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MUS 1A Music History and Literature

Units: 3     Hours: 3 Lecture

Advisory: Eligible for English 250 and English 260.

Transferable: CSU; UC; CSU-GE: C2; IGETC: 3A; GAV-GE: C2; CAN: MUS 8

A survey of the development of music in western civilization including representative composers from the Medieval to the present. Music 1A will study the music and styles from the Medieval to the Romantic period.


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MUS 1B Music History and Literature

Units: 3     Hours: 3 Lecture

Advisory: Eligible for English 250 and English 260.

Transferable: CSU; UC; CSU-GE: C2; IGETC: 3A; GAV-GE: C2

A survey of the development of music in western civilization including representative composers from the Medieval period to the present. Music 1B will study the music and styles from late Romanticism to the present.


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MUS 3A Harmony - Theory - Musicianship

Units: 4     Hours: 4 Lecture, 2 Laboratory

Advisory: Must be taken in sequence.

Transferable: CSU; UC; CSU-GE: C1; GAV-GE: C1

Fundamentals of music, beginning harmony.


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MUS 3B Harmony - Theory - Musicianship

Units: 4     Hours: 4 Lecture, 2 Laboratory

Advisory: Must be taken in sequence.

Transferable: CSU; UC; GAV-GE: C1

Fundamentals of music, beginning harmony.


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MUS 3C Intermediate Harmony - Theory

Units: 4     Hours: 4 Lecture, 2 Laboratory

Advisory: Music 3B

Transferable: CSU; UC; GAV-GE: C1

Continuation of Music 3AB. Chromatic harmony, analysis and composition.


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MUS 3D Intermediate Harmony - Theory

Units: 4     Hours: 4 Lecture, 2 Laboratory

Advisory: Music 3C

Transferable: CSU; UC; GAV-GE: C1

Continuation of Music 3C. Analysis and composition.


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MUS 4A Beginning Piano

Units: 3     Hours: 2 Lecture, 2 Laboratory

Advisory: Must be taken in sequence.

Transferable: CSU; UC; CSU-GE: C1; GAV-GE: C1

Introduction to music fundamentals and keyboard technique. Development of beginning keyboard skills including note reading in bass and treble clef, fingering, rhythm, key signatures, primary chords and inversions.


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MUS 4B Beginning Piano

Units: 2     Hours: 1 Lecture, 2 Laboratory

Advisory: Music 4A

Transferable: CSU; UC; GAV-GE: C1

Continuation of Music 4A.


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MUS 5A Intermediate Piano

Units: 2     Hours: 1 Lecture, 2 Laboratory

Advisory: Music 4B

Transferable: CSU; UC; GAV-GE: C1

Development of intermediate keyboard skills through means of scales, chords, and technical studies. Continuation of music fundamentals and beginning keyboard harmony; introduction of easier classical and standard piano literature.


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MUS 5B Intermediate Piano

Units: 2     Hours: 1 Lecture, 2 Laboratory

Advisory: Music 5A

Transferable: CSU; UC; GAV-GE: C1

Development of intermediate keyboard skills through means of scales, chords and technical studies. Continuation of music fundamentals and beginning keyboard harmony; introduction of easier classical and standard piano literature.


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MUS 5C Advanced Piano

Units: 2     Hours: 1 Lecture, 2 Laboratory

Advisory: Music 5B

Transferable: CSU; UC; GAV-GE: C1

Development of advanced keyboard skills through means of scales, chords and technical studies. Continuation of music fundamentals and keyboard harmony; introduction of moderately difficult classical and standard piano literature.


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MUS 5D Advanced Piano

Units: 2     Hours: 1 Lecture, 2 Laboratory

Advisory: Music 5C

Transferable: CSU; UC; GAV-GE: C1

Development of advanced keyboard skills through means of scales, chords and technical studies. Continuation of music fundamentals and keyboard harmony; introduction of moderately difficult classical and standard piano literature.


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MUS 8A Beginning Voice

Units: 2     Hours: 2 Lecture, 1 Laboratory

Advisory: Continues in sequence or by demonstrated proficiency.

Transferable: CSU; UC; GAV-GE: C1

Development of techniques in the art of singing and interpreting serious music in various styles. Study of the basic techniques of tone production, breathing and related skills. Basic repertoire development.


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MUS 8B Beginning Voice

Units: 2     Hours: 2 Lecture, 1 Laboratory

Advisory: Music 8A or demonstrated proficiency.

Transferable: CSU; UC; GAV-GE: C1

Development of techniques in the art of singing and interpreting serious music in various styles. Study of the basic techniques of tone production, breathing and related skills. Basic repertoire development.


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MUS 8C Intermediate Voice

Units: 2     Hours: 2 Lecture, 1 Laboratory

Advisory: Music 8B or demonstrated proficiency.

Transferable: CSU; UC; GAV-GE: C1

Development of techniques in the art of singing and interpreting serious music in various styles. Study of the basic techniques of tone production, breathing and related skills. Basic repertoire development.


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MUS 8D Intermediate Voice

Units: 2     Hours: 2 Lecture, 1 Laboratory

Advisory: Music 8C or demonstrated proficiency.

Transferable: CSU; UC; GAV-GE: C1

Development of techniques in the art of singing and interpreting serious music in various styles. Study of the basic techniques of tone production, breathing and related skills. Basic repertoire development.


