Performing Arts

Performing Arts programs offer a wide range of courses in music, theater and dance, including fundamentals, appreciation, theory, history, technique and performance practice.

Instrumental and vocal ensembles along with theatrical productions provide public performance opportunities to majors and non-majors alike. Performing Arts at College of the Desert is rooted in the passionate belief that the arts are an essential part of life and education, integral in the social development of every person, and vital to the understanding of diverse cultures. Students learn to express themselves artistically, both as individuals and in collaboration with others. Our community sees, supports, and sustains performing arts education not only for the immediate values of performance, but for ways of understanding the world, for the development of the mind and body, and for many underlying skills and understandings that are necessary for success in life. It is the goal of the performing arts program to:

  • help students develop their artistic and intellectual potential to the highest possible level.
  • provide a broad foundation of knowledge in the theory, history, literature and practice of performing arts for students wishing to pursue degree, certificate, transfer and vocational agendas.
  • promote community awareness of the relationship between the performing arts and the history of human values, cultural diversity and the liberal arts tradition.
  • promote the development of discipline-specific skills appropriate to the training of those who wish to teach, those who will pursue advanced studies or professional employment, and those who will use their artistic training in community settings and other cultural service areas.
  • enable all students to benefit from the cultural richness of our heritage through both traditional and experimental performance practices.

Careers in Performing Arts include, but are not limited to, performer, educator, designer, director, choreographer, stage manager, conductor, composer, arranger, accompanist, audio engineer, dramaturg, critic, special effects artist and music/drama therapist. Professional union affiliations include SAG-AFTRA, Actors' Equity Association (AEA), the Society of Directors & Choreographers (SDC), the American Federation of Musicians (AFM) and the American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA). Transfer requirements at four-year colleges and universities vary, so students should consult with a counselor and faculty advisor for specific information regarding the transfer process and lower division requirements.

Advisors:

Anthony Fesmire      
Music, Instrumental
afesmire@collegeofthedesert.edu
(760) 776-7477

Darlene Romano      
Music, Vocal
dromano@collegeofthedesert.edu    
(760) 776-7240

Transfer Degrees

Certificates of Achievement

Courses Related in Content

Limitation on Enrollment by Courses Related in Content

Title 5, section 55040 (c) The policies and procedures adopted by the governing board of each community college district pursuant to subdivision (a) may not permit student enrollment in active participatory courses, as defined in section 55000, in physical education/kinesiology, visual arts or performing arts that are related in content, more than four times for semester courses. This limitation applies even if a student receives a substandard grade or “W” during one or more of the enrollments in such a course or petitions for repetition due to extenuating circumstances as provided in section 55045. The following groups of courses related in content were approved by the Curriculum Committee:

Related in ContentMusic Courses
PIANO
Piano I
Piano II
Piano III
VOICE
Voice I
Voice II
Voice III
GUITAR
Beginning Class Guitar
Intermediate Class Guitar
Advanced Class Guitar
Beginning Jazz/Rock Guitar
Intermediate Jazz/Rock Guitar
Advanced Jazz/Rock Guitar
DIGITAL AUDIO
Digital Audio I
Digital Audio II
Digital Audio III
MUSICAL THEATRE PERFORMANCE
Musical Theatre Performance (1 unit, Repeatable 3 times)
Musical Theatre Performance (2 units, Repeatable 3 times)
Musical Theatre Performance (3 units, Repeatable 3 times)
MUSICAL THEATRE WORKSHOP
Musical Theatre Workshop (1 unit, Repeatable 3 times)
Musical Theatre Workshop (2 units, Repeatable 3 times)
Musical Theatre Workshop (3 units, Repeatable 3 times)
Related in ContentTheatre Art Courses
ACTING
Acting I
Acting II
PLAY PRODUCTION, ACTING
Play Production - Acting (1 unit, Repeatable 3 times)
Play Production - Acting (2 units, Repeatable 3 times)
Play Production - Acting (3 units, Repeatable 3 times)
TECHNICAL THEATRE PRODUCTION
Technical Theatre Production (1 unit, Repeatable 3 times)
Technical Theatre Production (2 units, Repeatable 3 times)
Technical Theatre Production (3 units, Repeatable 3 times)
Related in ContentDance Courses
DANCE PERFORMANCE
Dance Performance
Dance Performance
Dance Performance
DANCE
Dance, Modern
Dance, Jazz
Dance, Tap
Dance, Ballet
Dance, Jazz
Dance, Ballet

