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Music

MUSC 1100 -- Music Appreciation,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
(Meets MnTC Goal 6)

Survey of the history and diversity found within primarily western music and its relation to culture and society including a brief survey of the elements of music, incorporating the extensive use of audio recordings and attendance at a live performance.


MUSC 1101 -- Introduction to World Music,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
(Meets MnTC Goal 7 and 8)

This course will introduce students to music outside of traditional Eurocentric cultures and western art music, to bring a global musical perspective to our students, and to explore the uniquely American musical culture that incorporated influences from these societies. Students will be required to attend and critique a live musical performance to complement the courses extensive use of audio recordings.


MUSC 1102 -- Class Guitar,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
(Meets MnTC Goal 6)

Class guitar is designed to develop an entry-level understanding of beginning guitar technique by applying an understanding of notation, improvisation, and elementary chord construction. This forum provides an opportunity for students to explore their musical aspirations through guitar and expose them to basic musical concepts while exploring a variety of repertoire from diverse times, places and cultures.


MUSC 1103 -- Class Piano,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
(Meets MnTC Goal 6)

A course in basic technique covering keyboard skills, notation, and repertoire. For the student without previous keyboard experience or with limited piano background who wants to explore a variety of musical repertoire, basic musical terminology and keyboard navigation.


MUSC 1104 -- Fundamentals of Music,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
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(Meets MnTC Goal 6)

Basic introduction to music notation and reading instruction in rhythm, note reading, scales, key signatures, intervals, triads and listening analysis. Intended for students desiring to improve music reading skills.


MUSC 1105 -- Applied Lesson,   1 credit Search Current Course Schedule
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Private instruction in music - vocal or instrumental. Extra charge for lessons is determined by the college and the rate is assessed per semester. Required of majors and minors in music at most colleges. Fifteen half-hour lessons per semester. Students may repeat this course to earn a maximum of 4 credits.


MUSC 1106 -- Concert Band,   1 credit Search Current Course Schedule
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(Meets MnTC Goal 6)

The ensemble rehearses a variety of concert band literature for study and performance. The Concert Band is open to all students. The ensemble meets the requirements for wind, brass and percussion instrumentalists pursuing the Associates of Fine Arts Degree in Music. No audition is required. Students must read written musical notation for their instrument. Some instruments are available for student use. One to two performances each semester. Weekly scheduled rehearsals. Additional rehearsals may be required. Students may repeat this course to gain a maximum of 4 credits.


MUSC 1107 -- String Orchestra,   1 credit Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
(Meets MnTC Goal 6)

Recommended Skills, Abilities, or Coursework: Ability to read written musical notation for their instrument

This ensemble rehearses a variety of orchestra literature for study and performance. Ensemble is open to all students. This ensemble meets the requirements for bowed string instrumentalists pursuing the Associates of Fine Arts Degree in Music. No audition is required. Students must read written musical notation for their instruments. One to two performances each semester. Weekly scheduled rehearsals. Additional rehearsals may be required. Students may repeat this course to gain a maximum of 4 credits.


MUSC 1108 -- Concert Choir,   1 credit Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
(Meets MnTC Goal 6)

A mixed chorus that studies and performs a variety of choral literature from classical to popular songs. Ensemble is open to all students. No audition required. This ensemble meets the requirements for vocalists pursuing the Associates of Fine Arts Degree in Music. Multiple concerts each semester. Weekly scheduled rehearsals. Additional rehearsals may be required. Students may repeat to a maximum of four credits.


MUSC 1109 -- Singing 101,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
(Meets MnTC Goal 6)

The student will learn to develop the voice as an instrument and learn basic fundamentals of music as well as diversity of singing styles and music history. Opportunities to perform for peers and instructor will help develop students as performers.


