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MUS 1 INTRODUCTION TO MUSIC4 Units
A study of Western music and its place in civilization. Selected listening and readings from the masterpieces of music of Europe and the Western Hemisphere with an emphasis on methods of comprehension, listening techniques, the elements of music, primary musical forms, and a wide range of concert repertoire. Includes a study of how social, political, philosophical, and other artistic developments outside of music influenced compositional thinking and how these were integrated into the different periods of Western musical history. A variety of media consisting of slides, videos, recordings, and lecture will be used. Live performance used when possible.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
4 hours lecture, 1 hour laboratory. (60 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Humanities
Transferability: CSU and UC
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MUS 2A GREAT COMPOSERS & MUSIC MASTERPIECES OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION5 Units
An introduction to the great composers and music masterpieces of Western culture, including composer biographies with emphasis on how composers synthesize or transform the aesthetic ideals of their time. Examines how composers' music reflects their own lives as well as mirrors contemporary social, political, and religious events. Historical periods include the Ancient World and the Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque eras. Composers include Josquin, Lassus, Palestrina, Monteverdi, Purcell, Vivaldi, Handel and Bach.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
4 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory. (84 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Humanities
Transferability: CSU and UC
Not scheduled for the Summer quarter.
 
MUS 2B GREAT COMPOSERS & MUSIC MASTERPIECES OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION5 Units
Introduction to the great composers and music masterpieces of Western culture. Includes composer biographies with emphasis on how composers synthesize or transform the aesthetic ideals of their time. Examines how composers' music reflects their own lives as well as mirrors contemporary social, political, and religious events. Historical periods include the Classical period up through early Romanticism. Composers include Gluck, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert and Weber.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
4 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory. (84 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Humanities
Transferability: CSU and UC
Not scheduled for the Summer quarter.
 
MUS 2C GREAT COMPOSERS & MUSIC MASTERPIECES OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION5 Units
Introduction to the great composers and music masterpieces of Western culture. Includes composer biographies with emphasis on how composers synthesize or transform the aesthetic ideals of their time. Examines how their music reflects their own lives as well as mirrors contemporary social, political, and religious events. Historical periods are mid-19th Century Romanticism through the present. Composers include Schumann, Chopin, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Berlioz, Liszt, Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky, Strauss, Verdi, Wagner, Bizet, Debussy, Ravel, Ives, Cowell, Bartok, Berg, Webern, Stravinsky, Copland, Varese, Babbitt, Cage, Crumb, Ligeti, Penderecki, Reich, Glass and Adams.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
4 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory. (84 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Humanities
Transferability: CSU and UC
Not scheduled for the Summer quarter.
 
MUS 2D WORLD MUSIC: ROOTS TO CONTEMPORARY GLOBAL FUSION5 Units
A survey of world music styles from their roots in the ethnic traditions of a specific culture through their evolution into new forms that retain vitality and relevance in contemporary society. Traces the elements that make each style distinctive from a purely musical perspective as well as the social, historical, and cultural context that shaped each style's development. Styles include salsa, reggae, rai, Celtic, fado, flamenco, South African Township, Bollywood filmi, and more.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
4 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory. (84 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Humanities
Transferability: CSU and UC
Not scheduled for the Summer quarter.
 
MUS 2F HISTORY OF AMERICAN MUSICAL THEATRE4 Units
An introductory survey of the history of the American musical theatre genre. Includes roots in British music halls, Viennese operetta and African American jazz through the golden age of the musical and up to the contemporary Broadway stage. Emphasis will be placed on genres and styles, as well as the key composers, lyricists, librettists, directors, producers, designers, choreographers and performers. Examines how the musical mirrors contemporary social and political events.
Advisory: Not open to student with credit in THTR 2F.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
4 hours lecture, 1 hour laboratory. (60 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Humanities
Transferability: CSU and UC
Not scheduled for the Summer quarter.
 
MUS 3A BEGINNING MUSIC THEORY, LITERATURE & COMPOSITION5 Units
Introduction to the fundamentals of music and their application to composition and music literature. Notation, scales, intervals, triads, and their use in basic composition. Includes a study of how social, political, philosophical, and other artistic developments outside of music influenced compositional thinking and how these were integrated into the Baroque period of Western musical theory.
Advisory: MUS 12A strongly recommended.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
4 hours lecture, 2 hours lecture-laboratory. (72 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU and UC
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MUS 3B INTERMEDIATE MUSIC THEORY, LITERATURE & COMPOSITION5 Units
Continuation of common practice procedures in music and their application to composition and music literature. Seventh chords, cadential chordal structures, secondary dominants and leading tone chords, modulation, binary and ternary form, sonata-allegro form, and variation technique. Includes a study of how social, political, philosophical, and other artistic developments outside of music influenced compositional thinking and how these were integrated into the late Classical and early Romantic periods of Western musical theory.
Advisory: MUS 3A proficiency or equivalent.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
4 hours lecture, 2 hours lecture-laboratory. (72 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU and UC
Not scheduled for the Summer quarter.
 
MUS 3C ADVANCED MUSIC THEORY, LITERATURE & COMPOSITION5 Units
Continuation of late chromatic harmony and 20th Century compositional practice and theory. Application to composition and music literature. Impressionism, atonality, set theory, twelve-tone technique, graphic notation, and minimalism. Includes a study of how social, political, philosophical, and other artistic developments outside of music influenced compositional thinking and how these were integrated into Impressionism and Modernism in Western musical theory.
Advisory: MUS 3B proficiency or equivalent.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
4 hours lecture, 2 hours lecture-laboratory. (72 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU and UC
Not scheduled for the Summer quarter.
 
MUS 4 COMPOSING & ARRANGING WITH SIBELIUS4 Units
Formerly: MUS 56
Beginning composing and arranging with Avid Sibelius notation software. Integrate Sibelius with Pro Tools, MIDI virtual instruments and Reason. Traditional and contemporary orchestration techniques with MIDI score editing. Analyze scores from a variety of styles including classical, pop, jazz, R&B and hip hop. Learn to write basic lead sheets with lyrics using either notation or guitar tab. Compose arrangements for small ensembles all the way to large orchestral scores. Recommended for anyone considering a career in music, or songwriters who want to publish their music. Prior musical training is not required and there are no stylistic restrictions.
Advisory: Not open to students with credit in MUS 56.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
3 hours lecture, 2 hours lecture-laboratory. (60 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU and UC
Not scheduled for the Summer quarter.
 
