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Music

Chair Debra J. Lynn, Carl P. Humphries, John H. Planer, Timothy M. Reed

The curriculum of the Music Department is designed (a) to provide a course of study for majors and minors in the department that will prepare them for careers in music, (b) to provide background for graduate study, (c) to provide study and performance of music for their cultural values, (d) to enrich the cultural climate of the University and surrounding communities, (e) to provide music for campus worship and assist area and constituent churches, (f) to foster a lifelong desire to perform and listen to music.

Entrance into the degree programs in music for music majors presupposes: (a) musical sensitivity, a sense of rhythm, and a capacity for accurate aural perception, (b) familiarity with the rudiments of music, such as scales, keys, signs and musical terms, and (c) at least college level entrance ability in piano, voice, or band or orchestra instrument. Students who are deficient shall study without credit until such proficiency is obtained. Students who wish to study music but who wish no degree are classified as special students. They may elect subjects for which they are prepared without reference to University requirements.

Baccalaureate Degrees

Courses listed in parentheses are prerequisites.


Major in music, applied concentration, 50-52 hours: MUS 110, 113, 114, (MUS 106) 125, 213, 225, 226, 227, 231, 232, 341, 370, 420, 472; six hours of applied lessons; four hours of ensembles; three hours of keyboard or alternate area lessons; seven hours of approved electives selected from; MUS 119, 161, 163, 254, 261, 262, 263, 264, 267, 268, 321, 323.

Major in music, general concentration, 43 hours: MUS 110, 113, 114, (MUS 106) 125, 213, 225, 231, 232, 370, 420; seven hours of applied lessons; four hours of ensembles; four hours of keyboard or alternate area lessons; four hours of approved electives selected from non-applied areas.

Major in music, theory-composition concentration, 50-52 hours: MUS 110, 113, 114, (MUS 106) 125, 141, 213, 225, 226, 227, 231, 232, 243, 341, 353, 370, 420; MUS 313 or MUS 355; four hours of applied lessons; four hours of ensembles; three hours of keyboard or alternate area lessons; two or more courses selected from; MUS 261, 262, 263, 264, 321, 323.

Applied majors are required to participate in one ensemble each semester. For voice, wind and string majors, one ensemble each semester must be in the area of the applied major. Keyboard and theory-composition majors may fulfill their requirements in ensembles of their choice.

Students with an applied concentration in piano or organ must meet their alternative area requirement in one or two different applied areas: a second keyboard instrument, an orchestral or band instrument, or voice.

Majors must successfully complete the senior comprehensive evaluation prior to graduation. Details are available from the department chair.

Music education offers majors that lead to all-grade certification in choral music and instrumental music. Requirements for teaching majors are available in the Office of Teacher Education.

Minor in music, 26-28 hours: MUS 110, 113, 114, (106) 125, 225, 232; four hours of ensembles; two hours of keyboard; six hours of lessons in the applied concentration. Students fulfilling the applied concentration in piano must pass the requirements for MUS 201 Piano.

Courses MUS

106 MUSIC FUNDAMENTALS - 2 hours
The study of the vocabulary of music with emphasis on an approach suitable for non-majors. Topics covered include notation of pitch and rhythm, scales, chords, intervals, popular chord symbols, Roman numeral analysis and phrase analysis. Emphasis is placed on the study and imitation of popular music. Fall.

110 COMPUTER APPLICATIONS IN MUSIC - 2 hours
Study of computer applications in music including music notation software for sequencing, music education and digital recording. Course culminates with a student project in one of these areas. Prerequisite: any MUS course. Spring.

113 AURAL SKILLS I - 1 hour
Development of skill in sight-singing and aural perception. Dictation material includes scales, intervals, triads, cadences, as well as diatonic melodies and simple harmonic patterns. Fall.

114 AURAL SKILLS II - 1 hour
Continued development of sight-singing and aural perception. Emphasis is placed on recognition of harmonic function, non-harmonic tones and seventh chords. To be taken concurrently with MUS 125. Spring.

