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When can I register for classes?
How can I find out about concerts (dates, times, and tickets) at FCC?
What are some good classes for someone who just wants to know a little more about music in general?
I really want to study jazz. What courses do you offer?
Do you have any jazz groups I can play in?
I have played in band or orchestra and I want to continue playing at FCC. What performing groups do you have?
I want to sing! What large performing groups do you have for me?
Do I need to audition for performance classes? If I do, how do I set it up? Are there any other special requirements?
Can you tell me more about your faculty.
I want to major in music. What classes do I take? In what order?
I am not really a beginner. I sing and/or play some and I want to improve. What classes do you suggest?
I do not know how to play an instrument but I want to learn. What classes do you have for beginners?
I want to learn more about music production, recording, and the music industry. What classes should I take?
I see a class I want to take in the catalog but it is not listed in this semester's class schedule. Why is that?
I can only take night courses. What do you offer?
Do you offer private lessons?
Are there any music classes I can take as part of my GE requirements here at FCC?
I am planning on transferring to a four-year college. Are there any music classes that will transfer to CSU or UC campuses?
Who should I contact if I have another question about the Music Department at FCC?

Q: When can I register for classes?
A:

Registration for all students for Summer and Fall 2012 classes is going on now. The deadline to register for Summer classes is Thursday, June 14th. The deadline to register for Fall classes is Thursday, August 9th.

Q: How can I find out about concerts (dates, times, and tickets) at FCC?
A:

Check the Fresno City College website calendar for all of our music events or call the FCC Box Office at (559) 442-8221 for information on concert dates, times, and ticket prices. Tickets are available for sale at the Box Office or online.

To get the latest news of our events and performances, we recommend you become our friend on Facebook.

Q: What are some good classes for someone who just wants to know a little more about music in general?
A:
Music Appreciation (MUS 12) and Jazz History and Appreciation (MUS 16) are popular classes that introduce students to classical and jazz music. Music Fundamentals (MUS 3) is a great class for students who want to know more about the “nuts and bolts” of music, but who are not ready for Music Theory(MUS 1A).
Q: I really want to study jazz. What courses do you offer?
A:
FCC has an excellent Jazz Studies program. In addition to our performing group classes, we offer:
• MUS 4, Jazz Theory
• MUS 6, Jazz Arranging
• MUS 10A, Beginning Jazz Improvisation
• MUS 10B, Intermediate/Advanced Jazz Improvisation
• MUS 16, Jazz History and Appreciation
See the catalog for more information.
Q: Do you have any jazz groups I can play in?
A:
Yes! For a great combo experience, take Jazz Combo (MUS 47), Studio Jazz Combo (MUS 77), or Lab Jazz Combo (MUS 78). If you’d like to play in a big band, sign up for Jazz Ensemble (MUS 41), Studio Jazz Ensemble (MUS 70), or Lab Jazz Ensemble (MUS 71). There’s even a Latin Jazz Ensemble (MUS 48). For details, see the catalog.
Q: I have played in band or orchestra and I want to continue playing at FCC. What performing groups do you have?
A:
For Concert Band/Wind Ensemble, you can enroll in Concert Band (MUS 40), Symphonic Band (MUS 61), or Wind Band (MUS 69). If you would like to play in our orchestra, sign up for Symphony Orchestra (MUS 47), Community Orchestra (MUS 75), or College Philharmonic (MUS 76). We also have brass, woodwind, string, and percussion ensembles. The catalog will give you specifics on each of these courses.
Q: I want to sing! What large performing groups do you have for me?
A:
•The College Choir (MUS 30), Symphonic Choir (MUS 60), and A Cappella Choir (MUS 61) are large choral ensembles (70-90 singers).
•For vocal chamber music and jazz, we offer City Singers (MUS 35), Chamber Singers (MUS 63), and Vocal Ensemble (MUS 64).
•For opera and musical theater, look into Opera and Musical Theater Workshop (MUS 39), Opera Performance Practices (MUS 66), or Musical Theater Performance Practices (MUS 67).
•The Fresno Chorale (MUS 34) is a community chorus that meets on Wednesday evenings.
•Finally, the Women’s Chorale (MUS 36) performs music for female voices.
The catalog will give you specifics on each of these courses.
Q: Do I need to audition for performance classes? If I do, how do I set it up? Are there any other special requirements?
A:
Some classes have ‘advisories’. These are basic skills that you should already have in order to have a successful experience. Other classes have ‘prerequisites,’ which are classes that you must take before enrolling in the current one. A ‘co-requisite’ is a class you must be enrolled in during the same semester. A few classes require that you audition before you can enroll.

