The Music Department offers the following Associate in Arts Degrees:
Music: Jazz Studies
Digital Media: Audio (degree and certificate)
We also have a Sequenced Transfer Curriculum that prepares our students to transfer to four-year universities. Students seeking academic planning or who are uncertain which courses to take should consult this document. More information is available here:
Music Theory/Musicianship: MUSC 1, MUSC 2ABCD, MUSC 3ABCD
MUSC 2A and 3A are the first courses for aspiring Music majors. While the curriculum will start at the beginning to address any gaps in students’ training, these courses are fast-paced and assume that incoming students have some prior ability to read music. If you have no prior music-reading experience, or if you find the pace of MUSC 2A/3A too fast, you may wish to enroll in MUSC 1 Music Fundamentals first. If you have already taken the equivalent of MUSC 2A/3A at another school, you may wish to challenge the prerequisite and enroll directly in MUSC 2B/3B.
Currently, Theory and Musicianship courses are offered on a rotating basis:
MUSC 2A/3A: Fall and Spring semesters
MUSC 2B/3B: Spring semester only
MUSC 2C/3C: Fall semester only
MUSC 2D/3D: Spring semester only
Credit by Examination
If you have extensive prior training in Music Theory and/or Musicianship (such as a high school AP Music course or extensive private lessons) you may wish to pursue Credit by Examination for MUSC 2A and/or MUSC 3A. Details are available on the course section web sites, and in the syllabi for MUSC 2A and 3A. Students wishing to “test out” of MUSC 2A and/or MUSC 3A should consult with Dr. Anderman. The exams are given the on first Friday of each semester. You will need to complete the appropriate paperwork and register for the exams beforehand. Upon successful completion of the exam, you will receive a letter grade for MUSC 2A and/or MUSC 3A based on your exam score. You can read more here:
Tutoring is available free of charge for students enrolled in Music Fundamentals and/or Music Theory courses. Appointments are on a first-come first-served basis in the Tutorial Center on the ground floor of the Doyle Library. For more information, click here:
Piano proficiency is a standard requirement for Music majors at most colleges, universities, and conservatories. Music majors and other serious Music students should enroll in a piano course. If you have no prior experience with either piano or reading music, you should enroll in MUSCP 10 Elementary Piano. If you already read music and have some prior (even minimal) keyboard experience, you may be ready for MUSCP 11A Class Piano 1. Experienced pianists may be able to skip ahead into MUSCP 11B, 11C, or 11D.
If you are uncertain about which Piano course you should take, consult with the instructor for an assessment. Open assessments are held the week before classes start— check the course schedule for more information.
All Music majors must be enrolled in a performance ensemble each semester. Contact the appropriate director for audition information or with any questions:
MUSCP 21ABCD Concert Choir: Jody Benecke
MUSCP 23ABCD Chamber Singers: Jody Benecke
MUSCP 30ABCD Symphonic Band: Nick Xenelis
MUSCP 32ABCD Jazz Band: David Scott and Mark Wardlaw
MUSCP 33ABCD Orchestra: Nick Xenelis
MUSCP 42ABCD Jazz Combo Ensemble: Bennett Friedman
Music majors and other serious music students should be enrolled in Applied Music. Individual lessons are available to college-level performers by audition. Auditions are typically held the first Friday of the semester. You can read more here:
Any student enrolled in a Music course may use the practice rooms in Forsyth Hall. Most rooms contain pianos and are accessible whenever the building is open. Applied Music students have priority for usage (with assigned times); otherwise they are available on a first-come first-served basis. There are two rooms upstairs with higher-quality pianos that are only available to students enrolled in advanced piano courses.
To obtain a key, first go to the Accounting office in Bailey Hall and pay the key deposit (currently $20); then bring your deposit receipt and class schedule to the Music Department Office Manager to check out a key. Deposits are refunded at the end of the semester after keys are returned (you will receive a refund check in the mail). The locks are re-keyed each semester, so keys that are not returned will be useless the next semester.
Any student enrolled in a Music course may have the use of a locker in Forsyth Hall. Lockers are available for instrument storage and books. Availability is on a first-come, first-served basis; larger lockers are typically reserved for students with larger instruments. Preference is given first to students enrolled in instrumental classes.
See the Music Department Office Manager for more information. Phone:707-527-4249 or email Elona Russell at firstname.lastname@example.org