MUSC 1110 -- Rock and Roll History,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
(Meets MnTC Goal 6 and 7)

Rock and Roll History is a study of popular American music, its musical elements, cultural perspectives and historical developments. An emphasis is placed on the impact African-American men and women had on its development. Attendance at a live performance is required.


MUSC 1111 -- Jazz History,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
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(Meets MnTC Goal 6 and 7)

An introductory course, designed to help students become familiar with and appreciate jazz as an important American art form. Jazz as a reflection of the evolution of American society. An historical overview will be used. Attendance at a live performance is required.


MUSC 1113 -- Introduction to Music Technology,   1 credit Search Current Course Schedule
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Recommended Skills, Abilities, or Coursework: College Reading Level, Basic Computer Skills, Familiarity with Macintosh operating system, at least a minimal background in music (reading notation and some performing is preferred).

An introduction to computer-based (MAC OS) music technology used in the music profession and music educational settings including music notation and recording software/hardware.


MUSC 1116 -- Music Theory I,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
(Meets MnTC Goal Area 6)

Recommended Skills, Abilities, or Coursework: Intended for students with prior performance experience in music, i.e., band, choir, orchestra, etc.

Music Theory is an in-depth study of music and its historical and cultural development through music analysis and performance. Intended for students with prior performance experience in music, i. e., band, choir, etc. This course is required for students pursuing an AFA in Music degree. Students must also register for MUSC 1117 - Aural Comprehension I.


MUSC 1117 -- Aural Comprehension I,   2 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
Prerequisites: Required Co-registration with MUSC 1116

Recommended Skills, Abilities, or Coursework: For students with prior music performance experience. Students preparing for a major or minor in music are required to have the Aural Comprehension sequence, i.e. Music 1117, 1127, 2217, 2227

Aural Comprehension prepares the ear to perceive and identify both large and small patterns in music through ear training, sight-singing and rhythmic performance. Intended for students with prior performance experience in music, i.e., band, choir, etc. Students are required to register for MUSC 1116, Music Theory I. This course is required for music majors and/or minors.


MUSC 1120 -- Music Business: Marketing, Promotion, Publishing, Recording,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
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An introduction to the music industry including recording and performance contracts, business structures in publishing, publicity and advertising, arts administration, copyright law and the role of agents and managers.


MUSC 1121 -- Keyboard Skills for Majors I,   2 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
Prerequisites: Concurrent enrollment in MUSC 1116

Recommended Skills, Abilities, or Coursework: Intended for students with prior performance experience in music, i.e., band, choir, orchestra, etc

Applies the concepts of Music Theory I and Aural Comprehension I specifically to the keyboard. Class is two hours per week in keyboard lab developing skills in keyboard navigation, sight reading, scales, chord progressions, harmonizing and transposing. The first in a two-part course sequence (with Keyboard Skills II), this course prepares music majors and minors for required piano proficiency exams in bachelor programs across the country.


MUSC 1122 -- Keyboard Skills for Majors II,   1 credit Search Current Course Schedule
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Prerequisites: Concurrent enrollment in MUSC 1126

Recommended Skills, Abilities, or Coursework: Intended for students with prior performance experience in music, i.e., band, choir, orchestra, etc.

Applies the concepts of Music Theory II and Aural Comprehension II specifically to the keyboard. Class is one hour per week in keyboard lab developing more advanced skills in keyboard fluency: chord-based accompaniment patterns, transposition, sight reading and improvisation. The second in a two-part course sequence (with Keyboard Skills I), this course prepares music majors and minors for required piano proficiency exams in bachelor programs across the country.


MUSC 1126 -- Music Theory II,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
Prerequisites: Music 1116 with a grade of C or better or permission of the instructor

Recommended Skills, Abilities, or Coursework: Intended for students with prior performance experience in music, i.e., band, choir, orchestra, etc.

