent in their
attendance at lesson appointments. If the student must miss a lesson for a legitimate reason, he/she is obligated to give the instructor twenty-four hours advanced notification.
• Lessons missed by the student are to be made up at the convenience of the instructor however; the instructor is not obligated to make up a lesson that is missed by a student. Students who miss three or more lessons during the semester will not pass their applied level.
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Applied Performance class
II. applied Instructor Information
• MUS 100-109 Performance Class is a required course for all students studying privately for credit. This class is specifically designed for students in the applied music program. The adjunct instructor is encouraged to attend when their students perform.
• The instructor is encouraged to report student progress to the full-time music faculty members who teach the applied performance class.
• Lessons missed by the instructor are to be made up at the convenience of the student and agreed to within the week of the lesson missed.
• All students must receive 13 lessons each semester. Students who miss three or more lessons will fail applied music. • Pre-College Level Study (MUS 151-153) requires an hour
lesson each week and two hours of practice/applied study each day.
• Major study (MUS 161, MUS 162, MUS 261 and MUS 262) requires an hour lesson each week and two hours of practice/applied study each day.
• Minor study (MUS 141, MUS 142, MUS 143, MUS 144, MUS 243, and MUS 244,) requires a half-hour lesson each week and one hour of practice/applied study each day. • The applied instructor will pick literature for study
during each semester, which is appropriate to the applied music level in which the student is enrolled.
• Please read the Applied Instructor Handbook for more detailed information.
All applied music students must be enrolled in MUS 100-109
Performance Class concurrently and are required to perform
in the class during the semester. Your Performance Class instructor will determine the number of required performances.
Literature performed in class must be material the student is currently studying in their applied lessons.
All instrumentalists and vocalists must rehearse with the staff accompanist prior to their performance. The accompanist must be given a sufficient amount of time to prepare adequately for a musical and artistic performance.
IV. jury exams
Jury exams are held at the end of each semester. The instructor must participate in the jury exam to recommend a grade and subsequent applied music level for the student.
Jury exams for MUS 151-153/161, 261 and 262 are performed for the faculty teaching in the student’s applied area. (If the student is enrolled in MUS 262 a sophomore recital may be performed in lieu of a jury exam. See Sophomore Recitals)
If the student is enrolled in MUS 162, a Freshman Hearing will be performed. The Freshman Hearing will determine whether the student is ready to be placed at sophomore standing. This exam is performed for the entire faculty and performance in music academic subjects may influence the jury outcome. If after 2 attempts a student has still not passed
the 162 jury, it is advisable that the student consult with the applied instructor and music department head to assess the potential for success as a music major.
Sight-Reading will be required at all major-level juries. Students will be introduced to the specific form of sight-reading that is required for each applied level.
IV. sophomore Recitals
Recitals are not a requirement for graduation; however we do recommend that students who are expecting to transfer to a senior institution prepare a recital. Students who choose to perform a sophomore recital will follow the procedure listed below:
• Submit the Recital Permission Form at your MUS 261 performance jury. This will normally be in the semester prior to your expected recital. The form must be signed by your applied instructor and on file in the Music Office to begin the process.
• Perform a Recital Hearing for the music faculty during the first quarter of the semester of your expected recital. Your applied instructor must be present for this hearing. All of the material being performed on the recital must be presented at this hearing. If the student is approved for a recital no substitutions or additions of repertoire may occur after this point. The sophomore recital is performed in lieu of the MUS 262 Jury and the faculty who are present at the recital will award the grade.
• Complete the Recital Checklist Form. This form is available in the Music Office.
The music faculty will encourage all music majors to be in attendance at sophomore recitals. We feel that it is important that music students support each other in their musical pursuits and that they acknowledge the effort and hard work required in preparing a recital.
applied perFormance classat Least 4 Credits
MUS 100-109 are individual performance classes, which must be taken concurrently with any Applied Music class. This class is divided into four areas: instrumental, vocal, piano, and guitar. Each student will be expected to perform in class on the instrument/voice that is taken for study in the Applied Music program. Performance Class will discuss practice routines and habits, technical and stylistic problems, musical memorization, and pedagogical concerns. Three scholarly essays, reviewing three required concerts, will be written for Performance Class and turned into the instructors according to the published schedule.
piano techniQues4 Credits
The Piano Techniques classes - MUS 121, MUS 122, MUS 221, and MUS 222 are a four-semester sequence that equips the music major to perform early intermediate piano repertoire and a number of basic functional keyboard skills in preparation for the piano proficiency exam.
