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“Musical training is a more potent instrument than any other, because rhythm and harmony find their way into the inward places of the soul” – Plato

Learning about music is essential to enjoying music. We explore the origins of music and spend time listening to various styles of music in order to realize why we are attracted to the music we listen to on a daily basis.


"I enjoyed The Influence of Pop and Rock course because it gave me a deeper understanding of a variety of genres in western music."

"Looking at the entire history of western genres next to each other, showed me how each generation extracts and pools their influences to create an evolving precedent for the following generation."

"The course expanded my knowledge of genres and helped me understand how current events and political climates can completely shape a sound. The course examined the role that race and culture played within the industry and the different effects it had on the business."

"The material was engaging and interesting. I especially enjoyed using the Spotify embeds to reference songs within the material. The links made it easy to reference any musical concepts or lyrics that were described in the text."

"In my experience with the professors in the Music Course, they strive to tailor the learning process on an individual level. They are quick to respond to questions and provided copious resources if additional information was needed. I appreciated their desire to see students succeed."


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  • MUSC 1010 Influence of Pop/Rock Music

    This course explores the influence of popular music from its inception to the present: its musical processes and styles; and how recording technology has had an impact on accompanying social, political and cultural identities. (Prereq: Qualifying score on reading assessment test OR ENGL0921) (BP/EP) 3 cr MnTC Goal Area 6

  • MUSC 1015 World Music

    The purpose of this course is to gain a broader understanding of the music of the world's cultures through examining a survey of traditional musical cultures from around the globe. This course will concentrate on the development and historical background of the music, the introduction of typical musical instruments and most well-known musicians of each region, and the relationship between music and the society. The focus is on learning how musicians around the world understand their own music, and on exposure, appreciation and understanding of basic musical and cultural elements from the selected regions. (Prereq: Recommended: Qualifying score on reading assessment test OR ENGL0921) (BP/EP) 3 cr

  • MUSC 2020 Class Guitar

    The purpose of this course is to develop a foundational understanding of beginning guitar techniques as well as an understanding of music notation, improvisation, and functional music theory. This course provides an opportunity for students to explore their musical aspirations through various styles of popular music including Folk, Rock, and Blues guitar. No previous musical experience is necessary. Students are required to provide their own functioning guitar. (Prereq: Recommended: Qualifying score on reading assessment test OR ENGL0921)


  • Michael J. Krajewski, DMA – Music (MUSC) and Music Business and Entrepreneurship (MUBE) Instructor