Professional Music

2014-15 Edition

Cascade Campus
Moriarty Arts and Humanities Building (MAHB), Room 210
971-722-5226 or 971-722-5430

www.pcc.edu/promusic

Career and Program Description

Music careers are made successful by one’s ability to choose a focus area: One may become a performance/studio musician, composer/arranger, recording engineer/producer, sound editor, foley artist, private music instructor/coach, record promoter/distributor, music journalist, or work in music marketing and promotions. Whichever is the case, a professional musician’s resume is built from a balance between practice, theory, and solid technological skills.

PCC’s program is intended for the occupationally-oriented music student whose career goals can best be reached by improving skills in music performance, music writing, music technology or a combination thereof. PCC offers a less than one-year certificate in music performance, production, and music writing. Students may earn this certificate by completing a minimum of 43 credits, including 37 credits of required, professional music courses and six credits of elective professional music courses. A graduate may pursue a career as a private teacher of music, instrumental musician, composer, arranger, orchestrator, music engineer, or producer. To learn whether courses will transfer to a four-year university, students must check with the institutions to which they intend to transfer.

Degrees and Certificates Offered

Less Than One-Year Certificate

Professional Music

Prerequisites and Requirements

The following professional music courses will be required of all program students. All sequential courses must be taken and passed in sequence.

Professional Music Less Than One-Year Certificate

Minimum 43 credits. Students must meet certificate requirements.

Professional Music Certificate Credit Summary

MUC28
MUS9
MUC/MUS Electives6
Total Credits43

Course of Study

The coursework listed below is required. The following is an example of a term-by-term breakdown.

Summer TermCredits
Professional Music Certificate Electives6
First Term
MUC 101Commercial Music Theory I3
MUC 120ASight Singing and Ear Training I1
MUC 130ARhythm Training I1
MUC 140AGroup Piano I2
MUC 145AGroup Guitar/Bass I2
MUC 150AKeyboard Harmony I1
MUC 165Business for the Musician1
MUS 205Introduction to Jazz History3
Second Term
MUC 102Commercial Music Theory II3
MUC 120BSight Singing and Ear Training II1
MUC 130BRhythm Training II1
MUC 150BKeyboard Harmony II1
MUC 234Income Tax Preparation for Musicians1
MUC 280ACooperative Education: Vocational Music1
MUS 206Introduction to the History of Rock Music3
Third Term
MUC 103Commercial Music Theory III3
MUC 120CSight Singing and Ear Training III1
MUC 130CRhythm Training III1
MUC 143Group Percussion2
MUC 150CKeyboard Harmony III1
MUC 164Survey of the Music Industry1
MUS 207Introduction to the History of Folk Music3
 Total Credits: 43


Professional Music Certificate Electives

Students may select from among the following courses to make up the number of credits required for the certificate. It is possible to concentrate on music writing or performance.

MUC 123Electronic Media I2
MUC 124Electronic Media II2
MUC 125Electronic Media III2
MUC 126AComputer Notation and Scoring 11
MUC 126BComputer Notation and Scoring 21
MUC 140BGroup Piano II2
MUC 144Contemporary Singing2
MUC 144BContemporary Singing II2
MUC 145BGroup Guitar/Bass II2
MUC 145CGroup Guitar/Bass III2
MUC 154ABand Performance Workshop2
MUC 154BBand Performance Workshop2
MUC 154CBand Performance Workshop III2
MUC 155Introduction to Improvisation2
MUC 155AImprovisation I2
MUC 155BImprovisation II2
MUC 155CImprovisation III2
MUC 166Songwriting and Music Publishing2
MUC 167The Music Business: Career Opportunities and Self Defense2
MUC 222Introduction to Recording Technologies2
MUC 223Studio Recording Technology I3
MUC 224Studio Recording Technology II3
MUC 225Studio Recording Technology III3
MUC 226Digital Recording 13
MUC 227Digital Recording 23
MUC 228Digital Recording 33
MUS 108Music Cultures of the World3
MUS 110Fundamentals of Music4

Courses

MUC 101. Commercial Music Theory I. 3 Credits.

Covers chord types and scales, and their proper spellings. Practice dictation practice. Includes music copying. Audit available.

MUC 102. Commercial Music Theory II. 3 Credits.

