Music

The Music AA degree at Grayson College is designed for transfer to four-year institutions. However, all students are advised to counsel with the university/college of their choice to determine if all courses recommended by Grayson College are applicable to that institution’s Bachelor of Art degree in Music. 

In addition to a degree, Grayson College also offers a Marketable Skills Award in Audio Engineering, which is designed to be your first step toward a career as an audio engineer, producer, recording artist, live sound technician, film/video game composer, songwriter, or sound designer. The courses in this award are intended to provide a foundational understanding of music theory, music technology, and the field of commercial music.

This award can be taken by non-music majors who are interested in pursuing a career in commercial music or by music majors intending to transfer to four-year programs in composition, audio engineering, music technology, or theatre tech.

This Award, in conjunction with an Associate of Arts degree in Music, prepares you to become a musician fluent with music technology. Whether you are planning to be a professional classical musician or work in commercial music, the Grayson College Marketable Skills Award in Audio Engineering will give you the foundation you need to harness your creativity.

Associate of Arts - Music


Subject

Semester Hours



MUSI 1311 (Music Theory I) 3
MUSI 1116 (Sight Singing & Ear Training I)  1
MUSI 1181 (Piano Class I)  1
MUAP 12XX (Freshman 60 Minute Lessons)  2
MUEN 11XX  1
*EDUC/PSYC 1300 or Component Area Option 1  3
MUSI 1307 (Music Literature)  3
MUSI 1312 (Music Theory II)  3
MUSI 1117 (Sight Singing & Ear Training II)  1
MUSI 1182 (Piano Class II)  1
MUAP 12XX (Freshman 60 Minute Lessons)  2
*MUEN 11XX or MUSI 1157 1
*HIST 1301 or 1302 3
*SPCH 1311, 1315 or 1321 3
*Mathematics Core 3
MUSI 2311 (Music Theory III) 3
MUSI 2116 (Sight Singing & Ear Training III)  1
MUSI 2181 (Piano Class III) 1
MUAP 22XX (Sophmore 60 Minute Lessons)  2
MUEN 21XX  1
*GOVT 2305 or 2306 3
ENGL 1301 (Composition I)  3
MUSI 2312 (Music Theory IV)  3
MUSI 2117 (Sight Singing & Ear Training IV) 1
MUSI 2182 (Piano Class IV) 1
MUAP 22XX (Sophmore 60 Minute Lessons) 2
*MUEN 21XX or MUSI 1157 1
*Life & Physical Science Core 3
Science Lab 1
ENGL 1302 (Composition II) 3

Note: The AA in Music is a field of study degree and does not include the entire required core. Students are encouraged to take the remaining core courses before transferring.
*Please review your Student Planner or contact your Student Success Coach/Faculty Mentor to review which courses may be used to fill this degree requirement.

Audio Engineering Small Business Certificate


Subject

Semester Hours



ACNT 1303 (Intro to Accnt.) 3
BUSG 1304 (Financial Literacy) 3
BMGT 1327 (Principles of Management 3
MUSC 1327 (Audio Engineering I) 3
MUSC 1213 (Commercial Music Theory I) 2
MUSP 1110 (Applied Commercial Music: Piano) 1
ACNT 1313 (Computerized Accnt. Applications) 3
BUSG 2309 (Small Business Management) 3
MUSC 2327 (Audio Engineering II) 3
MUSC 1321 (Songwriting I) 3
MUSB 1305 (Survey of Music Business) 3

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Students earning an Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, or Associate of Arts in Teaching Degree at Grayson College must complete 42 hours of a state mandated Core Curriculum in addition to major courses and electives in their particular area of interest. Following are the Core Curriculum Component Areas and allowable courses within each component area.                                                                                                                                               

Component Areas

Required Hours

010 Communication 

6

020 Mathematics

3

030 Life and Physical Sciences

6

040 Language, Philosophy, and Culture

3

050 Creative Arts

3

060 American History

6

070 Government/Political Science

6

080 Social and Behavioral Sciences

3

090 Component Area Option

6

Total

42

 

Communication (6 hours)

ENGL 1301 Composition I and one of the following:

ENGL 1302 Composition II

ENGL 2311 Technical & Business Writing

SPCH 1311 Introduction to Speech Communication

SPCH 1315 Public Speaking

SPCH 1321 Business & Professional Communication

Mathematics (3 hours)

MATH 1314 College Algebra

MATH 1316 Plane Trigonometry

MATH 1324 Mathematics for Business & Social Sciences

MATH 1332 Contemporary Mathematics I (Math for Liberal Arts Majors I)

MATH 1342 Elementary Statistical Methods

MATH 2312 Pre-Calculus Math

MATH 2413 Calculus I

Life and Physical Sciences (6 hours)

BIOL 1306 Biology for Science Majors I

BIOL 1307 Biology for Science Majors II

BIOL 1308 Biology for Non-Science Majors I

BIOL 1309 Biology for Non-Science Majors II

BIOL 1414 Introduction to Biotechnology I

BIOL 2301 Anatomy & Physiology I

BIOL 2302 Anatomy & Physiology II

BIOL 2404 Anatomy & Physiology (specialized, single-semester course, lecture + lab)

BIOL 2320 Microbiology for Non-Science Majors

BIOL 2321 Microbiology for Science Majors

CHEM 1406 Introductory Chemistry I (lecture + lab, allied health emphasis)

CHEM 1311 General Chemistry I

CHEM 1312 General Chemistry II

GEOL 1301 Earth Sciences for Non-Science Majors I

GEOL 1303 Physical Geology

GEOL 1304 Historical Geology

GEOL 1305 Environmental Science

PHYS 1301 College Physics I

PHYS 1302 College Physics II

PHYS 1303 Stars and Galaxies

PHYS 1304 Solar System

PHYS 1315 Physical Science I

PHYS 2325 University Physics I

PHYS 2326 University Physics II

Note: All science courses at Grayson College must be taken with their corresponding labs. The labs can be used in the CAO2.

Language, Philosophy, and Culture (3 hours)

ENGL 2322 British Literature I

ENGL 2323 British Literature II

ENGL 2327 American Literature I

ENGL 2328 American Literature II

ENGL 2332 World Literature I

ENGL 2333 World Literature II

ENGL 2341 Forms of Literature

ENGL 2351 Mexican-American Literature

HIST 2321 World Civilizations I

HIST 2322 World Civilizations II

HUMA 1301 Introduction to Humanities I

HUMA1302 Introduction to Humanities II

PHIL 1301 Introduction to Philosophy

PHIL 1304 Introduction to World Religions

PHIL 2306 Introduction to Ethics

PHIL 2321 Philosophy of Religion

SPAN 2311 Intermediate Spanish I (3rd semester Spanish)

SPAN 2312 Intermediate Spanish II (4th semester Spanish)

Creative Arts (3 hours)

ARTS 1301 Art Appreciation

ARTS 1303 Art History I

ARTS 1304 Art History II

DRAM 1310 Introduction to Theater

ENGL 2307 Creative Writing I

MUSI 1306 Music Appreciation

MUSI 1307 Music Literature

American History (6 hours)

One or both of the following two:

HIST 1301 United States History I

HIST 1302 United States History II

One of the following can substitute for 3 hours of the above U.S. History courses:

HIST 2301 Texas History

HIST 2327 Mexican-American History I

HIST 2328 Mexican-American History II

Government /Political Science (6 hours)

GOVT 2305 Federal Government

GOVT 2306 Texas Government

Social and Behavioral Sciences (3 hours)

CRIJ 1307 Crime in America

ECON 2301 Principles of Macroeconomics

ECON 2302 Principles of Microeconomics

GEOG 1302 Cultural Geography

GEOG 1303 World Regional Geography

PSYC 2301 General Psychology

PSYC 2314 Lifespan Growth & Development

SOCI 1301 Introductory Sociology

SOCI 1306 Social Problems

SPCH 1318 Interpersonal Communication

TECA 1354 Child Growth and Development

Component Area Option (CAO 1 and CAO 2) (6 hours)

EDUC1300/PSYC 1300 Learning Frameworks*

Three hours from any course listed in the core or from the following list:

