musicians playing cello and violins

Arts & Letters Division

Dr. David Hudson, Dean

For more information contact:
Laurie Camody

Division Coordinator
lcamody@gwc.cccd.edu
714-895-8772

MUSIC

Welcome to the Music Department at Golden West College! The Music Department offers undergraduate music courses leading to an Associate of Arts Degree in Music and transfer to four-year colleges and universities including the CSU and UC systems. Music students may elect to major in music in one of two classifications: Music Education Preparation or Music Performance.

Music students who qualify may enroll in the Applied Music program for private study in brass, guitar, percussion, piano, voice, or woodwinds. For information regarding the Applied Music program, contact Dr. Collette Hausey, Director of Bands & Applied Music Studies.

Associate in Arts Degree in Music for Transfer

Required courses | Semester at a Glance

Music Associate In Arts Degree

Required courses | Semester at a Glance


Associate in Arts Degree in Music for Transfer

The Associate in Arts in Music for Transfer Degree at Golden West College is designed to prepare students to successfully transfer to a CSU campus as Music Majors.  Due to the fact that Music Majors begin major coursework in the freshman year, students must successfully complete all of the required courses to be awarded the Associate in Arts in Music for Transfer Degree. The Associate in Arts in Music for Transfer Degree program is designed for students to complete the first two years of Core Major coursework that is required at CSU campuses, and prepare for success on CSU subject placement exams.  Students should be aware that most CSU campuses require placement exams for Music Majors, even with a completed Associate in Arts Transfer Degree.

Program Level Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate written and aural understanding of diatonic and chromatic music theory principles.
  • Consistently execute a collegiate level of performance and musicianship in a solo setting.
  • Consistently execute a collegiate level of ensemble etiquette, musicianship and performance in a large ensemble setting.
  • Complete a standard, collegiate-level piano keyboard proficiency.

This is the major pattern for students planning to transfer to a CSU. It is strongly recommended that students contact a GWC counselor to develop an official Student Educational Plan to discuss non-CSU universities, or if they have questions about the CSU AA in Music for CSU Transfer.

Required courses

Music G116 – Theory and Musicianship 1 – 3 units
Music G117 – Theory and Musicianship 2 – 3 units
Music G216 – Theory and Musicianship 3 – 3 units
Music G217 – Theory and Musicianship 4 – 3 units
*Music G290 – Applied Music – 5 units

Large Ensemble Requirement (4 unit minimum)
Music G121 – College Choir – 1 unit
or
Music G122 – Chamber Choir – 1 unit
or
Music G260 – Symphonic Winds – 1 unit
or
Music G261 – Wind Symphony – 2 units

Total Units: 21

*Music G290, Applied Music, must be taken 4 times to complete the Music transfer degree. Applied Music is a variable unit course of 1-2 units.


Semester at a Glance – Associate in Arts Degree in Music for Transfer

Semester 1
MUS G116 (Core) – Theory & Musicianship 1 (Fall) – 3 units
and
MUS G290 (Core) – Applied Music – 1.25 units
and
Large Ensemble Requirement (Vocalists are placed into Choir Courses, Instrumentalists into Wind Band Courses):

MUS G121 or MUS G122 (Core) – College Choir or Chamber Choir – 1 unit
or
MUS G260 (Core) – Symphonic Winds – 1 unit
or
MUS G261 (Core) – Wind Symphony – 2 units

General Education – TBD

Semester
MUS G 117 (Core) – Theory & Musicianship 2 (Spring) – 3 units
and
MUS G290 (Core) – Applied Music – 1.25 units
and
Large Ensemble Requirement

(Vocalists are placed into Choir Courses, Instrumentalists into Wind Band Courses):

MUS G121 or MUS G122 (Core)- College Choir or Chamber Choir – 1 unit
or
MUS G260 (Core) – Symphonic Winds – 1 unit
or
MUS G261 (Core) – Wind Symphony – 2 units
General Education – TBD

Semester 3
MUS G216 (Core) – Theory & Musicianship 3 (Fall) – 3 units
and
MUS G290 (Core) – Applied Music – 1.25 units
and
Large Ensemble Requirement

(Vocalists are placed into Choir Courses, Instrumentalists into Wind Band Courses):