MUS 6 COMPOSING & PRODUCING ELECTRONIC MUSIC4 Units
Introduction to the tools and techniques used to create and perform electronic music in a variety of styles. Programming of virtual analog and digital synthesizers, developing techniques for recording unique instruments and sounds, creating custom single and multi-sample patches using software samplers, using algorithmic composition tools and techniques, building interactive performance systems using object-oriented programming environments, and adapting hardware and software for live performance.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
2 hours lecture, 2 hours lecture-laboratory, 3 hours laboratory. (84 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: Pending
Not scheduled for the Summer quarter.
 
MUS 7 CONTEMPORARY MUSICAL STYLES: ROCK, POP & JAZZ4 Units
Contemporary Musical Styles is a research and listening based survey course that begins with the roots in blues and continues with jazz, popular songs, and rock music of today. It is a social history of rock and roll that examines music before and after World War II, from the migration of the blues in the United States, to the social changes of the civil rights era of the 60s, to current times. The course will compare the historical and cultural context of popular lyrics in reference to contemporary, traditional, and folk styles by studying prominent musicians, genres, and songs associated with current musical idioms and social media.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
4 hours lecture, 1 hour laboratory. (60 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Humanities
Transferability: CSU and UC
Not scheduled for the Summer quarter.
 
MUS 7D CONTEMPORARY MUSICAL STYLES: THE BEATLES IN THE CULTURE OF POPULAR MUSIC4 Units
Continuation of jazz, popular, and rock music with a focus on the Beatles. Includes prominent albums and songs associated with the band's evolution and stature, and their synthesis of a wide variety of popular and non popular musical styles. Identifies the significant effects that Hindu religious beliefs, social and cultural diversity, and the language arts had on their music. Analyzes the sociological impact the Beatles' statements had on non-musical matters, such as politics, drugs, religion, etc. Examines the influences of pop music on the Beatles' early style as well as the group's own influence on music and pop culture in general. A variety of media consisting of videos, recordings, lecture, and live performance will be used.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
4 hours lecture, 1 hour laboratory. (60 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Humanities
Transferability: CSU and UC
Not scheduled for the Summer quarter.
 
MUS 7E HISTORY OF THE BLUES4 Units
The History of the Blues is a research based course that examines the geographical regions, social influences, technological innovations, and musical styles within the blues form. It is about the dissemination and popularization of the blues, the basic song form of African American origin that is marked by flatted "blue" notes. The course will cover the development of the blues in the United States throughout the 20th century. Emphasis will be on the creation of the 12 bar blues, its evolution into jazz, rhythm and blues, rock and roll, and its impact on social issues.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
4 hours lecture, 1 hour laboratory. (60 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Humanities
Transferability: CSU and UC
Not scheduled for the Summer quarter.
 
MUS 7F MUSIC IN FILM4 Units
A cross cultural study of how music propels the story line in motion pictures from symphonic scores to pop soundtracks comparing imagery, emotions, characterizations, rhythm, intervals, melody, and chords. A “music-in-film” history course that blends the study of film music composers with an analysis of musical techniques from the earliest examples of film sound to film noir, westerns to James Bond, Hitchcock to musicals, and the Golden Era of Hollywood to Star Wars. Students will differentiate between parallel, contrapuntal, and associative types of music in film. The goal of the class is to identify how music and culture function in film to highlight dialogue, reflect thoughts, create tension, and establish a sense of time and place. Previous musical knowledge is helpful, but not necessary.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
4 hours lecture, 1 hour laboratory. (60 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU and UC
Not scheduled for the Summer quarter.
 
MUS 8 MUSIC OF MULTICULTURAL AMERICA5 Units
A comparative and integrative study of the multicultural musical styles of the United States, this class explores the musics of Native Americans, European Americans, African Americans, Chicano/Latino Americans, and Asian Americans from their historical roots to the present. It includes a wide variety of musical styles such as Folk, Spirituals, Gospel, Soul, Blues, Jazz, Cajun, Zydeco, Salsa, Tejano, Hip-Hop and Rap. Students will look at these musical traditions from a technical and a cultural perspective as they develop listening and descriptive skills.
Advisory: Not open to students with credit in MUS 8H.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
4 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory. (84 hours total per quarter.)
GE Areas: American Cultures & Communities, Humanities
Transferability: CSU and UC
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MUS 8H HONORS MUSIC OF MULTICULTURAL AMERICA5 Units
A comparative and integrative study of the multicultural musical styles of the United States, this class explores the musics of Native Americans, European Americans, African Americans, Chicano/Latino Americans, and Asian Americans from their historical roots to the present. It includes a wide variety of musical styles such as Folk, Spirituals, Gospel, Soul, Blues, Jazz, Cajun, Zydeco, Salsa, Tejano, Hip-Hop and Rap. Students will look at these musical traditions from a technical and a cultural perspective as they develop listening and descriptive skills. The honors course offers an enriched and challenging experience for the more talented student, including deeper content, more rigorous grading, and more demanding and creative assignments requiring application of higher-level thinking, writing, and communication skills.
Prerequisite: Honors Institute participant.
Advisory: Not open to students with credit in MUS 8.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
4 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory. (84 hours total per quarter.)
GE Areas: American Cultures & Communities, Humanities
Transferability: CSU and UC
Not scheduled for the Summer quarter.
 