In MUS 121 and MUS 122, the student learns to apply their music reading skills to the keyboard through graded repertoire and sight-reading. Scales, arpeggios, chords and inversions improve technical skills while harmonization with primary and secondary chords and simple transpositions help to link keyboard with music theory.
In MUS 221 and MUS 222, the above areas are explored in greater depth. Harmonization includes a variety of accompaniment styles, seventh chords, secondary dominants,
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and jazz harmonies. The level of difficulty is increased in repertoire, transposition, and technical requirements. The student is introduced to simple solo accompaniments that are performed with other class members.
(For Recording Technology Majors)
Students who are pursuing the Associate in Music Degree with an emphasis in Recording Technology and who begin piano study with MUS 120 Introduction to Piano may fulfill their requirement by completing the following piano sequence: MUS 120, MUS 121, and MUS 122.
maJor ensemble reQuirementat Least 4 Credits
There are numerous ensembles offered each semester with various styles of music being studied and performed. Music majors are required to perform in one major ensemble each semester. The major ensembles are MUS 189 College Choir,
MUS 194 Campus Band, MUS 195 Concert Choir, MUS 196 Orchestra, MUS 197 Wind Ensemble and MUS 198 Guitar Ensemble. All GRCC students may take any college ensemble
for credit; but some ensembles do require an audition. Performance in a major ensemble is a requirement for scholarship recipients.
recordinG technoloGy speciFic20 Credits
The four-semester course sequence in Recording Technology begins with two semesters of Basic Recording Techniques 1 and 2: MUS 173 and MUS 174 respectively. These courses will provide the student with the fundamentals of the recording arts including basic audio signal and acoustics theory, recording consoles, microphone design and technique, signal processing, multi-track studio production technique, digital audio technology using the Pro Tools format and its integration into music production.
The sequence continues with Advanced Studio Techniques 1 and 2: MUS 273 and MUS 275 respectively. These courses are taught as private lessons (MUS 274 and MUS 276) and will provide the student with an in-depth examination of the principals and applications of digital audio in today’s recording and interactive media industries. Topics discussed include: digital audio fundamentals, recording and reproduction systems theory, computer based recording and editing and audio for CD-ROM and other new media applications. There is a $350 fee per semester for MUS 274 and MUS 276.
MUS 271 Basic Sequencing and MUS 272 Advanced Sequencing will study a variety of music sequencing software packages examining common and special features, positioning sequencing in a historical perspective to computer composition and electronic music, and explore the close relationship between MIDI hardware and music sequencers. MUS 272 will establish a good working knowledge of one specific form of sequencing software by editing events and controllers, editing audio, working with notation and lyrics, mixing and effects patching, and improving audio performance.
All music majors must complete two semesters of English Composition, EN 100/101 and EN 102.
All music majors must complete PS 110.
All music majors must complete one Wellness activity course.
non-music electiVes9 Credits
Associate in Music Degree students must elect at least nine hours from the following three groups, taking at least
one class from each group. Care should be taken to determine
whether or not the transfer institution requires a laboratory science for the baccalaureate degree. Consult the college catalog for complete course descriptions.
Group I: Humanities and Fine Arts
AR 111* Foreign Language AT 105, 106, 115, 205 PL (any course) EN 200 or higher TH 240, 248, 249 HU (any course)*
COM—any course except: COM 171 & 172
Group II: Social Sciences
AN (any course) PS (any course) CJ 110, 111, 140, 235, 236, 237 PY (any course) EC (any course) SS (any course) GE (any course) SO (any course) HS (any course)
Group III: natural science and Mathematics
AS 103 (AS 102 Non-Lab)
BI any course except: BA 150 & 254*
CO 124, 125, 126, 131
CM any course except: CM 100 GE 132*
FM 122* GL (any course)
MA (any course except MA 003) PC (any course)
PH (any course)
TE 103, 104, 132*
* These courses may not meet the distribution requirements for all transfer institutions.