Dance (DANC) 

DANC 010  Introduction To Choreography Units: 2

This course is an introduction to the fundamental elements of choreography and their practical application in creating dance composition.
Lecture Hours: 18         Lab Hours: 54          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: C1                 IGETC: None

DANC 015  History Of Dance Units: 3

This survey course examines the chronological development of dance and includes the study of pre-classic through contemporary forms. It emphasizes the interconnections between aesthetic practice and people, events, and ideas.
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: ENG-070
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: C3                 CSU GE: C1                 IGETC: 3A

DANC 024  Dance Performance Units: 1

This course exposes the student to the methods and execution of dance as it applies directly to a fully mounted musical theater production or dance concert. It includes exposure to both acting areas and dancing areas as needed by the directorand choreographer of the actual production.Emphasis is on rehearsal and performance techniques. Dance Performance course(DANC-024,DANC-025 and DANC-026) may be taken for a maximum of 4 times up to a total of 12 units.
Lecture Hours: None         Lab Hours: 54          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: Audition or consent of instructor
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

DANC 025  Dance Performance Units: 2

This course exposes the student to the methods and execution of dance as it applies directly to a fully mounted musical theater production or dance concert. It includes exposure to both acting areas and dancing areas as needed by the director and choreographer of the actual production. Emphasis is on rehearsal and performance techniques. Dance Performance courses(DANC-024,DANC-025 and DANC-026) may be taken for a maximum of 4 times up to a total of 12 units.
Lecture Hours: None         Lab Hours: 108          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: Audition or consent of instructor
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

DANC 026  Dance Performance Units: 3

This course exposes the student to the methods and execution of dance as it applies directly to a fully mounted musical theater production or dance concert. It includes exposure to both acting areas and dancing areas as needed by the director and choreographer of the actual production. Emphasis is on rehearsal and performance techniques. Dance Performance courses (DANC-024, DANC-025 and DANC-026) may be taken for a maximum of 4 times up to a total of 12 units.
Lecture Hours: None         Lab Hours: 162          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: Audition or consent of instructor
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

DANC 070  Dance, Modern Units: 1

This course provides instruction in modern dance techniques as a vehicle for creating original movement.
Lecture Hours: 9         Lab Hours: 27          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: Courses Related in Content
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

DANC 073  Dance, Jazz Units: 1

This course provides instruction in jazz dance technique emphasizing optimum body placement and improved body mechanics and coordination. (Equivalent to KINE-053.)
Lecture Hours: 9         Lab Hours: 27          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: Courses Related in Content
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

DANC 075  Dance, Tap Units: 1

This course provides instruction in basic tap dance steps and simple choreography forms for the improvement of coordination and physical conditioning.
Lecture Hours: 9         Lab Hours: 27          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: Courses Related in Content
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

DANC 076  Dance, Ballet Units: 2

This course provides instruction in ballet technique and terminology.
Lecture Hours: 18         Lab Hours: 54          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: Courses Related in Content
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

Music (MUS)

MUS 001  Music Theory I Units: 4

This course is a study of the basic materials of music (harmony, melody, rhythm, form, etc.) and how those materials combine to create the tonal music of the common practice period. Activities include critical analysis of representative compositions and creative work in counterpoint and harmony combined with historical perspective from the common practice period. Lab activities include sight singing, ear training, and dictation practice related to the theoretical material. (C-ID MUS 120, C-ID MUS 125)
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: 54          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: MUS-012
Advisory: Concurrent enrollment in MUS-021A or MUS-021B or another music performance class
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: C3                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