A continuation of Music 1116. Advanced study of scales, chords, notation chord grammar, ear training and sight singing. An in-depth study of harmony including voice leading, harmonic progression, dominant seventh chord, leading-tone seventh chord, nondominant seventh chords, modulation and secondary dominants and leading-tone chords. This course is required for students pursuing an AFA in Music degree. Students must also register for MUSC 1127 - Aural Comprehension II.


MUSC 1127 -- Aural Comprehension II,   2 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
Prerequisites: MUSC 1117 with a grade of C or better; required Co-registration with MUSC 1126

Recommended Skills, Abilities, or Coursework: For students with prior music performance experience. Students preparing for a major or minor in music are required to have the Aural Comprehension sequence, i.e. Music 1117, 1127, 2217, 2227.

Aural Comprehension II continues the sequence of ear training and sight-singing. Aural Comprehension continues to develop the ear and its ability to perceive and identify both large and small patterns in music through ear training, sight-singing and rhythmic performance. Intended for students with prior performance experience in music, i.e., band, choir, etc. Students are required to register for MUSC 1126, Music Theory II. This course is required for students pursuing an AFA in Music degree.


MUSC 1146 -- Jazz Ensemble,   1 credit Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
(Meets MnTC Goal 6)

This ensemble rehearses a variety of jazz literature for study and performance. Ensemble is open to all students. No audition is required. Students must read written standard musical notation for their instrument. Some instruments are available for student use. One to two performances each semester. Weekly scheduled rehearsals. Additional rehearsals may be required. Students may repeat this course to gain a maximum of 4 credits.


MUSC 1147 -- Musical Theater Ensemble,   1 credit Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

An instrumental ensemble performing music to accompany the yearly musical theatre production. This course is open to students after a successful audition with the director. Some instruments are available for student use. Performances and rehearsals are scheduled by the director. Students may repeat this course to gain a maximum of 4 credits.


MUSC 1148 -- Chamber Singers,   1 credit Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
(Meets MnTC Goal 6)

Prerequisites: Permission of Instructor

A small vocal ensemble that studies and performs a variety of choral literature from classical to popular songs. Open by audition. Concerts each semester. Students may repeat this course to gain a maximum of 4 credits.


MUSC 1149 -- Guitar Ensemble,   1 credit Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
(Meets MnTC Goal 6)

Recommended Skills, Abilities, or Coursework: Basic guitar or bass skills and ability to read standard music notation. It is recommended that students have either completed MUSC 1102 Class Guitar or at least one semester of applied lessons in guitar or bass.

Guitar Ensemble is an ensemble that performs a variety of guitar ensemble literature and is open to students who play the guitar, bass guitar, or upright bass, or other fretted instruments and read standard music notation. This ensemble meets the requirements for guitarists pursuing the Associates in Fine Arts Degree in Music. Students will have the opportunity to explore a variety of guitar styles such as classical, jazz, rock, and contemporary. The guitar ensemble will participate in at least one concert each semester. See notes for required equipment. Students may repeat this course up to four semesters for credit. The purpose of this course is to provide an ensemble for students who currently play guitar or bass and read standard music notation and is not intended for those students wishing to learn the guitar.


MUSC 1188 -- Chorale,   1 credit Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
(Meets MnTC Goal 6)

The Chorale is a mixed-voice choral ensemble open to all students at the college without an audition as well as alumni, employees of the college and community members. The Chorale performs in a formal concert each semester. Prior music reading and choral experience is extremely helpful, but not absolutely necessary for successful participation.


MUSC 1189 -- Topics:,   Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
This course has been developed as a potential permanent course. The course must follow all the same policies and procedures related to curriculum outlined by the college. It does not duplicate existing course offerings. Refer to course notes for specific course description.


MUSC 2105 -- Applied Lesson,   2 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

Private instruction in music - vocal or instrumental. Extra charge for lessons is determined by the college and the rate is assessed per semester. Required of majors and minors in music at most colleges. Fifteen one-hour lessons per semester. Students may repeat this course to earn a maximum of 8 credits.