MUS 9A MUSIC & MEDIA: EDISON TO HENDRIX4 Units
Formerly: MUS 85A
Introductory study of the history and development of popular music from the inception of recording through the first televised performances of the Beatles in the U.S. Development of media delivery including recording, radio, television, and how those delivery systems changed both the content of music, and its use by the public. The influence of media on the development of styles such as jazz, swing, country, rockabilly and rock and roll, including societal changes brought about by media delivery of music and how it became associated with graphic imagery such as television and cinema.
Advisory: Not open to students with credit in MUS 85 or 85A.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
4 Hours Lecture, 1 hour laboratory. (60 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU and UC
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MUS 9B MUSIC & MEDIA: HENDRIX TO HIP-HOP4 Units
Formerly: MUS 85B
Introductory study of the history and development of popular music from 1964 through the present in the U.S. The class will examine the development of media delivery systems after The Beatles' first appearances on television through the growth of rock and alternative styles. Styles and artist to be studied are such as punk, ska, the rebirth of country music and the rise of hip hop culture, examining artists such as Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd, David Bowie, Frank Zappa, Prince, The Police, Chuck D. and others. The class will study the development and growth of music videos as an art form and the delivery/promotional systems developed for them such as MTV.
Advisory: Not open to students with credit in MUS 85B.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
4 hours lecture 1 hour laboratory. (60 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU and UC
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MUS 10 MUSIC FUNDAMENTALS4 Units
Beginning theory course where the basic elements of musicianship and harmony are explored through lecture, listening, and written assignments. Rudiments of music like pitch, rhythm, harmony, style, and form will be examined as rock and roll is analyzed through classical music theory.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
4 hours lecture, 1 hour laboratory. (60 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU and UC
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MUS 11A JAZZ & SWING4 Units
Formerly: MUS 64A
History and analysis of jazz styles and trends from the development of Ragtime to 1969. An introduction to the instruments, performers, composers, compositions and recordings that defined jazz before the introduction of rock as the primary commercial music style in the US. Presentation of jazz and swing recordings, videos and print resources. Major artists include Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, Lionel Hampton, Count Basie, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, Sonny Rollins, Charles Mingus and John Coltrane. Style periods include Early ('Dixieland'), Big Band, Jump, Swing, Bebop, Hard Bop, Cool, Modal, and Avant-Garde Jazz.
Advisory: Not open to students with credit in MUS 64A.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
4 hours lecture, 1 hour laboratory. (60 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU and UC
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MUS 11B FUNK, FUSION & HIP-HOP4 Units
Formerly: MUS 64B
History and analysis of funk, fusion and Hip Hop styles from 1969 to the present. An introduction to the instruments, performers, composers, compositions and recordings that defined/define funk, fusion & Hip Hop from the collapse of traditional jazz and the introduction of funk and jazz fusion to the present. Presentation of recordings, videos and print resources. Major artists include Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, James Brown, Sly Stone, Weather Report, Wayne Shorter, George Clinton and P-Funk, Jaco Pastorius, Pat Metheny, Grandmaster Flash, Africa Bambaataa, Chuck D. and Dr. Dre. Style periods include Early Jazz Fusion, Early Funk, East Bay Funk, Groove and Smooth Jazz, Modern Fusion, Early Hip Hop and Commercial Rap.
Advisory: Not open to students with credit in MUS 64B.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
4 hours lecture, 1 hour laboratory. (60 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU and UC
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MUS 11C SALSA & LATIN JAZZ4 Units
Formerly: MUS 64C
History and analysis of Afro-Caribbean musical styles that have developed into modern Salsa and Latin Jazz. An introduction to the instruments, performers, composers, compositions and recordings that defined/define Salsa and Latin Jazz. Presentation of recordings, videos and print resources. Major artists include Tito Puente, Machito, Perez Prado, Eddie Palmieri, Giovanni Hidalgo, Israel 'Cachao' Lopez, Mario Bauza, Frankie Ruiz, Celia Cruz, Luis Enrique, Paquito D'Rivera, Poncho Sanchez, Chucho Valdez, and others. Styles include Danzon, Son, Mambo, Rhumba, Guaguanco, Guaracha, Son Montuno, Cha Cha, Guajira, Cumbia, Plena, Bomba, Merengue and others.
Advisory: Not open to students with credit in MUS 64C.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
4 hours lecture, 1 hour laboratory. (60 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU and UC
Not scheduled for the Summer quarter.
 
MUS 11D HISTORY OF ELECTRONIC MUSIC: 1867-19704 Units
The impact of electronic musical instruments and electronic musical technology on the creation of music. Origins in the late 19th and early 20th century and the subsequent development of the first electronic instruments. Emergence of new musical styles including electroacoustic music, music concréte, and elektronische musik. The first use of computers in music. Performance with live electronics. The introduction of the synthesizer and the rise of mainstream electronic music. In addition, students will analyze historically significant works from the experimental art music of the mid-20th century through the popular forms of the 1960s.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
4 hours lecture, 1 hour laboratory (60 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: Pending
Not scheduled for the Summer quarter.
 
MUS 11E HISTORY OF ELECTRONIC MUSIC: 1970-PRESENT4 Units
Explore the emergence of electronic music styles, instruments and recording techniques as dominant forces in the music world of the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Widespread incorporation of electronic instruments in recorded music, television, film and live performance. Development and popularization of portable music synthesizers. Emergence of new musical styles including ambient, techno and trance. The effect of advances in computer technology on the creation, recording and performance of electronic music. Comparison of analog and digital music synthesis techniques. In addition, students will analyze historically significant works of the time period, ranging from academic experiments to popular hits.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
4 hours lecture, 1 hour laboratory. (60 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area:
Transferability: Pending
Not scheduled for the Summer quarter.
 
MUS 11F VIDEO GAMES & POPULAR CULTURE4 Units
The impact of games and game technology on popular culture. Topics will include early history including the first games and their broader impact on the development of computer technologies, the birth of the arcade game beginning with Atari's Pong and resulting in a multi-billion dollar industry, eight generations of home video game consoles from the Magnavox Odyssey through the present day, the appearance of the home computer and its impact on video games, the evolution of the handheld game console from simple LCD games through current mobile devices , and online gaming from the early dial-up bulletin board systems through the current massively multi-player online roll-playing games. For each historical era, the influence of video games on popular culture will be demonstrated through film, television, and music.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
4 hours lecture, 1 hour laboratory. (60 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: Pending
Not scheduled for the Summer quarter.
 
