Course Descriptions

Here’s a brief description for each course we offer throughout our programs.

MU 095: MUSIC FUNDAMENTALS – (3 Units)

A course introducing basic elements of music theory; staff notation, clefs, key signatures, time signatures, meter and rhythm, triads, and the application of theoretical concepts at the keyboard. No musical background is required or expected.
Pre-requisite to Music Theory I.

MU 101/102: CHORALE I / CHORALE II – (1 Unit)

A large size vocal organization that performs a comprehensive selection of music styles in concert. Chorale may be repeated for up to 4 credits and is open by audition to any student in the College.

MU 111: SEMI-PRIVATE VOICE INSTRUCTION – (1 Unit)

This course is designed to offer students the opportunity to study the process of vocal production in a semi-private setting. Emphasis is upon developing vocal techniques and stylistic choices for the individual voice while simultaneously learning from the instructor and by observing student peers. Students meet weekly in groups of 5 students maximum in addition to a weekly peer performance setting.

MU 112: PRIVATE VOCAL INSTRUCTION – (1 Unit)

A course providing private vocal lessons, with permission from each instructor, contingent upon approval by the Music Coordinator. Private Vocal Instruction may be repeated for up to 3 credits. Pre-requisite: MU 111

MU 120: HISTORY OF MUSIC – (3 Units)

This course is an overview of musical styles, historical periods, and technical elements designed to expand a student’s musical intellect. Pre-requisite: MU 131

MU 121: PIANO I – (0.5 Unit, .1 in the fall & .2 in the spring)

This course is designed to give students a comprehensive introduction to keyboard musicianship and proficiency. Students will learn the fundamental skills of identifying notes, learning major and minor scales, and playing chords. Students will also learn how to read notated sheet music and play from lead-sheets.

Placement test required prior to enrollment in this course.

MU 128: VOCAL TECHNIQUES I – (1 Unit)

This course gives singers the knowledge and skills to become self-sufficient singers and educators. Topics covered include vocal health, vocal anatomy and pedagogy, as well as the basics of proper diction. Singers will learn about microphone technique, improvisation, and song interpretation. Ensemble work and the basics of conducting singers will also be introduced.

MU 129: VOCAL TECHNIQUES II – (1 Unit)

This course builds upon Vocal Techniques I and introduces pedagogy and the basics of conducting singers. Duet and small ensemble vocal techniques are also covered. Pre-requisite: MU 128

MU 130: MUSIC THEORY I: MUSICIANSHIP – (3 Units)

A basic study of the language of music, covering key and time signatures, note recognition and values, the clefs, scales, chords, intervals, music reading skills, aural skills, tempo markings, rhythm values, expression titles and dynamic markings.
Placement test required prior to enrollment in this course.

MU 131: MUSIC THEORY II – (3 Units)

A continuation of Music Theory I. Includes the importance of comprehending musical notation and the advantages of sight-reading over memory retention and rote learning. Pre-requisite: MU 130

MU 205: VOCAL TECHNIQUES III – (1 Unit)

This course builds upon the concepts of Vocal Techniques I and further equips singers for work in the professional world. Students will learn more about different styles of singing, and will learn how to teach others to improve their voice. Other topics include marketing and networking as a singer. Pre-requisite: MU 129

MU 221: PIANO II – (1 Unit)

This course expands on the concepts taught in Piano I. Students will continue to practice the fundamentals of piano playing and study the application of music theory to the piano. Students will strengthen their sight reading ability by playing notated sheet music. Students will also continue to develop the skill of keyboard harmonization through the study of lead-sheet arranging. Pre-requisite: MU 121

MU 275: SONG WRITING – (1 Unit)

This course is an examination and analysis of the methods and structure of song writing with a focus on developing song writing skills and enhancing scope of music appreciation.

Placement test required prior to enrollment in this course.

MU 290: PERFORMANCE TEACHING PRACTICUM – (1 Unit)

This course covers teaching techniques studied in real world situations. Emphasis will be upon preparation techniques and self-review of effectiveness in communicating with students. Students will be expected to undergo a self study to identify their own strengths and weaknesses and begin to understand how their own strengths and weaknesses impact the learning experience for the young students they are working with. Pre-Requisites – EDU 150 and EDU 151. Artistic Director Invitation required for practicum application in conjunction with Young Americans Music Outreach Tours.