Covers functional harmony and altered chords, especially dominants. Focuses on chord progressions presented aurally and analyzed in reference to popular tunes, and scalular techniques to include melody writing with emphasis on jazz, rock and other commercial rhythms. Basic tune forms are analyzed. Must have prerequisite or instructor permission. Prerequisite: MUC 101. Audit available.

MUC 103. Commercial Music Theory III. 3 Credits.

Covers preliminary score layout. Introduces harmonizing and blocking melodies and transposition, stressing craft and execution. Continue dictation adding elements of melodic and harmonic transcription. Must have prerequisite or instructor permission. Prerequisite: MUC 102. Audit available.

MUC 120A. Sight Singing and Ear Training I. 1 Credit.

Develops ability to use the ear accurately to discern the quality of intervals, rhythms, harmonies and melodies, and to intone rhythms. Musical samples are transcribed by ear to include melody, rhythm, and harmony. Audit available.

MUC 120B. Sight Singing and Ear Training II. 1 Credit.

Develop the ability to use the ear accurately to discern the quality of intervals, rhythms, harmonies and melodies, and to intone rhythms. Musical samples are transcribed by ear to include melody, rhythm, and harmony. Must have prerequisite or instructor permission. Prerequisite: MUC 120A. Audit available.

MUC 120C. Sight Singing and Ear Training III. 1 Credit.

Develops the ability to use the ear accurately to discern the quality of intervals, rhythms, harmonies and melodies, and to intone rhythms. Musical samples are transcribed by ear to include melody, rhythm, and harmony. Must have prerequisite or instructor permission. Prerequisite: MUC 120B. Audit available.

MUC 123. Electronic Media I. 2 Credits.

Covers computer based recording, synthesis and notation for the composer/arranger. Includes fundamentals in Midi, sequencing, sampling, basic signal processing, and practical production skills using current digital technology. Write original material during lab sessions. Audit available.

MUC 124. Electronic Media II. 2 Credits.

Covers computer based recording, synthesis and notation for the composer/arranger. Includes fundamentals in Midi, sequencing, sampling, basic signal processing, and practical production skills using current digital technology. Write original material during labs sessions. Audit available.

MUC 125. Electronic Media III. 2 Credits.

Covers computer based recording, synthesis and notation for the composer/arranger. Includes fundamentals in Midi, sequencing, sampling, basic signal processing, and practical production skills using current digital technology. Write original material during lab sessions. Must have prerequisite or instructor permission. Audit available.

MUC 126A. Computer Notation and Scoring 1. 1 Credit.

Uses Sibelius, Finale, or other software to generate music notation and charts to transcribe music and to create scores, harmonizations, and orchestrations.

MUC 126B. Computer Notation and Scoring 2. 1 Credit.

Continues skill building, using Sibelius, Finale, or other software to generate music notation and charts in a variety of more advanced applications. Continues developing skills for transcribing music, creating scores, harmonization, and orchestration.

MUC 130A. Rhythm Training I. 1 Credit.

Develops basic skills of rhythmic sight reading. Audit available.

MUC 130B. Rhythm Training II. 1 Credit.

Develops basic skills of rhythmic sight reading. Audit available.

MUC 130C. Rhythm Training III. 1 Credit.

Develops basic skills of rhythmic sight reading. Audit available.

MUC 140A. Group Piano I. 2 Credits.

Introduces the basics of piano technique with correct observance of pitch, clef, meter, phrasing and interpretation in a contemporary style. Audit available.

MUC 140B. Group Piano II. 2 Credits.

Advanced beginner to intermediate instruction for piano. Develops practice skills, sight reading and technical form. Also covers music fundamentals, harmony, notation, improvisation, and stylistic nuances. Audit available.

MUC 143. Group Percussion. 2 Credits.

Uses rhythms from rock, jazz, R&B, funk and Latin music to cover basic techniques of performance on percussion instruments. Audit available.

MUC 144. Contemporary Singing. 2 Credits.

Covers basic technical skills necessary to develop individual ability in solo or ensemble performance. CDA: Additional lab hours may be required. Audit available.

MUC 144B. Contemporary Singing II. 2 Credits.

Covers intermediate technical and artistic skills necessary for solo and ensemble singing performance.

MUC 145A. Group Guitar/Bass I. 2 Credits.

