West Valley College
14000 Fruitvale Avenue, Saratoga, CA 95070 • Phone (408) 867-2200

Theory & Musicianship

MUSIC 3A - Music Theory Level 1

3 units - Lecture 3 units; lab 0 unit 
Advisory: MUSIC 5: Fundamentals of Music. Music majors are required to take MUSIC 20A concurrent with this course. Non-majors are encouraged but not required to take MUSIC 20A concurrent with this course. 
Concurrent enrollment in MUS 30A/B Beginning Piano or 31A/B Intermediate Piano is strongly encouraged for all students.  Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

C-ID MUS 120

This course incorporates the following concepts, through guided composition and analysis: 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. Music majors are required to take MUS 20A concurrent with this course. Non-majors are encouraged but not required to take MUS 20A concurrent with this course. Pass/No Pass Option 

MUSIC 3B - Music Theory Level 2

4 units - Lecture 3.5 units; lab 0.5 units 
Prerequisite: MUSIC 3A: Music Theory Level 1 and MUSIC 20A: Musicianship Level 1
Concurrent enrollment in MUS 30A/B Beginning Piano or 31A/B Intermediate Piano is strongly recommended.
Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

C-ID MUS 130, MUS 135

This course incorporates the concepts from MUSIC 3A Music Theory Level I and MUSIC 20A Musicianship Level I. Through guided composition and analysis, the course includes: an introduction to two-part counterpoint; voice leading involving four-part chorale writing; diatonic harmony; and an introduction to secondary/ applied chords and modulation. 

The musicianship lab component applies and develops the rhythmic, melodic, and harmonic materials of Music Theory II through ear training, sight singing, analysis, and dictation. Concurrent enrollment in MUSIC 30A/B Beginning Piano or 31A/B Intermediate Piano is strongly recommended. Pass/No Pass Option 

MUSIC 4A - Music Theory Level 3

4 units - Lecture 3.5 units; lab 0.5 units
Prerequisite: MUSIC 3B
Concurrent enrollment in MUSIC 30A/B Beginning Piano or 31A/B Intermediate Piano is strongly recommended. 
Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

C-ID ENGL 145

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. This course incorporates the study of advanced harmonic, rhythmic and melodic materials, with emphasis on chromatic harmony, survey and analysis of musical styles and period techniques, with four-part writing of diatonic and chromatic chords. The lab focuses on performance skills in advanced sight singing and rhythmic exercises, one and two parts, and dictation of advanced melodic and harmonic elements. 

Concurrent enrollment in MUS 30A/B Beginning Piano or 31A/B Intermediate Piano is strongly recommended. Pass/No Pass Option 

MUSIC 4B - Music Theory Level 4

4 units - Lecture 3.5 units; lab 0.5 units
Prerequisite: MUSIC 4A
Concurrent enrollment in MUSIC 30A/B Beginning Piano or 31A/B Intermediate Piano is strongly recommended.
Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

C-ID MUS 150, MUS 155

This course incorporates further study of advanced harmonic, rhythmic and melodic materials, with emphasis on chromatic harmony, modulation, survey and analysis of musical styles and period techniques, including the 20th century, and four-part writing using secondary dominants, the Neapolitan, French, German and Italian sixths. The lab focuses on advanced sight singing in one and two parts, and melodic and harmonic dictation using advanced chromatic materials. 

Concurrent enrollment in MUS 30A/B Beginning Piano or 31A/B Intermediate Piano is strongly recommended. This course incorporates the concepts from Music Theory III. In addition, through writing and analysis, the course will include: post-Romantic techniques such as borrowed chords and modal mixture, chromatic mediants, Neapolitan and augmented-sixth chords, 9th, 11th and 13th chords, altered chords and dominants; and 20th century techniques such as: Impressionism, tone rows, set theory, pandiatonicism and polytonalism, meter and rhythm. Pass/No Pass Option

MUSIC 5 - Fundamentals of Music

3 units - Lecture 3 units; lab 0 units
Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University 

