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Music Transfer Degree Guide and Course Descriptions

Choir Performing in ConcertThe Choral and Instrumental Music programs serve two primary functions: for music majors it provides a solid academic and performance foundation to prepare them for transfer to a four-year institution; for non-music majors it provides an opportunity to participate in musical performances and activities to expand their knowledge and appreciation for music.

Class choices should be planned with the requirements of the transfer institution in mind.  See your advisor for enrollment information and transfer institution requirements

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 Recommended Courses

    Credit Hrs.
MUSC-123 Music Theory I 3
MUSC-118 Sight Singing and Ear Training I 3
MUSC-117 Applied Music 1
MUSC-124 Music Theory II 3
MUSC-119 Sight Singing and Ear Training II 3
MUSC-223 Music Theory III 3
MUSC-218 Advanced Sight Singing and Ear Training I 3
MUSC-219 Advanced Sight Singing and Ear Training II 3
MUSC-224 Music Theory IV 3

 

Most Music majors opt for the Associate in Arts degree.  This degree is meant to transfer to a baccalaureate degree granting institution. The student must complete 64 semester hours with a grade point average of 2.00 (C) or above. There is a minimum cumulative general education requirement of 36 semester hours. A minimum number of semester credit hours will be required in each of the fields listed below. NOTE: No courses numbered below 100 apply.

Description of Courses

MUSC-107. Class Piano. 1 Hour. Class instruction in Keyboard. Instruction in piano is designed to develop musicianship and technical proficiency, and to further the ability to sight read and to assimilate music  without guidance. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

MUSC-109. Instrumental Combo Ensemble. 2 Hours. This is an advanced performance-oriented course dealing with all aspects of small group instrumental performance. Styles of music will include but are not limited to: jazz, rock, pop, funk, and ska. Students will have several on- and off-campus performance opportunities throughout the semester.

MUSC-110. West African Drum Ensemble. 2 Hours. This course is designed to enable the student to gain
greater appreciation and understanding of music of Sub-Saharan Africa, primarily West Africa. Students will
prepare and perform traditional West African rhythms. Students will engage in community education through campus performances and various outreach opportunities.

MUSC-111. Concert Choir. 1 Hour. The Concert Choir sings many styles of choral literature from the Baroque Era to the present, and a public concert culminates each semester. This course is open to all students who enjoy singing and will enable them to better understand and appreciate the aesthetics of  choral music. May be taken for credit four times.

MUSC-112. Wind Ensemble. 2 Hours. This course explores all areas of wind band literature. It is created to improve technical playing, overall musicianship, work ethic, and motivation through challenging literature. The wind ensemble comprises of students on campus and is open to anyone who auditions. This ensemble
performs a concert at the end of the semester and performs at area high schools across Southeast Kansas. This ensemble also serves as the basketball band for Coffeyville Community College. May be taken for credit two times. Prerequisite: Student needs to have a minimum two years of band experience or consent of instructor.

MUSC-113. Drum Ensemble. 1 Hour. This course is designed to enable the student to gain greater appreciation and understanding of the percussive arts, specifically through the marching percussion genre. Students will prepare and perform literature consisting of classic street beats, modern cadences, world  music styles, and stage pieces. Students will engage in community education through campus  performances and various outreach opportunities.

MUSC-114. Concert Band. 1 Hour. This course explores all areas of wind band literature. It is created to improve technical playing, overall musicianship, work ethic, and motivation through challenging literature. Membership in the course is drawn from students on campus and community members. This ensemble performs a concert at the end of the semester. Prerequisite: Student needs to have a minimum two years of band experience or consent of instructor.

MUSC-115. Instrumental Ensemble. 1 Hour. This is a small ensemble open to all college students who are qualified instrumentalists. The group prepares and performs music primarily suited for the composition of the group. May be taken for credit four times. Prerequisite: Minimum two years band experience and consent of the instructor.

MUSC-116. Marching Band. 2 Hours. An instrumental music unit emphasizing performances, drilling and coordination of drills with suitable music as the basis of the course. May be taken for credit two times. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Student needs to have a minimum two years of band experience.

MUSC-117. Applied Music. 1 Hour. Private instruction in Piano, Voice, Brass, Percussion, Woodwind, and Conducting will be offered. May be taken for credit four times. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

MUSC-118. Sight Singing and Ear Training I. 3 Hours. This course is designed for students who plan to major in music. It begins with an introduction to musicianship to help students learn to read music with a particular emphasis on the basic skills of reading music at sight and the mental recognition of phrases and melodies so they can be transcribed to staff paper. The course includes singing and dictation of rhythms in simple and compound meters, scales and diatonic melodies; study and analysis of representative music literature are included.

MUSC-119. Sight Singing and Ear Training II. 3 Hours. This course is a continuation of aural skill training with introduction to modulating melodies and elementary harmonic dictations, with studies of related music literature. Keyboard work will include the playing of major scales using key signatures. Prerequisite: Sight Singing and Ear Training I.

MUSC-120. Vocal Ensemble. 1 Hour. The singers in this ensemble are selected by audition. This ensemble
performs more contemporary literature and utilizes choreography in its performances. May be taken for credit four times.

