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.
Requirements for Admission as a Music Major or Minor:
Music B.A. Degree
Core courses: 24-25
Required of all Majors
Required of all but applied keyboard students
Enrollment in a departmental ensemble each semester
Jury examination each semester for students enrolled in Applied Music
Plus General Studies requirements and electives totaling 124 units, including Modern Language requirement.
See additional requirements for the B.A. degree.
1 unit each semester
Two units from the following
Required of voice principals
A choice of the following 3 units
Total: 41 units
Music History Emphasis
1 unit 6 semesters
Total: 42 units
Music Scoring for Media Emphasis
An emphasis consisting of Music and Film & Social Justice courses
Film and Social Justice Requirements
Film Composition/Video Media
Total: 42 Units
Music Education Emphasis
In collaboration with the Secondary Teacher Preparation Program leading to a Single Teaching Credential
7 Additional Music units which include:
4 hours in Secondary Applied Area from (SAA):
Total: 42 units
The Music Education Emphasis is completed in collaboration with the Education Department. The following coursework is required as well as other Education Department guidelines.
Music B.A. Degree Additional Requirements
Music Ministry Certificate Program
A minimum of 21 units including:
Choice of following
Ensemble each semester
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)
Practical study of the rudiments of music - notation, rhythm, keys, scales, and terminology, with the object of attaining and applying a basic musical literacy. Concert attendance required.
Open to non-majors & majors who need to complete a theory prerequisite.
1-3 Semesters Hours (3 units includes music technology requirement)
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. May be repeated for credit. (Credit/No Credit)
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. Instructor consent required.
MUS 16/116 Music of World Cultures (3)
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 (3)
This course examines music as a disclosure of gender, with a particular focus on women's participation in Western European and American musical traditions (including classical and popular music). Topics include women as composers and performers.
*MUS 19/119 Mount Chorus (0-1)
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 (0-1)
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 (0-1)
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. GS-IIIA