Music

The Music major is a program carefully designed to provide a rich and wide range of musical learning and experience. It combines classroom study, discussions and lectures enhanced by technology with individual instruction, solo and ensemble performance, concert attendance and internships. Students select an emphasis in performance or music history.

The B.A. degree offers preparation in music for students desiring a broad knowledge of music for teaching, research, performance, personal enjoyment, cultural development, or advanced degrees. The total curriculum includes two-thirds of the studies in the Liberal Arts and one-third in Music.

The Music Department offers a Music Ministry Certificate program for persons wishing to pursue music leadership roles in parishes. Essentially a two-year program, it can serve as the basis for a Baccalaureate degree.

The Music minor is available to interested students by completing at least 21 units as indicated. Students interested in music as an elective may participate in various offerings of the Music Department including performance classes, individual instruction, or in the study of music as an art.

In addition the Music Department presents varieties of musical concerts, workshops, and other activities which enrich the quality of the educational and cultural life of the College and the community.

Mount Students have the opportunity to cross-register at UCLA for courses not offered at MSMC.

The Music Department is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.

Requirements for Admission as a Music Major or Minor:

  1. Audition showing potential in the field of performance
  2. Theory examination for placement purposes
  3. Interview with designated department personnel
  4. Recommendations which indicate potential for music

Music B.A. Degree

Performance Emphasis

Core courses :

MUS 1AB

Musicianship I

(3,1)

MUS 1CD

Musicianship I

(3,1)

MUS 2AB

Musicianship II

(3,1)

MUS 5

Music Practicum

(.5, .5)

MUS 11

Functional Keyboard Skills

(1)

Required of all but keyboard majors. Every student must pass the piano proficiency examination before graduation. Only three units may be taken for credit.

MUS 15

Applied Music
(4 semesters—Total 6 units)

(1-2)

MUS 24AB

Surveys of the History and Literature of Music

(3,3)

MUS 105

Music Practicum

(.5,.5)

MUS 133A

Music Analysis

(2)

MUS 139

Instrumental Conducting

(2)

or MUS 140

Choral Techniques

(2)

Requirements:

MUS 115

Applied Music
(4 semesters, 2 units each term)

(2)

MUS 151

Pedagogy

(2)

And choice of the following to total 4 units:

MUS16/116

Music of World Cultures

(1)

MUS 17/117

Women in Music

(1)

MUS 25/125

Music Masterpieces

(3)

MUS 142

American Musical Theater

(3)

MUS 146

Special Projects in Music

(1-3)

Senior Recital

(1-3)

For the special needs of the individual, the department may substitute other courses for these music requirements. See also additional requirements for the B.A. degree.

Total Units in Music: 43

Plus General Studies requirements and electives totaling 124 units, including Modern Language requirement.

Music History Emphasis

Core Courses:

MUS 1AB

Musicianship I

(3,1)

MUS 1CD

Musicianship I

(3,1)

MUS 2AB

Musicianship II

(3,1)

MUS 5

Music Practicum

(0.5, 0.5)

MUS 11

Functional Keyboard Skills

(1)

Required of all but keyboard majors.

Every student must pass the piano proficiency examination before graduation. Only three units may be taken for credit.

MUS 15

Applied Music
(At least one unit each term)

 

MUS 24AB

Surveys of the History and Literature of Music

(3,3)

MUS 105

Music Practicum

(0.5, 0.5)

MUS 133A

Music Analysis

(2)

MUS 139

Instrumental Conducting

(2) or

MUS 140

Choral Techniques

(2)

Requirements:

MUS 115

Applied Music

(Total 6 units)

MUS 125

Music Masterpieces

(3)

And choice of the following to total 4 units:

MUS 116

Music of World Cultures

(1)

MUS 117

Women in Music

(1)

MUS 142

American Musical Theater

(3)

MUS 146

Special Projects in Music

(1-3)

For the special needs of the individual, the department may substitute other courses for these music requirements. See also additional requirements for the B.A. degree.

Total Units in Music: Approximately 43

Plus General Studies requirements and electives totaling 124 units, including Modern Language requirement.

Music B.A. Degree Additional Requirements

  1. Evidence of academic and musical maturity prior to admission to junior standing.
  2. Performance in student recitals, and jury examinations in major instrument.
  3. Participation in an ensemble every semester.
  4. Satisfactory completion of Piano Proficiency Examination.

