CCM offers online arts classes to all UC students in summer 2020

Complete your elective requirements while learning about rock 'n' roll, media production and more

UC’s College-Conservatory of Music offers general studies and fine arts elective courses during six different sessions in summer 2020. These credit-granting courses cover a wide range of topics and are open to UC and non-UC students alike.

All classes are offered online. Turn your laptop into a musical instrument and play with a virtual band or learn how to play piano in music performance classes. Learn about the technical elements of media production in electronic media classes. Study the music of The Beatles and Pink Floyd, examine the trending styles of today’s popular music or learn about the evolution of Japanese Pop, anime and video game music in music appreciation classes.

Select a session from the list below to view elective courses offered by CCM during the summer.

Group Piano for Non-music Majors – Online (3 credits) 
PIAN 1001-001; TR 10:10-11:05 a.m. and online 
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: FA Fine Arts 
Designed for those with little or no piano experience; teaches the fundamentals of reading music, playing by ear, using chord charts, and improving finger flexibility. Students will need access to their own piano or 61-key electronic keyboard.

Music of the Beatles (3 credits) 
FAM 2061-001; online 
FAM 2061-002; online 
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: FA Fine Arts, SCE Society, Culture and Ethics 
The Music of the Beatles has made an impact in the whole world both musically and sociologically. The Beatles are considered one of the most influential bands of any era. Their music reflects the cultural and social revolution of the 1960s and serves as a model for understanding all subsequent popular music. This class will chronologically trace the development of the Beatles from their early days through the band's dissolution. There will be analysis of selected compositions with regard to lyrics, harmony, song structure, instrumentation and arranging. This class will examine their groundbreaking production techniques, individual writing styles and the impact of their music on other musicians and social trends.

Jazz Appreciation (3 credits) 
FAM 2051-001; online 
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: FA Fine Arts, SCE Society, Culture and Ethics 
A one-semester overview of America's true art form: jazz. The course will introduce students to the various styles of jazz, its major performers, its history and origins and will also involve attending jazz performances at CCM or elsewhere.

Jammin’ with Laptops Online (3 credits) 
FAM 2023-001; online 
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: FA Fine Arts 
In this course, you will play, record and make music with online instruments. There are three units, and each unit includes a distinctive music making session; Individual Session (Unit 1), Collaborative Session (Unit 2) and Creative Jam Session (Unit 3). In Unit 1, you will individually study the basic knowledge of music making, including identifying musical instruments, playing online instruments and recording the music that you played through the exercises. In the Midterm Exam, you will be asked to answer the basic knowledge that you have learned so far. In Units 2 and 3, you will form your laptop band with your online classmates to play and record music together. In Unit 2, you will collaborate with 1-2 classmate(s) to complete the assignment together. In Unit 3, you will collaborate with 2-4 classmates to create your own band under your instruction to direct your band members, and play for your band member's music under their respective directions. In the Final Exam, you will be asked to answer all the materials that you have learned.

What’s Hot in Popular Music (3 credits) 
FAM 2062-001; online 
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: FA Fine Arts 
This online course examines current popular music in its trending styles and genres. Students will critique selected songs from the weekly "Billboard" charts and various other media resources, including YouTube and digital download statistics, and consider both the hottest artists as well as promising up-and-comers. Students will develop skills for evaluating artistic intent with respect to lyrics, some basic literary techniques, melody, harmony, rhythm, song form and psychology, and with a look at cutting edge production techniques. Students will identify and compare unique composing and performing styles of today's artists and identify links between the music business and societal trends. Weekly activity will include reading, viewing, and listening to examples online and completing assignments on Canopy. 

American Music Online (3 credits) 
FAM 2006-001; online 
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: FA Fine Arts, HP Historical Perspectives 
An online history of music in America c. 1620 to the present. Musical life as we experience it in the U.S. today is the product of a history that is in many ways unique, but never far from world-wide influences. This course surveys a wide variety of music along with the social, political and religious movements that have shaped American musical life right up to the present. It examines the contributions of numerous cultural groups, regional developments over four centuries and the ways music reflects values, aspirations and problems of the population. Course topics include musical genres, styles, personalities and trends. Musical examples, discussions, quizzes and videos are all online. No prior experience with music required.

