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Courses

MUSIC G025 - 1-3 Units
Rehearsal & Performance-Band Showmanship

Prerequisites: Retention is based upon successful audition.
This is an enrichment course designed to enhance musical performance and showmanship. This course may be taken 4 times. Lab. Pass/no pass only.

MUSIC G026 - 1-3 Units
Survey of Contemporary Band Literature

Prerequisites: Retention is based upon successful audition.
This course will instruct students in music sight reading techniques, the music notation counting system, and develop the student’s music reading skills. Students will be able to apply these techniques to contemporary band music. This course may be taken 4 times. Lab. Optional pass/no pass grade.

MUSIC G058 - 3 Units
Basic Live Sound Reinforcement

Designed for Live Sound majors, Recording Arts majors, and Technical Theatre majors The course includes an introduction to basic sound reinforcement design and operations used in the sound reinforcement industry. Emphasis will be placed on practical knowledge and techniques in operating sound equipment on all levels. Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade.

MUSIC G059 - 3 Units
Studio Maintenance and Repair

Advisories: Music G054
This course in Studio Maintenance and Repair is designed to provide the student with a thorough and intensive course in the techniques of maintaining and repairing the equipment found in the modern recording studio. Each student will develop a consistent and intensive regimen for maintenance and “trouble shooting.” Extensive “hands-on” experience. This course may be taken 2 times. Lecture & lab. Letter grade only.

MUSIC G060 - 3 Units
Singing Solo Pop Songs

This class is aimed toward solo performances and historical studies of the American popular song. The student will perform selected songs with accompaniment in class and in front of live audiences. Emphasis will be placed on correct interpretation of the songs, utilization of microphones, and a strong nucleus of the best in popular song literature. This course may be taken 4 times. Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade.

MUSIC G064 - 3 Units
Commercial Song Writing I

This course is intended to give the student an opportunity to evaluate many types and styles of popular music by its outstanding practitioners (Including Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder, Lennon and McCartney, Elton John, Jackson Browne and Randy Newman), and to compose lyrics and music in various song forms that will help them be competitive in today’s musical market place. Selected student’s compositions may be performed and recorded by members of the commercial program. This course may be taken 2 times. Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade.

MUSIC G065 - 2 Units
Commercial SongWriting II

This course is designed for the advanced songwriter and encompasses copyright, studio demos, radio playlists, the song markets and source materials available to today’s composer. Each songwriter will experience all aspects of the art from creation and evaluation through final polishing, demo tapes and publication. Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. May not be offered each semester.


MUSIC G066 - 3 Units
Commercial Musicianship

This one-semester course is designed to bring each commercial performance or arranging student to a minimum level of competency in the harmonic and formal structure of modern commercial music. Topic studies will include triads and added tones, basic chord voicing, melodic construction, the keyboard as a writing tool, planning an arrangement, simple song forms, copying, ear training and simple dictation. Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade.

MUSIC G068 - 4 Units
Commercial Arranging & Orchestration I

Advisories: Music G066
This course of study is designed to allow the student to use his or her basic knowledge of music in a progressive series of study units to build competency in: knowledge of ranges and transposition for instruments; writing for voices; planning an arrangement; standard copying techniques; basic chord voicings; writing for small combos; writing for large jazz bands; writing for strings; and projects to be agreed upon by student and instructor. Electronic synthesizers will be used to assist students in arrangement planning. Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade.

MUSIC G070 - 3 Units
Advanced Live Sound Reinforcement

Advisories: Music G058
This course is designed to study the advanced practices used in the sound reinforcement industry. Emphasis will be placed on sound system design, set up and operation. Students will have experience setting up and operating small to large sound systems, acoustical analyzers, design software, digital mixers and processors. Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade.

MUSIC G072 - 2 Units
Improvisation Workshop

Of utmost importance to all performance and arranging students is the ability to create melodic and harmonic ideas mentally, and to translate these ideas into written or played material. Traditional and modern scales, as well as primary and expanded chords, will be used as a basis for creative experimentation. The student will improvise on his/her major instrument. The arranging student will create material at the keyboard. Extensive listening assignments will be an important part of each student’s experiences. This course may be taken 4 times. Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade.

MUSIC G095 - 3 Units
Managing Your Career in Music

This course is designed for the commercial music major. Personal and business finance, aspects of the law, credit, management and marketing techniques directly and indirectly related to the commercial music industry will be presented and discussed. Lecture. Letter grade only.

