2013-14 Unit Plan
Music - Appreciation/Theory

Mission Statement

Butte College Music and Recording Arts Department establishes, enriches and supports a student-centered  learning environment, by offering college-level courses and certificates, designed to focus on music as a dynamic medium of human expression.

Program Description

The Butte College Music and Recording Arts Department consists of one full-time faculty member 
and eight highly qualified associate faculty.  In coordination with the overall mission of the college, this department offers 27 sections of 10 different classes meeting general education transfer requirements, articulation with CSU, Chico, and supports certificates and  (very soon) a transfer degree.  The Music and Recording Arts Program consists of general education courses: Music Appreciation, The History of American Popular Music, Jazz Appreciation, Music Theory I and II, as well as applied music classes in voice, piano, and guitar. In conjunction with music technology and recording arts we offer Computer Literacy for Musicians, Introduction to Recording Techniques, Introduction to Recording Apps, and Studio Recording courses. Virtually all of the sections have maximum enrollment this Spring. 
Driven by the excitement of students eager to gain practical experience in the new recording arts 
studio and computer lab, curriculum for our Recording Arts Program was created in fall 2009 and 
spring 2010. A Perkins Grant provided opportunity and a new chapter for the Music and Recording 
Arts Department as it branched into the Career and Technical arena with a Certificate in Recording 
Arts for Musicians starting in fall 2010.  We now have 15 students who have received a certificate.  Several have gone into some aspect of the music business for themselves, one is the sound technician for a large southern California church, and a couple work for recording studios in the Bay area and L.A.
Additionally, music students have performed at a number of campus-wide events including Art 
Gallery Openings, Theatre Events, and other campus functions needing music. 
Furthermore, Recording Arts students have functioned as sound engineers for a number of campus 
musical events, and are outreaching to high schools and local businesses. As predicted, the new 
facility is a magnet for students with musical and music-technology interests. The impact has been 
beneficial to all. Consider the following positive changes reported in the Program Review Report
from Spring 2009 to Spring 2010. Fill rates increased from 92.91% to 105.39%; FTES increased 
from 77.8 to 92.9. Students per section increased from 21.37 to 26.08 and although success rates 
declined from 76.1 % to 75.5%, retention increased from 90.2% to 93%. And as of today, Spring 
sections are filled, many with double digit wait lists. 
The  department is more focused than ever on strategically developing key curriculum (including 
online—Eric Peter has completed his Blackboard version of Mus 7) to further student success through the achievement of
certificates and degrees and is making great strides via the curriculum review process.  Eight new music theory and musicianship classes are in the curriculum process, and when approved will allow for the creation of the state-mandated AA-T degree in music. Such a degree will finally give musically inclined students from our service area the chance to get the basic education in music they need to move forward successfully.
Although current enrollment has the college turning away students, when the time comes for needing to draw 
students to our college, the music and recording arts program is poised to be a high profile student 
attraction!

Future Development Strategy

Strategy 1


The number one priority is to hire a full-time faculty to lead the Recording Arts program.  This is essential.

Initiatives
  • Inspiring passion through collaboration
  • Focusing on student success
  • Valuing a culture of learning
  • Enhancing an innovative, responsive, and accountable culture
  • Modelling sustainability

  • Supporting Rationale
    Given that the program review committee recommended a full-time hire for recording arts, it would seem logical that this hire, which is SO important to the recording arts program's success would be a priority.

    Supporting Rationale Alignment
  • Supports Previous Program Review Recommendations
  • Maintaining core programs and services
  • Increasing student success
  • Establishing new initiatives that support the Strategic Direction
  • Strategy 2

    Hire a full-time recording arts/theater tech.

    Initiatives
  • Inspiring passion through collaboration
  • Focusing on student success
  • Valuing a culture of learning
  • Enhancing an innovative, responsive, and accountable culture
  • Modelling sustainability

  • Supporting Rationale
    Given that the administration has chosen not to hire a full-time recording arts faculty this year, a recording arts technician is the next best solution.  Again, to repeat what has already been said, Butte's recording studio is a sophisticated collection of devices and software that need regular attention to be at their best.  This need is best met by having someone on campus who can develop a "relationship" with the studio and be able to know how to make repairs/adjustments, install new software and hardware and generally keep the studio in professional condition.  This is not the place for calling in an outside service person, nor can any of the IT staff do the work properly.  Studio work is a specialty, and Butte should have such a person in the Arts building every day.

    Supporting Rationale Alignment
  • Supports Previous Program Review Recommendations
  • Maintaining core programs and services
  • Increasing student success
  • Establishing new initiatives that support the Strategic Direction
  • Strategy 3

     3) Establish funding for Performing Arts Calendar and guest performances. 

