Music Emphasis

MUSIC EMPHASIS


Award: Associate in Arts / 60 Credits
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Program Starts: Fall
Course Plan: Two Year

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Mission The Fine Arts Program at Riverland Community College are dedicated to developing the students' intellectual and creative potential in art, music and theatre, through quality instruction and a variety of performance/exhibition opportunities by expecting a high standard in all artistic endeavors.

Associate in Arts - Music Emphasis The AA-Music is awarded to students completing 60 credits of music and general education courses. It is designed primarily as a transfer degree, fulfilling much of the first two years of study of a typical bachelor's degree in music. The AA-Music allows students to complete two semesters of theory/sight-singing/ear training, focus on developing performance skills, attain ensemble experience, demonstrate piano proficiency, and complete the entire Minnesota Transfer Curriculum for general studies.

Why an AA in Music?
  • Students will have a directed course of study that will prepare them for transfer to a four-year college, university, or conservatory, or to enter the field.
  • Transfer institutions will have a clearer understanding of the focus and scope of the student's training and education.
  • Performance courses and private study ensure the student's involvement in acquiring performance skills and application.
Why Riverland Music?
  • Excellent opportunities for participation, no matter what your experience level
  • Articulation agreements in place to ensure smooth transition to university study
  • Access to RCC Casual Classics Concert Series, nationally recognized visiting artists, Austin Symphony Orchestra, Paramount Theatre, and Austin Artist Series performances
  • Low student to faculty ratio
  • Affordable on-campus housing
Helpful Background: Students wishing to pursue the AA-Music Emphasis should have taken the standard college preparatory courses, especially those in music. The most successful music students have at least basic note reading and piano skills. Piano study is highly recommended, though not necessarily a requirement for beginning the AFA degree. High school or other choir or band experience is also beneficial.

Transfer and Career opportunities: Students completing an AA-Music Emphasis can look forward to a smooth transfer to a college or university enabling the successful student to then complete a bachelor's degree in two to three years, depending on the student's emphasis and upon the individual program. The successful AA student who has a completed degree in hand may choose to pursue a career in music at that point. A person who has earned an AA-Music Emphasis as a transitional or terminal degree may then be qualified to teach private music lessons, work in music industry, music retail, mass media, recreational therapy, church music/music ministry, or a in host of other arts-related careers.

About the Department: The Riverland Music Department is an active and vital presence in the college and its communities. The department continues to grow in size and scope, offering a variety of courses, performances opportunities, and concerts. Some students involved in Riverland Music ensembles intend to be music majors, however participation is open to all students. Riverland's ensembles give regular performances throughout the state and region, and have appeared in Alice Tulley Hall (Lincoln Center), and Carnegie Hall.

Articulation Agreements

  • Southwest Minnesota State University | BSM - Management
 
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Music Emphasis Associate in Arts was last updated on 03/04/2011
Note: This is an unofficial document that should be used for planning purposes only. Course listings are provided only as a guideline and may be changed.