MUSIC G101 - 3 Units
History & Appreciation of Music

(Same as: Humanities G120)
This course is designed to help students enjoy listening to all styles of music with emphasis on what to listen for in music. This course emphasizes an historical survey of popular music of yesterday, today and tomorrow known as European and American “classical” music, and includes brief introduction to several other styles as well. This course uses film, videotape, DVD, CD presentations, and listening assignments. Attending one live concert is required. UC Credit Limitations: Music G101 and G101H combined--maximum credit, one course. Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

MUSIC G101 HONORS - 3 Units
History & Appreciation of Music, Honors

(Same as: Humanities G120 Honors)
As in the regular course, Honors students will examine elements of musical style (rhythm, melody, dynamics, texture, form, timbre), deepening the experience by considering culturally bound and intercultural musical features within the context of Western “classical” music, plus the interactions between Western and non-Western musics. However, our list of reading, listening and viewing assignments will feature a broader selection than those offered in the usual Music G101/HumG120 bibliography, discography and videography. The course will also intensify the focus on research, evaluation of personal taste and critical “active” listening. Attendance at and review of three professional performances required. UC Credit Limitations: Music G101 and G101H combined--maximum credit, one course. Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

MUSIC G103 - 3 Units
World Music

(Same as: Humanities G103)
This course is a survey of music of selected cultures outside the tradition of Western art music. Divided into three general categories, the course examines folk music, tribal music, and art structures. Audio recordings and filmed examples introduce the student to instrumental and vocal techniques, musical structures, and performance contexts. Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.May not be offered each semester.

MUSIC G104 - 3 Units
History & Appreciation of Opera

(Same as: Humanities G104)
This course is a guide to attending and understanding performances of opera and related forms. It examines the history of opera, from its inception in Florence and Milan, Italy, during the transition from the Renaissance to the Baroque eras around 1600 up to modern times. In addition, the course reviews the precursors of opera, the cultural currents that led to the invention of opera, and musical genres related to or descended from opera, such as: operetta, musical theatre, oratorio and cantata. Written review of three live performances is required. Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.May not be offered each semester.

MUSIC G105 - 1 Unit
Beginning Guitar I

This course is designed for non-Music majors who have an interest in learning to play the guitar correctly. Students must furnish their own guitars. This course may be taken 2 times. An eight-week course offered twice each semester. Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

MUSIC G106 - 1 Unit
Beginning Guitar II

Advisories: Music G105
This course is a continuation of Music 105AB. Concentration on chords and correct finger-picking. Traditional and folk tunes will be studied and performed. Students must furnish their own guitars. This course may be taken 2 times. An eight-week course offered twice each semester. Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

MUSIC G108 - 3 Units
History & Appreciation of the Musical Theater

(Same as: Humanities G108, Theater Arts G108)
A course in all of the elements which make the Musical Theater one of the premier art forms of the 20th Century. The student will explore the history of the form as well as examine the roles of composer, book writer, lyricist, performer, and others relative to writing and mounting a production. Videos and live performances will be utilized to enhance the learners knowledge of the medium. Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.May not be offered each semester.

MUSIC G109 - 1 Unit
Symphonic Band

Prerequisites: Retention based upon successful audition.
The Symphonic Band is a performance ensemble that studies, rehearses, and performs the music of the standard band repertoire. Members of the ensemble are expected to possess a basic mastery of the playing skills of their chosen instrument as well as the fundamentals of musicianship. The ensemble performs frequently. This course may be taken 4 times. Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

MUSIC G110 - 2 Units
Golden West Symphonic Band

Prerequisites: Retention based upon successful audition.
The primary performing band representing the college in the community. Emphasis on study and performance of music from standard band repertory. Performances on campus and away include concerts, outdoor activities and athletic events. A band tour may be planned for spring semester. This course may be taken 4 times. Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

MUSIC G112 - 2 Units
Sight Singing

This course is designed to introduce and develop strong fundamental competencies in the singing of simple and complex rhythms, melodies. This course may be taken 2 times. Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

MUSIC G115 - 3 Units
Basic Music

Advisories: Concurrent enrollment in Music G141 - G142 recommended.
This is the first course in music theory, and required for all music majors. (This requirement may be waived for students passing the qualifying examination in basic music given in the first week of each semester.) Introduction to the materials of music pitch, rhythm, scales, intervals, triads, etc. and their notation. Development of skills in reading music and in aural perception. Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

MUSIC G116 - 5 Units
Theory I (Diatonic)

Advisories: Music G115
This course presents the basic techniques and materials, principles and practice of diatonic harmony, integrated with musicianship; compositional techniques, four-part harmony, figured bass, primary-secondary triads, non-harmonic tones; introduction to modulation; analysis of selected forms and compositional devices, integrated with sight singing and ear training; and melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic dictation. Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

MUSIC G120 - 1 Unit
Masters Chorale

Prerequisites: Retention based upon successful audition.
A large chorus which performs suitable music from all historical periods. Participation in concerts on campus, field trips, occasional brief section rehearsals and overnight tour in spring semester also required. Schedule of work outside class announced at the beginning of each semester. Each student will provide his own standard performance dress. This course may be taken 4 times. Lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