119 WORLD MUSICS - 3 hours
A survey of the folk and traditional musics of the world, emphasizing non-Western countries. Also studied are the art musics of China, Japan, Southeast Asia and the Near East. C-3GC.

120 INTRODUCTION TO MUSIC - 3 hours
This course is designed to explore music originating from Western European cultures from antiquity to present day. Topics include the ancient origins of music, Gregorian chant, music from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and 20th Century style periods. The class will also explore modern musical genres. C-4AR.

122 JAZZ HISTORY - 3 hours
This class is designed to introduce students to the history and cultural contexts of jazz music. The course will develop chronologically moving from the early roots of jazz music through contemporary jazz. Jazz styles and genres covered will include ragtime, blues, swing, bebop, modal jazz, free jazz and fusion. The course requires no previous musical experience. January, odd years. C-4AR

125 MUSIC THEORY I - 3 hour
The study of the diatonic vocabulary and selected compositional techniques of Western composers of the 18th and 19th centuries. Emphasis is placed on voice leading, harmonization and analysis. To be taken concurrently with MUS 114. Prerequisite: MUS 106 or placement. Spring.

141 RECORDING TECHNIQUES - 3 hours
The study and development of skills in audio recording, editing and mixing. Emphasis is placed on the application of skills through projects in order to develop a practical understanding of the essential concepts behind recording and audio production. Prerequisite: MUS 110. January.

161 IPA AND ENGLISH DICTION FOR SINGERS - 0.5 hours
Study of the International Phonetic alphabet and English Diction as used by singers and choral conductors. Fall, odd years.

163 LATIN AND ITALIAN DICTION FOR SINGERS - 0.5 hours
Study of Latin and Italian Diction as used by singers and choral conductors. Prerequisite: MUS 161. Spring, even years.

211 ESSENTIAL SKILLS IN MUSIC - 2 hours
Basic instruction in music fundamentals including symbols, terms and notation. Skill is developed in reading and performing melodies typical of those found in elementary level music textbooks. Students will learn methods of teaching basic music concepts and rote songs through demonstration teaching in the University classroom. This course is for elementary education majors and is not open to music majors. Includes a one-hour lab for directed practice on instruments.

213 AURAL SKILLS III - 1 hour
Advanced work in aural perception and sight singing. Materials covered include chromatic harmony, modulation, two-voiced contrapuntal exercises, and four-voiced homophonic exercises. To be taken concurrently with MUS 225. Fall.

220 MUSIC FOR STAGE AND FILM - 3 hours
The study of music’s contribution to theatrical and cinematic development from the 17th Century to the present – including primarily opera, ballet, musical theater, and film. Music’s impact on advertizing, newsreels, and documentaries will also be explored. Prerequisite: COMM 110. C-4AR.

225 MUSIC THEORY II - 3 hours
Continuation of the study of 18th and 19th century harmony with emphasis on chromatic harmony and selected compositional techniques of Western composers. Emphasis is placed on modulation, an expanded chromatic vocabulary, four-part chorale harmonization and analysis of functional and non-functional harmonies. To be taken concurrently with MUS 213. Prerequisites: MUS 125 or advanced placement. Fall.

226 CONTEMPORARY TECHNIQUES - 3 hours
Study of contemporary compositional techniques through examination of works by 20th century composers. Emphasis on creative work by the student. Prerequisite: MUS 225. Spring, odd years.

227 KEYBOARD HARMONY - 1 hour
Analysis and implementation of various harmonization techniques at the piano, including but not limited to: harmonizing a single melodic line, transposition, sight-reading, open score-reading, and improvisation. For music majors and minors. Prerequisite: MUS 201, MUS 225. Spring.

231 MUSIC HISTORY AND ANALYSIS I - 3 hours
Study of the history of Western music from ancient Greece through the middle baroque, including analysis and listening. Music is placed in its historical and cultural context. Prerequisite: MUS 125. Spring, odd years.