Course Sequence Example Plan - Two Year

Fall Semester - First Year
Course # Course Title Credits
MUSC1101
Music Theory/SS/ET I
This course is the first semester of music theory designed for music students, elementary education students, or anyone desiring to learn the basics of music and to develop or improve skills in reading and notating music. It includes pitch and rhythmic notation, major, minor and modal scales, key signatures, triads, beginning melody and harmonization. This course also integrates sight singing and ear training. MnTC (Goals 6/HU and 2/CT); (4 Cr - 4 lect, 0 lab)
4.00
MUSC1145
Piano Class I
This course is designed for the student who has little or no training in the art of piano playing and music reading. Emphasis will be on reading and performing pitch and rhythm notation; exploration of the basic elements of melody, harmony, rhythm, and form; and will include introductory exercises in the areas of composition and improvisation. (2 Cr - 2 lect, 0 lab)
2.00
***
MUSC LESSON: MUSC 1150-MUSC1178
1.00
***
MUSC ENSEMBLE: MUSC 1121-1130
1.00
ENGL1101
Freshman English
This is an introductory college writing course designed to help students develop effective writing skills for college level work. Students learn to generate ideas and organize them into unified, coherent essays. Methods of instruction vary, but most sections combine individual conferences and peer review with regular class meetings. Prerequisites: A grade of C or higher in ENGL 0960 or appropriate placement score. MnTC (Goals 1/CM and Goal 2/CT); (3 Cr - 3 lect, 0 lab)
3.00
*** 3.00
***
HLTH OR PHED OR THTR1111
1.00
Total 15.00
Spring Semester - First Year
Course # Course Title Credits
MUSC1102
Music Theory/SS/ET II
This is the second semester of music theory designed for music students or anyone desiring to learn the theoretical aspects of music and to improve skills in reading and notating music. Emphasis is given to harmonic and melodic structure and cadences. This course also integrates sight-singing and ear training. Prerequisite: MUSC1101 or instructor approval. (4 Cr - 4 lect, 0 lab)
4.00
MUSC1146
Piano Class II
This course is a continuation of MUSC 1145 Piano Class I. It is designed for the student who has had fundamental training in the art of piano playing and music reading. Emphasis will continue to be placed on reading and performing musical notation with further exploration of the basic elements of melody, harmony, rhythm, and form. It will include exercises in the areas of composition and improvisation and expansion of technical control and facility. Prerequisite: MUSC 1145 or instructor approval. (2 Cr - 2 lect, 0 lab)
2.00
***
MUSC LESSON: MUSC 1151-1179
1.00
***
MUSC ENSEMBLE: MUSC 1122-1131
1.00
***
ENGL1104 OR 1105 EXPO & ARGUMENT OR WRITING FROM LIBRARY SOURCES
3.00
*** 3.00
*** 1.00
Total 15.00
Fall Semester - Second Year
Course # Course Title Credits
MUSC1111
Survey of Music
This course is a survey of music and musical style from the beginning of recorded music history through the present. It includes a brief introduction to musical elements and is designed for the student who has little or no training in music. It combines instruction in musical terminology with extensive, critical listening along with an overview of the history of Western music. MnTC (Goal 6/HU and 8/GP); (3 Cr - 3 lect, 0 lab)
3.00
***
MUSC LESSON: MUSC 2150-2178
1.00
***
MUSC ENSEMBLE: MUSC 2121-2130
1.00
*** 3.00
*** 3.00
***
Humanitites and the Fine Arts NON-MUSC FROM AREA A
3.00
*** 1.00
Total 15.00
Spring Semester - Second Year
Course # Course Title Credits
***
MUSC LESSON: MUSC 2151-2179
1.00
***
MUSC ENSEMBLE: MUSC 2122-2131
1.00
*** 3.00
*** 3.00
*** 3.00
SPCH1100
Fundamentals of Speech
This course focuses on the theory and practice of public communication including individual and group presentations. This course emphasizes audience analysis, research and organization, speech construction, delivery techniques, and speaking ethics. Students will prepare and deliver a variety of both individual and group presentations. Students should expect to reduce speech apprehension and develop self-confidence in their ability to communicate in public. MnTC (Goals 1/CM and 9/EC); (3 Cr - 3 lect, 0 lab)
3.00
*** 1.00
Total 15.00
Estimated Tuition
60 cr  x  $184.00 = $11,040.00 
Books: contact program advisor 
Other Costs: contact program advisor 

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Program Graduate Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the graduate will:

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Program Notes *Piano majors or students meeting piano proficiency requirements may substitute approved electives for these courses.
Required Core Courses (20 Credits)
Course ## Name
Credits
Course Outline
MUSC1102
Music Theory/SS/ET II
This is the second semester of music theory designed for music students or anyone desiring to learn the theoretical aspects of music and to improve skills in reading and notating music. Emphasis is given to harmonic and melodic structure and cadences. This course also integrates sight-singing and ear training. Prerequisite: MUSC1101 or instructor approval. (4 Cr - 4 lect, 0 lab)
4.00 MUSC1102
MUSC1145
Piano Class I *
This course is designed for the student who has little or no training in the art of piano playing and music reading. Emphasis will be on reading and performing pitch and rhythm notation; exploration of the basic elements of melody, harmony, rhythm, and form; and will include introductory exercises in the areas of composition and improvisation. (2 Cr - 2 lect, 0 lab)
2.00 MUSC1145
MUSC1146
Piano Class II *
This course is a continuation of MUSC 1145 Piano Class I. It is designed for the student who has had fundamental training in the art of piano playing and music reading. Emphasis will continue to be placed on reading and performing musical notation with further exploration of the basic elements of melody, harmony, rhythm, and form. It will include exercises in the areas of composition and improvisation and expansion of technical control and facility. Prerequisite: MUSC 1145 or instructor approval. (2 Cr - 2 lect, 0 lab)
2.00 MUSC1146
Approved Electives
3 N/A
Ensembles MUSC1121-1128 and 2121-2128
4 N/A
One Course - HLTH/PHED or THTR1111
1 N/A
Private Lessons MUSC 1150 - 1179 and 2150-2179
4 N/A