MUS G121 or MUS G122 (Core) – College Choir or Chamber Choir – 1 unit
or
MUS G260 (Core) – Symphonic Winds – 1 unit
or
MUS G261 (Core) – Wind Symphony – 2 units

General Education – TBD

Semester 4
MUS G 217 (Core) – Theory & Musicianship 4 (Spring) – 3 units
and
MUS G290 (Core) – Applied Music – 1.25 units
and
Large Ensemble Requirement

(Vocalists are placed into Choir Courses, Instrumentalists into Wind Band Courses):

MUS G121 or MUS G122 (Core) – College Choir or Chamber Choir – 1 unit
or
MUS G260 (Core) – Symphonic Winds – 1 unit
or
MUS G261 (Core) – Wind Symphony – 2 units
General Education – TBD

Major total: 21 units

CSU General Education Breadth or IGETC Pattern: 37-39 units
Total units that may be double counted: 0 units
Transferable Electives (as needed to reach 60 transferable units): 0-2 units
DEGREE TOTAL UNITS (max): 60 units

( ) Description in parentheses indicates credit earned in AAT.


Music Associate In Arts Degree

The Music program at GWC is designed to prepare students to successfully transfer to a CSU campus as Music Majors, as well as prepare for further study and performance of Music.  Due to the fact that Music Majors begin major coursework in the freshman year, students must successfully complete all of the required courses and pass a keyboard proficiency to be awarded the Music AA.  The AA Music program is designed for students to complete the first two years of Core Major coursework that is required at CSU campuses, and prepare for success on CSU subject placement exams.  Students should be aware that most CSU campuses require placement exams for Music Majors, even with a completed AA degree.

Program Level Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate written and aural understanding of diatonic and chromatic music theory principles.
  • Consistently execute a collegiate level of performance and musicianship in a solo setting.
  • Consistently execute a collegiate level of ensemble etiquette, musicianship and performance in a large ensemble setting.
  • Complete a standard, collegiate-level piano keyboard proficiency.
Required courses

Music Theory (12 units)
MUS G116 – Theory and Musicianship 1 – 3 units
MUS G117 – Theory and Musicianship 2 – 3 units
MUS G216 – Theory and Musicianship 3 – 3 units
MUS G217 – Theory and Musicianship 4 – 3 units

Piano (6 units)
Music G141 – Piano 1 – 1 unit
Music G142 – Beginning Piano II – 1 unit
Music G241 – Intermediate Piano I – 2 units
Music G242 – Intermediate Piano II – 2 units

Large Ensemble (4-8 units) each course taken 4 times
Music G121 – College Choir – 1 unit
or
Music G122 – Chamber Choir – 1 unit
or
Music G260 – Symphonic Winds – 1 unit
or
Music G261 – Wind Symphony – 2 units

Applied Music (4 units) course taken 4 times
Music G290 – Applied Music – 1 unit

Total units: 26 – 30


Semester at a Glance – Music Associate In Arts Degree

Semester 1
MUS G116 – Theory & Musicianship 1 (Fall) – 3 units
and
MUS G290 – Applied Music – 1.25 units
and
MUS G141 – Piano I – 1 unit

Large Ensemble Requirement
(Vocalists are placed into Choir Courses, Instrumentalists into Wind Band Courses):
MUS G121 or MUS G122 – College Choir or Chamber Choir – 1 unit
or
MUS G260 – Symphonic Winds – 1 unit
or
MUS G261 – Wind Symphony – 2 unit
General Education – TBD

Semester 2
MUS G117 – Theory & Musicianship 2 (Spring) – 3 units
and
MUS G290  – Applied Music – 1.25 units
and
MUS G142 – Beginning Piano II – 1 unit
and
Large Ensemble Requirement
(Vocalists are placed into Choir Courses, Instrumentalists into Wind Band Courses):
MUS G121 or MUS G122 – College Choir or Chamber Choir – 1 unit
or
MUS G260 – Symphonic Winds – 1 unit
or
MUS G261 – Wind Symphony – 2 units
General Education – TBD

