Courses & Programs

Music

This program, designed for transfer to four-year music schools, provides students with a comprehensive foundation in music.

Elissa Brill Pashkin

Chair, Music Department

Arts and Humanities

Fine and Performing Arts 120

413.552.2291 (Tel)


What will you learn?

Students receive a rich perspective of music through exposure to many artistic and culturally diverse styles. The department offers free public concerts, hosts guest performers and speakers, and sponsors an annual jazz festival, all of which develop a strong bond with the surrounding community. Students enter the Music Program through audition. Those students demonstrating significant potential, but with limited background in music reading or performance technique, will be placed in preparatory classes designed to develop the skills needed for college-level work. 

Holyoke Community College is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music.

What will you do?

Designed for transfer to bachelor's degree programs in music at four-year colleges and universities, this program provides students with a comprehensive foundation.

Upon completion of the program, students will be prepared for further college-level study in music. Explore your options at HCC's Advising, Career & Transfer Center or at What Can I Do With This Major?

68-69 total credits

26-27 credits General Education Requirements + 38 credits Program Requirements

There is no online option for this program.


General Education Requirements

26-27 CREDITS
This course is the first half of the college composition sequence and focuses on close reading, critical thinking, beginning research skills, and the writing process. Students will read, analyze, and cite a range of nonfiction texts. Students will produce several formal essays totaling approximately 3000 words. Prerequisite: Appropriate scores on English placement tests or C- or higher in ENG 095.
This course is the second half of the first-year composition sequence and focuses on close reading, critical thinking, academic writing, research, and the writing process. Students will locate and evaluate both primary and secondary sources, and will gain skill in summarizing and synthesizing source material while employing MLA documentation. Texts will include a range of nonfiction (articles, essays, scholarly sources) and literary works. Students will produce at least 3000 words of formal written work, including a documented essay of at least 1250 words. Prerequisite: ENG 101 with a grade of C-or higher.
Select from the following courses: ANT 101, ANT 103, ANT 110, ANT 114, ANT 120, ANT 130, ANT 150, ANT 250, COM 212, CRJ 110, CRJ 117, CRJ 200, CRJ 208, CRJ 209, CRJ 210, CRJ 217, ECN 100, ECN 101, ECN 102, ECN 104, ECN 105, ECN 120, ECN150, ECN 250, GEO 110, GRT 110, HON 206, HSV 120, HSV 205, HSV 208, HSV 212, HSV 226, HSV 230, LAW 215, POL 101, POL 110, POL 120, POL 125, POL 126, POL 140, POL 150, POL 230, PSY 110, PSY 202, PSY 203, PSY 210, PSY 215, PSY 216, PSY 217, PSY 218, PSY 220, PSY 222, PSY 224, PSY 225, PSY 226, PSY 230, PSY 233, PSY 240, PSY 242, PSY 250, PSY 260, PSY 265, PSY 270, SOC 110, SOC 130, SOC 150, SOC 204, SOC 208, SOC 213, SOC 214, SOC 215, SOC 216, SOC 220, SOC 240, SOC250, SSN 120, SSN 230, WST 100, WST 215, WST 217