MUS 12A BEGINNING CLASS PIANO2 Units
Group instruction in piano for those with no previous training. Emphasis is on finger technique, note reading, elementary chording, and performance of simple piano literature. For music majors as well as the general student.
Advisory: Concurrent enrollment in MUS 10; this course is included in the Piano Class Applied Performance family of activity courses.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
2 hours lecture, 1 hour laboratory. (36 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU and UC
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MUS 12B INTERMEDIATE CLASS PIANO2 Units
Continuation of MUS 12A with increased emphasis on good tone production, independence of hands, development of eye-hand coordination, simple harmonization and transposition, and building repertoire.
Advisory: MUS 12A or equivalent skills; this course is included in the Piano Class Applied Performance family of activity courses.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
2 hours lecture, 1 hour laboratory. (36 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU and UC
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MUS 12C ADVANCED CLASS PIANO2 Units
Continuation of MUS 12B with greater emphasis on building a repertoire, varied styles of performance, and ensemble playing.
Advisory: MUS 12B or equivalent skills; this course is included in the Piano Class Applied Performance family of activity courses.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
2 hours lecture, 1 hour laboratory. (36 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU and UC
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MUS 13A CLASS VOICE I4 Units
An introduction to the fundamental techniques of vocal production and performance. Group vocal instruction with the potential to sing in a variety of musical styles. Emphasis on understanding the basic foundation of a healthy vocal technique and integrating that technique into songs. Topics include warm-up techniques, breath support, tone production, musical phrasing, diction and text communication, as well as an introduction to standard vocal repertoire and associated performance practices.
Advisory: Concurrent enrollment in MUS 12A; this course is included in the Voice Class Applied Performance family of activity courses.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
4 hours lecture. (48 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU and UC
Not scheduled for the Summer quarter.
 
MUS 13B CLASS VOICE II4 Units
A continuation at the intermediate level of MUS 13A with increased emphasis on tone production and support, expansion of vocal range, differentiate between the various styles of singing studied: classical, legitimate, mix and belt, develop more complex repertoire in a variety of languages, attention to communication of text and character development, simple choral harmonies, and rehearsal practices with an accompanist.
Prerequisite: MUS 13A.
Advisory: Concurrent enrollment in MUS 12A or equivalent skills; this course is included in the Voice Class Applied Performance family of activity courses.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
4 hours lecture. (48 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU and UC
Not scheduled for the Summer quarter.
 
MUS 13C CLASS VOICE III4 Units
A continuation at the advanced level of MUS 13B with increased emphasis on more advanced and subtle concepts of vocal production. Emphasis on understanding and managing vocal passaggios, expansion of vocal styles to include classical and/or complex musical theatre repertoire. Small ensembles of duets or trio's with independent vocal lines and full communication of character will be introduced. Emphasis on ensemble building and collaboration with accompanist.
Prerequisite: MUS 13B.
Advisory: Concurrent enrollment in MUS 12A or equivalent skills; this course is included in the Voice Class Applied Performance family of activity courses.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
4 hours lecture. (48 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU and UC
Not scheduled for the Summer quarter.
 
MUS 14A BEGINNING CLASSICAL GUITAR2 Units
A guitar fundamentals course that places emphasis on reading standard notation in the first position. Techniques such as rest stroke, free stroke, and correct left hand position are covered. Fundamental exercises and pieces will be played by the student in class as the instructor provides accompaniment. Includes an overview of the literature and the major performers of the classical guitar. No public performances are required.
Advisory: This course is included in the Guitar Class Applied Performance family of activity courses.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
2 hours lecture, 1 hour laboratory. (36 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU and UC
Not scheduled for the Summer quarter.
 
MUS 14B INTERMEDIATE CLASSICAL GUITAR2 Units
Continuation of MUS 14A. Covers more advanced techniques for the right and left hands. Includes reading standard notation up to the 5th position. Increased emphasis is placed on solo guitar literature in addition to ensemble literature. No public performances are required.
Advisory: MUS 14A; this course is included in the Guitar Class Applied Performance family of activity courses.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
2 hours lecture, 1 hour laboratory. (36 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU and UC
Not scheduled for the Summer quarter.
 
MUS 14C ADVANCED CLASSICAL GUITAR2 Units
Continuation of MUS 14B. Covers more advanced techniques for the right and left hands. Includes reading standard notation up to the 9th position. Includes more complex solo ensemble literature. Additional class time is spent with lectures, demonstrations and performances. No public performances are required.
Advisory: MUS 14B; this course is included in the Guitar Class Applied Performance family of activity courses.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
2 hours lecture, 1 hour laboratory. (36 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU and UC
Not scheduled for the Summer quarter.
 
MUS 15A BEGINNING ACOUSTIC GUITAR TECHNIQUES2 Units
A performance based course in beginning guitar (nylon, steel, or electric guitar) with a concentration on folk music. Traditional and popular songs will be used to demonstrate the development of right and left hand techniques. Standard music notation, tablature, and chord symbols will be presented and students can choose instrumental or popular vocal selections to play.
Advisory: This course is included in the Guitar Class Applied Performance family of activity courses.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
2 hours lecture, 1 hour laboratory. (36 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU and UC
Not scheduled for the Summer quarter.
 
MUS 15B INTERMEDIATE ACOUSTIC GUITAR TECHNIQUES2 Units
Development of traditional finger-picking style playing and picking techniques. Solo and ensemble performance on an intermediate level. Emphasis on reading traditional notation, chord symbols and tablature.
Prerequisite: MUS 15A or equivalent.
Advisory: This course is included in the Guitar Class Applied Performance family of activity courses.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
2hours lecture, 1 hour laboratory. (36 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU and UC
Not scheduled for the Summer quarter.
 
MUS 15C ADVANCED ACOUSTIC GUITAR TECHNIQUES2 Units
Instruction in the playing of popular and folk guitar with an emphasis on finger-picking, barre chords, and altered tunings. Sight reading in tablature, chord symbols, and standard notation. Instrumental Blues and blues scales will be covered.
Prerequisite: MUS 15B or equivalent.
Advisory: This course is included in the Guitar Class Applied Performance family of activity courses.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
2 hours lecture, 1 hour laboratory. (36 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU and UC
Not scheduled for the Summer quarter.
 
MUS 41 LIVE MUSIC PERFORMANCE WORKSHOP2 Units
Seminar-style course provides a forum for performing and presenting music and multimedia work, receiving constructive feedback, and encountering a broad diversity of styles in the work of others. All music performance practices are welcome, including electronic and visual media that integrate music. A wide range of musical styles will be explored including Folk, Reggae, Jazz, Blues, Electronic, and Classical. Students may use traditional acoustic, electric, and software based virtual instruments. In addition to standard repertoire, the course provides an opportunity for performance of original compositions. Students will gain music performing experience and also learn the technical side of sound reinforcements systems, concert promotion and stage management. The culmination of the student's work for the quarter will be participation in a live music concert.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
1 hour lecture, 3 hours laboratory. (48 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU and UC
Not scheduled for the Summer quarter.
 
