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Please see the section on Course Description Symbols and Terms in the University Catalog for an explanation of course description terminology and symbols, the course numbering system, and course credit units. All courses are lecture and discussion and employ letter grading unless otherwise stated. Some prerequisites may be waived with faculty permission. Many syllabi are available on the Chico Web.

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Prerequisites: Knowledge of the fundamentals of music and its notation to be determined by diagnostic exam. Music majors, minors and Music Industry & Technology majors only.
Corequisites: Keyboard proficiency or MUSC 103, MUSC 105.
Fundamental concepts and basic notation of music. Introduction to chord symbols, voice leading, part writing, harmonic progression, and basic principals of form. 3 hours discussion. (005935)
Prerequisites: MUSC 101 with a minimum grade of C-. Music majors, minors, and Music Industry & Technology majors only.
Corequisites: Keyboard proficiency or MUSC 104, MUSC 106.
Further study of voice leading, part writing, and principals of form. Introduction to chromaticism and modulation. 3 hours discussion. (005936)
Prerequisite: Open to Music majors, minors, and Music Industry & Technology majors only.
Corequisites: MUSC 101, MUSC 105.
Development of listening skills through sightsinging and dictation. 2 hours activity. (005954)
Prerequisites: MUSC 103 with a minimum grade of C-.
Corequisites: MUSC 102, MUSC 106.
Further development of listening skills through sightsinging and dictation. 2 hours activity. (005955)
Corequisite: MUSC 101, MUSC 103.
2 hours activity. (005976)
Prerequisites: MUSC 105 with a grade of C- or higher, faculty permission.
Corequisites: MUSC 102, MUSC 104.
2 hours activity. (005977)
A study of the operation of microcomputers. Special emphasis will be placed on musical computer applications, including ear training, theory, sequencing, notation, and sound design. 2 hours activity. (005978)
Theory and practice of recording, including audio theory and the use of synthesizers, samplers, computers, microphones, recording consoles, and tape machines. 3 hours discussion. (006072)
Prerequisites: Departmental permission by audition.
MUSC 110A - MUSC 110G: Specialized individual instruction for music majors in their major performing media. A weekly private lesson. Study of technique, music literature, and problems of performance. A jury examination is required each semester. Students who perform in a departmental recital may be excused from the jury at the discretion of the instructor. 3 hours supervision. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 12.0 units. (005987)
See above. 3 hours supervision. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 12.0 units. (005995)
See above. 3 hours supervision. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 12.0 units. (005992)
See above. 3 hours supervision. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 12.0 units. (005988)
See above. 3 hours supervision. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 12.0 units. (005989)
See above. 3 hours supervision. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 12.0 units. (005991)
See above. 3 hours supervision. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 12.0 units. (005990)
Concurrent enrollment in MUSC 110 or MUSC 310 is recommended. Designed for music majors who wish to study music literature through performance. Selected repertoire is analyzed stylistically and placed in historical context. Performance problems are also considered. 2 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 4.0 units. (006020)
Prerequisites: Department permission.
This course is for special topics offered for 1.0-3.0 units. Typically the topic is offered on a one-time-only basis and may vary from term to term and be different for different sections. See the Class Schedule for the specific topic being offered. 3 hours supervision. (006065)
Prerequisites: MUSC 102 with a minimum grade of C-.
Further study of chromaticism and more advanced modulation. Introduction to twentieth-century practices. 3 hours discussion. (005937)
Prerequisites: MUSC 201 with a minimum grade of C-.
An overview and chronology of the compositional techniques in twentieth-century music literature. 3 hours discussion. (005938)
Prerequisites: MUSC 101.
The chronological development of western music from Greek origins to 1750 through a study of the literature, scores, recordings, films, and live performances. 3 hours lecture. (006151)
Prerequisites: Faculty permission.
