The courses of the Music Department are specifically designed to fill the needs of the beginner in music, those who are seeking a career in the music business, those who are preparing to transfer to a university, those who want to teach music, and those who simply want to enhance their musical enjoyment. 

Students may be asked to audition or test for placement in sequential courses.

Music activity courses are subject to repeatability limitations. Students are now limited to a maximum of four courses per family. A family of courses may contain more than four courses. If there are more than four courses in a particular family, a student may only enroll in a maximum of four total courses within that family. A course previously taken by a student (prior to the legislation) within the identified family will count as a repeat and limit future enrollments of courses within that family to a maximum of four.

Music activity courses are offered in levels by progression. Courses are listed by title; for example, Piano, Guitar, etc., and then by level. Level I is beginning; Level II is intermediate; Level III is intermediate/ advanced; and Level IV is advanced. The course number also indicates the level. For example, a beginning Piano class would be listed as MUS. 301.1, Piano I while an advanced Piano class would be MUS. 301.4, Piano IV.

New students are advised to enroll in the beginning level and be placed by their instructor upon assessment. Continuing students who have previously taken a course within a family, must progress to the next level.

Course Listings

Number Course Title Units Transfer
MUS. 100 Fundamentals of Music 3 CSU/UC
MUS. 105 Music Theory I 3 CSU/UC
MUS. 106 Music Theory II 3 CSU/UC
MUS. 107 Music Theory III 3 CSU/UC
MUS. 108 Music Theory IV 3 CSU/UC
MUS. 111 Musicianship I 1 CSU/UC
MUS. 112 Musicianship II 1 CSU/UC
MUS. 113 Musicianship III 1 CSU/UC
MUS. 114 Musicianship IV 1 CSU/UC
MUS. 115 Music, Art and Ideas 3 CSU/UC
MUS. 202 Music Appreciation 3 CSU/UC
MUS. 204 Music History 3 CSU/UC
MUS. 250 World Music 3 CSU/UC
MUS. 275 History of Jazz 3 CSU/UC
MUS. 276 Hip Hop: Culture and Politics 3 CSU/UC
MUS. 286 Business of Independent Music 3 CSU
MUS. 287.1 Urban Music Ensemble I 1 CSU/UC
MUS. 287.2 Urban Music Ensemble II 1 CSU/UC
MUS. 287.3 Urban Music Ensemble III 1 CSU
MUS. 287.4 Urban Music Ensemble IV 1 CSU
MUS. 290 Introduction to MIDI Music (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) 2 or 3 CSU
MUS. 301 Piano I 2 CSU/UC
MUS. 302 Piano II 2 CSU/UC
MUS. 303 Piano III 2 CSU/UC
MUS. 304 Piano IV 2 CSU/UC
MUS. 355 Violin/Viola I 2 CSU/UC
MUS. 356 Violin/Viola II 2 CSU/UC
MUS. 357 Violin/Viola III 2 CSU/UC
MUS. 358 Violin/Viola IV 2 CSU/UC
MUS. 377 Guitar I 2 CSU/UC
MUS. 378 Guitar II 2 CSU/UC
MUS. 379 Guitar III 2 CSU/UC
MUS. 380 Guitar IV 2 CSU/UC
MUS. 383.1 Guitar Ensemble I 1 CSU/UC
MUS. 383.2 Guitar Ensemble II 1 CSU/UC
MUS. 383.3 Guitar Ensemble III 1 CSU/UC
MUS. 383.4 Guitar Ensemble IV 1 CSU/UC
MUS. 401 Voice I 2 CSU/UC
MUS. 402 Voice II 2 CSU/UC
MUS. 403 Voice III 2 CSU/UC
MUS. 404 Voice IV 2 CSU/UC
MUS. 410.1 Voice for the Musical Theater Production I 2 CSU/UC
MUS. 410.2 Voice for the Musical Theater Production II 2 CSU/UC
MUS. 410.3 Voice for the Musical Theater Production III 2 CSU/UC
MUS. 410.4 Voice for the Musical Theater Production IV 2 CSU
MUS. 420.1 Orchestra for the Musical Theater Production 2 CSU/UC
MUS. 430.1 Concert Band I 1 CSU/UC
MUS. 430.2 Concert Band II 1 CSU
MUS. 430.3 Concert Band III 1 CSU/UC
MUS. 430.4 Concert Band IV 1 CSU
MUS. 440.1 Symphony Orchestra I 1 CSU/UC
MUS. 440.2 Symphony Orchestra II 1 CSU/UC
MUS. 440.3 Symphony Orchestra III 1 CSU/UC
MUS. 440.4 Symphony Orchestra IV 1 CSU/UC
MUS. 450.1 Jazz Band I 1 CSU/UC
MUS. 450.2 Jazz Band II 1 CSU/UC
MUS. 450.3 Jazz Band III 1 CSU/UC
MUS. 450.4 Jazz Band IV 1 CSU/UC
MUS. 470.1 Concert Choir I 1 CSU/UC
MUS. 470.2 Concert Choir II 1 CSU/UC
MUS. 470.3 Concert Choir III 1 CSU/UC
MUS. 470.4 Concert Choir IV 1 CSU/UC
MUS. 485.1 Vocal Jazz Ensemble I 1 CSU
MUS. 485.2 Vocal Jazz Ensemble II 1 CSU
MUS. 485.3 Vocal Jazz Ensemble III 1 CSU/UC
MUS. 485.4 Vocal Jazz Ensemble IV 1 CSU/UC
MUS. 501 Studio Lessons I (Applied Music I) 1 CSU/UC
MUS. 502 Studio Lessons II (Applied Music II) 1 CSU/UC
MUS. 503 Studio Lessons III (Applied Music III) 1 CSU/UC
MUS. 504 Studio Lessons IV (Applied Music IV) 1 CSU/UC
MUS. 665 Special Topics in Music Performance 0.5 - 2 CSU/UC
MUS. 667 Special Topics in Music Performance 0.5 - 2 CSU/UC
MUS. 695 Independent Study in Music 0.5 - 3 CSU