232 MUSIC HISTORY AND ANALYSIS II - 4 hours
Study of the history of Western music from the late baroque through the 20th century, based primarily upon listening and analysis of style and form. Music is placed in its historical and cultural context. Prerequisite: MUS 225. Spring, even years. C-4AR.

243 BEGINNING COMPOSITION - 1 hour
Private study in music composition. Students will compose original compositions based on contemporary models. Emphasis will be placed on techniques of melodic, rhythmic and harmonic organization and development. Prerequisite: MUS 125.

254 VOCAL PEDAGOGY AND REPERTOIRE - 3 hours
The study of vocal and respiratory physiology and strategies for teaching healthy tone production. Students will explore solo vocal repertoire for various skill levels. Includes a practice teaching component. Prerequisite: MUS 102. Spring, even years.

261 BRASS TECHNIQUES - 0.5 hours

Principles of teaching brass instruments in the public schools. Fall, seven weeks.

262 WOODWIND TECHNIQUES - 0.5 hours
Principles of teaching woodwind instruments in the public schools. Fall, seven weeks.

263 STRING TECHNIQUES - 0.5 hours
Principles of teaching string instruments in the public schools. Spring, seven weeks.

264 PERCUSSION TECHNIQUES - 0.5 hours
Principles of teaching percussion string instruments in the public schools. Spring, seven weeks.

267 GERMAN DICTION FOR SINGERS - 0.5 hours
Study of German Diction as used by singers and choral conductors. Prerequisite: MUS 163. Spring, odd years.

268 FRENCH DICTION FOR SINGERS - 0.5 hours
Study of French Diction as used by singers and choral conductors. Prerequisite: MUS 163. Fall, even years.

310 ELEMENTARY MUSIC METHODS - 3 hours
A study of the teaching and supervision of music in the elementary school with special emphasis on methods, materials, techniques and skills. The relationship of music curriculum to the general elementary curriculum will be studied. Also covered are problems of administration, the history of public school music, curriculum planning and classroom management. Spring, even years.

313 ORCHESTRATION - 2 hours
Examination of the capabilities of band and orchestral instruments; arrangement of music scores for various instrumental ensembles; analysis of representative scores. Spring, even years.

321 BAND LITERATURE - 1 hour
Exploration of beginning band literature for instrumental music education majors. Majors will perform on secondary instruments. Prerequisite: MUS 261, MUS 262. Fall.

323 ORCHESTRA LITERATURE - 1 hour
Exploration of beginning orchestra literature for instrumental music education majors. Majors will perform on secondary instruments. Prerequisite: MUS 263. Spring.

331 ATHLETIC BAND TECHNIQUES - 2 hours
Principles of teaching athletic bands in the public schools including: Technology-based marching band drill-writing, ISSMA-based adjudication techniques, composing/arranging/editing music for marching and pep bands, and administrative elements concerning bands for indoor and outdoor athletic events. Fall, odd years. Prerequisites: MUS 110, 125.

341 BASIC CONDUCTING - 2 hours
An investigation of the role and responsibility of the conductor, with experiences for the development of conducting skills. Emphasis is on history of conducting, terms, gesture and score study. Prerequisite: MUS 125. Fall, even years.

343 ADVANCED INSTRUMENTAL CONDUCTING - 3 hours
Continued application of the skills of MUS 341 with advanced gestural and score study skills necessary for conducting large instrumental ensembles. Includes an emphasis upon specific instrumental rehearsal techniques. Prerequisite: MUS 341. Spring, odd years.

345 ADVANCED CHORAL CONDUCTING - 3 hours
Continued application of the skills of MUS 341 with advanced gestural and score study skills necessary for conducting large choral ensembles. Includes an emphasis upon specific choral rehearsal techniques. Prerequisite: MUS 341. Spring, odd years.

353 INTERMEDIATE COMPOSITION - 1 hour
Private study in music composition. Students will compose original works determined on an individual basis. Prerequisite: MUS 226, 243.

