Lower Division

 

Lower Division Performance Requirements

Group instruction of fundamental piano skills to be used in live worship service settings. Focus on scales, basic chord structures, improvisation, chord chart realization, and accompaniment skills.(1 unit; Fall/Spring)

InstructorStart DateDaysTimeLocation
MUS015-C
Dahlgren, Steven J
09/03/2024 MW 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM Hawkins Music Building 159
MUS015-B
Dahlgren, Steven J
09/03/2024 MW 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM Hawkins Music Building 159
MUS015-A
Dahlgren, Steven J
09/03/2024 MW 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Hawkins Music Building 159

Beginning group instruction on drum set as applied to commercial music studies. Students with a drum set as their primary instrument may substitute one-unit of voice. (1 unit; Fall)

InstructorStart DateDaysTimeLocation
MUS016-A
Walton, Tyler E.
09/03/2024 TTh 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM Hawkins Music Building 108

Group instruction of intermediate piano skills to be used in live worship service settings. Content will continue from MUS 015 - Class Piano for Worship Arts and Commercial Music I and focus on more advanced chord structures, improvisation, chord chart realization, and accompaniment skills. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: MUS 015. (1 unit; Fall/Spring)

InstructorStart DateDaysTimeLocation
MUS025-C
Dahlgren, Steven J
01/13/2025 MW 3:45 PM - 4:45 PM Hawkins Music Building 159
MUS025-A
Dahlgren, Steven J
01/13/2025 MW 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM Hawkins Music Building 159
MUS025-B
Dahlgren, Steven J
01/13/2025 MW 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM Hawkins Music Building 159

Beginning group instruction on bass and guitar as applied to commercial music studies. Students with guitar or bass as their primary instrument may substitute one-unit of voice. (1 unit; Spring)

InstructorStart DateDaysTimeLocation
MUS026-A
Aaron, Blake
01/13/2025 TTh 8:45 AM - 9:45 AM Hawkins Music Building 162

Studies of style and performance in popular music genres in an ensemble setting. Students will rehearse and perform music of various decades, 50s through 70s. Students must be enrolled in at least one ensemble for full credit each semester. Additional ensembles may be taken for zero (0) units. May be repeated for a maximum of eight (8) units. (0-1 units; Fall/Spring)

InstructorStart DateDaysTimeLocation
MUS046-B
Benford, Emily L
09/03/2024 TTh 4:15 PM - 5:45 PM Hawkins Music Building 163
MUS046-A
McCoy, Jamond D.
09/03/2024 TTh 4:15 PM - 5:45 PM Hawkins Music Building 147
MUS046-A
McCoy, Jamond D.
01/13/2025 TTh 4:15 PM - 5:45 PM Other Non-Site Locations OTHR
MUS046-B
Benford, Emily L
01/13/2025 TTh 4:15 PM - 5:45 PM Hawkins Music Building 162

Studies of style and performance in popular music genres in an ensemble setting. Students will rehearse and perform music of various decades, 80s through contemporary. Students must be enrolled in at least one ensemble for full credit each semester. Additional ensembles may be taken for zero (0) units. May be repeated for a maximum of eight (8) units. (0-1 units; Fall/Spring)

InstructorStart DateDaysTimeLocation
MUS047-B
Benford, Emily L
09/03/2024 TTh 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM Hawkins Music Building 163
MUS047-A
McCoy, Jamond D.
09/03/2024 TTh 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM Hawkins Music Building 147
MUS047-A
McCoy, Jamond D.
01/13/2025 TTh 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM Other Non-Site Locations OTHR
MUS047-B
Benford, Emily L
01/13/2025 TTh 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Hawkins Music Building 162

Private Instruction is offered with material and performance of increasing difficulty as the student develops. Students must arrange a lesson time before or during the first week of classes in the School of Music office or with the instructor. Twelve (12) half-hour lessons will be offered per unit. Students are expected to perform in Student Recitals and a Jury Exam. May be repeated for credit. Additional private instruction fee. Prerequisite: Declared Music Major or Minor. (1-2 units; As offered)

InstructorStart DateDaysTimeLocation
MUS080-A
STAFF, STAFF
09/03/2024 - Instructor OFFC
MUS080-A
STAFF, STAFF
01/13/2025 F 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM Instructor OFFC

*MUS 080-089 Private Instruction (4 units, same instrument) 

Piano Proficiency Requirements and Exemptions:

  • Students must stay enrolled in Class Piano for Worship Arts until piano proficiency is completed.
  • Pianists who pass all fifteen (15) skills of piano proficiency (Division III) may be exempt from MUS 015 and MUS 025.

