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MUSC 100
Introduction to Music Theory (5)

An introduction to reading and writing music. Topics include standard music notation, meter, rhythm, scales and key signatures. May be used in preparation for MUSC& 141. Concurrent enrollment in MUSC 120 required for music majors.

MUSC& 105
Music Appreciation (5)

Why does music affect us the way it does? There is no escaping music in our society; it's everywhere. Together we will discover how and why music has impacted our culture through the centuries. We will explore music's history, its basic elements, and its power to alter entire societies. Prerequisite: Successful completion of ENGL 099 (or equivalent) or placement into ENGL& 101. Student option grading.

MUSC 106
Music In American Culture (5)

Explore musical traditions from diverse American cultures through guided listening and analysis of songs, styles, genres and musicians, with emphasis on the role of race, class, gender and sexual-orientation. Dual listed with AES 106. Prerequisite: Successful completion of ENGL 099 or EAP 099 or placement into ENGL& 101. Student option grading.

MUSC 107
Jazz History (5)

Examine the history and development of jazz in the U.S. as well as its key historical figures. Includes the study of issues that parallel the growth of jazz music in American society and examples of recordings from the period that foreshadowed the introduction of hip-hop in the early 1970s. Student option grading.

MUSC 108
Music In World Cultures (5)

Experience the diversity of music from around the world by examining selected musics in their broad cultural contexts: religious, historical and social. Emphasis on listening skills, music aesthetics, styles, genres, transmission and sociocultural backgrounds of musicians. Prerequisite: Successful completion of ENGL 099 or placement into ENGL& 101. Student option grading.

MUSC 109
American Popular Music (5)

Historical, social and stylistic study of American popular idioms from their African and European roots to the present. Focus on contemporary styles such as Rock, Country, Blues, Punk, Rap and Jazz. Contributions of artists will be discussed. The influence of various facets of the music industry will be examined.

MUSC 114
Class Instruction-Guitar I (2)

This course is intended for students with little or no background in guitar performance. It presents basic skills and techniques needed to enjoy playing the guitar. Students must supply their own acoustic guitar. Student option grading.

MUSC 115
Class Instruction Electric Bass (2)

Basic skills for the electric bass including reading bass clef, scales and modes, improving technical proficiency. For beginning to intermediate players. Students must provide own instrument. Course may be taken up to six times.

MUSC 118
Class Instruction-Guitar II (2)

This course is intended for intermediate level guitarists. It builds on skills learned in Guitar I and presents more advanced techniques for improved acoustic guitar performance. Students must supply their own acoustic guitar. Student option grading.

MUSC 119
Class Piano for General Students (2)

Students with little or no piano background learn basic piano skills and techniques.

MUSC 120
Class Piano for Music 100 Students (2)

Students learn basic skills needed in music reading, music theory and piano performance. Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in MUSC 100 is required.

MUSC 133
Peformance Techniques (2)

Performance Techniques focuses on various aspects of artistic performances. This class provides opportunities for students to perform publicly and to learn about stagecraft and audience behavior. Students will be exposed to a wide variety of music through concert attendance and personal performances.

MUSC 135
Shoreline Singers (2)

This advanced a cappella ensemble performs a variety of challenging vocal music including classical, world music, modern music, and jazz. The group tours annually and schedules multiple performances each quarter. Prerequisite: Audition required. Also requires concurrent registration in Chorale or special permission of instructor.

MUSC 136
Jazz Ensemble (1-2)

The Jazz Ensemble rehearses and performs music in a variety of contemporary jazz styles. Sight reading, jazz interpretation, phrasing and improvisation are stressed. Students present several concerts each quarter and participate in a yearly concert tour, usually in Spring. Prerequisite: Membership in the Jazz Ensemble is by audition.

MUSC 139
Sibelius Music Notation Software (2)

A fully online course introducing students to the creation of music using music notation software. Basic understanding of music notation is required. Student option grading.

MUSC 140
Concert Band (2)

Shoreline's Concert Band performs quarterly concerts that include traditional music, contemporary band works, orchestral transcriptions, solo features, Broadway musicals and marches. Rehearses on Monday evenings fall, winter, spring quarters. Prerequisite: Ability to play a band instrument.

