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. Stu-dents 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.
|MUST 101 - Introduction to Music TechnologyM||3.0|
MUST 101 - Introduction to Music Technology (3.0 units)
Advisory:READ 043 or appropriate placement
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 IM||3.0|
MUS 103 - Music Theory I (3.0 units)
Corequisite: MUS 106
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 IM||1.0|
MUS 106 - Musicianship I (1.0 units)
Corequisite: MUS 103
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 105 - Introduction to the Music BusinessM||3.0|
MUST 105 - Introduction to the Music Business (3.0 units)
Advisory:READ 043 or appropriate placement; ENGl 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement
This class 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 understand the rapid and massive changes due to the revolution of music on the Web. The focus will be 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, distribution, and copyright. In addition, the duties and responsibilities of musicians, songwriters, lawyers, agents, promoters, publishers, executives, and managers—anyone trying to navigate the rapid transformation of the industry will be examined.
|Total Semester Units:||10.0|
|MUS 104 - Music Theory IIM||3.0|
MUS 104 - Music Theory II (3.0 units)
Prerequisite:MUS 103 with a grade of "C" or better
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 IIM||1.0|
MUS 107 - Musicianship II (1.0 units)
Prerequisite: MUS 106
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.
|MUST 115 - Songwriting and Arranging IM||3.0|
MUST 115 - Songwriting and Arranging I (3.0 units)
Prerequisite: MUS 103 and MUST 101 with a grade of "C" or better
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 145 - Piano IM||1.0|
MUS 145 - Piano I (1.0 units)
Advisory: READ 043 or appropriate placement
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.
|Total Semester Units:||8.0|
|Total Units for Music - Introductory Songwriting and Arranging COA program||18.0|
|M||Major course; course may also meet a general education requirement|
Students will be able to compose original songs and lyrics in specified genres.
Students will be able to analyze basic songs in order to identify genre, form, structure, groove, and lyrical elements.
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.
Rio Hondo College, serving the communities of El Monte, Pico Rivera, Santa Fe Springs, South El Monte, and Whittier for over 50 years.
Rio Hondo College
3600 Workman Mill Road
Whittier, CA 90601
Phone: (562) 692-0921