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Associate of Arts Degree
Music

The Associate of Arts Degree in Music is a two-year program designed to prepare students for the continued study of music and/or future professional employment in the field of music. Students entering the program with the intent to perform and/ or compose will gain valuable experience and performance skills performing in, and composing for our various choirs and our unique multi-instrument ensembles. The various levels of study in vocal, instrumental, theory, musicianship, keyboard skills, music technology, and composition will supply students with the necessary abilities to excel in those areas when they complete the music program at Rio Hondo College.

Please contact the Student Success Team for this program if you have any questions.

Sample Education Plan

This sample education plan represents one possible pathway through the program. Be advised that each university (UC, CSU, private, and others) has their own transfer requirements. Please see a counselor to create an education plan that is customized to meet your needs. Map is for reference only for the 2020-2021 catalog year. Please refer to the College Catalog (in pdf or flipbook format) for additional course descriptions.
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CourseUnitsTypically Offered
1st Semester
MUST 101 - Introduction to Music TechnologyM3.0
MUST 101 - Introduction to Music Technology (3.0 units)

Advisory:READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to:CSU

This course is designed for the student who wants to learn the terminology, equipment, techniques, and concepts of music technology. Focus will be on principles and practices of sound, digital audio, synthesis, Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI), MIDI sequencing, notation software, and audio recording utilizing hardware and software platforms. Lab activities will place an emphasis on the operation and components of the typical MIDI and digital audio lab (hardware and software). Students will complete independent projects demonstrating hands-on knowledge.

MUS 103 - Music Theory IM3.0
MUS 103 - Music Theory I (3.0 units)

Corequisite: MUS 106
Advisory: READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This course, through guided composition and analysis, incorporates the following concepts: rhythm and meter; basic properties of sound; intervals; diatonic scales and triads; diatonic chords, basic cadential formulas and phrase structure; dominant seventh; figured bass symbols; and non-harmonic tones. Development of skills in handwritten notation is expected.

MUS 106 - Musicianship IM1.0
MUS 106 - Musicianship I (1.0 units)

Corequisite: MUS 103
Advisory: READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This course is designed for the student who wants to develop beginning aural skills, sight-reading, sight-singing, as well as dictation and rhythmic interpretation skills. It is recommended for all instrumentalists, singers and composers and required of all music majors.

Select One: MUS 134 / MUS 216 / MUS 234 M1.0†
Notes:
Choose 1 course from the following. This course must be taken 4 times.

MUS 134 - Chamber Singers (1.0 units)

Advisory:READ 043 or appropriate placement, MUS 120
Transfers to: CSU

This course is designed for students who seek to broaden their understanding of choral literature by performing increasingly difficult choral works. Attention is given to the refinement and polishing of technique through rehearsal and performance of choral music from various musical periods and styles. Enrollment criteria include an audition. This course may be taken up to four times for a total of 4 units.

MUS 216 - Industrial Orchestra (2.0 units)

Prerequisite:Successful audition with instructor approval required prior to enrollment to demonstrate proficiency of entry skills.
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This course is designed for the advanced electric, acoustic instrumental, and vocal students to broaden their abilities to perform in an ensemble as well as record in the studio. The ensemble content will be arranged for the instrumental and vocal makeup of the class and will include a diversity of styles that include contemporary classical, popular, film and video game music, and electroacoustic music. Rio Hondo composition students may also arrange and compose for this performance group. This course may be taken for credit up to four times for a total of 8 units.

MUS 234 - Advanced Chamber Singers (2.0 units)

Prerequisite: MUS 134 with a grade of "C" or better
Advisory: READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This course is designed for students with advanced skills in rehearsing and performing choral music. A wide variety of music selected from different musical periods and styles will be selected for study and performance. Enrollment criteria includes successful completion of MUS 134. This course may be taken up to four times for a total of 8 units.