MUSIC G121 - 1 Unit
College Choir

Prerequisites: Retention based upon successful audition.
A large choral group singing music in all styles. Open to beginning through advanced singers with an emphasis in the development of vocal technique and music reading. This course may be taken 4 times. Lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

MUSIC G122 - 1 Unit
Chamber Choir

Prerequisites: Retention based upon successful audition.
A select vocal ensemble which performs suitable music from all historical periods. Extensive participation in concerts on campus, field trips. Occasional brief section rehearsals. Schedule of performances announced at the beginning of each semester. Each student must provide his own standard performance dress (except tuxedo). Financial aid available for qualified students who cannot provide their own required items of clothing. This course may be taken 4 times. Lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

MUSIC G124 - 1 Unit
Madrigals

Prerequisites: Retention based upon successful audition.
A select vocal/instrumental ensemble which performs suitable music from before 1750. Extensive participation in concerts on campus, field trips. Schedule of performances announced at the beginning of each semester. Each student must provide his own standard performance dress. Financial aid available for qualified students who cannot provide their own required items of clothing. This course may be taken 4 times. Lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

MUSIC G125 - 1 Unit
Chamber Ensemble

Prerequisites: Retention based upon successful audition.
A course in the study and performance of chamber ensemble music with emphasis on development of basic skills of ensemble playing. Phrasing, tone and interpretation will be stressed. This course may be taken 4 times. Lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

MUSIC G126 - 3 Units
Music in Motion Pictures

(Same as: Humanities G126)
This course is an introduction to the use of music in motion pictures in terms of dramatic purposes and musical style.
Emphasis is on how music reinforces the emotional impact, plot delineation, dramatic pacing and mood evocation in the film. Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

MUSIC G132 - 2 Units
Jazz Ensemble Skills

Study and performance of jazz and commercial music with emphasis on development of basic skills of ensemble playing. Phrasing, tone and improvisation will be stressed. This course may be taken 4 times. Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

MUSIC G134 - 2 Units
Recording Jazz Ensemble

Study and performance of jazz and commercial music with special emphasis on jazz phrasing and tone, ensemble methods and improvisations, off-campus activities and three- or four- day tour. This course may be taken 4 times. Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU.

MUSIC G139 - 3 Units
History of Rock Music

(Formerly known as: Music G185)
(Same as: Humanities G139)
This course is an in depth study of rock music; emphasis includes rock roots, blues/R & B, Elvis & early rock. Also Beatles and 60’s rock, metal, “New Wave,” punk, alternative, rap, 90’s “grunge,” industrial, techno and other musical styles and social topics. Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

MUSIC G141 - 1 Unit
Piano 1

(Formerly known as: Beginning Piano 1)
Piano instruction for those with no previous keyboard experience or no previous formal music instruction of any sort. Sight reading, playing by ear, keyboard harmony, scales and keyboard technique. One hour of practice daily is assumed. This course may be taken 2 times. Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

MUSIC G142 - 1 Unit
Beginning Piano II

Advisories: Music G141 or equivalent
Continuation of Music G141. Reading music, piano keyboard harmony and scales in major keys. Regular daily practice is essential for success in this course. This course may be taken 2 times. An eight-week course. Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

MUSIC G143 - 3 Units
History of Jazz

(Formerly known as: Music G136 Jazz: A History and Appreciation)
(Same as: Humanities G143)
This course is a survey of jazz, a uniquely American art form. The class traces the history and development of jazz, from its musical predecessors and beginnings to contemporary styles. Audio recordings introduce the student to the techniques, styles, and performers of jazz. Three hours lecture a week. Optional credit/no credit or grade. Transfer credit: CSU; UC. Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

MUSIC G145 - 2 Units
Basic Voice

Advisories: Concurrent enrollment in Music G115, G121, or G141 - G142 recommended for those who do not read music.
This course is for beginning singers. It prepares beginning singers’ voices for solo and group singing by improving breathing, vocal tone, range, agility, volume, diction, health, expression and self confidence. Students will sing songs from musical theatre, film, folk, popular and classical repertory, in English and students’ first languages, memorized from printed music. One hour daily practice and attendance at one approved recital is required. A pianist accompanies classes. This course may be taken 2 times. Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

MUSIC G146 - 2 Units
Intermediate Voice

(Formerly known as: Music146AB)
Advisories: Music G145 . Concurrent enrollment in Music G115, G121, or G141 or G142 recommended for those who do not read music.
This course is a continuation of Music G145 for singers with two years of choral experience or one semester of private lessons or voice class. It prepares for solo and group singing by improving breathing, vocal tone, range agility, volume, diction, health, expression and self-confidence at the second semester level. Sing songs from musical theatre, film, folk, popular, and classical repertory, in English, Italian and students first languages, memorized from printed music. One hour daily practice and attendance at one approved voice recital required. A pianist accompanies classes. This course may be taken 2 times. Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

