Course Offerings

Major Ensemble Information

Note: MUS 189, 193, 194, 195, 196, 197 and 198 may be taken up to four times. Credit will not be given beyond four semesters. Course numbers MUS 189 through 198 are performance ensembles and open to all qualified Community College students. Music majors should check with senior institutions regarding the transferability of these courses. All music majors must enroll in at least one major performing ensemble from MUS 189, 193, 194, 195, 196, 197, and 198 for credit during each semester. Once they have successfully completed four semesters of their major ensemble music majors may enroll in any major or minor ensemble as an audit.

All Music Major core curricula are restricted. Students interested in completing a music degree must schedule an interview with the music department program director, complete a music theory pre-test, piano placement and aural perception exam to determine any need for remedial course work. Successful completion of all music courses requires the grade of C (73%) or better. 

Contact: Music Department (616) 234-3940.

MUS 99 - Music Basics Immersion

This class is an intensive immersion in music basic skills for any adult student interested in learning how music is created. The class will listen, make, move, and play music on various pitched and non-pitched instruments. It will prepare the learner to become aware of musical elements and vocabulary through experiential activities in a week long format.
Course Fee: $5 (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

MUS 105 - Applied Performance Class

MUS 105 is a performance class organized by applied area. MUS 105 includes discussion of practice routines and habits, technical and stylistic problems, pedagogy, performance anxiety and repertoire memorization. MUS 105 is required of all students who enroll in MUS 151-262. MUS 105 may be waived with permission from the head of the music department.
Course Fee: $5 (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

MUS 110 - The Appreciation of World and Western Music

This course is designed to increase the students ability to effectively listen to and communicate about music. Study of the elements and media of music will include investigation of World and Western music. Outside reading, listening, and concert attendance are required.
Course Fee: $5 (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

MUS 111 - Jazz in Contemporary America

This course is a survey of the different genres of Jazz music beginning with its earliest origins and continuing through the development of various different styles. Students will identify and discuss the historical and societal influences that contributed to the evolution of jazz. The study will include field hollers, blues, Dixieland, swing, bebop, cool, and other forms. No musical background is required.
Course Fee: $5 (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

MUS 112 - Basic Music Theory

This course is an introduction to basic musical concepts including, scales, key signatures, intervals, triads, rhythms, pitch notation, and ear-training. This course does not replace MUS 113.
Course Fee: $25 (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

MUS 113 - Introduction to Music Theory I

This course is designed primarily for freshmen music majors and minors. The course covers the fundamentals of music scales, intervals, triads, and rhythm as well as providing an introduction to voice leading through first species counterpoint. This course was formerly offered as MU 101.
Course Fee: $25 (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

MUS 114 - Introduction to Music Theory II

MUS 114 is an integrated theory course designed primarily for freshman music majors and minors. The course deals with the development of part-writing skills through further studies in species counterpart and four-voice chorale texture. Students learn to harmonize melodies and develop good chord progressions with triads and seventh chords. This course was formerly offered as MU 102.
Course Fee: $25 (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

MUS 115 - Aural Comprehension I

Prerequisites: MUS 112 and MUS 120 with C or better OR Music Theory Pretest with 85% correct; co-requisite: MUS 113. Students will develop their aural capacity and literacy through exercises in beginning melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic dictation. Students will master solfeggio, Curwen hand signs, and singing melodies at sight. This is the first of two courses in freshman aural skills designed to transfer to the four-year institution. Requires additional Music Lab computer assisted instruction each week. This course was formerly offered as MU 178.
Course Fee: $25 (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

MUS 116 - Aural Comprehension II

In this course the student continues developing aural capacity through exercises in intermediate melodic, rhythmic, harmonic dictation, and mastery of solfeggio while singing intermediate melodies at sight. This is the second of two courses in freshman aural skills. Objectives of this course are concurrent with, and complementary to, MUS 114. Additional Music Lab hours are required each week. This course was formerly offered as MU 179.
Course Fee: $5 (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