This course is designed for the student who wants a beginning background in the theory of music. The course includes: basic musical notation, rhythm and meter, major and minor scales, major and minor key signatures, intervals and inversions, triads (major, minor, diminished and augmented), some seventh chords, inversions of triads and seventh chords, elementary formal and harmonic analysis, and ear training for all of the above, plus some sight singing and melodic dictation. This is NOT a music major course. Pass/No Pass Option 

MUSIC 20 - Ear Training Fundamentals

1 unit - Lecture 1 unit; lab 0 units
Acceptable for credit: University of California,  California State University

A laboratory in ear training for those whose background in music has not included systematic training of the ability to hear pitches, intervals, triads, progressions, rhythmic patterns, etc. Correlated with, and supplementary to, MUSIC 3AB and 4AB, this laboratory will provide much more time to concentrate on the difficulties many students experience at this stage in music study, apart from the written and keyboard aspects of their formal study. Pass/No Pass Option 

MUSIC 20A - Musicianship Level 1

1 unit - Lecture 0 unit; lab 1 unit
Advisory: MUSIC 5
Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

C-ID MUS 125 

Music majors are required to take MUSIC 3A concurrent with this course. 

Non-majors are encouraged but not required to take MUS 3A concurrent with this course. Concurrent enrollment in MUS 30A/B Beginning Piano or 31A/B Intermediate Piano is str ongly encouraged for all students. 

Required for music majors, this course is a laboratory in ear training and sight-singing correlated with MUSIC 3A. This class provides a systematic training in the ability to hear music elements of melody, harmony and rhythm, and to perform melodic, harmonic and rhythmic elements, dictation and analysis. Pass/No Pass Option 

Ensembles

MUSIC 40A - Chamber Singers - Early Music

2 units - Lecture 1 unit; lab 1 unit
Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University 

Chamber Singers is a choral ensemble open to all students by audition. The ensemble performs a wide range of music in concerts and choral festivals throughout the region. The literature performed in this class is primarily from the early eras of music history (Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque), encompassing cultures of Eurasia and the Americas, though literature of other eras may also be programmed. 

MUSIC 40B - Chamber Singers - Classical Music

2 units - Lecture 1 unit; lab 1 unit
Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University 

Chamber Singers is a choral ensemble open to all students by audition. The Chamber Singers perform a wide range of music in concerts and choral festivals throughout the region. The literature performed in this class is primarily from the classical eras of music history (Classical, Romantic), though other literature may also be programmed. 

MUSIC 40C - Chamber Singers - Modern Music

2 units - Lecture 1 unit; lab 1 unit
Acceptable for credit: University of California,  California State University

Chamber Singers is a choral ensemble open to all students by audition. The Chamber Singers perform a wide range of music in concerts and choral festivals throughout the region. The literature performed in this class is primarily from the recent eras of music history (Impressionist, 20th Century, 21st Century), though other literature may also be programmed. Pass/No Pass Option 

MUSIC 42 - College Chorale

2 units - Lecture 1 unit; lab 1 unit
Acceptable for credit: University of California,  California State University 

Chamber Singers is a choral ensemble open to all students by audition. The Chamber Singers perform a wide range of music in concerts and choral festivals throughout the region. The literature performed in this class is primarily from the recent eras of music history (Impressionist, 20th Century, 21st Century), though other literature may also be programmed. Pass/No Pass Option 

MUSIC 48A - Symphony Orchestra

1 unit - Lecture 0 units; lab 1 unit
Prerequisite: Audition is required.
Acceptable for credit: California State University 

C-ID MUS 180 

This course is for the study, rehearsal, and public performance of Classical orchestra literature, with an emphasis on the development of skills needed to perform within an ensemble. Different literature is studied each semester. Attendance at all scheduled performances is required. Audition required. Pass/No Pass Option 

MUSIC 49 - Symphonic Band

1 unit - Lecture 0 unit; lab 1 unit
Advisory: Audition
Acceptable for credit: University of California,  California State University

C-ID MUS 180

This course is for the study, rehearsal, and public performance of the standard wind band literature, with an emphasis on the development of skills needed to perform within an ensemble. Different literature is studied each semester. Attendance at all scheduled performances is required. Audition is required. Pass/No Pass Option 

MUSIC 51A - Jazz Ensemble

2 units - Lecture 1 unit; lab 1 unit
Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University 

This course includes the study and performance of American Jazz literature, focusing on the Big Band era. There is an emphasis on group participation and public performance. Attendance at all scheduled performances required. 