MUS 002  Music Theory II Units: 4

This course continues concepts introduced in Music Theory I; the study of basic materials of music and how those materials combine to create musical structures. Activities include analysis of representative compositions combined with creative work in counterpoint, orchestration and harmony (including modulation, secondary dominants, 9th, 11th, 13th chords and non-dominant harmony.) Lab activities include sight singing, ear training, dictation and the playing of scales and chord progressions at the keyboard.(C-ID MUS 130, C-ID MUS 135)
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: 54          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: MUS-001
Advisory: Concurrent enrollment in MUS-021A or MUS-021B or another music performance class
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: C3                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

MUS 003  Music Theory III Units: 4

This course continues concepts introduced in Music Theory II. Theory topics include harmonic (secondary dominants, borrowed chords, Neapolitan and augmented sixth chords, and chromatic modulations), melodic, and formal analysis of representative compositions from the Baroque, Classical, and Romantic periods combined with creative work in composition. Musicianship activities include sight singing and dictation of melodic, rhythmic, and harmonic concepts explored in the theory portion of the course.(C-ID MUS 140, C-ID MUS 145)
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: 54          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: MUS-002
Advisory: Concurrent enrollment in MUS-021A or MUS 021B
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

MUS 004  Music Theory IV Units: 4

This course continues concepts introduced in Music Theory III. Theory topics include harmonic borrowed chords and modal interchange, third relations, Neapolitan and augmented sixth chords, extended and altered chords, and enharmonic modulation), melodic, and formal analysis of representative compositions in addition to the study and application of 20th century techniques (serialism, set theory, modes, pentatonic, and symmetric scales, pandiatonicism and polytonalism, and advanced rhythm concepts) combined with creative work in composition. Musicianship activities include sight singing and dictation of melodic, rhythmic, and harmonic concepts explored in the theory portion of the course.(C-ID MUS 150, C-ID MUS 155)
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: 54          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: MUS-003
Advisory: Concurrent Enrollment in MUS 021B
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

MUS 005  History Of Rock 'n' Roll Units: 3

This course is a survey of rock music. The focus is on rock music, the musician, and the manner in which the sociological, political, and economic conditions merged in the evolution of this musical art form.
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: C3                 CSU GE: C1                 IGETC: 3A

MUS 006  History Of Film Music Units: 3

This course examines film music from the birth of cinema at the turn of the twentieth century to the present. Students explore the origins of musical-dramatic style, the role music plays in cinema and the scores of famous film composers.
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: C3                 CSU GE: C1                 IGETC: 3A

MUS 007  History Of Musical Theatre Units: 3

This course explores the history of musical theatre from its early origins to the Broadway shows of today. The evolution of musical style and literature is traced through a variety of musical genres. Included are operettas, cabarets, follies and traditional musicals as well as a review of famous composers, lyricists and performers.
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: C3                 CSU GE: C1                 IGETC: 3A

MUS 010  Introduction To Music Units: 3

This course is a general survey of musical style, form and materials designed to acquaint students with the development of music from the Middle Ages to the present. (C-ID MUS 100)
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: C3                 CSU GE: C1                 IGETC: 3A

MUS 011  The History Of Jazz Units: 3

This course is a survey of jazz music from its origins in the late 19th century to today. The focus is on the historical and stylistic developments of jazz and the innovative musicians who shaped its development.
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: C3                 CSU GE: C1                 IGETC: 3A

MUS 012  Fundamentals Of Music Units: 3

This is a basic course in music theory designed to develop an understanding of notation, rhythm, pitch, keys, scales, intervals, triads and music terminology and their application to music as a creative art. This course is open to all students and serves as the introductory course in music theory for music majors. (C-ID MUS-110)
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: C3                 CSU GE: C1                 IGETC: 3A