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the MAcrAo option
the macrao option
The Michigan Association of College Registrars and Admissions Officers (MACRAO) promoted the adoption of an agreement to facilitate the transfer of students from community colleges to senior colleges and universities. The intent of the agreement is to ensure a common understanding and agreement among signatory institutions as to general
The agreement provides that a student who receives the Associate of Arts degree from GRCC, and who is accepted as a transfer student by a signatory senior college or
university, would not be required to pursue further freshman or sophomore level general education requirements at the signatory four-year college or university.
The Associate in Music 2-year option will allow the student to complete the music requirements that most sophomores should have, while completing two-thirds of the general education requirements.
An alternative to transferring with course deficiencies in general education classes is the Associate in Arts Degree, with
the major in music, 3-year option. This option would allow the
student to complete the Associate in Arts degree, with the MACRAO stamp and also complete the 45 hours of music required to successfully transfer with the music skills needed to be considered at the junior level.
Whether the student transfers at junior level is contingent upon many factors. Grades in classes are not the least of these. Although the grade of D in non-music classes will count at GRCC toward graduation, they will not transfer. Students who achieve A/B work at GRCC, stand a good chance of transferring at the junior level. (This means in each music class.) Grades below this will mean that students may transfer at the sophomore or freshman levels.
Prior to transfer, most schools will require a battery of examinations. These examinations will take place in the areas of music theory, applied music, piano, and occasionally music history. Upon completion of these exams, the transfer institution will determine the level of each student. GRCC grades below A/B will usually mean transferring below the junior level.
Students who wish to transfer to GVSU will complete either the Associate in Music degree or the AA in Music Degree. After performing a successful audition, all music and non- music classes will transfer. No pretests will be required.
music therapy maJors
Students transferring to Western Michigan University for Music Therapy will not be required to take additional applied music if they complete the Associate in Arts in Music degree. (The Associate In Music with the MACRAO STAMP) These students should plan to take MUS 133, Beginning Guitar and TH 116, Tap Dance while at GRCC. Students will need to complete Introduction to Music Therapy during the first semester of transfer to Western Michigan University. Music therapy Majors will also complete two additional piano courses that are required for their major while attending Western Michigan University. (MUS 3200 and MUS 3210)
Grcc MuSIc AcAdeMIc InforMAtIon
educational Planning Guide for AA with MAcrAo
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Educational Planning Guide for Associate in Arts Degree with MACRAO
G R A N D R A P I D S C O M M U N I T Y C O L L E G E Credits Recommended Required Courses
_____________ _____________ _____________
_____________ _____________ _____________WE Completed
__________TH 114, 115, 116, 214, 215 can be substituted for WE activity
Educational Planning Guide for
Associate in Arts Degree with MACRAO
(updated 3/15/12) Base your course selection on requirements for your intended transfer institution and your chosen major.
A counselor/advisor can assist you in course selection. This is an unofficial audit.
GENERAL COLLEGE REQUIREMENTS
Completed Communication Skills ... 6
MACRAO GROUP REQUIREMENTS
Group I–HumanitiesCourses must be taken from two or more disciplines (subject area) ... 8
Group II–Social SciencesCourses must be taken from two or more disciplines (subject area) ... 8 Must include PS 110 (for AA degree)
Group III–Natural Science and MathematicsCourses must be taken from two or more disciplines .... 8
Must include one Lab Science course (subject area)
Complete graduation audit to post MACRAO only (must earn 15 credits at GRCC) ACADEMIC CREDITS: 30
ADDITIONAL ASSOCIATE DEGREE REQUIREMENTS