Music Ministry Certificate Program

MUS 1/101AB

Musicianship I

(3,1)

MUS 1/101CD

Musicianship I

(3,1)

MUS 2/102AB

Musicianship II

(3,1)

MUS 10

Music and Worship

(1-2)

MUS 13

Applied Music - (Secondary Instrument) – two semesters

 

MUS 15

Applied Music - (Primary Instrument) – four semesters

 

MUS 24/124AB

Surveys of Music History and Literature

(3,3)

MUS 112

Music Ministry

(2)

MUS 140

Choral Techniques

(2)

MUS 146E

Special Projects in Music: Theory and Composition

(3)

 

Ensemble: four semesters

 

 

Electives in Church Music

(2-8)

RST 190T

Foundations of Liturgy

(3)

Music Minor

Requirements:

A minimum of 21 units including:

MUS 1/101AB

Musicianship I

(3,1)

 

[Prerequisite MUS 3 or consent of the instructor]

 

MUS 1/101 CD

Musicianship I

(3,1)

MUS 3

Discovering Music Fundamentals (optional)

(1-3)

MUS 6/106

Varieties of Music

(3)

or

MUS 24A/B or 124A/B

Surveys of the History and Literature of Music

(3,3)

MUS 13/113

Applied Music (4 semesters)

(1-2)

Ensemble

Electives in Music

Music Courses

MUS 1/101 AB; CD Musicianship I (3,1;3,1)

(Harmony - 3, Solfege - 1 Lecture, three hours, and laboratory, two hours each week.) A functional study of the theoretical elements of music including the quantitative and aesthetic aspects of rhythm, intervals, scales, triads, two- and three-part counterpoint, and problem-solving chord connection up to the chord of the seventh. Development of aural, visual, singing, writing, playing, improvisatory, and compositional skills in notation, scales, modes, rhythm, and melodic and harmonic intervals. Prerequisite for MUS 1AB: MUS 3 or consent of instructor. Prerequisite for MUS 1CD: MUS 1AB or consent of the instructor. GS-VIIA

MUS 2/102 AB Musicianship II (3,1)

(Harmony - 3, Solfege - 1 Lecture, three hours, and laboratory two hours each week.) Continuation of Musicianship I, including ninth, eleventh, and thirteenth chords, chromatic harmony and modulation. Contemporary techniques in harmony, rhythm, melody, counterpoint and form, including the 12-tone technique, chance and electronic music. Development of aural, visual, singing, writing, playing, improvisatory, and compositional skills in compound intervals, chromatic and atonal melodies, chromatic harmonies, modulation, and more complex meters and rhythms to include twentieth century techniques.

MUS 3 Discovering Music Fundamentals (1-3)

A functional approach to the theoretical aspects of music for personal enjoyment, teaching, or access to more advanced theory courses. Emphasis on experiencing the melodic, rhythmic, harmonic and formal aspects of music.

MUS 4 Guitar Class (1)

Class instruction in the basic technique and performance of the guitar, development of music reading skills and appropriate repertoire. Students must provide their own instruments.

MUS 5 Music Practicum (.5)

Study of music literature of varied times, styles, and cultures through performance, concert attendance, lectures and reports. Discussion and study of selected issues and trends impacting the music profession.

MUS 6/106M Varieties of Music (3)

Beginning with an introduction to the world and language of music, this course explores the richness of the art of sound from varieties of avenues in order to heighten awareness, understanding and appreciation of this art. Emphasis on the diversity and stylistic development of music as it reflects the times and world cultures. Both MUS 6/106 may be taken for Honors Credit. Designed for non-music majors. GS – IIIA, VI

MUS 7 Voice Class (1)

Study of fundamental techniques of breath control, tone production, diction, and interpretation. Development of appropriate repertoire. Open to both music (other than voice major) and non-music majors. May be repeated for credit.

MUS 8A Elementary Piano I (1)

Orientation to the piano, introduction to rudiments of music including note reading, basic chords and five finger scales. Simple pieces played with both hands in several major keys.

MUS 8B Elementary Piano II (1)

Instruction includes scale structures of major keys and primary chord harmonizations in simple major and minor keys. Easy pieces making use of extended hand positions, and played with attention to good rhythm, tone and dynamics. Prerequisite: MUS 8A or consent of instructor.

MUS 8C Intermediate Piano (1)

The course includes technical studies, major and minor scales, hand over hand arpeggios and chord progressions. Pieces from easy classic repertoire played with attention to basic concepts of piano technique, style and interpretation. Prerequisite: MUS 8B or consent of instructor.

MUS 10 Music and Worship (1-2)

A survey of the history of ritual, and the role music has played in the major liturgies throughout the centuries, with emphasis on the present.

MUS 11 Functional Keyboard Skills (1)

A keyboard class to develop practical knowledge of chords, chord progressions, cadences, simple accompaniment of melodies, transposition and modulation. Includes program for progressive development of sight-reading, technical skills, and improvisation. Often taken as Directed Study.