 

Lower Division Requirements

Overview of the diverse industry of commercial music. Students will explore trends, vocations and markets through lectures and insights delivered by industry professionals. (2 units; Fall)

InstructorStart DateDaysTimeLocation
MUS105-A
Brooks, James Thomas
09/03/2024 MW 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM Hawkins Music Building 147

A review of music fundamentals, intensive study of basic concepts of music theory for the music major, introduction to music notation software. Concert attendance requirement. Concurrent requisite: MUS 115. (3 units; Fall)

InstructorStart DateDaysTimeLocation
MUS114-A
King, Nathan E.
09/03/2024 MWF 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM Hawkins Music Building 147
MUS114-B
Pickett, Glenn A.
09/03/2024 MWF 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Hawkins Music Building 147

Introductory experiences in sight-singing and ear-training. Concurrent Requisite: MUS 114. (1 unit; Fall).htm

InstructorStart DateDaysTimeLocation
MUS115-B
St Marseille, Daniel F
09/03/2024 MW 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Hawkins Music Building 101
MUS115-A
St Marseille, Daniel F
09/03/2024 MW 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM Hawkins Music Building 101

Development of skills in analyzing and writing music involving diatonic voice leading principles and harmonic progressions. Examples are drawn from art, sacred and popular music. Concurrent Requisite: MUS 125. Prerequisite: MUS 114. Concert attendance requirement. (3 units; Spring)

InstructorStart DateDaysTimeLocation
MUS124-B
Pickett, Glenn A.
01/13/2025 MWF 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Hawkins Music Building 147
MUS124-A
King, Nathan E.
01/13/2025 MWF 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM Hawkins Music Building 147

Continued development of aural skills and introduction to keyboard harmony and improvisation. Prerequisite: MUS 115; Concurrent requisite: MUS 124. (1 unit; Spring)

InstructorStart DateDaysTimeLocation
MUS125-A
St Marseille, Daniel F
01/13/2025 MW 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM Hawkins Music Building 101
MUS125-B
St Marseille, Daniel F
01/13/2025 MW 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Hawkins Music Building 101

Introduction to theories, fundamentals, and practices of entrepreneurship and small business as applied to musicians. Course will cover planning, finance, copyright and law as applied to the music business, merchandise, licensing, digital rights and royalty management and endorsements. (3 units; Spring)

InstructorStart DateDaysTimeLocation
MUS236-A
Jimenez, Hector Gabriel
09/03/2024 MWF 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM Hawkins Music Building 161
MUS236-A
Jimenez, Hector Gabriel
01/13/2025 MW 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM Hawkins Music Building 163

Overview of marketing fundamentals, theories and applications as applied to musicians. Students will explore advertising, social media marketing, strategic marketing planning, international marketing, and other topics related to contemporary musicians and music business. (3 units; Spring)

InstructorStart DateDaysTimeLocation
MUS246-A
Jimenez, Hector Gabriel
09/03/2024 MWF 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Hawkins Music Building 161
MUS246-A
Jimenez, Hector Gabriel
01/13/2025 MW 6:15 PM - 7:45 PM Hawkins Music Building 163

Introduction to a broad perspective of the many ways musicians use computers. Emphasis on historic milestones, current issues, and practical skill in using software and hardware in music technology. Prerequisite: Declared music major, minor, or concentration. (2 units; Fall/Spring)

InstructorStart DateDaysTimeLocation
MUS282-A
Jimenez, Hector Gabriel
09/03/2024 MW 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Hawkins Music Building 161
MUS282-B
Jimenez, Hector Gabriel
09/03/2024 MW 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM Hawkins Music Building 161
MUS282-C
Jimenez, Hector Gabriel
01/13/2025 MW 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Hawkins Music Building 161
MUS282-A
Jimenez, Hector Gabriel
01/13/2025 MW 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Hawkins Music Building 161
MUS282-B
Jimenez, Hector Gabriel
01/13/2025 MW 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM Hawkins Music Building 161

This course covers the basic physical principles of waves required to understand the phenomena of sound and music. We will discover the properties of waves, such as speed, frequency, wavelength, amplitude, and intensity. We will discuss how frequency relates to harmonics, pitch, and resonance. We will discuss diffraction, interference, and the Doppler Effect. We will discuss the different kinds of sounds produced by different kinds of musical instruments (strings, wind, brass, and the human voice). Should be taken with PHY 125L. Prerequisite: MAT 115. (3 units; Fall, even years)