MUS 013  Songwriting Units: 3

This course is an introduction to the fundamental elements of songwriting. Emphasis will be placed on the study of rhythm, melody, harmony, form, and lyric writing and their importance in the composition and analysis songs from a variety of musical styles. An introduction to the business of songwriting will also be included.
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: MUS-012
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: C3                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

MUS 021A  Piano I Units: 2

Group work in developing piano keyboard facility and reading primary level piano music. Opportunity provided for individual attention and in-class performance.
Lecture Hours: 18         Lab Hours: 54          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: Courses Related in Content
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

MUS 021B  Piano II Units: 2

Group work in developing piano keyboard facility and reading intermediate level piano music. Opportunity provided for individual attention and in-class performance.
Lecture Hours: 18         Lab Hours: 54          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: MUS-021A
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: Courses Related in Content
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

MUS 021C  Piano III Units: 2

Group work in developing piano keyboard facility and reading advanced level piano music. Opportunity provided for individual attention and in-class performance.
Lecture Hours: 18         Lab Hours: 54          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: MUS-021B
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: Courses Related in Content
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

MUS 022A  Voice I Units: 2

This course involves group study of the foundations of vocal production, technique and diction and their application to all styles of singing from pop to classical. It is designed for the non-music major.
Lecture Hours: 18         Lab Hours: 54          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: Courses Related in Content
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

MUS 022B  Voice II Units: 2

This course involves group study of interpretation, presentation, and introduces singing in foreign language, with application of these skills to all styles of singing from pop to classical. It is designed for the non-music major and for those considering majoring in vocal arts.
Lecture Hours: 18         Lab Hours: 54          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: MUS-022A
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: Courses Related in Content
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

MUS 022C  Voice III Units: 2

This course involves group study of interpretation and presentation of solo vocal literature in a variety of singing styles and languages. It is designed for the non-music major and for those considering majoring in vocal arts and musical theatre.
Lecture Hours: 18         Lab Hours: 54          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: MUS-022B
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: Courses Related in Content
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

MUS 023  Commercial Voice Units: 2

This course is an introduction to the basic principles of vocal production as they apply to singing songs from contemporary commercial idioms, including popular songs, jazz, gospel, Broadway show tunes, and track singing. Emphasis is placed on posture, breathing, resonance, style, microphone technique, movement and presentation. Literature appropriate for each voice range and ability is studied. Students are required to perform songs from memory.
Lecture Hours: 18         Lab Hours: 54          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: MUS-022A
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

MUS 027  Jazz Band Units: 1

Group rehearsal and public performance of standard jazz ensemble literature for woodwind, brass, and rhythm section (guitar, piano, bass, and drums). Proper jazz style and improvisation will be emphasized. Repeating this course provides additional skills and competency within the subject area. May be taken for a total of four times for credit. (C-ID MUS 180)
Lecture Hours: None         Lab Hours: 54          Repeatable: Yes
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: Audition required to confirm eligibility for enrollment
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

MUS 028  Jazz Ensembles Units: 1

Group rehearsal and public performance of standard music literature for jazz combos including woodwinds, brass, and rhythm section. Repeating this course provides additional skills and competency within the subject area. May be taken for a total of four times for credit. (C-ID MUS 180)
Lecture Hours: None         Lab Hours: 54          Repeatable: Yes
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: Audition required to confirm eligibility for enrollment
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

MUS 029  Jazz Singers Units: 1

Group rehearsal and public performance of vocal jazz literature arranged for small ensemble. Jazz styles and techniques will be emphasized. Open to all students by audition. May be taken a total of four times for credit. (C-ID MUS 180)
Lecture Hours: None         Lab Hours: 54          Repeatable: Yes
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: Audition required to confirm eligibility for enrollment
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