Wellness (WE)1 WE required, maximum of 2 WE credits within 62 degree credits ... 1 ElectivesAny course not used toward MACRAO groups above ... 31
Total credits required for associate degree: 62
OFFICIAL GRADUATION AUDIT MUST BE OBTAINED THROUGH THE STUDENT RECORDS OFFICE
Download a graduation audit form at www.grcc.edu/registrar or go to the 1st floor Main Building Additional planning guides are available at www.grcc.edu/macrao
_____________Architecture (AR) 111 Art (AT) 105, 106, 270, 271
Communications (COM) (formerly SC) 131, 135, 227, 228, 232, 235, 236, 240, 241, 250 English (EN) 233, 235, 237, 242, 246, 247, 248, 249, 250, 251, 252,
261, 262, 270, 271, 272, 275, 278, 281, 282, 284, 291, 293
Foreign Language (ARA, CHI, FR, GR, SP) 101, 102, 215, 216, 231, 232, 294, 298 Humanities (HU) 204, 205, 210, 240, 245, 270, 273, 274, 280, 281
Music (MUS) 110, 111, 251, 252, 253 [(prior to fall 2011) MU 107, 109, 235, 236, 237]
Philosophy (PL) 201, 202, 205, 206, 207, 209, 212 Photography (PO) 105 Sign Language (SL) 150, 155, 171, 172, 293 Theater (TH) 248 Completed
English (EN) 100 or 101 and 102
Credit will not be granted for both EN 100 and 101
Business (BA) 101 and 102 will not apply
__________ __________Anthropology (AN) 201, 205, 210, 280, 285 Criminal Justice (CJ) 110, 111, 140, 235, 236, 237 Economics (EC) 251, 252, 290 Geography (GE) 132, 135, 140, 210, 253, 281 Gerontology (GO) 203, 261, 262, 263 History (HS)101, 102, 120, 121, 215, 225, 230, 239, 240, 241, 242, 249, 250, 251, 260, 276, 281, 290, 295 Political Science (PS) 110, 200, 201, 202, 215, 225, 230, 245, 250 Psychology (PY) 101, 106, 201, 203, 231, 232, 233, 234, 251, 260, 263, 281 Social Science (SS) 120, 293 Sociology (SO) 205, 251, 254, 260, 261, 262, 263, 265, 270, 295 Social Work (SW) 102, 103 Completed
____________Non-lab courses: Astronomy (AS) 102 Biology (BI)125,126,160,171,204,205,232,240 Business (BA) 150, 254 Chemistry (CHM) 100, 102, 170 Computer (CO) 124, 127, 225, 227 Electronics (EL) 132
Mathematics (MA)(except MA 3, 95, 96, 97, 98)
104, 105, 107, 108, 110, 124, 127, 129, 131, 133, 134, 138, 210, 211, 215, 245, 255, 257, 292 Psychology (PY) 281 Technology (TE) 103, 104 Lab Courses: Astronomy (AS) 103, 106, 108 Biology (BI) 101, 103, 104, 117, 121, 122, 127, 151, 152, 215 Chemistry (CHM) 110, 120, 130+131, 140+141, 150+151, 160+161, 210, 230+231, 236+237, 238+239, 240, 250+251, 260+261, 270+271, 280, 290 [(prior to fall 2011) CM 101, 103, 104, 109, 113, 114, 212, 229+230, 231, 241, 282] Geography (GE) 132 (counts as lab fall 2004 or later)
Geology (GL) 101, 104, 105, 111 Physical Science (PC) 101, 111, 141, 151 Physics (PH) 115, 125, 126, 245, 246 Completed
Associate in Arts degree with MAcrAo
MACRAO is not a guarantee of credit transfer! See a GRCC Counselor/Advisor for more information.
Many students come to GRCC to begin their academic path to a Bachelor’s degree, and choose classes that will transfer to four-year institutions. Will all your courses transfer? Four-year schools determine the
transferability of any course and not all classes transfer. The GRCC Counseling and Career Center can
help you identify these courses. Detailed equivalency guides are available from many schools within the state of Michigan and GRCC Counselors/Advisors can help you make sense of these guides. Most of GRCC’s primary transfer institutions have their equivalencies online at their institutional website at
www.grcc.edu/transferguides. Students can also use the Michigan Transfer Network
www.michigantransfernetwork.org to view transfer course equivalencies between many Michigan colleges
MACRAO stands for Michigan Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers and is generally
referred to as the MACRAO agreement. The MACRAO Agreement is a contract between community colleges and most four-year institutions in Michigan. Fulfilling the credits in the subject areas required by the
MACRAO agreement will satisfy the general education requirements at many Michigan colleges and universities. Your transcript is then marked as having met the MACRAO standards. Since all schools may have conditions in place with acceptance of the MACRAO, it still remains a good idea to meet with GRCC Counselors/Advisors to receive specific advice to help you make informed choices. Regarding MACRAO, keep in mind:
1. Some transfer institutions will only accept the MACRAO agreement if it is part of an entire Associate degree. Other institutions may honor the MACRAO agreement without a degree.
