Music Courses

MUS 081 JM Introduction to Music

This course explores important works of Western art music from diverse historical epochs through listening and analysis. Elements of music, basic musical terminology and notation are discussed. Attention is given to the relation of the arts – especially music – to culture and society. (Carries departmental credit when taught by Alves, Cubek, or Kamm.)

MUS 084 HM Jazz Improvisation

The art of simultaneously hearing, composing and performing music. Chords, scales, chord progressions and tunes of modern jazz. Theory, listening, analysis and group practice in improvisation skills. Prerequisites: Music reading ability, ability to play most of the 12 major scales on an instrument, motivation to play jazz, permission of the instructor. Repeatable for credit.

MUS 102 JM Music Theory 2

Students will continue to explore tonal music from the 18th century from a theoretical standpoint. The course will focus on the study of harmony and voice leading, counterpoint, and various methods for harmonic and formal analysis of compositions from the baroque, galant, and classical styles. We will begin with a review of diatonic harmony followed by an introduction to chromatic harmony (including modulation to closely related keys, and the Neapolitan and augmented sixth chords). We will continue with the study of common compositional techniques and/or formal types such as fugue, galant-style schemata, and sonata form. Besides several analysis projects, students will work on individual compositions that will display their creativity as well as his/her understanding of concepts, compositional techniques, and stylistic features learned throughout the semester.

MUS 173 JM Claremont Concert Choir

A study through rehearsal and performance of choral music selected from the 16th century to the present, with emphasis on larger, major works. Prerequisite: successful audition (Both semesters; joint offering of CMC, HMC, Pitzer and Scripps)

MUS 174 JM Claremont Chamber Choir

A study of choral music from 1300 to the present, with emphasis on those works composed for performances of a choral chamber nature. Singers in Chamber Choir also sing with the Concert Choir. Prerequisite: successful audition. (Both Semesters; joint offering of CMC, HMC, Pitzer and Scripps)

MUS 175 JM Claremont Concert Orchestra

The study through rehearsal, with discussion as needed, and performance, of styles and techniques appropriate for the historically accurate performance of instrumental works intended for the orchestra. Repertoire will include works from mid-18th century to the present with special emphasis on the classical and romantic periods. Prerequisite: successful audition.

MUS 179A Music in U.S. Immigrant Lives/Special Topics in Music

Immigrants to the United States have preserved, transformed, and invented musical traditions as an essential mode of expression for centuries. In this course students will explore these experiences via historical and contemporary case studies. We will draw on commercial and field recordings, documentaries, memoirs, ethnomusicological field work, and other sources to examine the intersections of music and technology, religion, politics, festivals and more in the lives of immigrants. Special attention will be paid to the music of immigrant groups in the cultural and political history of Los Angeles. No prior musical background is necessary.

MUS 175 b, d Claremont Concert Orchestra

The study through rehearsal, with discussion as needed, and performance, of styles and techniques appropriate for the historically accurate performance of instrumental works intended for the orchestra. Repertoire will include works from mid-18th century to the present with special emphasis on the classical and romantic periods. Prerequisite: successful audition.