• Music


  • Catalog Year 2017-2018

    The MHCC music curriculum offers a vibrant, creative and rigorous environment that prepares students for transfer to four-year institutions as music majors or minors. The faculty is dedicated to providing students with a highly personalized and comprehensive education, including courses in classical and contemporary music studies, instrumental and vocal labs, performance studies and master classes with world-renowned visiting artists.

    For students interested in lower division general interest music, we offer a wide variety of courses in music appreciation, music fundamentals, electronic music production, beginning guitar, music history and music performance.

    All students are encouraged to enroll in or audition for one of the following performance groups:

    • The MHCC Orchestra performs a varied repertoire ranging from classical to contemporary. For more information please email Tim Gilson.
    • The MHCC Symphonic Choir is open to all members of the MHCC community with a pitch matching audition.
    • The MHCC Chamber Choir: Auditions required during the first week of each term. Demonstrated vocal technique and sight-reading skills preferred. For more information, email Kevin Lambert.
    • The MHCC Symphonic Band is open to all members of the MHCC community who have experience playing a band instrument. For more information, email Danielle Davey.
    • The MHCC Jazz Ensembles: Auditions required during the first week of each term. For more information, email Daniel Davey.

    Curricular Outcomes

    At the completion of this curriculum, students should be able to:

    • Demonstrate original thinking by creating musical compositions in a variety of styles
    • Demonstrate proficiency at harmonizing at the keyboard
    • Engage in both written and verbal discourse on any musical composition in historical, social and cultural contexts
    • Analyze complex hierarchical musical structures through reasoned, formal or mathematical processes

    The following plan of classes is a general guide to prepare students to pursue a music degree at a college or university. To prepare for such a degree and at the same time meet MHCC degree requirements, follow one of the transfer degree options in the printed catalog.

    Students receiving financial aid must be seeking a certificate or degree and following official MHCC certificate or degree requirements.

    Admission and degree requirements vary among colleges and universities. Students are advised to:

    Note: Community colleges do not award transfer degrees in a subject area, but do award an Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer degree, an Associate of Science Oregon Transfer – Business degree or an Associate of Science degree.

    First Quarter (Fall)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    MUP101
    MUP105
    MUP121
    MUP146
    Band, Choir or Orchestra 1
    MUP171-192 Individual Lessons 1-2
    MUS111 Music Theory I 3
    MUS121 Aural Skills I 1
    MUS131 Group Piano I 2
    WR121 English Composition 4
    Health and Physical Education requirement 3
    15-16
    Second Quarter (Winter)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    MUP101
    MUP105
    MUP121
    MUP146
    Band, Choir or Orchestra 1
    MUP171-192 Individual Lessons 1-2
    MUS112 Music Theory II 3
    MUS122 Aural Skills II 1
    MUS132 Group Piano II 2
    MUS116 Jazz Improvisation 2
    WR122 English Composition: Critical Thinking 4
    14-15
    Third Quarter (Spring)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    MUP101
    MUP105
    MUP121
    MUP146
    Band, Choir or Orchestra 1
    MUP171-192 Individual Lessons 1-2
    MUS113 Music Theory III 3
    MUS123 Aural Skills III 1
    MUS133 Group Piano III 2
    MUS268 Music History: Baroque to Romantic 4
    MTH105 Introduction to Contemporary Mathematics (or higher) 2, 3 5
    17-18
    Fourth Quarter (Fall)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    MUP114

    Chamber Ensemble/ Jazz Combo: First Year or MUP214 Chamber Ensemble/ Jazz Combo: Second Year

    1
    MUP201
    MUP205
    MUP221
    MUP246
    Band, Choir or Orchestra 1
    MUP271-292 Individual Lessons 1-2
    MUS211 Music Theory IV 3
    MUS221 Aural Skills IV: Modulation 1
    MUS231 Keyboard Harmony I 2
    Social Science Requirement3, ‡ 3-4
    Science/Math/Computer Science requirement3, ‡ 3-5
    15-19
    Fifth Quarter (Winter)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    MUP114

    Chamber Ensemble/ Jazz Combo: First Year or MUP214 Chamber Ensemble/ Jazz Combo: Second Year

    1
    MUP201
    MUP205
    MUP221
    MUP246
    Band, Choir or Orchestra 1
    MUP271-292 Individual Lessons 1-2
    MUS117 Electronic Music Production I 3
    MUS212 Music Theory V 3
    MUS222 Aural Skills V: Polyphony 1
    MUS232 Keyboard Harmony II 2
    Science/Math/Computer Science requirement3, ‡ 3-5
    15-18
    Sixth Quarter (Spring)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    COMM111 Fundamentals of Public Speaking or
    COMM218 Interpersonal Communication
    3-4
    MUP114

    Chamber Ensemble/ Jazz Combo: First Year or MUP214 Chamber Ensemble/ Jazz Combo: Second Year

    1
    MUP201
    MUP205
    MUP221
    MUP246
    Band, Choir or Orchestra 1
    MUP271-292 Individual Lessons 1-2
    MUS213 Music Theory VI 3
    MUS223 Aural Skills VI: Chromaticism 1
    Social Science requirement4, ‡ 3-4
    13-16

    1 Students may not use demonstrated proficiency on the College Placement Test (CPT) to satisfy this requirement.
    2 MTH105 or higher is required for transfer.
    3 A minimum of 90 credits is required for an MHCC degree.

    This plan aligns with the Associate of Science degree; refer to degree requirements, in the printed catalog.

    Students planning to transfer to a four-year school must consult with the institution they will be attending as well as work with a music faculty adviser. In all schedule planning, it is important for the student to check the course description for prerequisite information.