MUS 117 - Jazz Theory I

MUS 117 is a study of jazz music theory, including chord and scale construction and nomenclature: elementary principles of chord voicing and arrangements, chord/scale relationships, and blues, AABA and other song forms. Analysis of jazz solo transcriptions as well as basic keyboard skills will be emphasized, in addition to required listening to exceptional examples of standard jazz recordings, and attending jazz concerts.
Course Fee: None (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

MUS 118 - Jazz Arranging

MUS 118 is a study of the art of arranging for jazz combos. Students will learn the ranges, transpositions, and sound potential of all saxophones (plus common woodwind doubles), trumpet, trombone, piano, guitar, bass, and drums. The skills taught in the class include writing effective jazz rhythms in all jazz styles, standard harmonizing techniques, common scoring practices, and contemporary trends within the medium. There will be a written final on arranging techniques, and a final project requiring a written arrangement for five horns and four rhythm section members. All assignments and projects must be prepared using Finale Music Composition Software.
Course Fee: $5 (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

MUS 120 - Introduction to Piano

The emphasis of this course is on introducing basic concepts of notation, musicianship, keyboard geography, and technique. This course is designed for the student with no prior music reading experience and is taught with the assumption that the student has never played the piano and has no prior formal piano study. This course was formerly offered as MU 169.
Course Fee: $5 (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

MUS 121 - Piano Techniques I

This class further develops the student\'s piano techniques. Skills developed include sight-reading, harmonizing with primary chords, simple transposition, and acquisition of standard piano repertoire. It is taught with the assumption that the student has prior music reading experience and has little to no familiarity with the keyboard. If the prerequisite course is not met, please see the department for information about the piano placement exam. This class was formerly offered as MU 171.
Course Fee: $5 (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

MUS 122 - Piano Techniques II

This class continues skills and concepts mastered in MUS 121, with greater emphasis on keyboard facility, sight playing, and piano repertoire of various styles. If the prerequisite course is not met, please see the department for information about the piano placement exam. This course was formerly offered as MU 172.
Course Fee: $5 (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

MUS 130 - American Popular Music

This course is a survey of genres of American popular music beginning with an examination of sources of popular styles, and then following the development of American popular music through current musical styles. The discussions include folk, blues, gospel, country, jazz, musical theater, popular song, rock, and more. No musical background is required.
Course Fee: $5 (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

MUS 131 - Group Vocal Techniques I

Group Vocal Techniques is beginning vocal instruction for students whose applied major is voice. Students study basic vocal technique, vocal anatomy, breath management, diction for singers, posture for singing, and performance deportment. Students begin to apply these techniques by learning folk songs and simple arts songs. Students who wish to study applied voice will be required to perform for the voice faculty at the completion of MUS 131. MUS 131 may be waived by audition and permission from the Music Department Head. Non-Music Majors may enroll in MUS 131. This course was formerly offered as MU 181.
Course Fee: $5 (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

MUS 133 - Beginning Guitar

This course covers the fundamentals in the use and performance of the guitar as an accomplishment instrument. It is designed for the person interested in performing appropriate accompaniments on the guitar. Topics covered are guitar techniques, music reading, chords, chord theory, and accompaniment patterns.
Course Fee: $5 (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

MUS 134 - Classic Guitar I

This course is a study of classical guitar techniques and music, with emphasis on developing mind/body coordination, a thorough understanding of music fundamentals, and the performance of solo music on the guitar. Students provide their own guitar. This course meets two hours per week. Guitar Majors may be placed in MUS 134 instead of applied music MUS 151-153.
Course Fee: $5 (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

MUS 135 - Classical Guitar II

This course is a continuation of MUS 134, Classical Guitar I. Students will further develop technique, scales, technical studies, music reading, and repertoire. Students who successfully complete this course may audition for admission into MUS 161, Applied Music Guitar, for more advanced guitar study.
Course Fee: $5 (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