Basic principles of singing. Correct breathing, posture, and tone production appropriate for musical theatre and other popular music genres. Repertoire and recital performance stressed as pupil progresses. 2 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (006033)
Students are given instruction in basic music theory, ear training, sight singing, piano skills, and rhythm. The fundamentals of music theory are translated to basic score reading/playing. 3 hours discussion. (006063)
Prerequisites: MUSC 101 or faculty permission.
Recommended for all credential candidates in music and liberal studies majors. Theory and practice of music education including philosophy, history, music development, learning theories, curriculum and planning, classroom management, assessment and evaluation, and current trends. Portfolio development and directed observation. 3 hours discussion. (006155)
Prerequisites: MUSC 101, MUSC 102, MUSC 103, MUSC 104, MUSC 220 or faculty permission.
Corequisite: MUSC 335.
Music teaching methods for the elementary music classroom with an emphasis on skill development, musical development of children, performance-based assessment, technology, and classroom management. Includes peer teaching, practical experience, oral critiques, continued portfolio development, and directed observation. 3 hours discussion. (006156)
Prerequisites: MUSC 101, MUSC 102, MUSC 103, MUSC 104, MUSC 220.
Fundamental skills and techniques essential to conducting instrumental and vocal ensembles. 2 hours discussion. (006148)
Prerequisites: MUSC 109, faculty permission.
A study in the fundamentals of digital audio. Emphasis will be on the application of stereo editing, multi-channel recording, digital sequencing, audio for the Web, and time-code. 3 hours discussion. This course requires the use of a laptop computer and appropriate software. (006074)
Prerequisites: MUSC 106 or faculty permission.
Continuation of MUSC 105 and MUSC 106 at the intermediate level. 2 hours activity. (006005)
Prerequisites: MUSC 266 or faculty permission.
Performance of piano literature from all periods. Elements of harmony and analysis. May be taken four semesters. 2 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (006117)
Prerequisites: MUSC 101 and MUSC 102 recommended.
This course offers students the opportunities to gain skills and knowledge at the fundamental levels of theory and performance pertaining to jazz improvisation. This course is designed to provide a foundation allowing students to gain experience and performance strategy pertaining to beginning jazz improvisation skills. 2 hours discussion, 2 hours activity. (020685)
Prerequisites: Faculty permission.
Teaching of class or private piano, organ, and harpsichord, to include approach to teaching children and adults, teaching materials and methods, technique, sight-reading, use of pedals, improvisation, memorization, chording, transposition, registration, and style interpretation. 2 hours discussion. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 4.0 units. (006248)
Prerequisites: Faculty permission.
Teaching of class or private piano, organ, and harpsichord, to include approach to teaching children and adults, teaching materials and methods, technique, sight-reading, use of pedals, improvisation, memorization, chording, transposition, registration, and style interpretation. 2 hours discussion. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 4.0 units. (006249)
Prerequisites: Moderate piano and sight reading skills; audition or faculty permission required.
Study of skills, basic repertoire and bibliography related to the craft of accompanying. 3 hours supervision. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (006031)
A survey of the elements of music and diverse cultures and values in relation to music. Representative examples are drawn from the traditions of Europe, Africa, the Americas, and Asia, including classical, folk, and popular idioms. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. Formerly MUSC 190. (006053)
A survey of the development of music in the United States from colonial days to the present. Includes African American, Indian, folk, sacred, country, blues, rock, Broadway show, jazz, and art music traditions. 3 hours lecture. (006182)
A survey of seminal compositions and composers from western art music history. Musical traditions, compositional techniques, performance mediums, and the compositional background of individual works and composers, and the effects of political, social and philosophical issues upon the compositions and composers studies are explored. 3 hours discussion. This is an approved General Education course. (006183)
The historical and philosophical study of jazz from its African origins to the various forms in which it exists today. 3 hours lecture. (006184)
An in-depth study of Rock and Roll music and culture as it relates to the development and changes in American and world social orders. A study of the impact of Rock and Roll on social, economic, cultural and political structures. 3 hours lecture. (006186)
This course is also offered as AFAM 296 .
