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AMERICAN MUSIC STYLES (LMU 0214): Have you heard that music before?  Trace the development of music in America from the styles of colonial days to contemporary styles. This course will help you develop a stylistic frame of reference for judging American music by surveying the characteristic elements of a variety of styles. Required text for the class is America’s Musical Landscape by Jean Ferris, available from the Harper College Bookstore.

FUNDAMENTALS OF MUSIC THEORY (LMU 0364): This course provides the background to interpret and understand the language of music through the study of notation, rhythm, scales, intervals, triads, cadences, basic forms and musical terms. Students are prepared for the study of harmony and for practical musical activity. Also offered for credit MUS0101-C01/-C02/-C03. 

INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER MUSIC FOR ADULTS (LMU 0231): This course is designed for the student who has little or no background in MIDI Sequencing and Digital Audio Recording but who wants to experience the enjoyment of making music via computer. You will be presented with software and hardware as tools for creative sound design and musical composition, and throughout the class, you will be able to produce and perform music on your own and as part of a team. You will be constantly focusing on the recreation of acoustic textures and samplings as well as the construction of soundscapes that are unique to the electronic environment. Ages 15 and up. Also offered for credit MUS102-C02.

INTRODUCTION TO WORLD MUSIC (LMU 1107): Survey folk and traditional music from around the world. You will examine music making and the people and musical cultures of South Asia, Southeast Asia, East Asia, and Oceania, Middle East, Eastern Europe, Europe, Africa, and the Americas. Composer Issa Boulos has collaborated with musicians from all over the world and will explore interrelationships be-tween musical genres and other art forms, such as dance, theater, visual arts, and literature. You will also analyze how these musics have intersected with race, class, gender, religion, ritual, politics, social movements, and cultural identity. Also offered for Credit as MUS108-C01 CRN36945

MUSIC APPRECIATION (LMU 0367): Introduces the standard concert repertory through intensive guided listening. Representative works by major composers from each period are chosen to illustrate the principal styles, forms and techniques of vocal and instrumental music. The course is an overview of classical music throughout history. Students will develop better understanding of classical music and its genres, instruments and eras. Also offered for credit MUS103-C01.

QUEEN: A NIGHT AT THE OPERA (LMU 0168): Recorded in 1975, the Queen album A Night at the Opera gave us several diverse styles including ballads, music hall songs, and hard rock with progressive rock influences. While this diversity is important across the whole album, the collection is most noted for including Bohemian Rhapsody, which became a mega-hit and an FM radio staple despite being twice the average length of a single in the 1970s. Paul Gongola, musician and former Tower Records manager, will look at Queen and A Night at the Opera, explaining its significance more than 40 years after it was released.

SGT. PEPPER'S LONELY HEARTS CLUB SERIES (LMU 0167): Enrolling in this series enrolls you in LMU0164,  LMU0165 & LMU0166 at a discounted rate. 

THE ROAD TO SGT. PEPPER (LMU 0164): Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band is  heralded as a landmark recording in the history of Rock & Roll. The Beatles were in their prime in 1967 and recording technology had caught up with their ideas as they led a revolution in British and American culture. Sgt. Pepper was really the next logical step. 

SGT. PEPPER AT 50 (LMU 0165): 2017 is the 50th anniversary of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band with newly announced editions  This is sure to fuel debate: stereo v. mono, masterpiece or overrated (or overplayed), John or Paul, & more. We'll discuss its significance in music and culture and unpack this landmark recording.

THE BEATLES POST-PEPPER (LMU 0166): Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band was influential from its release on 6/1/67, called a “masterpiece” and a “low water mark.” We'll examine the aftermath of Sgt. Pepper and look at where The Beatles went next.

WOMEN IN MUSIC (LMU 0220): Celebrate the history of women’s musical achievements in a variety of Western and non-Western traditions. We will discuss women as composers, performers, lyricists, and songwriters in classical, popular, jazz, world, and other genres. We’ll look at business women in the music industry and women as objects and symbols in the marketing and consumption of music. We will articulate the connections between diverse forms of feminism and their manifestations in music as well as concepts of gender performativity, illustrating the intersections of gender and social positioning (race, ethnicity, class).


Please note, not all courses are offered every semester.