Music

The Music program maintains a place at Gavilan College as a subject of broad and passionate interest to performers, composers and theorists. At Gavilan College all these form a community dedicated to furthering a knowledge and love of music. The Music program at Gavilan College offers a wide range of courses for all students. While many of our students have gone on to have professional careers in music, others have used their study as an enriching foundation for other pursuits. Upon completing the Associate in Arts in Music for Transfer degree, students will be prepared to continue their study at a four-year institution. More specifically, this degree is intended for students transferring to a California State University Music program. Transfer students are urged to consult with a counselor and Music faculty to learn more about admission requirements to four-year institutions.
Requirements:
Units: 22
MUS 3A
Harmony/Theory/Musicianship I (Historical)
4
MUS 3B
Harmony, Theory, Musicianship II (Active)
4
MUS 3C
Harmony/Theory/Musicianship III (Historical)
4
MUS 3D
Harmony/Theory/Musicianship IV (Historical)
4
To be taken for four semesters .5 units at a time:
 
MUS 11A
Applied Music/Piano (Historical)
2
or
MUS 11B
Applied Music/Guitar (Historical)2
0.5-2
To be taken for four semesters one unit at a time
 
To be taken for four semesters one unit at a time.
MUS 14
Instrumental Ensemble (Historical)
4
Students must:
Units: 0
Complete 60 semester units or 90 quarter units that are eligible for transfer to the California State University, including both of the following:
 
A. The Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University General Education –Breadth Requirements.
 
B. A minimum of 18 semester units or 27 quarter units in a major or area of emphasis, as determined by the community college district.
 
Obtain a minimum grade point average of 2.0
 
Earn a "C" or better in all courses required for the major or area of emphasis. A “P” (Pass) grade is not an acceptable grade for courses in the major.
 
Units Required for the Major: 22
Units:  
Double Counted Units: CSU: 6; IGETC: 0
Units:  
General Education Requirements: CSU GE: 39; IGETC: 37
Units: 37-39
Electives needed to get to 60 Units: CSU: 5; IGETC: 1
Units:  
Total Units for the Degree: 60 Units
Units:  
Total: 59-61

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The Music Department maintains a place at Gavilan College as a subject of broad and passionate interest to performers, composers and theorists. At Gavilan College all these form a community dedicated to furthering a knowledge and love of music. The Music Department at Gavilan College offers a wide range of courses for all students. While many of our students have gone on to have professional careers in music, others have used their study as an enriching foundation for other pursuits. The Gavilan College Music Department is structured around a traditional musical foundation. Specific areas of focus are piano, guitar, vocal performance, electronic music and digital recording. The music curriculum provides a program for the students who wish to (1) pursue an advanced degree in music, (2) broaden a general knowledge of music, (3) develop performance skills, (4) become a professional musician, (5) work in a recording studio, (6) prepare for a career as music educators. Experienced instructors create an environment that both fulfills general education requirements and offers students exemplary preparation for transfer into both university and vocational level programs.
Requirements:
Units: 21
MUS 3A
Harmony/Theory/Musicianship I (Historical)
4
MUS 3B
Harmony, Theory, Musicianship II (Active)
4
MUS 4A
Beginning Piano (Historical)
3
MUS 4B
Beginning Piano (Active)
2
Choose one:
 
MUS 1A
Music History and Literature (Historical)
3
MUS 1B
Music History and Literature (Historical)
3
Choose one:
 
MUS 6
Introduction to World Music (Active)
3
MUS 7
Songwriting and Composition (Historical)
3
MUS 16A
Introduction to Audio Recording Techniques (Active)
3
MUS 21
Electronic Music/Sound Design (Historical)
3
Choose one:
 