MUS 136 - Jazz Guitar I

Beginning Jazz Guitar focuses on the fundamentals of chord structures, scales, improvisation, and jazz repertoire as they apply to jazz, pop and rock guitar.
Course Fee: $5 (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

MUS 141 - Applied Music Secondary I - For Non-Music Majors

This applied music study is designed for the general college student who wishes to study an instrument or voice, conducting or music composition in a one-on-one setting.
Course Fee: None (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

MUS 142 - Applied Music Secondary II - For Non-Music Majors

This applied music study is designed for the general college student who wishes to study an instrument, or voice, conducting or music composition in a one-on-one setting.
Course Fee: None (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

MUS 143 - Applied Music Secondary I - For Music Majors

This applied music study is designed for the general college student who wishes to study an instrument or voice, conducting or music composition, and for the non-keyboard emphasis music major who wishes to study piano in a one-on-one setting.
Course Fee: None (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

MUS 144 - Applied Music Secondary II - For Music Majors

This applied music study is designed for the general college student who wishes to study an instrument or voice, conducting or music composition, and for the non-keyboard emphasis music major who wishes to study piano in a one on one setting.
Course Fee: None (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

MUS 151 - Applied Music Primary I - For Non-Music Majors

This applied music study is designed for the general college student who wishes to study an instrument or voice, conducting or music composition in a one on one setting.
Course Fee: None (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

MUS 152 - Applied Music Primary II - For Non-Music Majors

This applied music study is designed for the general college student who wishes to study an instrument or voice, conducting or music composition in a one-on-one setting.
Course Fee: None (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

MUS 153 - Applied Music Primary III - For Non-Music Majors

This applied music study is designed for the general college student who wishes to study an instrument or voice, conducting or music composition in a one on one setting.
Course Fee: $350 (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

MUS 161 - Applied Music Primary I - For Music Majors

This applied music study is designed for the student that is majoring in music and who is working to complete the 4-semester applied music sequence. The prerequisite course may be waived following a successful audition. Contact the department for more information.
Course Fee: None (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

MUS 162 - Applied Music Primary II - For Music Majors

This applied music study is designed for the student that is majoring in music and who is working to complete the 4-semester applied music sequence.
Course Fee: None (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

MUS 171 - Music and Computers Exploration

This class is for the student who wishes to explore music through computer technology. Students learn to use various software programs used for the creation of original music projects. This class is intended for all college students. Previous musical and computer experience is recommended, but not required.
Course Fee: $50 (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

MUS 172 - Music Software Essentials For Musicians

This course is for the musician who wishes to enhance their understanding of music and computer technology. Students learn to use current computer programs used for music notation, composition, recording, and music production. This class is intended for students who are proficient at reading music.
Course Fee: $50 (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

MUS 173 - Basic Studio Techniques I

This course covers the fundamentals of the recording arts, including basic audio signal and acoustics theory, digital audio fundamentals, recording consoles, microphone design and signal processing. Students work in an on-campus lab and studio to complete lab assignments and projects. Department consent required to enroll in this course. The lecture and lab components of this course are scheduled separately.
Course Fee: $150 (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

MUS 174 - Basic Studio Techniques II

This course builds on the knowledge gained in MUS 173. Students develop basic recording skills in microphone placement and choice, how proximity and acoustics affect sonic clarity, recording console use, the use of various recording storage mediums, and how audio processing can improve sound image, as well as recreating acoustic environments with digital reverberation. In addition, this course continues to explore the toolbox of the sound engineer.
Course Fee: $150 (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

MUS 175 - Introduction To Music Business

MUS 175 introduces the student to business tools and strategies for creating and managing a successful brand in the music industry. This course empowers students with an overview of the music industry and its current trends in distributing, marketing, and selling music as a business. It not only increases the student\'s understanding of common business practices in the music industry but also prepares the student for further study in the area of music business and artist management. Students should be comfortable working with online resources prior to enrolling in this course.
Course Fee: $25 (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