Semester 3
MUS G216 – Theory & Musicianship 3 (Fall) – 3 units
and
MUS G290 – Applied Music – 1.25 units
and
MUS G241 – Intermediate Piano I – 2 units
and
Large Ensemble Requirement
(Vocalists are placed into Choir Courses, Instrumentalists into Wind Band Courses):

MUS G121 or MUS G122 – College Choir or Chamber Choir – 1 unit
or
MUS G260 – Symphonic Winds – 1 unit
or
MUS G261 – Wind Symphony – 2 units
General Education – TBD

Semester 4
MUS G 217 – Theory & Musicianship 4 (Spring) – 3 units
and
MUS G290 – Applied Music – 1.25 units
and
MUS G242 – Intermediate Piano II – 2 units
and
Large Ensemble Requirement
(Vocalists are placed into Choir Courses, Instrumentalists into Wind Band Courses):

MUS G121 or MUS G122 – College Choir or Chamber Choir – 1 unit
or
MUS G260 – Symphonic Winds – 1 unit
or
MUS G261 – Wind Symphony – 2 units
General Education – TBD

Major total: 27-30 units
GWC GE Pattern, CSU GE Breadth, or IGETC: 21-39 units
DEGREE TOTAL UNITS (max): 60-69 units

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MUSIC G068 – 4 Units
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Commercial Arranging & Orchestration I
Advisories: Music G066
This course of study is designed to allow the student to use his or her basic knowledge of music in a progressive series of study units to build competency in: knowledge of ranges and transposition for instruments; writing for voices; planning an arrangement; standard copying techniques; basic chord voicings; writing for small combos; writing for large jazz bands; writing for strings; and projects to be agreed upon by student and instructor. Electronic synthesizers will be used to assist students in arrangement planning. Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade.

MUSIC G101 – 3 Units
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History & Appreciation of Music
(Same as: Humanities G120)
This course is designed to help students enjoy listening to all styles of music with emphasis on what to listen for in music. This course emphasizes an historical survey of popular music of yesterday, today and tomorrow known as European and American “classical” music, and includes brief introduction to several other styles as well. This course uses film, videotape, DVD, CD presentations, and listening assignments. Attending one live concert is required. UC Credit Limitations: Music G101 and G101H combined—maximum credit, one course. C-ID: MUS 100 Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

MUSIC G101 HONORS – 3 Units
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History & Appreciation of Music, Honors
(Same as: Humanities G120 Honors)
As in the regular course, Honors students will examine elements of musical style (rhythm, melody, dynamics, texture, form, timbre), deepening the experience by considering culturally bound and intercultural musical features within the context of Western “classical” music, plus the interactions between Western and non-Western musics. However, our list of reading, listening and viewing assignments will feature a broader selection than those offered in the usual Music G101/HumG120 bibliography, discography and videography. The course will also intensify the focus on research, evaluation of personal taste and critical “active” listening. Attendance at and review of three professional performances required. UC Credit Limitations: Music G101 and G101H combined—maximum credit, one course. C-ID: MUS 100 Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

MUSIC G103 – 3 Units
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World Music
(Same as: Humanities G103)
This course is a survey of music of selected cultures outside the tradition of Western art music. Divided into three general categories, the course examines folk music, tribal music, and art structures. Audio recordings and filmed examples introduce the student to instrumental and vocal techniques, musical structures, and performance contexts. Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade.  Transferable to CSU; UC. May not be offered each semester.

MUSIC G105 – 1 Unit
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Beginning Guitar I
This course is designed for non-Music majors who have an interest in learning to play the guitar correctly. Students must furnish their own guitars. This Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

MUSIC G106 – 1 Unit
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Beginning Guitar II
Advisories: Music G105
This course is a continuation of Music 105AB. Concentration on chords and correct finger-picking. Traditional and folk tunes will be studied and performed. Students must furnish their own guitars. Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

MUSIC G108 – 3 Units
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History & Appreciation of the Musical Theater
(Same as: Humanities G108, Theater Arts G108)
This course explores all of the elements which make the Musical Theater one of the premier art forms of the 21st Century. Emphasis will be placed on the history of the musical and on examining the roles of the composer, librettist, lyricist, choreographer, director, performer, designer, and others relative to creating a musical theater production. DVD/video/broadcast television, film and performances will be utilized to enhance the student’s knowledge of the subject. Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC. May not be offered each semester.

