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.

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: 28-29

Required of all Majors

MUS 1AB

Musicianship I

(3,1)

MUS 1CD

Musicianship I

(3,1)

MUS 2AB

Musicianship II

(3,1)

MUS 133

Form & Analysis

(2)

MUS 11

Functional Keyboard Skills

(1)

Required of all but applied keyboard students

MUS 5

Practicum

(.5, .5)

MUS 105

Practicum

(.5, .5)

MUS 24/124 A,B, & C

Surveys of the History and Literature of Music

(3, 3. 3)

MUS 139 or

Instrumental Conducting

(2)

MUS 140

Choral Techniques

(2)

MUS 146,O

Special Projects in Music: Senior

(1)

Enrollment in a departmental ensemble each semester of which at least five must be taken for credit:

MUS 23/123

Chamber Ensemble

(0-1)

MUS 60/160

Mount Orchestra

(0-1)

MUS19/119

Mount Chorus

(0-1)

MUS 21/121

Mount Singers

(0-1)

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.

Performance Emphasis

MUS 15/115

Applied Music

(8)

1 unit each semester

MUS 151

Pedagogy

(2)

Two units from the following

MUS 137

Diction for Singers*

(2)

*Required of voice principals

MUS 29

String Instruments

(1)

MUS 27

Woodwind Instruments

(1)

MUS 26

Brass & Percussion Instruments

(1)

A choice of the following 3 units

MUS 6/106

or

Varieties of Music

(3)

MUS 16/116

or

Music of World Cultures

(3)

MUS 17/117

or

Women in Music

(3)

MUS 25/125

or

Music Masterpieces

(3)

MUS 42/142

American Musical Theatre

(3)

Total: 43-44 units

Music History Emphasis

MUS 115

Applied Music

Total 6 units

1 unit 6 semesters

MUS 17/117

Women in Music

(3)

MUS 16/116

Music of World Cultures

(3)

MUS 25/125

Music Masterpieces

(3)

Total: 43-44 units

Music Scoring for Media Emphasis

An emphasis consisting of Music and Film & Social Justice courses

MUS 15/115

Applied Music

(4)

MUS 135

Composition

(2)

MUS 134

Orchestration/Arranging

(2)

Film and Social Justice Requirements

FLM 139

Digital Video Production

(3)

FLM 143A

Post Production Audio

(3)

FLM 152A

Digital Music for Media

(3)

Film Composition/Video Media

Total: 45-46 units

Optional

FLM 131

Film and Social Justice

(3)

FLM 132

History of Film

(3)

FLM 133

Music Culture & Broadcasting

(3)

FLM 138

Audio Production for Music

(3)*

*strongly encouraged

Music Education Emphasis

In collaboration with the Secondary Teacher Preparation Program leading to a Single Teaching Credential

Requirements: 13

MUS 15/1115

Applied Music

(4)

MUS 151

Pedagogy

(2)

MUS 134

Orchestration/Arranging

(2)

MUS 139

or

(depending which one was taken as core)

(2)

MUS 140

 

 

MUS 25/125

or

Music Masterpieces

(3)

MUS 16/116M

or

Music of World Cultures

(3)

MUS 17/117

or

Women in Music

(3)

MUS 142

American Musical Theatre

(3)

7 Additional Music units which include:

MUS 29

String Instruments

(1)

MUS 27

Woodwind

(1)

MUS 26

Brass & Percussion Instruments

(1)

4 hours in Secondary Applied Area from (SAA):

MUS 7

Voice Class

(1)

MUS 13/113

Applied Voice

(1)

MUS 13/113

Applied Piano

(1)

MUS 13/113

Applied Strings

(1)

MUS 13/113

Applied Woodwinds

(1)

MUS 13/113

Applied Brass

(1)

Total: 48-49 units

Education Coursework

The Music Education Emphasis is completed in collaboration with the Education Department. The following coursework is required as well as other Education Department guidelines.