MUS 50A MUSIC BUSINESS4 Units
Study of legal and business aspects of the music industry. Emphasis on publishing, licensing, and promotion. Copyright law, interaction between songwriters and music publishers, record companies, distributors and the rules that govern them. How music is licensed, service marks, trademarks and patents. The role of lawyers, agents, personal managers, producers and promoters. Licensing and copyright of intellectual properties in the growing multimedia industry and the internet. Synchronization of music in film, video and television. Career development and how major/independent labels market and distribute media.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
4 hours lecture, 1 hour laboratory (60 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU
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MUS 50B ENTERTAINMENT LAW & NEW MEDIA4 Units
In-depth study and discussion of entertainment law as it applies to the emerging new media market and the music industry. Internet sales and distribution for new media, file sharing, licensing for the web, and digital copyright considerations. Promotional packages, web site development, delivery systems, career promotion strategies, contracts and touring. In-depth analysis of contracts and regulations/potential of starting an independent media production company, record label, or online retail site. Sampling licenses/international copyright law and publishing.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
4 hours lecture, 1 hour laboratory. (60 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU
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MUS 50C CAREERS IN MUSIC4 Units
Formerly: MUS 65
An overview of the music industry and its career opportunities. Areas of study include studio management and engineering, music merchandising on the local and national levels, artist promotion, concert promotion, concert management, music contracting, graphic support in music recording, the role of the agent/personal manager, technical support in electronic music, technical support in traditional music, video and film production and editing, instrument maintenance and repair, and music retailing. Guest lectures from local industry professionals, field trips to studios, production facilities and retail facilities.
Advisory: Not open to students with credit in MUS 65.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
4 hours lecture, 1 hour laboratory. (60 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU
Not scheduled for the Summer quarter.
 
MUS 50D INTRODUCTION TO THE VIDEO GAME BUSINESS3.5 Units
Introduction to the video game business including how games are designed, manufactured,marketed and distributed. Examines the differences between game publishers and game developers. Breaks down different career paths in the industry and how their roles are integrated such as producers, artists, programmers, marketers, testers, etc. Covers the various market places for games and how they differ.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
2.5 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory. (66 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU
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MUS 51 BASICS OF MUSIC PUBLISHING3.5 Units
Formerly: MUS 18, MUS 59
Prepares the student to navigate the music publishing business by eliminating the legalese and explaining the business in everyday language. Class includes writing original songs for review. Active listening and constructive critiquing of original student compositions.
Advisory: Not open to students with credit in MUS 18 or 59.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
2 hour lecture, 1 hour lecture-laboratory, 3 hours laboratory. (72 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU
Not scheduled for the Summer quarter.
 
MUS 58A SONGWRITER'S WORKSHOP3.5 Units
Workshop course for beginning songwriters that focuses on basic songwriting styles and techniques. Different songwriting basic methods are presented. Students are assigned weekly songwriting projects. Class is appropriate for basic levels of songwriting competency.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
2 hours lecture, 1 hour lecture-laboratory, 3 hours laboratory. (72 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU
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MUS 58B MODERN SONG COMPOSITION3.5 Units
Workshop course for intermediate songwriters that focuses on contemporary and songwriting methodology. Different songwriting components and structures are presented. Students are assigned weekly songwriting projects and are expected to submit finished songs with all the necessary components. Course includes analytical listening and discussion of various songwriting styles. Class is appropriate for medium levels of songwriting competency.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
2 hours lecture, 1 hour lecture-laboratory, 3 hours laboratory. (72 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU
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MUS 58C ADVANCED SONG STRUCTURE3.5 Units
Workshop course for advanced songwriters that focuses on higher-level topics such as Self Criticism, Rewriting and Co-Writing. Demonstrations of the practical use of technique and an understanding of the works of the most accomplished professional songwriters. Class is appropriate for advanced levels of songwriting competency.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
2 hours lecture, 1 hour lecture-laboratory, 3 hours laboratory. (72 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU
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MUS 60A PRODUCING IN THE HOME STUDIO I4 Units
Design, set up and operation of an audio/video recording studio in a small environment. Space considerations, electrical requirements and acoustic treatment options. Computer requirements including processor speed, memory requirements, data storage devices and monitor selection/placement. MIDI keyboard types and compatibility, mixer selection and setup, cable selection and care, microphone design, and USB/firewire interface options. Software programs and compatibility issues. How to produce recordings from start to finish in a home studio.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
4 hours lecture, 1 hour laboratory. (60 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU
Not scheduled for the Summer quarter.
 
MUS 60B PRODUCING IN THE HOME STUDIO II4 Units
In-depth operation of an audio/video recording studio in a small environment. Microphone selection and placement, creative sound treatments in non-traditional environments, and application of plug-in effects. Use of auxilliary tracks and busses. Mixing and mastering in various digital formats.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
3 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory. (72 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU
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MUS 60C MASTERING, MARKETING & MANAGING YOUR MUSIC4 Units
Post Production, manufacturing, graphic design, marketing and managing all the aspects of a CD release from the mastering of an audio recording to sales and promotions of the final product. Creating a business, a publishing company, obtain copyrights for sampled audio or works of other artists, protect and promote original music. Create an image, photography and press kits for promotional campaigns, marketing, merchandise and sales. Making artistic and business decisions, working with manufacturing companies and graphic artists to create the final product for sale.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
4 hours lecture, 1 hours laboratory. (60 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU
Not scheduled for the Summer quarter.
 
MUS 62 SOUND REINFORCEMENT & LIVE RECORDING4 Units
Setup and operation of live sound reinforcement systems. Basic design and operation of analog and digital mixing boards. Microphone type, design, construction and selection. Loudspeaker monitor systems and their application with musical groups and performers. Stereo and multichannel recording techniques for live concert productions. Practice with live musicians in practice and performance settings. Location field recording dialog and ambient sound effects for film and TV synchronized to digital video.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
2 hours lecture, 2 hours lecture-laboratory, 3 hours laboratory. (84 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU
Not scheduled for the Summer quarter.
 