DAN 120: CLASSICAL BALLET I – (1 Unit)

This course studies the most traditional and disciplined form of dance at the beginner level. Emphasis is placed upon strength, conditioning, technique development, and vocabulary.

Placement test required prior to enrollment in this course.

DAN 121: JAZZ DANCE I – (1 Unit)

This course develops the intermediate dancer’s style and form through the various styles of jazz dance. Emphasis is placed upon stamina and coordination of movements.

Placement test required prior to enrollment in this course.

DAN 122: MODERN MOVEMENT I – (1 Unit)

This course explores a variety of dance styles and genres popular in today’s performance world. Areas may include lyrical, hip hop, ballroom, salsa, and African. History of the evolution of each genre is also included.

DAN 123: TAP DANCE – (1 Unit)

This course develops the beginner to intermediate tap dancers skills. Emphasis is placed upon rhythm creation and technique.

Placement test required prior to enrollment in this course.

DAN 220: CLASSICAL BALLET II – (1 Unit)

This course studies the most traditional and disciplined form of dance at the intermediate level. Emphasis is placed upon strength, conditioning, technique development and vocabulary.

Pre-requisite: DAN 120 or instructor approval.

DAN 221: JAZZ DANCE II – (1 Unit)

This course develops the advanced dancer’s style and form through the various styles of jazz dance. Emphasis is placed upon technique and dance interpretation.

Pre-requisite: DAN 121 or instructor approval.

DAN 222: MODERN MOVEMENT II – (1 Unit)

This course expands upon Modern Movement I with an emphasis upon performance-based application of genre-specific techniques.

Pre-requisite: DAN 122 or instructor approval.

DAN 250: CLASSICAL BALLET III – (1 Unit)

This course studies the most traditional and disciplined form of dance at the advanced level. Emphasis is placed upon performance application of techniques.

Pre-requisite: DAN 220 or instructor approval.

DAN 251: JAZZ DANCE III – (1 Unit)

This course develops the professional dancer’s style and form through the various styles of jazz dance. Emphasis is placed upon performance application of techniques.

Pre-requisite: DAN 221 or instructor approval.

DAN 260: CHOREOGRAPHY – (0.5 Unit, .1 in the fall & .2 in the spring)

This course develops the choreographer’s creative process for solo dances. Emphasis will be placed on identifying, selecting and utilizing a variety of source material through use of critical evaluation skills for dance, use of choreographic devices, use of improvisation for generating movement, creating meaning through the use of time, space, energy/force, and weight, and creation of a written personal artistic statement.

Instructor approval required prior to enrollment in this course.

THF 100: INTRO TO ACTING – (1 Unit)

This course is an introduction to the basic tools of acting. We will explore various acting techniques, history and theories of acting, script and role analysis, physical and vocal skills, and characterization. Students will engage in improvisation, vocal and physical exercises, relaxation and concentration. Monologues and scenes from modern plays will be performed in class for analysis and evaluation. The student should be able to apply the tools in his or her own unique and honest interpretation.

THF 101: SURVEY OF THEATRE – (3 Units)

Survey and appreciation of the different areas of the theater. Major topics include performance, terminology, acting, improvisation, directing, literature of the theater, and set design, as well as individual and group projects.

THF 102: ACTING – (3 Units)

An exploration to various acting techniques, theories of acting, script and role analysis, characterization, stage make-up, and physical and vocal skills. Students engage in improvisation, pantomime, vocal and physical exercises, relaxation and concentration. Scenes from modern plays are performed in class for analysis and evaluation. Pre-requisite: THF 110

THF 110: SCENE & CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT – (1 Unit)

This course builds upon Intro to Acting. The student continues scene work in modern American drama. Emphasis will be on scene analysis including character development and interpretation as well as creating a sense of truthfulness, humanity, and relatability. Pre-requisite: THF 100

THF 115: IMPROVISATION – (0.5 Unit)

The course will explore how the tool of improvisation has been, and even more presently, is being used in the creative process within the performing arts community.

THF 150: INTRO TO STAGECRAFT – (1 Unit)

This course examines the creative physical elements of a theatrical production. Includes costume design and purchasing, properties, set design and construction, lighting and sound production. A practical application is applied with each student fulfilling various production team roles.

