Music

Run with your passion

Music

Run with your passion

Music

Run with your passion

Music is a vital part of your life, and now you’re ready to take it even further. Our music program will help you take your passion to the next level.  Once you’ve earned your Associate’s Degree in Music from SVC you’ll be prepared to audition for a bachelor’s degree program, and ready to begin the next phase of your musical journey.

Program Options

At SVC, you can study any of several tracks, depending on your individual focus: piano, stringed instruments, voice, woodwinds, brass, percussion or guitar. Our Associate in Music DTA/MRP program replaces the first two years of music programs at the university level, so you can begin your study closer to home before transferring to a four-year school. You’ll have opportunities to earn credit by participating in ensembles such as the Skagit Symphony, the Skagit Community Band, or SVC’s own concert choir or jazz ensemble. Students in these groups have performed in Seattle, New York City’s famous Carnegie Hall, Edinburgh, Vienna, and other tour locations. So, whether you’ve recently discovered music, or have already been studying for most of your life, our program is ready for you.

Degree Paths

Associate in Music DTA/MRP
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Program Courses

Courses List
MUSC 100 - Music Fundamentals

MUSC 100 - Music Fundamentals

(5)
Humanities
This course is designed for the non-music major who wants to learn to read music. Note reading, rhythmic skills and a basic introduction to scales, intervals and harmony are included. No musical background is required. This course can also be taken by students wanting to become music majors but whose music reading skills are insufficient. Prerequisite: Grade of 2.0 or higher in ENGL 097, or AESL 098, or appropriate test score.

MUSC 108 - Class Voice

MUSC 108 - Class Voice

(2)
Vocal technique including breathing, tone production, diction, and interpretation of literature from Spanish, German, Italian, folk and musical theater traditions. The mechanics of singing, the artistry of singing and building confidence in the individual solo voice are emphasized. None

MUSC 111 - Class Piano I

MUSC 111 - Class Piano I

(3)
The course is designed for those with limited or no keyboard background and includes basic notation, rhythm skills, technique, and sight reading. Each class includes group and individual instruction in ensemble playing and repertoire materials. Music Majors are required, depending on piano playing skills, to take this course along with MUSC 141. None

MUSC 113 - Intermediate Piano

MUSC 113 - Intermediate Piano

(3)
This course is designed for those with limited or no keyboard background and includes basic notation, rhythm skills, technique, and sight reading. Each class includes group and individual instruction in ensemble playing and repertoire materials. Music majors with little to no piano experience are required to take this course along with MUSC& 141. Prerequisite: None

MUSC 114 - Class Guitar I

MUSC 114 - Class Guitar I

(2)
Beginning concepts of Blues, Jazz, and Rock Guitar styles. Improvisation on Rock and Blues patterns, basic chords, note recognition, and ensemble fundamentals will be learned. Students must have an acoustic guitar. None

MUSC 115 - Class Guitar II

MUSC 115 - Class Guitar II

(2)
Continuing study and practice of Blues, Jazz, and Rock Guitar styles. Further improvisation on Rock and Blues patterns, intermediate chords, continued note recognition, and ensemble fundamentals will be learned. Students must have an acoustic guitar. Prerequisite: MUSC 114 with a grade of C or better or instructor’s permission.

MUSC 116 - Class Guitar III

MUSC 116 - Class Guitar III

(2)
Continuing study and practice of Blues, Jazz, and Rock Guitar styles. Further improvisation on Rock and Blues patterns, intermediate chords, continued note recognition, and ensemble fundamentals will be learned. Students must have an acoustic guitar. Prerequisite: MUSC 115 with a grade of C or better or instructor’s permission.

MUSC 127 - History of Rock and Roll: D

MUSC 127 - History of Rock and Roll: D

(5)
Humanities
This course provides a general survey of the development and evolution of rock and roll from its roots to the present. The goal of the course is to familiarize the student with the social and historical context of the development of rock and roll, and to recognize and appreciate the major performers and styles of rock and roll in performance. Prerequisite: Appropriate placement or grade of 2.0 or higher in ENGL 099.

MUSC 128 - Jazz: America’s Artform: D

MUSC 128 - Jazz: America’s Artform: D

(5)
Humanities
This course provides a general survey of the development and evolution of jazz from its roots to the present. The student will explore the background, history, characteristics and significant performing artists of the major jazz styles. Prerequisite: Appropriate placement or grade of 2.0 or higher in ENGL 099.