MUS 181 - Chamber Music I

Small chamber music ensemble in strings, woodwinds, brass, voice, keyboard and percussion in both traditional and jazz modes.
Course Fee: $5 (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

MUS 182 - Chamber Music II

Small chamber music ensembles in strings, woodwind, brass, voice, keyboard and percussion in both traditional and jazz modes.
Course Fee: $5 (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

MUS 183 - Introduction to Music Education

Students will be introduced to the fundamental principles of music education. They will learn about music education philosophy, advocacy, and history. Students will be introduced to best teaching practices through classroom observations, and they will imitate these practices through hands-on teaching experiences. Participation in this course will assist the students decisions to enter the field of music education.
Course Fee: None (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

MUS 184 - Introduction to Music Therapy

This course is an orientation to the discipline of music therapy.
Course Fee: None (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

MUS 185 - Jazz Improvisation I

This course is a study and directed application of the fundamentals of jazz improvisation, including basic chord and scale construction and recognition, harmonic function, chord-scale relationships and basic blues and popular song forms. All students are required to develop aural and performance skills relative to those theory skills.
Course Fee: $5 (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

MUS 189 - College Choir

The College Choir is designed as an open enrollment, non-audition choir, open to any student at GRCC. Students who sang in their high school choirs or are currently singing in another type of choir and are interested in continuing their choral experience at GRCC are welcome. Skills taught include basic vocal pedagogy, music reading, and ear training skills along with basic choral ensemble skills. The College Choir performs 4-5 times yearly. The College Choir meets 2 hours weekly. Grading is based on attendance and punctuality to rehearsals and concerts, and demonstrated competency of the music being studied in the class.
Course Fee: $5 (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

MUS 190 - Jazz Ensemble

The jazz ensemble will rehearse and perform repertoire in various styles from various periods in jazz and big band development. Improvisation will be taught and emphasized in performance. The jazz ensemble will perform 1-2 concerts per semester and meets 2 times a week. Grading is based on attendance and punctuality to rehearsals and concerts as well as demonstrated competency of the music being studied.
Course Fee: $5 (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

MUS 191 - Madrigal Singers

A select group of vocalists who perform literature from the Renaissance, Baroque and 20th century periods.
Course Fee: $5 (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

MUS 192 - Shades of Blue

Shades of Blue is an auditioned vocal jazz ensemble open to any student at GRCC.
Course Fee: $5 (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

MUS 193 - Kent Philharmonic Orchestra

KPO is a community orchestra that consists of adult musicians and college students (on credit basis). The orchestra performs 4 concerts of major orchestral literature per year. Participation is open by audition. Students need to be pre-approved for enrollment by the conductor and/or the orchestra manager before registration.
Course Fee: $5 (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

MUS 194 - Campus Band

Campus Band is designed for students who are either music majors with a non-instrumental applied emphasis or who have a major outside music. The group will perform works from original and transcribed sources. Campus Band is open to all GRCC students with previous experience performing on band instruments. No audition is required to enroll. Campus band meets twice a week and performs 2-3 concerts each semester. Grading is based both on attendance and punctuality to rehearsals and concerts and demonstrated competency of the music being studied in class.
Course Fee: $5 (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

MUS 195 - GRCC Concert Choir

The GRCC Concert Choir is an auditioned choir open to any student at GRCC, but primarily serves vocal music majors. The GRCC Concert Choir consists of 28-32 auditioned singers. This highly select ensemble is the face of choral music and the vocal program at GRCC. Skills taught include vocal pedagogy, music theory and aural comprehension skills. The musical literature studied is comparable to that of the most advanced ensembles at 4 year institutions to which GRCC music graduates transfer. MUS 195 fulfills the major ensemble requirements of vocal, piano and organ majors at GRCC. The GRCC Concert Choir performs 7-10 times yearly. Grading is based on attendance, punctuality to rehearsals and concerts and demonstrated mastery of the music being studied in the class. It is recommended that students have functional knowledge of music theory, aural comprehension and demonstrated skill in vocal production prior to enrolling in this course.
Course Fee: $5 (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

