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Associate of Science Degree
Music - Music and Integrated Technology

This Associate of Science degree is a 21st-century program designed to prepare students with entry-level music and technology skills needed to enter the professional workplace and/or pursue further study upon transfer to a baccalaureate degree-granting institution. This forward-thinking program will create pathways for success by generating opportunities for students to compose, arrange and produce music and artists in a variety of musical styles, with an emphasis in composing for video games, film scoring, sound design, electronic music, songwriting and arranging, studio recording, and live sound reinforcement. The program provides balanced course- work in music and music technology that teaches music to the technologist and technology to the musician.

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
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.

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 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.

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.

ElectiveEL3.0

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.

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.

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 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.

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

ElectiveEL3.0

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

Total Semester Units:16.0† 
Summer 1
MUST 145 - Live Sound Reinforcement IM3.0
MUST 145 - Live Sound Reinforcement 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 seeks an overview of live concert sound reinforcement. Topics include basic sound system theory and its application. It also covers individual sound system component operation, including microphones, mixers, effects, power amplifiers, and speaker systems. This course offers opportunities for hands-on experiences in troubleshooting, sound checking, and mixing sound for live performance applications.

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

Total Semester Units:6.0 
3rd Semester
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.

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 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.

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 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.

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
Select one: MUST 151 / MUS 132 / MUS 135 (RHC GE 7a)M3.0
MUST 151 - History of Electronic Music (3.0 units)

Advisory:READ 043 or appropriate placement; ENGL 030 or ENLA 034 or appropriate placement
Transfers to:CSU

This course is a survey course designed for the student who seeks an introduction to Electronic Music. Beginning with the European and American avant-garde, this course will trace the roots and routes of electronic music through Jamaican Dub, Chicago House, Detroit Techno, Bronx Hip-hop, and UK Rave to name a few. Analysis of musical style and the relationship to particular technologies will accompany our examination of various genres in their social and cultural contexts.

MUS 132 - History of Rock and Roll (3.0 units)

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

This course is a survey course designed for the student who seeks an introduction to rock and roll. The course will focus on rock and roll music, its origins and its many sub-styles. The social, political,and economic influence the music has had on society and other types of music will also be examined.

MUS 135 - Music in Film (3.0 units)

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

This course is a survey of the art and craft of film music as practiced by prominent film composers and sound designers. Emphasis will be placed on history and function from 1930 to the present, as well as cultural context. The class is designed for students interested in learning how music influences film.

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

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

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.

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 - Music and Integrated Technology AS program 63.5† 
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
   

Program Learning Outcomes

1

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


2

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.


3

Students will be able to demonstrate a basic understanding of the creative processes for songwriting and electronic music production.


4

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


5

Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the cultural, socio-economic, and political implications of contemporary music history.


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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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