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Music Theory and Composition

IVC offers a spectrum of music theory classes for all levels. Students may complement their studies with The Basics of Music (MUS 1). This course is designed primarily for the general education student and is transferable to both the UC and CSU systems. The department also offers the traditional lower division of Music Theory/Harmony (MUS 3, MUS 4, MUS 5, MUS 6). This is a four-semester sequence designed primarily for the serious music student and music major with comprehensive training in musical structures, harmony, ear training, sight-singing, dictation, and keyboard harmony, and spans the Baroque through contemporary periods of music.

The Department of Music promotes and includes student and professional composition in each of its areas, disciplines and performance ensembles. Composition is taught across the Music Theory curriculum. IVC music students have won state composition contests, participated in composition conferences, and been accepted at the region's major universities. Music alumni are published professional composers in the classical, pop, film, radio and television industries.  Moreover, IVC music students can develop their creative knowledge and artistic skills in a supportive environment and have numerous opportunities to receive performances and readings of their music in concerts, recitals and rehearsals. These activities include the annual composer's concert every April and readings by major IVC music ensembles each semester. Finally, a yearly composition competition invites not only IVC music students, but also student composers from other institutions to compete and earn cash prizes at the IVC Music Student Composers Competition.