Beginning instruction for guitar and bass. Includes basic chords, strums, patterns and song forms. Audit available.

MUC 145B. Group Guitar/Bass II. 2 Credits.

Advanced beginner to intermediate instruction for guitar and bass. Includes moveable chords, scales, patterns, and song forms. Also, open tuning and slide guitar, basic soloing and accompaniment techniques. CDA: Additional lab hours may be required. Audit available.

MUC 145C. Group Guitar/Bass III. 2 Credits.

Intermediate to advanced intermediate instruction for guitar and bass. Includes chord studies, chord progressions, scales, basic chord substitution. Also, open tuning and slide guitar, soloing and accompaniment techniques. Audit available.

MUC 150A. Keyboard Harmony I. 1 Credit.

Piano keyboard performance of simple keyboard skills introducing scales, cadences, melody harmonization, simple accompaniment patterns and transposition as they apply to principles studied in Commercial Music Theory I. Audit available.

MUC 150B. Keyboard Harmony II. 1 Credit.

Piano keyboard performance of simple keyboard skills introducing scales, cadences, melody harmonization, simple accompaniment patterns and transposition as they apply to principles studied in Commercial Music Theory II. Must have prerequisite or instructor permission. Prerequisite: MUC 150A. Audit available.

MUC 150C. Keyboard Harmony III. 1 Credit.

Piano keyboard performance of simple keyboard skills introducing scales, cadences, melody harmonization, simple accompaniment patterns and transposition as they apply to principles studied in Commercial Music Theory III. Must have prerequisite or instructor permission. Prerequisite: MUC 150B. Audit available.

MUC 152A. Contemporary Arranging: Settings for Originals and Covers I. 3 Credits.

Develops skills in the tonal placement of sound required for orchestration and arrangement for various styles of music and sizes of musical groups. Focuses on individual instruments and the scoring of each section in the jazz idiom. Includes instrumental and vocal transposition, ranges, harmony, voicing, form, counterpoint, styles, introductions, modulations, interludes, endings, harmonic progression and experimental materials. Audit available.

MUC 152B. Contemporary Arranging: Settings for Originals and Covers II. 3 Credits.

Develops skills in the tonal placement of sound required for orchestration and arrangement for various styles of music and sizes of musical groups. Focuses on individual instruments and the scoring of each section in the jazz idiom. Includes instrumental and vocal transposition, ranges, harmony, voicing, form, counterpoint, styles, introductions, modulations, interludes, endings, harmonic progression and experimental materials Must have prerequisite or instructor permission. Prerequisite: MUS152A. Audit available.

MUC 152C. Contemporary Arranging: Settings for Originals Covers III. 3 Credits.

Develops skills in the tonal placement of sound required for orchestration and arrangement for various styles of music and sizes of musical groups. Focuses on individual instruments and the scoring of each section in the jazz idiom. Includes instrumental and vocal transposition, ranges, harmony, voicing, form, counterpoint, styles, introductions, modulations, interludes, endings, harmonic progression and experimental materials. Must have prerequisite or instructor permission. Prerequisite: MUS152B. Audit available.

MUC 154A. Band Performance Workshop. 2 Credits.

Involves selection, rehearsals, and performance in a variety of musical styles, vocal and instrumental. Includes popular, jazz, and R&B. Develops rehearsal and presentation skills. Audit available.

MUC 154B. Band Performance Workshop. 2 Credits.

Involves selection, rehearsals, and performance in a variety of musical styles, vocal and instrumental. Includes popular, jazz, and R&B. Further develops rehearsal and presentation skills. Students are involved with setup and flow of performance. Audit available.

MUC 154C. Band Performance Workshop III. 2 Credits.

Involves selection, rehearsals, and performance in a variety of musical styles, vocal and instrumental. Includes popular, jazz, and R&B. Develops rehearsal and presentation skills. Students are allowed to "front" band and submit original material. Audit available.

MUC 155. Introduction to Improvisation. 2 Credits.

Introduces the beginning improviser to the art of soloing. On the most basic level common staples of the jazz solo are presented and practiced. Simple tunes featuring these staples are used as "vehicles" for soloing. Enrollment open for this class. Audit available.

MUC 155A. Improvisation I. 2 Credits.