ENGL 101 - College Composition and ResearchGE3.5
ENGL 101 - College Composition and Research (3.5 units)

Prerequisite: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This is a composition course that enables students to generate logical, coherent essays and reports necessary to academic and professional success. Students will become proficient in research techniques, learn critical reading and thinking skills through expository and persuasive reading selections, and apply these skills to creating original essays and a final research paper. The lab component of this course is designed to assist students in improving and refining their writing and language skills. Students will complete lab activities that enhance their ability to compose logical, well-supported arguments that exhibit grammatical fluency and correct documentation form. Students will meet with composition instructors through individual conferences that address students’ specific writing concerns. This course is designed for students who wish to fulfill the General Education requirement for Written Communication.

RHC GE 3 - Physical EducationGE1.0

Select one: KINA or DANC activity course.
Students who have completed a Fire, Police, Wildland Fire, or Corrections Academy from an accredited institution are automatically waived from this requirement, as are students with a DD214 on file. Exemption may be granted to those students physically unable to complete this requirement. Exemption forms are available in Student Health & Psychological Services.

ElectiveEL1.0

Select any course that is numbered 40 or above. Please see a counselor to discuss course options.

Total Semester Units:13.5† 
2nd Semester
MUS 104 - Music Theory IIM3.0
MUS 104 - Music Theory II (3.0 units)

Prerequisite:MUS 103 with a grade of "C" or better
Corequisite:MUS 107
Advisory: READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This course incorporates the concepts from Music Theory I. In addition, through guided composition and analysis, the course will include: an introduction to two-part counterpoint; voice leading involving four-part chorale writing; diatonic harmony; and an introduction to secondary/applied chords and modulation.

MUS 107 - Musicianship IIM1.0
MUS 107 - Musicianship II (1.0 units)

Prerequisite: MUS 106
Corequisite: MUS 104
Advisory: READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This course is designed for the student who wants to develop the rhythmic, melodic, and harmonic materials of Music Theory II through ear training, sight singing, analysis, and dictation. This course is required of all music majors.

MUS 145 - Piano IM1.0
MUS 145 - Piano I (1.0 units)

Advisory: READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This class is for the student interested in beginning piano skills, and in the understanding of music through the study of simple piano pieces. The development of skills at the beginning level may be used in the playing of various styles including Classical, Pop, Jazz and Rock. Individual pieces are performed in class. No previous experience is necessary.

Select one: MUS 134 / MUS 216 / MUS 234 M1.0†
Notes:
Choose 1 course from the following. This course must be taken 4 times.

MUS 134 - Chamber Singers (1.0 units)

Advisory:READ 043 or appropriate placement, MUS 120
Transfers to: CSU

This course is designed for students who seek to broaden their understanding of choral literature by performing increasingly difficult choral works. Attention is given to the refinement and polishing of technique through rehearsal and performance of choral music from various musical periods and styles. Enrollment criteria include an audition. This course may be taken up to four times for a total of 4 units.

MUS 216 - Industrial Orchestra (2.0 units)

Prerequisite:Successful audition with instructor approval required prior to enrollment to demonstrate proficiency of entry skills.
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This course is designed for the advanced electric, acoustic instrumental, and vocal students to broaden their abilities to perform in an ensemble as well as record in the studio. The ensemble content will be arranged for the instrumental and vocal makeup of the class and will include a diversity of styles that include contemporary classical, popular, film and video game music, and electroacoustic music. Rio Hondo composition students may also arrange and compose for this performance group. This course may be taken for credit up to four times for a total of 8 units.

MUS 234 - Advanced Chamber Singers (2.0 units)

Prerequisite: MUS 134 with a grade of "C" or better
Advisory: READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This course is designed for students with advanced skills in rehearsing and performing choral music. A wide variety of music selected from different musical periods and styles will be selected for study and performance. Enrollment criteria includes successful completion of MUS 134. This course may be taken up to four times for a total of 8 units.