355 CHORAL ARRANGING - 2 hours
An examination of the capabilities of various voices and ensembles. Students will arrange music for various vocal ensembles and analyze representative scores. Prerequisites: MUS 110, 225. Spring, odd years.

362 SECONDARY MUSIC METHODS - 3 hours
The study of teaching strategies for middle and high school music educators, including techniques of classroom behavioral management according to state certification requirements. Includes observation/practicum experiences and participation in the state music educator’s conference. Must be taken prior to student teaching. Prerequisite: MUS 125. January, odd years.

420 ADVANCED ANALYSIS (W) - 3 hours
Comprehensive analysis of selected works in various styles. Elements of harmony, rhythm, melody, texture and form are examined in detail. Study of different systems of analysis. Prerequisites: ENG 111; MUS 225, 231, 232. Spring.

430 ADVANCED COMPOSITION - 1 hour
Private study in music composition. Students will compose original works determined on an individual basis in preparation for a senior recital. Prerequisite: MUS 353

APPLIED MUSIC

Private lessons and ensembles are available to the general University student either with or without credit. Students studying for credit must meet standards of performance established by the music faculty. The teaching aims in private lessons are the development of performance skills and the presentation of representative literature. Each course is adapted to the ability and background of the individual student, subject to minimum standards of progress for each year of study. All students studying for credit are tested for achievement at the end of each semester by an examining board from the music faculty. All students majoring in music are required to take four years of private instruction in one performance area, and present a graduation recital.

Music majors must pass the second-year examination in keyboard. The student must either pass the examination during first year student orientation or immediately enroll for keyboard lessons. Recitals are given throughout the year. Music majors and minors are expected to attend a designated percentage of the recitals. Students taking private lessons are expected to consult with their instructors before public performances on or off campus. Each lesson in applied music is to be supported by a minimum of five hours of practice. Practice expectations are higher for applied music majors and for students preparing a full or half recital. All private lessons are normally given at the rate of one half-hour lesson per week. Lessons in applied music missed by the student will not be rescheduled unless arrangements are made with the instructor prior to the scheduled time of the lesson. Private lesson fees are outlined on the charge page.

Applied Music Courses MUS

Piano: non-majors

100 BEGINNING PIANO - 1 hour
For non-majors who have little or no previous experience in piano. Requirements: selected major and minor scales, one octave, hands together; selected major and minor arpeggios, two octaves, hands alone; triads and their inversions; cadences using the I, IV and V chords; sight-reading; and standard repertoire for adult beginners. May be repeated.

200 PIANO: NON-MAJORS - 1 hour
For non-majors who have at least moderate ability in piano. Can be repeated. Requirements: selected major and minor scales, two octaves, hands together; selected major and minor arpeggios, two octaves, hands together; prepared instrumental or song accompaniment; sight-reading; easier repertoire chosen from different periods of music. Prerequisite: MUS 100. May be repeated.

300 PIANO: NON-MAJORS - 1 hour
For non-majors who are at the intermediate level in piano. Requirements: greater facility of scales and arpeggios; a variety of intermediate repertoire chosen from different periods of music. May be repeated. Prerequisite: MUS 200.

400 PIANO: NON-MAJORS - 1 hour
For non-majors who are at least at the advanced intermediate level in piano. Requirements: greater facility of scales and arpeggios; a variety of advanced- intermediate to advanced repertoire chosen from different periods of music. May be repeated. Prerequisite: MUS 300.

Piano: majors and minors

101 PIANO - 1 hour
For music majors and minors who have at least moderate ability in piano. Requirements: all major and minor scales, one octave, hands together, all major and minor arpeggios, two octaves, hands alone; triads and their inversions; harmonization of melodies using the I, IV and V chords; cadences involving primary and secondary triads, secondary dominants and leading tone chords; and representative repertoire from different periods of music.

201 PIANO - 1 hour
For music majors and minors. Requirements: greater facility of scales and arpeggios; playing of dominant seventh chords in all positions and keys; cadences involving chromatic harmony; free accompaniment of songs; sight-reading; a variety of more difficult repertoire including such materials as Bach Inventions, classical sonatinas or sonatas, and romantic and contemporary compositions. Prerequisite: MUS 101.