MUS 66A INTRODUCTION TO DIGITAL AUDIO: PRO TOOLS4 Units
Introduction to creating music with computers, keyboards, audio samples and beats using Pro Tools. Basic principles and use of MIDI sequencing/audio software. Songwriting, musical composition, and the basic elements of music (pitch, rhythm, harmony, style and form) as they relate to contemporary music. Basic music production using Pro Tools. All styles are included, and prior musical training is not required.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
2 hours lecture, 2 hours lecture-laboratory, 3 hours laboratory. (84 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU
Not scheduled for the Summer quarter.
 
MUS 66B REASON & PRO TOOLS4 Units
Creating and editing digital audio with Pro Tools and Reason. Introduction to Reason's virtual instruments including Dr. Rex, Subtractor, Malstrom, Thor, Redrum and NN-XT. Songwriting, musical composition, and the basic elements of music (pitch, rhythm, harmony, style and form) as they relate to contemporary music. Introduction to synthesis and digital sampling techniques. Integrate Reason and Pro Tools using ReWire, Pro Tools MIDI Editor and the Pro Tools Mixer.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
2 hours lecture, 2 hours lecture-laboratory, 3 hours laboratory. (84 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU
Not scheduled for the Summer quarter.
 
MUS 66C PRO TOOLS & VIRTUAL INSTRUMENTS4 Units
Creating and editing digital audio with Pro Tools and virtual instruments. Avid Pro Tools plug-ins including Boom, Vacuum, Xpand, Structure and Mini Grand. Third party software includes Native Instruments Kontakt, Reason and Ableton Live. History of sampling and loop based compositional techniques. Create, edit, and arrange drum beats. Configure filters, envelopes, modulation, and arpeggiators. Modify all synthesizer parameters to create unique sounds. Utilize Pro Tools MIDI Editor and Score Editor. Analyze variety of musical styles utilizing MIDI and Virtual Instruments for composition and production. Examples from recording artists including The Beatles, Dr. Dre, Michael Jackson, Peter Gabriel, Radiohead, Herbie Hancock, Rachmaninov and Miles Davis. Organize sound libraries for music production, TV, film, websites and video games.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
2 hours lecture, 2 hours lecture-laboratory, 3 hours laboratory. (84 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU
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MUS 66D MAKING MUSIC WITH THE APPLE IOS4 Units
Study of music creation applications and practices on Apple iOS-based devices (iPod Touch, iPhone, iPad). Primary emphasis on music sequencing, music performance, audio distribution and music theory. Secondary emphasis on audio sampling, recording and mixing. iOS-compatible audio, MIDI and video interfaces. USB and wireless syncing. Inter-app protocols such as AudioCopy/AudioPaste and Virtual MIDI.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
4 hours lecture, 1 hour laboratory. (60 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU
Not scheduled for the Summer quarter.
 
MUS 66E PRODUCING MUSIC WITH ABLETON LIVE4.5 Units
Producing music with Ableton Live software. Compose, record, remix, improvise, produce and edit music. Study Ableton Live interface, edit audio, use plug-ins, MIDI sequencing and realtime mixing techniques. Compile live sets from audio clips, loops, samples in realtime and create songs in a variety of styles including R&B, Hiphop, Trance, Drum and Bass, and House Music. Integrate Ableton Live with Pro Tools for final mixing and delivery to dance clubs, radio stations and iTunes.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
4 hours lecture, 2 hours laboratory. (72 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU
Not scheduled for the Summer quarter.
 
MUS 66F PRODUCING MUSIC WITH LOGIC PRO4.5 Units
Producing Music with Apple Logic Pro software. Understanding the Logic Pro interface, windows and editors, navigation, key commands and screensets. MIDI editing, MIDI real-time control, audio recording and editing, and working with QuickTime video. Explore Logic Pro software instruments, including the ES2, EXS-24, Sculpture, UltraBeat, subtractive synthesizers and vintage instruments. Study critical listening examples with interactive demos and tutorials. Elements of production design, music composition and song form, arrangement tools and mixing techniques.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
4 hours lecture, 2 hours laboratory. (72 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU
Not scheduled for the Summer quarter.
 
MUS 70R INDEPENDENT STUDY IN MUSIC/MUSIC TECHNOLOGY1 Unit
Provides an opportunity for the student to expand their studies in Music or Music Technology beyond the classroom by completing a project or an assignment arranged by agreement between the student and instructor. The student is required to contract with the instructor to determine the scope of assignment and the unit value assigned for successful completion. Students may take a maximum of 6 units of Independent Study per department.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
3 hours per week. (36 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU
Not scheduled for the Summer quarter.
 
MUS 71R INDEPENDENT STUDY IN MUSIC/MUSIC TECHNOLOGY2 Units
Provides an opportunity for the student to expand their studies in Music or Music Technology beyond the classroom by completing a project or an assignment arranged by agreement between the student and instructor. The student is required to contract with the instructor to determine the scope of assignment and the unit value assigned for successful completion. Students may take a maximum of 6 units of Independent Study per department.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
6 hours per week. (72 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU
Not scheduled for the Summer quarter.
 
MUS 72R INDEPENDENT STUDY IN MUSIC/MUSIC TECHNOLOGY3 Units
Provides an opportunity for the student to expand their studies in Music or Music Technology beyond the classroom by completing a project or an assignment arranged by agreement between the student and instructor. The student is required to contract with the instructor to determine the scope of assignment and the unit value assigned for successful completion. Students may take a maximum of 6 units of Independent Study per department.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
9 hours per week. (108 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU
Not scheduled for the Summer quarter.
 
MUS 73R INDEPENDENT STUDY IN MUSIC/MUSIC TECHNOLOGY4 Units
Provides an opportunity for the student to expand their studies in Music or Music Technology beyond the classroom by completing a project or an assignment arranged by agreement between the student and instructor. The student is required to contract with the instructor to determine the scope of assignment and the unit value assigned for successful completion. Students may take a maximum of 6 units of Independent Study per department.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
12 hours per week. (144 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU
Not scheduled for the Summer quarter.
 
MUS 80A RECORDING STUDIO BASICS4 Units
Introduction to fundamental concepts and techniques of mixing boards, amplifiers, microphones, signal processors and their application to both live and studio sound reinforcement. Basic introduction to computer based recording with Avid Pro Tools HD systems. Microphone placement, physics of sound as it relates to recording, sound reinforcement and studio setup techniques.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
2 hours lecture, 2 hours lecture-laboratory, 3 hours laboratory. (84 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU
Not scheduled for the Summer quarter.
 