PHED 1164 Introduction to Physical Fitness and Wellness

BIOL 1106 Biology I Lab

BIOL 1107 Biology II Lab

BIOL 1108 Biology for Non-Science Majors I Lab

BIOL 1109 Biology for Non-Science Majors II Lab

BIOL 2101 Anatomy & Physiology Laboratory I

BIOL 2102 Anatomy & Physiology Laboratory II

BIOL 2120 Microbiology for Non-Science Majors Laboratory I

BIOL 2121 Microbiology for Non-Science Majors Laboratory II

CHEM 1111 General Chemistry I Lab

CHEM 1112 General Chemistry II Lab

COSC 1301 Introduction to Computing

COSC 1336 Programming Fundamentals I

GEOL 1101 Earth Sciences Lab I

GEOL 1103 Physical Geology Lab

GEOL 1104 Historical Geology Lab

GEOL 1105 Environmental Geology Lab

PHYS 1101 College Physics Laboratory I (lab)

PHYS 1102 College Physics Laboratory II (lab)

PHYS 1103 Stars and Galaxies Laboratory (lab)

PHYS 1104 Solar System Laboratory (lab)

PHYS 1115 Physical Science Laboratory I (lab)

PHYS 2125 University Physics Lab I

PHYS 2126 University Physics Lab II

SPAN 1411 Beginning Spanish I

SPAN 1412 Beginning Spanish II 

* All students seeking the Associate of Arts, the Associate of Science, or the Associate of Arts in Teaching coming to Grayson College with fewer than 15 hours must take EDUC1300/PSYC 1300 and three more credits from the courses listed in the Component Area Option and not used in another component area.

Note: Many four-year colleges and universities require a foreign language as part of their degree plan. SPAN 1411, 1412, 2311, 2312, 2321, and 2322 meet transfer requirements for foreign language.

Large ensemble involving band instruments and literature designed to allow student to perform quality instrumental music. Open to all instrumentalists.

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Small ensemble involving stringed instruments and literature designed to allow students to perform quality music in a small setting. Open to all students.

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Small ensemble involving jazz combo instruments and literature designed to allow students to perform quality jazz music in a small setting. Open to all students.

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Small ensemble involving mixed band instruments and literature designed to allow students to perform quality music in a small setting. Open to all students.

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Small ensemble involving guitars and literature designed to allow students to perform quality music in a small setting. Open to all students.

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Open to all students. A large ensemble designed to allow students to perform quality choral music.

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Open to students who have already taken two semesters of MUEN 1124. A large ensemble involving band instruments and literature designed to allow students to perform quality instrumental music.

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Open to students who have already taken two semesters of MUEN 1131. A small ensemble involving stringed instruments and literature designed to allow students to perform quality music in a small setting.

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Open to students who have already taken two semesters of MUEN 1132. A small ensemble involving jazz combo instruments and literature designed to allow students to perform quality jazz music in a small setting.

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Open to students who have already taken two semesters of MUEN 1133. Small ensemble involving mixed band instruments and literature designed to allow students to perform quality music in a small setting.

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Open to all students who have already taken two semesters of MUEN 1134. A small ensemble involving guitars and literature designed to allow students to perform quality music in a small setting

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Open to students who have already taken two semesters of MUEN 1141. A large ensemble designed to allow students to perform quality choral music.

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An overview of the music industry including songwriting, live performance, the record industry, music merchandising, contracts and licenses, and career opportunities.

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Methods of music distribution, retailing, and wholesaling. Includes identifying a target market, image building, distribution (brick and mortar vs. digital delivery), pricing, advertising, and marketing mix.

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Specialized training in commercial music software applications.

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Introduction to the techniques of writing marketable songs including the writing of lyrics and melodies, setting lyrics to music, developing lyrical and musical “hooks,” analyzing the marketplace, and developing a production plan for a song demo.

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Overview of the recording studio. Includes basic studio electronics and acoustic principles, waveform properties, microphone concepts and mixing techniques, studio set up and signal flow, recording console theory, signal processing concepts, recorder principles and operation, and an overview of mixing and editing.

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Implementation of the recording process, microphones, audio console, multi-track recorder, and signal processing devices.

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Singing tonal music in treble and bass clefs, and aural study of elements of music, such as scales, intervals and chords, and dictation of basic rhythm, melody and diatonic harmony.

