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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.
The study of music and its relation to culture and society.
Introduction to World Music
Explore music as an art form and cultural influence in diverse, non-Western societies throughout the world.
Basic Guitar techniques covering chords and elementary music reading.
Basic Piano techniques covering basic keyboard skills and music reading.
Fundamentals of Music
Basic introduction to music notation and reading, including instruction in note reading, rhythm, scales, intervals triads, and piano keyboard.
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.
Organization open to all students to perform a variety of concert band literature.
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.
Mixed chorus that rehearses and performs a variety of choral literature from classical to popular songs.
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
A social history of the development of Rock and Roll from its beginnings to the present.
The study of the evolution of Jazz in America from its beginnings to the present.
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.
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.
Music Theory I
Fundamentals of music, scales, chords, notation, chord grammar, rhythmic and melodic dictation, and sight singing.
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.
Hip-Hop Music and Social Justice
This course provides a survey of the history of social justice through the lens of Hip-Hop music. Along with being a survey into Hip-Hop artists who have dealt with social justice issues in their work, this class will also explore how the roots of Hip-Hop and its continued evolution has tied into significant cultural criticism, activism, and protest in American History.
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.
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.
Music Theory II
Continuation of Music 1116. Advanced study of scales, chords, notation, chord grammar, ear training and sight singing.
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.
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.
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.
Concert ensemble that rehearses and performs a variety of jazz band literature.
Musical Theatre Ensemble
An instrumental ensemble performing music to accompany the yearly musical production.
Performance and training in repertoire for the small vocal ensemble. Audition required.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
For students pursuing the Associates in Fine Arts degree (AFA). Private instruction in music. Fifteen hour lessons per semester. Permission required.
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.
Music History and Literature I
This course provides information concerning the music of the Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, and Classical Eras of music history.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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