Music Program - Cape Cod Community College

Music Program – Course Offerings

Music Appreciation (MUS100)PDF document
A survey of development of music from the Renaissance to the present including jazz and the contemporary scene. Emphasis on basic musical materials and principles of design. For students not planning to major in music; no previous musical training required. Prerequisite: ENL010 and ENL040 or satisfactory basic skills assessment score / 3 credits. Satisfies a Humanities and Fine Arts general education requirement. Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.

Elementary Music Theory I (MUS101)PDF document
This course examines the fundamental materials including pitch, rhythm, tonal systems, ear training, and basic harmony for those wishing to learn or to improve music reading skills. Students practice in performance and composition for instruments and voice. Prerequisite: ENL010 and ENL040 or satisfactory basic skills assessment score / 3 credits. Satisfies a Humanities and Fine Arts general education requirement. Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.

Music History I (MUS102)PDF document
This course is a detailed study of styles and forms of music from ancient cultures to eighteenth-century classicism. Major compositions, personalities, styles, and forms are explored through structured listening, analysis, and reading assignments. Prerequisite: ENL010 and ENL040 or satisfactory basic skills assessment score / 3 credits. Satisfies a Humanities and Fine Arts general education requirement. Offered: Fall.

Music History II (MUS103)PDF document
This course is a detailed study of styles and forms of music from the eighteenth-century to the present. Major compositions, personalities, styles, and forms are explored through structured listening, analysis, and reading assignments. Prerequisite: ENL010 and ENL040 or satisfactory basic skills assessment score / 3 credits. Satisfies a Humanities and Fine Arts general education requirement. Offered: Spring.

Fundamentals of Music (MUS104)PDF document
This course introduces the fundamental materials of music, including pitch, rhythm, scales, ear training, and basic melodic notation. Elementary principles of vocal tone production are explored, and basic keyboard technique is introduced. Prerequisite: None / 3 credits. Offered: Fall, Spring.

Select Chorus (MUS113)PDF document
An opportunity for experienced vocalists to rehearse and perform challenging music for a variety of modern musical styles. All participants are expected to be able to read music at a moderate degree of profiency and produce a controlled vocal quality. (2 hours/week plus 2 dress rehearsals and a final performance) Prerequisite: Interview/Audition / 1 credit; may be repeated; 6 credit maximum. Offered: Fall, Spring.

See also: Choral Club

History of Rock Music (MUS116)PDF document
This course explores the origins, characteristics and stylistic development of rock music. The emphasis is on the artists, songwriters, and producers who have created the most famous hits and long term trends. Prerequisite: ENL020 and ENL050 or satisfactory basic skills assessment scores / 3 credits Satisfies a Humanities and Fine Arts general education requirement. Offered: Fall, Spring.

Applied Music (MUS120)PDF document
Take private music lessons and earn 1 or 2 college credits.

For voice lessons, enroll in MUS120 section 40 and see Elizabeth Kelly (x4651) to arrange lesson times that fit your schedule. Note: there is an additional fee for on-campus private instruction.

For all other instruments, you should arrange for (and pay for) lessons at the Cape Cod Conservatory, and, if college credit is important for your transcript, you may arrange to take an end-of-semester "challenge exam" (a.k.a. "jury") by enrolling in MUS120 section 63. Students must contact Jerry Skelley (jskelley@capecod.edu or at x4408) early in the semester for specific details of our expectations of you on the challenge exam. Note: there is an additional fee for the challenge exam.

Advanced Applied Music (MUS121)PDF document
This course provides private instruction in vocal or instrumental music appropriate to the level of the student. (15 one-hour tutorial lessons) Prerequisite: Interview and Audition / 2 credits; may be repeated for credit; 6 credit maximum. There will be an Applied Music charge. Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.

Beginning Guitar (MUS122G)PDF document
Students study, rehearse, and perform music in a small group setting. Emphasis is placed on learning to read standard musical notation, with attention also given to chords. Performances on campus and in the immediate community are part of class activities. Students are expected to provide their own guitar. Prerequisite: None / 1 credit. Offered: Fall, Spring.

Beginning Piano (MUS122P)PDF document
Students study, rehearse and perform keyboard music in a class setting. Emphasis is placed on learning to read standard musical notation in bass and treble clefs. Performances on campus and in the immediate community are part of class activities. Students are expected to provide their own portable keyboard. (3 hours per week for 7 weeks) Prerequisite: None / 1 credit. Offered: Fall, Spring.

Jazz Combo (MUS123)PDF document
Students rehearse and perform jazz in a variety of styles which may include: blues, Dixieland, swing, bebop, Latin, and rock. Performances on campus and in the immediate community are part of Jazz Combo activities. Students are expected to be able to read standard music notation. (Three class hours per week plus one dress rehearsal and one performance near the end of the semester.) Prerequisite: MUS101 or ability to read from standard musical notation / 1 credit; may be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits. Offered: Fall, Spring.

See also: Jazz Club

Guitar II (MUS124G)PDF document
This continuation of Beginning Guitar course involves study, rehearsal, and performance of music in a class of up to 12 guitars. Emphasis is placed on expanding the students' abilities to read and perform from standard musical notation in treble clef and chord symbols. Repertoire varies from one semester to the next. Performances on campus and in the immediate community are part of class activities. Students are expected to provide their own instrument. Prerequisite: MUS122-G or permission of the instructor / 1 credit. May be repeated up to a maximum of 6 credits. Offered: Fall, Spring.

Piano II (MUS124P)PDF document
This is a continuation of the MUS122P Beginning Piano. Students study, rehearse and perform keyboard music in a class setting. The emphasis is placed on expanding the students� ability to read and perform from standard musical notation in treble and bass clefs. Performances on campus and in the immediate community are part of class activities. Students are expected to provide their own portable keyboard. Prerequisite: MUS122-P / 1 credit; may be repeated to a maximum of 6 credits. Offered: Fall, Spring.

African Dance and Drumming (MUS125)PDF document
This course serves as an introduction to the study of African dance and drumming including techniques, history and composition of dance as well as drumming techniques and rhythmic styles. In class, all students participate in both dance and drumming. Students learn about Africa including Mali, Senegal, Guinea, and West Africa and how these cultures have influenced art forms throughout the world. (Students may earn credit for either DAN126 or MUS125.) Prerequisite: ENL010 and ENL040 or satisfactory basic skills assessment score / 3 credits; may be repeated once for credit. Offered: Spring.

Advanced Music Theory (MUS202)PDF document
This course is a continutation of MUS101 with emphasis on harmony and form. Prerequisite: MUS101 or permission of instructor / 3 credits. Semester Offered: Spring.

Policy for the Music Practice Room

The Music Practice Room is available to any student enrolled in a CCCC music course for the current or pending semester. Qualified students may sign up for one 50-minute time slot per day, between the hours of 8:00 AM and 7:00 PM. The room is not available when the Tilden Arts Center is closed.

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Advising & Counseling Center
Call (508) 362-2131 x4318 and speak with an academic advisor to find out more about taking music classes at CCCC.

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