THF 210: MUSICAL THEATRE – (2 Units)

This course covers the practical application of acting, singing, and movement techniques to various styles of period and contemporary musical theatre works. The student will prepare and rehearse vignettes from musical theatre productions. Pre-requisite: THF 110

THF 230: AUDITION TECHNIQUES – (1 Unit)

This course teaches the student how best to present him/her self in seeking a job as an artist. Includes repertoire development, audition etiquette, how to dress, attitude and posture, developing a portfolio and emphasizing a natural approach to meeting people and presenting the strongest and best attributes in each person. There is an emphasis on understanding and accepting one’s essence and using that information to better market oneself as an artist. Placement test required prior to enrollment in this course.
Concurrent enrollment in THF 102 and MU 112 required.

THF 270: STAGECRAFT CREW – (2 Units)

In this course the student will apply the skills learned in THF 150 through the fulfillment of a crew position in a major production or touring company. Student has the option to pick a crew specialty – costumes, props, lighting, sound or sets.

Pre-requisite: THF 150. Artistic Director Invitation required for practicum application in conjunction with Young Americans Music Outreach Tours.

THF 290: PERFORMANCE PRACTICUM – (1 Unit)

This course offers the student an opportunity to apply their performance skills in a comprehensive practicum experience that involves repeat performances of the same production. The emphasis is upon allowing the student to refine their performance techniques based upon varying performance venues, audiences, and learning how to produce a quality performance night after night.

Pre-requisites: THF 101, MU 131, DAN 121, MU 112. Artistic Director Invitation required for practicum application in conjunction with Young Americans Music Outreach Tours.

THF 299: ADVANCED PERFORMANCE – (1 Unit)

This course works to produce a performance composed of original works which combine acting, singing and dance elements. Emphasis is upon assisting the individual student explore their own sense of artistry.

B 104: BUSINESS MATH – (3 Units)

Uses fundamental tools of basic arithmetic to solve every day business problems. Topics include fractions, decimals, percentages, banking records, payroll, insurance, interest (simple and compound), promissory notes, installment loans, consumer credit.

BIO 133: HUMAN BIOLOGY with LAB – (4 Units)

A lab science course that covers selected structures and functions with application to current health issues. The lab emphasis is the identification of both gross and microscopic anatomy.

COM 170: INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION – (3 Units)

This course is designed to explore and develop an individual’s communication skills within the contact of interpersonal relationships, small groups and society as a whole. Over the course of a semester, a variety of educational approaches may be used including writing, speaking, collaborative and independent learning, role playing, independent research, and written reports.

EDU 150: TEACHING METHODS: BY AGE & DEVELOPMENT with LAB – (4 units)

This course focuses on theory of child and adolescent growth and development and its application in the classroom. The study of how young students learn and the conditions under which they learn best guide this course. Aspects related to the learning process, such as education theories, characteristics of learners, nature and measurements of abilities, motivation, and successful classroom practice as they directly related to child and adolescent development are addressed.

ENG 095: COLLEGE PREPARATORY WRITING – (3 Units)

Develops students’ writing skills to prepare them for college level writing in English 111. Students will transition from paragraphs to essays. They will write, edit, and revise expository prose. This course is offered on a Pass-Fail basis and does not count toward graduation. Students must earn a 75% or better to pass.

ENG 111: ENGLISH COMPOSITION I – (3 Units)

This course emphasizes language skills, particularly essay writing, but also reading, speaking and listening. Reading and writing are explored in the general categories of description, narration, exposition, argumentation, and writing on demand. Students enrolling in ENG 111 should have a basic mastery of fundamental writing skills. Successful completion of the course is dependent upon a final portfolio assessment that will be anonymously evaluated by English department faculty.

ENG 112: ENGLISH COMPOSITION II – (3 Units)

Strengthens and develops writing skills covered in ENG 111, emphasizing research techniques and the necessity of logical support, structure, style, and documentation. Students are encouraged to consider their professional and academic goals as they conduct their research.

PSY 161: INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY – (3 Units)

This course will introduce students to the scientific study of thought, behavior, and emotion in humans and animals. Emphasis will be placed on (but not limited to) the study of personality, learning, memory, intelligence, gender and sexuality, social interaction, group processes, motivation, emotion, and sociocultural factors in both a current and historical perspective. Basic concepts and principles of psychology will be examined with a comprehensive focus on research methodology and the biological basis of behavior.

SOC 171: INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY – (3 Units)

This course is an introduction to the scientific study of society, examining modern western societies in terms of social processes, organizations, institutions, and problems. Topics covered include: the sociological perspective, socialization and culture, social networks, group dynamics, social deviance, social stratification, sex and gender inequality, race and age inequality, and collective behavior.