    Initiatives
  • Inspiring passion through collaboration
  • Focusing on student success
  • Valuing a culture of learning
  • Enhancing an innovative, responsive, and accountable culture

  • Supporting Rationale
    The black box theater, which is hard-wired to the recording studio, provides a perfect venue for plays and concerts.  It is especially suited for smaller, intimate shows, similar to the Sierra Nevada Brewery's Big Room.  Artists who would like to make a recording or DVD of their performance could be assured of high quality.  This strategy could become a source of revenue for the Music Dept. and college, and would certainly enhance Butte's reutation. Having funds to hire a few major acts to perform at Butte is what is needed to prime the pump for this important strategy.

    Supporting Rationale Alignment
  • Supports Previous Program Review Recommendations
  • Increasing student success
  • Establishing new initiatives that support the Strategic Direction
  • Strategy 4

    4) Develop an AA-T degree for music, aligning with CSUC for articulation.

    Initiatives
  • Inspiring passion through collaboration
  • Focusing on student success
  • Valuing a culture of learning
  • Enhancing an innovative, responsive, and accountable culture

  • Supporting Rationale
    This is a state-mandated strategy that, as of this writing, is nearing completion.  When in place, this program will serve as a magnet for district students who wish to pursue their music education at a 4-year university.

    Supporting Rationale Alignment
  • Supports Previous Program Review Recommendations
  • Maintaining core programs and services
  • Increasing student success
  • Establishing new initiatives that support the Strategic Direction
  • Required Resources

    Money for the items and personnel the Music department needs.

    Current Revenue Stream

    At this point in time, Butte's Music Dept. is funded only by the General Fund.

    Augmentation Requests

    Original Priority Funded Program, Unit, Area Resource Type Description Account Number Object Code One-Time Augment Ongoing Augment Supporting Rationale
    1 Yes Music Operating Expenses Piano Tuner 11-000-611-1-100400 55100 $0.00 $450.00 The music department's acoustic pianos work hard and need to be tuned regularly to sound and play their best.
    2 Yes Recording Arts Personnel Recording Studio technician 11-000-611-1-100400 52210 $0.00 $65,000.00 Recording studios are highly technical entities, and need regular maintenance in order to work properly. Any breakdown in the studio would seriously hamper student learning and progress. Without a tech to constantly monitor the studio's health, the entire Recording Arts program would be in jeopardy. Up to this point, studio maintenance has been covered by the Perkins Grant, but that is coming to an end this Spring. Keeping the studio functioning, up-to-date in terms of software, as well as helping students, getting a studio technician should be a high priority.
    3 Yes Music and Recording Arts Personnel Student Aides 11.000.611.1.100400 52368 $0.00 $7,000.00 Student aides are needed to monitor use of the music computer/piano lab.
    4 Yes Music Operating Expenses Accompanists for Voice classes 11.000.611.1.100400 51400 $0.00 $2,400.00 When the AA-T degree in Music becomes a reality, it will be necessary to either have our existing accompanist work more, or hire another to accompany the voice/choir classes that will be required as part of the degree program.
    5 Yes Music Equipment Roland PB 3PES pro piano bench 11.000.611.1.100400 56411 $900.00 $0.00 The college has a beautiful grand piano but only a cheesy, non-adjustable bench to go with it.
    6 Yes Music Equipment Piano Benches for the piano lab 11.000.611.1.100400 56411 $2,200.00 $0.00 The piano lab has office chairs that swivel and recline, which are nice for the recording arts classes, but totally inappropriate for piano playing.
    7 Yes Music and Recording Arts Operating Expenses Special Musical Events 11.000.611.1.100400 55000 $10,000.00 $0.00 Bring in guest artists, especially those who might like to make a DVD/CD of their concert. Butte sells tickets, gets a fee for recording, enhances its reputation as a go-to venue for recording concerts. This request is seed money to get things going.
    8 Yes Music and Recording Arts Personnel Performing Arts Coordinator 11.000.611.1.100400 51240 $0.00 $5,000.00 This position would streamline the process for bringing revenue generating special performances and guest artists. Would also work with the Drama Dept.
    9 Yes Recording Arts Equipment Pro Tools 11.000.611.1.1004000 55000 $7,000.00 $0.00 Pro Tools is the industry standard in terms of recording studio software, and if we intend to prepare students for employment in the field of recording arts, then we MUST have this software.
    10 Yes Recording Arts Personnel Recording Arts program coordinator 11.000.611.1.100400 51240 $20,000.00 $0.00 The Perkins grant that has funded this position runs out at the end of the semester, leaving the potential for a rudderless program, that has already proven to be very popular, but very high-maintenance. The work load is well beyond what could be expected from an associate faculty member, but, since a full-time hire in Recording Arts has been rejected this year, something must be done in order to assure the program stays on track, and the studio receives the maintenance it requires. It would be a disservice to students to not have someone in place to continue the coordination of all aspects of this program
    Total(s) $40,100.00 $79,850.00