MUS 031  Chamber Singers Units: 1

Preparation and performance of a diverse array of sacred and secular music for vocal chamber ensemble. Open to all students by audition. May be taken a total of four times for credit. (C-ID MUS 180)
Lecture Hours: None         Lab Hours: 54          Repeatable: Yes
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: MUS-012
Limitation on enrollment: Audition required to confirm eligibility for enrollment
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

MUS 033  Symphonic Band Units: 1

This course focuses on the study and performance of medieval through Contemporary symphonic band and wind ensemble literature. Prior musical training on a wind or percussion instrument is required. May be taken for a total of four times for credit. (C-ID MUS 180)
Lecture Hours: None         Lab Hours: 54          Repeatable: Yes
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: Audition required to confirm eligibility for enrollment
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

MUS 039A  Beginning Class Guitar Units: 2

This is a beginning course designed for the non-music major covering fundamentals of guitar technique and reading basic musical notation. Emphasis is on beginning sound production for guitar. Music from Classical, Flamenco, Latin, and popular songs will be covered.
Lecture Hours: 18         Lab Hours: 54          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: MUS-012
Limitation on enrollment: Courses Related in Content
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

MUS 039B  Intermediate Class Guitar Units: 2

This is an intermediate course designed for the non-music major that continues the development of guitar technique introduced in MUS-039A. Emphasis on perfecting sound production and mastery of all aspects of the guitar. Music from Classical, Flamenco, Latin, and popular songs will be covered.
Lecture Hours: 18         Lab Hours: 54          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: MUS-039A
Advisory: MUS-012
Limitation on enrollment: Courses Related in Content
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

MUS 039C  Advanced Class Guitar Units: 2

This is an advanced course designed for the non-music major that continues the development of guitar technique introduced in MUS-039A and B. Emphasis on perfecting sound production and mastery of all aspects of the guitar. Music from Classical, Flamenco, Latin, and popular songs will be covered.
Lecture Hours: 18         Lab Hours: 54          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: MUS-039B
Advisory: MUS-012
Limitation on enrollment: Courses Related in Content
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

MUS 050A  Beginning Jazz/Rock Guitar Units: 2

This is a beginning course designed for the non-music major covering fundamentals of guitar technique, reading music notation, improvisation, and the history of the guitar beginning in 1920. Music from jazz, rock, country, and other contemporary styles will be explored.
Lecture Hours: 18         Lab Hours: 54          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: MUS-012
Limitation on enrollment: Courses Related in Content
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

MUS 050B  Intermediate Jazz/Rock Guitar Units: 2

This is an intermediate course designed for the non-music major that continues the development of concepts introduced in MUS-050A. Music from jazz, rock, country, and other contemporary styles will be covered.
Lecture Hours: 18         Lab Hours: 54          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: MUS-050A
Advisory: MUS-012
Limitation on enrollment: Courses Related in Content
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

MUS 050C  Advanced Jazz/Rock Guitar Units: 2

This is an Advanced course designed for the non-music major that continues the development of concepts introduced in MUS-050A and B. Music from jazz, rock, country, and other contemporary styles will be covered.
Lecture Hours: 18         Lab Hours: 54          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: MUS-050B
Advisory: MUS-012
Limitation on enrollment: Courses Related in Content
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

MUS 078A  Digital Audio I Units: 3

This course is an introduction to the history, theory and practice of using computer music software, synthesizers and MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface.) Activities include completing exercises and creating original compositions using synthesizers, computers and computer music software.
Lecture Hours: 36         Lab Hours: 54          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: MUS-021A
Limitation on enrollment: Courses Related in Content
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

MUS 078B  Digital Audio II Units: 3

This course focuses on computer-based digital audio recording, mixing and editing. Activities include exercises and projects using microphones, audio mixers, audio processors, synthesizers, computers and computer music software.
Lecture Hours: 36         Lab Hours: 54          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: MUS-078A
Advisory: MUS 021A
Limitation on enrollment: Courses Related in Content
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