MUSIC G109 – 1 Unit
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Symphonic Band
Prerequisites: Retention based upon successful audition.
The Symphonic Band is a performance ensemble that studies, rehearses, and performs the music of the standard band repertoire. Members of the ensemble are expected to possess a basic mastery of the playing skills of their chosen instrument as well as the fundamentals of musicianship. The ensemble performs frequently. Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

MUSIC G110 – 2 Units
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Golden West Symphonic Band
Prerequisites: Retention based upon successful audition.
The primary performing band representing the college in the community. Emphasis on study and performance of music from standard band repertory. Performances on campus and away include concerts, outdoor activities and athletic events. A band tour may be planned for spring semester. This course may be taken 4 times. Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

MUSIC G112 – 2 Units
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Sight Singing
This course is designed to introduce and develop strong fundamental competencies in the singing of simple and complex rhythms, melodies. This course may be taken 2 times. Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

MUSIC G115 – 3 Units
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Basic Music
Advisories: Concurrent enrollment in Music G141 – G142 recommended.
An introductory course exploring the primary elements of tonal music. Incorporates the following concepts: staff notation in treble and bass clefs, rhythm and meter; basic properties of sound; intervals; diatonic scales and triads; and diatonic chords. Development of skills in handwritten notation, reading music, and aural perception is expected. Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

MUSIC G116 – 3 Units
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Theory and Musicianship 1
(Formerly known as: Theory I (Diatonic))
Advisories: Music G115
This is the first course in a four-semester sequence presenting the basic techniques and materials, principles and practice of diatonic harmony, integrated with musicianship. Topics cover a brief review of music fundamentals, introduction to four-part chorale writing principles, figured bass, primary-secondary triads, cadences, non-harmonic tones; integrated with aural skills development to include sight-singing, melodic, two-part, and rhythmic dictation. C-ID MUS 120 Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

MUSIC G117 – 3 Units
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Theory and Musicianship 2
Prerequisites: Music G116
This is the second course in a four-semester sequence that presents the basic techniques and materials, principles and practice of diatonic harmony, integrated with musicianship; compositional techniques, four-part harmony, secondary triads; introduction to modulation; analysis of selected forms and compositional devices, integrated with sight-singing and ear training; and melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic dictation. C-ID MUS 130 Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

MUSIC G120 – 1 Unit
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Masters Chorale
Prerequisites: Retention based upon successful audition.
A large chorus which performs suitable music from all historical periods. Participation in concerts on campus, field trips, occasional brief section rehearsals and overnight tour in spring semester also required. Schedule of work outside class announced at the beginning of each semester. Each student will provide his own standard performance dress. This course may be taken 4 times. Lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

MUSIC G121 – 1 Unit
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College Choir
Prerequisites: Retention based upon successful audition.
A large choral group singing music in all styles. Open to beginning through advanced singers with an emphasis in the development of vocal technique and music reading. This course may be taken 4 times. Lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

MUSIC G122 – 1 Unit
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Chamber Choir
Prerequisites: Retention based upon successful audition.
A select vocal ensemble which performs suitable music from all historical periods. Extensive participation in concerts on campus, field trips. Occasional brief section rehearsals. Schedule of performances announced at the beginning of each semester. Each student must provide his own standard performance dress (except tuxedo). Financial aid available for qualified students who cannot provide their own required items of clothing. This course may be taken 4 times. C-ID MUS 180 Lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

MUSIC G127 – 1 Unit
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Wind Band Skills 1
Prerequisites: Audition required
This course is designed for the student who is new to the collegiate band experience, but has had previous successful experiences performing on their chosen instrument. Introduction and implementation of wind band ensemble and performance skills including rehearsal etiquitte, rehearsal techniques, individual practice skills, section performance skills, and musical interpretation.
Students must have a minimum individual performance skill level in order to take the course, as this is an ensemble skill course. Audition required. Lecture & lab. Letter grade only. Transferable to CSU.