Covers how scales and chords are constructed and used, including melodic construction, phrasing, motifs, riffs, substitution chords, voice leading, paraphrase and melodic ramps. Includes harmonic construction of all styles of jazz and ear training. By the end of the sequence, students solo against song form. Audit available.

MUC 155B. Improvisation II. 2 Credits.

Covers how scales and chords are constructed and used, including melodic construction, phrasing, motifs, riffs, substitution chords, voice leading, paraphrase and melodic ramps. Includes harmonic construction of all styles jazz and ear training. By the end of the sequence, students match solo against song form. Audit available.

MUC 155C. Improvisation III. 2 Credits.

Vocal and instrumental improvisation. Covers how scales and chords are constructed and used, including melodic construction, phrasing, motifs, riffs, substitution chords, voice leading, paraphrase and melodic ramps. Focuses on harmonic construction of all styles of jazz and ear training. By the end of the sequence, students match solo against song form. Audit available.

MUC 164. Survey of the Music Industry. 1 Credit.

Provides overview of career options in the music industry. Focuses on making a reasonable and informed choice as to a career in music. Audit available.

MUC 165. Business for the Musician. 1 Credit.

Instructs prospective music-related business owners, such as bands or private teachers, how to initiate, organize and operate a successful small business. Included are promotion, marketing, and record-keeping. Audit available.

MUC 166. Songwriting and Music Publishing. 2 Credits.

Covers the basic forms of popular music songwriting. Includes the opportunity to create songs, individually and in collaboration with others. Includes the business aspects of music publishing and how they affect the songwriter. May be taken three times for credit. Audit available.

MUC 167. The Music Business: Career Opportunities and Self Defense. 2 Credits.

Covers what you need to know to pursue a career in music and the music business. Audit available.

MUC 222. Introduction to Recording Technologies. 2 Credits.

Course familiarizes students with the terminology, equipment and basics used in the recording industry. Prepares students for the technical requirements of the Recording Technologies courses. Audit available.

MUC 223. Studio Recording Technology I. 3 Credits.

Fundamental skills in audio engineering including a mixture of theory and practical application of current recording technology. Includes fundamental acoustics, microphone placement, editing, multi-track recording, mix-down, signal processing, Midi, and time code synchronization. Focuses on commercials, music recording and sound tracks for visual media. Audit available.

MUC 224. Studio Recording Technology II. 3 Credits.

Fundamental skills in audio engineering including a mixture of theory and practical application of current recording technology. Includes fundamental acoustics, microphone placement, editing, multi-track recording, mix-down, signal processing, Midi, and time code synchronization. Focuses on commercials, music recording and sound tracks for visual media. Prerequisite: MUC 223. Audit available.

MUC 225. Studio Recording Technology III. 3 Credits.

Fundamental skills in audio engineering including a mixture of theory and practical application of current recording technology. Includes fundamental acoustics, microphone placement, editing, multi-track recording, mix-down, signal processing, Midi, and time code synchronization. Focuses on commercials, music recording and sound tracks for visual media. Prerequisite: MUC 224. Audit available.

MUC 226. Digital Recording 1. 3 Credits.

Covers digital technology used in the recording industry. Principle studies are A/D-D/A conversions, graphic editing, plug in effects programming and data handling. Prerequisites: MUC 225. Audit available.

MUC 227. Digital Recording 2. 3 Credits.

Second course in a three part series. Focuses on mixing, automation and synchronization. Both graphic and console methods will be practiced. Lectures focus on theory, musical qualities and functions of both. Prerequisite: MUC 226. Audit available.

MUC 228. Digital Recording 3. 3 Credits.

Third part of a three part series. Focuses on competencies in varied applications such as audio for video and picture. Lectures focus on musical requirements, theory, and practical approaches to field related tasks. Labs will consist of practical applications of all previously learned artistic and command skills. Prerequisite: MUC 227. Audit available.

MUC 234. Income Tax Preparation for Musicians. 1 Credit.

Prepare federal and state individual returns, and introduces partnership and corporate taxation. Includes basics of record-keeping and financial planning. Audit available.

MUC 280A. Cooperative Education: Vocational Music. 1-3 Credit.

Develops individual music performance, writing or recording skills in a department approved work setting. Department permission required. Corequisite: MUS280B. Audit available.