MUS 81A RECORDING STUDIO PRODUCTION TECHNIQUES4 Units
Introduction to multitrack recording and production using AVID Pro Tools HD systems. Contemporary recording studio production techniques including microphone selection, placement, analog and digital signal paths, speaker monitors and studio acoustics. Techniques for recording drums, bass, piano, guitar, woodwinds, strings and vocals. Practical hands-on experience with professional recording artists and student collaborations.
Advisory: Not open to students with credit in MUS 81.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
2 hours lecture, 2 hours lecture-laboratory, 3 hours laboratory. (84 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU
Not scheduled for the Summer quarter.
 
MUS 81B SOUND DESIGN FOR FILM & VIDEO3.5 Units
Creating and editing soundtracks and audio for digital video, music video and film. Recording live sound, and integrating sound effects from a digital library. Dialogue editing and re-recording (looping), and musical soundtrack creation. Synchronization of audio to video using timecode, aesthetic quality of sound and music as it relates to video content, and the production of video/audio projects using Final Cut Pro/Avid Media Composer and Pro Tools.
Advisory: Not open to students with credit in VART 81B.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
3 hours lecture, 1.5 hours laboratory. (54 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU
Not scheduled for the Summer quarter.
 
MUS 81C MIXING & MASTERING WITH PRO TOOLS4 Units
Mixing and mastering multitrack recordings using Pro Tools. EQ, compression, reverb, delays, tempo maps, harmonic distortion, multi-band compression. Comparison and contrast of various styles of mixing including jazz, classical, country, rock, hip hop and electronica etc. Example exercises featuring professional recordings and mixes. Understanding and applying mixing concepts such as balance, dimension, and monitoring. Deliver final mixes that translate accurately to various speaker systems and listening environments.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
2 hours lecture, 2 hours lecture-laboratory, 3 hours laboratory. (84 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU
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MUS 81D PRO TOOLS & PLUG-INS I4 Units
Creative applications of Pro Tools hardware and software Plug-Ins used in contemporary music production and sound design. Signal processing, equalization, compression, Beat Detective, distortion, reverb, delay, pitch correction, modulation, advanced plug-in automation techniques. Compare plug-ins and processors from different companies including Sonnox, McDSP, Massey, Avid, Antares and Waves. Waves Certification Program textbook provides high-quality, standardized means of mastering Waves plug-ins. Successful completion achieves Waves Certification Level A.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
2 hours lecture, 2 hours lecture-laboratory, 3 hours laboratory. (84 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU
Not scheduled for the Summer quarter.
 
MUS 81E PRO TOOLS & PLUG-INS II4 Units
Audio processing and mixing techniques using Pro Tools Plug-Ins with Waves Gold Certification Training material. Study and compare plug-ins from different manufactures including Sonnox, McDSP, Massey, Avid, Antares and Waves. Drum sample triggering and audio quantizing techniques. Apply Melodyne and Autotune pitch correction, EQ and compression, Elastic Audio editing. Sound restoration plug-ins, forensic audio enhancement, convolution reverbs, virtual instruments, advanced plug-in automation and signal processing techniques. Example exercises include sound design plug-ins for music, film, and video games. Successful completion achieves Waves Gold Level Certification.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
2 hours lecture, 2 hours lecture-laboratory, 3 hours laboratory. (84 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU
Not scheduled for the Summer quarter.
 
MUS 81F MUSIC VIDEO PRODUCTION4 Units
Beginning digital video production course. Learning the basics of digital video production by shooting a music video. Music videos provide a unique opportunity to look at the moving image from the perspective of a recorded piece of music. Ideal platform for developing essential technical skills while learning the importance of aesthetic choices in the video production process. Emphasis on the aesthetics and technical aspects of video camera operation; pre-production planning, including collaboration, visualization, and storyboarding; production techniques and concepts such as mise-en-scene , set design, and lighting. Emphasis on visual story telling and creative problem solving.
Advisory: MDIA 20, MUS 81B.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
3 hours lecture, 2.5 hours lecture-laboratory. (66 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU
Not scheduled for the Summer quarter.
 
MUS 81G ADVANCED MIXING & MASTERING WITH PRO TOOLS4 Units
Advanced mixing and mastering techniques with Pro Tools. EQ, compression, reverb, delays and tempo maps as applied to all styles of music including jazz, pop, rock, hip-hop, orchestral and electronica. Apply critical listening to mixes and enhance mixes with automation, audio plug-ins and external hardware equipment. Use multi-band compression and advancing audio processing in mastering. Study mixes of professional audio engineers and recording artists. Prepare to work in commercial production facilities and apply these techniques in a home studio. Learn professional collaboration workflows, file management and delivery to a wide range of formats including CD, DVD, MP3 and Internet Streaming. Although this course uses Pro Tools, the concepts and techniques can be applied to any digital audio workstation (Logic, Cubase etc.) or any traditional analog mixing console.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
2 hours lecture, 2 hours lecture-laboratory, 3 hours laboratory. (84 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU
Not scheduled for the Summer quarter.
 
MUS 81J SURROUND SOUND PRODUCTION4 Units
Record, mix, and produce surround music with digital audio workstations. Calibrating surround speaker systems, recording surround music in the studio and concert hall, multichannel mixing for music and post, processing source sound elements using surround reverbs and delays, mastering music and post sessions to industry specifications, and encoding mixes into popular surround formats. Analysis of historically significant surround sound music recordings and film soundtracks.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
2 hours lecture, 2 hours lecture-laboratory, 3 hours laboratory. (84 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU
Not scheduled for the Summer quarter.
 