RHC GE 2 - Math CompetencyGE3.0†

† some classes may have higher units.
Select one:
Math 060 (F09), 062, 070 (F09), 070D, 072 (F10), 073, or 073B with a 'C' or better or higher level quantitative reasoning course or
Score of 3 or better on AP Calculus AB or BC or AP Statistics or RHC Proficiency Exam (Available in the MSCS-300) or
Score of 50 or higher on CLEP Calculus, College Algebra-Trig, or Trigonometry exam.

Note: Students intending to transfer should begin at transfer level math. Transfer math courses are numbered 100+. Please meet with a counselor to discuss course options.

RHC GE 4 - American InstitutionsGE3.0

Note: All honors courses have a prerequisite.

Select one:
POLS 110, 110H;
HIST 143, 143H, 144, 144H, 156, 157, 158, 159, 159H, 170

Total Semester Units:12.0† 
Summer 1
RHC GE 5 - Natural Science with LabGE4.0

Note: All honors courses have a prerequisite.

Select one Natural Science with Lab:
ANTH 101, 101H & 101L;
ASTR 110, 110H & 112;
BIOL 101, 105 & 105L, 111 & 111L, 112, 120 & 120L;
BIOT 100;
CHEM 110, 120, 130;
GEOG 101 & 101L;
GEOL 150 & 151;
PHY 120, 150, 160, 211, 212, 213

RHC GE 7a - Fine ArtsGE3.0

Note: All honors courses have a prerequisite.

Select one:
ART 101, 104, 105, 105H, 106, 106H, 107, 108, 109, 110, 112, 113, 115, 120, 130, 135, 140;
DANC 179, 179H, 199, 199H;
GDSN 110:
MUS 101, 129, 130, 131, 132, 133, 135, 136, 141;
MUST 151;
PHTO 130, 185;
THTR 101, 105, 105H, 110

Total Semester Units:7.0 
3rd Semester
MUS 105 - Music Theory IIIM3.0
MUS 105 - Music Theory III (3.0 units)

Prerequisite:MUS 104 with a grade of "C" or better
Corequisite:MUS 156
Advisory: READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This course incorporates the concepts from Music Theory II. In addition, through writing and analysis, the course will include: introduction to chromatic harmony; secondary/applied chords; modulation; borrowed chords; introduction to Neapolitan and augmented-sixth chords.

MUS 156 - Musicianship IIIM1.0
MUS 156 - Musicianship III (1.0 units)

Prerequisite:MUS 107
Corequisite: MUS 105
Advisory:READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to:UC, CSU

This course is designed for the student who wants to develop the rhythmic, melodic, and harmonic materials of Music Theory III through ear training, sight singing analysis and dictation. This course is required of all music majors.

MUS 146 - Piano IIM1.0
MUS 146 - Piano II (1.0 units)

Advisory: READ 043 or appropriate placement
Prerequisite: MUS 145 with a "C" or better
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This class is for the student interested in beginning piano skills, and in the understanding of music through the study of simple piano pieces. The development of skills at the beginning level may be used in the playing of various styles including Classical, Pop, Jazz and Rock. Individual pieces are performed in class. This course is a continuation of materials learned in Piano I.

Select one: MUS 134 / MUS 216 / MUS 234 M1.0†
Notes:
Choose 1 course from the following. This course must be taken 4 times.

MUS 134 - Chamber Singers (1.0 units)

Advisory:READ 043 or appropriate placement, MUS 120
Transfers to: CSU

This course is designed for students who seek to broaden their understanding of choral literature by performing increasingly difficult choral works. Attention is given to the refinement and polishing of technique through rehearsal and performance of choral music from various musical periods and styles. Enrollment criteria include an audition. This course may be taken up to four times for a total of 4 units.

MUS 216 - Industrial Orchestra (2.0 units)

Prerequisite:Successful audition with instructor approval required prior to enrollment to demonstrate proficiency of entry skills.
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This course is designed for the advanced electric, acoustic instrumental, and vocal students to broaden their abilities to perform in an ensemble as well as record in the studio. The ensemble content will be arranged for the instrumental and vocal makeup of the class and will include a diversity of styles that include contemporary classical, popular, film and video game music, and electroacoustic music. Rio Hondo composition students may also arrange and compose for this performance group. This course may be taken for credit up to four times for a total of 8 units.