BIO 10

Health Science

(3)

EDU 106

School and Society

(3)

POL 1

American Government & Institutions

(3)

ENG 102

Structure of Modern English

(3)

PSY 113

Development and Learning across Cultures

(3)

EDU 166

Principles of Secondary Education & Content Area Modules

(4)

SOC 161

Dynamics of Majority/Minority Relations

(3)

EDU 170A

Introduction to Education of Exceptional Learners

(1)

EDU 167

Principles of Secondary Curriculum & Content Area Modules

(4)

EDU 168

Content Based Reading & Content Area Modules

(4)

EDU 164AB

Student Teaching

(6, 6)

EDU 123

Supervised Teaching

(2)

  • For the Music Education Emphasis students are encouraged to take PHI 5 which counts as GSII, GSV B.3 & GSVIIA. They should also take a MTH requirement in GS III E that fulfills GSVII B requirement: MTH 10, MTH 1, MTH 28, MTH 38, or MTH 51
  • Summer school is recommended in order to complete the program requirements in 4 years

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.
  5. Concert attendance.
Senior Requirements
  • MUS 146-O: Students normally register for this course in spring of their senior year.
  • Students with an emphasis in performance present a senior recital with scholarly program notes in lieu of a written thesis.
  • Students with an emphasis in music history complete a written thesis.
  • Students with an emphasis in music scoring for media submit a portfolio of their work.
  • Students with an emphasis in music education are required to present a half-hour solo recital in addition to requirements specified by the Education Department.

Music Minor

Requirements:

A minimum of 21 units including:

MUS 1/101AB

Musicianship I

(3,1)

MUS 1/101CD

Musicianship 1

(3, 1)

 

[Prerequisite MUS 3 based on placement exam]

 

MUS 13/113

Applied Music (4 semesters)

(4)

MUS 5/105

Practicum

(0.5, 0.5)

Choice of following

MUS 6/106

Varieties of Music

(3)

MUS 24/124A,B or C

Surveys of the History and Literature of Music

(3)

MUS 25/125

Music Masterpieces

(3)

MUS 42/142

American Music Theatre

(3)

MUS 16/116

World Music

(3)

MUS 17/117

Women in Music

(3)

Ensemble each semester

Music Electives

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.

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)

GS-IIIA

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. 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 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 music minors and non majors/minors. May be repeated for credit. Applied Music fee. Instructor consent required.

MUS 15/115 Applied Music (1-3)

Private instruction - instrumental or vocal. For music majors. May be repeated for credit. Instructor consent required. Applied Music fee.

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. GS-VI

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. GS-IIIA, VI.

MUS 19/119 Mount Chorus (0-1)

Study and performance of masterpieces of choral literature from all periods for women. Open to all students and members of the community. 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 students and members of the community by audition. May be repeated for credit. Participating students must enroll in MUS 19/119 concurrently.

MUS 22/122 Performance Practices (2)

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

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.

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

Development of compositional forms and styles viewed from the historical perspective. A. Antiquity to Renaissance. B. Baroque to Classical. C. Romantic to the present.

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

MUS 26 Brass and Percussion Instruments: Introductory Techniques (1)

Elementary instruction and techniques, care of instruments, and survey of methods.

MUS 27 Woodwind Instruments: Introductory Techniques (1)

Elementary instruction and techniques, care of instruments, and survey of methods.

MUS 29 String Instruments: Introductory Techniques (1)

Elementary instruction and techniques, care of instruments, and survey of methods.

MUS 37/137 Diction for Singers (2)

The fundamentals of phonetics and sound production in Italian, French, and German as applied to singing.

MUS 42/142 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. GS-IIIA

MUS 60/160 Mount Orchestra (0-1)

Offers students instructions in orchestral music through the study and performance of quality literature representing a variety of style periods and musical genre. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Audition with director

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. May be repeated for credit. (Credit/No Credit)

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 133 Form & Analysis (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 134 Orchestration & Arranging (2)

Designed to provide facility in writing for various instrumental combinations. Techniques, analysis and use of the orchestra by the composers of the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries. Includes ranges, tonal possibilities, technical limitations.

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 137 Diction for Singers (2)

The fundamentals of phonetics and sound production in Italian, French, and German as applied to singing.

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 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

O. Senior Project (See Senior Requirements)

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 196H Senior Honors Thesis (3)

Open only to students admitted to the Honors Program.