MUSIC 61 - Vocal Jazz Ensemble

2 units - Lecture 1 unit; lab 1 unit
Advisory: Previous choral experience; ability to sing in a choral group
Acceptable for credit: University of California,  California State University

Study and performance of vocal jazz and popular music literature. Performances are given for wide variety of events: service organizations, civic groups, on-campus concerts, festivals and participation in annual concert tour. Attendance required at all rehearsals and performances. Admission by audition. 

Applied Music

Music 39 - Applied Music

0.5 units - Lecture 0 units; lab 0.5 units
HBA 0.5 hr/wk
Acceptable for credit: California State University

C-ID MUS 160

This course, intended for music majors, focuses on the individualized study of appropriate techniques and repertoire for specific instruments or voice. Instruction takes place in one studio class and one private lesson per week. Emphasis is placed on the progressive development of skills needed for solo performance. Achievement is evaluated through a performance before a jury of music faculty. Required for Music AA-T.

Commercial

MUSIC 63A - Introduction to Music Technology

3 units - Lecture 2 units; lab 1 unit
Acceptable for credit: California State University

This is a project based course providing specific training in MIDI performance techniques. The course covers computer based sequencing, signal processing, recording and score editing with computer-related instruments in a standard MIDI environment. 

MUSIC 63B - Advanced Music Production & Multi-Track Recording

3 units - Lecture 2 units; lab 1 unit
Prerequisite: MUSIC 5
Acceptable for credit: California State University

This is a project based course providing appropriate training in intermediate MIDI performance techniques. The course covers intermediate-advanced computer based sequencing, original processing, recording and score editing with computer-related instruments in an intermediate-advanced MIDI environment. 

MUSIC 64 - Sound Design

3 units - Lecture 2 units; lab 1 unit
Acceptable for credit: California State University

This course is an introductory survey of sound types, techniques and the methods of their application for appropriate accompaniment to computer animation and multi-media presentations. Pass/No Pass Option 

MUSIC 65A - Recording Arts I

3 units - Lecture 2 units; lab 1 unit
Acceptable for credit: California State University

This is the first of a 3-part series of recording arts classes. It is an introductory class to the audio recording arts, covering basic recording studio skills including analog audio theory, signal flow, gain staging, microphones, mic placement and tracking. Pass/No Pass Option

MUSIC 65B - Recording Arts II

3 units - Lecture 2 units; lab 1 unit
Advisory: MUSIC 65A
Acceptable for credit: California State University

This is the second of a 3-part series of recording arts classes. Music 65B is an intermediate class in the audio recording arts, covering multi-track recording & overdubbing, outboard and on-board signal processing, use of patch bays, mixing, automation and commercial music production. Pass/No Pass Option

MUSIC 65C - Recording Arts III

3 units - Lecture 2 units; lab 1 unit
Prerequisite: MUSIC 65
Acceptable for credit: California State University

This is the last of a 3-part series of recording arts classes. It is an advanced course in the audio recording arts, covering mixing, signal processing, comp tracks and mastering. Pass/No Pass Option

MUSIC 67A - Music for Film, TV & Gaming

3 unit - Lecture 2 units; lab 1 unit
Advisory: MUSIC 5
Acceptable for credit: California State University

Using tools of the modern MIDI studio, this course provides an introductory level of learning to write music for TV, film, and games. Topics include the anatomy of a media score, linear and layering scoring techniques, and the business relationship with clients. 