MUSC 129 - World Music: D

MUSC 129 - World Music: D

(5)
Humanities
A survey of the music of non-Western cultures. Students will use writing, discussions, and group and individual projects to examine the contexts in which the musics of these cultures exist. Prerequisite: Appropriate placement or grade of 2.0 or higher in ENGL 099

MUSC 137 - Choir

MUSC 137 - Choir

(2)
Humanities
Performance of standard choir music and major works including works from non-Western cultures whenever possible. Prerequisite: Grade of 2.0 or higher in ENGL 097, or AESL 098, or appropriate test score.

MUSC 138 - Small Vocal Ensemble

MUSC 138 - Small Vocal Ensemble

(1-5)
Humanities
Involves choral, madrigal singing, jazz and popular styles. Performing music from non-European traditions whenever possible. Advanced academic setting. Prerequisite: Grade of 2.0 or higher in ENGL 097, or AESL 098, or appropriate test score. Instructor’s permission required; placement by audition only. Instructor’s permission required; placement by audition only.

MUSC 144 - Composition

MUSC 144 - Composition

(1-2)
Students will learn the basics of composing original musical pieces, perform them in class and possibly a concert venue, and submit a final work to a national composition contest. Prerequisite: Must have taken or be currently enrolled in Music Theory or permission of the instructor.

MUSC 146 - Symphony Orchestra

MUSC 146 - Symphony Orchestra

(1)
Perform music from each of the Baroque, Classic, Romantic and contemporary periods. Students will advance in their understanding of large ensemble playing. Two and one-half hours per week is expected in ensemble practice, three hours of individual practice, and all dress rehearsals and concerts are required. Wind players are by auditions; string players should be adept at position work and fundamental techniques. None

MUSC 147 - Skagit Community Band

MUSC 147 - Skagit Community Band

(1)
The Skagit Community Band is a community-based organization that performs a wide variety of concert band literature from Jazz to Classical. No audition is needed, however some skill on the instrument is helpful. Students are expected to rehearse for two hours each week and attend all rehearsals and performances. There will be at least one performance per quarter. Contact the director for fee information. None

MUSC 160 - Musical Theater Workshop

MUSC 160 - Musical Theater Workshop

(1)
Students audition both musically and dramatically and are then placed in suitable roles in familiar and not-so-familiar shows from which scenes are chosen. Prerequisite: instructor’s permission after audition.

MUSC 164 - Jazz Ensemble

MUSC 164 - Jazz Ensemble

(1-3)
Humanities
The Jazz Ensemble is a performance-oriented group. The student will explore the varieties of jazz styles from funk, bebop, and Latin to swing. Students must provide their own instrument and have had prior performance experience. Contact the music department about placement audition. None

MUSC 175 - Voice Intermediate

MUSC 175 - Voice Intermediate

(1)
Applied music instruction. Individual instruction in voice or instrument for music majors only which focuses on the practical application of musical principles to performance. Must be concurrently enrolled in one of the following: MUSC& 141, 142, 143 or 241, 242, 243. May also be taken by non-music majors depending on circumstances. No more than 1 credit per quarter to a maximum of 6 credits. Prerequisite:Music Department Chair permission required. Audition may be required. Audition may be required.

MUSC 176 - Guitar I

MUSC 176 - Guitar I

(1)
Applied music instruction. Individual instruction in voice or instrument for music majors only which focuses on the practical application of musical principles to performance. Must be concurrently enrolled in one of the following: MUSC& 141, 142, 143 or 241, 242, 243. May also be taken by non-music majors depending on circumstance. No more than 1 credit per quarter to a maximum of 6 credits. Prerequisite:Music Department Chair permission required. Audition may be required. Audition may be required.

MUSC 178 - Brass - Intermediate

MUSC 178 - Brass - Intermediate

(1)
Applied music instruction. Individual instruction in voice or instrument for music majors only which focuses on the practical application of musical principles to performance. Must be concurrently enrolled in one of the following: MUSC& 141, 142, 143 or 241, 242, 243. May also be taken by non-music majors depending on circumstance. No more than 1 credit per quarter to a maximum of 6 credits. Prerequisite: Music Department Chair permission required. Audition may be required. Audition may be required.