MUS 078C  Digital Audio III Units: 3

This course provides advanced applicational experience in computer-based audio and MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) recording, editing and mixing. Activities include the creation of original music compositions and multimedia presentations using synthesizers, microphones, audio mixers, audio processors, computers and computer music software.
Lecture Hours: 36         Lab Hours: 54          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: MUS-078B
Advisory: MUS-021A
Limitation on enrollment: Courses Related in Content
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

MUS 084  Musical Theatre Performance Units: 1

This course explores the techniques and practices of musical theatre performance in the context of a main-stage musical theatre production. Rehearsals expose students to the creative process as they prepare for public performances that showcase all three areas of musical theatre performance: acting, singing and dancing. Musical Theatre Performance courses (MUS-084, MUS-085 and MUS-086) may be taken for a maximum of 4 times up to a total of 12 units.
Lecture Hours: None         Lab Hours: 54          Repeatable: Yes
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: Audition required to confirm eligibility for enrollment
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

MUS 085  Musical Theatre Performance Units: 2

This course explores the techniques and practices of musical theatre performance in the context of a main-stage musical theatre production. Rehearsals expose students to the creative process as they prepare for public performances that showcase all three areas of musical theatre performance: acting, singing and dancing. Musical Theatre Performance courses (MUS-084, MUS-085 and MUS-086) may be taken for a maximum of 4 times up to a total of 12 units.
Lecture Hours: None         Lab Hours: 108          Repeatable: Yes
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: Audition required to confirm eligibility for enrollment
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

MUS 086  Musical Theatre Performance Units: 3

This course explores the techniques and practices of musical theatre performance in the context of a main-stage musical theatre production. Rehearsals expose students to the creative process as they prepare for public performances that showcase all three areas of musical theatre performance: acting, singing and dancing. Musical Theatre Performance courses (MUS-084, MUS-085 and MUS-086) may be taken for a maximum of 4 times up to a total of 12 units.
Lecture Hours: None         Lab Hours: 162          Repeatable: Yes
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: Audition required to confirm eligibility for enrollment
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

MUS 090  Musical Theatre Workshop Units: 1

This course explores the techniques and practices of musical theatre performance. Students are exposed to the creative process as they utilize and exercise skills necessary to all three areas of musical theatre performance: acting, singing and dancing. The study of excerpts from various time periods and styles acquaint students with a wide variety of musical theatre repertoire. Students present selected musical theatre excerpts at the culmination of the semester. Musical Theatre Workshop courses (MUS-090, MUS-091 and MUS-092) may be taken for a maximum of 4 times up to a total of 12 units.
Lecture Hours: None         Lab Hours: 54          Repeatable: Yes
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

MUS 091  Musical Theatre Workshop Units: 2

This course explores the techniques and practices of musical theatre performance. Students are exposed to the creative process as they utilize and exercise skills necessary to all three areas of musical theatre performance: acting, singing and dancing. The study of excerpts from various time periods and styles acquaint students with a wide variety of musical theatre repertoire. Students present selected musical theatre excerpts at the culmination of the semester. Musical Theatre Workshop courses (MUS-090, MUS-091 and MUS-092) may be taken for a maximum of 4 times up to a total of 12 units.
Lecture Hours: None         Lab Hours: 108          Repeatable: Yes
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

MUS 092  Musical Theatre Workshop Units: 3

This course explores the techniques and practices of musical theatre performance. Students are exposed to the creative process as they utilize and exercise skills necessary to all three areas of musical theatre performance: acting, singing and dancing. The study of excerpts from various time periods and styles acquaint students with a wide variety of musical theatre repertoire. Students present selected musical theatre excerpts at the culmination of the semester. Musical Theatre Workshop courses (MUS-090, MUS-091 and MUS-092) may be taken for a maximum of 4 times up to a total of 12 units.
Lecture Hours: None         Lab Hours: 162          Repeatable: Yes
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