MUSIC G128 – 1 Unit
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Wind Band Skills 2
Prerequisites: Music G127 and Audition required
This course is a continuation of the skills introduced in Wind Band Skills 1 for those students having minimal collegiate band experience and wish to develop their skills further. Development of fundamental wind band skills previously introduced will be explored in more depth, with emphasis on proper group rehearsal and individual practice techniques. Development of section rehearsal skills will also be emphasized, encouraging students to develop leadership roles within the group. Students must have a minimum individual performance skill level in order to take this course, as this is an ensemble-based course dependent on student to student interaction. Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU.

MUSIC G129 – 1 Unit
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Wind Band Skills 3
Prerequisites: Music G128 and Audition Required
This course is a continuation of the skills developed in Wind Band Skills 2 and is oriented toward those students with limited collegiate wind band experience who wish to further develop their musical and ensemble skills.Introduction of secondary and intermediate wind band skills are utilized as a continuation of the fundamental skills developed in the first two courses. Emphasis is placed on development of multi-faceted individual practice, intermediate level section rehearsal techniques, and intermediate performance skills with musical interpretation. Students must have a minimum performance skill level in order to take this course, as this is an ensemble-based course dependent on student-to-student interaction. Lecture & lab. Letter grade only. Transferable to CSU.

MUSIC G139 – 3 Units
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History of Rock Music
(Formerly known as: Music G185)
(Same as: Humanities G139)
This course is an in depth study of rock music; emphasis includes rock roots, blues/R & B, Elvis & early rock. Also Beatles and 60’s rock, metal, “New Wave,” punk, alternative, rap, 90’s “grunge,” industrial, techno and other musical styles and social topics. Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

MUSIC G141 – 1 Unit
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Piano 1
(Formerly known as: Beginning Piano 1)
Piano instruction for those with no previous keyboard experience or no previous formal music instruction of any sort. Sight reading, playing by ear, keyboard harmony, scales and keyboard technique. One hour of practice daily is assumed. Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

MUSIC G142 – 1 Unit
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Beginning Piano II
Advisories: Music G141 or equivalent
Continuation of Music G141. Reading music, piano keyboard harmony and scales in major keys. Regular daily practice is essential for success in this course. Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

MUSIC G143 – 3 Units
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History of Jazz
(Formerly known as: Music G136 Jazz: A History and Appreciation)
(Same as: Humanities G143)
This course is a survey of jazz, a uniquely American art form. The class traces the history and development of jazz, from its musical predecessors and beginnings to contemporary styles. Audio recordings introduce the student to the techniques, styles, and performers of jazz. Three hours lecture a week, one and one-half hours listening in Multi-Media Center a week.. Optional credit/no credit or grade. Transfer credit: CSU; UC. Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

MUSIC G145 – 2 Units
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Basic Voice
Advisories: Concurrent enrollment in Music G115, G121, or G141 – G142 recommended for those who do not read music.
This course is for beginning singers. It prepares beginning singers’ voices for solo and group singing by improving breathing, vocal tone, range, agility, volume, diction, health, expression and self confidence. Students will sing songs from musical theatre, film, folk, popular and classical repertory, in English and students’ first languages, memorized from printed music. One hour daily practice and attendance at one approved recital is required. A pianist accompanies classes. Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

MUSIC G146 – 2 Units
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Intermediate Voice
(Formerly known as: Music146AB)
Advisories: Music G145. Concurrent enrollment in Music G115, G121, or G141 or G142 recommended for those who do not read music.
This course is a continuation of Music G145 for singers with two years of choral experience or one semester of private lessons or voice class. It prepares for solo and group singing by improving breathing, vocal tone, range agility, volume, diction, health, expression and self-confidence at the second semester level. Sing songs from musical theatre, film, folk, popular, and classical repertory, in English, Italian and students first languages, memorized from printed music. One hour daily practice and attendance at one approved voice recital required. A pianist accompanies classes. Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

MUSIC G147 – 2 Units
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Advanced Voice
Advisories: Music G146. Concurrent enrollment in Music G115, G121, or G141 – G142 is recommended for students who do not read music.
This course is the third and fourth semester continuation of Music G146 for singers with two semesters of private lessons or voice class. It prepares for solo and group singing by improving breathing, vocal tone, range, agility, volume, diction, health, expression and self-confidence. Students sing songs from musical theatre, opera, film, folk, popular and classical repertory, in English, Italian, German, French, and students’ first languages, memorized from printed music. One hour daily practice and attendance at one approved voice recital required. A pianist accompanies classes. Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

