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Music

Department Overview
In addition to a variety of introductory music courses for the non-music major, Pierce College's Music Department offers a transfer degree for students wishing to complete the first two years of study leading to a baccalaureate degree. Students planning to major in music, and in most cases pursue a career in music education or performance, are advised to complete AA degree requirements in addition to music theory, performance and piano courses (senior institutions generally require proficiency tests in these three areas). The cornerstone of our Music Department is our large vocal and instrumental performing groups, including but not limited to, Concert Choir, Vocal Jazz I, Concert Band and Jazz Ensemble. Throughout the year, these groups perform in a variety of settings, from our quarterly concerts at Lagerquist Hall at PLU to jazz festivals at the University of Idaho, Reno, and North Texas, to name just a few. On a yearly basis, international artists, such as Diana Krall, Dave Brubeck, Tony Bennett, Branford Marsalis, Nancy Wilson, Tom Scott, Kurt Elling, Eric Marienthal, and John Pizzarelli have been brought in to perform with our award winning jazz groups as a part of the Pierce College Jazz Festival (Jazz Expo), now in its 34th year. Pierce's 21-station MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) lab, besides serving as an excellent facility for traditional theory and class piano classes, enables students to master computer and synthesizer techniques for composition, performance and audio production courses. Each station has a computer loaded with notational and sequencing software, a digital piano, a synthesizer and more. In addition to the MIDI studios, the Music Department also maintains three recording studios through which audio classes are taught and through which the recording of college performance groups takes place.