A historical survey from the African heritage and Colonial times to the present. The types, forms, and styles of African American music are studied in relation to the African American experience. 3 hours discussion. This is an approved US Diversity course. (000141)
Prerequisites: ENGL 130 or JOUR 130 (or equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher.
The chronological development of western music from 1750 to 1900 through a study of literature, musical scores, recordings, films and live performances. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved Writing Proficiency course; a grade of C- or better certifies writing proficiency for majors. (006152)
Prerequisites: MUSC 202, MUSC 302, and faculty permission.
The chronological development of western music from 1900 to the present through the study of literature, musical scores, recordings, films, and live performances. 3 hours lecture. (006153)
Prerequisites: MUSC 102.
A survey of world traditions concentrating on Africa, Asia, and the Americas. For students with a background in music. 3 hours discussion. (006170)
Prerequisites: ENGL 130 or JOUR 130 (or equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher.
The study of music as an industry, including copyrights, publishing, licensing, merchandising, and an overview of the record industry. 3 hours discussion. This is an approved Writing Proficiency course; a grade of C- or better certifies writing proficiency for majors. (006176)
See above. 3 hours supervision. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 12.0 units. (006092)
See above. 3 hours supervision. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 12.0 units. (006100)
See above. 3 hours supervision. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 12.0 units. (006097)
See above. 3 hours supervision. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 12.0 units. (006093)
See above. 3 hours supervision. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 12.0 units. (006094)
See above. 3 hours supervision. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 12.0 units. (006096)
See above. 3 hours supervision. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 12.0 units. (006095)
Corequisites: MUSC 462 or faculty permission.
Preparation and performance of a recital program. The public performance is evaluated by a faculty committee. 3 hours supervision. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (006103)
Designed for music majors who wish to study music literature through performance. Selected repertoire is analyzed stylistically and placed in historical context. Performance problems are also considered. 2 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 4.0 units. (015562)
Prerequisites: MUSC 222, faculty permission.
A study of conducting techniques and styles, vocal techniques, literature of all periods, program arranging, concert and rehearsal techniques, budgeting, purchasing, and equipment. 2 hours discussion. (006256)
Prerequisites: MUSC 222, faculty permission.
Conducting and interpretation of representative instrumental works of master composers. Style of principal works. Practice conducting college groups and high school organizations. 2 hours discussion. (006258)
Prerequisites: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in MUSC 202, MUSC 220, MUSC 221, and MUSC 222.
Study and application of concepts, program materials, and techniques of teaching general and choral music in middle school and junior high school setting. Special consideration is given to music for the changing-voice choir. Includes peer teaching, practical experience, oral critiques, continued portfolio development, and directed observation. 4 hours activity. (006173)
Prerequisites: MUSC 101, MUSC 102, MUSC 103, MUSC 104, MUSC 220.
Fundamentals for planning, organizing and implementing a successful school instrumental music program. 2 hours discussion. (006174)
Analysis of sequential concepts necessary for understanding the structural elements of music. Development of skills needed to promote musicality in children. 3 hours discussion. (006136)
Prerequisites: MUSC 326, faculty permission.
Recommended for Child Development majors and Liberal Studies majors concentrating in Early Childhood Education. Nurturing musicality in the young child, with emphasis on the role of music in the development of the whole child. 3 hours discussion. (006166)
Prerequisites: MUSC 326, faculty permission.
Music as an aid to learning and for mental, emotional, and physical therapy for children in special education. 3 hours discussion. (006168)
Prerequisites: MUSC 220, MUSC 221 or faculty permission.