MUSIC G150 – 2 Units
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Voice for Musical Theater 1
(Formerly known as: Broadway and Opera Singing)
(Same as: Theater G146)
Advisories: Music G115, G121 , or G141 – G142 recommended for those who do not read music.
This course teaches vocal technique, self-confidence in vocal performance and character development for singers, actors and dancers at an introductory level. Students sing songs from musical theater and/or opera in English and first languages. An audition is not required. Daily practice is required. A pianist accompanies the classes. ADVISORY: Music G115, or G121, or G141 – G142 recommended for those who do not read music. Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

MUSIC G151 – 2 Units
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Voice for Musical Theater 2
(Formerly known as: MUSIC 151 AD, Broadway and Opera Voice Class)
(Same as: Theater Arts G148)
Prerequisites: Music G150 or Theater Arts G146
Advisories: Music G115, or G121, or G141 – G142 recommended for those who do not read music.
This course teaches vocal technique, self-confidence in vocal performance and character development for singers, actors and dancers at a beginning level. Students sing songs from musical theater and/or opera in English and first languages. An audition is not required. Daily practice is required. A pianist accompanies the classes. Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU.

MUSIC G152 – 2 Units
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Voice for Musical Theater 3
(Same as: Theater Arts G156)
Prerequisites: Music G151 or Theater Arts G148
Advisories: Music G115, or G121, or G141 and G142 – recommended for those who do not read music
This course teaches vocal technique, self-confidence in vocal performance and character development for singers, actors and dancers at an intermediate level. Students sing songs from musical theater and/or opera in English and first languages. An audition is not required. Daily practice is required. A pianist accompanies the classes. Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU.

MUSIC G153 – 2 Units
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Voice for Musical Theater 4
(Same as: Theater Arts G158)
Prerequisites: Music G152 or Theater Arts G156 or Permission of Instructor
Advisories: Music G121, or G115, or Music G141 – G142, recommended for those who do not read music.
This course teaches vocal technique, self-confidence in vocal performance and character development for singers, actors and dancers at an advanced level. Students sing songs from musical theater and/or opera in English and first languages. An audition is not required. Daily practice is required. A pianist accompanies the classes. Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU.

MUSIC G158 – 2 Units
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Studio Singing
Prerequisites: Retention in class is dependent upon a successful audition. The student will be expected to demonstrate fundamental music reading skills and an ability to sing jazz harmonies and rhythms accurately.
This is a course in studio singing and is designed for the vocal musician who wishes to learn the many styles and disciplines of the recording vocalist. Upon passing the audition, each student will be recorded on tape and perform live, as a soloist and in groups. Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU.

MUSIC G165 – 3 Units
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History & Literature of Music
(Same as: Humanities G122)
A survey of Western Art Music from approximately 1700 to the present. Formal analysis and examination of the musical styles of music from the Baroque, Classic, Romantic and Modern eras, with listening examples of typical masterwork’s from each. A course for music majors and minors who come to the course with previous formal music study, or considerable informal listening and concert attendance. Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC. May not be offered each semester.

MUSIC G209 – 2 Units
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Symphonic Band, Advanced Skills
Advisories: Music G109
This course is for students who perform at an advanced level on a standard band instrument. Students in this course are expected to develop sophisticated skills beyond standard participation in the Symphonic Band. Performance of solos, the development of score reading abilities, student composition and/or arranging and conducting/leadership roles within the performance ensemble will be explored. Brass, Percussion, and Woodwind sectional rehearsal techniques will be developed. This course may be taken 4 times. Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

MUSIC G216 – 3 Units
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Theory and Musicianship 3
(Formerly known as: Theory II (Chromatic))
Prerequisites: Music G117
This is the third course in a four-semester sequence that incorporates concepts from Theory and Musicianship 2. Through writing and analysis, this course will include an introduction to chromatic harmony, secondary/applied chords, modulation, borrowed chords, introduction to Neopolitain and augmented-sixth chords. Additional development and application of the rhythmic, melodic, and harmonic materials occurs through ear training, sight-singing, analysis, and dictation. C-ID MUS 140 Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