Course Listing

Course Listings for Music
MUSC 100 - INTRO TO ROCK AND ROLL (FORMERLY MUSIC 100)HumanitiesGeneral Transferable Electives
MUSC 102 - AMERICAN POPULAR MUSIC (FORMERLY MUSIC 105)HumanitiesGeneral Transferable Electives
MUSC 103 - INTRODUCTION TO JAZZ (FORMERLY MUSIC 103)HumanitiesGeneral Transferable Electives
MUSC& 105 - Music Appreciation (formerly MUSIC 101-CCN)HumanitiesGeneral Transferable Electives
MUSC 106 - WORLD MUSICHumanitiesGeneral Transferable Electives
MUSC 107 - AUDIO PRODUCTION I:BEG (FORMERLY MUSIC 107)General Degree Requirement
MUSC 108 - AUDIO PRODUCTION II:INT (FORMERLY MUSIC 108)General Degree RequirementPre-College & Prerequisite
MUSC 109 - AUDIO PRODUCTION III: ADV (FORMERLY MUSIC 109)General Degree RequirementPre-College & Prerequisite
MUSC 126 - BEGINNING CLASS GUITAR (FORMERLY MUSIC 126)General Degree RequirementHumanities/Performance SkillsGeneral Transferable Electives
MUSC 127 - INTERM CLASS GUITAR (FORMERLY MUSIC 127)General Degree RequirementHumanities/Performance SkillsGeneral Transferable ElectivesPre-College & Prerequisite
MUSC& 141 - Music Theory I (formerly MUSIC 110 - CCN)General Degree RequirementHumanitiesGeneral Transferable Electives
MUSC& 142 - Music Theory II (formerly MUSIC 112 - CCN)General Degree RequirementHumanitiesGeneral Transferable ElectivesPre-College & Prerequisite
MUSC& 143 - Music Theory III (formerly MUSIC 114 - CCN)General Degree RequirementHumanitiesGeneral Transferable ElectivesPre-College & Prerequisite
MUSC 144 - CONCERT CHOIR (FORMERLY MUSIC 144A)General Degree RequirementHumanities/Performance SkillsGeneral Transferable Electives
MUSC 147 - CHAMBER CHOIRGeneral Degree RequirementHumanities/Performance SkillsGeneral Transferable ElectivesPre-College & Prerequisite
MUSC 150 - COLLEGE BAND (FORMERLY MUSIC 150A)General Degree RequirementHumanities/Performance SkillsGeneral Transferable Electives
MUSC 154 - COLLEGE ORCHESTRA (FORMERLY MUSIC 154A)General Degree RequirementHumanities/Performance SkillsGeneral Transferable Electives
MUSC 157 - JAZZ BAND (FORMERLY MUSIC 157A)General Degree RequirementHumanities/Performance SkillsGeneral Transferable Electives
MUSC 160 - PRIVATE INSTR: ARRANGING (FORMERLY MUSIC 130A)General Degree RequirementHumanities/Performance SkillsGeneral Transferable ElectivesPre-College & Prerequisite
MUSC 161 - PRIVATE INSTRUCTION: IMPROVISATIONGeneral Degree RequirementHumanities/Performance SkillsGeneral Transferable Electives
MUSC 162 - PRIVATE INSTRUCTION: BRASSGeneral Degree RequirementHumanities/Performance SkillsGeneral Transferable Electives
MUSC 163 - PRIVATE INSTR: WOODWINDS (FORMERLY MUSIC 133A)General Degree RequirementHumanities/Performance SkillsGeneral Transferable Electives
MUSC 164 - PRIVATE INSTRUCTION: PERCUSSIONGeneral Degree RequirementHumanities/Performance Skills
MUSC 165 - PRIVATE INSTRUCTION: VOICEGeneral Degree RequirementHumanities/Performance SkillsGeneral Transferable Electives
MUSC 166 - PRIVATE INSTRUCTION: ORCHESTRAL STRINGSGeneral Degree RequirementHumanities/Performance SkillsGeneral Transferable Electives
MUSC 167 - PRIVATE INSTRUCTION: KEYBOARDGeneral Degree RequirementHumanities/Performance SkillsGeneral Transferable Electives
MUSC 168 - PRIVATE INSTRUCTION: PLECTRUM STRINGSGeneral Degree RequirementHumanities/Performance SkillsGeneral Transferable Electives
MUSC 170 - BRASS ENSEMBLE (FORMERLY MUSIC 170A)General Degree RequirementHumanities/Performance SkillsGeneral Transferable ElectivesPre-College & Prerequisite
MUSC 171 - WOODWIND ENSEMBLE (FORMERLY MUSIC 171A)General Degree RequirementHumanities/Performance SkillsGeneral Transferable ElectivesPre-College & Prerequisite
MUSC 172 - PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE (FORMERLY MUSIC 172A)General Degree RequirementHumanities/Performance SkillsGeneral Transferable ElectivesPre-College & Prerequisite
MUSC 173 - STRING ENSEMBLE (FORMERLY MUSIC 173A)General Degree RequirementHumanities/Performance SkillsGeneral Transferable ElectivesPre-College & Prerequisite
MUSC 174 - VOCAL ENSEMBLE (FORMERLY MUSIC 174A)General Degree RequirementHumanities/Performance SkillsGeneral Transferable ElectivesPre-College & Prerequisite
MUSC 181 - BEG CLASS PIANO (FORMERLY MUSIC 120)Humanities/Performance SkillsGeneral Transferable Electives
MUSC 182 - INTERM CLASS PIANO (FORMERLY MUSIC 121)General Degree RequirementHumanities/Performance SkillsGeneral Transferable ElectivesPre-College & Prerequisite
MUSC 183 - ADVANCED CLASS PIANO (FORMERLY MUSIC 122)General Degree RequirementHumanities/Performance SkillsGeneral Transferable ElectivesPre-College & Prerequisite
MUSC 205 - MUSIC FOR TEACHERSGeneral Degree RequirementHumanitiesGeneral Transferable Electives
MUSC& 241 - Music Theory IV (formerly MUSIC 210 - CCN)General Degree RequirementHumanitiesGeneral Transferable ElectivesPre-College & Prerequisite
MUSC& 242 - Music Theory V (formerly MUSIC 212 - CCN)General Degree RequirementHumanitiesGeneral Transferable ElectivesPre-College & Prerequisite
MUSC& 243 - Music Theory VI (formerly MUSIC 214 - CCN)General Degree RequirementHumanitiesGeneral Transferable ElectivesPre-College & Prerequisite
MUSC 244 - CONCERT CHOIR (FORMERLY MUSIC 244A)General Degree RequirementHumanities/Performance SkillsGeneral Transferable Electives
MUSC 247 - CHAMBER CHOIRGeneral Degree RequirementHumanities/Performance SkillsGeneral Transferable ElectivesPre-College & Prerequisite
MUSC 250 - COLLEGE BAND (FORMERLY MUSIC 250A)General Degree RequirementHumanities/Performance SkillsGeneral Transferable Electives
MUSC 254 - COLLEGE ORCHESTRA (FORMERLY MUSIC 254A)General Degree RequirementHumanities/Performance SkillsGeneral Transferable Electives
MUSC 257 - JAZZ BAND (FORMERLY MUSIC 257A)General Degree RequirementHumanities/Performance SkillsGeneral Transferable Electives
MUSC 260 - PRIVATE INSTRUCTION: ARRANGINGGeneral Degree RequirementHumanities/Performance SkillsGeneral Transferable ElectivesPre-College & Prerequisite
MUSC 261 - PRIVATE INSTRUCTION: IMPROVISATIONGeneral Degree RequirementHumanities/Performance SkillsGeneral Transferable Electives
MUSC 262 - PRIVATE INSTRUCTION: BRASSGeneral Degree RequirementHumanities/Performance SkillsGeneral Transferable Electives
MUSC 263 - PRIVATE INSTRUCTION: WOODWINDGeneral Degree RequirementHumanities/Performance SkillsGeneral Transferable Electives
MUSC 264 - PRIVATE INSTRUCTION: PERCUSSIONGeneral Degree RequirementHumanities/Performance SkillsGeneral Transferable Electives
MUSC 265 - PRIVATE INSTRUCTION: VOICEGeneral Degree RequirementHumanities/Performance SkillsGeneral Transferable Electives
MUSC 266 - PRIVATE INSTRUCTION: ORCHESTRAL STRINGSGeneral Degree RequirementHumanities/Performance SkillsGeneral Transferable Electives
MUSC 267 - PRIVATE INSTRUCTION: KEYBOARDGeneral Degree RequirementHumanities/Performance SkillsGeneral Transferable Electives
MUSC 268 - PRIVATE INSTRUCTION: PLECTRUM STRINGSGeneral Degree RequirementHumanities/Performance SkillsGeneral Transferable Electives
MUSC 270 - BRASS ENSEMBLE (FORMERLY MUSIC 270A)General Degree RequirementHumanities/Performance SkillsGeneral Transferable ElectivesPre-College & Prerequisite
MUSC 271 - WOODWIND ENSEMBLE (FORMERLY MUSIC 271A)General Degree RequirementHumanities/Performance SkillsGeneral Transferable ElectivesPre-College & Prerequisite
MUSC 272 - PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE (FORMERLY MUSIC 272A)General Degree RequirementHumanities/Performance SkillsGeneral Transferable ElectivesPre-College & Prerequisite
MUSC 273 - STRING ENSEMBLE (FORMERLY MUSIC 273A)General Degree RequirementHumanities/Performance SkillsGeneral Transferable ElectivesPre-College & Prerequisite
MUSC 274 - VOCAL ENSEMBLE (FORMERLY MUSIC 274A)General Degree RequirementHumanities/Performance SkillsGeneral Transferable ElectivesPre-College & Prerequisite