2020 - 2021 Dallas College Catalog

2020 - 2021 Catalog
Program: Commercial Music
Degree Plan: Digital Music Production and Composition A.A.S.

(Associate in Applied Sciences Degree)

Cedar Valley campus only

  • Students pursuing this award program are required to meet Texas Success Initiative (TSI) standards and course prerequisites.
  • Complete at least 25% of the credit hours required for graduation through instruction by Dallas College.

Degree Plan Code: AAS.CM.DIG.COMP.21

This program is designed to prepare the student with the writing skills required for arranging and composing for small and large instrumental and vocal groups in all areas of commercial music, i.e., jazz, rock, pop, country/western. Standard manuscript techniques will be emphasized in actual writing assignments.

Course Course Title Credit Hours
MUSC 1313 Commercial Music Theory 1 3
+Elective Commercial Music Ensemble (one course) OR 1
++Elective Applied Commercial Music (1)
MUSP 2103 Commercial Class Piano OR 1
MUSP 1110 Applied Commercial Music: Piano OR (1)
MUSP 1123 Applied Commercial Music: Synthesizer (1)
MUSC 1327 Audio Engineering 1 3
MUSC 1331 Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) 1 3
MUSC 2141 Forum/Recital 1
MATH 1332 Contemporary Mathematics (Quantitative Reasoning) 3
+Elective Commercial Music Ensemble (one course) 1
Semester Total 16
Course Course Title Credit Hours
MUSC 1311 Commercial Music Sight Singing and Ear Training 1 3
+Elective Commercial Music Ensemble (one course) OR 1
++Elective Applied Commercial Music (1)
+Elective Commercial Music Ensemble (one course) OR 1
++Elective Applied Commercial Music (1)
MUSC 2141 Forum/Recital 1
ENGL 1301 Composition 1 3
MUSC 1333 Synthesis 1 3
+Elective Commercial Music Ensemble (one course) OR 1
++Elective Applied Commercial Music (1)
Semester Total 13
Course Course Title Credit Hours
MUSC 2355 Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) 2 3
MUSC 2314 Improvisation Theory 1 3
MUSC 2141 Forum/Recital 1
MUSC 2330 Commercial Music Arranging and Composition 3
MUSI 1310 American Music 3
+Elective Commercial Music Ensemble (one course) OR 1
++Elective Applied Commercial Music (1)
Semester Total 14
Course Course Title Credit Hours
MUSB 1305 Survey of the Music Business 3
MUSC 2345 Synthesis 2 3
MUSC 2141 Forum/Recital OR 1
MUSC 1193 Special Topics in Music Theory and Composition OR (1)
MUSC 2186 Internship-Recording Arts Technology/Technician (1)
MUSC 2319 Commercial Orchestration 3
PSYC 2301 General Psychology 3
SPCH 1311 Introduction to Speech Communication 3
+Elective Commercial Music Ensemble (one course) OR 1
++Elective Applied Commercial Music (1)
Semester Total 17
Minimum Hours Required 60

+Ensemble Elective - must be selected from the following. NOTE: All ensembles are intended for repeatability for advanced practice. A student can take the same ensemble multiple times in different semesters or take different ensembles:

Course Course Title Credit Hours
MUSP 1142 Small Commercial Music Ensemble 1
MUSP 1150 Small Commercial Music Ensemble: Jazz 1
MUSP 1151 Small Commercial Music Ensemble: Recording 1
MUSP 1153 Small Commercial Music Ensemble: Rock 1
MUSP 2106 Commercial Vocal Ensemble: General 1

++Applied Music Elective - must be selected from the following. NOTE: Student has an option to take two 1-credit hour courses or one 2-credit hour course:

Course Course Title Credit Hours
MUSP 1101 Applied Commercial Music: Arranging and Composition 1
MUSP 1104 Applied Commercial Music: Bass Guitar 1
MUSP 1105 Applied Commercial Music: Commercial Guitar 1
MUSP 1110 Applied Commercial Music: Piano 1
MUSP 1117 Applied Commercial Music: Percussion 1
MUSP 1123 Applied Commercial Music: Synthesizer 1
MUSP 1127 Applied Commercial Music: Voice 1
MUSP 1201 Applied Commercial Music: Arranging and Composition 2
MUSP 1204 Applied Commercial Music: Bass Guitar 2
MUSP 1205 Applied Commercial Music: Commercial Guitar 2
MUSP 1210 Applied Commercial Music: Piano 2
MUSP 1217 Applied Commercial Music: Percussion 2
MUSP 1223 Applied Commercial Music: Synthesizer 2
MUSP 1227 Applied Commercial Music: Voice 2

NOTE: Students enrolling in this program who plan to transfer to a four-year institution should consult an advisor or counselor regarding transfer requirements and the transferability of these courses to the four-year institution of their choice.