This course is designed to provide further knowledge of elementary music education tactics to music teachers in grades K-6. Methods for teaching the elements of music are explored. Practical application of new materials and techniques are encouraged. Students have the opportunity to share experiences gained in the field. 3 hours discussion. (006268)
Group instruction in the pedagogy of woodwind instruments with a focus on how to teach proper tone, technique, and approach to the instruments. Includes peer teaching, observation, and/or field training. 2 hours activity. (006158)
Group instruction in the pedagogy of brass instruments with a focus on how to teach proper tone, technique, and approach to the instruments. Includes peer teaching, observation, and/or field teaching. 2 hours activity. (006159)
Group instruction in the pedagogy of string instruments with a focus on how to teach proper tone, technique, and approach to the instruments. Includes peer teaching, observation, and/or field teaching. 2 hours activity. (006160)
Group instruction in the pedagogy of percussion instruments with a focus on how to teach proper tone, technique, and approach to the instruments. Includes peer teaching, observation, and/or field teaching. 2 hours activity. (006161)
Corequisite: MUSC 221.
Group instruction in the pedagogy of wind, percussion, and stringed instruments with a focus on the appropriate use in the classroom. Includes peer teaching, observation, and/or field teaching. 2 hours activity. (006162)
Group instruction in the pedagogy of keyboard instruments with a focus on the appropriate use in the classroom. Includes peer teaching, observation, and/or field teaching. 2 hours activity. (006163)
Group instruction in the pedagogy of voice with a focus on how to demonstrate and teach proper tone techniques and approach to the instrument. Includes peer teaching observation and/or field teaching. 2 hours activity. (021053)
Prerequisites: MUSC 102, MUSC 109, MUSC 241, faculty permission.
Creative projects in electronic media. Emphasis on digital techniques, including computer control of digital instruments. 3 hours seminar. This course requires the use of a laptop computer and appropriate software. (006194)
Prerequisites: MUSC 342 with a minimum grade of C-, faculty permission.
Creative projects in electronic media. Emphasis on digital techniques, including sampling and computer control of digital instruments. 3 hours seminar. This course requires the use of a laptop computer and appropriate software. (006195)
Prerequisites: EECE 110, MUSC 102, MUSC 109, faculty permission.
An in-depth study of audio recording systems, components, and philosophies. Emphasis will be on the day-to-day workings of a recording studio, with experience in microphone placement, mixing techniques, and tape machine alignment. 2 hours discussion, 3 hours laboratory. This course requires the use of a laptop computer and appropriate software. (006073)
Prerequisites: MUSC 241, MUSC 344 with a minimum grade of C-, faculty permission.
An in-depth study of audio recording systems and components. Emphasis will be placed on signal processing equipment, synchronization, and multi-tracking, with continuing experience in microphone placement, mixing, and editing techniques. 2 hours discussion, 3 hours laboratory. This course requires the use of a laptop computer and appropriate software. (006075)
Prerequisites: MUSC 309 or faculty permission.
Experiential component for Music Industry majors running Wild Oak Music Group, a company that includes Wild Oak Records, Wild Oak Songwriter's Guild, Wild Oak Publishing, and Wild Oak Concert Production. Students gain valuable hands-on experience as executives of these entities. 3 hours lecture. (006264)
Prerequisites: MUSC 309, MUSC 350, and faculty permission.
A continuation of the year-long experiential component for the Music Industry majors running Wild Oak Music Group, a company that includes Wild Oak Records, Wild Oak Songwriter's Guild, Wild Oak Publishing, and Wild Oak Concert Production. Students gain valuable hands-on experience as executives of these entities. 3 hours lecture. (006265)
Prerequisites: MUSC 201.
Study of the capacities of the various orchestral and band instruments, including arranging projects for small ensembles. 3 hours discussion. (006069)
Prerequisites: MUSC 360, faculty permission.
Independent creative projects. Exercises in analytical and compositional techniques designed to increase technical facility. 3 hours lecture. (006200)
Prerequisites: MUSC 360, MUSC 361, faculty permission.
Independent creative projects. Exercises in analytical and compositional techniques designed to increase technical facility. 9 hours supervision. (006203)
Prerequisites: Faculty permission.
Concentrated study of a specific historical period or genre specific to the keyboard. 3 hours seminar. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 12.0 units. (006276)
Prerequisites: Faculty permission.