MUS 234 - Advanced Chamber Singers (2.0 units)

Prerequisite: MUS 134 with a grade of "C" or better
Advisory: READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This course is designed for students with advanced skills in rehearsing and performing choral music. A wide variety of music selected from different musical periods and styles will be selected for study and performance. Enrollment criteria includes successful completion of MUS 134. This course may be taken up to four times for a total of 8 units.

RHC GE 8b - Communication/Analytical ThinkingGE3.0†

Notes:
All honors courses have a prerequisite.
† some classes may have higher units.

Select one:
CIT 101, 125, 135;
ENGL 125, 201, 201H;
FIN 101;
LIB 101;
MATH 130, 130H, 140, 150, 160, 170, 175, 180, 190, 190H, 191, 250, 260, 270;
PHIL 110, 110H, 112, 112H, 115;
PSY 190;
SPCH 100, 101, 101H, 140;
READ 101;
VOCB 101

RHC GE 6 - Social and Behavioral ScienceGE3.0

Note: All honors courses have a prerequisite.

Select one:
AJ 101
ANTH 102, 102H, 103, 104, 110, 115, 125;
CD 106, 208;
CHST 101, 146, 148,150;
ECON 101, 101H, 102, 102H, 106, 135;
GEOG 102, 103;
HIST 101, 102, 122, 143, 143H, 144, 144H, 156, 157, 158, 159, 159H, 167, 170;
HUM 110, 111, 125, 125H, 130;
MSCM 128;
PHIL 128, 128H, 135;
POLS 110, 110H, 125, 128, 128H, 130, 135,140,150;
PSY 101, 101H, 112, 114;
SOC 101, 101H, 102, 105, 110, 114, 116, 120, 127, 130, 148;
SPCH 150

RHC GE 3 - Physical EducationGE1.0

Select one: KINA or DANC activity course.
Students who have completed a Fire, Police, Wildland Fire, or Corrections Academy from an accredited institution are automatically waived from this requirement, as are students with a DD214 on file. Exemption may be granted to those students physically unable to complete this requirement. Exemption forms are available in Student Health & Psychological Services.

Total Semester Units:13.0† 
4th Semester
MUS 206 - Music Theory IVM3.0
MUS 206 - Music Theory IV (3.0 units)

Prerequisite: MUS 105
Corequisite: MUS 157
Advisory: READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: CSU

This course is designed for the student who wants an introduction to the materials and the major trends and movements of the 20th- and 21st-Centuries. Students will gain techniques for motivic and harmonic analysis, improvisation, and listening strategies for addressing this repertoire, and will both compose and perform as a class works following the models of masterworks of the last 100 years.

MUS 157 - Musicianship IVM1.0
MUS 157 - Musicianship IV (1.0 units)

Prerequisite: MUS 156
Corequisite: MUS 206
Advisory:READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This course is designed for the student who wants to develop the rhythmic, melodic, and harmonic materials of Music Theory IV through ear training, sight singing, analysis, and dictation. This course is required of all music majors.

MUS 147 - Piano IIIM1.0
MUS 147 - Piano III (1.0 units)

Advisory: READ 043 or appropriate placement
Prerequisite: MUS 146 with a grade of "C" or better
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This course is designed for students seeking to broaden their knowledge and understanding of piano literature. Varied works of intermediate difficulty will be introduced. Attention is given to the refinement and polishing of technique through scales, arpeggios, sight-reading, interpretation and tone production.

Select one: MUS 134 / MUS 216 / MUS 234 M1.0†
Notes:
Choose 1 course from the following. This course must be taken 4 times.

MUS 134 - Chamber Singers (1.0 units)

Advisory:READ 043 or appropriate placement, MUS 120
Transfers to: CSU

This course is designed for students who seek to broaden their understanding of choral literature by performing increasingly difficult choral works. Attention is given to the refinement and polishing of technique through rehearsal and performance of choral music from various musical periods and styles. Enrollment criteria include an audition. This course may be taken up to four times for a total of 4 units.

