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Introduction to Music

Dan Mitchell retired from the De Anza College faculty at the end of the spring term in June 2017. If you are a student, community member, or other person looking for information about the college and its music program, check the class schedules at the De Anza College website or contact one of the current music faculty members — see the Music Department website for more information.


Music 1A: Introduction to Music is a music survey course covering a variety of musical styles, composers, forms, and historical periods and following the development of “western” classical art music and related subjects. Many students take Music 1A to fulfill requirements in the humanities area as part of the general education program. Previous musical experience is not a prerequisite for this class.

A variety of students take this class, including those who

  • need to satisfy general education requirements in the humanities area.
  • want to increase their understanding of music they hear.
  • plan to transfer to four-year institutions as music majors.
  • are looking for a general survey course in music.

Music majors may take Music 1A both as an elective and to fulfill music major requirements.

Almost all course resources are available at this website, including the syllabus, course calendar, assignments, and more. See the header of this page and the sidebar for links.

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Contact Info: Dan Mitchell

Office: A15
Email: mitchelldan@deanza.edu
Phone: 408.864.8511

Office Hours

Monday & Wednesday
Room A11:
15 minutes before 9:30 Music 1A
10 minutes after 9:30 Music 1A
Room A91:
15 minutes before 12:30 Music 51
10 minutes after 12:30 Music 51.
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