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COURSE OFFERINGS: Music

Musical Performance

The following musical ensembles offer students the opportunity to study music through the medium of performance. Performance is seen, not as an end in itself, but as a means of developing an understanding of important ideas of music found in the repertoire of musical literature in a variety of historical periods and styles.

MU332*, MU334*, MU336* Orchestra

One trimester (1 unit of credit) Prerequisite: Previous music experience on a string instrument. Meeting pattern: 2 periods per week including lab plus 1 two-hour evening class meeting

This ensemble is a string orchestra with an emphasis on masterpieces of the string orchestra and symphony orchestra music literature. Wind and percussion will be added to the string section from the Wind Ensemble as required by the literature being prepared for performance.

MU302*, MU304*, MU306* Chorale

One trimester (1 unit of credit) Prerequisite: Previous musical experience in chorus, band, orchestra, voice, or piano. Meeting pattern: 2 periods per week including lab

The Chorale is an ensemble which studies and performs selected masterworks of choral music. Certain larger works are performed with the NCSSM Orchestra. Topics covered include ensemble techniques, vocal production, solfeggio note reading, and other aspects of choral music.

Music Instruction, Theory, and Production MS312*, MS314*, MS316* Classical Piano and Guitar Theory and Practice

One trimester (1 unit of credit) Meeting pattern: 3 periods per week

MU314*, MU316*, MU318* Wind Ensemble

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One trimester (1 unit of credit) Prerequisite: Previous musical experience on woodwind, brass, or percussion instruments. Meeting pattern: 2 periods per week including lab plus 1 two-hour evening class meeting

Wind Ensemble is an advanced wind band with an emphasis on masterpieces of wind band music literature. Students interested in symphony orchestra literature are selected by the instructor to rehearse and perform with the symphony orchestra on a regular basis. Students interested in jazz literature are selected by the instructor to rehearse and perform with the Jazz Combo on a regular basis.

This course is a comprehensive study of instrumental music and theory through the idioms of piano and guitar. Largely self-paced, this course provides students the opportunity to learn the music literature and performance practice of guitar or piano. Students learn playing techniques, note reading, chords and harmony, rhythm and pitch. Students may choose guitar or piano as their primary instrument. The course includes written assignments, assigned songs to learn and perform for the instructor, a trimester examination and in-class performances. There is no prerequisite for this course. Students of all levels and experience are eligible.

MS322* Music Composition, Arranging, and Theory

One trimester (1 unit of credit) Meeting pattern: 4 periods per week

MU320* Pep Band: Performance, Conducting and Arranging

One trimester (1 unit of credit) Prerequisite: Previous musical experience in band or instrumental music or permission of the Dean of Humanities. Meeting pattern: 1 two-hour evening class per week

This course involves the study and performance of pep band and marching band music. Students have performance opportunities as a pep band at home basketball games. Students who are interested in conducting receive instruction and experience in conducting techniques. Students who are interested in arranging music for pep band receive instruction in music notation software programs.

This course provides an understanding of contemporary trends in music composition and performance involving electronic music technology. The latest technology enables students, regardless of musical background, to learn to write songs and compose music for various instruments. The course includes the use of computer software sequencing programs and multi-track audio recording as tools for learning fundamentals of music theory and music composition. After developing basic skills and concepts, students learn to analyze and recognize contemporary trends in music composition and to compose music projects.

MS332* Audio Recording Technology

One trimester (1 unit of credit) Meeting pattern: 3 periods per week

MU322*, MU324*, MU326* Jazz Combo

One trimester (1 unit of credit) Prerequisite: Previous musical experience on piano, guitar, bass guitar, string bass, and drums set. Meeting pattern: 2 periods per week including lab plus 1 two-hour evening class meeting

Jazz Combo focuses on the study of jazz literature, jazz styles, and improvisational skills. The core of this ensemble consists of a rhythm section (piano, guitar, bass, and drum set). Woodwind and brass players will be added from the Wind Ensembles to form a full jazz ensemble. Woodwind and brass instrument players who are interested in jazz should register for MU312/MU314/MU316 Wind Ensemble. NCSSM 2008-09

Audio Recording Technology focuses on "hands-on" discovery of concepts in acoustics, creativity, and CD production. The following topics are included: The Recording Chain, Sound Waves and Frequency, Harmonics, Envelopes, Microphone Technology, and Judging Sound Quality, Mixing Consoles and Mixing Theory, Studio Procedures, and Multi-track Recording. Each student completes a multi-track recording project during the trimester. Text: Practical Recording Techniques, by Bruce and Jenny Bartlett.

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MS352* Advanced Music Composition, Arranging, and Theory

One trimester (1 unit of credit) Prerequisite: MS322 Music Composition, Arranging, and Theory or permission of the Dean of Humanities. Meeting pattern: 4 periods per week

This course is a continuation of MS322 Music Composition, Arranging, and Theory with particular emphasis on musical composition using digital sequencers and multi-track audio recording.

Students enrolled in this course apply concepts covered in MS332* Audio Recording Technology to the recording process. Topics include: Mixing Consoles, Mixing Theory, Studio Procedures, and Multitrack Recording. Each student completes a multi-track recording project during the trimester.

CROSS-LISTED COURSES

Courses listed below are interdisciplinary courses in music and at least one other subject area. Full course descriptions and credit information may be found in the areas indicated.

MS362* Digital Music Production

One trimester (1 unit of credit) Meeting pattern: 3 periods per week including lab

This course employs "hands-on" discovery of concepts in music production in the digital realm. Topics include: music production, mixing theory, effects and dynamics processing, stereo editing, multi-track editing, sequencing, looping, mastering, and open source software applications. Each student completes projects in stereo editing, multi-track production and editing, and loop sequencing.

IE310* World Music

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IE312* History of Western Music

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MS364* Advanced Recording Technology

One trimester (1 unit of credit) Prerequisite: MS332* Audio Recording Technology. Meeting pattern: 3 periods per week including lab

IE314* American Popular Song

Read description under Interdisciplinary Elective Courses.

NCSSM 2008-09

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