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Music - Introductory Electronic Music

This certificate of achievement prepares students for entry-level work in the music industry, or for further study through the study of composing and producing electronic music. Students will learn aspects of production, composition, synthesis, sampling, effects processing, and workflow within a digital audio workstation (DAW), as well as the tools and techniques needed to create contemporary electronic music in a variety of styles.

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

Sample Education Plan

This sample education plan for the 2022-2023 catalog year represents one possible pathway through the program. 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. Additional course descriptions may be found in the College Catalog.
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.

Total Semester Units:7.0 
2nd Semester
MUST 105 - Introduction to the Music BusinessM3.0
MUST 105 - Introduction to the Music Business (3.0 units)

Advisory:READ 043 or appropriate placement; ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement
Transfers to:CSU

This course is intended for students interested in the music business. It presents an overview of the business and legal aspects of the music industry in order to help students understand the rapid and massive changes caused by the digital music revolution. The course focuses on career possibilities, the development of business-related knowledge and skills necessary for effectively maintaining a professional music career, the vocabulary and terminology of the music industry, and the distinction between music and business at the corporate level. Topics include record contracts, publishing, licensing, marketing, distribution, performances, and copyright. In addition, the duties and responsibilities of musicians, songwriters, lawyers, agents, promoters, publishers, executives, managers, and anyone trying to navigate the rapid transformation of the industry are examined.

MUST 121 - Electronic Music IM3.0
MUST 121 - Electronic Music 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 gain an understanding of the processes and tools available to the modern electronic musician. While using the most up-to-date software, learn to record, arrange, mix, produce, and polish your music. Topics include synthesis, sampling, and Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) sequencing. Compositions are expected of students utilizing electronic music techniques.

Total Semester Units:6.0 
3rd Semester
MUST 122 - Electronic Music IIM3.0
MUST 122 - Electronic Music II (3.0 units)

Prerequisite: MUST 121 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 continue the study of concepts and techniques needed to compose electronic music and is recommended for students who intend to pursue music professionally. Various types of synthesis including software analog synthesis and virtual analog synthesis will be studied. Software that will be used in the course may include Logic Pro and Ableton Live. Sequencing, recording via studio software, notating compositions and creating music for video games and animation, dance, and theatre will be the primary focus of the course.

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

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

This course is part of the music core, and intended for music majors. Course material includes basic technique and notation, major and minor five finger patterns, major scales, sight reading, and basic chord progressions as they are encountered in beginning piano music.

Total Semester Units:4.0 
Total Units for Music - Introductory Electronic Music COA program 17.0 
AP exams and courses taken outside of Rio Hondo College may fulfill general education and/or major requirements. Please check with a counselor.
M Major course; course may also meet a general education requirement
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Program Learning Outcomes


Students will be able to produce electronic music in specified genres.


Students will be able to compose electronic music utilizing various types of synthesis and samples.


Students will be able to create electronic music utilizing various digital and analog formats.


Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of how the music business functions and the role of professionals in the industry.


Students will be able to demonstrate a basic understanding and practical knowledge of music technology in the areas of music production, studio recording, and live sound reinforcement.

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Rio Hondo College, serving the communities of El Monte, Pico Rivera, Santa Fe Springs, South El Monte, and Whittier for over 50 years.


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3600 Workman Mill Road
Whittier, CA 90601

Phone: (562) 692-0921
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