Music Classes

Music courses are available to all ARCC students. Even if you aren't majoring in music, our courses can help you meet the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) requirements. Below you can browse all of the classes and ensembles offered. To register and/or view the current semester offerings and their MnTC goals, go to the ARCC Course Schedule

Classes listed in order of college course number. Please note that courses are offered on a rotating schedule.

MUSC 1100
Music Appreciation
The study of music and its relation to culture and society.
MUSC 1101
Introduction to World Music
Explore music as an art form and cultural influence in diverse, non-Western societies throughout the world.
MUSC 1102
Class Guitar
Basic Guitar techniques covering chords and elementary music reading.
MUSC 1103
Class Piano
Basic Piano techniques covering basic keyboard skills and music reading.
MUSC 1104
Fundamentals of Music
Basic introduction to music notation and reading, including instruction in note reading, rhythm, scales, intervals triads, and piano keyboard.
MUSC 1105
Applied Lessons (1/2 hour)
Private instruction in music. Fifteen half-hour lessons per semester. Intended for non-music-majors or for music majors pursuing a secondary instrument.
MUSC 1106
Concert Band
Organization open to all students to perform a variety of concert band literature.
MUSC 1107
String Orchestra
String Orchestra rehearses a variety of orchestra literature for study and performance. Ensemble is open to all students that play and read music for violin, viola, cello and string bass.
MUSC 1108
Concert Choir
Mixed chorus that rehearses and performs a variety of choral literature from classical to popular songs.
MUSC 1109
Singing 101
Learn to develop the voice as an instrument and learn basic fundamentals of music as well as diversity of singing styles and music history.
MUSC 1110
History of Rock and Roll
A social history of the development of Rock and Roll from its beginnings to the present.
MUSC 1111
Jazz History
The study of the evolution of Jazz in America from its beginnings to the present.
MUSC 1112
Introduction to Songwriting
Explores individual elements of form, lyrics, melody and harmony associated with the popular song. Coursework focuses on combining these elements in song construction and techniques for creating interesting melodic and lyrical ideas. It's recommended that students have familiarity with major, minor and 7th chords on a harmonic instrument and ability to sing a melody, but previous formal music training is not required.
MUSC 1113
Introduction to Music Technology
College Reading Level, Basic Computer Skills, Familiarity with Macintosh operating system, at least a minimal background in music (reading notation and some performing is preferred). An introduction to computer-based (MAC OS) music technology used in the music profession and music educational settings including music notation and recording software/hardware.
MUSC 1116
Music Theory I
Fundamentals of music, scales, chords, notation, chord grammar, rhythmic and melodic dictation, and sight singing.
MUSC 1117
Aural Comprehension I
Aural Comprehension prepares the ear to perceive and identify both large and small patterns in music through ear training, sight-singing and rhythmic performance.
MUSC 1120
Introduction to Music Business
An introduction to the music industry. Topics covered include contracts, business structures and basic business essentials, band names, publicity and advertising, and the role of agents and managers.
MUSC 1121
Keyboarding Skills for Majors
Applies the concepts of Music Theory I and Aural Comprehension I specifically to the keyboard. Class is two hours per week in keyboard lab developing skills in keyboard navigation, sight reading, scales, chord progressions, harmonizing and transposing. The first in a two-part course sequence (with Keyboard Skills II), this course prepares music majors and minors for required piano proficiency exams in bachelor programs across the country.
MUSC 1126
Music Theory II
Continuation of Music 1116. Advanced study of scales, chords, notation, chord grammar, ear training and sight singing.
MUSC 1127
Aural Comprehension II
Continuation of Music 1117. Aural Comprehension prepares the ear to perceive and identify both large and small patterns in music through ear training, sight-singing and rhythmic performance.
MUSC 1132
Music in Film, Television and Gaming
No musical performance ability required. College level reading and writing. A historical survey and the study of the function and development of music in popular media forms: film, television, and video/computer gaming. This course will be focusing on music's effect on drama/expression and how it has influenced popular culture.