MnTC General Education Courses (40 Credits)
Course # Name
Credits
Course Outline
ENGL1101
Freshman English
This is an introductory college writing course designed to help students develop effective writing skills for college level work. Students learn to generate ideas and organize them into unified, coherent essays. Methods of instruction vary, but most sections combine individual conferences and peer review with regular class meetings. Prerequisites: A grade of C or higher in ENGL 0960 or appropriate placement score. MnTC (Goals 1/CM and Goal 2/CT); (3 Cr - 3 lect, 0 lab)
3.00  
ENGL1101
ENGL1104
Exposition and Argumentation OR
This second semester composition course is designed as a continuation of ENGL 1101. It teaches the skills needed to write clear and coherent essays using different modes of expository prose such as process, comparison and contrast, classification, and definition. It will culminate in the study of argumentative writing in which the student learns to defend a position and argue a thesis with reason and evidence. Prerequisite: ENGL 1101 MnTC (Goal 1/CM and Goal 2/CT); (3 Cr - 3 lect, 0 lab)
3.00  
ENGL1104
ENGL1105
   »>  Writing From Library Sources
This is a second semester composition course focused on the writing of an academic research paper. Students learn how to employ the resources of an academic library and how to cite those sources in a fully documented analytical/interpretive term paper. Prerequisites: ENGL 1101. MnTC (Goals 1/CM and 2/CT); (3 Cr - 3 lect, 0 lab)
**  
ENGL1105
MUSC1101
Music Theory/SS/ET I
This course is the first semester of music theory designed for music students, elementary education students, or anyone desiring to learn the basics of music and to develop or improve skills in reading and notating music. It includes pitch and rhythmic notation, major, minor and modal scales, key signatures, triads, beginning melody and harmonization. This course also integrates sight singing and ear training. MnTC (Goals 6/HU and 2/CT); (4 Cr - 4 lect, 0 lab)
4.00  
MUSC1101
MUSC1111
Survey of Music
This course is a survey of music and musical style from the beginning of recorded music history through the present. It includes a brief introduction to musical elements and is designed for the student who has little or no training in music. It combines instruction in musical terminology with extensive, critical listening along with an overview of the history of Western music. MnTC (Goal 6/HU and 8/GP); (3 Cr - 3 lect, 0 lab)
3.00  
MUSC1111
SPCH1100
Fundamentals of Speech
This course focuses on the theory and practice of public communication including individual and group presentations. This course emphasizes audience analysis, research and organization, speech construction, delivery techniques, and speaking ethics. Students will prepare and deliver a variety of both individual and group presentations. Students should expect to reduce speech apprehension and develop self-confidence in their ability to communicate in public. MnTC (Goals 1/CM and 9/EC); (3 Cr - 3 lect, 0 lab)
3.00  
SPCH1100
*** Goal 3 - Natural Sciences At least once course from each area A and B; one must be a lab course.
9.00  
N/A
*** Goal 4 - Mathematical/Logical Reasoning
3.00  
N/A
*** Goal 5 - History and the Social & Behavioral Sciences
9.00  
N/A
*** Goal 6 - Humanities and Fine Arts one non-MUSC course from area A
3.00  
N/A
*** MnTC/General Education Also must choose courses that fulfill goals 7 & 10
0.00  
N/A
Electives (APPROVED ELECTIVES)
Course ## Name
Credits
Course Outline
HUMA1101
Humanities I
This course examines the artifacts of prehistory and the birth of civilizations in Egypt and ancient Sumer. An examination of the Classical legacy, the contribution of Greece and Rome, is followed by a study of the patterns of life and art in the Medieval West. The course culminates in a study of the flowering of ideas and arts of the Renaissance. In all content areas instruction will focus and emphasis will be placed on history, literature, art, philosophy, architecture, music, and archeology. This course may also include arts and culture in non-Western societies. MnTC Goals (6/HU and 8/GP); (3 Cr - 3 lect, 0 lab)
Course Outline HUMA1101
3.00
HUMA1101
HUMA1102
Humanities II