Concentrated study of a specific historical period or genre specific to the vocal pattern. 3 hours seminar. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 12.0 units. (006277)
3 hours discussion. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (006145)
Prerequisites: One or more semesters of studio instruction or faculty permission.
MUSC 373 - MUSC 374: The study of lyric diction and performance of literature for singers in English, Italian (A), German and French (B). Although emphasis is placed on correct pronunciation through the use of the International Phonetic Alphabet, students also acquire basic ability to translate songs in foreign languages. Each semester may be repeated once for credit. 3 hours discussion. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (006146)
Designed to allow students of singing to investigate the science of vocal sound production in connection with the teaching of singing. Emphasis on acoustics, physiology of human voice, history of vocal pedagogy, current medical research regarding the use and abuse of the voice, and practical applications of teaching techniques. 3 hours discussion. (006255)
Prerequisite: MUSC 276.
This course offers students opportunities to gain skills and knowlege at the advanced levels of theory and performance pertaining to jazz improvisation. This course is designed to build on the foundation provided by MUSC 276, allowing students to gain experience and performance strategy pertaining to the more complex and modern jazz repertoire of the post bebop era. 2 hours discussion, 2 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 9.0 units. (020584)
Prerequisites: Faculty permission.
Individual pedagogy project assigned in consultation with a faculty advisor. Projects may be a research paper or a practicum with documentation, e.g. a video-tape and journal. MUSC 377 or MUSC 416 is required for the Option in Keyboard Performance. Not available for graduate students. 6 hours supervision. ABC/no credit grading. (006234)
Prerequisites: Faculty permission.
Study of vocal literature (art songs and arias) through weekly master classes. For singer-pianist duos (pre-formed duos preferred, but not required). Literature studied each semester will vary. 1 hour lecture. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (006252)
Prerequisites: Faculty permission.
Focus on large ensemble and recital accompanying skills: vocal diction for pianists, balance techniques, clef-reading, score-reading, following conductors, assisting ensemble rehearsals. This course prepares students for accompanying in Symphonic Wind Ensemble, North State Symphony, vocal program recitals, Opera Workshop, A Cappela Choir, University Chorus, Chamber Singers, music theatre productions. 3 hours supervision. (006253)
Prerequisites: Faculty permission.
An elective course for upper-division and graduate students offering continued development of keyboard skills. The course allows students to continue to develop necessary skills to become more proficient as performers, accompanists, teachers, and church musicians. 2 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (006239)
Prerequisites: Studio instruction in organ or faculty permission.
An introduction to the performing techniques unique to church organists. 2 hours discussion. (006246)
Students will study seven musical styles from different times and places, including American rural blues, Jamaican reggae, Australian Aboriginal rock, and Cuban salsa. This course is the capstone for Upper Division Theme R, Global Music, Culture and Tecnology, and will therefore emphasize the ways in which society and technology provide meaning and context for music. 3 hours discussion. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (006179)
This course is for special topics offered for 1.0-3.0 units. Typically the topic is offered on a one-time-only basis and may vary from term to term and be different for different sections. See the Class Schedule for the specific topic being offered. 9 hours supervision. (006189)
This course is an independent study of special problems offered for 1.0-3.0 units. You must register directly with a supervising faculty member. 9 hours supervision. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. Credit/no credit grading. (006190)
3 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (015563)
3 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (015572)
Pep Band is intended to give any student who plays a musical instrument (wind, brass, or percussion) an opportunity to perform in a fun, energetic, and exciting band. The Pep Band plays for University events. This course does not fulfill the large ensemble requirement for music majors. 2 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (015573)
3 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (015592)
3 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (015575)
3 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (015576)
Group performance of jazz ensemble literature for interpretive and creative experiences. Major performance each semester, with emphasis on current musical trends. 3 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (015598)
Group performance of jazz ensemble literature for interpretive and creative experience. 2 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (015599)
2 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (015586)
2 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (015594)
2 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (020647)
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