InstructorStart DateDaysTimeLocation
PHY125-A
Choi, Hyung S
09/03/2024 TTh 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM James Complex 121

This laboratory course will feature demonstration, examples, and hands-on laboratory activities to supplement the learning objectives of PHY 125 (Physics of Sound and Music). These interactive laboratory based experiences will cover sound waves, pitch, loudness, timbre, harmonics, resonance, the human ear, and other topics related to PHY 125. Time may also be dedicated to working out examples to develop physics problem-solving skills in a highly interactive setting. Additional Lab Fee. Pre- or Co- Requisite: PHY 125. (1 unit; Fall, even years)

InstructorStart DateDaysTimeLocation
PHY125L-A
Choi, Hyung S
09/03/2024 W 3:00 PM - 5:45 PM James Complex 121

 

Upper Division

 

Upper Division Performance Requirements

Exploration of musical genres in small ensemble setting. Ensemble will explore one musical style which may change each semester. Genres selected from include but are not limited to: Funk Ensemble, Jam Band, Salsa Band, Rock, Country, R-n-B, Blues, and Jazz Fusion. Students must be enrolled in at least one ensemble for full credit each semester. Additional ensembles may be taken for zero (0) units. May be repeated for a maximum of eight (8) units. (0-1 units; Fall/Spring)

InstructorStart DateDaysTimeLocation
MUS446-B
Benford, Emily L
09/03/2024 MW 1:15 PM - 2:45 PM Hawkins Music Building 147
MUS446-C
STAFF, STAFF
09/03/2024 MW 1:15 PM - 2:45 PM Hawkins Music Building 163
MUS446-D
STAFF, STAFF
09/03/2024 MW 1:15 PM - 2:45 PM Other Non-Site Locations OTHR
MUS446-A
Benford, Emily L
09/03/2024 MW 1:15 PM - 2:45 PM Hawkins Music Building 138
MUS446-A
Benford, Emily L
01/13/2025 MW 1:15 PM - 2:45 PM Hawkins Music Building 138
MUS446-B
Benford, Emily L
01/13/2025 MW 1:15 PM - 2:45 PM Hawkins Music Building 147
MUS446-C
STAFF, STAFF
01/13/2025 MW 1:15 PM - 2:45 PM Hawkins Music Building 163

*Complete 2 units of MUS 446.

 

Upper Division Requirements

This course is a study of the development of musical styles and idioms in the context of selected historical periods and their connection with the cultural evolution of Western civilization. (3 units; Fall)

InstructorStart DateDaysTimeLocation
MUS301-A
Brand Butler, Angela H
09/03/2024 MW 10:45 AM - 12:15 PM Hawkins Music Building 108
MUS301-A
Brand Butler, Angela H
01/13/2025 MW 10:45 AM - 12:15 PM Hawkins Music Building 147

Exploration of popular song in the 20th and 21st century such as the Great American Songbook and Broadway contemporary song, and their historical and cultural significance. Emphasis placed on lyric and melodic writing as well as major songwriters. (2 units; Fall)

InstructorStart DateDaysTimeLocation
MUS305-A
O'Neal, J.Michael
09/03/2024 TTh 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM Hawkins Music Building 163

Survey of the history and development of popular music in the 20th and 21st centuries. Emphasis is placed on recorded music history and the socio-musical aspects of music. (3 units; Spring)

InstructorStart DateDaysTimeLocation
MUS306-A
O'Neal, J.Michael
01/13/2025 MWF 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Hawkins Music Building 212

The course provides the students with an appreciation and understanding of the cultural history of Jazz. Through critical listening students will learn to identify the various styles and performers associated with the traditions of Jazz. (3 units; Spring)

InstructorStart DateDaysTimeLocation
MUS308-A
Pickett, Glenn A.
01/13/2025 MW 10:45 AM - 12:15 PM Hawkins Music Building 212

Course explores studio music project creation, implementation, and delivery of product. Students will learn how to develop the overall scope of a recording project including defining project goals, selection of musical material and performers, technical resources, and budget to final product creation. Pre- or Co-Requisite: MUS 386. (3 units; Fall)

InstructorStart DateDaysTimeLocation
MUS347-B
Guerrero, Miguel A.
09/03/2024 TTh 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Hawkins Music Building 161
MUS347-A
Guerrero, Miguel A.
09/03/2024 TTh 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM Hawkins Music Building 161