301 PIANO - 1 hour
For music majors and minors. Requirements: diminished seventh arpeggios; advanced repertoire, such as preludes and fugues from the Well-Tempered Clavier by Bach, classical sonatas, romantic, and impressionist or contemporary compositions. Prerequisite: MUS 201.

401 PIANO - 1 hour
For music majors and minors. Requirements: advanced technical material and literature; graduation recital. Prerequisite: MUS 301.

Voice: non-majors

107 BEGINNING VOICE: NON-MAJORS - 1 hour
Voice class for non-majors with little or no previous experience as solo singers. Basic singing skills are explored through private and/or class instruction, as deemed appropriate by the instructor. Study includes basic vocal anatomy, vocal exercises, and beginning level vocal repertoire. May be repeated once for credit.

207 VOICE: NON-MAJORS - 1 hour
Intermediate private voice study for non-majors. Repertoire determined by instructor according to ability of student. May be repeated once for credit. Prerequisite: two semesters of MUS 107 or MUS 102.

307 VOICE: NON-MAJORS - 1 hour
Advanced intermediate private voice study for non-majors. Repertoire determined by instructor according to ability of student. May be repeated once for credit. Prerequisite: two semesters of MUS 207.

407 VOICE: NON-MAJORS - 1 hour
Advanced private voice study for non-majors. Repertoire determined by instructor according to ability of student. May be repeated once for credit. Prerequisite: two semesters of MUS 307 (May include MUS 370).

Voice: majors and minors

102 VOICE - 1 hour
Study of basic concepts of breathing, resonance and diction. Emphasis is on English language repertoire, however, Italian is also explored. Prerequisite: audition into department or permission of instructor.

202 VOICE - 1 hour
Intermediate level study, a continuation of MUS 102. French or German song literature is begun and added to English and Italian repertoire. Intended for music majors and minors. Prerequisite: MUS 102.

302 VOICE - 1 hour
Study of advanced intermediate solo vocal technique and diction, a continuation of MUS 202. Emphasis is on English, Italian, French and German repertoire. Operatic and/or oratorio repertoire is also explored. Intended for music majors and minors. Prerequisite: MUS 202.

402 VOICE - 1 hour
Study of advanced vocal technique, a continuation of MUS 302. Senior recital repertoire is explored, representative of various languages and genres deemed appropriate by the instructor. Intended for music majors and minors. Prerequisite: two semesters of 300-level voice study for majors (may include MUS 370).

Beginning Instruments

104A BEGINNING WIND, STRING, AND PERCUSSION INSTRUMENTS - 1 hour
For those students who have little or no previous experience with the instruments to be studied. As a minimum requirement, the student will be expected to complete one of the standard beginning method books, and to play the major and minor scales and easy solo material.

204A INTERMEDIATE WIND, STRING AND PERCUSSION INSTRUMENTS - 1 hour
Continuation of 104A at the intermediate level of study. Prerequisite: MUS 104A.

String, Wind, and Percussion Instruments

103 STRING INSTRUMENTS - 1 hour
Basic principles for tone production and technical development, including scales and arpeggios in two and three octaves. The standard etudes, sonatas and concertos studied to provide a balanced repertoire.

203 STRING INSTRUMENTS - 1 hour
Continued emphasis on scales and arpeggios with various bowing styles and progressively more difficult etudes and concertos in the standard repertoire. Prerequisite: MUS 103.

303 STRING INSTRUMENTS - 1 hour
Continued technical emphasis in the study of advanced etudes, sonatas and concertos representative of the literature for the instrument. Prerequisite: MUS 203.

403 STRING INSTRUMENTS - 1 hour
Further development of acquired techniques to complete the undergraduate requirements in literature for the instrument. Includes a graduation recital. Prerequisite: MUS 303.