MUSIC G147 - 2 Units
Advanced Voice

Advisories: Music G146. Concurrent enrollment in Music G115, G121, or G141 - G142 is recommended for students who do not read music.
This course is the third and fourth semester continuation of Music G146 for singers with two semesters of private lessons or voice class. It prepares for solo and group singing by improving breathing, vocal tone, range, agility, volume, diction, health, expression and self-confidence. Students sing songs from musical theatre, opera, film, folk, popular and classical repertory, in English, Italian, German, French, and students’ first languages, memorized from printed music. One hour daily practice and attendance at one approved voice recital required. A pianist accompanies classes. This course may be taken 2 times. Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

MUSIC G150 - 2 Units
Broadway and Opera Singing

(Same as: Theater G146)
Advisories: Music G060 or G121 or G145. Concurrent enrollment in Music G115, G121 , or G141 - G142 recommended for those who do not read music.
This course is a voice class for singers, actors and dancers with previous training. It prepares for solo and ensemble singing by improving breathing, vocal tone, range, agility, volume, diction, health, expression and self-confidence. Students sing songs and arias from musical theater and/or opera, memorized from printed music. One hour daily practice and a written review of an approved musical or opera production are required. A pianist accompanies the classes. This course may be taken 2 times. Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

MUSIC G158 - 2 Units
Studio Singing

Prerequisites: Retention in class is dependent upon a successful audition. The student will be expected to demonstrate fundamental music reading skills and an ability to sing jazz harmonies and rhythms accurately.
This is a course in studio singing and is designed for the vocal musician who wishes to learn the many styles and disciplines of the recording vocalist. Upon passing the audition, each student will be recorded on tape and perform live, as a soloist and in groups. This course may be taken 4 times. Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU.

MUSIC G165 - 3 Units
History & Literature of Music

(Same as: Humanities G122)
A survey of Western Art Music from approximately 1700 to the present. Formal analysis and examination of the musical styles of music from the Baroque, Classic, Romantic and Modern eras, with listening examples of typical masterwork’s from each. A course for music majors and minors who come to the course with previous formal music study, or considerable informal listening and concert attendance. Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.May not be offered each semester.

MUSIC G209 - 2 Units
Symphonic Band, Advanced Skills

Advisories: Music G109
This course is for students who perform at an advanced level on a standard band instrument. Students in this course are expected to develop sophisticated skills beyond standard participation in the Symphonic Band. Performance of solos, the development of score reading abilities, student composition and/or arranging and conducting/leadership roles within the performance ensemble will be explored. Brass, Percussion, and Woodwind sectional rehearsal techniques will be developed. This course may be taken 4 times. Lecture & lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

MUSIC G210 - 2 Units
Musical Theater Workshop

(Same as: Theatre Arts G210)
This course requires participation in musical theater presentations such as musical comedy, musical drama, musical revues, operetta or opera at Golden West College. It will include study in acting, singing, dancing, musicianship, scenery, lighting, sound, costume and make-up. This course may be taken four times. Lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

MUSIC G216 - 5 Units
Theory II (Chromatic)

Advisories: Music G116
A continuation of Music G116. Introduction to chromatic harmony; principles of modulation; secondary dominants; altered chords; augmented sixth chords. Analysis of selected forms and compositional devices, scoring for instruments, integrated with sight singing and ear training (melodic, harmonic and rhythmic dictation and some keyboard application.) Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

MUSIC G241 - 2 Units
Intermediate Piano I

Second semester of piano study. Reading music at the keyboard. Sight reading. Playing by ear. Chromatic keyboard harmony in more advanced forms. Regular daily practice is essential for success in this course. This course may be taken 2 times. Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

MUSIC G242 - 2 Units
Intermediate Piano II

Advisories: Music G241 or equivalent
Continuation of Music G241. Third semester of class piano keyboard instruction. This course may be taken 2 times. Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

MUSIC G290 - 1-2 Units
Applied Music

Advisories: Placement by audition.
This course is designed to be for the student seeking individual instruction on piano, voice, guitar, or any standard band or orchestra instrument. A performance at Faculty Juries and Concert Hour is required for each semester. Vocal and instrumental students concurrently enroll in choir or band; pianist and guitarists should consult with faculty for an appropriate concurrent course. There are nine group meetings and fifteen private lessons per semester, with level of proficiency determined by faculty adjudication. This course may be taken 4 times. Lecture & lab. Letter grade only. Transferable to CSU; UC.