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Community College

11200 Mississippi Blvd

Coon Rapids, MN 55433

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Music classes

Music courses are available to all ARCC students. Even if you aren't majoring in music, our courses can help you meet your graduate requirements based on the MnTC requirements. Below you can browse all of the classes and ensembles offered. To register for classes and view the MnTC goals, go through the college website. For inquiries, contact us.

Classes listed in order of college course number

  • Music Appreciation (MUSC 1100) - The study of music and its relation to culture and society.

  • Introduction to World Music (MUSC 1101) - Explore music as an art form and cultural influence in diverse, non-Western societies throughout the world.

  • Class Guitar (MUSC 1102) - Basic Guitar techniques covering chords and elementary music reading.

  • Class Piano (MUSC1103) - Basic Piano techniques covering basic keyboard skills and music reading.

  • Fundamentals of Music (MUSC 1104) - Basic introduction to music notation and reading, including instruction in note reading, rhythm, scales, intervals triads, and piano keyboard.

  • Applied Lessons (1/2 hour) (MUSC 1105) - Private instruction in music. Fifteen half-hour lessons per semester.  Intended for non-music-majors or for music majors pursuing a secondary instrument.

  • Concert Band (MUSC 1106) - Organization that performs a variety of concert band literature and is open to all students.

  • String Orchestra (MUSC 1107) - 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.

  • Concert Choir (MUSC 1108) - Mixed chorus that rehearses and performs a variety of choral literature from classical to popular songs.

  • Singing 101 (MUSC 1109) - Learn to develop the voice as an instrument and learn basic fundamentals of music as well as diversity of singing styles and music history.

  • History of Rock and Roll (MUSC 1110) - A social history of the development of Rock and Roll from its beginnings to the present

  • Jazz History (MUSC 1111) - The study of the evolution of Jazz in America.   From its beginnings to the present.

  • Introduction to Songwriting (MUSC 1112) - 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.

  • Introduction to music technology (1113) - 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.

  • Music Theory I (MUSC 1116) - Fundamentals of music, scales, chords, notation, chord grammar, rhythmic and melodic dictation, and sight singing

  • Aural Comprehension I (MUSC 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.

  • Introduction to Music Business: Marketing, Promotion, Publishing, Recording (MUSC 1120) 
    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.

  • Keyboarding skills for majors (1121) - 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.

  • Music Theory II (MUSC 1126) - Continuation of Music 1116.  Advanced study of scales, chords, notation, chord grammar, ear training and sight singing.

  • Aural Comprehension II (MUSC 1127) - 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.

  • Music in film, television and gaming (1132) - 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.

  • World Drumming Ensemble (1145) - 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.

  • Jazz Ensemble (MUSC 1146) - Concert ensemble that rehearses and performs a variety of jazz band literature.

  • Musical Theatre Ensemble (MUSC 1147) - An instrumental ensemble performing music to accompany the yearly musical production.

  • Chamber Singers (MUSC 1148) - Performance and training in repertoire for the small vocal ensemble called Chamber Singers.

  • Guitar Ensemble (MUSC 1149) - Guitar Ensemble is an ensemble that 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.

  • Women's Chorale (MUSC 1188) - 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 absolutely necessary for successful participation.

  • Contemporary Class Piano (MUSC 1189) - MUSC 1103 or previous experience playing piano is recommended. Through practical application, this early intermediate piano/keyboard class provides students with relevant music theory fundamentals to aid in the gradual development of guided and self-guided piano/keyboard skills in contemporary and classical settings. Emphasis will be on navigating around the keyboard; pitch and rhythm reading; practice methods for critical self-improvement; proper performance technique; playing a variety of classical and contemporary repertoire; triads and seventh chords; accompanying techniques; sight-reading; performing and notating chord charts; fundamental skills for playing in contemporary music ensembles; scales; common chord progressions in a variety of keys; ear-training (playing by ear); and simple improvisation; and creative compositional applications.

  • Applied Lesson (1 hour) (MUSC 2105) - 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.

  • Introduction to Music Education (MUSC 2115) - 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.

  • Introduction to Music Therapy (MUSC 2135) - 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.

  • Chamber Ensembles (MUSC 2145) - 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.

  • AFA Applied Lesson (1 hour) (MUSC 2150) - For students pursuing the Associates in Fine Arts degree  (AFA).  Private instruction in music. Fifteen hour lessons per semester.  Permission required.

  • AFA Performance Hour (2151) - 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.

  • Music History and Literature I (MUSC 2201) - This course provides information concerning the music of the Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, and Classical Eras of music history.

  • Music History and Literature II (MUSC  2202) -This course covers the history of music of the Classical, Romantic, and Twentieth Century of musical styles, including American music and jazz.

  • Advanced Music Theory I (MUSC  2216) - 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.

  • Advanced Aural Comprehension I (MUSC 2217) - 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.

  • Advanced Music Theory  II (MUSC  2226) - 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.

  • Advanced Aural Comprehension II (MUSC 2227) - 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