2. There may be additional requirements at your chosen transfer school. Commonly, these requirements are associated with a junior level writing requirement or a course of writing within your major. 3. Upon admission, some institutions may still require a competency test in certain areas.
4. Some institutions have specific majors that require additional courses and tests prior to being admitted to that major.
Your best source for learning the requirements from four-year schools: GRCC Counselors/Advisors!
To receive the best advice possible, be clear in explaining your intentions. Also, meet with advisors at four-year colleges to learn more about the requirements you should complete during your four-years at GRCC.
As a student you are responsible for your academic decisions, so it’s important to seek accurate information.
As you approach your GRCC degree completion, official notification must be made with a Graduation Audit through the Student Records Office located on the first floor Main Building.
This handout was prepared by: www.grcc.edu/counseling Counseling, Advising & Retention Services 143 Bostwick Avenue NE Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503-3295 (616) 234-3900 FAX (616) 234-3546
General Graduation Requirements:
____ Complete at least 62 credits of course work
____ Complete at least 15 credits of course work at GRCC
____ Have earned a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 in all course work
____ Have completed each of the following:
1 credit Wellness (WE); maximum of 2 WE credits within 62 degree credits
3 credits PS 110
6 credits of English composition (EN) 100 or 101 and 102
____ Have MACRAO Group Distributions completed
Effective Fall of 2011, new students to GRCC will not receive degree credits for developmental
courses. Developmental courses at GRCC are those below 100 level. CO 3, EN 97, MA 95, 96, 97, 98, MU 99, PY 97, RD 97, 98. Returning students (enrolled prior to Fall 2011) will be grandfathered under the current policy and will be allowed to count these credits toward a degree.
Grand Rapids Community College is an equal opportunity institution. GRCC is a tobacco free campus. GRCC 275-04/12
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Mus – MusICCouRse DesCRIptIons
The courses are listed numerically within an alphabetical arrangement of major subject matter areas. MUS is the prefix used for all music classes. The numerals in parenthesis following the course indicates credits; i.e. (3) means three credits. Prerequisites immediately precede the course description.
MUS – MUSIC
Music Basics Immersion (2/2)
This class will be an intensive immersion in music basic skills for any adult student interested in learning how music is created. The class will listen, make, move, and play music on various pitched and non-pitched instruments. It will prepare the learner to become aware of musical elements and vocabulary by experiential activities in a week long format. This is not a transfer course. Formerly MU 099
Applied Performance Class (1/1)
Prerequisite: EN 100 or EN 101; Co-requisite: MUS 141 or MUS 142 (applied music study for non music majors) – MUS 100 is a performance
class organized by applied area. MUS 100 will include discussion of practice routines and habits, technical and stylistic problems, pedagogy, performance anxiety and repertoire memorization. MUS 100 is required of all students who enroll in MUS 141 and/or 142. MUS 100 may be waived with music department head permission. Formerly MU 105
Applied Performance Class (1/1)
Prerequisites: EN 100 or EN 101; Co-requisite: MUS 143 (applied music study for non music majors) – MUS 101 is a performance class
organized by applied area. MUS 101 will include discussion of practice routines and habits, technical and stylistic problems, pedagogy, performance anxiety and repertoire memorization. MUS 101 is required of all students who enroll in MUS 143. MUS 101 may be waived with permission from the music department head. Formerly MU 105
Applied Performance Class (1/1)
Prerequisite: EN 100 or EN 101; Co-requisite: MUS 144 (secondary applied music study for music majors) – MUS 102 is a performance
class organized by applied area. MUS 102 will include discussion of practice routines and habits, technical and stylistic problems, pedagogy, performance anxiety and repertoire memorization. MUS 102 is required of all students who enroll in MUS 144. MUS 102 may be waived with music department head permission. Formerly MU 105
Applied Performance Class (1/1)
Prerequisite: EN 100 or EN 101; co-requisite: MUS 151, 152, or 153 (applied music study for non music majors) – MUS 103 is a performance
