Music

The Associate of Arts in Music 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 Music program. 


In addition to a degree, Grayson College also offers an Occupational Skills Award in Audio Engineering, and a Small Business Certificate 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. The courses in the certificate provide the necessary knowledge for managing a small business.

 

Associate of Arts - Music

Subject Semester Hours
MUSI 1311 (Music Theory I) 3
MUSI 1116 (Sight Singing and Ear Training I) 1
MUSI 1181 (Piano Class I) 1
MUAP 12XX (Applied Lesson) 2
MUEN 11XX (Ensemble) 1
ENGL 1301 (Composition I) 3
MUSI 1307 (Music Literature) 3
MUSI 1312 (Music Theory II) 3
MUSI 1117 (Sight Singing and Ear Training II) 1
MUSI 1182 (Piano Class II) 1
MUAP 12XX (Applied Lesson) 2
MUEN 11XX (Ensemble) 1
GOVT 2305 (Federal Govt.) 3
PHIL 1301 (Inro to Philosophy) 3
*Mathematics Core 3
MUSI 2311 (Music Theory III) 3
MUSI 2116 Sight Singing and Ear Training III) 1
MUSI 2181 (Piano Class III) 1
MUAP 22XX (Applied Lesson) 2
MUEN 21XX (Ensemble) 1
HIST 1301 (United States History I) 3
PSYC 2301 Social & Behavioral Sciences Core 3
MUSI 2312 (Music Theory IV) 3
MUSI 2117 (Sight Singing and Ear Training IV) 1
MUSI 2182 (Piano Class IV) 1
MUAP 22XX (Applied Lesson) 2
MUEN 21XX (Ensemble) 1
GEOL 1301 (Earth Science) 3
GEOL 1101 (Earth Science Lab I) 1
HIST 1302 (United States History II) 3
total: 60

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.

See the courses tab for available electives.

*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 Accounting.) 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 Accounting App.) 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
total: 30

Audio Engineering - Occupational Skills Award

Subject Semester Hours
MUSC 1327 (Audio Engineering I) 3
MUSC 1213 (Commercial Music Theory I) 2
MUSC 2327 (Audio Engineering II) 3
MUSB 1305 (Survey of Music Business) 3
MUSC 1321 (Songwriting I) 3
total: 14

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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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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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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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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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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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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The tools, personnel and standard workflow of a recording studio. Topics include fundamentals of sound and overview of tracking, editing, and mixing audio.

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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 various clefs, continued aural study of the elements of music, and dictation of intermediate 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 a 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 keyboard. Students must take MUSI 1116, Sight Singing & Ear Training I, and MUSI 1181, Piano Class I, concurrently. MUSI 1311 is only offered in the Fall semester.

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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. Students must take MUSI 2311, Music Theory III, and MUSI 2114, Piano Class for Music Majors III, concurrently. MUSI 2116 in only offered in the Fall semester.

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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. Students must take MUSI 2312, Theory of Music IV, and MUSI 2182, Piano Class IV, concurrently. MUSI 2117 is only offered in the Spring.

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Intermediate class instruction of keyboard technique.

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Advanced class instruction of keyboard technique.

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Advanced harmony voice leading, score analysis and writing of more advanced tonal harmony including chromaticism and extended-tertian structures. Optional correlated study at the keyboard. Students must take MUSI 2116, Sight Singing & Ear Training III, and MUSI 2181, Piano Class III, concurrently. Music 2311 is only offered in the Fall semester.

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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. Students must take MUSI 2117, Sight Singing & Ear Training IV, and MUSI 2182, Piano Class IV, concurrently. Music 2312 is only offered in the Spring semester

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Private instruction in piano with goals related to commercial music.

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Last updated: 01/25/2021