MUS 5A
Intermediate Piano (Active)
2
MUS 5B
Intermediate Piano (Active)
2
MUS 5C
Advanced Piano (Active)
2
MUS 5D
Advanced Piano (Active)
2
MUS 8A
Beginning Voice (Active)
2
MUS 8B
Beginning Voice (Active)
2
MUS 9B
Guitar (Active)
2
MUS 12
Vocal Ensemble (Historical)
1-4
Recommended Electives: MUS 6, MUS 7, MUS 16A, MUS 21
 
General Education Requirements:
Units: 35-39
A student may complete the Gavilan College A.A./A.S. general education, the CSU-GE Breadth or the IGETC pattern, plus sufficient electives to meet a 60 unit total. See a counselor for details. NOTE: A course may be used to satisfy both general education and major requirements. See "Double Counting Rule".
Total: 56-60

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This program prepares students for a creative career in the music industry. The program has an entrepreneurial and creative focus emphasizing an industry trend requiring artists to be responsible for complete project development. Students engaged in compositional study enjoy the freedom to explore the organization of sound and music into different structures of expression. Engaged in personal study with acclaimed composition faculty, students write works for a variety of media - from solo instrument and large ensemble works to electronic music. An emphasis is placed on the study of the various musical traditions of the world and the relevance of those traditions to personal experience. The same skill set also prepares students for careers in specialized areas of the music industry such as digital audio workstation operator, recording engineer, producer, composer, arranger, songwriter, sound designer, artist manager, distributor, and marketing representative.
Requirements:
Units: 20
MUS 3A
Harmony/Theory/Musicianship I (Historical)
4
MUS 3B
Harmony, Theory, Musicianship II (Active)
4
MUS 4A
Beginning Piano (Historical)
3
MUS 7
Songwriting and Composition (Historical)
3
Choose one:
 
MUS 16A
Introduction to Audio Recording Techniques (Active)
3
MUS 21
Electronic Music/Sound Design (Historical)
3
Choose one:
 
MUS 1A
Music History and Literature (Historical)
3
MUS 1B
Music History and Literature (Historical)
3
MUS 2
History of Jazz and Rock (Active)
3
MUS 6
Introduction to World Music (Active)
3
Total: 20