MUSIC 68 - Synthestration, CG Orchestration

3 units - Lecture 2 units; lab 1 unit
Advisory: MUSIC 5
Acceptable for credit: California State University

This course offers the basics of orchestration, as well as an introduction to the world of computers, samples, and MIDI to create effective virtual orchestrations for media and composition. This course also covers studio requirements and considerations, such as computer choices, sequencing software, sample libraries, electronic orchestration techniques, and mixing techniques, all with the primary objective of producing facsimiles of electronic and acoustic instrument performances. 

MUSIC 69 - Commercial Music Theory/ Songwriting I

3 units - Lecture 2 units; lab 1 unit
Prerequisite: MUSIC 5
Acceptable for credit: California State University

This course gives students the opportunity to learn the theory and techniques relevant to composing in a commercial song format. Pass/ No Pass Option.

Music Electives

MUSIC 6 - Introduction to Music Education

2 units - Lecture 2 units; lab 0 units
Acceptable for credit: California State University

This course covers the basics of teaching music in the public schools. The topics covered include pedagogical methods, classroom control and lesson planning. Pass/No Pass Option 

MUSIC 26 - Techniques of Jazz-Rock Guitar

1 unit - Lecture 1 unit; lab 0 units
Advisory: MUSIC 5
Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

Students will have the opportunity to study, analyze, and perform chord progressions, chord substitutions, scales and modes, guitar picking, improvising, position playing, and chord-solo playing. Pass/No Pass Option

MUSIC 27 - Introduction to Jazz Piano

1 unit - Lecture 1 unit; lab 0 units
Acceptable for credit: University of California,  California State University

A study of basic harmonies and voicings at the keyboard as applied to jazz and “popular music.” An in-depth analysis of chord progressions, substitutions, “comping” techniques and solo improvisational playing. Pass/No Pass Option 

MUSIC 30A - Beginning Piano

1 unit - Lecture 1 unit; lab 0 units
Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

A beginning keyboard study for students with no previous training In piano. Study of note r eading, the clefs, simple pieces, scales, Arpeggios and exercises. Pass/No Pass Option

MUSIC 30B - Beginning Piano

1 unit - Lecture 1 unit; lab 0 unit
Prerequisite: MUSIC 30A or demonstrated skills
Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

This is a beginning keyboard study for students with no previous training in piano. Study of note reading, the clefs, simple pieces, scales, arpeggios and exercises is included. Pass/No Pass Option

MUSIC 31A, B - Intermediate Piano

1 unit each - Lecture 1 unit; lab 0 units
Advisory: MUSIC 30B before 31A; 31A or 30B before 31B
Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

A continuation of 30A and 30B. Designed for those who wish to continue to improve their keyboard skills through the study of scales, arpeggios, exercises, and exciting keyboard works of different periods and styles. Class activities include duets and class ensemble playing. 

MUSIC 32A - Beginning Voice: Classical Music

1 unit - Lecture 1 unit; lab 0 units
Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

This course offers group instruction in vocal technique using classical solo literature. Topics covered include posture, breath support, articulation, and common vocal problems. Pass/No Pass Option 

MUSIC 32B - Beginning Voice: Folk Music

1 unit - Lecture 1 unit; lab 0 units
Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

This course offers group instruction in vocal technique using solo and small ensemble folk literature from around the world. Topics covered include posture, breath support, articulation, and common vocal problems. Pass/No Pass Option

MUSIC 32C - Beginning Voice: Musical Theater

1 unit - Lecture 1 unit; lab 0 units
Acceptable for credit: University of California,  California State University

This course offers group instruction in vocal technique using Musical Theater solo literature. Topics covered include posture, breath support, articulation, and common vocal problems. Pass/ No Pass Option

MUSIC 33A, B - Intermediate Voice

1 unit each - Lecture 1 unit; lab 0 units
Advisory: MUSIC 32A or 32B before 33A; 33A is recommended before 33B
Acceptable for credit: University of California,  California State University

Elements of vocal production, song interpretation, voice placement, and basic music theory for singers; learning art song repertoire, vowel and consonant use; overcoming nervousness in singing; vocal exercises. 