This course examines the High Renaissance including the challenge of the Protestant Reformation and its response - the Counter Reformation. A view of the Baroque style in art, architecture and literature is counterpointed by examining the rise of science with its confidence in the power of human reason and culminating with an analysis of eighteenth century art, music, and society. Students will investigate the progress from Realism to Modernism in the 19th and 20th Centuries. In all content areas instruction will focus and emphasis will be placed on history, literature, art, philosophy, architecture, music, and archeology. This course may also include arts and culture in non-Western societies. MnTC (Goals 6/HU and 8/GP); (3 Cr - 3 lect, 0 lab)
Course Outline HUMA1102
3.00
HUMA1102
MUSC1130
Participation in Music
This course is for students investing substantial time in musical performance i.e. being in the cast or orchestra for a major musical or other significant musical event. (1 Cr - 1 lect, 0 lab)
Course Outline MUSC1130
1.00
MUSC1130
MUSC1131
Participation in Music
This course is for students investing substantial time in musical performance i.e. being in the cast or orchestra for a major musical or other significant musical event. (1 Cr - 1 lect, 0 lab)
Course Outline MUSC1131
1.00
MUSC1131
MUSC1140
Guitar Class I
This course emphasizes the fundamentals of guitar technique and performance for the beginning guitar student. Instruction is presented in a lecture/application format in a group setting. Each student is responsible for providing his/her own acoustic guitar for use in the class sessions. (1 Cr - 1 lect, 0 lab)
Course Outline MUSC1140
1.00
MUSC1140
MUSC2130
Participation in Music
This course is for students investing substantial time in musical performance i.e. being in the cast or orchestra for a major musical or other significant musical event. (1 Cr - 1 lect, 0 lab)
Course Outline MUSC2130
1.00
MUSC2130
MUSC2131
Participation in Music
This course is for students investing substantial time in musical performance i.e. being in the cast or orchestra for a major musical or other significant musical event. (1 Cr - 1 lect, 0 lab)
Course Outline MUSC2131
1.00
MUSC2131
MUSC2295
The Culture in London-London Dash Light
This course is a choir that studies and performs works from the broad spectrum of choral literature. Instruction emphasizes healthy choral/vocal techniques, improved note and score reading, and expanded knowledge of musical notation, terminology, and styles. This ensemble rehearses four hours per week and does not require an audition. MnTC (Goals 6/HU and 2/CT); (1 Cr - 1 lect, 0 lab)
Course Outline MUSC2295
2.00
MUSC2295
MUSC2297
The Culture in London-London Dash
British culture comes alive as students experience London and the surrounding area. This travel/study opportunity gives students a first-hand look at British theater, art, music, and daily culture. Tour with faculty members, or discover on your own, the great sights of London, including Trafalgar Square, the Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, the British Museum, and historic sites. At night you may see The Royal Shakespeare Company or hear some of the world's greatest symphonies. Pre-dash classes help prepare students to gain the most from an exciting and memorable trip to what many call the world's greatest city. A short journey to Paris from London is also available. A special fee is charges to cover travel expense. (4 Cr - 4 lect, 0 lab)
Course Outline MUSC2297
4.00
MUSC2297
MUSC2600
USA Cultural Studies
This travel/study trip will allow participants to encounter the cultural offerings of one of the USA's most vibrant cities for five days and four nights. Experienced faculty will provide a survey of exhibitions and performances in art, music, and theatre, as well as historical background and practical guidance. This trip offers access to arts experts and cultural experiences not available to most travelers or commercial tour groups, while allowing flexibility for exploration of individual interests. A special fee is charged to cover travel expenses. (2 Cr - 2 lect, 0 lab)
Course Outline MUSC2600
2.00
MUSC2600
MOVEMENT FOR THE STAGE: THTR1112; 2111; 2112
0.00
APPLIED MUSIC LESSION MUSC 1150-1179; 2150-2179
0.00
MUSIC ENSEMBLE MUSC1121-1129; 2121-2129
0.00
THTR2100
Beginning Acting
This course is an introduction to the theory and practice of acting for stage and camera. The class is designed not only for those wanting to improve stage skills, but also for those wanting to present a confident edge needed whenever appearing before a group, personally or professionally. MnTC (Goals 6/HU and 7/HD); (3 Cr - 3 lect, 0 lab)
Course Outline THTR2100
3.00
THTR2100

Music Emphasis (AA) Program Curriculum was last updated on 03/04/2011

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