MUSC 2115 -- Introduction to Music Education,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
Recommended Skills, Abilities, or Coursework: Music Reading Skills

Introduction to Music Education gives students the opportunity to study current teaching strategies, philosophies of teaching, plan lessons, observe music educators in the field, investigate current technologies used in classrooms, and gain an overview of the field of music education.


MUSC 2120 -- Music Industry: Management, Administration, and Promotion,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
This course will investigate the role of management, administration, and individual musicians within the music industry. Topics include contracts, promotion, publicity strategies, strategic partnerships, sponsorship, for-profit and non-profit sectors, and challenges specific to the music industry. Students will build a working vocabulary of music industry topics and participate in practical field experience.


MUSC 2135 -- Music Therapy, Techniques and Materials,   Search Current Course Schedule
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Recommended Skills, Abilities, or Coursework: College-level reading and writing ability; 3-credit option intended for students with prior experience in music, including lessons, ensembles, coursework, etc.

History and theory of Music Therapy field, exploring interventions used across a variety of clinical settings to promote wellness, manage stress, alleviate pain, express feelings, enhance memory and cognitive abilities, improve communication, and promote physical rehabilitation. Observing a music therapist in the community outside of class time is required for all sections. The 3-credit option pairs this curriculum with practical piano, guitar, improvisation, Orff-Schulwerk, voice and movement skills and adapting those to working within a therapeutic process. Required access to a guitar for 3-credit option.


MUSC 2145 -- Chamber Ensembles,   1 credit Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
Recommended Skills, Abilities, or Coursework: This course is intended only for students who possess college-level music reading skills for their performing instrument and who are also enrolled in studio lessons.

Chamber music is a performance class. Students will be assigned to small groups (duets, trios, etc), in which they will learn to select appropriate repertoire and develop rehearsal skills. Participating in both student-directed rehearsals and small-group coaching with instructor, student work will culminate in a public performance during the last weeks of class. Students will also explore the variety of instrumentation, performance styles, and historical contexts of chamber repertoire. Some examples of performance group possibilities are: flute trio, guitar quartet, brass quintet, voice and guitar duet, percussion ensemble, etc. Students may repeat to a maximum of four credits.


MUSC 2150 -- AFA Applied Lesson,   2 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
Recommended Skills, Abilities, or Coursework: AFA Music Major and concurrent enrollment with MUSC 2151

Private instruction in musicvocal or instrumentalfor students pursuing the Associate of Fine Arts Degree in Music. Extra charge for lessons is determined by the college and the rate is assessed per semester. Required for students earning the AFA in Music degree. Fifteen one-hour lessons per semester. Students may repeat this course to earn a maximum of 8 credits.


MUSC 2151 -- AFA Performance Hour,   credits Search Current Course Schedule
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Recommended Skills, Abilities, or Coursework: AFA Music Major and concurrent enrollment with MUSC 2150 or 2175

Monthly performance opportunity for AFA Music Majors. Students enrolled in MUSC 2150 or 2175 must also be enrolled in MUSC 2151.


MUSC 2175 -- AFA Recital Applied Lesson,   2 credits Search Current Course Schedule
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Recommended Skills, Abilities, or Coursework: AFA Music Major and concurrent enrollment with MUSC 2151 or permission of instructor

Private instruction in music-vocal or instrumental-in preparation for the required AFA in Music recital. Extra charge for lessons is determined by the college and the rate is assessed per semester. At least three semesters of MUSC 2150 are required before enrolling in this course. Fifteen one-hour lessons per semester and a formal recital performance.


MUSC 2201 -- Music History and Literature I,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
(Meets MnTC Goal 6 and 8)

Recommended Skills, Abilities, or Coursework: College level writing course (e.g., ENGL 1121), some experience in music reading (individual instrument study or ensemble experience)

Study of Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque periods of western music including the political, religious, cultural and social influences. Explore masterwork composers such as Bach, Handel, and more through listening, attendance at a live concert, reading and writing.