MUSIC 36 - Guitar

1 unit - Lecture 1 unit; lab 0 unit
Acceptable for credit: University of California,  California State University

This is a beginning course in guitar. Emphasis is on reading music, playing in first position, playing scales, learning chords and major and minor keys. Pass/No Pass Option 

MUSIC 36B - Intermediate Guitar

1 unit - Lecture 0.5 units; lab 0.5 units
Advisory: Basic Guitar skills beyond 1 year of study.
Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

This intermediate level course emphasizes further study in reading music and playing in first through seventh position. The course also offers extended study of scales, chords, and major and minor keys. This course requires public performances both on campus and in the community. Pass/No Pass Option 

MUSIC 43A, B - Techniques of Jazz Improvisation

2 units each - Lecture 2 units; lab 0 units
Advisory: MUSIC 43A before 43B.
Acceptable for credit: University of California,  California State University

A study of jazz harmony, melody and rhythm, found in contemporary jazz music, designed to provide knowledge of basic materials and practices necessary for performing in the jazz idiom. Pass/No Pass Option 

MUSIC 44 - Musical Theater & Opera Scenes

2 Units - Lecture 1 unit; lab 1 unit
Advisory: Music 32C and or Music 33A and or Music 33B and or THEA 40A
Acceptable for credit: California State University

This course provides students the opportunity to apply vocal and theatrical skills necessary for a staged performance in the opera and musical theater genres. Audition required. Pass/No Pass Option 

MUSIC 52A - Ensemble Performance in Jazz & Popular Music

2 units - Lecture 1 unit; lab 1 unit
Advisory: MUSIC 51A and MUSIC 39
Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

This course focuses on small group playing. Styles include Be-Bop, Hard Bop, Soul Jazz, Fusion, swing, and early Dixieland styles. Each group is expected to perform tunes from each of the mentioned styles. 

MUSIC 62A - Solo Performance in Jazz & Popular Music

1 unit - Lecture 0 units; lab 1 unit
Advisory: Previous Singing experience and ability to match pitch
Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

Students study and perform songs in the popular and jazz idiom. Proper vocal technique, stage presence, phrasing and styling, and the use of microphone are explored. Pass/No Pass Option 

Online GE

MUSIC 1 - Music History

3 units - Lecture 3 units; lab 0 units
Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

This course is a chronological study of music from early origins to 1750, with emphasis on stylistic considerations as demonstrated by significant composers and their representative works.

MUSIC 2 - Music History

3 units - Lecture 3 units; lab 0 units
Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

This course is a chronological study of music from 1750 to the present, with emphasis on stylistic considerations as demonstrated by significant composers and their representative works. 

MUSIC 9 - Jazz - Past & Present

3 units - Lecture 3 units; lab 0 units
Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

This course introduces the development and evolution of jazz in the United States. Analysis of the elements of jazz with attention to stylistic differences throughout its history (1890 to present). 

MUSIC 10 - Music Appreciation

3 units - Lecture 3 units; lab 0 units
Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

This is a basic introductory course for the student without previous training in music listening or performance. The students are given an opportunity for development of enjoyment and appreciation through active and guided listening to such musical forms as symphony, opera, tone poem, ballet, and concerto from early times to the present. The periods of Pre-Baroque (to 1600); Baroque (1600-1750); Classic (1750-1825); Romantic age (1825-1900); Nationalism; Modern (Jazz, Rock, Electronic Music) are covered. 

MUSIC 54 - History of Rock & Roll

3 units - Lecture 3 units; lab 0 units
Acceptable for credit: University of California,  California State University

This course covers the history of Rock and Roll music from its inception in the mid 40’s through the punk movement of the late 70’s and beyond. This course examines the relationship between music, musicians, and society during this period. This course is West Valley College AA/AS degree applicable under area C. Humanities. Pass/No Pass Option 

MUSIC 55 - World Music

3 units - Lecture 3 units; lab 0 units
Acceptable for credit: University of California,  California State University

This course covers the developments in music from a non-western perspective. The course includes the influence of various cultures (African drumming, Javanese Gamelan, South American hand percussion) on the music of today. Pass/No Pass Option 

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