MUSIC G217 – 3 Units
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Theory and Musicianship 4
Prerequisites: Music G216
This is the fourth course in a four-semester sequence that incorporates the concepts from Theory and Musicianship 3. Through writing and analysis, this course will include: post-Romantic techniques such as borrowed chords and modal mixture, chromatic mediants, Neapolitan and augmented-sixth chords, 9th, 11th and 13th chords, altered chords and dominants; and 20th century techniques such as: Impressionism, tone rows, set theory, pandiatonicism and polytonalism, meter and rhythm. Additional development and application of the rhythmic, melodic, and harmonic materials occurs through ear training, sight-singing, analysis, and dictation. C-ID MUS 150 Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

MUSIC G241 – 2 Units
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Intermediate Piano I
Second semester of piano study. Reading music at the keyboard. Sight reading. Playing by ear. Chromatic keyboard harmony in more advanced forms. Regular daily practice is essential for success in this course. Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

MUSIC G242 – 2 Units
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Intermediate Piano II
Advisories: Music G241 or equivalent
Continuation of Music G241. Third semester of class piano keyboard instruction. Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

MUSIC G260 – 1 Unit
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Symphonic Winds
This is a performance ensemble course emphasizing contemporary and standard wind band repertoire and performance practice. Skill sets covered include individual instrumental technique, sight reading, active listening, live performance practices, and ensemble concert preparation. Live concert performance with the ensemble is included as part of this course. This course fulfills the large ensemble requirement for the CSU Music Education majors. This course may be taken 4 times. C-ID MUS 180 Lecture & lab. Letter grade only. Transferable to CSU; UC.

MUSIC G261 – 2 Units
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Wind Symphony
This is an advanced performance ensemble course encompassing the exploration and public performance of wind ensemble literature, correct solo and ensemble performance practices, and the development of the highest level of musical sophistication. Students are expected to perform at a superior level of musicality, as well as develop advanced skills in score reading, section rehearsal techniques, and concert preparation. This course fulfills the large ensemble requirement for the CSU Music Performance majors. This course may be taken four times. C-ID MUS 180 Lecture & lab. Letter grade only. Transferable to CSU; UC.

MUSIC G290 – 1-2 Units
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Applied Music
Advisories: Placement by audition.
This course is designed to be for the student seeking individual instruction on piano, voice, guitar, or any standard band or orchestra instrument. A performance at Faculty Juries and Concert Hour is required for each semester. Vocal and instrumental students concurrently enroll in choir or band; pianist and guitarists should consult with faculty for an appropriate concurrent course. There are nine group meetings and fifteen private lessons per semester, with level of proficiency determined by faculty adjudication. This course may be taken 4 times. C-ID MUS 160 Lecture & lab. Letter grade only. Transferable to CSU; UC.

The Associate in Arts Degree for Transfer (AA-T) in Music will transfer to the following California State Universities:

CSU Bakersfield
CSU Channel Islands
CSU Chino
CSU Dominguez Hills
CSU East Bay
CSU Fresno
CSU Fullerton
CSU Humbolt
CSU Long Beach
CSU Los Angeles
CSU Northridge
CSU Pomona
CSU Sacramento
CSU San Bernadino
CSU San Diego
CSU San Francisco
CSU San Jose
CSU San Luis Obispo
CSU San Marcos
CSU Sonoma
CSU Stanislaus

The list of CSU campuses for this major was provided by the California State University’s A Degree with a Guarantee website: http://adegreewithaguarantee.com/

Most of the courses in this program also transfer to the University of California (UC) System and Private Universities. Please see your GWC Counselor early in your studies to choose the transfer option that is right for you.

Performers & Writers
Recording
The Record Industry
Music Business
Music Industry Touring
Facility, Arena & Club
Music Education
Public Relations & Advertising
Radio & Television
Symphony and Orchestra
Church Music
Music Health
Music Industry Merchandising
Instrument Work & Development
Tour Manager
Tour Coordinator
Sound Technician
Festival Director

Dr. Collette J. Hausey
Professor, Music
B.M., San Diego State University; M.M., San Diego State University; D.M.A., University of Arizona.