Experimental Rock (3 credits) 
FAM 2013-001; online 
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: FA Fine Arts, TI Technology & Innovation 
This course will provide a detailed overview of the tools, techniques and musical styles which had a tremendous impact on the aesthetic of various genres of rock music in the 1960s and ‘70s, the resonance of which can be observed in many mainstream and non-mainstream musical trends of the last 30 years. It will begin with an examination of multi-tracking tape machines: their development and techniques such as sound on sound, tape-delay and flange, which had become standard practice in studios by the late 1960s. This is followed by a technical overview of electronic instruments, specifically the synthesizer, whose development will be traced from the Theremin. Musical trends such as the 1950s avant-garde and Minimalism will serve as a bridge to examinations of seminal bands such as the Beatles, Pink Floyd, Kraftwerk, Can, Neu:, Brian Eno and the Talking Heads among others; the technical knowledge gained from the initial lectures on tape techniques and electronic instruments will be used to gain a deeper understanding of the music of these artists.

History of Rock and Roll 1 
FAM 3031-001; online 
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: FA Fine Arts, CM Effective Communication 
Rock and Roll had humble beginnings in the Southeastern United States, but over time it developed into a force beyond mere entertainment that has defined youth culture on a global scale. Rock and roll culture is embedded in the fabric of youth identity. Rock and roll music is a commodity that young people use daily, often with an obsessive devotion. Marketing campaigns that target youth are so relentless that young people are under enormous media and social pressure to join the ranks of consumers. The goal of History of Rock and Roll is, therefore, threefold: 1. To provide for students a chronological survey that examines the relationship between the music, its most successful and colorful artists, the associated recording technology and the impact of the genre on American culture; 2. Through critical listening and reading, the course will provide students with useful, evaluative tools so that they can make historically informed and thoughtful decisions about the music they select and enjoy; 3. Finally, the course will encourage students to seek and appreciate new styles, and perhaps inspire those who seek a career as a pop music artist. 

Music Appreciation Online (3 credits) 
FAM 2005-001; online 
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: FA Fine Arts, SCE Society, Culture and Ethics 
An online course that introduces students to a wide range of music in the Western World, covering several historical periods, including our own time. Examines musical styles, musical terms, composers and other aspects of the music listening experience. Considers the historical and cultural context of musical activity and the way it has shaped the musical life from medieval Europe up to the present in our own communities. Students will discuss their own experiences with music and have the opportunity to attend a musical performance of their choice, near where they live, for class credit. Musical examples, discussions, quizzes, videos and film are all online. No prior experience with music required.

Japanese Pop, Anime & Video Game Music (3 credits) 
FAM 2050-001; online 
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: FA Fine Arts, SCE Society, Culture and Ethics 
You will learn the evolution of Japanese Pop, Anime and Video Game Music (post 1980) including anime theme songs, video game music and popular songs. Each topic will provide the composer's biography, historical background and word-by-word translation of lyrics, and will investigate the cultural differences between Japan and America.

Integrated Media Production 1 for Non-Majors (3 credits) 
EMED 1015-001; online 
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: TI Technology and Innovation 
Media convergence is a vital component of our new media culture. In new media there is a melding of production, design and message with user-experience. Integrated Media Production I is an introductory course, the first of a two-course sequence within the E-Media major or E-Media minor at CCM, that provides students with a theoretical and practical foundation in the intersecting worlds of digital media production, content development and new media design. This course is an overview of concepts and processes in convergent media production.

Media in Your Life Non-Majors (3 credits) 
EMED 1011-001; online 
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: TI Technology & Innovation 
Did you know that the typical American spends about 11 hours a day consuming media? Think about that for a moment. How long is a typical workday? How many hours a night do you sleep? Could it be, based upon time usage alone, that media consumption is the most important activity in our lives? Whether those comments frighten you or inspire you, the fact remains that the media industry plays an enormously important role in our individual lives, is vital to the success of every major industry and is foundational to the effective functioning of our representative democracy. Would you like to possess a more sophisticated understanding of the media production process and its artistic and theoretical underpinnings? Wouldn't you like to know more about the latest digital production tools? Do you think you might want to pursue a media career? If you answered "yes" to any one of these questions, then Media in Your Life is exactly the right course for you. 

Integrated Media Production 2 for Non-Majors (3 credits) 
EMED 1016-001; online 
Breadth of Knowledge Areas: TI Technology and Innovation 
Building on the concepts and production techniques introduced in Integrated Media Production 1, Integrated Media Production 2 explores the connections between digital media, content development and new media design in more depth. The course focuses on screen design issues relevant to the convergence of media assets, such as video and audio, with graphical assets in the communication of message. Topics include digital image production, GUI design, expanded Web design and production and digital aesthetics. Focal point, theme and design rightness are emphasized. There is instruction in industry-standard software tools, fundamental Web technologies and basic scripting languages. 

Registration Details

UC students can register online by logging on to their Catalyst account at

Non-UC students can begin the registration process by visiting

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*The course information posted above is accurate as of Feb. 21, 2020. Consult the UC course offerings available at for possible schedule changes.

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