MUSC& 141
Music Theory I: First-Year Music Theory (5)

The course includes sight singing, keyboard training, and the theories and fundamentals of musical structure. Concurrent enrollment in MUSC 151 required for music and music technology majors.

MUSC& 142
Music Theory II: First-Year Music Theory (5)

This course continues the study of music fundamentals and structure. Sight singing, keyboard assignments, melodic and elementary dictation are integrated into the class. Course is intended primarily for music majors. Concurrent enrollment in MUSC 152 (Class Piano) is required. Prrequisite: MUSC& 141 with a grade of 2.0 or higher.

MUSC& 143
Music Theory III: First-Year Music Theory (5)

This course continues the study of theories and fundamentals of music structure. Sight singing and melodic and harmonic dictation are integrated into the class. This course is intended primarily for music majors. Concurrent enrollment in MUSC 153 (class piano) is required.

MUSC 144
Funk & Groove (2)

Funk & Groove is a performance ensemble that rehearses and performs music in styles typical of pop and commercial music from the 1970s to the present. The ensemble uses an extensive sound reinforcement system and provides experience in live performance technique and technology. Prerequisite: Membership in Funk & Groove is by audition.

MUSC 146
Orchestra (2)

This course is intended for string students who join an approved off-campus community orchestra which rehearses once a week, works on standard orchestral literature and performs in a public concert at least once per quarter. Prerequisite: Ability to play a string instrument, permission of a music faculty advisor & the community orchestra conductor.

MUSC 147
Small Ensemble Performance (1-4)

Designed for intermediate to advanced musicians and singers: Weekly rehearsals focus on small group performance skill. May be repeated 6 times for credit. Ensembles include: Chamber Wind, Vocal, Guitar, Sax, Piano, Studio Musicianship, Percussion, Bluegrass, Strings, iPad, Repertoire Jazz, Creative Music and Brass. Student option grading.

MUSC 150
History of Bluegrass (2)

Bluegrass blends various musical styles, including fiddle tunes, blues, country, old-time string bands and jazz to form a uniquely American art form. This class examines the history and development of the music through reading, listening and online discussion. Prerequisite: Successful completion of ENGL 099 or placement into ENGL& 101. Student option grading.

MUSC 151
Class Piano for Music Theory I Students (2)

Music students with little or no piano background learn basic skills required of all music majors. Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in MUSC& 141 is required.

MUSC 152
Class Piano for Music Theory II Students (2)

Music theory students learn basic piano skills and techniques required of music majors. Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in MUSC& 142 is required.

MUSC 153
Class Piano for Music Theory III Students (2)

Music theory students learn basic piano skills and techniques required of music majors. Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in MUSC& 143 is required.

MUSC 154
Opera Workshop (1)

Students perform a minor role in a one-act opera and opera scenes in full production in English or the original language.

MUSC 155
Opera Workshop (2)

Students perform a secondary role in a one-act opera and opera scenes in full production in English or the original language.

MUSC 156
Opera Workshop (3)

Students perform a major role in a one-act opera and opera scenes in full production in English or the original language.

MUSC 161
Class Voice Instruction - Beginning (2)

Beginning voice students learn the fundamentals and basic techniques needed in vocal performance to enhance their ability to sing in a performing ensemble and/or perform in public. This course may be repeated for credit. Student option grading.

MUSC 162
Class Voice Instruction - Intermediate (2)

Intermediate voice students learn the fundamentals and basic techniques needed in vocal performance to enhance their ability to sing in a performing ensemble and/or perform in public. This course may be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Completion of MUSC 161 or permission of instructor. Student option grading

MUSC 163
Class Voice Instruction - Advanced (2)

Advanced voice students learn the fundamentals and basic techniques needed in vocal performance to enhance their ability to sing in a performing ensemble and/or perform in public. This course may be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Completion of MUSC 162 or permission of instructor. Student option grading.

MUSC 164
Musical Theater Performance (1)

Students perform a minor musical theater role in full production, accompanied by orchestra.

