Curricula


Curricular Development

RICHARD KAHN is the creator of these Certificates and Degrees:

  • Associate of Arts Degree in Commercial Music
  • Certificate of Achievement in Jazz Studies
  • Certificate of Achievement in Music Arranging
  • Certificate of Achievement in Music Notation
  • Certificate of Achievement in Music Technology
  • Certificate of Achievement in Songwriting



RICHARD KAHN is the creator or co-creator of these music courses:

Course Course Description Units
MUS 101 Fundamentals of Music 3.0
MUS 137 Music as a Business 3.0
MUS 141 Jazz Appreciation 3.0
MUS 161 Introduction to Electronic Music 3.0
MUS 206 Commercial Harmony II 3.0
MUS 241 Music Copying and Notation I 1.0
MUS 242 Music Copying and Notation II 1.0
MUS 251 Jazz Improvisation 3.0
MUS 271 Songwriters Workshop 3.0
MUS 281 Commercial Techniques I (Arranging) 3.0
MUS 282 Commercial Techniques II (Filmscoring) 3.0
MUS 775 Jazz Ensemble 0.5
MUS 780 Jazz Combo Workshop 0.5




Commercial Music Courses at LAVC

LOS ANGELES VALLEY COLLEGE offers the following courses in Commercial Music:



Music 101 Fundamentals of Music
3 units
Prerequisite: None.
Lecture, 3 hours.
Introductory course in reading and writing music. Covers notation, keys, scales, intervals, chords. Includes experience in sight singing and ear training.

Music 137 Music as a Business
3 units
Prerequisite: None.
Lecture, 3 hours.
A study of the business aspects of music. The course addresses the skills and knowledge necessary for success in the music business and related careers.

Music 141 Jazz Appreciation
3 units
Prerequisite: None.
Lecture, 3 hours.
A study of the elements of jazz as well as tracing the development and evolution of styles and structure. Listening skills will be developed to recognize the many differences in individual solo as well as jazz ensemble interpretations. A discussion of composing and arranging music in a jazz style will be incorporated.

Music 161 Introduction to Electronic Music
3 units
Prerequisite: None.
Lecture, 2 hours; laboratory, 2 hours.
This introductory course explores the history and use of electronic equipment, synthesizers, computers and recording equipment in the making of music. Topics include computer hardware and software, modern sequencing techniques, MIDI, and basic digital audio, using the Macintosh platform. It is assumed that the student have some proficiency at the keyboard, as well as the ability to read music.

Music 165 Introduction to Recording Arts
3 units
Prerequisite: None.
Lecture, 2 hours; laboratory, 2hours.
An introduction to the theory and practice of acoustics, audio, and recording. Topics include: the nature of sound; basic acoustics; audio systems and terminology; microphone principles and usage; recording styles; recording studio equipment; multi-track recording procedures.

Music 205 Commercial Harmony I
3 units
Prerequisite: Music 101 or Music 200.
Lecture, 3 hours.
This course makes the transition from traditional harmony to commercial harmony. Terminology, notation, chord structure and usage are covered with an emphasis on part writing using open and closed 4ths, major 6th &7th chords, minor 7th chords, major, minor, pentatonic and blue scales, modes, blues and commercial chord progressions.

Music 206 Commercial Harmony II
3 units
Prerequisite: Music 205.
Lecture, 3 hours.
Emphasis on harmonizing melodies in popular songs, both in written form and at the keyboard. Topics include establishing and identifying tonal centers, harmonic rhythm, root movement by fifth and step, characteristic chord progressions, voicing patterns and strategies, and use of altered and extended harmonies.

Music 241 Music Notation and Copying I
1 unit
Prerequisite: None.
Lecture, 1 hour.
Instruction and hands-on experience in the techniques of music, chord symbol and lyric notation. Training in lead sheet, piano, and master rhythm score construction, as well as score and part layout, as it is applied using the computer. It is assumed that the student has the ability to read music and has basic skills in computer use.

Music 242 Music Notation and Copying II
1 unit
Prerequisite: Music 241.
Lecture, 1 hour.
Continuation of Music 241. Advanced instruction and hands-on experience in the techniques of music, chord symbol and lyric notation. Training in full orchestral and big band score, as well as score and part layout, as it is applied using the computer. It is assumed that the student has the ability to read music and has basic skills in computer use.

Music 251 Jazz Improvisation Workshop
3 units
Prerequisite: MUS 206. A successful audition on the first day of class is required for continued enrollment.
Lecture/Lab, 2 hours.
Instruction in creation of original musical lines in jazz, rock, Latin and popular American music. Includes harmonic and rhythmic analysis of classic jazz solos, score study and live performance in a group setting.

Music 265 Recording Arts Workshop
3 units
Prerequisite: Music 165.
Lecture, 2 hours; laboratory, 2hours.
This course presents the basic technique of recording and mixing. Emphasis is placed on multi-track recording. The student will have the opportunity to prepare for and participate in recording sessions.

Music 271 Songwriters Workshop
3 units
Prerequisite: None.
Lecture, 3 hours.
The craft of songwriting, using rhythm section, electronics and vocals in a variety of commercial styles. Students compose and produce original music and lyrics in jazz, rock, latin, and hip hop. Emphasis is on short pieces in a variety of styles.

Music 281 Commercial Music Techniques I
3 units
Prerequisite: Music 206.
Lecture, 2 hours; lab/performance, 2 hours.
Emphasis on writing for rhythm section, jazz combo and big band. Projects include lead sheet, rhythm charts, three horn and big band arrangements. Projects are performed and recorded. Students conduct their projects and their recording sessions.

Music 282 Commercial Music Techniques II
3 units
Prerequisite: Music 206 and 281.
Lecture, 2 hours; lab/performance, 2 hours.
A continuation of Music 281, focusing on development of writing techniques for live and studio orchestra, as well as project studio. Emphasis is on larger forms, incorporating vocal arranging, synthesizer sweetening, and multi-track recording over-dubs, in a variety of contemporary styles. Introduction to scoring cues for film, television and video in a project studio setting.

Music 775 Jazz Ensemble
0.5 units
Prerequisite: None. Students are encouraged to enroll at registration. A successful audition on the first day of class is required for continued enrollment.
Lab/performance, 3 hours.
Provides experience in dance band/studio band performance. Rehearsal of standard, and special arrangements, with emphasis on sight reading, intonation, jazz feel and improvisation; preparation for public performances; serves as a reading workshop for student arrangers.

Music 780 Jazz Combo Workshop
0.5 units
Prerequisite: None. Students are encouraged to enroll at registration. A successful audition on the first day of class is required for continued enrollment.
Lab/performance, 3 hours.
Students will organize musical pieces, rehearse and perform in a variety of small combo settings. Emphasis is on presentation, live performance and interaction with student arrangers