MUS 216 - Industrial Orchestra (2.0 units)

Prerequisite:Successful audition with instructor approval required prior to enrollment to demonstrate proficiency of entry skills.
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This course is designed for the advanced electric, acoustic instrumental, and vocal students to broaden their abilities to perform in an ensemble as well as record in the studio. The ensemble content will be arranged for the instrumental and vocal makeup of the class and will include a diversity of styles that include contemporary classical, popular, film and video game music, and electroacoustic music. Rio Hondo composition students may also arrange and compose for this performance group. This course may be taken for credit up to four times for a total of 8 units.

MUS 234 - Advanced Chamber Singers (2.0 units)

Prerequisite: MUS 134 with a grade of "C" or better
Advisory: READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This course is designed for students with advanced skills in rehearsing and performing choral music. A wide variety of music selected from different musical periods and styles will be selected for study and performance. Enrollment criteria includes successful completion of MUS 134. This course may be taken up to four times for a total of 8 units.

RHC GE 7b - HumanitiesGE3.0†

Notes:
All honors courses have a prerequisite.
† some classes may have higher units. 

Select one:
ASL 101, 124, 201, 202;
CHIN 101, 102;
CHST 146;
ENGL 126, 131;
FR 101, 102, 201, 202;
HIST 101, 102, 122, 131, 143, 143H, 144, 144H, 156, 157, 158, 159, 159H, 167, 170;
HUM 110, 111, 125, 125H, 130, 140;
JAPN 101, 102;
LATN 101, 102;
LIT 102, 102H, 112A, 112AH, 112B, 112BH, 114, 114H, 117, 117H, 130, 130H,140, 140H, 141, 142, 142H, 144A, 144B, 145, 145H, 146A, 146AH, 146B, 146BH, 147, 147H, 148, 149;
MSCM 128;
PHIL 101, 101H, 120, 124, 126, 128, 128H, 135, 140;
SPAN 101, 101S, 102, 102S, 201, 201H, 202;
SPCH 130, 132;
POLS 128, 128H

ElectiveEL3.0

Select any course that is numbered 40 or above. Please see a counselor to discuss course options.

ElectiveEL3.0

Select any course that is numbered 40 or above. Please see a counselor to discuss course options.

Total Semester Units:15.0† 
Total Units for Music AA program 60.5† 
Notes:
Some classes may have higher units
MMajor course; course may also meet a general education requirement
GEGeneral Education course
ELElective Course
† Some classes may have higher units.
** this course has prerequisite, please click on course name to view.
GE = General Education Course. Some of these courses also meet degree requirements. Please see a counselor to find out which ones meet both the general education and degree requirement
M = Major Course
EL = Elective Course

Advising Sheet:
Music-20-21.pdf
   

Program Learning Outcomes

1

Students will demonstrate a second-year undergraduate level competency in piano performance and piano literature.


2

Students will demonstrate the ability to perform in a large ensemble, chamber group, or as a soloist through blending, playing in tune and adhering to articulations and dynamics while conducting or being conducted in many different styles and periods.


3

Students will demonstrate a second-year undergraduate level competency in music theory and musicianship through four-part chorale writing, analysis, audiation, and dictation of baroque through contemporary music styles.


4

Students will demonstrate an understanding of the cultural, socioeconomic, and political implications of music history from antiquity through contemporary music styles.


5

Students will demonstrate a basic understanding and practical knowledge of music technology.


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  • This program will cost $______ if completed within normal time (including books, materials, and additional fees). There may be additional costs for living expenses. These costs were accurate at the time of posting, but are subject to change.
  • Of the students who completed this program within normal time, the typical graduate leaves with $0* of debt. *Fewer than 10 students completed this program within normal time. This number has been withheld to preserve the confidentiality of the students.
  • License Requirements. This program qualifies students to sit for licensure exam in California.

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