MUSC-122. Music Appreciation. 3 Hours. This course intends to develop a capacity for critical listening and an appreciation for the various musical styles. Special attention is given to works from the standard musical repertoire of the Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic and Contemporary eras of music history. This class is designed exclusively for the non-music major.

MUSC-123. Music Theory I. 3 Hours. The content of this course includes the study of major and minor scales, key signatures, triads of the principal harmonies and basic rhythmic structure. Notational practices, partwriting and manuscript writing are included. The course is grounded in the basic tonal functions of the common practice period.

MUSC-124. Music Theory II. 3 Hours. The second semester theory course resumes the study of the common practice period, including root position triads, their doubling, spacing and connection of first and
second inversion triads; phrase structure and cadences; progressions; non-harmonic tones; dominant and nondominant seventh chords and secondary dominants. Prerequisite: Music Theory I.

MUSC-125. Caribean Ensemble. 2 Hours. This course is designed to enable the student to gain greater appreciation and understanding of music of the Caribbean. Students will prepare and perform traditional Caribbean music and styles including but not limited to Pop, Reggae, and Calypso. Students will engage in community education through campus performances and various outreach opportunities

MUSC-127. Fundamentals of Music Review. 3 Hours. This course will prepare the student for the music  theory courses (I-IV) by increasing students' music analysis skills.

MUSC-128. Aural Skills and Theory I & II. 4 Hours. Beginning to midterm: The course is designed for students who plan to major in music. Strong abilities in sight-reading music will be tested before enrollment
in this class. The course includes singing and dictation of rhythms in simple and compound meters. Scales, and diatonic melodies; study and analysis of representative music literature are also included. The content of this course includes the study of major and minor scales, key signatures, triads of the principal  harmonies and basic rhythmic structure. Notational practices, partwriting and manuscript writing are included. The course is grounded in the basic tonal functions of the common practice period. Midterm to final: Continuation of aural skill training with introduction to modulating melodies and elementary harmonic dictations, with studies of related music literature. Keyboard work will include the playing of major scales using key signatures. This course is the second course in a sequence of four sight singing and ear training courses designed for the student who is majoring in music. It is a continuation of the learning of musical skills taught in Sight Singing and Ear Training I. This course includes further sight singing and dictation of rhythms in simple and compound meters; diatonic intervals and scales, subdivision of beats in simple and compound meters; and intervals from the Dominant Seventh Chord. The second semester theory course resumes the study of the common practice period, including root position triads, their doubling, spacing and connection of the first and second inversion triads; phrase structure and cadences; progressions;  non-harmonic tones; dominant and nondominant seventh chords, and secondary dominants.

MUSC-180. Choreography. 2 Hours. This course will teach the student basic choreography dance steps and
body movement. Students will learn choreography to a complete musical show. This course will require  much physical endurance and intense concentration. The purpose of this course is to add movement to enhance a choral performance. Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor and chosen for Raven Soundsations.

MUSC-218. Advanced Sight Singing and Ear Training I. 3 Hours. Student's aural and reading abilities will be increasingly challenged by problems of rhythm, meter and pitch through specific exercises and studies of related musical literature. Prerequisite: Sight Singing and Ear Training II.

MUSC-219. Advanced Sight Singing and Ear Training II. 3 Hours. This course includes reading of two or more melodic lines, score reading and preparation, and aural analysis of melodies and harmonic progressions as played or sung. This course is the fourth course in a sequence of four sight singing and ear training courses designed for the student who is majoring in music and is recommended to be taken in conjunction with Music Theory IV. Prerequisite: Advanced Sight Singing and Ear Training I.

MUSC-223. Music Theory III. 3 Hours. This course continues the study of the common practice period
including modulation to closely related keys, borrowed chords, augmented sixth chords, Neapolitan sixths,
chromatic mediants, modulation to foreign keys, ninth, eleventh and thirteenth chords. Prerequisite: Music
Theory II.

MUSC-224. Music Theory IV. 3 Hours. This course begins with a study of impressionistic composers, and is concluded with a study of twentieth century harmonic devices. Prerequisite: Music Theory III.

MUSC-228. Aural Skills and Theory III & IV. 4 Hours. Beginning to midterm: Students’ aural and reading abilities will be increasingly challenged by problems of rhythm, meter and pitch through specific exercises and studies of related musical literature. This course continues the study of the common practice period including modulation to closely related keys, borrowed chords, augmented sixth chords, Neapolitan sixths, chromatic mediants, modulation to foreign keys, ninth, eleventh, and thirteenth chords. Midterm to final: Reading of two or more melodic lines, score reading and preparation, and aural analysis of melodies and harmonic progressions as played or sung. This course is the fourth course in a sequence of four sight singing and ear training courses designed for the student who is majoring in music. It is a continuation of the learning of musical skills taught in Aural Skills and Theory I & II. This course includes material to further
develop the students’ skills insight singing. This course begins with a study of impressionistic composers, and is concluded with a study of twentieth century harmonic devices. Prerequisite: Aural Skills and Theory I & II.