MUSC 165
Musical Theater Performance (2)

Students perform a secondary musical theater role in full production, accompanied by orchestra.

MUSC 166
Musical Theater Performance (3)

Students perform a major musical theater role in full production, accompanied by orchestra.

MUSC 167
Voice-Dance Performance Techniques 1 (2)

Students develop the ability to sing and move simultaneously in preparation for performing on stage in musical roles. Student option grading.

MUSC 170
Private Instruction - Classical Voice 1 (1)

Students sing in a variety of languages, prepare for and give public performances. Students receive one-on-one mentoring to nurture artistic goals and improve vocal technique. This course enables the vocal music major to transfer two years of applied study to universities, colleges, and conservatories. Prerequisite: Placement by audition and enrollment in Shoreline choral ensemble.

MUSC 175
Chamber Chorale (1-2)

Mixed voice choral ensemble open to all students. Styles include classical, jazz, pop, folk, and world music. Membership open to all. A short placement check will be performed in the first week of class to determine section placement. Student option grading.

MUSC 180
Individual Instruction - Classical Piano I (1)

Individual instruction on technique and classical piano literature from various periods of time. Prerequisite: Reading knowledge of piano music.

MUSC 184
Private Instruction Popular Voice I (1)

Students are coached to sing in a variety of popular music styles preparing them to give public performances. Students receive one-on-one mentoring to nurture artistic goals and improve technique. Vocal exercises safely increase stamina and range while developing stylistic skills matching their genre of choice. Instructor permission required. Student option grading.

MUSC 196
Individual Instruction Instrumental (1)

Individual instruction on string, woodwind, brass and percussion instruments. May be repeated for credit. For more information email music@shoreline.edu.

MUSC 204
Improvisation I (2)

Improvisation I covers the basic elements of jazz improvisation, exploring various styles and idioms, and is open to all instrumentalists interested in playing jazz.

MUSC 205
Improvisation II (2)

Improvisation II covers intermediate elements of jazz improvisation while exploring various styles and idioms. The class is open to all instrumentalists and vocalists interested in playing jazz. Prerequisite: MUSC 204 or instructor permission.

MUSC 206
Jazz History (5)

Examine the history and development of jazz in the U.S. as well as its key historical figures, including Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis and others. Includes the study of issues that parallel the growth of jazz music in American society from 1900 to the present day. Student option grading.

MUSC 207
The Craft of Songwriting (2)

Students examine the craft of writing a song and investigate how structure, melody, and lyrics function together to create a well-written song. The history of songwriting and the classic work of great songwriters are used to explore the process of songwriting. Student option grading.

MUSC 208
Diction for Singers (2)

Students perform songs in Italian, German and French. This course stresses correct pronunciation through use of the International Phonetic Alphabet. Student option grading.

MUSC 210
Songwriting Workshop (2)

Explore songwriting techniques in a supportive community with other songwriters. Hone lyrics, sharpen melodies and polish song structure. Students will write and workshop numerous original works and develop their individual voices as songwriters. Student option grading.

MUSC 211
Diction for Singers-Italian/German (3)

Students perform musical compositions from the past three hundred years in both Italian and German. This course stresses correct pronunciation through use of the International Phonetic Alphabet. Prerequisite: MUSC 161 or instructor permission.

MUSC 212
Diction for Singers-French/English (3)

Students perform musical compositions from the past 300 years in both French and English. This course stresses correct pronunciation through use of the International Phonetic Alphabet. Prerequisite: MUSC 211 or instructor permission.

MUSC 224
Survey of Piano Literature (2)

Students learn essential characteristics of piano compositions from the Baroque through the 20th Century. Student option grading.

MUSC 225
Collaborative Piano (2)

Pianists learn the skills and techniques of collaborating with vocal and instrumental soloists and ensembles. Intermediate or above reading level of piano music. Instructor permission required.

MUSC 226
Piano Pedagogy (2)

Students will learn repertoire/methods for teaching piano students in individual and group settings. Prerequisite: Intermediate reading level of piano music required. Student option grading.