class organized by applied area. MUS 103 will include discussion of practice routines and habits, technical and stylistic problems, pedagogy, performance anxiety and repertoire memorization. MUS 103 is required of all students who enroll in MUS 151,152,or 153. MUS 103 may be waived with music department head permission. Formerly MU 105
Applied Performance Class (1/1)
Prerequisite: EN 100 or EN 101; co-requisite: MUS 161 (applied music study for music majors) – MUS 104 is a performance class
organized by applied area. MUS 104 will include discussion of practice routines and habits, technical and stylistic problems, pedagogy, performance anxiety and repertoire memorization. MUS 104 is required of all students who enroll in MUS 161. MUS 104 may be waived with permission from the head of the music department. Formerly MU 105
Applied Performance Class (1/1)
Prerequisites: EN 100 or 101, MUS 104, and MUS 161; Co-requisite: MUS 162 (applied music study for music majors) – MUS 105 is a
performance class organized by applied area. MUS 105 will include discussion of practice routines and habits, technical and stylistic problems, pedagogy, performance anxiety and repertoire memorization. MUS 105 is required of all students who enroll in MUS 162. MUS 105 may be waived with permission from the head of the music department. Formerly MU 105
Applied Performance Class (1/1)
Prerequisites: EN 100 or 101, MUS 102 ,and MUS 144; Co-requisite: MUS 243(secondary applied music study for music majors) – MUS
106 is a performance class organized by applied area. MUS 106 will include discussion of practice routines and habits, technical and stylistic problems, pedagogy, performance anxiety and repertoire memorization. MUS 106 is required of all students who enroll in MUS 243. MUS 106 may be waived with permission from the head of the music department. Formerly MU 105
Applied Performance Class (1/1)
Prerequisites: EN 100 or 101, MUS 106, and MUS 243; Co-requisite: MUS 244(secondary applied music study for music majors) – MUS
107 is a performance class organized by applied area. MUS 107 will include discussion of practice routines and habits, technical and stylistic problems, pedagogy, performance anxiety and repertoire memorization. MUS 107 is required of all students who enroll in MUS 244. MUS 107 may be waived with permission from the head of the music department. Formerly MU 105
Applied Performance Class (1/1)
Prerequisites: EN 100 or 101, MUS 105, and MUS 162; Co-requisite: MUS 261 (applied music study for music majors) – MUS 108 is a
performance class organized by applied area. MUS 108 will include discussion of practice routines and habits, technical and stylistic problems, pedagogy, performance anxiety and repertoire memorization. MUS 108 is required of all students who enroll in MUS 261. MUS 108 may be waived with permission from the head of the music department. Formerly MU 105
Applied Performance Class (1/1)
Prerequisites: EN 100 or 101, MUS 108, and MUS 261; Co-requisite: MUS 262 (applied music study for music majors) – MUS 109 is a
performance class organized by applied area. MUS 109 will include discussion of practice routines and habits, technical and stylistic problems, pedagogy, performance anxiety and repertoire memorization. MUS 109 is required of all students who enroll in MUS 262. MUS 109 may be waived with permission from the head of the music department. Formerly MU 105
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The Appreciation of World and Western Music (3/3)
This course is designed to increase the student’s ability to effectively listen to and communicate about music. Study of the elements and media of music will include investigation of World and Western music. Outside reading, listening, and concert attendance are required. This course counts toward the Group 1 (humanities) requirement for the associate degree and is required for the Music Merchandising concentration of the Associate of Music degree. Formerly MU 107
Jazz in Contemporary America (3/3)
This course discusses the jazz experience, both for the listener and the performer. No prior knowledge of music is required. Jazz is demonstrated by live performers and by recordings. The student is acquainted with its history, styles, and techniques. Jazz and society, jazz and culture, and jazz as an art form are discussed. The class may be chosen as a general humanities elective, and is required for students who are completing the Music Merchandising concentration of the Associate in Music degree. Formerly MU 109
Basic Music Theory (3/5)
Prerequisites: Successful Completion of AFP Courses: EN 97 and/or Math 95 and MA 96, or MA 97 if required by Accuplacer test score; Co-requisite: MUS 120 (may be waived with department permission) – A