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MUS 11AApplied Music/Piano (0.5-2.0)Active
1.5-6.0 Lab. Individual studio instruction in piano for the development of performance skills. Each week students will take individual lessons and complete an on-campus practice appropriate for the number of units taken. Additionally, each semester students will perform at least once for a juried performance for a faculty committee as a final exam. Designed for Music majors who are able to perform at college level. May be taken for a maximum total of 2 units. (C-ID: MUS 160) ADVISORY: Concurrent enrollment in MUS 3A, MUS 3B, MUS 3C or MUS 3D. (Standard Letter Grade.) Effective: Spring 2014.
MUS 11BApplied Music/Guitar (0.5-2.0)Active
1.5-6.0 Lab. Individual studio instruction in Guitar for the development of performance skills. Each week students will take individual lessons and complete an on-campus practice appropriate for the number of units taken. Additionally, each semester students will perform at least once for a juried performance for a faculty committee as a final exam. Designed for Music majors who are able to perform at college level. May be taken for a maximum total of 2 units. (C-ID: MUS 160) ADVISORY: Concurrent enrollment in MUS 3A, MUS 3B, MUS 3C or MUS 3D. (Standard Letter Grade.) Effective: Spring 2014.
MUS 12Vocal Ensemble (1.0-4.0)Active
3.0-12.0 Lab. The Vocal Ensemble class will focus on popular and alternative commercial music and will include rehearsals with individual and group performances with a backup band. The evening Vocal Ensemble will study, rehearse and perform choral music in a broad spectrum of musical genres and styles. Included will be the study of vocal and rehearsal techniques as they relate to ensemble performance. (Standard Letter Grade.) Effective: Spring 2015.
MUS 14Instrumental Ensemble (1.0-4.0)Active
3.0-12.0 Lab. Instruction for the experienced musician with emphasis on the study and performance of a wide variety of musical styles from Renaissance to 20th Century music for traditional ensembles, and extensive consideration of contemporary commercial and alternative repertoire, and performance techniques for popular ensembles. This course was previously listed as MUS 14A. (C-ID: MUS 180) (Standard Letter Grade.) Effective: Spring 2015.
MUS 15Music Appreciation (3.0)Active
3.0 Lecture. This course is designed to acquaint the students with the elements of music and the primary musical periods of traditional Western European classical music. Students will have a brief overview of the major composers and their music through class lectures, listening to musical examples in class, reading the text, listening to musical examples provided on the student CDs or recordings, actively engaging in class discussions, attending live concerts of suggested performances, and completing research papers and/or oral presentations pertinent to the course material. (Standard Letter Grade.) Effective: Spring 2019.
MUS 16AIntroduction to Audio Recording Techniques (3.0)Active
3.0 Lecture. Survey of basic audio recording techniques and materials including acoustics, signal flow, block diagrams, cue systems, punch-ins, microphones and mic placement, frequency response, reverb, delay and outboard effects, stereo mixing, pre-mixing and actual recording. (Standard Letter Grade.) Effective: Fall 2015.
MUS 17Music Fundamentals (3.0)Active
3.0 Lecture. An introduction to the notation and fundamental theoretical elements of Western music, demonstrated through a variety of styles, covering: pitch and rhythm concepts and structures, basic formal elements, and fundamental musicianship. Development of skills in handwritten notation is expected. In addition, interpreting music, written and aurally, with regard to its broad historical and cultural context will be covered, and critiquing different musical genres and styles in order to make aesthetic judgments about them by applying criteria from the knowledge and principles of music theory learned in class. (Standard Letter Grade.) Effective: Spring 2020.
MUS 190Occupational Work Experience/Commercial Music (1.0-4.0)Active
3.3-16.7 Lab. Occupational work experience for students who have a job related to their major. A training plan is developed cooperatively between the employer, college and student. (P/NP grading) 75 hours per semester paid work = 1 unit. 60 hours non-paid (volunteer) work per semester = 1 unit. Student repetition is allowed per Title 5 Section 55253. Minimum 2.00 GPA. REQUIRED: Declared vocational major. (Pass/No Pass.) Effective: Fall 2016.
MUS 1BMusic History and Literature (3.0)Active