Select from the following courses: ANT 101, ANT 103, ANT 110, ANT 114, ANT 120, ANT 130, ANT 150, ANT 250, COM 212, CRJ 110, CRJ 117, CRJ 200, CRJ 208, CRJ 209, CRJ 210, CRJ 217, ECN 100, ECN 101, ECN 102, ECN 104, ECN 105, ECN 120, ECN150, ECN 250, GEO 110, GRT 110, HON 206, HSV 120, HSV 205, HSV 208, HSV 212, HSV 226, HSV 230, LAW 215, POL 101, POL 110, POL 120, POL 125, POL 126, POL 140, POL 150, POL 230, PSY 110, PSY 202, PSY 203, PSY 210, PSY 215, PSY 216, PSY 217, PSY 218, PSY 220, PSY 222, PSY 224, PSY 225, PSY 226, PSY 230, PSY 233, PSY 240, PSY 242, PSY 250, PSY 260, PSY 265, PSY 270, SOC 110, SOC 130, SOC 150, SOC 204, SOC 208, SOC 213, SOC 214, SOC 215, SOC 216, SOC 220, SOC 240, SOC250, SSN 120, SSN 230, WST 100, WST 215, WST 217
Select from the following courses: ANT 101, ANT 103, ANT 110, ANT 114, ANT 120, ANT 130, ANT 150, ANT 250, COM 212, CRJ 110, CRJ 117, CRJ 200, CRJ 208, CRJ 209, CRJ 210, CRJ 217, ECN 100, ECN 101, ECN 102, ECN 104, ECN 105, ECN 120, ECN150, ECN 250, GEO 110, GRT 110, HON 206, HSV 120, HSV 205, HSV 208, HSV 212, HSV 226, HSV 230, LAW 215, POL 101, POL 110, POL 120, POL 125, POL 126, POL 140, POL 150, POL 230, PSY 110, PSY 202, PSY 203, PSY 210, PSY 215, PSY 216, PSY 217, PSY 218, PSY 220, PSY 222, PSY 224, PSY 225, PSY 226, PSY 230, PSY 233, PSY 240, PSY 242, PSY 250, PSY 260, PSY 265, PSY 270, SOC 110, SOC 130, SOC 150, SOC 204, SOC 208, SOC 213, SOC 214, SOC 215, SOC 216, SOC 220, SOC 240, SOC250, SSN 120, SSN 230, WST 100, WST 215, WST 217
Laboratory Science [E] ElectivesAST 110, AST 140, BIO 101, BIO 102, BIO 106, BIO 107, BIO 108, BIO 110, BIO 111, BIO 114, BIO 120, BIO 130, BIO 215, BIO 217, BIO 218, BIO 222, BIO 223, BIO 229, BIO 230, BIO 243, CHM 101, CHM 102, CHM 113, CHM 114, CHM 121, CHM 124, CHM 221, CHM 222, CHM 224, EGR 110, EGR 111, ESC 111, ESC 115, ESC 120, ESC 130, ENV 120, ENV 124, ENV 137, ENV 138, ENV 140, ENV 253, FRS 100, FRS 101, FRS 110, FRS 201, PHS 101, PHS 102, PHS 111, PHS 112, PHS 201, SEM 110, SEM 111, SEM 116, SEM 130, SUS 101, SUS 102, SUS 103, SUS 116, SUS 216
Laboratory Science [E] ElectivesAST 110, AST 140, BIO 101, BIO 102, BIO 106, BIO 107, BIO 108, BIO 110, BIO 111, BIO 114, BIO 120, BIO 130, BIO 215, BIO 217, BIO 218, BIO 222, BIO 223, BIO 229, BIO 230, BIO 243, CHM 101, CHM 102, CHM 113, CHM 114, CHM 121, CHM 124, CHM 221, CHM 222, CHM 224, EGR 110, EGR 111, ESC 110, ESC 111, ESC 115, ESC 120, ESC 130, ENV 120, ENV 124, ENV 137, ENV 138, ENV 140, ENV 253, FRS 100, FRS 101, FRS 110, FRS 201, PHS 101, PHS 102, PHS 111, PHS 112, PHS 201, SEM 110, SEM 111, SEM 116, SEM 130, SUS 101, SUS 102, SUS 103, SUS 116, SUS 216
Select from any Math (D) course with a MTH prefix.