104 WIND AND PERCUSSION INSTRUMENTS - 1 hour
For those students who have the instrumental ability expected of a person entering the special music course. Work in one of the standard music books with supplementary etudes and solos. Emphasis on tone and development through proper use of the breath and embouchure or mallets and sticks, and on training in basic musicianship. Prerequisite: Grade three ability.

204 WIND AND PERCUSSION INSTRUMENTS - 1 hour
Continuation of MUS 104 with emphasis on further technical development and study of the standard repertoire. Prerequisite: MUS 104.

304 WIND AND PERCUSSION INSTRUMENTS - 1 hour
Continuation of 204 with more advanced etudes and solos. Prerequisite: MUS 204.

404 WIND AND PERCUSSION INSTRUMENTS - 1 hour
Continued study of etudes and representative concertos. Graduation recital required. Prerequisite: MUS 304.

Organ

105 ORGAN - 1 hour
Emphasis on development of manual and pedal technique. Repertoire includes the easier works of Bach and compositions by contemporary composers. Attention given to the study of hymn playing. Prerequisite: demonstrated keyboard facility satisfactory to the instructor.

205 ORGAN - 1 hour
Continued development of technical skills. Repertoire includes chorale preludes from the Orgelbuchlein of Bach and pieces of comparable difficulty by composers from the Romantic and Contemporary Periods. Prerequisite: MUS 105. Music education students studying to meet keyboard requirements must have proficiencies listed in MUS 201A.

305 ORGAN - 1 hour
Emphasis on the development of repertoire. More difficult works by composers from all periods are selected. Prerequisite: MUS 205.

405 ORGAN - 1 hour
Devoted to expanding the student’s repertoire and preparing a graduation recital. Prerequisite: MUS 305.

Guitar

108 BEGINNING GUITAR - 1 hour
Guitar class for non-majors with little or no previous experience with the instrument. Basic skills are explored through a study of scales, musical exercises and beginning-level repertoire. Students must provide their own acoustic guitar. May be repeated once for credit.

 

Ensembles

130 A CAPPELLA CHOIR - 1 hour
An ensemble of mixed voices open to students by audition. Standard accompanied and unaccompanied choral repertoire is prepared and performed for tours and other concert programs on and off campus. Fee required.

131 CHAMBER SINGERS - 0.5 hour
Vocal ensemble specializing in madrigals, vocal jazz and chamber choir repertoire. Open to A Cappella Choir members by audition. Fee required.

132 OPERA WORKSHOP - 0.5 hour
Students will prepare and perform excerpts from various operas roles. The course will culminate with a fully staged and costumed opera scenes performance. May be repeated. Prerequisite: audition. January. Spring.

133 SMALL VOCAL ENSEMBLES - 0.5 hour
Chosen from the more advanced singers at the University. Repertoire is selected based on the various interests of the students enrolled. Regular rehearsals emphasize the growth of auditory and interpretive sensitivity. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Fee required.

135 MANCHESTER CHORAL SOCIETY - 0.5 hour
A mixed vocal ensemble open to University students, faculty, staff and area residents without audition. Standard choral repertoire is explored, including extended works with orchestra. Fee required.

136 CANTABILE - 0.5 hour
A women’s ensemble open to students by audition. Standard treble accompanied and unaccompanied repertoire is prepared and performed for concert programs on and off campus. Fee required. May be repeated. Prerequisite: audition.

140 SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA - 0.5 or 1 hour
Opportunity for the study and public performance of orchestral literature. Membership selected by auditions open to all students and community musicians. One hour, strings; 0.5 hour, winds and percussion.

143 STRING ENSEMBLES - 0.5 hour
Chosen from the more advanced string students in the University. Regular rehearsals emphasize the growth of auditory and interpretive sensitivity. Performances given at campus concerts and recitals as well as in churches and clubs in the area served by the University.

144 WIND AND PERCUSSION ENSEMBLES - 0.5 hour
Chosen according to the talent and interest present. Regular rehearsals emphasize the growth of auditory and interpretive sensitivity. Performances given at campus concerts and recitals as well as in churches and clubs in the area served by the University. Fee required.