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Singing tonal music in treble, bass, alto, and tenor clefs. Aural study, including dictation, of rhythm, melody, and diatonic harmony.

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A study of the synthesis of singing and acting through the performance of opera.

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Beginning class instruction in the fundamentals of keyboard technique.

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Advance beginning class instruction in the fundamentals of keyboard technique.

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Class instruction in the fundamentals of singing including breathing, tone production, and diction. Designed for students with little or previous voice training. Does not apply to a music major degree.

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Class instruction in fundamental guitar playing, including technique, music-reading, fretboard theory, melodic and harmonic realizations.

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Introduction to the basic elements of music theory, including scales, intervals, keys, triads, elementary ear training, notation, meter, and rhythm. Course does not apply to music major degree.

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Understanding music through the study of cultural periods, major composers, and musical elements, illustrated with audio recordings and live performances. Course does not apply to music major degree.

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A Survey of the styles and forms of music as it developed from the middle ages to the present. This course will familiarize the student with cultural context terminology, genres, and notation.

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The study of analysis and writing of tonal melody and diatonic harmony, including fundamental music concepts, scales, intervals, chords, 7th chords, and early four-part writing. Analysis of small compositional forms. Optional correlated study at the key board.

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The study of analysis and writing of tonal melody and diatonic harmony, including all diatonic chords and seventh chords in rout position and inversions, non-chord tones, and functional harmony. Introduction to more complex topics, such modulation may occur. Optional correlated study at the keyboard.

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Singing more difficult tonal music in various clefs, aural study including dictation of more complex rhythm, melody, chromatic harmony, and extended tertian structures.

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Singing advanced tonal music and introduction of modal and post-tonal melodies. Aural study including dictation of advanced rhythm, melody, and harmony.

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Intermediate class instruction of keyboard technique.

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continuation of advanced chromaticism and survey of analytical and compositional procedures in post-tonal music. Optional correlated study at the keyboard.

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continuation of advanced chromaticism and survey of analytical and compositional procedures in post-tonal music. Optional correlated study at the keyboard.

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Private instruction on a continually graded basis in the specific area of study. Students enrolling in these courses receive one 30-minute lesson each week. One half hour of private practice is required each day and additional studio time to be determined. May be repeated one time for credit. Composition lessons consist of individual instruction in music composition. Composing in small forms for simple media in both traditional styles and styles of the student’s choice. (The number “1” in the course titles below indicate freshman-level classes).

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Private instruction on a continually graded basis in the specific area of study. Students enrolling in these courses receive one 60-minute lesson each week. One hour of private practice is required each day and additional studio time to be determined. May be repeated one time for credit. Composition lessons consist of individual instruction in music composition. Composing in small forms for simple media in both traditional styles and styles of the student’s choice. (The number “1” in the course titles below indicate freshman-level classes).

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Private instruction on a continually graded basis in the specific area of study. Students enrolling in these courses receive one 30-minute lesson each week. One half hour of private practice is required each day and additional studio time to be determined. May be repeated one time for credit. Composition lessons consist of individual instruction in music composition. Composing in small forms for simple media in both traditional styles and styles of the student’s choice. (The number “2” in the course titles below indicate sophomore-level classes).

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Private instruction on a continually graded basis in the specific area of study. Students enrolling in these courses receive one 60-minute lesson each week. One hour of private practice is required each day and additional studio time to be determined. May be repeated one time for credit. Composition lessons consist of individual instruction in music composition. Composing in small forms for simple media in both traditional styles and styles of the student’s choice. (The number “2” in the course titles below indicate that they are sophomore-level classes).

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Small ensemble involving piano and literature designed to allow students to perform quality music in a small setting. Open to all students. May be repeated one time for credit.

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Small ensemble involving piano and literature designed to allow students to perform quality music in a small setting. Open to all students. May be repeated one time for credit.

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Advanced class instruction of keyboard technique.

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Introduction to chord progressions, song forms, and harmonic techniques used in commercial music. Topics include modern chord notation and chord voicings.

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Private instruction in piano with goals related to commercial music.

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Last updated: 07/19/2018