MUS 82A PRO TOOLS 101: INTRODUCTION TO PRO TOOLS4 Units
Introduction to Pro Tools with Avid Certification training material. Basic audio editing tools and techniques, plug-ins and mixing in the Pro Tools environment. Build sessions that include multitrack recordings of live instruments, MIDI sequences, virtual instruments, audio loops and beats. Practical experience with examples from major label recording artists and feature films. Understanding menus, windows, preferences and system configurations for Pro Tools in home studios and professional facilities. Intro to automation, dialog editing and audio post production for film and video. Required for Avid Pro Tools Certification.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
2 hours lecture, 2 hours lecture-laboratory, 3 hours laboratory. (84 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU
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MUS 82B PRO TOOLS 110: PRO TOOLS PRODUCTION I4 Units
Pro Tools production concepts and techniques with Avid Certification training material. Recording, editing, routing audio and MIDI data. Managing Pro Tools sessions, using virtual instruments, plug-ins, loop recording, Elastic Audio, Beat Detective and music notation. Conform loops and beats to any tempo. Introduction to control surfaces, automation modes and signal path workflows. Practical applications with examples from professional recording artists including pop, rock, jazz and hip hop. Create tempo maps, meter changes and transpose key signatures. Required for Avid Pro Tools Operator Level Certification.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
2 hours lecture, 2 hours lecture-laboratory, 3 hours laboratory. (84 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU
Not scheduled for the Summer quarter.
 
MUS 82C PRO TOOLS 201: PRO TOOLS PRODUCTION II4 Units
Avid Pro Tools Certified training material covers concepts and skills needed to operate Pro Tools in a professional recording studio environment. Introduction to Pro Tools HD system configurations. Pro Tools HD features including control surfaces, automation, advanced editing, mixing, hardware setup and session management. Practical examples and experience with exercise files from professional music, film and TV productions. Required class for Avid Pro Tools Operator Level Certification. Prepares for enrollment in Pro Tools 300 Expert Level Certification Courses.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
2 hours lecture, 2 hours lecture-laboratory, 3 hours laboratory. (84 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU
Not scheduled for the Summer quarter.
 
MUS 82D PRO TOOLS 210M: MUSIC PRODUCTION TECHNIQUES4 Units
Avid Pro Tools Certified course completes skills needed to operate sophisticated Pro Tools systems in professional music production environments. Music production techniques, composing with MIDI, loop editing, sampling in Pro Tools, Beat Detective, drum replacement and augmentation, final mixing and mastering. Collaborate workflows between home studios and commercial recording facilities. Pro Tools keyboard shortcuts for increased efficiency. Practical examples and experience with exercise files from professional recording artists. Successful completion achieves Avid Pro Tools Operator Music Certification.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
2 hours lecture, 2 hours lecture-laboratory, 3 hours laboratory. (84 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU
Not scheduled for the Summer quarter.
 
MUS 82E PRO TOOLS 210P: POST PRODUCTION TECHNIQUES4 Units
Synchronizing Pro Tools for audio post production with film, video and multimedia. Recording and editing ADR (automated dialog replacement), music, sound effects and multichannel audio. Mixing stereo and surround sound formats synchronized to digital picture. Layback and export options for final delivery to broadcast industry formats including Quicktime and Avid media. Practical experience with examples from feature films, documentaries and TV commercials. Successful completion achieves Avid Pro Tools Operator Post Certification.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
2 hours lecture, 2 hours lecture-laboratory, 3 hours laboratory. (84 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU
Not scheduled for the Summer quarter.
 
MUS 82G PRO TOOLS 310M: ADVANCED MUSIC PRODUCTION TECHNIQUES4 Units
Advanced operation of Pro Tools in a professional music production environment. Audio recording, editing, MIDI, virtual instruments, final mix down, automation and mastering techniques. Integration of Pro Tools shortcuts and equipment configurations for increased efficiency in recording studio facility workflows. Hands-on experience with examples from major label recording artists, producers and mix engineers. Successful completion achieves Avid Pro Tools Expert Level Music Certification.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
2 hours lecture, 2 hours lecture-laboratory, 3 hours laboratory. (84 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU
Not scheduled for the Summer quarter.
 
MUS 83A INTRODUCTION TO MUSIC THERAPY4 Units
Introduction to the field of music therapy and the creative powers of sound. Survey the history of the American Music Therapy Association as applied by practicing music therapists. Study diverse styles of music including classical, jazz, blues, pop, hip-hop, new age and world music used as a transformative force to enhance social, emotional, educational, behavioral development and pain management. Apply music therapy concepts to compose and produce original music. Develop music making skills with drumming, group songwriting, lyric analysis, guided relaxation, movement, improvisation and original compositions integrated with the latest music software technologies including Pro Tools and Virtual Instruments. Study prevention of injury and maintenance of health for musicians and performing artists. Survey careers in the music therapy industry including degrees, certifications and multi-media production applications.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
4 hours lecture, 1 hour laboratory. (60 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU
Not scheduled for the Summer quarter.
 
MUS 84A INTRODUCTION TO GAME AUDIO4 Units
Formerly: MUS 82F
Recording, editing and mastering sound for games and interactive multimedia. Working with dialog, scripts, sound effects, foley, ambient backgrounds, loops, elastic audio, tempo matching, digital processing and plug-ins. Producing game music, layering, splicing, mixing cinematic audio. Deliver game audio formats to commercial players and end users. Hands-on experience with professional examples of game audio production soundtracks and workflows including Sony Computer Entertainment and Microsoft Game Studios. Part of Avid Pro Tools Certification training program.
Advisory: Not open to students with credit in MUS 82F.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
2 hours lecture, 2 hours lecture-laboratory, 3 hours laboratory. (84 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU
Not scheduled for the Summer quarter.
 
MUS 84B ADVANCED SOUND DESIGN FOR GAMES4 Units
Formerly: MUS 82H
Designing and implementing sound effects for games and interactive media. Recording custom sound effects and working with commercial sound effects libraries. Advanced techniques for designing hard effects, foley sounds, and ambient backgrounds. Industry-standard workflows for sound effects implementation with audio middleware solutions. Hands-on experience with professional examples of game audio sound design on desktop, console, and mobile platforms.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
2 hours lecture, 2 hours lecture-laboratory, 3 hours laboratory (84 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU
Not scheduled for the Summer quarter.
 
MUS 84C MUSIC COMPOSITION FOR GAMES4 Units
MUS 82I
Composing, orchestrating, and implementing music for games and interactive multimedia. Fundamental composition and orchestration techniques for strings, brass, woodwinds, and percussion. Mixing and mastering finished compositions for optimal interactivity. Industry-standard workflows for interactive music implementation with sophisticated audio middleware solutions. Hands-on experience with professional examples of game music on desktop, console, and mobile platforms.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
2 hours lecture, 2 hours lecture-laboratory, 3 hours laboratory. (84 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU
Not scheduled for the Summer quarter.