When you check the college website for the availability of classes, you will see many abbreviations and terms that may appear unfamiliar.
Consider the music classes available for Fall 2015, for instance. A class is a course taking place at a certain time. A course refers to the content which can be offered at different times.
Explanation for the abbreviations in the left-most column Gen. Ed./Focus is given at the bottom of the page. These letters indicate which kinds of Associate of Arts degree requirements they fulfill: foundation, diversification, or focus.
The next column: CRN stands for Course Reference Number. Each course taking place in a specific semester has a unique CRN. There can be different CRNs for the same course because these are different classes.
The third column: Course is given by the abbreviation for the discipline, in this case MUS for music, and a number. MUS106 is a different course from MUS107. Different CRNs for the same course refer to different classes, such as for MUS107 because it is offered in different time periods.
MUS121 refers to instrumental classes with no pre-requisites. MUS121C refers to piano. MUS121D is guitar. MUS121G is Hawaiian Steel Guitar, also known as lap steel guitar. MUS121Z is ukulele.
MUS122 refers to instrumental classes with the pre-requisite of MUS121.
MUS216 is intermediate piano, which is the third piano class you can take (after taking MUS121C and MUS122C).
The three piano classes MUS121C, MUS122C, and MUS216 are given concurrently. What this means is that they are given in the same time period. Those students registered for MUS121C on Monday & Wednesday from 9 to 10:15 am will be in the same class as those who registered for MUS122C at that time period. The reason for this is that we currently do not have enough students to separate the levels.
In the fifth column, title refers to the official name of the course. WI means Writing Intensive. There is a minimum amount of writing required and this satisfies the WI requirement. WI classes have a maximum enrollment of 20 students. Currently, there is only one music course that satisfies this requirement.
WI-MUS106 is an interdisciplinary course introducing you to a variety of music through time, starting with the Gregorian Chant (from the Middle Ages) and ending with the present. It’s a journey in appreciation for classical music and learning the art of listening.
All performance courses (music instruments, voice, choir) are 2-credits. What is MUS180 then? It’s also 2-credits. (See separate blog post about the difference between MUS180 and MUS108).
The instructor’s name is given in the next column. To contact the instructor, click on the blue hyperlinked CRN of the course and then the blue, bold hyperlinked name of the instructor.
The main music classroom is room 104 in the Kupa’a building. It contains two grand pianos and many digital pianos. Ka‘a‘ike 111, which houses the digital recording equipment, is also used as a classroom for ukulele, guitar, Hawaiian steel guitar, and recording classes.
In the Fall 2015 semester, there is one distance education class — MUS107 at noon is taught via HITS also known as Skybridge. This is the system that allows two way viewing, unlike Cable TV.
Click on CLASSES to get a list of official descriptions of the music courses offered here. Click on the hyperlink to the name of the course to get additional information.