MUS 099A  Applied Music, Instrumental Units: 0.5

Individual studio instruction for the Associate of Arts degree in music. Students receive 7 hours of individual instruction, complete 18 hours of on-campus practice, perform at least once in a public campus recital, and play a juried performance (final exam) for a faculty committee. Designed for Music majors who are able to perform at college level. Successful audition on an approved major instrument and concurrent enrollment in an instrumental performance ensemble and an approved academic music class required. May be taken a total of four times for credit. (C-ID MUS 160)
Lecture Hours: None         Lab Hours: 27          Repeatable: Yes
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: Corequisite: MUS-027 or MUS-028 or MUS-033 AND MUS-001 or MUS-002 or MUS-003 or MUS-004
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: Music major
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

MUS 099B  Applied Music, Vocal Units: 0.5

Individual studio instruction for the Associate of Arts degree in music. Students receive 7 hours of individual instruction, complete 18 hours of on-campus practice, perform at least once in a public campus recital and sing a juried performance (final exam) for a faculty committee. Designed for Music majors who are able to perform at college level. Successful audition and concurrent enrollment in a choral ensemble and an approved academic music class required. May be taken a total of four times for credit. (C-ID MUS 160)
Lecture Hours: None         Lab Hours: 27          Repeatable: Yes
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: Corequisite: MUS-029 or MUS-031 AND MUS-001 or MUS-002 or MUS-003 or MUS-004
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: Music major
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

Theatre Arts (TA)

TA 001  Introduction To Theatre Units: 3

This course is designed as a general survey of the history, theory and practice of theatre art from its origins to the present time. The study includes elements of drama, historic structures of the theatre, characteristic types of plays, the contribution of the director, actors, designers, and contemporary production techniques. (C-ID THTR 111)
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: C3                 CSU GE: C1                 IGETC: 3B

TA 002  Acting I Units: 3

This course provides basic instruction in acting technique while focusing on characterization, improvisation, vocal projection, and movement. Emphasis is also placed on monologue preparation/performance and group scene study. Students will develop an appreciation and respect for acting, while becoming aware of how their feelings, senses, and relationships in the world around them influence their acting choices. (C-ID THTR 151)
Lecture Hours: 36         Lab Hours: 54          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: Courses Related in Content
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: C3                 CSU GE: C1                 IGETC: None

TA 003  Acting II Units: 3

This course furthers the study of acting and acting styles. The curriculum emphasizes the importance of character analysis/development, improvisation techniques, vocal projection, stage movement, monologue preparation/performance, group scene study/performance, and script analysis. Students will also be introduced to basic directing techniques and theory. (C-ID THTR 152)
Lecture Hours: 36         Lab Hours: 54          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: TA-002
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: Courses Related in Content
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

TA 004  Script Analysis Units: 3

Script Analysis is an introduction to theatre research methods and a study of the play from page to stage. The class will focus on critical analysis of structure, genre, theme, style, character, language, and dramatic event from the point of view of the actor, director, critic, and designer. (C-ID THTR 114)
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: TA-001 and TA-002
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

TA 009  Stagecraft Units: 3

This course offers the student an introduction to the art of stage scenery and theatrical properties. The course deals with the techniques of construction and organizational process, the group dynamic and the understanding of good stage scenery and/or theatrical property. This course is offered in the Fall semester. (C-ID THTR 171)
Lecture Hours: 36         Lab Hours: 54          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

TA 010  Introduction To Design & Production Units: 3

An introductory course in the theory and practice of theatrical design, its construction and its execution. The lab explores the application of a theatrical design through construction,execution, and use of proper technical theatre practices. This course is offered in the Spring semester. (C-ID THTR 172)
Lecture Hours: 36         Lab Hours: 54          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