MUSC 2202 -- Music History and Literature II,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
(Meets MnTC Goal 6 and 8)

Recommended Skills, Abilities, or Coursework: College level writing course (e.g., ENGL 1121), some experience in music reading (individual instrument study or ensemble experience)

Study of the Classical, Romantic and 20th century periods of western music including their influence on politcial, religious, cultural and social movements. Explore masterwork composers such as Beethoven, Mozart, Debussy and more through listening, attendance at a live concert, reading and writing.


MUSC 2216 -- Advanced Music Theory I,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
Prerequisites: Music 1126 with a grade of C or better or permission of instructor

Recommended Skills, Abilities, or Coursework: Intended for students with prior performance experience in music, i.e., band, choir, orchestra, etc.

A continuation of Music 1126. An in-depth study of harmony including chromatic harmony, i.e., borrowed chords, Neapolitan 6th chords, augmented 6th chords, 9th, 11th, and 13th chords, altered dominants and chromatic mediants. Advanced study in ear-training and sight-singing. This course is required for students pursuing an AFA in Music degree. Students must also register for MUSC 2217 - Advanced Aural Comprehension I.


MUSC 2217 -- Advanced Aural Comprehension I,   2 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
Prerequisite: MUSC 1127 with a grade of C or better; Required Co-registration with MUSC 2216

Recommended Skills, Abilities, or Coursework: For students with prior music performance experience. Students preparing for an AFA in Music degree are required to have the Advanced Aural Comprehension sequence, i.e. Music 1117, 1127, 2217, 2227.

Advanced Aural Comprehension I continues the sequence of ear training and sight-singing. Aural Comprehension continues to develop the ear and its ability to perceive and identify both large and small patterns in music through ear training, sight-singing and rhythmic performance. Intended for students with prior performance experience in music, i.e., band, choir, etc. Students are required to register for MUSC 2216, Advanced Music Theory I. This course is required for students pursuing an AFA in Music degree.


MUSC 2226 -- Advanced Music Theory II,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
Prerequisite: Music 2216 with a grade of C or better or permission of instructor

Recommended Skills, Abilities, or Coursework: Intended for students with prior performance experience in music, i.e., band, choir, orchestra, etc

A continuation of Music 2216. An in-depth study of Form in Music: two-part binary, three-part ternary, two-voice eighteenth-century counterpoint, the fugue, variation technique, sonata form, and rondo form. Also an in-depth study of music of the 20th century. This course is required for students pursuing an AFA in Music degree. Students must also register for MUSC 2227 - Advanced Aural Comprehension II.


MUSC 2227 -- Advanced Aural Comprehension II,   2 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
Prerequisite: MUSC 2217 with a grade of C or better; co-registration with MUSC 2226

Recommended Skills, Abilities, or Coursework: For students with prior music performance experience. Students preparing for an AFA in Music degree are required to have the Advanced Aural Comprehension sequence, i.e. Music 1117, 1127, 2217, and 2227.

Advanced Aural Comprehension II continues the sequence of ear training and sight-singing. Aural Comprehension continues to develop the ear and its ability to perceive and identify both large and small patterns in music through ear training, sight-singing and rhythmic performance. Intended for students with prior performance experience in music, i.e., band, choir, etc. Students are required to register for MUSC 2226, Advanced Music Theory II. This course is required for students pursuing an AFA in Music degree.


MUSC 2299 -- Independent Study,   Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
Independent Study allows a student to earn credit while participating in a supervised learning experience in a community-based or work setting. Students must have successfully completed two courses in the discipline in which they want to undertake independent study. Forms are available in the Educational Services Office. All arrangements must be made prior to registration for the semester in which the project is scheduled and must be approved by the appropriate Dean of Educational Services. In addition, a project outline must be approved by the instructor who will supervise the student's work.


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