146 SYMPHONIC BAND - 1 hour
Open to any instrumentalist who meets the audition standard. Entire year utilized for rehearsing concert literature representative of many styles and composers. Local concerts and an annual tour. Fee required.

147 JAZZ ENSEMBLE - 0.5 hour
Open to any instrumentalist who meets the audition standard. Rehearsals consist of developing improvisational ability, studying characteristic literature, and preparing for performances. Fee required.

149 ATHLETIC BAND: GOLD AND BLACK ATTACK - 0.5 hour
Students will prepare repertoire to perform at home basketball games from January Session to the end of the season. May be repeated.

Other

306 KEYBOARD ACCOMPANIMENT - 1 hour
For third and fourth-year students who accompany senior recitals, A Cappella Choir or a major musical production presented by the University. May be repeated in different semesters for up to three hours. Prerequisites: MUS 201 or 205 and consent of instructor.

370 HALF RECITAL - 1 hour
Applied lesson in student’s major concentration emphasizing advanced technical material and literature. Course culminates with a 25-30 minute public performance of literature appropriate for student’s major. For music majors and minors. Prerequisite: completion of 200-level applied lessons.

472 FULL RECITAL - 2 hours
Applied lessons in student’s major concentration, emphasizing advanced material and literature. Course culminates with a 45-50 minute public performance of literature appropriate for student’s major. For music majors and minors. Prerequisite: completion of 300-level applied lessons, or MUS 370.

380 or 480 SPECIAL PROBLEMS - 1-4 hours
A student who has demonstrated ability to work independently may propose a course and pursue it with a qualified and willing professor. The department chair and the vice president and dean for academic affairs also must approve. A set of guidelines is available at the Office of the Registrar.

385 or 485 SEMINAR - 1-4 hours
An in-depth consideration of a significant scholarly problem or issue. Students pursue a supervised, independent inquiry on an aspect of the topic and exchange results through reports and discussions.

 

Courses THTR

140 TOURING CHILDREN’S THEATRE - 3 hours
The principles and practices of organizing, performing and directing a touring theatre company for child audiences. Particular emphasis is on participatory plays, and a significant proportion of the course is devoted to touring. January.

201 THEATRE AND SOCIETY - 3 hours
A study of the complex relationship between theatre and Western culture. Designed to increase the student’s awareness of theatre as a fine art, the course will study significant playwrights, plays, performances and productions that illustrate the continuing development of theatre as a social force and as an artistic form. Spring. C-4AR.

273 ACTING - 3 hours
Basic techniques of acting, including work in play analysis, pantomime and improvisation. Presentation of selected scenes. Fall, odd years.

302 APPLIED THEATRE ARTS - 0.5 hour
Credit for supervised participation in dramatic productions as a crew member, staff member or actor. Students may enroll for a maximum of four hours. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

308 CREATIVE DRAMATICS - 2-3 hours
How one draws out and channels creativity in children and adults by using such methods as pantomime, improvisation, movement activities, and improvised story dramatization. The course is for elementary and secondary teachers, camp counselors and park or playground supervisors. Fall. Spring.

315 STAGECRAFT AND DESIGN - 3 hours
The relationship between the scenic designer and the stage technician, and between the design idea and the realization of that idea. The materials and techniques for constructing stage scenery and the principles and elements of scenic design will be discussed. Projects and practical experience are a part of the course. Fall, even years.

325 INTERCULTURAL THEATRE - 3 hours
Characteristic theatre forms of non-Western cultures and their development will be surveyed. Special attention will be paid to the aesthetics of these theatre forms and the impact that social and political factors have had on their development. The course will be offered during alternating January sessions and, when feasible, will be off campus.

330 DIRECTING (W) - 3 hours
The principles and practices of play production including play selection and rehearsal procedures. Each student will be responsible for the analysis and interpretation of at least six different full-length plays. Practical experience will be gained by directing selected scenes. Prerequisite: ENG 111. Spring, even years.

 


 

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