study of basic musical materials, scales,key signatures, intervals, triads, rhythm and pitch notation,ear-training and dictation. This course does not replace MUS 113. This course may be offered online. Students successfully completing the online version of MUS 112 will need to pass the music theory pretest before enrolling in MUS 113. Formerly MU 100
Introduction to Music Theory 1 (3/3)
Prerequisites: MUS 112, MUS 120, and EN 101; Co-requisite: MUS 115 – This course
is designed primarily for freshmen music majors and minors. The course covers the fundamentals of music–scales, intervals, triads, and rhythm as well as providing an introduction to voice leading through first species counterpoint. The course is best taken concurrently with MUS 115–Aural Comprehension 1. Formerly MU 101
Introduction to Music Theory 2 (3/3)
Prerequisites: MUS 113 and EN 101 (student may prove competency in MUS 113 concepts through testing, with music advisor approval); Co-requisite: MUS 116 Aural Comprehension 2 – MUS 114 is an integrated theory course
designed primarily for freshman music majors and minors. The course deals with the development of partwriting skills through further studies in species counterpart and four-voice chorale texture. Students will learn to harmonize melodies and develop good chord progressions with triads and seventh chords. MUS 114 should be taken concurrently with MUS 116, Aural Comprehension 2. Formerly MU 102
Aural Comprehension I (1/2)
Prerequisites: MUS 100, MUS 169, and Music Theory Pretest 85% correct; Co-requisite: MUS 113 – MUS 115 Aural Comprehension
I is required of all music majors. Students will develop their aural capacity and literacy through exercises in beginning melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic dictation. Students will master solfeggio, Curwen hand signs, and singing melodies at sight. This is the first of two courses in freshman aural skills designed to transfer to the four-year institution. Requires additional Music Lab computer assisted instruction each week. Formerly MU 178
Aural Comprehension 2 (1/2)
Prerequisites: MUS 113, MUS 115, and EN 101; Co-requisite: MUS 114 – The student
will continue developing aural capacity through exercises in intermediate melodic, rhythmic, and harmonic dictation, mastery of solfeggio while singing intermediate melodies at sight. This is the second of two courses in freshman aural skills designed to transfer to the four-year institution. Objectives of this course are concurrent with and complementary to MUS 114. Additional Music Lab hours are required each week. Formerly MU 179
Introduction to Piano (1/2)
This class is for the student with no prior music reading experience. It is taught with the assumption that the student has never played the piano and has no prior formal piano study. The emphasis is on introducing basic concepts of notation, musicianship, keyboard geography, and technique. This class meets for two hours per week. Formerly MU 169
Piano Techniques 1 (1/2)
Prerequisite: Satisfactory completion of MUS 120 or pretest score of 90% – Development
of piano techniques: sight-reading, use of primary chords, transposition, and acquisition of standard piano repertoire. For students with little or no keyboard background who have prior music-reading experience. Class meets two hours a week. Formerly MU 171
Piano Techniques 2 (1/2)
Prerequisite: MUS 121 or permission of instructor – Continuation of MUS 121, with
greater emphasis on keyboard facility, sight playing, and piano repertory of various styles. This class meets for two hours per week. Formerly MU 172
Group Vocal Techniques 1 (1/1)
Prerequisites: MUS 112 and EN 100 or 101 – Group Vocal Techniques is beginning
vocal instruction for students whose applied major is voice. Students will study basic vocal technique, vocal anatomy, breath management, diction for singers, posture for singing, and performance deportment. Students will begin to apply these techniques by learning folk songs and simple arts songs. Students who wish to study applied voice will be required to perform for the voice faculty at the completion of MUS 131. MUS 131 may be waived by audition and permission from the Music Department Head. Non-Music Majors may enroll in MUS 131. Formerly MU 181
Beginning Guitar (1/2)
Fundamentals in the use and performance of the guitar as an accompaniment instrument. Designed for the person interested in performing appropriate chordal backgrounds on the guitar. Proper guitar techniques, chords, chord theory, accompaniment patterns, and styles will be taught and analyzed through instruction and listening. Formerly MU 177
Classic Guitar 1 (1/2)
Fundamentals of playing the instrument. Emphasis on building a workable foundation for using the guitar as effectively as possible in a variety of musical styles. Meets two hours per week. Guitar Majors may be placed in MUS 134 in place of applied music MUS 153. Formerly MU 174