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The primary mission of the Caņada College Music Department is to offer a variety of transferable music courses.  These range from a hands-on orientation to courses promoting multiple perspectives on music.  Our courses cover a wide range of interests and support different learning styles.  These courses have no prerequisites and are of interest to students with no music background at all as well as to accomplished musicians.


Piano -- Several levels of piano instruction are offered -- .  NO MUSIC BACKGROUND OR EXPERIENCE NECESSARY for the entry level course, MUS 301.  


Music of The Americas (MUS 240)  This course will explore the exciting world of music from South, Central and North America as we listen to how indigenous, African and European traditions blend to create an amazing buffet of dance, folk and art music.  Attending one concert is a part of the course.






Fundamentals of Music (MUS 100) teaches you how to read music notation, understanding scales, key signatures, and rhythms.  NO MUSIC BACKGROUND OR EXPERIENCE NECESSARY.  You can apply what you learn to creating your own music.  Ear-training is also introduced for fun (it is not tested).  The course is taught with each student sitting at a piano keyboard, so we get to work with sound!  Many assignments can be completed in class and there is little reading involved.  Just music reading!   This course takes you up to an introductory level for notating songs you compose.  Transfer: CSU: C1, UC. (IGETC: 3A)


Music Appreciation (MUS 202) covers blues, jazz, various kinds of popular music, and classical music with an ear toward interpreting musical meanings.  The course has one presentation and one or two short papers required.  A light reading load with a mixture of in-class assignments and homework.  Attending one concert is a part of the course.  A mixture of multiple-choice quizzes leading to a take-home final exam with essay questions.  Transfer: CSU: C1, UC. (IGETC: 3A) Class webpage. 


World Music (MUS 250) skips around the world, sampling traditional and contemporary music from Africa, the Arab world, Brazil, Indonesia, China, Japan, India, North America and the odd corners of Europe.  This course explores the music itself and considers the relationship of music and other aspects of culture.  Equal emphasis is placed on information about music and its cultural context.    Attending one concert is a part of the course.  A light reading load, sets of questions with short written answers for each culture, one or two brief papers and essay questions on the final.  Transfer: CSU: C1, UC. (IGETC: 3A)


Music, Art and Ideas (MUS 115) integrates the history of art and music in European and American culture.  What music did composers compose when Michelangelo was sculpting his David?  What paintings were painted as Beethoven created his 5th Symphony?  Find out in Music, Art and Ideas.  If you like grand stories, this is the course for you.  It is also good for those of you who consider yourself to be visual learners.  The course places equal emphasis on art and music.  The music is the basis of would we consider to be the classical tradition today.  I find that mixing music and art makes them both more interesting and approachable.  We learn through emotions, not just memorizing data, and music and art provide emotional pathways into history, too.  A very readable and enjoyable textbook with many fine pictures is the basis of a moderate reading load.    Exams are multiple-choice with short essay questions on the final.  Attending one concert and visiting an art museum is a part of the course.     Transfer: CSU: C1, UC. (IGETC: 3A) Current class webpage.



Future offerings

If you are interested in particular courses, especially in voice or guitar, being offered at Caņada College, let us know!

~~David Meckler

Current music class web pages