*MUS 13/113 Applied Music (1-3)

Private instruction - instrumental or vocal. For non-music majors. May be repeated for credit.

*MUS 15/115 Applied Music (1-3)

Private instruction - instrumental or vocal. For music majors. May be repeated for credit.

MUS 16/116 Music of World Cultures (1)

Introduction to the richness and variety of musical expression found in selected world cultures. Emphasis on the music of cultures well represented in California. Selected cultures may vary with each offering.

MUS 17/117 Women in Music (1)

A study of the contribution of women to the world of music both as composers and performers

*MUS 19/119 Mount Chorus (1)

Study and performance of masterpieces of choral literature from all periods for women. Open to all college students, members of the community, and to qualified high school students with senior standing. May be repeated for credit.

*MUS 21/121 Mount Singers (1)

Study and performance of masterpieces of choral literature for women from all periods. Open to men and women, members of the community, and to qualified high school students with senior standing by audition. May be repeated for credit. Women participating students must enroll in MUS 19/119 concurrently.

*MUS 23/123 Chamber Music (1)

Study and performance of chamber music for various instrumental and/or vocal combinations. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisites: Consent of the instructor.

MUS 24/124 AB Surveys of the History and Literature of Music (3,3)

Development of compositional forms and styles viewed from the historical perspective. A. Antiquity to the year 1750. B. 1750 to the present. Prerequisite: MUS 6 or equivalent.

MUS 25/125 Music Masterpieces (3)

Study of selected masterpieces of music in historic context. Open to all students. Areas of emphasis may vary and will be advertised prior to its scheduled offering. Prerequisite: MUS 6/106 or consent of instructor. GS-IIIA

MUS 105 Music Practicum (.5)

Study of music literature of varied times, styles and cultures through performance, concert attendance, lectures, and reports. Discussion and study of selected issues and trends impacting the music profession. (Continuation of Music 5.)

MUS 112 Music Ministry (2)

An examination of the role and responsibility of the music minister within the parish structure. Study of legislation governing the use of music in the church as well as administrative practices conducive to a successful music program. Often taken as Directed Study.

MUS 122 Performance Practices (2)

Study and performance of significant instrumental and vocal literature for solo and ensembles.

MUS 130 Creative Music Experience (1)

An introduction to music and its use in the education and development of children. Emphasis is placed on rhythm, melody, harmony, form, style, notation, and creativity. It includes instruction on melodic, percussion, and fretted instruments, classroom observation and participation. This course serves as basic preparation for the elementary and intermediate school instructor, and for those working in various areas of child development.

MUS 133AB Music Analysis (2,2)

A. A study of the forms found in Classical period music: motive, phrase, period, song form, rondo, theme and variation, and sonata. Principles of understanding musical structures as they apply to folk, pop and music of world cultures. B. A study of the forms found in the music of the Renaissance, Baroque, Romantic, and Contemporary periods.

MUS 135 Composition (2)

Analysis, improvisation and composition of music in various styles, forms, and instrumental and/or vocal combinations, and electronic sound sources. May be repeated for credit. Often taken as Directed Study.

MUS 139 Instrumental Conducting (2)

Study of baton technique, score reading, and interpretation of orchestral literature.

MUS 140 Choral Techniques (2)

Study of baton technique, score reading, and interpretation of choral literature of various styles.

MUS 142 American Musical Theater (3)

A history of the American Musical from its origins to the present day. The class will include in-depth analysis of varied musicals to further the understanding of how plot, musical structure and interpretation combine to define the genre

MUS 146

Special Projects in Music (1-3) (Independent Study)

A. Vocal Literature

B. Instrumental Literature

C. Music History and Literature

D. Church Music

E. Theory and Composition

F. Music Education

G. Musicianship

H. Chamber Music

I. Choral Music

J. Music Therapy

K. Conducting

L. Electronic Media

M. Women in Music

N. Special Topic

MUS 147 Seminar in Music Education (2)

Overview of the organization of music in the schools. Scheduling, length, and content of music offerings. Consideration of general music classes, chorus, glee clubs, orchestras, band, ensembles, theory and music literature. Review of technology available for music education. Observation and some supervised teaching.

MUS 151ABC Pedagogy: Principles and Methods (2)

Analysis and comparison of various procedures for beginning and intermediate instruction. Review of various approaches to the art of teaching and appropriate literature. Guided teaching incorporated.

A. Keyboard

B. Vocal

C. Instrumental

MUS 190 Workshop (1-3)

May be repeated for credit.

MUS 196H Senior Honors Thesis (3)

Open only to students admitted to the Honors Program.