MUSC& 241
Second-Year Music Theory (5)

This course continues the study of traditional harmony with emphasis on modulation, mode mixture, formal analysis and the Neapolitan sixth. Advanced melodic and harmonic dictation, sight singing and keyboard assignments are included. Prerequisite: MUSC& 143 or equivalent with instructor permission.

MUSC& 242
Second-Year Music Theory (5)

This course continues the advanced study of traditional harmony. Topics include augmented sixth chords, enharmonic reinterpretation, chromatic modulation techniques. Advanced melodic and harmonic dictation, sight singing and keyboard assignments. Prerequisite: MUSC& 241 or permission of instructor.

MUSC& 243
Second-Year Music Theory (5)

Late 19th and 20th-century harmonic practice including, chromatic sequence, modes and synthetic scales, serialism and polytonality as well as 20th-century rhythmic techniques. Advanced melodic and harmonic dictation. Sight singing and keyboard assignments. Prerequisite: MUSC& 242 or permission of instructor.

MUSC 251
Class Piano for Music Theory IV Students (2)

Music theory students continue to learn piano skills and techniques required of music majors. Concurrent enrollment in MUSC& 241 is required.

MUSC 252
Class Piano for Music Theory V Students (2)

Music theory students continue to learn piano skills and techniques required of music majors. Concurrent enrollment in MUSC& 242 is required.

MUSC 253
Class Piano for Music Theory VI Students (2)

Music theory students continue to learn piano skills and techniques required of music majors. Concurrent enrollment in MUSC& 243 is required.

MUSC 264
Conducting (2)

A beginning class in conducting with emphasis on beat patterns, beat styles, score reading and preparation for conducting vocal and instrumental ensembles. Includes an overview of the history of the art of conducting. Prerequisite: Completion of First Year Theory sequence or instructor approval required.

MUSC 268
Voice-Dance Performance Techniques 2 (2)

Students develop further skills in moving and singing simultaneously, including part singing and complex dance combinations. This course is a continuation of MUSC 167 for the more advanced student. Prerequisite: Completion of MUSC 167 or instructor permission. Student option grading.

MUSC 270
Private Instruction - Classical Voice 2 (1)

Students sing in a variety of languages, give public performances, and continue to receive one-on-one mentoring to nurture artistic goals and improve vocal technique. This course enables the vocal music major to transfer two years of applied study to universities, colleges, and conservatories. Placement by audition. Instructor approval required.

MUSC 280
Individual Instruction - Classical Piano II (1)

Individual instruction on advanced technique and classical piano literature. Prerequisite: Intermediate reading knowledge of piano music.

MUSC 284
Private Instruction Popular Voice II (1)

Students build on their ability to sing in a variety of popular music styles improving their ability to give public performances. Second-year students continue to receive one-on-one mentoring to nurture artistic goals and improve technique. Vocal exercises safely develop stylistic skills matching their areas of specialization. Instructor permission required. Student option grading.

MUSC 291
Special Topics In Music (1)

Classes focus on specific issues and/or topics of interest in music.

MUSC 292
Special Topics In Music (2)

Classes focus on specific issues and/or topics of interest in music.

MUSC 293
Special Topics In Music (3)

Classes focus on specific issues and/or topics of interest in music.

MUSC 294
Special Topics In Music (4)

Classes focus on specific issues and/or topics of interest in music.

MUSC 295
Special Topics In Music (5)

Classes focus on specific issues and/or topics of interest in music.

MUSC 296
Private Instruction Instrumental (1)

Individual instruction on string, brass, woodwind and percussion instruments. May be repeated for credit. For more information email music@shoreline.edu. Prerequisite: MUSC 196 or instructor permission.

MUSC 297
Individual Project In Music (1)

Individual project in a specific area of music. By arrangement with instructor. Prerequisite: Instructor permission, based on evaluation of students' educational and work experience.

MUSC 298
Individual Project In Music (2)

Individual project in a specific area of music. By arrangement with instructor. Prerequisite: Instructor permission, based on evaluation of students' educational and work experience.

MUSC 299
Individual Project In Music (3)

Individual project in a specific area of music. By arrangement with instructor. Prerequisite: Instructor permission, based on evaluation of students' educational and work experience.