Your Curriculum


Catalog Year 2014 - 2015

MHCC Faculty Advisors:
Kevin Lambert: 503-491-6024 - Room AC 2130
Grant Linsell: 503-491-7157 - Room AC2129

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, electronic music production, beginning guitar, music history and music performance.

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
  • The MHCC Symphonic Choir is open to all members of the MHCC community with only a simple pitch matching audition.
  • The MHCC Chamber Choir: Audition required with demonstrated vocal technique and sight-reading skills preferred. For more information, please email
  • The MHCC Symphonic Band is open to all members of the MHCC community who have experience playing a band instrument. For more information, email
  • The MHCC Jazz Ensembles: Auditions occur the first week of each term. For more information, email

Curricular Outcomes
At the completion of this program, the student 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 on pages 10-15 of 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:

  • Contact the transfer university to confirm specific admission/major/degree requirements.
  • Consult with a faculty adviser or the MHCC Academic Advising and Transfer Center early to develop an educational plan.

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) Credits
MUP101/121/146 Band, Choir, or Orchestra 1-2
MUP171-192 Individual Lessons 1
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
Second Quarter (Winter)
MUP101/121/146   Band, Choir, or Orchestra 1-2
MUP171-192 Individual Lessons 1
MUS112 Music Theory II 3
MUS122 Aural Skills II 1
MUS132 Group Piano II 2
MUS117 Electronic Music Production I1 3
WR122 English Composition: Critical Thinking 4
Third Quarter(Spring)
MUP101/121/146 Band, Choir, or Orchestra 1-2
MUP171-192 Individual Lessons 1
MUS113 Music Theory III 3
MUS123 Aural Skills III 1
MUS133 Group Piano III 2
MTH105 Introduction to Contemporary Mathematics (or higher)2, 3 4
  Social Science Requirement4, ‡ 3-4
Fourth Quarter (Fall)
MUP201/221/246 Band, Choir, or Orchestra 1-2
MUP271-292 Individual Lessons 1
MUS211 Music Theory IV 3
MUS221 Aural Skills IV: Modulation 2
MUS231 Keyboard Harmony I 2
MUS262 Music History: Baroque to Romantic 1680-1883 3
  Oral Communication requirement4, ‡ 3-4
Fifth Quarter (Winter)
MUP201/221/246 Band, Choir, or Orchestra 1-2
MUP271-292 Individual Lessons 1
MUS212 Music Theory V 3
MUS2212 Aural Skills V: Polyphony 2
MUS232 Keyboard Harmony II 2
MUS263 Music History: Modern Music 1883-Present 3
  Science/Math/Computer Science requirement4, ‡ 3-5
Sixth Quarter (Spring)
MUP201/221/246 Band, Choir, or Orchestra 1-4
MUP271-292 Individual Lessons 1-2
MUS213 Music Theory VI 3
MUS223 Aural Skills VI: Chromaticism 2
MUS261 Music History: Ancient and Early Music to 1680 3
  Science/Math/Computer Science requirement4, ‡ 3-5
  Social Science requirement4, ‡ 3-4

1 Students may use this course to satisfy computer literacy requirement.
2 Students may not use demonstrated proficiency on the College Placement Test (CPT) to satisfy this requirement.
3 MTH105 or higher is required for transfer.
4A minimum of 90 credits is required for an MHCC degree
‡ This plan aligns with the Associate of Science degree; refer to degree requirements, page 14 of 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.

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