MUSC 1145
World Drumming Ensemble
World Drumming Ensemble performs, studies and explores the cultural connections of music from around the world, particularly non-western cultures. It is open to all students regardless of musical background or experience. Students may repeat this course to gain a maximum of four credits.
MUSC 1146
Jazz Ensemble
Concert ensemble that rehearses and performs a variety of jazz band literature.
MUSC 1147
Musical Theatre Ensemble
An instrumental ensemble performing music to accompany the yearly musical production.
MUSC 1148
Chamber Singers
Performance and training in repertoire for the small vocal ensemble. Audition required.
MUSC 1149
Guitar Ensemble
Guitar Ensemble performs a variety of guitar ensemble literature and is open to students who play the guitar, bass guitar, or upright bass, and read standard music notation.
MUSC 1188
Women's Chorale
Women's Chorale is a mixed-voice choral ensemble open to all students at the college without an audition, as well as alumni, employees of the college, and community members. The Chorale performs in a formal concert each semester. Prior music reading and choral experience is extremely helpful, but not necessary for successful participation.
MUSC 1189
Introduction to Audio Recording and Live Sound
Introduction to Audio Recording and Live Sound gives students the opportunity to study skills related to the field of audio production. Students will learn terminology and theory behind audio recording, be introduced to the equipment and software needed to create audio recordings, create recordings, learn concepts of live sound production and gain an overview of the field of Audio Production.
MUSC 2105
Applied Lesson (1 Hour)
Private instruction in music. Fifteen hour-long lessons per semester. Permission required. Intended for non-music-majors or for music majors pursuing a secondary instrument.
MUSC 2115
Introduction to Music Education
Introduction to Music Education will give students the opportunity to study current teaching strategies, philosophies of teaching, plan lessons, observe music educators in the field, investigate current technologies used in classrooms, and gain an overview of the field of music education.
MUSC 2135
Introduction to Music Therapy
Introduction to music therapy is the study of the history and theory of music therapy. The focus of the course will also be on adapting musical skills to working within a therapeutic process.
MUSC 2145
Chamber Ensembles
Chamber music is a performance class. Students will be assigned to small groups (duets, trios, etc), in which they will learn to select appropriate repertoire and develop rehearsal skills.
MUSC 2150
AFA Applied Lesson (1 Hour)
For students pursuing the Associates in Fine Arts degree (AFA). Private instruction in music. Fifteen hour lessons per semester. Permission required.
MUSC 2151
AFA Performance Hour
AFA Music Major and concurrent enrollment with MUSC 2150 or 2175 Monthly performance opportunity for AFA Music Majors. Students enrolled in MUSC 2150 or 2175 must also be enrolled in MUSC 2151.
MUSC 2201
Music History and Literature I
This course provides information concerning the music of the Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, and Classical Eras of music history.
MUSC 2202
Music History and Literature II
This course covers the history of music of the Classical, Romantic, and Twentieth Century of musical styles, including American music and jazz.
MUSC 2216
Advanced Music Theory I
Continuation of Music 1126. Designed for four-part harmonization, voice leading and expansion of basic progressions through inversions, secondary chords, modulation, non-harmonic tones, chromatic and melodic harmony with appropriate ear-training and keyboard work. Analysis of compositions of all periods.
MUSC 2217
Advanced Aural Comprehension I
Continuation of Music 1127. Advanced Aural Comprehension continues to prepare the ear to perceive and identify both large and small patterns in music through ear training, sight-singing and rhythmic performance.
MUSC 2226
Advanced Music Theory II
Continuation of Music 2216. An in-depth study of form in music: two-part binary, three-part ternary, two-voice eighteenth-century counterpoint, the fugue, etc.
MUSC 2227
Advanced Aural Comprehension II
Continuation of Music 2217. Advanced Aural Comprehension continues to prepare the ear to perceive and identify both large and small patterns in music through ear training, sight-singing and rhythmic performance.