TA 020  Play Production - Acting Units: 1

This course exposes the student to the methods and execution of acting as it applies directly to a faculty directed stage production or workshop. The style and artistic discipline vary with each production. It is designed to give the student practical application of acting skills and actual acting experience with an emphasis on rehearsal and performance techniques. Play Production - Acting courses (TA-020, TA-021 and TA-022) may be taken for a maximum of 4 times up to a total of 12 units. (C-ID THTR 191)
Lecture Hours: None         Lab Hours: 54          Repeatable: Yes
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: Audition or consent of instructor
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

TA 021  Play Production - Acting Units: 2

This course exposes the student to the methods and execution of acting as it applies directly to a faculty directed stage production or workshop. The style and artistic discipline vary with each production. It is designed to give the student practical application of acting skills and actual acting experience with an emphasis on rehearsal and performance techniques. Play Production - Acting courses (TA-020, TA-021 and TA-022) may be taken for a maximum of 4 times up to a total of 12 units. (C-ID THTR 191)
Lecture Hours: None         Lab Hours: 108          Repeatable: Yes
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: Audition or consent of instructor
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

TA 022  Play Production - Acting Units: 3

This course exposes the student to the methods and execution of acting as it applies directly to a faculty directed stage production or workshop. The style and artistic discipline vary with each production. It is designed to give the student practical application of acting skills and actual acting experience with an emphasis on rehearsal and performance techniques. Play Production - Acting courses (TA-020, TA-021 and TA-022) may be taken for a maximum of 4 times up to a total of 12 units. (C-ID THTR 191)
Lecture Hours: None         Lab Hours: 162          Repeatable: Yes
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: Audition or consent of instructor
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

TA 030  Technical Theatre Production Units: 1

This course permits progressive participation and instruction in technical play production. Students have hands-on experience in execution of technical roles for actual productions, such as set construction, prop building, scene painting and running crew. Students learn the safe and proper use of power tools, and the various skills, and techniques used in technical theatre. Repetition of the course work will require the student to expand their focus in the various areas of technical theatre. Technical Theatre Production courses (TA-030, TA-031 and TA-032) may be taken for a maximum of 4 times up to a total of 12 units. (C-ID THTR 192)
Lecture Hours: None         Lab Hours: 54          Repeatable: Yes
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

TA 031  Technical Theatre Production Units: 2

This course permits progressive participation and instruction in technical play production. Students have hands-on experience in execution of technical roles for actual productions, such as set construction, prop building, scene painting and running crew. Students learn the safe and proper use of power tools, and the various skills, and techniques used in technical theatre. Repetition of the course work will require the student to expand their focus in the various areas of technical theatre. Technical Theatre Production courses (TA-030, TA-031 and TA-032) may be taken for a maximum of 4 times up to a total of 12 units.
Lecture Hours: None         Lab Hours: 108          Repeatable: Yes
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

TA 032  Technical Theatre Production Units: 3

This course permits progressive participation and instruction in technical play production. Students have hands-on experience in execution of technical roles for actual productions, such as set construction, prop building, scene painting and running crew. Students learn the safe and proper use of power tools, and the various skills, and techniques used in technical theatre. Repetition of the course work will require the student to expand their focus in the various areas of technical theatre. Technical Theatre Production courses (TA-030, TA-031 and TA-032) may be taken for a maximum of 4 times up to a total of 12 units.
Lecture Hours: None         Lab Hours: 162          Repeatable: Yes
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: C3                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

TA 080  Theatre Makeup Units: 3

This course teaches the basic principles and application techniques of theatrical, film, print, television and special effect makeup. It executes the learned skills in a laboratory atmosphere utilizing current sanitation rules and regulations as established by the State of California. Students will create an accurate pictorial dictionary, a "morgue," and use it as a reference in creating makeup executions. Students will learn to create characters from scripts using design, timeline plots, visual renderings and written descriptions. Students learn facial anatomy and its relationship to makeup placement and color. Students will learn product knowledge, including how to access appropriate materials. Other topics include pre and post production responsibilities of a makeup designer/artist applicable to various venues. (C-ID THTR 175)
Lecture Hours: 36         Lab Hours: 54          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None