Contemporary Music Studies Overview Combines exploration of the liberal arts with focused study in contemporary processes of music making. This includes music created by songwriters and bands, by ear, through improvisation, in recording studios, and in video/film/games, online, in clubs, and in concert. Contemporary music is rooted in post-1950 repertoire and musical forms and is continually re-shaped by global mixing of cultures, styles, technologies, politics, and commercial forces. This academic program provides historical, theoretical, and musical foundations for understanding and actively pursuing artistry and careers in the contemporary music field. What You'll StudyCourse Sequencing LCMS Curriculum Documents Contemporary Music Studies (LCMS) required courses - from our official academic catalogDegree completion checklist (2022-23) • Worksheet to track your progress towards completing this program if you start this year To plan degree completion, see the course descriptions in the academic catalog which specify the planned semester(s) in which required classes are to be scheduled. This is just one way you might complete the Contemporary Music Studies program in 4 semesters over 2 years of full-time study, or 8 semesters over 4 years of part-time study. (Sample course sequences assume that all pre-requisites have been satisfied and the student is prepared for college-level work.) For a detailed list of required courses, optional electives and program information, download the Contemporary Music Studies program description from our official academic catalog.Course descriptions are also available in the catalog. Find courses Sample 2 Year Sequence of Courses Fall 1Spring 1Fall 2Spring 2 MUS 153 MUS 138 MUS 140 MUS 230 MUS 231 ENG Comp. I ANT 104 PSY 101 MUS 230 MUS 154 MUS 138 MUS 139 MUS 137 MUS 231 MAT 117 PCS 101 Music elective MUS 140 BIO 120 MUS 230 MUS 231 GEO 101 ENG Comp. II Music elective MUS 230 MUS 231 PSY 209 Music elective HIS 127 ENG 200 level course Sample 4 Year Sequence of Courses Fall 1Spring 1Fall 2Spring 2MUS 153 MUS 138 MUS 230 MUS 231 MAT 117 MUS 230 MUS 231 MUS 154 MUS 138 ENG Comp. I ANT 104 MUS 230 MUS 231 ENG Comp. II MUS 139 MUS 137 MUS 230 MUS 231 MUS 222 Fall 3Spring 3Fall 4Spring 4MUS 140 PSY 101 GEO 101 MUS 139 PCS 101 ENG 200 level course MUS 137 PSY 209 MUS 223 BIO 120 HIS 127 MUS 248 Program Learning Outcomes Students completing a course of study in this program will be able to: Appreciate diverse cultural and individual perspectives Learn to hear musical styles and characteristics as part of fluid cultural expression. Solve problems collaboratively Cooperate as active participant with peer musicians and teachers to explore and discover creative possibilities as life-long learners and students of music. Reason and act ethically Respect others' creative work and the larger endeavor of human expression and connection; understand commercial, musical, and cultural forces of appropriation. Demonstrate civic knowledge and engagement Prepare, rehearse, and perform live music that has relevant meaning and purpose for audience and community. Communicate in various modes and media Express themselves on instrument(s), in musical notation, reflective and research writing, musical composition, live performance, digital recording, and through online commercial/social networks. Use quantitative concepts and processes Learn how music is "put together" through theory, applied instrumental technique, and study of music history. Locate, evaluate, and use various sources of information Research music, artists, styles, and cultures through various online, digital, and traditional sources; Identify, locate, interview, document, and present local music culture through fieldwork project. Explore the natural and physical world Explore instruments and time/sound qualities of musical expression in performance and recorded modes. Think creatively and critically Discover possibilities for putting musical materials together; evaluate in the moment and over time how music is working and what comes next Apply, integrate, and synthesize learning Perform individual recital pieces based on self-directed multiple skill applications: Learn a new piece of music, practice the piece, recruit accompaniment, organize rehearsals, record the rehearsals, evaluate the rehearsals, perform dress rehearsal, perform the concert, evaluate the final performance. What's Next Transfer to a four-year college or seek professional employment. Your future career may include work in performing, composing, producing, teaching, sound design for film/game/video genres, studio engineering, live sound engineering, music therapy, artist management, and arts administration. By taking classes in a Liberal Arts option, students complete courses that help develop 100 and 200 course level knowledge and skills in a particular field. If you don't satisfy the requirements of a specific Liberal Arts option, you may still be able to fulfill the requirements of another option, or fulfill the requirements of the Liberal Arts General degree. Students are advised to work closely with their GCC advisor to select the specific courses that will help meet their career or transfer goals. Note: Students who complete a Liberal Arts option will graduate with the degree "Associate in Arts in Liberal Arts." Your area of concentration is reflected only in your transcript, not your diploma.