3.0 Lecture. A survey of the development of music in western civilization including representative composers from the Medieval period to the present. Music 1B will study the music and styles from late Romanticism to the present. ADVISORY: Eligible for English 250 and English 260. (Standard Letter Grade.) Effective: Spring 2016.
MUS 2History of Jazz and Rock (3.0)Active
3.0 Lecture. This course covers the introduction and history of jazz and rock music from traditional, ragtime, boogie-woogie, swing, bebop, and cool, to various contemporary jazz, rock and fusion art forms. It includes a study of the forces that have shaped the art from European, African, Latin, and African-American influences. The class explores the contributions and conflicts of African-American influences throughout the history and development of this American music. (Option of a standard letter grade or Pass/no pass.) Effective: Spring 2015.
MUS 21Electronic Music, Sound Design (3.0)Active
2.0 Lecture, 3.0 Lab. Fundamentals of electronic music synthesis using computers. Midi sequencing, digital sound processing, sampling, digital multi-track recording utilizing the college's state of the art midi studio. ADVISORY: Eligible for English 250, 260 and Mathematics 205. (Standard Letter Grade.) Effective: Fall 2013.
MUS 22Field Work and Service (0.5-1.0)Active
1.5-3.0 TBA. Supervised field work within the college and with local agencies. Students serve in useful group activities in leadership roles prescribed for them by faculty or community agencies. A maximum of six units may be completed. This is a pass/no pass course. REQUIRED: Learning contracts must be filled out and signed by the student and the supervising instructor. (Pass/No Pass.) Effective: Spring 2011.
MUS 23Independent Study (1.0-2.0)Active
3.0-6.0 TBA. Designed to afford selected students specialized opportunities for exploring areas at the independent study level. The courses may involve extensive library work, research in the community, or special projects. May be repeated until six units of credit are accrued. This course has the option of a letter grade or pass/no pass. REQUIRED: The study outline prepared by the student and the instructor must be filed with the department and the dean. (Option of a standard letter grade or Pass/no pass.) Effective: Spring 2011.
MUS 3AHarmony/Theory/Musicianship I (4.0)Active
3.0 Lecture, 3.0 Lab. Fundamentals of music, beginning harmony. (C-ID: MUS 120) ADVISORY: Must be taken in sequence. (Standard Letter Grade.) Effective: Spring 2014.
MUS 3BHarmony, Theory, Musicianship II (4.0)Active
3.0 Lecture, 3.0 Lab. Continuation of Music 3A. Fundamentals of music, intermediate harmony, and musicianship. Introduction to counterpoint. MUS 3A, 3B, 3C and 3D must be taken in sequence. PREREQUISITE. MUS 3A. (Standard Letter Grade.) Effective: Spring 2017.
MUS 3CHarmony/Theory/Musicianship III (4.0)Active
3.0 Lecture, 3.0 Lab. Continuation of Music 3AB. Chromatic harmony, analysis and composition. MUS 3A, 3B, 3C and 3D must be taken in sequence. (C-ID: MUS 140) PREREQUISITE: Music 3B (Standard Letter Grade.) Effective: Spring 2014.
MUS 3DHarmony/Theory/Musicianship IV (4.0)Active
3.0 Lecture, 3.0 Lab. Continuation of Music 3C. Analysis and composition. MUS 3A, 3B, 3C and 3D must be taken in sequence. (C-ID: MUS 150) PREREQUISITE: Music 3C (Standard Letter Grade.) Effective: Spring 2014.
MUS 4ABeginning Piano (3.0)Active
2.0 Lecture, 3.0 Lab. Introduction to music fundamentals and keyboard technique. Development of beginning keyboard skills including note reading in bass and treble clef, fingering, rhythm, key signatures, primary chords and inversions. ADVISORY: Must be taken in sequence. (Standard Letter Grade.) Effective: Spring 2019.
MUS 4BBeginning Piano (2.0)Active
1.0 Lecture, 3.0 Lab. Continuation of Music 4A. Introduction to music fundamentals and keyboard technique. Development of beginning keyboard skills including note reading in bass and treble clef, fingering, rhythm, key signatures, primary chords and inversions. ADVISORY: Music 4A (Standard Letter Grade.) Effective: Spring 2016.
MUS 5AIntermediate Piano (2.0)Active
1.0 Lecture, 3.0 Lab. Development of intermediate keyboard skills through means of scales, chords, and technical studies. Continuation of music fundamentals and beginning keyboard harmony; introduction of easier classical and standard piano literature. ADVISORY: Music 4B (Standard Letter Grade.) Effective: Spring 2016.
MUS 5BIntermediate Piano (2.0)Active
1.0 Lecture, 3.0 Lab. Development of intermediate keyboard skills through means of scales, chords and technical studies. Continuation of music fundamentals and beginning keyboard harmony; introduction of easier classical and standard piano literature. ADVISORY: Music 5A (Standard Letter Grade.) Effective: Spring 2016.
MUS 5CAdvanced Piano (2.0)Active