Program Requirements

38 CREDITS
A study of the theoretical principles, formal designs, and stylistic tendencies associated with the Western music from the 18th century to present. The course emphasizes music analysis, written exercises using computer notation software, and creative composition.Theory 1: Includes a review of the fundamentals, followed by figured bass, Roman numeral analysis, cadences, nonchord tones, instrument transportations and melodic and textual organization.Courses must be taken in sequence. Prerequisites: MUS 100 with a grade of B or better, or equivalent
A study of the theoretical principles, formal designs, and stylistic tendencies associated with the Western music from the 18th century to present. The course emphasizes music analysis, written exercises using computer notation software, and creative composition.Theory 2: Continues with voice leading in two and four voices, harmonic progression, seventh chords, secondary dominants, and modulation. Courses must be taken in sequence.Prerequisite: MUS 105
A study of the theoretical principles, formal designs, and stylistic tendencies associated with the Western music from the 18th century to present. The course emphasizes music analysis, written exercises using computer notation software, and creative composition.Theory 3: Covers chromatic harmony and an introduction to 18th century counterpoint. Courses must be taken in sequence. Prerequisite: MUS 107
A study of the theoretical principles, formal designs, and stylistic tendencies associated with the Western music from the 18th century to present. The course emphasizes music analysis, written exercises using computer notation software, and creative composition.Theory 4: Includes analysis of form, extended harmonies of the Romantic period, and 20th century and contemporary compositional techniques. Courses must be taken in sequence.Prerequisite: MUS 208
The various levels of Aural Skills are coordinated with appropriate levels of Music Theory. Emphasis is on the development of sight singing and ear training skills: learning solfege; conducting/counting rhythm patterns; taking rhythmic and melodic dictation; and singing and identifying scales/modes, intervals, chords, and harmonic progressions. The computer is used as a learning tool to assist in developing these skills. Prerequisite: MUS 105 previously or concurrently
The various levels of Aural Skills are coordinated with appropriate levels of Music Theory. Emphasis is on the development of sight singing and ear training skills: learning solfege; conducting/counting rhythm patterns; taking rhythmic and melodic dictation; and singing and identifying scales/modes, intervals, chords, and harmonic progressions. The computer is used as a learning tool to assist in developing these skills. Prerequisite: MUS 131, and MUS 107 previously or concurrently
The various levels of Aural Skills are coordinated with appropriate levels of Music Theory. Emphasis is on the development of sight singing and ear training skills: learning solfege; conducting/counting rhythm patterns; taking rhythmic and melodic dictation; and singing and identifying scales/modes, intervals, chords, and harmonic progressions. The computer is used as a learning tool to assist in developing these skills.Prerequisite: MUS 132, and MUS 208 previously or concurrently
The various levels of Aural Skills are coordinated with appropriate levels of Music Theory. Emphasis is on the development of sight singing and ear training skills: learning solfege; conducting/counting rhythm patterns; taking rhythmic and melodic dictation; and singing and identifying scales/modes, intervals, chords, and harmonic progressions. The computer is used as a learning tool to assist in developing these skills. Prerequisite: MUS 233, and MUS 209 previously or concurrently
Open to all students. Deals with basic piano technique, with emphasis on playing scales, intervals, and chords. This technique is used to develop sight reading skills and a melodic awareness at the keyboard. Prerequisite: No previous training is required for MUS 135; students with basic piano background may enter at a level appropriate to their skills, as determined by the instructor.
Open to all students. Deals with basic piano technique, with emphasis on playing scales, intervals, and chords. This technique is used to develop sight reading skills and a melodic awareness at the keyboard. Prerequisite: MUS 135
Open to all students. Deals with basic piano technique, with emphasis on playing scales, intervals, and chords. This technique is used to develop sight reading skills and a melodic awareness at the keyboard. Prerequisite: MUS 136
Open to all students. Deals with basic piano technique, with emphasis on playing scales, intervals, and chords. This technique is used to develop sight reading skills and a melodic awareness at the keyboard. Prerequisite: MUS 237
Representative music compositions of the Western European tradition are studied critically in their historical setting: Ancient, Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, and the early Classic periods. Prerequisite: ENG 102, Corequisite MUS 208 or permission of instructor