Students will complete a 30-minute performance or project related to their area of studies in commercial music performance. Selection of material and performance medium will be selected in coordination with the student's applied instructor. Prerequisite: Junior status and successful completion of Applied Music Proficiency. (1 unit; Fall/Spring)

InstructorStart DateDaysTimeLocation
MUS356-A
Brooks, James Thomas
09/03/2024 - Instructor OFFC
MUS356-A
Brooks, James Thomas
01/13/2025 - Instructor OFFC

Study of the business and creative aspects of music production. Emphasis is placed on project development and tracking from demo to final product, creative and aesthetic considerations, assessing needs of artist, song selection and analysis, and artistic development and creative vision. Prerequisite: MUS 347. (3 units; Spring)

InstructorStart DateDaysTimeLocation
MUS357-A
Guerrero, Miguel A.
01/13/2025 TTh 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Hawkins Music Building 161

An examination of Scripture in order to develop a biblical theology of worship and its application in the local church. Students will learn about the development of worship practices from the Old and New Testaments and learn to apply hermeneutical principles to understanding present-day worship applications. (3 units; Fall, even years)

InstructorStart DateDaysTimeLocation

Introduction to analog and digital audio recording and ProTools recording software. Topics covered will include microphone techniques, signal flow, recording consoles, sound capture and basic sound editing. Recording of vocal and instruments will be covered. Practicum hours required. (3 units; Fall)

InstructorStart DateDaysTimeLocation
MUS386-A
Fitzpatrick, Jeffrey L.
09/03/2024 TTh 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM Hawkins Music Building 138
MUS386-B
Fitzpatrick, Jeffrey L.
09/03/2024 TTh 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Hawkins Music Building 138

Course builds upon Audio Recording and Studio Techniques II, exploring advanced studio recording and editing. Topics covered will include signal routing, DAW, digital signal processors, and recording of larger ensembles and diverse instruments. Practicum hours required. Prerequisite: MUS 386. (3 units; Spring)

InstructorStart DateDaysTimeLocation
MUS387-A
Fitzpatrick, Jeffrey L.
01/13/2025 TTh 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM Hawkins Music Building 138
MUS387-B
Fitzpatrick, Jeffrey L.
01/13/2025 TTh 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Hawkins Music Building 138

Students will complete a 60-minute performance or project related to their area of studies in commercial music performance. Selection of material and performance medium will be selected in coordination with the students applied instructor. Prerequisite: MUS 356. (1 unit; Fall/Spring)

InstructorStart DateDaysTimeLocation
MUS456-A
Brooks, James Thomas
09/03/2024 - Instructor OFFC
MUS456-A
Brooks, James Thomas
01/13/2025 - Instructor OFFC

Under faculty supervision, students will be assigned to positions in music industry related to their area of study. The internship provides breadth and depth in real-world experiences within businesses and organizations, allowing for application of concepts and skills. Prerequisite: Permission of the School of Music. (3 units; Fall/Spring)

InstructorStart DateDaysTimeLocation
MUS496-IN
Brooks, James Thomas
05/06/2024 - Instructor OFFC
MUS496-IN
Brooks, James Thomas
09/03/2024 - Instructor OFFC
MUS496-IN
Brooks, James Thomas
01/13/2025 - TBA

 

Songwriting

 

Songwriting Requirements

Study of the art and craft of songwriting, providing students with foundational understanding of the craft. Students will study the mechanics of songwriting - lyric, rhythm, melody, harmony, structure, sonics, create original musical works individually and collaboratively, and understand their unique voice and career aspirations. (2 units; Fall)

InstructorStart DateDaysTimeLocation
MUS151-A
Jimenez, Hector Gabriel
09/03/2024 W 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM Hawkins Music Building 138

Study of genre specific nuances as it relates to the craft of songwriting. Students will create original musical works individually and collaboratively. (2 units; Spring)

InstructorStart DateDaysTimeLocation
MUS152-A
Jimenez, Hector Gabriel
01/13/2025 W 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM Hawkins Music Building 138

Study of songwriting for specific outputs - TV, Film, artist(s), and themes. Students will work collaboratively with artists and directors in creating music for specific projects, resulting in original musical works and recorded artifacts. (2 units; Fall)

InstructorStart DateDaysTimeLocation
MUS251-A
Jimenez, Hector Gabriel
09/03/2024 W 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM Hawkins Music Building 138