MUSC 179 - Woodwind-Intermediate

MUSC 179 - Woodwind-Intermediate

(1)
Applied music instruction. Individual instruction in voice or instrument for music majors only which focuses on the practical application of musical principles to performance. Must be concurrently enrolled in one of the following: MUSC& 141, 142, 143 or 241, 242, 243. May also be taken by non-music majors depending on circumstance. No more than 1 credit per quarter to a maximum of 6 credits. Prerequisite: Music Department Chair permission required. Audition may be required. Audition may be required.

MUSC 180 - Strings-Intermediate

MUSC 180 - Strings-Intermediate

(1)
Applied music instruction. Individual instruction in voice or instrument for music majors only which focuses on the practical application of musical principles to performance. Must be concurrently enrolled in one of the following: MUSC& 141, 142, 143 or 241, 242, 243. May also be taken by non-music majors depending on circumstance. No more than 1 credit per quarter to a maximum of 6 credits. Prerequisite: Music Department Chair permission required. Audition may be required. Audition may be required.

MUSC 182 - Piano-Intermediate

MUSC 182 - Piano-Intermediate

(1)
Applied music instruction. Individual instruction in voice or instrument for music majors only which focuses on the practical application of musical principles to performance. Must be concurrently enrolled in one of the following: MUSC& 141, 142, 143 or 241, 242, 243. May also be taken by non-music majors depending on circumstance. No more than 1 credit per quarter to a maximum of 6 credits. Prerequisite: Music Department Chair permission required. Audition may be required. Audition may be required.

MUSC 187 - Drums-Intermediate

MUSC 187 - Drums-Intermediate

(1)
Applied music instruction. Individual instruction in voice or instrument for music majors only which focuses on the practical application of musical principles to performance. Must be concurrently enrolled in one of the following: MUSC& 141, 142, 143 or 241, 242, 243. May also be taken by non-music majors depending on circumstance. No more than 1 credit per quarter to a maximum of 6 credits. Prerequisite: Music Department Chair permission required. Audition may be required. Audition may be required.

MUSC 213 - Advance Piano Class

MUSC 213 - Advance Piano Class

(3)
MUSC 213 is a continuation of MUSC 113. This course is in sync with keyboard expectations in the music transfer degree. Careful attention will be given to technical elements of playing, such as scales, chords, arpeggios, progressions, transpositions, sight reading and ensemble playing required to pass the piano proficiency exam at a 4-year transfer institution. Required for music majors. Prerequisite: MUSC 113 with a grade of C or better or instructor’s permission.

MUSC 244 - Advanced Composition

MUSC 244 - Advanced Composition

(2)
Students will compose original musical pieces of increasing sophistication, performing them in class and possibly in a concert venue. Emphasis will be placed on musical analysis and the study of orchestration and the application of this to individualized compositions. Prerequisite: MUSC 144 and concurrent enrollment in Music Theory or permission of the instructor.

MUSC 275 - Voice-Advanced

MUSC 275 - Voice-Advanced

(1)
Applied music instruction. Individual instruction in voice or instrument for music majors only which focuses on the practical application of musical principles to performance. Must be concurrently enrolled in one of the following: MUSC& 141, 142, 143 or 241, 242, 243. May also be taken by non-music majors depending on circumstance. No more than 1 credit per quarter to a maximum of 6 credits. Prerequisite: Music Department Chair permission required. Audition may be required. Audition may be required.

MUSC 276 - Guitar II

MUSC 276 - Guitar II

(1)
Applied music instruction. Individual instruction in voice or instrument for music majors only which focuses on the practical application of musical principles to performance. Must be concurrently enrolled in one of the following: MUSC& 141, 142, 143 or 241, 242, 243. May also be taken by non-music majors depending on circumstance. No more than 1 credit per quarter to a maximum of 6 credits. Prerequisite: Music Department Chair permission required. Audition may be required. Audition may be required.

MUSC 278 - Brass-Advanced

MUSC 278 - Brass-Advanced

(1)
Applied music instruction. Individual instruction in voice or instrument for music majors only which focuses on the practical application of musical principles to performance. Must be concurrently enrolled in one of the following: MUSC& 141, 142, 143 or 241, 242, 243. May also be taken by non-music majors depending on circumstance. No more than 1 credit per quarter to a maximum of 6 credits. Prerequisite: Music Department Chair permission required. Audition may be required. Audition may be required.