MUS 196 - College Orchestra

The college Orchestra is open to all GRCC students where they will study and perform works from all periods of music, appropriate to the instrumentation of the ensemble.
Course Fee: $5 (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

MUS 197 - Wind Ensemble

The college Wind Ensemble studies and performs works from all periods of music, appropriate to the instrumentation of the ensemble.
Course Fee: $5 (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

MUS 198 - Guitar Ensemble

Membership by audition held at the beginning of the fall semester. The Guitar Ensemble studies and performs works from original and transcribed sources. Repertoire ranges from Renaissance through modern music. The ensemble has from 2 to 4 performances per semester. This course satisfies the major ensemble requirement for students who choose guitar as their major instrument. It is recommended that student have skill with music reading on the guitar and a solid foundation in classical guitar technique prior to enrolling in this course.
Course Fee: $5 (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

MUS 213 - Advanced Music Theory I

This course is a continuation of MUS 114. It extends the student\'s knowledge of species counterpoint, voice leading, and chromatic harmony and introduces the study of small part forms and larger complex forms.
Course Fee: $25 (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

MUS 214 - Advanced Music Theory II

This course is a continuation of MUS 213. It extends the student\'s knowledge of species counterpoint, voice leading and chromatic harmony as well as introducing the study of the harmonic, rhythmic and melodic materials of the late 19th and 20th centuries.
Course Fee: $5 (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

MUS 215 - Aural Comprehension III

This course is an advanced continuation of the aural skills learned in MUS 116. Emphasis is on singing, aural identification and dictation of scales, intervals, harmonic progressions, melodic patterns, rhythmic patterns, triads and seventh chords. Development of intermediate sightsinging techniques as well as skills in notating performed melodic and harmonic musical examples also occurs. There is a weekly Music Lab requirement for this course.
Course Fee: $25 (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

MUS 216 - Aural Comprehension IV

An advanced continuation of the aural skills learned in MUS 215. Emphasis is on singing, aural identification and dictation of scales, intervals, harmonic progressions, melodic patterns, rhythmic patterns, triads and seventh chords. Development of intermediate/advanced sightsinging techniques as well as skills in notating performed melodic and harmonic musical examples. Weekly Music Lab requirement.
Course Fee: $5 (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

MUS 221 - Piano Techniques III

This class continues skills and concepts mastered in MUS 122, with greater emphasis on keyboard facility, sight playing, and piano repertoire of various styles. Additional course outcomes include harmonization with secondary dominants, transposition by 2nd or 3rd as well as open score reading up to four staves.
Course Fee: $5 (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

MUS 222 - Piano Techniques IV

This class continues skills and concepts mastered in MUS 221 with greater emphasis on keyboard facility and sight playing. Piano repertoire of greater length and complexity is learned. Additional course outcomes include application of chromatically-altered chords in harmonizations and lead sheets, chordal and melodic improvisation of greater complexity, transpositions to all keys as well as open score reading of greater difficulty.
Course Fee: $5 (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

MUS 243 - Applied Music Secondary III - For Music Majors

This applied music study is designed for the general college student who wishes to study an instrument or voice, conducting or music composition, and for the non-keyboard emphasis music major who wishes to study piano in a one-on-one setting.
Course Fee: None (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

MUS 244 - Applied Music Secondary IV - For Music Majors

This applied music study is designed for the general college student who wishes to study an instrument or voice, conducting or music composition, and for the non-keyboard emphasis music major who wishes to study piano in a one-on-one setting.
Course Fee: None (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

MUS 251 - History of Music I

Prerequisites: MUS 113, MUS 115, and EN 100 or EN 101. The study of music in the Western world from its origins; Greek, Hebrew, Early Christian, plain-song, medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque music to the 1770\'s. Readings, listening, score study, and listening laboratory assignments are required.
Course Fee: $25 (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