Students will build an individual portfolio of original musical works through recording and producing of music. Students will work collaboratively with artists and directors in creating music for specific projects, resulting in original musical works and recorded artifacts. (2 units; Spring)

InstructorStart DateDaysTimeLocation
MUS252-A
Jimenez, Hector Gabriel
01/13/2025 W 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM Hawkins Music Building 138

Private instruction in the craft of songwriting within multiple musical genres and applications. Students will create original songs for public performance and distribution. Repeatable: May be repeatable for a maximum of six (6) units. Additional private instruction fee. Prerequisite: MUS 252. (1 - 2 units; Fall/ Spring)

InstructorStart DateDaysTimeLocation
MUS459-A
Jimenez, Hector Gabriel
09/03/2024 F 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM Instructor OFFC

*Complete 4 units of MUS 459.

 

Songwriting Elective Requirements

Complete 8 units from the following:

This course offers an intermediate writing workshop where students study the craft of poetry through reading and analyzing of multiple forms poetry. Students develop skills in writing poetry through lecture, practice, peer workshop, and revision, with an emphasis on developing the writer's voice. Prerequisite: ENG 123 or 123E. (3 units; Spring)

InstructorStart DateDaysTimeLocation
ENG385-A
Fullman, Joshua Scott
01/13/2025 MWF 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM TBA

This advanced writing workshop builds on the foundational elements of poetry writing learned in previous coursework. Students read published poems and poetry collections as well as readings discussing craft, technique, and theory. Students write a substantial number of poems, highlighting significant themes emerging from the writer's voice. Prerequisite: ENG 385. (3 units; Fall, odd years)

InstructorStart DateDaysTimeLocation

Advanced writing and analysis of music involving chromatic and extended harmonies, and an introduction to 16th century polyphony and 18th century counterpoint. Examples are drawn from art, sacred and popular music. Prerequisite: MUS 124; Concurrent Requisite: MUS 215. (3 units; Fall)

InstructorStart DateDaysTimeLocation
MUS214-A
Kirk, Erin P.
09/03/2024 MWF 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM Hawkins Music Building 163
MUS214-B
Kirk, Erin P.
09/03/2024 MWF 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Hawkins Music Building 163

Advanced training in ear-training, sight-singing and keyboard harmony involving chromatic exercises. Prerequisite: MUS 125; Concurrent Requisite: MUS 214. (1 unit; Fall)

InstructorStart DateDaysTimeLocation
MUS215-A
Brand Butler, Angela H
09/03/2024 MW 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM Hawkins Music Building 162
MUS215-B
King, Nathan E.
09/03/2024 MW 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Hawkins Music Building 162

Writing and analysis of music since 1900. Focus on contemporary harmonic practice, influence of art and popular music. Prerequisite: MUS 214; Concurrent Requisite: MUS 225. Concert attendance requirement. (3 units; Spring)

InstructorStart DateDaysTimeLocation
MUS224-A
Kirk, Erin P.
01/13/2025 MWF 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Hawkins Music Building 162

Advanced work in ear-training and sight-singing. Prerequisite: MUS 215; Concurrent Requisite: MUS 224. (1 unit; Spring)

InstructorStart DateDaysTimeLocation
MUS225-A
Brand Butler, Angela H
01/13/2025 MW 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM Hawkins Music Building 163

Instruction in arranging for vocal and rhythm section in popular music genres. (2 units, Spring)

InstructorStart DateDaysTimeLocation
MUS326-A
Brooks, James Thomas
01/13/2025 MW 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM Hawkins Music Building 138

Instruction in arranging for rhythm section and various instrumental combinations such as strings, wind, and brass, in popular music genres. Prerequisite: MUS 326. (2 units; Fall)

InstructorStart DateDaysTimeLocation
MUS336-A
Brooks, James Thomas
09/03/2024 MW 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Hawkins Music Building 138

Private Instruction is offered with material and performance of increasing difficulty as the student develops. Students must arrange a lesson time before or during the first week of classes in the School of Performing Arts office or with the instructor. Twelve (12) half-hour lessons will be offered per unit. Students are expected to perform in Student Recitals and a Jury Exam. May be repeated for a maximum of twenty-four (24) units. Additional private instruction fee. Prerequisites: MUS 080, declared Music major or minor, and successful completion of Applied Music Proficiency. (1-2 units; Fall/Spring)

InstructorStart DateDaysTimeLocation
MUS460-A
STAFF, STAFF
09/03/2024 - Instructor OFFC
MUS460-B
STAFF, STAFF
09/03/2024 - Instructor OFFC