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Music - Advanced Songwriting and Arranging

This certificate is focused on intermediate and advanced approaches to songwriting and arranging. Through a course of study, students find their professional writing voice in order to create original, commercially-viable songs. The culmination of this certificate requires a professional portfolio as the final project.

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.
CourseUnitsTypically Offered
1st Semester
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.

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.

Total Semester Units:7.0 
1st Semester
MUST 115 - Songwriting and Arranging IM3.0
MUST 115 - Songwriting and Arranging I (3.0 units)

Prerequisite: MUS 103 and MUST 101 with a grade of "C" or better
Advisory:READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to:CSU

This course is designed for the student who wants to learn the process of songwriting. Songs will be analyzed on chord structure, form, rhythm, melody, harmony, and lyrics. Original compositions and performances are expected from all students.

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.

Total Semester Units:7.0 
3rd Semester
MUST 116 - Songwriting and Arranging IIM3.0
MUST 116 - Songwriting and Arranging II (3.0 units)

Prerequisite: MUST 115 or MUS 104 with a grade of "C" or better
Advisory:READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to:CSU

This course is designed for the student who wants to further their knowledge of the process of songwriting and arranging. Complex songs and advanced song forms will be analyzed on chord structure, form, rhythm, melody, harmony, and lyrics. Additional emphasis on the creation of lead sheets as well as the proper presentation of a score and parts for strings and horn sections. Original compositions, recordings, and performances are expected from all students.

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 211 - Composition Workshop IM3.0
MUS 211 - Composition Workshop I (3.0 units)

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

This beginner-level course is for students who want to develop vocal and instrumental compositional skills through analysis and creative writing in a workshop setting. The course includes the basic elements and tools of musical composition, including rhythm, melody, harmony, and counterpoint; and musical structure and form. Students are assigned composition exercises, describe and discuss their work with the class, and work on a final composition project.

Total Semester Units:10.0 
4th Semester
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 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.

MUST 141 - Recording Studio IM3.0
MUST 141 - Recording Studio I (3.0 units)

Prerequisite:MUST 101 with a grade of "C" or better
Advisory:READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to:CSU

This course is designed for the student who wants to learn to make high-quality recordings using a wide array of tools and techniques. Emphasis will be placed on Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) sound recording, editing, and mixing processes through hands-on experience. Students will collaborate to produce recordings within several musical genres.

Total Semester Units:7.0 
Total Units for Music - Advanced Songwriting and Arranging COA program 31.0 
Notes:
MMajor course; course may also meet a general education requirement
† 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
   

Program Learning Outcomes

1

Students will be able to write complex songs by incorporating contemporary harmony and form.


2

Students will be able to analyze complex songs in order to identify genre, form, structure, groove, and lyrical elements.


3

Students will be able to create a lead sheet, score, and parts for strings, horn section, and back-up harmonies.


4

Students will be able to compose melodies and their accompaniment using harmony or counterpoint.


5

Students will be able to demonstrate a second-year undergraduate level competency in music theory and musicianship through four-part chorale writing, analysis, audiation, and dictation of diatonic music examples.


6

Students will be able to collaborate effectively through group project-based learning.


Gainful Employment Disclosures

  • This program is designed to be completed in ______
  • 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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