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General Interest Courses

Understanding Music
Course Title and description Units Hours
Music 21 MUSIC APPRECIATION

Introduction to Western Classical Music - its understanding and enjoyment; music elements; performance media; style and literature. Emphasis on awareness and evaluation of music in everyday life.

3 units 3+1 hours
Music 22 MUSIC IN THE CONTEMPORARY WORLD

Introduction to the music of current Western culture. Emphasis on contemporary classical, jazz, pop, music theater, film and TV media, electronic computer synthesizer. Study of prominent musicians, composers and performers.

3 units 3+1 hours
Music 23

MUSIC CULTURES OF THE WORLD

Introduction to music as a worldwide phenomenon covering folk, popular, and art musics of major geographical areas. Emphasis on music as a component of culture and on the ways diverse cultures organize sound into music.

3 units 3+1 hours
Music 25

AFRO-AMERICAN MUSIC Survey of the evolution and development of Afro-American music. Emphasis on African roots and influence of socio-economic factors. Slave songs and Negro spirituals, ragtime, blues, R & B, jazz from New Orleans through Avant-garde, contemporary Black popular music.

3 units 3+1 hours
Music 26

LATIN AMERICAN MUSIC

Survey of the evolution and development of Mexican and South American music from pre Columbian era through the 20th century. Fusion of native Indian, European and African influences in the folk, popular and symphonic traditions. Characteristics of salsa, mariachi and other regional styles.

3 units 3+1 hours
Music 27

ASIAN MUSIC

Survey of the musics of Middle East, India, the Far East and Southeast Asia; historical and cultural influences, social and religious implications, instrumental and vocal styles.

3 units 3+1 hours
Music 28

HISTORY OF OPERA

Analysis of representative operas by the major composers of each period from the Seventeenth through Twentieth centuries in Europe and the United States. Origin and development of related musical genres, forms, and styles. Emphasis on critical listening skills. Recommended ability to read music, but open to all interested students.

3 units 3+1 hours