CCPS Music Course Descriptions

100 Level Courses
MUSC 115: Introduction to Western Music. 3 hours.

An introductory course in the music of our western culture for non-music majors. Learning how to listen to music and acquiring a basic knowledge of the musician’s technique and vocabulary.

MUSC 117: Music Theory I. 3 hours.

Introduction to the basic music vocabulary. Elements of tonal music approached through hearing, writing and analytical work in diatonic harmony and basic species counterpoint.

MUSC 118: Music Theory II. 3 hours.

Prerequisite: MUSC 117
Continuation of diatonic harmony with an emphasis on 4-part writing. Analysis of Bach chorales and an introduction to musical forms.

200 Level Courses
MUSC 221: African-American Music. 3 hours.

This course is a study of the musical and cultural influence of African Americans, from their West-African roots to the present day, on American musical styles. Attention will be given to the mixing of these components with traditional European influences to shape such American musical genres as ragtime, blues, Dixieland, jazz, bebop, rhythm and blues, soul, jazz-rock, fusion, and rock and roll.

300 Level Courses
MUSC 315: Latin-American Music. 3 hours.

This course focuses on the interdisciplinary nature of Latin-American music and its territorial history and politics, marked with the flavor and inheritance of multiple processes of acculturation, from native aborigines, to Africans and Europeans. Different paths taken by music and musicians in different places of Latin-America provide the context for understanding different societies and basic musical principles. This seminar is divided into discussion sessions and experiential activities where students have the opportunity to listen, observe, experience, dance, react, think and feel different rhythms, people, geographies, histories, stories, politics and cultures.