CCPS Music Course Descriptions

100 Level Courses:
MUSC 115: Introduction to Western Music

300 Level Courses:
MUSC 314: African-American Music
MUSC 315: Latin-American Music

MUSC 290, MUSC 390, MUSC 490: A-Z Selected Topics


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 314: 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. (Meets cultural diversity requirement)

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 music 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.

MUSC 290, MUSC 390, MUSC 490: A-Z Selected Topics. 1-3 hours.