Representative music compositions of the Western European tradition are studied critically in their historical setting: Classic, Romantic, 20th Century and contemporary. Courses must be taken in sequence. Prerequisite: MUS 259.
The serious study of individual music performance, through practical application of the major concentration. Each student will be assigned an Applied Music Instructor with whom he or she will study privately. Attendance is also required at both a weekly class and designated music concerts. Prerequisite: Audition Additional course fee: A $665.00 music fee is charged for the private instruction (The fee is subject to change.)
The serious study of individual music performance, through practical application of the major concentration. Each student will be assigned an Applied Music Instructor with whom he or she will study privately. Attendance is also required at both a weekly class and designated music concerts. Prerequisite: MUS 171Additional course fee: A $665.00 music fee is charged for the private instruction (The fee is subject to change.)
The serious study of individual music performance, through practical application of the major concentration. Each student will be assigned an Applied Music Instructor with whom he or she will study privately. Attendance is also required at both a weekly class and designated music concerts. Prerequisite: MUS 172Additional course fee: A $665.00 music fee is charged for the private instruction (The fee is subject to change.)
The serious study of individual music performance, through practical application of the major concentration. Each student will be assigned an Applied Music Instructor with whom he or she will study privately. Attendance is also required at both a weekly class and designated music concerts. Prerequisite: MUS 273Additional course fee: A $665.00 music fee is charged for the private instruction (The fee is subject to change.)
Open to all students. The College Chorale, a performing mixed chorus, presents public concerts of a high musical standard, with repertoire chosen from representative choral literature. The Lab Chorale develops the basic skills of music reading and the fundamentals of singing. A major goal of both chorale divisions is to provide students an opportunity to develop a singing style in all music that they create. During the first week of classes, students will be auditioned and placed in either the College Chorale or the Lab Chorale.Prerequisite: None
Open to all students. The College Chorale, a performing mixed chorus, presents public concerts of a high musical standard, with repertoire chosen from representative choral literature. The Lab Chorale develops the basic skills of music reading and the fundamentals of singing. A major goal of both chorale divisions is to provide students an opportunity to develop a singing style in all music that they create. During the first week of classes, students will be auditioned and placed in either the College Chorale or the Lab Chorale.Prerequisite: MUS 161
Open to all students. The College Chorale, a performing mixed chorus, presents public concerts of a high musical standard, with repertoire chosen from representative choral literature. The Lab Chorale develops the basic skills of music reading and the fundamentals of singing. A major goal of both chorale divisions is to provide students an opportunity to develop a singing style in all music that they create. During the first week of classes, students will be auditioned and placed in either the College Chorale or the Lab Chorale.Prerequisite: MUS 162
Open to all students. The College Chorale, a performing mixed chorus, presents public concerts of a high musical standard, with repertoire chosen from representative choral literature. The Lab Chorale develops the basic skills of music reading and the fundamentals of singing. A major goal of both chorale divisions is to provide students an opportunity to develop a singing style in all music that they create. During the first week of classes, students will be auditioned and placed in either the College Chorale or the Lab Chorale.Prerequisite: MUS 263

ELECTIVES

4 CREDITS

4 CREDITS

Select from any 1-3 credit Ensembles, Jazz Improvisation, and Methods courses.  In the case of 1-credit ensembles, at least 2 credits (2 semesters) of the course sequence must be taken.  Please consult with your academic advisor when selecting Program Electives.


MUS 100 is a degree requirement for those not prepared to enter MUS 105.

The Class Piano requirement may be waived for students who demonstrate in an audition that they already possess the necessary piano skills. 

Program Electives: Select from Ensembles, Jazz Improvisation, and Methods courses.  In the case of 1-credit ensembles, at least 2 credits (2 semesters) of the course sequence must be taken.  Please consult with your academic advisor when selecting Program Electives.

This program qualifies for MassTransfer, which guarantees credit transfer to Massachusetts state colleges universities. MassTransfer also will grant students automatic acceptance to certain state colleges and universities by achieving the minimum grade point average and the HCC degree.

Holyoke Community College is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music.
National Association of Schools of Music 
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