MUS 252 - Music History II - Late Baroque - Romantic

This course focuses on the study of the music in the Western World in the high Baroque, Classical, and Romantic eras. Readings, listening, score study and laboratory listening assignments are required.
Course Fee: $25 (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

MUS 253 - History of Music III

This course is the study of music in the contemporary era. Additional units tracing the history of popular music in America and women in music are also included. Readings, listening, score study, and laboratory listening assignments are required. Introduction to music research and a research paper are also included.
Course Fee: $5 (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

MUS 261 - Applied Music Primary III - For Music Majors

This applied music study is designed for the student that is majoring in music and who is working to complete the 4-semester applied music sequence.
Course Fee: None (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

MUS 262 - Applied Music Primary IV - For Music Majors

This applied music study is designed for the student that is majoring in music and who is working to complete the 4-semester applied music sequence.
Course Fee: None (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

MUS 271 - Basic MIDI Sequencing

Basic MIDI Sequencing develops introductory skills in MIDI sequencing. The objective of this course is to familiarize the student with the fundamentals and applications of MIDI technology, including sequencing software, MIDI interfaces, virtual instruments, as well as uses unrelated to music. This course introduces MIDI technology to the Recording Technology student.
Course Fee: $50 (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

MUS 272 - Advanced MIDI Sequencing

This hands-on course builds on the skills developed in Basic MIDI Sequencing. Advanced MIDI Sequencing utilizes MIDI technology to develop musical sequencing and arranging skills. Various categories of MIDI arranging covered including, pop, rock and classical. The objective of this course is to integrate musical and technical MIDI skills into the complete, artistic craft of recording technology. This course requires a separate lab.
Course Fee: $5 (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

MUS 273 - Advanced Studio Techniques Laboratory I

Advanced Studio Techniques Laboratory 1 develops advanced recording skills utilizing multiple microphone techniques while simultaneously recording multiple instrumentalists. This course also broadens student\'s awareness and operation of the different types of mixing consoles used in the industry. The objective of this course is to provide the student with practical hands on experience via recording in stereo, medium sized musical ensembles in digital surround sound. As well, stereo music mixing skills are broadened.
Course Fee: $25 (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

MUS 274 - Advanced Studio Techniques Lecture I

Advanced Studio Techniques Lecture 1 develops advanced recording skills utilizing multiple microphone techniques while simultaneously recording multiple instrumentalists. Capturing sound using multiple microphones also improves mixing console skills. The objective of this course is to provide the student with practical hands on experience via recording in stereo, medium sized musical ensembles in digital surround sound. As well, stereo music mixing skills will be broadened. In MUS 274, students receive a one hour private lecture/lesson each week that will be arranged with the instructor.
Course Fee: $350 (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

MUS 275 - Advanced Studio Techniques Laboratory II

Advanced Studio Techniques Laboratory II cultivates multi-track recording skills augmented with soundtrack "lock to picture" post-production. Incorporating recording skills studied in prerequisite semesters, "Radio, Television and Corporate Industrial" production are explored. Theories and practices pertaining to various "end-user" formats are covered. As well, this course enables the student to summarize and incorporate skills and concepts established throughout the entire recording technology curriculum. The objective of this course is to merge various recording technology skills into a single craft.
Course Fee: $5 (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

MUS 276 - Advanced Studio Techniques Lecture II

Advanced Studio Techniques Lecture II cultivates multi-track recording skills augmented with soundtrack "lock to picture" post-production. Incorporating recording skills studied in pre-requisite semesters, "Radio, Television and Corporate Industrial" production are explored. Theories and practices pertaining to various "end-user" formats are covered. As well, this course enables the student to summarize and incorporate skills and concepts established throughout the entire recording technology curriculum. The objective of this course is to merge various recording technology skills into a single craft.
Course Fee: $350 (Tuition Rates & Fees)