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Music Discipline Review

Jan 02, 2017




Music Discipline Review

Music Discipline/Performing Arts Department

November 29, 2006

Music Discipline Review


Music Discipline Review

2006Topic 1- Where are we now?

A. Purpose and Goals

The Music Discipline at Riverside Community College offers an accessible, comprehensive program, committed to providing an affordable post-secondary music education to a diverse student body. The District offers transfer programs paralleling the first two years of university offerings in music and a program leading to an Associate in the Arts degree with an emphasis in music. In the tradition of general education, the music program courses prepare students for intellectual and cultural awareness, critical and independent thought, and self-reliance. RCC has a distinguished national reputation for excellence in music performance and instruction. Students participating in music at RCC are expected to excel. Music performed by RCC students is heard at convocation, graduation and most other important occasions. Festivals, competitions, and concerts bring artists, students, and the community to the campus in the thousands. The Marching Band is a national fixture, seen regularly on television at the most prestigious of parades and often in motion pictures. The Jazz, Vocal Jazz and Wind Ensembles have compact disc recordings distributed on a commercial label with international distribution. The Jazz Ensemble and Vocal Jazz Ensembles latest releases have appeared on the Grammy Awards ballot.

Since 1984, with the addition of a marching band and pep band to go with its other performing ensembles, the RCC Music Department has offered a comprehensive music program which provides pre-professional training for the serious music student as well as for the recreational player. The program offers a complete training program that meets the requirements for transfer into music major programs at any Cal-State University or University of California, private colleges or performing arts colleges. RCC music students are well prepared to transfer into a four-year school for a Bachelor of Arts

in music. Serving the general student population who wish to learn about the art of music for arts transfer credit is an important aspect of the music department as well. Each performance by one of the numerous ensembles supports and critically enhances the

curricular offerings of the music program and is essential to a well-rounded Performing Arts Department.

Each semester students participate in ensembles and receive instruction on their instrument so they can successfully transfer with junior level status to a university or school of music. Many more enjoy the results of their peers labors at concerts and ceremonies. Even more students enroll in music appreciation classes, class piano, music fundamentals and more as a part of their humanities requirements.

The goal at RCC is to provide outstanding experiences and instruction for students that:

Wish to pursue careers in music performance or education

Need instruction in the humanities or music technology

Wish to continue making music as a part of their life long pursuit of art and education.

The purpose at RCC is to provide these experiences and instruction in a fashion that is consistently outstanding and upholds its unique tradition of success.

B. History

Known locally and regionally in the 1960s and 1970s for its quality wind ensemble and choral program, the RCC Music Department began to expand in the early 1980s. With the addition of new program offerings and new staff members, the department grew and the reputation grew with it. Now known nationally as the leader among community colleges, the music department has continued to add music faculty and programs.

C. Curriculum and Programsa.Curriculum

In the 2005-06 school year the Music Discipline updated all of the music courses found in the 2004-05 catalog. Some revisions included Music Theory 1, 2 and 3 being renamed as such and updating their content with statewide standards for matriculation. New additions included Piano Ensemble, Intermediate Applied Piano and Beginning Applied Music. All of the course outlines were updates to the latest template.

The curriculum at RCC is designed to meet a number of student needs emphasized in these areas:

1. Music major/minor transfer requirements

2. Humanities requirements for degree or transfer programs

3. Training and experience in music technology

4. Musical needs for continuing students and members of the community

For music major/minor transfer students RCC offers a comprehensive music curriculum designed to serve student needs to successfully transfer with junior level status to a university or school of music. Courses are in place to focus on these lower division areas for music majors: Music Theory, Applied Studies, Piano Skills and Outstanding Performing Ensemble Experiences. These areas are expanded upon below.

Music Theory, including: Basic Musicianship, Fundamentals of Music, Music Theory 1, Music Theory 2, Music Theory 3, Jazz Improvisation and Theory.

Applied studies on the students specific instrument (such as voice, trumpet, clarinet, etc.) including: Applied Music and Recital performance.

Music History, including: Great Composers and Music Masterpieces to 1820, Great Composers and Music Masterpieces After 1820, Survey of Music Literature.

Piano skills, including: Class Piano, Applied Piano and Keyboard Proficiency.

Course offerings for Ensemble Experiences include: Amadeus Chamber Ensemble, Riverside Community Symphony, Concert Choir, College Choir, Vocal Jazz Ensemble, Vocal Music Ensembles, Instrumental Chamber Ensembles, Chamber Singers, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, Marching Band, Auxiliary Marching Units, Percussion Ensemble, Gospel Singers, Guitar Ensemble, Piano Chamber Ensemble and Jazz Lab Band.

For students desiring experience and training in music technology, RCC offers a curriculum designed to meet their needs in Digital Audio, including sequencing, recording and publishing.

Course offerings include: Introduction to MIDI and Digital Audio, Sequencing and Orchestration with MIDI and Digital Audio, Music Composition and Film Scoring with Digital Audio, Sound Recording and Reinforcement Techniques and The Business of Music.

For the general student RCC offers many courses that fulfill degree and transfer program requirements for the arts and humanities. Course offerings include Music Appreciation, Jazz Appreciation, Film Music Appreciation, Basic Musicianship, Music Fundamentals and Music of Multicultural America.

RCC has many musical offerings for continuing students and members of the community that wish to continue their musical experiences. Those course offerings include: Introductory classes, including: Class Piano, Class Voice, Class Guitar, Teaching Music to Children and the Business of Music. Ensemble Experience course offerings include: Riverside Community Symphony, Master Chorale, Chamber Choir, Community Jazz Ensemble, Community Concert Band, Gospel Singers, Marching Band, Auxiliary Marching Units and Jazz Lab Band.

b. Programs

1. Piano/Theory

Through the Piano and Theory program all music students are prepared to demonstrate competency and knowledge expected of transfer candidates to four-year institutions. Most courses are offered semi-annually while the remainder is offered annually. Entering music students typically have been involved in just one aspect of the field, such as school band or chorus. To train for a career, they must deepen their knowledge and develop a broad array of skills, including: listening, composing, singing and functional piano. Students with this background are prepared to transfer as students with junior status and for a number of related careers, including: teaching, performing, recording and production.

2. Applied Music

The Applied Music program has made a huge impact in the department. Music majors are expected to study on their instrument each semester of their collegiate career, and at RCC that is a reality. By enrolling in the co-requisite major ensemble students can study with an expert on their instrument. The majority of the students in the major ensembles are currently enrolled in the program.

At the end of each semester each student must perform in a recital and at a jury. A jury is a closed-door final exam performance before the faculty in the related area. This program is probably the most valuable to the students in their acquisition of the requisite skills to be a musician. The program may also be the easiest and most gratifying to access student success.

Courses include: Beginning Applied Music, Intermediate Applied Music and Applied Secondary instruments.

3. Voice/Choral

The Choral/Vocal Music Program at RCC offers students a wide range of musical literature, pedagogy, and understanding of musicality so that they may further their education in this field. Classes currently offered are Chamber Singers, Womens Ensemble, Mens Ensemble, and Private Voice Lessons. In choirs, students learn music from all genres, from Renaissance to Contemporary, while concentrating on history, theory, interpretation of texts, blend (working together as a team), and vocal pedagogy.

The applied music faculty (voice teachers) not only implements everything that is being taught in choral music, but also emphasizes on solo vocal production and performances. Our applied music faculty is also among the finest in Southern California. Many of them have performed or are currently performing with many professional organizations such as Opera Pacific, Pacific Chorale, Long Be