1.0 Lecture, 3.0 Lab. Development of advanced keyboard skills through means of scales, chords and technical studies. Continuation of music fundamentals and keyboard harmony; introduction of moderately difficult classical and standard piano literature. ADVISORY: Music 5B (Standard Letter Grade.) Effective: Spring 2016.
MUS 5DAdvanced Piano (2.0)Active
1.0 Lecture, 3.0 Lab. Development of advanced keyboard skills through means of scales, chords and technical studies. Continuation of music fundamentals and keyboard harmony; introduction of moderately difficult classical and standard piano literature. ADVISORY: Music 5C (Standard Letter Grade.) Effective: Spring 2016.
MUS 6Introduction to World Music (3.0)Active
3.0 Lecture. This course explores a broad and diverse survey of different non Western music cultures, helping students develop listening skills to identify, distinguish and appreciate the elements and richness of each culture's music. The course will cover a rich diversity of styles through informed listening, analysis and discernment of musical elements, form and repertoire. Music of various cultures will be explored, for example: India, China, Japan, the Middle East, Indonesia, Africa, Europe and the Americas. (Standard Letter Grade.) Effective: Fall 2014.
MUS 7Songwriting and Composition (3.0)Active
3.0 Lecture. This course is an introduction to modern song writing techniques. Students will learn to create their own musical compositions. Students will also gain a historical understanding of the wide diverse practices, both culturally and technically that apply to songwriting and composition. Approaches to contemporary issues in song writing including development of melodic, lyrical, and rhythmic ideas will be studied. In addition, students will learn strategies for promoting their songs in the contemporary music marketplace, as well as basic concepts of intellectual property right protection. While recommended, no prior formal musical education is required. (Standard Letter Grade.) Effective: Fall 2019.
MUS 8ABeginning Voice (2.0)Active
1.0 Lecture, 3.0 Lab. Development of techniques in the art of singing and interpreting serious music in various styles. Study of the basic techniques of tone production, breathing and related skills. Basic repertoire development. ADVISORY: Continues in sequence or by demonstrated proficiency. (Standard Letter Grade.) Effective: Spring 2016.
MUS 8BBeginning Voice (2.0)Active
1.0 Lecture, 3.0 Lab. Development of techniques in the art of singing and interpreting serious music in various styles. Study of the basic techniques of tone production, breathing and related skills. Basic repertoire development. ADVISORY: Music 8A or demonstrated proficiency. (Standard Letter Grade.) Effective: Spring 2016.
MUS 8CIntermediate Voice (2.0)Active
1.0 Lecture, 3.0 Lab. Development of techniques in the art of singing and interpreting serious music in various styles. Study of the basic techniques of tone production, breathing and related skills. Basic repertoire development. ADVISORY: Music 8B or demonstrated proficiency. (Standard Letter Grade.) Effective: Spring 2016.
MUS 8DIntermediate Voice (2.0)Active
1.0 Lecture, 3.0 Lab. Development of techniques in the art of singing and interpreting serious music in various styles. Study of the basic techniques of tone production, breathing and related skills. Basic repertoire development. ADVISORY: Music 8C or demonstrated proficiency. (Standard Letter Grade.) Effective: Spring 2016.
MUS 98Special Topics (0.5-3.0)Active
0.5-3.0 Lecture. Special topics courses examine current problems or issues of interest to students within a specific discipline area. For topical content information, consult with appropriate department chairperson. For transfer status, check with a counselor. This course may have the option of a letter grade or pass/no pass. (Option of a standard letter grade or Pass/no pass.) Effective: Summer 2011.
MUS 9AGuitar (2.0)Active
1.0 Lecture, 3.0 Lab. An introduction to playing the guitar. Basic staff notation, correct fingering and chord arpeggios are covered. Emphasis is also placed on developing musical listening skills. Students must provide their own guitars. ADVISORY: Students must provide their own guitars. (Standard Letter Grade.) Effective: Fall 2015.
MUS 9BGuitar (2.0)Active
1.0 Lecture, 3.0 Lab. An introduction to playing the guitar. Basic staff notation, correct fingering and chord arpeggios are covered. Emphasis is also placed on developing musical listening skills. Students must provide their own guitars. ADVISORY: Music 9A; students must provide their own guitars. (Standard Letter Grade.) Effective: Fall 2015.

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