Here is what you should do:
1. Check in the catalog to see if there are any advisories, prerequisites, co-requisites, or auditions.
2. If an audition is needed, look in the upcoming class schedule to see who the instructor is.
3. Email the instructor to see when the auditions are scheduled. All FCC instructor emails follow this format:  firstname.lastname@fresnocitycollege.edu.   
Q: Can you tell me more about your faculty.
A:
FCC has six full-time music instructors and approximately fifteen adjunct faculty members. They perform regularly and are active as guest conductors, guest lecturers, clinicians, and composers. They hold degrees from the likes of USC, Eastman, and Cal Arts. They have studied voice in Europe and jazz at Berklee College of Music. All are committed to your success at FCC. You can learn more about individual full-time faculty members by visiting our department's faculty page.
Q: I want to major in music. What classes do I take? In what order?
A:
We have a four-semester sequence of courses that will take you through all of the requirements for an A. A. or A.S. degree in Music. You will study music theory, ear training, music history, conducting, and composition. You will also take classes on your instrument (or voice) and perform in a large ensemble. We have five different options for music majors:
• Instrumental (Major #5810)
• Vocal (Major #5820)
• Guitar (Major #5830)
• Piano (Major #5840)
• Commercial Music (Major #5850)
There are other requirements, too. You will find these in the current college catalog. We suggest you contact our Division's counselor: darlene.roach@fresnocitycollege.edu to plan your degree road map. 
Q: I am not really a beginner. I sing and/or play some and I want to improve. What classes do you suggest?
A:
Depending on your level of experience, you might be interested in these courses:
• Voice: MUS 25, Elementary Voice:  Level II. MUS 26, Intermediate/Advanced Voice.
• Piano: MUS 21, Beginning Piano:  Level II. MUS 22, Intermediate/Advanced Piano.
• Guitar: MUS 28, Beginning Guitar:  Level II. MUS 28, Intermediate/Advanced Guitar.
• Brass: MUS 42A, MUS 73A, MUS 74A (Int/Adv Brass ensembles)
• Woodwinds: MUS 42B, MUS 73B, MUS 74B (Int/Adv Woodwind ensembles)
• Strings: MUS 42C, MUS 73C, MUS 74C (Int/Adv String ensembles)
• Percussion: MUS 42D, MUS 73D, MUS 74D (Int/Adv Percussion ensembles)
The catalog will give you specifics on each of these courses.
Q: I do not know how to play an instrument but I want to learn. What classes do you have for beginners?
A:
We offer beginning courses in guitar (MUS 27), piano (MUS 20), and voice (MUS 24). You will  learn the basics, good technique, and how to read music. If you enjoy the experience (and we think you will!) you can continue on to the next level. See the catalog for more information.
Q: I want to learn more about music production, recording, and the music industry. What classes should I take?
A:
For starters, you should enroll in Music Business (MUS 111). We also offer Audio Engineering (MUS 8), MIDI Music Production (MUS 5), and Intro to Finale (MUS 112). You can even earn your A. S. degree in music with an emphasis on Commercial Music.
Q: I see a class I want to take in the catalog but it is not listed in this semester's class schedule. Why is that?
A:
We are not able to offer every class every semester. You will need to check the current class schedule to see if that particular class is going to be offered or not.
Q: I can only take night courses. What do you offer?
A:
Our night courses change with each semester. However, some of the classes we have offered in past semesters are Beginning Piano (MUS 20), Opera Performance (MUS 66), Midi Music Production (MUS 5), Beginning Guitar (MUS 27), and Community Orchestra (MUS 75). See the catalog for course details and the current semester’s class schedule for days and times.
Q: Do you offer private lessons?
A:
We offer individual instruction to music majors enrolled in our intermediate/advanced classes.
Q: Are there any music classes I can take as part of my GE requirements here at FCC?
A:
Yes. MUS 3, 5, 12, 13, 14, 16, 17, 20, 21, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 32, 34, 35, 36, 39, 40, 41, 42A, 42B, 42C, 42D, 46, 48, 53, 90, 91, and 92 all satisfy the GE Humanities requirement for your A.A. or A.S. degree.
Q: I am planning on transferring to a four-year college. Are there any music classes that will transfer to CSU or UC campuses?
A:

Yes…lots!

Here are music courses that will transfer to CSU universities: MUS 1A, 1B, 2A, 2B, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7A, 7B, 8, 9, 10A, 10B, 12, 13, 14, 16, 18, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 32, 34, 35, 36, 39, 40, 41, 42A, 42B, 42C, 42D, 46, 47, 48, 49, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 63, 64, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73A, 73B, 73C, 73D, 74A, 74B, 74C, 74D, 75, 76, 77, 78.

These courses transfer to UC campuses: MUS 1A, 1B, 2A, 2B, 3*, 4, 7A, 7B, 9, 12, 13, 14, 16, 18, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 32, 34, 35, 36, 39, 40, 41, 42A, 42B, 42C, 42D, 46, 48, 49. *No credit for MUS 3 if taken after MUS 1A.

Q: Who should I contact if I have another question about the Music Department at FCC?
A:
Call the department chair, Larry Honda, at (559) 442-4600, ext. 8462 or email him at:  larry.honda@fresnocitycollege.edu

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