MUSC 279 - Woodwind-Advanced

MUSC 279 - Woodwind-Advanced

(1)
Applied music instruction. Individual instruction in voice or instrument for music majors only which focuses on the practical application of musical principles to performance. Must be concurrently enrolled in one of the following: MUSC& 141, 142, 143 or 241, 242, 243. May also be taken by non-music majors depending on circumstance. No more than 1 credit per quarter to a maximum of 6 credits. Prerequisite: Music Department Chair permission required. Audition may be required. Audition may be required.

MUSC 280 - Strings-Advanced

MUSC 280 - Strings-Advanced

(1)
Applied music instruction. Individual instruction in voice or instrument for music majors only which focuses on the practical application of musical principles to performance. Must be concurrently enrolled in one of the following: MUSC& 141, 142, 143 or 241, 242, 243. May also be taken by non-music majors depending on circumstance. No more than 1 credit per quarter to a maximum of 6 credits. Prerequisite: Music Department Chair permission required. Audition may be required. Audition may be required.

MUSC 282 - Piano-Advanced

MUSC 282 - Piano-Advanced

(1)
Applied music instruction. Individual instruction in voice or instrument for music majors only which focuses on the practical application of musical principles to performance. Must be concurrently enrolled in one of the following: MUSC& 141, 142, 143 or 241, 242, 243. May also be taken by non-music majors depending on circumstance. No more than 1 credit per quarter to a maximum of 6 credits. Prerequisite: Music Department Chair permission required. Audition may be required. Audition may be required.

MUSC 287 - Drums-Advanced

MUSC 287 - Drums-Advanced

(1)
Applied music instruction. Individual instruction in voice or instrument for music majors only which focuses on the practical application of musical principles to performance. Must be concurrently enrolled in one of the following: MUSC& 141, 142, 143 or 241, 242, 243. May also be taken by non-music majors depending on circumstance. No more than 1 credit per quarter to a maximum of 6 credits. Prerequisite: Music Department Chair permission required. Audition may be required. Audition may be required.

MUSC 299 - Learning into Action

MUSC 299 - Learning into Action

(1-15)
Student develops and completes curriculum-related independent project which demonstrates skills and abilities and explores career options. May include, but is not limited to, service learning, original research, and travel abroad. Faculty sponsor approval required. Students with 45 transferable college credits are eligible to begin Learning into Action. None

MUSC& 105 - Music Appreciation

MUSC& 105 - Music Appreciation

(5)
Humanities
As an introduction and exploration of music, this foundation course examines Western music from the Middle Ages to the present, focusing on significant composers and compositions and the historical context in which they were written. Prerequisite: Appropriate placement or grade of 2.0 or higher in ENGL 099.

MUSC& 141 - Music Theory I

MUSC& 141 - Music Theory I

(5)
Humanities
The study of notation, intervals, scales, simple melodies, and rhythms. Development of aural skills through an emphasis on sight singing, dictation, and piano skills. Required for Music majors. Prerequisite: Grade of 2.0 or higher in ENGL 097, or AESL 098, or appropriate test score.

MUSC& 142 - Music Theory II

MUSC& 142 - Music Theory II

(5)
Humanities
A continuation of MUSC& 141, but including a systematic study of chords and harmony. Continued development of aural skills through an emphasis on sight singing and dictation. Continued development of piano skills. Required for Music Majors. Prerequisite: MUSC& 141 with grade of C or higher, or equivalent or instructor permission.

MUSC& 143 - Music Theory III

MUSC& 143 - Music Theory III

(5)
A continuation of MUSC& 142 , this class will cover non-chord tones and diatonic 7th chords, using these skills to harmonize melodies. Required for Music Majors. Prerequisite: MUSC& 142 with grade of C or higher, or instructor permission.

MUSC& 241 - Music Theory IV

MUSC& 241 - Music Theory IV

(5)
Music Theory IV is the continuation of first-year music theory. Students enrolling must have completed Music Theory I, II, III prior to enrolling. Composition, analysis and performance, ear training and keyboarding are emphasized. Prerequisite: MUSC& 143.

MUSC& 242 - Music Theory V

MUSC& 242 - Music Theory V

(5)
This course continues the study of music theory from Music Theory IV. Counterpoint techniques in music literature will be examined and composed. Prerequisite: MUSC& 241 with a grade of C or better or instructor’s permission.

MUSC& 243 - Music Theory VI

MUSC& 243 - Music Theory VI

(5)
Music Theory VI is the last quarter of second year music theory. Late Romantic and modern compositional techniques will be studied and composed. Prerequisite: MUSC& 242 with a grade of C or better or instructor’s permission.

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