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MUS 9A Guitar

Units: 1     Hours: 3 Laboratory

Advisory: Students must provide their own guitars.

Transferable: CSU; UC; GAV-GE: C1

An introduction to playing the guitar. Basic staff notation, correct fingering and chord arpeggios are covered. Emphasis is also placed on developing musical listening skills. Students must provide their own guitars. May be repeated once for credit.


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MUS 9B Guitar

Units: 1     Hours: 3 Laboratory

Advisory: Music 9A; students must provide their own guitars.

Transferable: CSU; UC; GAV-GE: C1

An introduction to playing the guitar. Basic staff notation, correct fingering and chord arpeggios are covered. Emphasis is also placed on developing musical listening skills. Students must provide their own guitars. May be repeated once for credit.


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MUS 12 Vocal Ensemble

Units: 2     Hours: 1 Lecture, 3 Laboratory

Transferable: CSU; UC; GAV-GE: C1

The day Vocal Ensemble will focus on individual and group performance of popular and alternative commercial music, and will rehearse and perform with a backup band. The evening Vocal Ensemble will study, rehearse and perform choral music in a broad spectrum of musical genre and styles. Included will be the study of vocal and rehearsal techniques as they relate to ensemble performance. Course may be repeated three times for credit.


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MUS 13 Concert Choir

Units: 2     Hours: 1 Lecture, 3 Laboratory

Advisory: Previous choral experience is preferred but not required. The student should have the ability to match a given pitch.

Transferable: CSU; UC; GAV-GE: C1

The Concert Choir will study, rehearse and perform choral music from the 15th century to the present in a variety of musical styles with emphasis on the larger choral works and their preparation for public concert. Course may be repeated three times for credit.


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MUS 14A Instrumental Ensemble

Units: 2     Hours: 1 Lecture, 3 Laboratory

Transferable: CSU; GAV-GE: C1

Instruction for the experienced musician with emphasis on the study and performance of a wide variety of musical styles from Renaissance to 20th century music for traditional ensembles, and extensive consideration of contemporary commercial and alternative repertoire, and performance techniques for popular ensembles.


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MUS 14B Instrumental Ensemble

Units: 2     Hours: 1 Lecture, 3 Laboratory

Transferable: CSU; GAV-GE: C1

Instruction for the experienced musician with emphasis on the study and performance of a wide variety of musical styles from Renaissance to 20th century music for traditional ensembles, and extensive consideration of contemporary commercial and alternative repertoire, and performance techniques for popular ensembles.


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MUS 14C Instrumental Ensemble

Units: 2     Hours: 1 Lecture, 3 Laboratory

Transferable: CSU; GAV-GE: C1

Instruction for the experienced musician with emphasis on the study and performance of a wide variety of musical styles from Renaissance to 20th century music for traditional ensembles, and extensive consideration of contemporary commercial and alternative repertoire, and performance techniques for popular ensembles.


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MUS 14D Instrumental Ensemble

Units: 2     Hours: 1 Lecture, 3 Laboratory

Transferable: CSU; GAV-GE: C1

Instruction for the experienced musician with emphasis on the study and performance of a wide variety of musical styles from Renaissance to 20th century music for traditional ensembles, and extensive consideration of contemporary commercial and alternative repertoire, and performance techniques for popular ensembles.


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MUS 19 College Singers

Units: 2.5     Hours: 1 Lecture, 4.5 Laboratory

Advisory: Previous choral experience is preferred but not required. The student should have the ability to match a given pitch.

Transferable: CSU; UC; GAV-GE: C1

The Gavilan College Singers will study, rehearse, and perform choral music in a broad spectrum of musical genre and styles. Included will be the study of vocal and rehearsal techniques as they relate to ensemble performance. Course may be repeated three times for credit.


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MUS 21 Electronic Music/Sound Design

Units: 3     Hours: 2 Lecture, 3 Laboratory

Advisory: Eligible for English 250, 260 and Mathematics 205.

Transferable: CSU; GAV-GE: C1

Fundamentals of electronic music synthesis using computers. Midi sequencing, digital sound processing, sampling, digital multi-track recording utilizing the college's state of the art midi studio. May be repeated three times for credit.


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MUS 26 Symphony

Units: 2     Hours: 1 Lecture, 3 Laboratory

Advisory: Demonstrated proficiency on individual's instrument and ability to read music.

Transferable: CSU; UC; GAV-GE: C1

Study and performance of orchestral literature. Individual and sectional skills development. Perform in public concerts each semester. May be repeated until a maximum of 8 units are accrued.


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MUS 28 Jazz/Pop Piano

Units: 2     Hours: 1 Lecture, 3 Laboratory

Advisory: Music 4A or the equivalent.

Transferable: CSU; UC; GAV-GE: C1

Introduction to jazz and popular piano: Chord symbols, chord voicings, improvisation, arrangements in blues, jazz, and other popular music styles. May be repeated three times for credit.


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MUS 190 Occupational Work Experience/Commercial Music

Units: 1-4     Hours: 12 Laboratory

Required: Enrollment in a minimum of seven or more units including CWE units except for summer school. For summer school, enrollment in one other class is required. Minimum 2.0 G.P.A.

Transferable: CSU

College credit for learning experience obtained on the job in accordance with a training plan developed cooperatively between the employer, college and student. 75 hours per semester per unit or 60 hours per semester for unpaid experience. This is a credit/no credit course. May be taken for a maximum of 16 work experience units.